Things To Do In Israel
Where to Go, What to See and Do

So you're planning a trip to Israel! 

Whether this is your first visit or one of many, use this list of things to do in Israel to help you plan what to see and do. Let us help you get organized and have a fantastic time in this beautiful, diverse, inspirational and sometimes exasperating country called Israel.


Essential Things to Do in Israel
If You Are Here For Just A Week

Will you be traveling to Israel for a short time, for a week or less?

We have created for you the minimum list covering the best of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the north and south of Israel. Here are the top 10 must-sees in Israel

It is easy to discover Israel on your own. Road signs are multi-lingual, most restaurants have English menus and Israelis speak English and are friendly. 

Still, don't miss these handy tips on travel to Israel.

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Do It Yourself (DIY) Travel vs Tour Guides

How to you prefer to discover Israel?

Some people will always prefer DIY travel. Others want a guide to show them the way, either on a group tour or privately. You might want to combine the best of both worlds. To travel on your own, but add an organized tour for a day or two.

You can explore a variety of organized and private tour options here.

Use this Israel travel guide below to help you explore what to see and do in Israel on your own:


Things to do in Israel for Nature Lovers

Israel is full of natural beauty - sunny beaches, green mountains, majestic deserts, and surprising streams and wateralls.

Because people naturally focus on historical, religous and cultural sites in Israel, they sometimes overlook Israel's natural wonders.Learn more about the best of Israel nature

Here are other amazing ways to explore the natural wonders of Israel:

Go Beach Hopping. Israel is blessed with over 100 beaches along 300 kilometers of the Mediterranean Sea, as well as  3 other coastlines: the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea and the Red Sea in Eilat. 


Walk the Israel Trail. The epic Israel National Trail runs 1,000 kilometers. It traverses  all of Israel, from Eilat and the Red Sea in the south, up to the Upper Galilee mountains and streams of the north.

Visit the Carmel Mountain range. Its secret ingredient is its diversity,  home to forests, Druze villages, ancient Biblical history and Israel's only artist colony.



Discover the Negev Desert. Making up more than 50% of Israel's territory the vast, rugged landscape of Hanegev is breathtaking. Makhtesh Ramon Crater, Sde Boker, Tel Sheva, Ein Avdat and more...


Explore Israel's Wine Regions. There are over 300 wineries in Israel in six distinct wine regions, from the Judean Desert in the south, up to the Golan heights in northern srael. 

Explore the Judean Desert. The fascinating Judean desert is home to many of Israel's most iconic attractions: the Dead Sea, Masada, Ein Gedi, the Qumran Caves and much more.



Go hiking in Israel. The country is crisscrossed with well-marked hiking trails. Hiking is the best way to discover the beauty and diversity of Israel's nature, up close.


Discover Israel Cities

Israel is home to wonderful cities worth visiting...

view of the Western Wall and the Al Aksa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem

There is no place on earth like the magical, holy Jerusalem. Read more about what to see in Jerusalem.

the Dome of the Rock and the Arches in the Temple Mount in Jerusalem

Jerusalem is the 3rd holiest city in Islam. Learn about the Islamic side of Jerusalem.

view of Tel Aviv from the Jaffa Hill

Light years away fromholy Jerusalem is the fun, beach city of Tel Aviv. Read more about what to see in Tel Aviv.

port view of Akko or Acre in the north of Israel

Akko or 'Acre' is the Crusader capital of IsraelThis quaint port city worth  in the north of Israel is worth discovering.

beautiful Bahai gardens in Haifa in the north of israel

The Bahai Gardens in the northern city of Haifa are among the most beautiful gardens in the world!


Historical and Archaelogical Sites in Israel

Israel is covered north to south in fascinating archaeological sites. Some are world-renown, and others are off the main tourist track:

exploring Masada in the Judean Desert in Israel

The ruins of Masada, symbol of Jewish resistance  are not to be missed.


Ancient Necropolis in Maresha Beit Guvrin National Park in Israel

Tel Maresha in Beit Guvrin Park, an ancient Biblical city with hundreds of manmade caves.


Roman arches in Ein Avdat in the Negev Desert Israel

Go south to see the ancient ruins in the Negev Desert at Tel Sheva, and Ein Avdat.

fascinating remains of the ancient city of Megiddo, also known as Armageddon

Tel Megiddo, or  Armageddon is the jewel in the crown of Biblical archaeology. 


ancient Biblical city of Tel Arad

Tel Arad in the desert is a 5,000 year old Canaanite and then Israelite city with citadel and temple remains.


The ancient Biblical city of Lachish was the 2nd greatest city in Judea.

Beit Shearim, home to ancient Jewish sarcophagi

Beit Shearim, a small national park is home to the world's oldest Jewish sarcophogi!


ancient mikveh Jewish ritual bath in Magdala near the Sea of Galilee

Visit Magdala in Migdal and find the newly uncovered Jewish / Christian town in the Galilee.


Christian Heritage of Israel

Are you mainly interested in the Christian heritage of the Holy Land? Learn more about the:

  • and consider visiting the recently unearthed ancient Magdala, home of Mary of Magdala

And if you are lucky enough to visit Israel during the holiday season, find out what to see during Christmas in Israel.


If you want want to explore the birthplace of Christianity at your own pace, you may want to take a private Christina tour. Learn more about private one-day and multi-day tours of the Land of the Bible.


Things to Do in Israel 
Here for a Short Time? Take a Tour...

The easiest way to see the country if you are not a DIY person is to either 

hire a private guide

or join an organized tour.  


Private Tours

Hiring a private guide is -

  •  A great option for Israel VIP tours. It allow you to customize the tour to suit your  unique interests and schedule.
  • A very reasonably-priced choice if you are in a family or social group of four or more. You can then enjoy the perks of a private tour without paying more. 

You can select either full 1-2 week private tours, or single / multi-day tours.

Privately Guided 1 - 2 Week Israel Vacations

Hiring a guide to accompany you for an entire week or two is probably the ultimate way to discover Israel's hidden secrets and historical wonders. All your precious vacation time is well spent.

We recommend Levi's fascinating Bible Land Tours, customized to your interests and preferences.

Levi's Israel Highlights Tour. Explore Israel's gems at your pace and schedule. Can be customized for kids or special interests. One to two weeks. Learn more on Israel Highlights Private Tour

View of Jerusalem

Levi's Christian Holyland Tour. Can be customized for Catholic, Protestant and other denominations. One to two weeks. Learn more on Christian Holyland Private Tour


Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

Jewish Heritage Tour. Discover your roots and explore the fascinating Jewish history and modern vitality of the Land of Israel. One to two weeks. Learn more on Jewish Heritage Private Tour

Ascending the Jewish fortress of Masada in Israel

One Day Private Tours in Israel

Another option is to travel on your own in Israel, and hire a guide for one or more days to explore a specific Israeli city or region in more depth.

You can choose from this great selection of short private tours in Israel:

One Day Jerusalem Tours. Discover the magic of the holiest city at your own pace. Learn more on Jerusalem Private Tours.  You may prefer your own private Jerusalem Walking Tours

View of the Old City of Jerusalem and the Golden Dome Mosque

Fun Tel Aviv Tours. By foot, car, bike or boat. A culinary tour or perhaps a Tel Aviv pub tour at night? Learn More on Tel Aviv Private Tours

View of Jaffa Port in Tel Aviv

North and South Israel Tours. From Masada and the Dead Sea in the desert to the Sea of Galilee, Safed and Akko in the North. Learn more on North and South of Israel Private Tours

View of the Sea of Galilee and Mount Beautitudes in the north of Israel

Want something completely different? Try this culinary, walking night tour in Bnei Brak, exploring the fascinating culture and food of the ultra-orthodox community. Learn more on Food Tour of Bnei Brak.

There are over 300 wineries in Israel and their quality and variety is simply amazing. Learn more about Private Wine Tours.


Things to Do in Israel - Organized Tours

If you prefer joining an organized group, there are great group packages tours of Israel.  

Read more about our 4 bestseller one-day group tours in Jerusalem.

Or, you may prefer to visit most of the country in short, single-day organized tours from either Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.  Learn more about the best destinations for one day tours in Israel.

The Israel group excursions we recommend are conducted by Bein Harim, which we believe is best Israel Tour operator.  They provide great service and fascinating tours that tourists love.

The tours are conducted by expert (and friendly!) local guides and include lodging and transportation.  

If you prefer a multi-day organized tour, you can choose one that focuses on a Christian or Jewish perspective, or a general interest group tour:

Multi-Day Organized Tours: 

Holy Land Tours. These inspirational trips follow in the footsteps of Jesus across the Land of Israel. Four to ten day packages are available. Learn more on Christian Holyland Tours 

Jewish Interest Tours. Excursions that explore the beauty of Israel and its Jewish heritage. Four to eleven day packages are available. Learn more on Jewish Oriented Tours 

Gems of Israel Tours. These classic Israel group tours cover the main attractions of Israel from North to South. Four to eleven day packages are available. Learn more on Gems of Israel Tours 




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