17 days in Israel Itinerary

17 days in Israel Itinerary

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17 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  17 h 15 min
1
Rosh Haayin
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Haifa
— 1 night
+3
Train + Bus + Foot + Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Eilat
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Mitspe Ramon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Masada
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Jerusalem
— 5 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: New York City

3
nights
Rosh Haayin

Rosh Haayin ©
Rosh HaAyin is a city in the Central District of Israel. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kfar Saba Park and Tracktors Museum. Visit St. George Church and Al-umri Mosque for their historical value.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rosh Haayin tour itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Rosh Haayin is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from New York City to Rosh Haayin, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in March, you will find days in Rosh Haayin are much hotter (73°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Haifa.

Things to do in Rosh Haayin

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Kfar Saba, Ra'anana, Tracktors Museum, Shoham Forest Park, Al-umri Mosque
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Shoham Forest Park ©
Shoham Forest Park
St. George Church ©
St. George Church
Tracktors Museum ©
Tracktors Museum

1
night
Haifa

Haifa ©
A picturesque city in the north of the country, Haifa combines history and appearances to create an interesting and relaxing destination.
On the 6th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Hecht Museum, University of Haifa, view the masterpieces at Ein Hod Artists Village, and then steep yourself in history at HaMizgaga - Museum of Archaeology and Glass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Hecht Park, delve into the distant past at Tel Shikmona, then don't miss a visit to Cave of Elijah, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The German Colony, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at The Baha'i Gardens.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Haifa day trip planner .

Drive from Rosh Haayin to Haifa in 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Haifa are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Eilat.

Things to do in Haifa

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

HaMizgaga - Museum of Archaeology and Glass
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Hecht Museum, University of Haifa ©
Hecht Museum, University of Haifa
The Baha'i Gardens ©
The Baha'i Gardens

3
nights
Eilat

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Step off the beaten path and head to Red Canyon and Botanical Garden Of Eilat. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dolphin Reef. There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take an in-depth tour of Eilat City Museum, ponder the design of Musical Fountain, and stroll through Princess Beach.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Eilat trip planner.

Getting from Haifa to Eilat by combination of train and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Haifa, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Eilat, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mitspe Ramon.

Things to do in Eilat

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Red Canyon ©
Red Canyon
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Timna Park ©
Timna Park

2
nights
Mitspe Ramon

Mitspe Ramon ©
Founded in 1951, the small desert town of Mitspe Ramon overlooks the Ramon Crater, a massive 40 km (24 mi) long dip in the Negev desert, created by erosion and notable for its interesting rock formations.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Ramon Crater, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then wander the wide-open spaces of The Alpaca Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: take in breathtaking views at Avdat National Park, take an in-depth tour of Ben-Gurion Hut, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally revel in the low prices at Faran Natural Cosmetic.

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Drive from Eilat to Mitspe Ramon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Masada.

Things to do in Mitspe Ramon

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trip

Ben-Gurion Hut
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Avdat National Park ©
Avdat National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ramon Crater ©
Ramon Crater

1
night
Masada

Masada ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Masada National Park and then get engrossed in the history at The Masada Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Masada trip planning tool .

Drive from Mitspe Ramon to Masada in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Masada

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

The Masada Museum
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Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park
The Masada Museum ©
The Masada Museum

5
nights
Jerusalem

Jerusalem ©
Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
Get some historical perspective at Herodyon National Park and Dominus Flevit. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and En Gedi Nature Reserve. Step out of Jerusalem to go to Ein Gedi and see Ein Gedi Botanical Garden, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, take a memorable drive along The Arthur Rubinstein Memorial, steep yourself in history at Mt of Olives, and pause for some serene contemplation at Bethesda.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Jerusalem trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Masada to Jerusalem takes 2.5 hours. In March in Jerusalem, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

En Gedi Nature Reserve, Ein Gedi Botanical Garden
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Herodyon National Park ©
Herodyon National Park

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