9 days in Israel Itinerary

9 days in Israel Itinerary

Steve Effron

Make it your trip
Fly
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Jerusalem
— 4 nights
Drive
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Haifa
— 1 night
Fly
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Eilat
— 2 nights
Drive
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Masada
— 1 night
Drive to Ben Gurion International Airport, Fly to Belgrade

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Jerusalem

— 4 nights

Holy City

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Jerusalem: Jaffa (Jaffa Old City & Zadik Gallery) and Tel Aviv (Ben-Gurion House & Neve Tzedek). On the 12th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, admire the striking features of Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and take in panoramic vistas at Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Jerusalem route builder app.

Belgrade, Serbia to Jerusalem is an approximately 6-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Israel Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Belgrade in January, plan for much hotter days in Jerusalem, with highs around 20°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Haifa.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:

Haifa

— 1 night
A picturesque city in the north of the country, Haifa combines history and appearances to create an interesting and relaxing destination.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Citadel of Acre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bahai Gardens and Shrine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The German Colony, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at The Baha'i Gardens.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Haifa trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Jerusalem to Haifa in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Haifa can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Eilat.

Things to do in Haifa

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:

Eilat

— 2 nights
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
On the 15th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Timna Park, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain. On your second day here, see the vivid underwater world at Dolphin Reef, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Underwater Observatory Marine Park, and then see the vivid underwater world at Coral Beach Nature Reserve.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Eilat tour itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Haifa to Eilat by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Haifa in January, expect nights in Eilat to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Masada.

Things to do in Eilat

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:

Masada

— 1 night
On the 17th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of The Masada Museum and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Masada National Park.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Masada trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Eilat to Masada by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Masada

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:

Israel travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Walking Areas · Ruins
Land of Creation
Surprisingly diverse for such a narrow strip of land pressed against the Mediterranean, modern Israel only dates back to 1948, though the history of this "Holy Land" spans many millennia. The big three monotheistic religions--Christianity, Judaism, and Islam--maintain extremely strong ties to this part of the world, so you can expect to see plenty of historic churches, mosques, and synagogues during your holiday in Israel. Beyond the undeniable cultural appeal, Israel also offers impressive natural features, including the Dead Sea and Makhtesh Ramon, one of the world's biggest craters. As you tour Israel, you'll find yourself following in the footsteps of figures that helped shape the world thousands of years ago.