Day Tours in Israel
Best Destinations for Short Sightseeing Trips

Although I've lived here for years, I still enjoy taking day tours in Israel. You can easily travel in Israel on your own by bus, train or driving.

But if you are tight in time, consider joining a one day organized group tour. 

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One Day Group Tours in Israel

Here is our list of recommended one day tours to the not-to-be-missed destinations. Most of these one day group tours provide both pickup from and return to your Tel Aviv or Jerusalem hotel.

Organized Jerusalem Day Tours in Israel

the old city of Jerusalem at night

If you only have one day to take a tour, then Jerusalem is the ultimate must-see destination. The variety of Jerusalem tours allows you to continue to learn about the city, whether you are a newcomer or a return visitor.

You can choose between:

  • General, Jewish or Christian-oriented tours
  • An underground, tunnel tour of Jerusalem
  • Jerusalem city only, or a tour combined with Bethlehem or the Dead Sea

Learn more on Jerusalem Tour options and prices

and choose from our Bethlehem Group Tours.

 Into the Desert - One Day Tours in Israel 

Israel's desert scenery always takes my breath away.... It is simply spectacular.

There are several possible day trips to the south of Israel, including to Masada desert fortress, the Dead Sea, Ein Gedi desert oasis, the ancient city of Jericho and a Desert Safari and Jeep trip.

Masada and the Dead Sea daily group tour:

cable cars ascending to and from Masada

An unforgettable experience discovering the Judean desert. You'll ascend by cable car 430 meters above the Dead Sea and explore the incredible Masada fortress and palace remains. You'll understand more about the fascinating history of Masada which continues to inspire Israelis to this day.

After Masada, you'll continue to lunch and swimming, or rather floating in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth at 400 meters below sea level. If you wish, you can take a theapeutic mud-bath.

Departing from Jerusalem  or Departing from Tel Aviv

Dead Sea Relaxation

view of the beautiful waters of the Dead Sea

This is the perfect excursion if you want a more relaxing trip with lots of time to sun bathe and swim.

Driving down to the Judean Desert, you'll pass the Inn of the Good Samaritan Inn, situated above archaelogical remains of the ancient inn from Biblical times.

The day will be spent at the Dead Sea, floating in the waters and if you like, enjoying the famous mud-baths!

mud bathing at the Dead Sea

Desert Safari Jeep Trip 

Want a desert adventure? Book your own private trip to the desert, where you'll enjoy a jeep tour of the desert.

After driving down to the Judean Desert, viewing the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, you'll start your jeep trip, enjoying the breathtaking, stark desert landscape up close. You'll visit sites such as the Metsuke Dragot, the caves around the Murabat Wadi, Michvar and Mount Hassason.

After a short break making herbal teas,  you'll stop for lunch and a swim at the Dead Sea. 

Desert Jeep trip (private) Departing from Jerusalem

One Day Trips to the North of Israel

There are so many places to explore in the greener northern half of Israel.  It's a region of historical and biblical importance, as well as great natural beauty.

Bahai Gardens of Haifa

Spending a day visiting the historic coastal cities in the north of Israel is a delight. You'll see the Roman and Crusader ruins in Caesarea and Akko (Acre), the Bahai Gardens of Haifa and the natural sea caves of Rosh Hanikra.

Book a Northern Coast Tour departing from Jerusalem or departing from Tel Aviv.

Christian Galilee Tour of Northern Israel

Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth

The Galilee is home to many of the holiest sites for Christians. On this one day tour you'll visit:

  • Nazareth - the childhood home of Jesus and visit the Church of Annunciation and the Church of Joseph.
  • Drive to the Sea of Galilee via Canna and visit the ruins at Capernaum - the public buildings, synagogues and  church.
  • Continuing to Tabgha - where you'll visit the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish. 
  • After a lunch break, you'll continue via Tiberias to the baptismal site of the Jordan River - Yardenit.

Book a tour of the Christian sites in the Galilee - departing from Jerusalem or departing from Tel Aviv 

Touring the Golan Heights

View from Mount Bental in the Golan Heights

Explore the Golan Heights

This fascinating tour explores both ancient and new.

Tour highlights including panoramic views of the Sea of Galilee, ascending to the Golan Heights from Hamat Gader. You'll expore Katzrin, the modern 'capital of the Golan' a picturesque town with ancient roots, exploring the excavations of a village from ancient Talmuidic times including a synagogue, houses and an oil press. You'll also visit the Golan Antiquites museum.

You'll continue to Mount Bental where you can see the remains of the Syrian bunkers and trenches captured by Israel in the Six Day War of 1967.

We continue to Mount Bental to see what remains of Syrian fortifications. The Syrian bunkers, base and trenches were captured by the Israeli's in the Six Day War of 1967. 

Book the Golan Heights tour departing from Jerusalem or departing from Tel Aviv or Herzliya.

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