Sample itineraries for multi-day trips in Israel
Day 1- From Jaffa to Tel-Aviv
Take a morning walk through the Old City of Jaffa, located by the ancient and famous harbor. Jaffa is famous for its association with the biblical stories of Jonah and Solomon, as well as the mythological story of Andromeda and Perseus. Walk the winding streets, take an amazing lookout over the seashore of Tel Aviv, stroll the galleries and visit the impressive churches, synagogues and mosques. Finally, arrive at the ancient Jaffa port. After lunch at Jaffa's flee-market, Walkthrough the gorgeous Neve-Tzedek district and Rothchild Blvd. to Rabin Square. Where Israel’s Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated during a peace rally.
Day 2- Drive along the coast
Like the Mediterranean tides, Israel's coastal plain has played host to the ebb and flow of great civilizations. Situated along the arching stretch of coastline are a series of cities holding great significance, both for historic Israel and the modern-day state. The remains of the impressive hippodrome and theater, as well as the waves crashing over the remains of its sunken palace, only hint at the former glory of Caesarea, which served as the capital of the country for hundreds of years. Like a thumb, Haifa juts out from the coast, a city known for the beauty and symmetry of the Bahá'í Gardens, as well as its example as a beacon of religious pluralism. Further north still, Acre sprawls out by the shore, its bustling bazaar swirling with the smells of spices and fresh fish, built atop the former Crusader stronghold that centuries later would be the last barrier stopping Napoleon from achieving his goal of conquest.
Day 3- Explore The Galilee
Visit Rosh Hanikra- a white chalk cliff face which opens up into spectacular grottos. These grottos are cavernous tunnels formed by sea action on the soft chalk rock, and they branch off in various directions with some interconnecting segments. After that, we will tour the ancient city of Tzfat. Tzfat is one of the holy spiritual centers of Judaism, filled with winding cobblestone lanes, bright blue walls, medieval synagogues, and art galleries. In Tzfat, we will learn more about Kabbalah, the movement of Jewish mysticism that sprang up precisely here.
Day 4- Explore the Golan
In the early morning, we will enjoy an unforgettable 4X4 jeep tour. Get a broad understanding of the borders of the region, the history and the different challenges which Israel is facing. After the tour, we will visit one of the Golan’s Druze villages for lunch and hospitality. We will also visit the breath-taking rebuild ‘Umm-El-Qanatir’ synagogue, an opportunity to discuss the ‘Talmudic Era’. To conclude the day, we will visit one of the famous wineries of the Golan for some tastings and intro to Israel’s wine scene.
Day 5- Heading to Jerusalem
Start your day with Kibbutz tour- Get to know and explore one of the most unique ways of living that there in Israel, and around the world. A social experiment in collective living that challenges traditional economic theories. We will continue to Bio-Bee, where we will learn about how Israel is changing people's lives around the world. After lunch, we will drive along the famous Route 90 and along the Jordanian border and the Great Rift Valley. We will enjoy the dramatic scenery and learn about the relations between Israel and Jordan. Just before arriving in Jerusalem, we will stop by the magnificent St. George monastery.
Day 6- Holy City of Jerusalem
We will visit the must-see sites such as the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, but we will also discover the modern, small moments of humanity that represent the Old City in the present day, such as the small coffee shops only locals would know. The tour will include visits to all four quarters of the Old City: Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and Armenian, each unique from the other in its content and feel.
Day 7- The Modern City of Jerusalem
Over 150 years of its modern history, Jerusalem has been developed and ruled over by a variety of different groups: the Ottoman Empire, the colonial British Mandate, the Palestinian elite, the Israeli government, and more. Each competing force desired to leave its own stamp on the appearance and atmosphere of modern Jerusalem. We will visit the Israel Museum, home to the shrine that protects the Dead Sea Scrolls, as well as a treasure trove of archaeological, anthropological, and cultural art and relics. After the Israel Museum tour will visit the Yad- Vashem Holocaust museum for an in-depth tour. Of course, no visit would be complete without the beautiful frenzy of spices, foods, and characters in the pulsating Mahane Yehuda Market
Day 8- Heading to the desert
Drive to the Dead Sea area and explore Masada- start the tour with a lookout over the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea- the lowest place on earth! Tour the ancient archaeological site and learn how King Herod built this amazing fortress compound on top of the steep mountain and how Masada became a symbol of ancient Israel. Hear the stories of its violent destruction and the last stand of Jewish patriots in the face of the Roman army. Float at the Dead Sea beach- enjoy the extremely salty, and healing waters, lather your skin with natural mud filled with minerals.
Day 9- Geopolitcal tour of Jerusalem and the west bank
While Jerusalem is Israel’s spiritual center, it also remains an undeniable source of heavy political tension. Jerusalem is a flintstone that serves as a microcosm of the conflict between the Israeli and Palestinian inhabitants of the land. Just about every cause of the conflict, as well as its effects, can be witnessed in this one place. On this tour, we will delve deeper into the role Jerusalem plays in the conflict and how it moves and informs it. We will try to understand the social, economic, and political issues that impact the lives of Jerusalem’s residents.
This will include visiting the Security Wall in East Jerusalem, as well as several Palestinian neighborhoods and other key sites that will shed more light on the complexities of Jerusalem. We will also look out across the city from observation points that can help provide a tangible By the afternoon, You will cross the checkpoint into Bethlehem for a tour of the city, which is under the control of the Palestinian authority.