Explore ancient history and culture in Israel on this 6-day trip. Visit ancient synagogues and King David's tomb in Jerusalem, tour the ancient fortress of Masada, and let the healing waters of the Dead Sea soothe you. End your trip in Petra, Jordan's incredible desert city.
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When is the best time to visit?
Spring and fall are the sweet spots here—specifically May and September. Summer (June through August) is simultaneously busy and very hot. You'll find popular sites and Tel Aviv's sandy beaches packed with people during the day, though mornings and evenings (and the excellent, air-conditioned Israel Museum) provide respite. December through February is chilly and wet, but the end of winter brings excellent conditions for hiking in the northern Golan Heights region: wildflowers and mild temperatures abound. Keep religious observances in mind throughout the year; this is a country that goes quiet during holidays.
How many days do I need?
Israel is small in size, but substantial in terms of history and culture. Those with limited time could check out Jerusalem's highlights in a day or two; travelers planning for 3-5 days can also visit the Galilee region or the beaches of Tel Aviv. If you plan to spend at least a week, you can do all of that and more: lounge by the Red Sea in the resort town of Eilat, visit Bethlehem, Jericho (the world's oldest city), and other important Biblical sites, or head into neighboring Jordan for an extended adventure.
Things to Do in Israel
Visiting Jerusalem's Old City is an absolute must. Weave through the maze of market alleys, making your way through the Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Armenian quarters. While in Jerusalem, you'll also want to visit the Machane Yehuda food market for falafel, rugelach, and za'atar. Stroll down Tel Aviv's funky Dizengoff Street, take a surfing lesson, and explore the 4,000-year-old port city of Jaffa. Head north to visit beautiful Haifa, mystical Safed, ancient Acre, and the rolling hills of the Golan Heights. And of course, don't forget to take a dip (er, float) in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea.
From Mediterranean beaches to the shores of the Dead Sea, this compact 8-day itinerary is the perfect introduction to Israel. Splitting your time between modern Tel Aviv and ancient Jerusalem, you'll tour the cities' cultural landmarks and historic highlights before embarking on a series of fascinating day trips into the surrounding landscapes. Take a cable car to the breathtaking hilltop fortress of Masada, wander the colorful markets of Acre, and look out over the Bay of Haifa from the fabled Hanging Gardens of Mount Carmel.
From Jerusalem's old city streets to the underwater world of the Red Sea, this family-friend adventure is the perfect 12-day getaway. Explore the City of David and see the Western Wall and visit the ancient desert fortress of Masada and soak in the Dead Sea. End your trip in the modern city of Tel Aviv for ancient ports and snorkeling in the Red Sea.
Dive deep into Israel's history and religion on this packed 9-day itinerary. Walk through the Old City of Jerusalem and see the City of David, visit the lowest place on earth and float on the Dead Sea, explore the Judean desert, and tour ancient religious sites like the Mount of Beatitudes and Megiddo. Round off the tour with stops at Safed to learn about Kabbalah (Jewish Mysticism) and a free day in the beach city of Tel Aviv.
Check off Israel's most important cultural and historic sites in one trip with this comprehensive 12-day itinerary. Traveling from the Mediterranean beaches of Tel Aviv to the ancient streets of Old Jerusalem to the shores of the Sea of Galilee, you'll explore a bevy of highlights and hidden wonders in between. Look out over the Dead Sea from the clifftop ruins of Masada, take a journey through history on an off-road tour of the Golan Heights, and stroll through colorful market stalls in the UNESCO-listed port of Acre.
This 9-day journey through Israel and Jordan introduces you to some of the Middle East's most fascinating cultural and spiritual sites. After strolling the ancient waterfront and modernist squares of Tel Aviv, you'll hop over to Jerusalem to soak up the history and atmosphere of the Old City. Head west into Jordan to discover Roman ruins in Amman, then skirt the Dead Sea and Mount Nebo to reach the spectacular Nabataean city of Petra. After a detour into the wilds of the Wadi Rum desert, it's back to Tel Aviv for some beachside downtime before your departure.
Cooler temperatures and fewer crowds make January a great time to visit Israel. History enthusiasts can take advantage of the quieter landmarks in Jerusalem and museums in Tel...
With temperatures reaching a high of 72ºF (22ºC) in Eilat and a low of 26ºF (-3ºC) at Mount Hermon, February is an excellent time for both snow enthusiasts and beachgoers to...
Considered off-season, March is a great time to visit Israel and explore its bucket list of biblical sites and lively coastal towns without the crowds. Mount Hermon, in northern...
With wildflowers in bloom and Easter and Passover in full swing, April is a fascinating time to visit Israel. If you want to participate in the celebrations, head to Jerusalem...
While it's possible to explore the highlights of Israel in less than a week, nine days are recommended for a well-rounded trip that includes religious sites and natural wonders. After getting to know Jerusalem's Old City and Mount of Olives, you can head north to Tiberias to discover the region's many Biblical sites. Or, head south to Eilat to float in the Dead Sea and stop by the Ein Gedi Nature Park.
Cooler temperatures and fewer crowds make January a great time to visit Israel. History enthusiasts can take advantage of the quieter landmarks in Jerusalem and museums in Tel Aviv. Meanwhile, those looking for a unique experience can head to Israel's only ski field at Mount Hermon. On the opposite end of Israel, sun lovers can escape the Northern Hemisphere's freezing temperatures with a trip down to Eilat or explore Ein Gedi National Park and the Bahai Gardens on Mount Carmel.
With temperatures reaching a high of 72ºF (22ºC) in Eilat and a low of 26ºF (-3ºC) at Mount Hermon, February is an excellent time for both snow enthusiasts and beachgoers to visit Israel. While you'll need to plan for the occasional rainy day, in return, you can take advantage of cheaper flight and accommodation prices. Plus, with fewer visitors in Israel, you can roam the Biblical highlights of Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher without the crowds.
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We were fortunate to acquire one of the best guides in Israel, Ille, and an excellent driver in Michael. Ille spoke very good English and had an encyclopedic knowledge about everything. He also knew everyone and was able to get us singular access to important sites, even with dense crowds and... Read more