Many people take a short vacation to Israel and try to fit in as much as possible. Even if you only have five days in Israel you can cover a good deal of the country, especially if you take one day Israel tours. If you land at Tel Aviv airport and base yourself in Tel Aviv you are sure to see the top Tel Aviv attractions. The rest of the country can be seen with Israel tours. Here is how you could divide your time to see as much of Israel as possible in five days.
Day One – Jerusalem
Jerusalem deserves a whole day to itself. There is a lot to see and some of the country’s most important sites are here. Christian travelers will enjoy visiting the Biblical sites on the Mount of Olives and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Jewish travelers should visit the Western Wall, the most sacred Jewish site in the world. Muslim travelers are going to want to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. All visitors to Jerusalem should spend time in the Old City. If you are interested in art don’t miss the Israel Museum. To learn more about the Holocaust go to the Yad VaShem Museum. There are many things to do in Jerusalem!
Day Two – Southern Israel
The top two attractions in southern Israel are the Dead Sea and Masada. You can visit both these attraction on a one day tour. Other sites you could consider including in your day in the south are Jericho and the baptismal site of Qasr el Yehud. Christian travelers may prefer a one day tour to the Dead Sea and Bethlehem. Alternatively Bethlehem can be combined with a visit to Jerusalem or Jericho.
Day Three – Galilee and Golan Heights
In one day you can cover the attractions around the Sea of Galilee and visit the Golan Height. Nazareth is also in the Galilee and is a great alternative for Christian travelers. Yardenit is a baptismal site on the River Jordan which can be included in Christian tours to the north.
Day Four – Coastal Cities
A coastal cities tour takes you to Caesarea, which has an excavated ancient Roman port city; Haifa famed for its bay and the Baha’i Gardens; the Crusader city of Acre and to the sea caves of Rosh HaNikra.
Day Five – Tel Aviv or Petra
If you have managed to see the top Tel Aviv attraction in the evenings during the last four days you might like to take a one day tour to Petra, Jordan. If you have been too busy touring the rest of the country then spend a day exploring Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv has stunning beaches; markets; historic Bauhaus architecture and is connected to the ancient port city of Jaffa.