Tel Aviv is located in the center of Israel and has highway and public transportation links to cities across the country. Luckily Israeli is not that big so you can easily base yourself in Tel Aviv and make day trips to other destinations. Take a look at these Tel Aviv day trips which give you a good variety of top tourist destinations and less obvious day trip choices.
Jerusalem from Tel Aviv
Jerusalem is one of the must-see destinations in Israel and is only an hour away (depending on traffic) from Tel Aviv. If you are taking a day trip from Tel Aviv then don’t waste any time and start your trip with a walking tour of the Old City. Most of Jerusalem’s top attraction are in the Old City; here you can see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall and Temple Mount where the Dome of the Rock stands. In the Old City there are many interesting stores, eateries, museums and other places of interest.
You can go into the “new” city and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the capital or alternatively visit the churches on the Mount of Olives. The Mount of Olives is home to the beautiful Church of All Nations, the Russian Orthodox Church, Pater Noster Church, the Chapel of the Ascension and Dominus Flevit Church. Families might like to visit the Biblical Zoo and others might be interested in visiting Yad VaShem Holocaust Museum or the Israel Museum.
Dead Sea and Masada day trips from Tel Aviv
No trip to Israel is complete without a visit to the Dead Sea which lies 87km south of Tel Aviv. This unique body of water is the lowest point on Earth. The Dead Sea water is three times as salty as the ocean. The mud that lines the banks and floor of the Dead Sea is rich in minerals that can benefit your general health and specifically your skin. Being the lowest point on Earth it is also the furthest point from the sun and so you can avoid the dangerous sun rays and just get the benefits of the sun. The Dead Sea air is also good for your health as it has high levels of oxygen and is pollen-free.
While you are in the Dead Sea region you can visit Masada which is only a short drive away. Masada is a “mesa” or flat-topped rock outcrop which rises majestically out of the desert. Masada’s summit was the site of an ancient Roman palace complex and many of the structures have survived. Masada was also the site of a significant event in Jewish history and is a symbol of Jewish devotion to national freedom and faith. Visitors to Masada can take a cable car (or walk up the Snake Path) to the summit and tour the remains of the palace complex.
Zichron Yakov from Tel Aviv
Zichron Yakov is often overlooked by tourists but it is worth making the day trip from Tel Aviv, especially if you enjoy wine! Zichron Yaakov is about an hour’s drive north of Tel Aviv. The small town is surrounded by lush forests, vineyards and mountains; in fact it is somewhat similar to a typical European village. The quaint town was established in 1882 and most of its historic buildings have survived. There is a stone-paved shopping street lined with one-off stores including those selling homemade confectionary; locally made textiles and handmade paper. You’ll also find art galleries, museums and many cute eateries. Zichron is one of Israel’s main wine-making towns. While here you can tour the Carmel Winery and the nearby Binyamina Winery and Tishbi Winery.
Believe it or not you can even take a day trip from Tel Aviv to Petra in Jordan and be back in Tel Aviv the same evening! There are organized tours which start in Tel Aviv with a short flight down to Eilat Israeli’s southernmost city. From there tours continue across the Israel/Jordan border and on to Petra. Petra is a UNESCO site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The city was created about 2300 years ago when the Nabataean people carved Petra’s buildings out of the red-hued desert cliffs. The ancient structures have survived and include temples, tombs and homes each with intricately carved facades and cavernous interiors.
On a tour to Petra you can learn about the ingenious water gathering system the Nabataeans used to keep Petra’s 20,000 residents supplied with water. Also learn of the trade routes which passed through Petra and the civilizations which inhabited Petra after the Nabataeans left. At the end of the day visitors are taken back across the border to Eilat for the return flight to Tel Aviv.
Herzliya from Tel Aviv
If you fancy a short day trip from Tel Aviv to a place close by then Herzliya is a good choice. It is also a great destination is you want to relax and get some retail therapy. Drive just 20 minutes north of Tel Aviv to reach the stunning beaches of Herzliya. While you’re down by the water check out the Herzliya marina and its adjacent Arena Mall. Herzliya has several great malls including a large Outlet Mall, the Arena Mall at the marina and the Shevat HaKochavim Mall (Seven Star Mall). Opposite Shevat HaKochavim is a great park with amazing tube slides and playgrounds. This park also has areas which have been left in their natural state and a park café where parents can sit while their kids play. Finish off your relaxing excursion to Herzliya with a movie at Cinema City Glilot, a cinema complex with stores, eateries and over 20 movie theatres.