Explore Israel in 7 Days
Israel is a small country that is packed with attractions and points of interest but with careful planning it is possible to see Israel in 7 Days. You can cover the highlights of Israel either by traveling independently or by joining an organized tour. If you choose to travel independently the best way to see as much as possible is to rent a car. This way you can reach the more remote locations without having to rely on slow or irregular public transport. However if you would rather sit back and relax then join a 7-days Israel tour that takes care of all logistics, accommodation, guide services and all other aspects of your sightseeing. Here is a brief summary of the essential sites to see during a week in Israel. These are also the places you would visit on an organized one week Israel tour.
7-Day Israel Tour Itinerary
On an organized week-long tour of Israel you have free time in Tel Aviv at the beginning of the tour and in Jerusalem at the end of the tour. If you are planning your time in Israel independently it is a good idea to also give yourself free time in these stunning cities. In Tel Aviv you can enjoy the beaches, museums, markets and great shopping. In Jerusalem there is the dynamic new city and the magical Old City.
Travel north through the Galilee and visit Nazareth, Jesus’ childhood home and site of the annunciation. Continue to the Sea of Galilee and stop in Capernaum, where Jesus based himself during his ministry; Tiberias and at churches on the water’s edge. Here you can see the Mount of Beatitudes and take a boat excursion out onto the beautiful inland sea.
Tour the coastal cities of Caesarea where you can tour the remains of an ancient Roman port city; Acre, site of an underground Crusader city and Haifa, home to the Baha’i Gardens that cascade down 18 terraces on Mt. Carmel. Also travel to the northernmost point of the coast and walk through the Rosh HaNikra sea caves.
7-day Israel tour packages take you to the Golan Heights, a range of mountains covered with lush forests, farmlands and vineyards. Here you can visit ancient remains of a Jewish Talmudic-era village and synagogue in Katzrin; the remains of Syrian fortifications and bunkers as well as the Shalom Observatory where you can look down on the Sea of Galilee.
No week in Israel would be complete without time in Jerusalem. On a tour (or independently) visit the Mount of Olives for Christian sites or Mt. Scopus for a panoramic view of the city. Take a walk through the Old City stopping at the Western Wall, the most sacred Jewish site in the world; walk the Via Dolorosa, retracing Jesus’ footsteps on his way to Calvary and spend time in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre which encompasses Jesus’ tomb and Calvary. There are many interesting excavation sites in and around the Old City as well as ancient churches and synagogues. Some tours include a visit to King David’s Tomb and the Room of the Last Supper on Mt. Zion while others take you to Yad VaShem Holocaust Museum.
Spend a day traveling south to Masada, an incredible mesa, with a plateau summit. You can take a cable car to the summit and tour a fortress complex built on the mount almost 2,000 years ago. Not far from Masada is the Dead Sea, one of Israel’s top attractions and the lowest point on the planet. Here you can relax on the shore of the sea; enjoy the natural health and beauty benefits of the mineral-rich water and even indulge in spa treatments at Dead Sea hotels. Masada and the Dead Sea are not easy to reach by public transport and the drive through the desert can be daunting; for this reason, many travelers prefer to take a guided day tour or package tour that includes a visit to the Dead Sea and Masada.
Other 7-Day Israel Tour Options
If you are visiting Israel specifically to see Christian Biblical landmarks or Jewish heritage sites you can plan your week in the Holy Land to focus on those destinations. There are also organized 7-day Israel tours that are tailor-made for Christians or Jewish travelers. Israel package tours for Christians include highlights like Jerusalem; Bethlehem; Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee. Many include an opportunity to get baptized in the River Jordan. Jewish package tours in Israel visit sites in Jerusalem and across the country. Most week-long tours of Israel include must-see places like the Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee and Jerusalem.