Top 12 Day Trips From Jerusalem, Israel

day trips from jerusalem

How does a trip to one of the world’s oldest cities sound to you? Travel to Jerusalem, as there is something very intriguing about visiting a progressive city that is also known to be one of the holiest places in the world. Discover a handful of historical sites such as Temple Mount, Wailing Wall, and Via Dolorosa, and hear many fascinating stories about religions such as Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Also, while culturally and historically rich, Jerusalem is also dynamic and modern. You will find art galleries, museums, restaurants, bars, cafes, and other entertainment options that would keep your travel enriching. See for yourself the beauty of a well-preserved historic city that keeps up with the ways of the modern world. Check out the top day trips from Jerusalem, Israel.

1. Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv at night
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Tel Aviv, Israel’s commercial seat, was dubbed as “The Mediterranean Capital of Cool” for being a progressive and dynamic city. Tel Aviv should be your top choice if you wish to stay close to modern museums, shops, bars, hotels, and multimedia exhibits. What’s unique about this city is its location on the Mediterranean coast. Nightlife could not have been better with the cool sea breeze brushing your skin and keeping you fresh. If you do not know where to start exploring, you can drop by Tel Aviv Museum of Art to check contemporary artworks or dine in hip restaurants in Neve Tzedek Quarter.

2. Nazareth

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This northern city is fondly called “Israel’s Arab Capital” for the majority of its residents are Arab citizens. Yet, interestingly, Nazareth is widely known to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ. When in Nazareth, take the 65-km (40-mi) hiking tour that traces Jesus’ journey to Galilee back in the olden times. If this sounds physically demanding, you can instead visit the open-air museum, Nazareth Village, or the church, Basilica of Annunciation.

3. Haifa (from USD 663.0)

Dead Sea waters possess high salinity levels, thus making you float without trying. At the end of this full-day Haifa tour, you will get to experience a floating spree in a salt-water lake. Don’t forget to snap lots of pictures as you go through many scenic locations in Jerusalem, including Via Dolorosa, Muslim Wall, Old City, and the Judean Desert. Your host will pick you up from the port, so you don’t need to rent a car, making this a convenient tour for you.

Haifa to Jerusalem and Dead Sea Private Shore Excursion

Duration: 10 hours

1 review

4. Ein Gedi

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Ein Gedi, both a heavenly oasis and an archaeological site, lies west of Dead Sea. You will be in awe with its gorgeous waterfalls and springs that complement the picturesque rock formations and surrounding greenery. Don’t miss the chance to marvel at nature’s bounty in Israel. Take either half-day or full-day tours with family and friends. Its national park even allows you to see diverse animals (including Nubian ibexes) and lush vegetation. Check out rare plants in Ein Gedi Botanical Garden and see the iconic frankincense and myrrh for yourself.

5. Amman

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Are you fond of Roman architecture? If so, head to Amman, the capital of the nearby country, Jordan. When looking for a day tour, make sure to include the iconic citadel that features the Herculean pillar ruins and the big head-turning dome of King Abdullah Mosque. Somewhere in the hilly side of Amman, you’ll see for yourself a 6,000-seat Roman amphitheater dating as early as the 2nd century. Then, there’s Mt. Nebo, where Moses saw in his vision the Promised Land. In Amman, you have plenty of beautiful sites to feast on indeed.

6. Masada & The Dead Sea (from USD 111.0)

Masada, the iconic fortress on a plateau that overlooks the Dead Sea, draws in about 750,000 visitors every year. This full-day tour takes you to the world-renowned palaces of King Herod in Masada. And on the way, you’ll pass through the Judean Desert, then ride a cable car where you get expansive views of the Dead Sea. In this tour, you also get to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime Dead Sea floating experience as well as a therapeutic mud bath.

Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem

Duration: 9 hours

10 reviews

7. Petra (from USD 299.0)

You probably have seen this “Rose-Red City” in the blockbuster movie, India Jones. Well, you can skip the big screen and witness this marvelous rock-cut temple in Jordan in person. This full-day tour picks you up from Jerusalem and guides you through several interesting sites in Petra, including the iconic Wadi Rum, an entire valley made of sandstone and granite rock that will leave you in awe. The tour organizer will assist you with your border-crossing requirements and you will be traveling in an air-conditioned vehicle for your comfort and convenience.

Day tour to Petra from Jerusalem

Duration: 1 day

3 reviews

8. Bethlehem (from USD 72.0)

The world knows that Jesus Christ was born in the lovely little town of Bethlehem. Take the opportunity to follow the events of the life of Jesus when you join this half-day tour. Shepherd’s Field, Manger Square, and Church of Nativity are some of the places you will visit. Whether you are a devoted follower of Christianity or just plain curious about the historical sites, you should join this transport-easy tour. Hotel pickup will be part of this package, so all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the legendary and historical attractions.

Little Town of Bethlehem Half Day Trip from Jerusalem

Duration: 5 hours

9. Jericho

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The Palestinian city, Jericho, is one of the world’s oldest communities that still thrive up to the present. When in Jerusalem, grab the opportunity to travel to Jericho in Jordan Valley and discover several historic sites. Visit Mount of Temptation, a desert mountain with a monastery, or wander around the tomb of Moses, known as Nabi Musa. Feast your eyes on various archaeological exhibits at Russian Museum. You can also try and offer a prayer at Așezământul Românesc, an Orthodox church.

10. Ramallah

Lovely Ramallah park
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About 10 km (6 mi) north of Jerusalem, in West Bank, you will find this elevated Palestine city of Ramallah. Here, you will encounter not just archaeological sites but also lovely parks and gardens. While you can go on a self-guided tour, it’s best to book a guided version for convenience and educational purposes. Tours will take you to several sites of interest, including Tel A-Nasbe, Alistiqlal Park, and Dar Zahran Heritage Building.

11. Caesara (from USD 122.0)

Caesara used to be the administrative seat of Palestine, hence it boasts a rich and interesting history. This full-day guided tour grants you the opportunity to witness Roman ruins in Caesara that still stand beautifully at present. It will also take you to scenic landscapes such as Rosh HaNikra, a settlement in the north with stunning Mediterranean grottoes, the historic Acre that boasts a walled city by the coast, and the beautiful Bahai Gardens with its iconic garden terraces.

Caeserea and Rosh Hanikra Day Trip from Jerusalem

Duration: 12 hours

10 reviews

12. Golan Heights (from USD 138.0)

Explore the high mountains and plateaus of Israel in a full-day walking tour in Golan Heights. Learn its history, commune with nature, and keep yourself active. At Mount Bental, you can catch sweeping views of the valley of both Syria and Jordan. At Yarendit stopover, you will witness the most-talked about baptismal site in Jordan River. Along the way, you will also discover ancient inscriptions, synagogues, villages, and so much more. Plus, you will hear a number of interesting stories.

Jerusalem to Golan Heights Full-Day Trip Including Yarendit

Duration: 13 hours

4 reviews

See historical sites with fresh eyes in Jerusalem

Visiting historical places is mentally enriching, yes. However, not too many know that doing so is also soulfully rewarding, socially exciting, and aesthetically pleasing. You can take a picture for your social media feed with the magnificent temple in Petras or bathe in the Dead Sea where no matter what stroke and kick you execute, you’ll end up floating. There are so many beautiful sites and thrilling experiences that await you in Jerusalem. Take a clue from this list of top day trips in Jerusalem, Israel.

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Jahz is a Philippine-based writer who enjoys solo travels as much as group adventures. She believes that life is too short to be spent living in one place, so she makes it a point to experience a...Read more

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