Classic One Week Israel Travel Itinerary

Jerusalem Old City

This is a suggested classic one week itinerary for Israel that includes Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Dead Sea and Masada.

Why Travel To Israel

  • Experience historic & religious sites
  • Lovely beaches & buzzing night-life
  • Diverse scenery
  • Great weather year round
  • Delicious local cuisine

Best Time To Visit Israel

Generally the best time to visit Israel is spring (March - May) and autumn (September - November), when it is not too crowded and the temperatures are mild.


Israel Top Experiences

  • Historic & religious sites of Jerusalem
  • Exploring UNESCO protected ancient fortification Masada
  • Floating in the Dead Sea
  • Exploring colorful local markets
  • Experience traditional Jewish Sabbath Friday night dinner

Israel Travel Route


Israel Travel Route

Israel Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Tel Aviv
  • Day 2: Explore Tel Aviv
  • Day 3: Explore Tel Aviv
  • Day 4: Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in Morning, Explore Jerusalem 
  • Day 5: Explore Jerusalem
  • Day 6: Explore Jerusalem 
  • Day 7: Day trip to Masada & Dead Sea
  • Day 8: Depart

If you've more days then you can visit Bethlehem, Nazareth, Haifa and Eiat

Day 1 - Arrive In Tel Aviv

Fly into Tel Aviv and settle down into your hotel. Tel Aviv is the second largest city and the economic center of Israel. In the afternoon join a guided walking tour of the city, where you'll discover the history of the Old Jaffa city. Then relax at the beach.

Best location to book your stay in Tel Aviv is the City Center area.


The Clock Tower (Tel Aviv)
The Clock Tower (Tel Aviv)

Old Jaffa (Tel Aviv)
Old Jaffa (Tel Aviv)

Aviv Beach
Aviv Beach

Day 2 - Explore Tel Aviv

After a good sleep in the night and a hearty breakfast in morning, start your day by visiting Carmel Market. It is Tel Aviv’s biggest market, which is full of colorful stalls and noisy vendors selling a variety of goods, from dried fruits and exotic spices to clothing and footwear. All your senses will be stimulated by the sights, sounds, smells and flavors of the fresh produce and spices. Have lunch at one of the authentic Israeli restaurant. In the afternoon visit lovely neighborhood of Neve Tzedek. This neighborhood if full of boutiques, galleries, craft shops and cafes. It is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon and enjoy some coffee/ice cream.

Carmel Market (Tel Aviv)
Carmel Market (Tel Aviv)


Carmel Market (Tel Aviv)
Carmel Market (Tel Aviv)

Day 3 - Explore Tel Aviv

Start your day by visiting the Sarona Market. It is Israel's largest indoor culinary market which includes retail stores, food stands and restaurants. In the afternoon visit Tel Aviv Museum Of ArtThe museum houses a comprehensive collection of Israeli classical and contemporary art.

Tel Aviv Museum Of Art
Tel Aviv Museum Of Art
(Above Image By Itayba at Hebrew Wikipedia - Transferred from he.wikipedia to Commons., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3289896)


Day 4 - Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in Morning, Explore Jerusalem

Take the transport from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is about an hour drive. Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. In the afternoon join a guided walking tour of Jerusalem Old City which will cover all four of the quarters – Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Armenian.

Best location to book your stay in Jerusalem is the City Center or West Jerusalem area.


Jerusalem Old City
Jerusalem Old City

Day 5 - Explore Jerusalem

Start your day by visiting Church of the Holy Sepulchre which is considered as one of the world's holiest Christian sites. In the afternoon visit Mount of Olives which is a mountain ridge named for the olive groves that once covered its slopes. The mount has been used as a Jewish cemetery for over 3000 years. Then visit Tomb of the Virgin Mary at the foot of Mount of Olives, believed by Christians to be the burial place of Mary.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Jerusalem)
Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Jerusalem)

Mount of Olives (Jerusalem)
Mount of Olives (Jerusalem)

Tomb of the Virgin Mary (Jerusalem)
Tomb of the Virgin Mary (Jerusalem)

Day 6 - Explore Jerusalem

Begin your day by visiting The Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall). It is the most significant historic site for the Jewish faith and dates back to the first century BC. In the afternoon visit Temple Mount which is one of the holiest sites in Jerusalem for both Jews and Muslims. Please check the information on visiting hours for Temple Mount in advance to plan your visit. In late afternoon visit Mahane Yehuda Market which is a lively marketplace with vendors selling everything from souvenirs to aromatic spices. End your day with dinner at one of the many restaurants in the market.

The Western Wall (Jerusalem)
 The Western Wall (Jerusalem)

Western Wall (Jerusalem)
The Western Wall (Jerusalem)

Temple Mount (Jerusalem)
Temple Mount (Jerusalem)

Mahane Yehuda Market (Jerusalem)
Mahane Yehuda Market (Jerusalem)

Day 7 - Day trip to Masada & Dead Sea

Rent a car or take the bus from Jerusalem to visit Masada and Dead Sea. In the morning visit Masada which is an ancient fortification built in the year 30 BCE by King Herod and is situated on top of an isolated rock plateau. It is an archaeological site that houses the remains of a Sicarii settlement. In the afternoon relax at the Dead SeaThe Dead Sea is the lowest point on the surface of the earth. The salt in the Dead Sea causes you to float effortlessly on the surface. Ein Bokek beach is one of the spots where you can experience the Dead Sea.

Dead Sea
Dead Sea

Masada
Masada

Masada Cable Car
Masada Cable Car

What To Shop In Israel

Israel is known for spices, Halva (dessert), Dead Sea skin products, Eilat stone, jewelry and Armenian pottery. 


Foods To Try In Israel

  • Hummus
  • Baba Ganoush
  • Tahini
  • Falafel
  • Shawarma
  • Sabich (Israeli sandwich)
  • Shakshouka (eggs poached in tomato sauce)
  • Israeli salad
  • Israeli breakfast
  • Lahoh (spongy bread)
  • Halva
  • Bourekas (pastry)
  • Kanafeh (pastry) 

Israeli Halva
Israeli Halva

(Photo by Paulina Zet _ Vered Hasharon - DSC_0764, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=384359)


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