So, you’ve decided to extend your stay in Israel after Birthright. Of course, we understand, who wants to leave Israel after only 10 days? You’ve made lifelong friends, incredible memories and you have tan lines that will last months. Here is a list of what you must see in Israel after Birthright, and how to do it.
One of the best things about Birthright-Taglit is that you can extend your free plane ticket home for up to three months (double check with your trip provider for specific details). And we get why most people choose this option! Sure, you’ve just finished Birthright, you’ve traveled the country and seen all there is to see… or have you? While Birthright is an amazing starter taste of Israel, it’s only the tip of the iceberg of the unique experiences this country has to offer.
Staying together in Israel after Taglit Birthright
You don’t want to leave your friends so soon, the good news is, you don’t have to. Accommodation won’t be an issue for you and your gang, just choose from the Best Hostels in Israel (or check out Israel Hotels if you’re looking for something a little higher class after roughing it during Birthright).
During your time in Tel Aviv on your Birthright tour, you’ll explore the beaches and marketplaces of Tel Aviv – but what if you want more of an authentic taste of the city? Try this uber cool Street Art in Florentine tour to get to know the artsy underbelly of the city. Understand the stories behind the art you may have walked past and not taken notice of.
Do the buildings of Tel Aviv interest you? Want to know how to recognize Bauhaus styles and hear why Tel-Aviv is the Bauhaus capital of the world? Our Best of Tel Aviv and Jaffa Walking Tour will provide you not only with this insight but also with some yummy treats.
Oh, so the Tel Aviv nightlife is more your scene? With endless bars, restaurants, and cafes, this city is nothing short of hubble and bubble. Discover one of the most romantic parts of the city on an Old Jaffa Night Tour. Treat yourself to a well-deserved evening out whilst learning more about Tel Aviv’s captivating history. Or if you’re in the mood for a more vivacious night on the town, hop onto the Tel Aviv Bar Crawl, and enjoy drinking with locals while receiving VIP treatment. Either way, you are in for a night to remember.
A different side of Jerusalem
It wouldn’t be a Birthright trip without visiting Jerusalem and feeling the spirituality of the city. But the old city is only one facet of Israel’s capital. Taste flavors unique to the city on the Jerusalem Food Tour of Machane Yehuda Market. For more great ideas, follow our Jerusalem Bucket List and go to places you might have never dreamed of visiting.
What about experiencing something you’ve only seen on TV? Grab some friends and come on the Fauda Experience: A Tour of Israel’s secrets, led by a former senior Israeli Intelligence agent. Visit filming locations and meet real-life people who will make this intense show a reality. Find out jaw-dropping truths that will make everyone around you say, “I wish I was there!”
Bethlehem and Jericho
Birthright is excellent for helping Jewish traveler’s explore their heritage – but there’s a whole other side to Israel. Your extended stay in Israel after Birthright is the perfect time to (safely) explore the West Bank on an organized tour.
You may have been the lowest place on earth, but have you been to the oldest city? Located just outside of Jerusalem, Jericho is one of the earliest continuous settlements in the world. In Bethlehem, you’ll explore the Church Of The Nativity, learn more about the Palestinian Territories, and take in the sights of the city, including some world-famous Graffiti art by Banksy. Don’t miss out on a chance to visit both Jericho and Bethlehem on the Bethlehem, Jericho, and Jordan River Day Tour.
Want to compare and contrast life in two of Israel’s most religiously significant cities? Join this Jerusalem and Bethlehem Tour.
A trip down to Eilat
Traveling to the southmost point of Israel is a must. Whether it’s a stay at a hotel or just a day trip, we offer many Eilat Activities that will keep you captivated. With our easy shuttle from Tel Aviv to Eilat, there’s no excuse not to go. From the natural wonders of Timna Park and the Red Canyon, not only are the scenes perfect for Instagram photos, the vision of endless desert is one to be treasured. Once you’ve arrived in the southern beach resort, check out all these amazing things to do in Eilat.
Did you say Egypt?
Have you always been fascinated by the rich culture in the endless desert land just southwest of Israel? Crossing over the Taba Border will be a breeze, with our guide to visiting Cairo and Egypt from Israel. Dig deep into the intriguing history of Mount Sinai and Cairo and more on our 2 Day Tour from Eilat. Trust us, everyone who left Israel straight after your trip will be regretting it with each post on your story!
A visit to Petra and Jordan
If you want to be the envy of all your new friends from Birthright, this is the perfect option for your Birthright extension trip (and your Instagram feed.) See one of the seven wonders of the world up close: The Lost City of Petra has never been so easy to reach! We are here to show you How to Visit Petra from Israel, with our curated guide containing all of the information you need for your visit. Jordan has even more to offer, you can marvel at the moon-like landscapes of Wadi Rum and the Jordan River. Hop onto one of our 2 day Petra and Wadi Rum tours from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, or Eilat for an easy and unforgettable dive into the Middle East. As well as being a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, these tours are even budget-friendly for post-Birthright Taglit travelers, as the overall tour price gets you into Petra for free.
See our full range of tours to Jordan from Israel here for all the different options.
Let me chill
Fancy just sitting and relaxing by the pool? Whether it’s one of the Negev Hotels or the Best Hotels in Northern Israel, you will find the perfect mix of luxury and nature. It isn’t hard to find the Best Value Hotels in Tel Aviv if you are in Tel Aviv on a Budget. From boutique hotels to restored old castles, you’ll be able to wind down and reminisce on the trip of a lifetime.
Believe us when we say – you’re never done traveling Israel! There is always more to see, taste and experience and we are sure you’ll want to come back for more. Feeling like you’re running out of things to do? check out our Bucket List and continue to make long-lasting memories.