15 days in Israel Itinerary

15 days in Israel Itinerary

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15 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Drive:  14 h 15 min
1
Haifa
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Bus + Foot + Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Eilat
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Mitspe Ramon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Masada
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Jerusalem
— 5 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Cape Town

3
nights
Haifa

Haifa ©
A picturesque city in the north of the country, Haifa combines history and appearances to create an interesting and relaxing destination.
Venture out of the city with trips to Caesarea (Caesarea Antiquity Museum & Caesarea National Park), Ramat HaNadiv (in Zichron Yaakov) and Mount Arbel (in Migdal). There's much more to do: make a trip to The Baha'i Gardens, stroll through Sea of Galilee, contemplate the long history of Mount of Beatitudes, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nazareth Village.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Haifa online route builder .

Cape Town, South Africa to Haifa is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cape Town in December: high temperatures in Haifa hover around 22°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Eilat.

Things to do in Haifa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Caesarea, Nazareth, Ramat HaNadiv, Mount Arbel, Sea of Galilee
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The Baha'i Gardens ©
The Baha'i Gardens
Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation

3
nights
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, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at Underwater Observatory Marine Park, head outdoors with Sea and Desert Adventures, see the vivid underwater world at Coral Beach Nature Reserve, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Eilat day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Haifa to Eilat in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Haifa in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Eilat, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Mitspe Ramon.

Things to do in Eilat

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Underwater Observatory Marine Park ©
Underwater Observatory Marine Park
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 8th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Ramon Crater, see Off-Road Tours, and then get a taste of life in the country at The Alpaca Farm. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Ben-Gurion Hut, then explore the stunning scenery at Avdat National Park, then explore the ancient world of Nabatean Avdat Acropolis, and finally revel in the low prices at Faran Natural Cosmetic.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mitspe Ramon journey maker app .

Traveling by car from Eilat to Mitspe Ramon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Eilat in December, with highs in Mitspe Ramon at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Masada.

Things to do in Mitspe Ramon

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Ben-Gurion Hut
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Ramon Crater ©
Ramon Crater
Avdat National Park ©
Avdat National Park
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Masada

Masada ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Masada National Park and then take an in-depth tour of The Masada Museum.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Masada tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mitspe Ramon to Masada in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Masada

Parks Nature 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tel Aviv (Escape City, Tayelet, &more) and Jaffa (Jaffa Old City & Gallery Har-El, Printers & Publishers). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, stop by Jewish Quarter, and contemplate the long history of Mt of Olives.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Jerusalem vacation planner.

You can drive from Masada to Jerusalem in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Jerusalem can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tel Aviv
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The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Walking tours

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