With so many sites to see in Israel, you might be asking yourself, which specific tours are the most worthwhile? Based on value, tour experience, and the destination’s significance, we’ve put together this list of the 10 best tours in Israel you can join.
1) Masada, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea Day Tour
This one day tour is an absolute bestseller. Hitting all the highlights of Israel’s breathtaking nature, you can visit Masada, Ein Gedi, and the Dead Sea for unbeatable value. The tour departs from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv daily. Including experiences such as seeing a 2,000 year old Herodian fortress, floating in the Dead Sea, the lowest point in Earth, and seeing wild Ibexes in Ein Gedi nature reserve, this trip is one of the best things you can do during your stay in Israel.
2) Sunrise Over Masada Tour
This Sunrise tour of Masada, Ein Gedi, and the Dead Sea has a small but significant variation from the previous tour: it includes the opportunity to watch the sun rise over the Dead Sea from the Masada mountain viewpoint. For early risers, it’s a no-brainer, but even for the night owls we recommend sacrificing one night of sleep to make this unforgettable memory. Everyone should have the option for this experience, which is why this tour is available daily!
3) Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and the Dead Sea Day Tour
Want to check the Dead Sea off your bucket list, while taking in some history on the same day? Then this Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and the Dead Sea one day tour is for you. The tour is available four days a week. You’ll start your day touring Jerusalem’s Old City. This ancient landmark is home to some of the most important religious landmarks in the world. Then, you’ll head to Bethlehem to explore Jesus’ birthplace, before ending your day relaxing on the shores of the Dead Sea.
4) Best of Jerusalem Walking Tour
Experience all Jerusalem has to offer with this great value one day Jerusalem walking tour. You’ll fully experience both the wonders of Jerusalem’s Old City, and the modern day bustling town, including the famous Machane Yehuda outdoor food market. This tour departs from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv three days a week.
5) Overnight in Jordan: Petra and Wadi Rum Tour
Did you know that Jordan is just a few hours away from Israel? Not many people realize how easy it is to see the wonders of Jordan during their Israel trip. This two day tour of Petra and Wadi Rum is the absolute best value way to visit this incredible place. The competitive price includes $70 worth of entry fees to Petra. The itinerary includes exploring Petra, one of the 7 Wonders of the World; exploring the historic city of Aqaba; traversing the beautiful Wadi Rum, or the Valley of the Moon, where you’ll stay overnight… we’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!
This trip is available every day from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, or Eilat. (You can be picked up from one city and dropped off in another, so choose the city you’d like to start in).
6) Petra One Day Tour from Israel
If you don’t want to stay overnight in Jordan, you can tour the wonders of the lost city of Petra all in one day. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the incredible site, and be picked up and dropped off from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, or Eilat – all in the same 24 hour window! This trip is available daily. (You can be picked up from one city and dropped off in another, so choose the city you’d like to start in.)
7) Caesarea, Haifa, and Akko Day Tour
Not many tourists get the opportunity to see more of the Mediterranean coastal towns outside of Tel Aviv. This unique tour is here to change that. Traverse Israel’s coastline in this one day tour of Caesarea, Haifa, and Akko, three incredible historic cities north of Tel Aviv. This is an amazing tour option for those who are keen to see some of Israel’s hidden gems, available twice a week.
8) Day Tour of the Galilee
For those visiting the Holy Land to learn more about Christian history, this one day Galilee tour is a must. Journey through the lands of the New Testament and see famous sites such as Capernaum, Taghba, Nazareth, and the River Jordan – all while taking in the rolling hills of the Galilee in the North of Israel. This tour is a great experience for any visitor, but especially for Christians. This tour is available every Tuesday and Saturday. We especially recommend this as a great way to spend your Saturday in Israel, when many other attractions are closed.
9) Bethlehem, Jericho, and the Jordan River Day Tour
Another amazing tour option for those who want to see more Christian sites in the West Bank is this one day tour of Bethlehem, Jericho, and the Jordan River. Jericho is thought to be the oldest city in the world. Seeing it among these other biblical landmarks is a day out in Israel that’s not to be missed!
10) Best of Tel Aviv-Jaffa Walking Tour
No visit to Israel is complete without experiencing the splendor of Israel’s cultural capital, Tel Aviv, and Jaffa, the ancient port city connected to the modern metropolis. Ascribed by many as ‘the city that never sleeps’, Tel Aviv is bustling 24/7 and a must-visit on your trip to Israel. The best way to get to know Tel Aviv is on this walking tour, which operates three days a week. We especially recommend this tour because it takes you through the culturally significant neighborhoods of southern Tel Aviv, culminating in a delicious food tour of Tel Aviv’s outdoor shuk, the Carmel Market. (If you have limited time, you can book the food tour separately.)
So, Where Should You Go First?
For such a small country, you might be amazed by this list and the diversity of experiences Israel holds. Check out this beginner’s guide to Israel to read more about the different facets of the land, our ultimate Israel bucket list for more things to do, and how to visit Egypt from Israel. All of the tours mentioned here are available to book in advance, or, space permitting, once you’ve already arrived in Israel. These 10 Israel tours are the best of the best, so reserve your spot today. We’ll meet you there.