While visiting Israel, do not miss some of the best day trips from Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv is the second largest city in the country and has plenty of exciting areas to explore and a very popular nightlife scene. Whether you are visiting the city for 24 hours or more than a week, it is an unforgettable place to visit. But, Tel Aviv is also perfect as a starting location for visiting some of the top sites and attractions elsewhere in Israel. Because of the country’s size, you can get pretty much anywhere in just one day.
Most of these day trip locations can be reached by car, but the best way to experience them is with a tour. Tours take the worry out of coordinating travel and most are guided, meaning you have a local expert about the attraction accompanying you. Here are the tours that offer the best day trip experiences from Tel Aviv:
Masada and the Dead Sea Tour:
The Masada and the Dead Sea Tour offers two of Israel’s most popular attractions. The desert fortress of Masada is built into a mountain and has a fascinating story. Your guide will help bring Masada’s history to life. From great heights, you can then descend to the lowest place on Earth, the Dead Sea. Spend the afternoon floating in the salty waters.
Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea Self-Guided Tour:
The Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea Self-Guided Tour is very cost effective for travelers who want to experience this region of Israel on their own. Watching the sunrise over Masada, the mountain fortress, is an amazing experience. From there, you hike within the oasis of Ein Gedi. After hiking, you’ll get to relax at a private beach at the Dead Sea.
Petra One-Day Tour:
It may seem far away, but you can see the amazing city of Petra in just one day. The Petra One-Day Tour includes a transfer by land or flight to Eilat before crossing into Jordan. Once you arrive at Petra, you will experience this wonder of the world with a guided tour. You will visit Petra’s highlights including the Siq, the Obelisk Tomb, the Treasury and the theater. This tour includes the entrances fees to Petra (approx. 130 USD).
Jerusalem Day Tour:
There is so much to see in Jerusalem, it is hard to believe you can do it all in one day. But, the Jerusalem Day Tour incorporates the best that the city has to offer. With thousands of years of history, you will begin in the Old City, visiting sites sacred to different religions. In the afternoon, you will either visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum or tour the Mount of Olive highlights.
Caesarea, Haifa, Rosh Hanikra and Akko Tour:
Israel’s northern coast is absolutely breath-taking and you will see it all with the Caesarea, Haifa, Rosh Hanikra, and Akko Tour. As you make your way along the Mediterranean Coast, you will visit the ancient port city of Caesarea before arriving at Israel’s third largest city, Haifa. From there, you will head to the crusader city of Akko, which dates back to 1500 B.C. The tour finishes in Rosh Hanikra, where you will visit the beautiful cliffs and grottos along Israel’s northern border.
Galilee Day Tour:
Galilee is known for its beautiful scenery and rugged mountains. The Galilee Day Tour brings the Bible to life with several stops around the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus preached and performed his miracles. You will also visit Nazareth, the largest Arab city in Israel and the childhood home of Jesus.
These are some of the best day trips from Tel Aviv and will help give you a glimpse into all this country has to offer.