42 days in Israel Itinerary

42 days in Israel Itinerary

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42 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  16​h
1
Jerusalem
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Arad
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Mitspe Ramon
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Eilat
— 8 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  5​h
5
Safed
— 7 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Haifa
— 8 nights
Train + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Ottawa

9
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jerusalem: Omni Virtual Reality (in Petah Tiqwa), Tel Aviv (Tayelet, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, & more) and Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Western Wall, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and don't miss a visit to The Western Wall Tunnels.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Jerusalem trip maker site .

Ottawa, Canada to Jerusalem is an approximately 16-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Israel Standard Time (IST) is 7 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in January, with highs in Jerusalem at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Arad.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Tel Aviv, Omni Virtual Reality, Dead Sea, Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 18:
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The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Mt of Olives ©
Mt of Olives

3
nights
Arad

Arad ©
Arad is a city in the Southern District of Israel. Change things up with these side-trips from Arad: Beersheba (Moshav Nevatim Cochin cultural center, ANZAC Memorial Center, & more), Shivta National Park (in Ezuz) and Joe Alon Center - The Museum of Bedouin Culture (in Lahav). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Masada National Park, view the masterpieces at Adi Miraro Jewelry, look for all kinds of wild species at En Gedi Nature Reserve, and explore the world behind art at Fine Art & Doll Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Arad travel planner .

Traveling by car from Jerusalem to Arad takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Mitspe Ramon.

Things to do in Arad

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Beersheba, En Gedi Nature Reserve, Joe Alon Center - The Museum of Bedouin Culture, Shivta National Park, Masada National Park
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:
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Fine Art & Doll Museum ©
Fine Art & Doll Museum
Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park
Masada Fortress ©
Masada Fortress

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mitspe Ramon: Carmey Avdat (in Sde Boker), Sea-gal advanced aguaculture (in Idan) and Antelope Ranch in the Arava Valley (in Mahane Zofar). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Ramon Crater, explore the ancient world of Nabatean Avdat Acropolis, wander the wide-open spaces of The Alpaca Farm, and explore the striking landscape of Avdat National Park.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mitspe Ramon trip planner .

You can drive from Arad to Mitspe Ramon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Eilat.

Things to do in Mitspe Ramon

Nature Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sde Boker, Ramat Negev, Antelope Ranch in the Arava Valley, Sea-gal advanced aguaculture
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 26:
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Ramon Crater ©
Ramon Crater
Avdat National Park ©
Avdat National Park
Nabatean Avdat Acropolis ©
Nabatean Avdat Acropolis

8
nights
Eilat

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Eilat is known for wildlife, zoos & aquariums, nature, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Underwater Observatory Marine Park, explore the gorgeous colors at Dolphin Reef, partake in some friendly competition at Escape Room Eilat, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Eilat day trip planning website .

Getting from Mitspe Ramon to Eilat by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mitspe Ramon in January: highs in Eilat hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Safed.

Things to do in Eilat

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 26 — Feb 3:
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Underwater Observatory Marine Park ©
Underwater Observatory Marine Park
Timna Park ©
Timna Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

7
nights
Safed

Safed ©
The birthplace of the Kabbalah movement, Safed boasts a mystical and spiritual heritage as one of the country's four holy cities.
Explore Safed's surroundings by going to Nurit Gallery (in Yesod Hamaala), Migdal (Mount Arbel & Magdala) and Capernaum (Church of the Multiplication & The Church of the Twelve Apostles). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea of Galilee, contemplate the long history of Mount of Beatitudes, identify plant and animal life at Hula Nature Reserve, and relax in the rural setting at Vered Hagalil Guest Farm.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Safed vacation maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Eilat to Safed in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Eilat, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Safed, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Haifa.

Things to do in Safed

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Tiberias, Capernaum, Galilee Region, Migdal, Yardenit
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 10:
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Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
Hula Nature Reserve ©
Hula Nature Reserve
Mount of Beatitudes ©
Mount of Beatitudes

8
nights
Haifa

Haifa ©
A picturesque city in the north of the country, Haifa combines history and appearances to create an interesting and relaxing destination.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Haifa: National Park Beit Alfa - Bet Alfa Synagogue National Park (in Afula), Nazareth (Tel Megiddo National Park, The Church of the Annunciation, & more) and Ma'ayan Harod National Park (in Gidona). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at The Baha'i Gardens, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Tabor, examine the collection at Caesarea Antiquity Museum, and take a stroll through Akko Old Town.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Haifa trip itinerary planning app .

You can take a bus from Safed to Haifa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February in Haifa, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 18th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Haifa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nazareth, Caesarea, Kiryat Tivon, Acre, Zippori National Park
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 18:
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The Baha'i Gardens ©
The Baha'i Gardens
The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation
Mount Tabor ©
Mount Tabor

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