A 7-Day Travel Itinerary to Israel

Floating in the Dead Sea | © Dewet Willemse/Unsplash
Floating in the Dead Sea | © Dewet Willemse/Unsplash
Photo of Lior Kantor
25 June 2019

Everyone says you just have to visit Israel, that you will fall in love with Tel Aviv, the old city of Jerusalem and the magnificent desert views of the Negev. But if you don’t know how to make the best out of your upcoming trip to the Holy Land, then you have come to the right place! Read our itinerary to ensure you have the ultimate week in Israel.

Start off with a couple of days in Jerusalem, where you will discover historically, religiously and culturally fascinating spots – and to be in one of the oldest and most interesting cities in the world. Walk the old town of Jerusalem, explore sites sacred to Christianity, Judaism and Islam, such as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Room of the Last Supper, the Western Wall, The Tower of King David and The Dome of The Rock.

Jerusalem mosque | © Mauricio Artieda/Unsplash

In addition to the fascinating stories of these holy and historic sites, Jerusalem has several newer attractions worth checking out, like the Israel Museum, which is home to several art installations designed by some of the world’s most renowned artists. Learn about the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Museum, taste Israel’s local cuisine at the Machane Yehuda Market and don’t miss out on the incredible Israeli restaurant bearing the same name.

On your third day, head south towards the Judea Desert, where you can hike the famous Masada trail and be amazed by the magnificent desert landscapes, and even ride camels at Kfar Hanokdim. If you really want to admire amazing views, try arriving at Masada before the sunset to see it while hiking the trail – you won’t regret it!

Judea Desert, Israel | © Dan Calderwood/Unsplash

Another thing you absolutely must do in the Judea Desert is, of course, see the Dead Sea, earth’s lowest elevation point on land and the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. The Dead Sea, from which many cosmetics and nurturing products are produced, is an amazing experience that draws many tourists to float on its waters (the salt density makes you float on the water), soak in its healing mud and enjoy the magnificent views surrounding it.

Before or after getting to Tel Aviv, make sure you take a day to drive up north. Visit Haifa to see the incredible Bahai Gardens, something you really don’t see every day. On the way, stop at Caesarea’s old port, a town built by Herod the Great in 13-25 BE, where you will find some of the most beautiful coastal and historic sights in Israel, and if you have time, check out the nearby Zichron Ya’akov, a picturesque small town with local artists and wineries. End your day by heading up to Akko, an old port city that has been preserved, as it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with remains dating to 3,500 BE, and later Greek, Templer and Ottoman influences. Don’t miss out on the fresh seafood in Akko!

The moment has finally arrived – Tel Aviv, here we come! Explore the city’s coolest neighbourhoods like Neve Tzedek, Florentin, Jaffa and the White City, the incredible variety of restaurants, bars and cafes; enhance your knowledge at the some of the city’s best art and design galleries, museums and cultural sites; walk around the shops, boutiques and markets; hang out with the locals; party at some of the bars and clubs in the Tel Aviv underground scene or just chill at the beach.

Tel Aviv restaurant | © Rob Bye/Unsplash

Israel’s coolest city, also known as the nonstop city, the LGBT capital, a vegan foodie’s paradise, a hipster haven, the startup hub of the Middle East and so much more, is so diverse and dynamic. You can never feel like you’ve seen everything, but here is the gist of what you really can’t miss.

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