8 days in Israel & Black Forest Itinerary

8 days in Israel & Black Forest Itinerary

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Jerusalem, Israel
— 2 nights
Eilat, Israel
— 2 nights
Heidelberg, Germany
— 1 night
Rust, Germany
— 2 nights


Jerusalem, Israel

— 2 nights

Holy City

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.
Bring the kids along to Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center and Old City of Jerusalem. Take a break from Jerusalem with a short trip to Jaffa Old City in Jaffa, about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Western Wall, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, explore the world behind art at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and learn about all things military at Temple Mount Sifting Project- HaMasu'ot Lookout.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Jerusalem vacation planner.

Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In August in Jerusalem, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can fly to Eilat.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

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Eilat, Israel

— 2 nights
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
On the 11th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, observe the fascinating underwater world at Underwater Observatory Marine Park, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the gorgeous colors at Coral Beach Nature Reserve and then explore the gorgeous colors at Dolphin Reef.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Eilat day trip tool.

Fly from Jerusalem to Eilat in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, Eilat is somewhat warmer than Jerusalem - with highs of 47°C and lows of 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to fly to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Eilat

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
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Heidelberg, Germany

— 1 night

City of Romanticism

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): wander the streets of Altstadt (Old Town), then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Heidelberg, and then take in the views from Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge).

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Heidelberg trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Eilat to Heidelberg by flight takes about 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Eilat in August; daily highs in Heidelberg reach 29°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Rust.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Rust, Germany

— 2 nights
Originally a poor fishing village, Rust now features a world-class amusement park complex.
On the 14th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Steinwasen Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Naturschutzgebiet Taubergiessen, and then get in on the family fun at Europa-Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museum Frieder Burda and then stroll around Lichtentaler Allee.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rust trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Heidelberg to Rust takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rust can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Rust

Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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Israel travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Walking Areas · Ruins
Land of Creation
Surprisingly diverse for such a narrow strip of land pressed against the Mediterranean, modern Israel only dates back to 1948, though the history of this "Holy Land" spans many millennia. The big three monotheistic religions--Christianity, Judaism, and Islam--maintain extremely strong ties to this part of the world, so you can expect to see plenty of historic churches, mosques, and synagogues during your holiday in Israel. Beyond the undeniable cultural appeal, Israel also offers impressive natural features, including the Dead Sea and Makhtesh Ramon, one of the world's biggest craters. As you tour Israel, you'll find yourself following in the footsteps of figures that helped shape the world thousands of years ago.