35 days in Israel Itinerary

35 days in Israel Itinerary

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Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Jerusalem
— 9 nights
Bus:  2 h 15 min
2
Tiberias
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h
3
Haifa
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Netanya
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 45 min
5
Ein Bokek
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
6
Ein Gedi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Tel Aviv
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h
8
Ein Hod
— Few hours
Drive + Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Johannesburg

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Artists Quarter. You'll explore and learn at Lunada - Children's Museum and The Friends of Zion Museum. Shop till you drop at Baltinester Bros. Jewelry and Judaica and Mahane Yehuda Market. Get out of town with these interesting Jerusalem side-trips: Beersheba (ANZAC Memorial Center & Carasso Science Park), Kalia Beach (in Kalya) and Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park (in Kiryat Gat). There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo), get engrossed in the history at Ammunition Hill Memorial and Museum (Givat Ha-Tachmoshet), see the interesting displays at The Menachem Begin Heritage Center Museum, and wander the streets of Ben Yehuda Street.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Jerusalem trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Jerusalem is an approximately 13- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in December, with highs in Jerusalem at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Tiberias.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Beersheba, Kalia Beach, The Artists Quarter, Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park
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Lunada - Children's Museum ©
Lunada - Children's Museum
Carasso Science Park ©
Carasso Science Park
Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park ©
Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park

4
nights
Tiberias

Tiberias ©
On the shores of Lake Kinneret, a vacation in Tiberias offers plenty of water sports and biblical walks.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Circassian Museum and Olive Tree Fine Art Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Domus Galilaeae and Arbel Cliff. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Susita (Hippos) Nature Reserve and National Park, don't miss a visit to Nabi Shu'ayb, cool off at Aqua Kef, and do a tasting at Berenice Winery.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tiberias road trip planning website.

Traveling by bus from Jerusalem to Tiberias takes 2.5 hours. December in Tiberias sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can take a bus to Haifa.

Things to do in Tiberias

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Circassian Museum, Netofa Winery, Olive Tree Fine Art Gallery, Susita (Hippos) Nature Reserve and National Park
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Kursi National Park ©
Kursi National Park
Aqua Kef ©
Aqua Kef
Susita (Hippos) Nature Reserve and National Park ©

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Portal Shooting Range and Ghetto Fighters Museum (Lohamei HaGetaot Museum). Museum-lovers will get to explore Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum and Hecht Museum, University of Haifa. Step out of Haifa with an excursion to The Spice Way Herb & Spice Farm in Beit Lechem Haglilit--about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll around Carmel National Park, hike along Hecht Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Sculptures Garden (Gan Hapsalim), and examine the collection at En Carmel.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Haifa trip planner.

Take a bus from Tiberias to Haifa in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Haifa, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a train to Netanya.

Things to do in Haifa

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

The Spice Way Herb & Spice Farm, Ghetto Fighters Museum (Lohamei HaGetaot Museum), Portal Shooting Range, Circus of Horror
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Sculptures Garden (Gan Hapsalim) ©
Sculptures Garden (Gan Hapsalim)
Ghetto Fighters Museum (Lohamei HaGetaot Museum) ©
Hecht Museum, University of Haifa ©
Hecht Museum, University of Haifa

4
nights
Netanya

Netanya ©
The seaside town of Netanya draws tourists in with its fine sand beaches and lively atmosphere.
Appreciate the collections at Science Park at Technoda and Netanya Museum. Attractions like Khan Museum and Mikhmoret Beach make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Netanya: HaSharon Park (in Hadera) and Room Escape Games (in Rishon Lezion). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Alexander Stream Hof Bet Yanai National Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Antique & Collectors Weekly Market, enjoy some friendly competition at Planet Bowling, and do a tasting at Saslove Winery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Netanya journey planner.

Traveling by train from Haifa to Netanya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. December in Netanya sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ein Bokek.

Things to do in Netanya

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Hadera, Kfar Saba, Mikhmoret Beach, Vitkin Winery, Room Escape Games
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Mikhmoret Beach ©
Mikhmoret Beach
Science Park at Technoda ©
Science Park at Technoda
Khan Museum ©
Khan Museum

3
nights
Ein Bokek

Ein Bokek ©
Sandwiched between the turquoise waters of evaporation pools and desert-like landscape, Ein Bokek features a strip of hotels and luxury resorts on the Israeli shore of the Dead Sea.
Step off the beaten path and head to Crocoloco Crocodile Farm and Nahal Tamar. Museum-lovers will appreciate Vidor Center - A window to Arava agriculture and Glass Art Museum Arad. Get out of town with these interesting Ein Bokek side-trips: Beersheba (The Gateway to the Negev Visitor Center & Negev Museum of Art), Carmey Avdat (in Sde Boker) and HaMakhtesh HaGadol (in Yeruham). Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Adi Miraro Jewelry, delve into the distant past at Shivta, and admire the masterpieces at Arad Contemporary Art Center.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ein Bokek attractions planner.

You can take a bus from Netanya to Ein Bokek in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Ein Gedi.

Things to do in Ein Bokek

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trips

Arad, Beersheba, Carmey Avdat, Crocoloco Crocodile Farm, Nahal Tamar
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Vidor Center - A window to Arava agriculture ©
HaMakhtesh HaGadol ©
HaMakhtesh HaGadol
Crocoloco Crocodile Farm ©
Crocoloco Crocodile Farm

3
nights
Ein Gedi

Ein Gedi ©
Explore hidden gems such as Herod's Western Palace and Colorful Sands Park. Step out of Ein Gedi with an excursion to The Museum of Bedouin Culture in Beersheba--about 1h 05 min away.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ein Gedi online travel planner.

Ein Gedi is very close to Ein Bokek. In January, daytime highs in Ein Gedi are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Ein Gedi

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Dead Sea Region, The Museum of Bedouin Culture, Nachal Arugot Nature Reserve, Colorful Sands Park
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Ein Gedi Eco Center ©
Ein Gedi Eco Center
Spas
The Museum of Bedouin Culture ©
The Museum of Bedouin Culture

6
nights
Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv ©
Called the "White City" thanks to the color of its World Heritage-listed architectural landmarks, Tel Aviv serves as Israel's modern and cosmopolitan second city.
Family-friendly places like Ayalon Institute Museum and Jerusalem Beach will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Big Fashion Mall Ashdod and Nalagaat Center. When in Tel Aviv, make a side trip to see Hof Palmahim National Park in Rishon Lezion, approximately Rishon Lezion away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Joseph Bau House Museum, look for gifts at The PhotoHouse, kick back and relax at Bograshov Beach, and put a fun spin on your tour with The Wedding Escape Room.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tel Aviv day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Ein Gedi to Tel Aviv takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Tel Aviv are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ein Hod.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Holon, Rishon Lezion, Ayalon Institute Museum, Acadia Beach, Big Fashion Mall Ashdod
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Big Fashion Mall Ashdod ©
Big Fashion Mall Ashdod
Ayalon Institute Museum ©
Ayalon Institute Museum
Israeli Children's Museum ©
Israeli Children's Museum

few
hours
Ein Hod

Ein Hod
Ein Hod is a village in Haifa District in northern Israel. To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ein Hod tour planner.

You can drive from Tel Aviv to Ein Hod in an hour. January in Ein Hod sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. You will leave for home on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Ein Hod

Museums Parks Outdoors
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