11 days in Israel, Bethlehem & Jordan Itinerary

11 days in Israel, Bethlehem & Jordan Itinerary

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11 days in Israel, Bethlehem & Jordan Itinerary

Start: Tampa, United States
Fly:  19 h 15 min
1
Jerusalem, Israel
— 3 nights
Bus:  15 min
2
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  4 h
3
Eilat, Israel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Masada, Israel
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Wadi Rum, Jordan
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21 h 45 min
End: Tampa, United States


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3
nights
Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tel Aviv (Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art & Tayelet) and Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, admire the landmark architecture of Bethesda, delve into the distant past at Western Wall, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Jerusalem trip simple and quick.

Tampa, USA to Jerusalem is an approximately 19.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to Jerusalem is 7 hours. In May, Jerusalem is a bit cooler than Tampa - with highs of 84°F and lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Bethlehem.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tel Aviv
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The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Tayelet ©
Tayelet

1
night
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories

Bethlehem ©
For many, Bethlehem needs no introduction.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Palestinian Heritage Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cave of St. Jerome, revel in the low prices at Blessings Gift Shop and The Olive Wood Factory, steep yourself in history at Church of the Nativity, then delve into the distant past at The Church of St. Catherine, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Lazarus.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Bethlehem day trip planning tool.

Bethlehem is very close to Jerusalem. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Eilat.

Things to do in Bethlehem

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Church of St. Lazarus
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Church of the Nativity ©
Church of the Nativity
Palestinian Heritage Center ©
Palestinian Heritage Center

2
nights
Eilat, Israel

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): get your game on at Darkness - Israel's Biggest Haunted House, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Underwater Observatory Marine Park, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Timna Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Dolphin Reef, and then identify plant and animal life at Coral Beach Nature Reserve.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Eilat online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Bethlehem to Eilat takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Eilat sees daily highs of 97°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Masada.

Things to do in Eilat

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Underwater Observatory Marine Park ©
Underwater Observatory Marine Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin Reef ©
Dolphin Reef

1
night
Masada, Israel

Masada ©
On the 9th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Masada National Park and then steep yourself in history at The Masada Museum.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Masada itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Eilat to Masada in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wadi Rum.

Things to do in Masada

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

The Masada Museum
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Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park
The Masada Museum ©
The Masada Museum

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nights
Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum ©
Tourism in Wadi Rum revolves around UNESCO-protected desert scenery and spectacular limestone rock formations following a dry river bed, which in World War I served as the headquarters of a British-inspired Arab revolt against the Ottomans.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire nature's extreme beauty at Wadi Rum Protected Area.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Wadi Rum trip planning website.

You can drive from Masada to Wadi Rum in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wadi Rum

Nature Parks
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Wadi Rum Protected Area ©
Wadi Rum Protected Area

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