What to see in Israel in four days? I hope our itinerary inspires you when planning your trip.
DAY 1: TEL AVIV, JAFFA
We landed in Tel Aviv at ten o’clock in the morning, but it took ages to get to the city, the queue at the airport… It was so long that I started googling about the “strict passport check” because I’ve heard some stories where they questioned you longer because of stamps in your passport etc. You should never google anything you’re nervous about because it will not get better, never.
We went through the security check quickly and went to the city center. If you want to use the buses you have to get the Rav Kav card, I find it pretty annoying to buy such a card instead of paper tickets when visiting a city only for a few days, but there’s no other option. At least you can use the same card for public transport in Jerusalem as well.
It’s hot as hell in Israel. What a surprise. Luckily Tel Aviv is by the sea, as a person who gets sunburnt easily I don’t really enjoy beach time without being in the shades. So, if you feel the same- Jerusalem beach is the place for you because you can get a place in the shades without paying for a lounger and a sun umbrella. Also, as long as you don’t want to buy the most expensive water in your life- don’t buy it on the beach.
Israel has most vegans per capita and it’s really easy to find vegan food, especially if you like hummus and falafel.
Jaffa is an extremely colorful, beautiful and photogenic area. Just get lost there, get baklava, and enjoy the sunset on Alma beach with a great view on Tel Aviv.
We stayed in the Gold Sea Hostel because it was the cheapest option and it was quite okay. The sign in the pic doesn’t give you the best first impression but the rooms are okay, ours was even air-conditioned and breakfast is included, not everything is vegan of course but there’s always hummus with pita in Israel!
DAY 2: TEL AVIV
The next day we went to the Jerusalem beach three times #priorities. However, in the meantime, we spent some time in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood, an area with small shops, nice streets and a lot of plants.
On the way to the bus station, we walked through Florentin, an area known for its street art and it’s really full of beautiful paintings, you should definitely spend some more time there than we did because just walking through is a pity!
In the evening we took the bus to Jerusalem, it takes about an hour and costs 18 ILS (5E).
In Jerusalem, we didn’t stay in a hotel but we used Couchsurfing and it was the most interesting couch stay I’ve experienced so far because we were invited to the traditional Sabbath dinner, which was amazing and I’m really grateful I could experience that. It was one of the moments where I really felt my love for Couchsurfing, it’s not as easy or comfortable like booking a room on the internet, but it can make your stay unforgettable.
DAY 3: MASADA, EJN GEDI, DEAD SEA
We wanted to go to the Dead sea because maybe it won’t be there anymore in a couple of years… In the beginning, we wanted to go by ourselves by bus but then we decided to buy a tour because it was more convenient and it included the Masada National park and Ein Gedi as well (best decision ever, even the two hours by the Dead sea were too much haha).
It took about two hours to choose an agency because we googled too much and it seemed like all of them are super unreliable. However, we went with Abraham tours, they offer many tours and we were happy with them (it’s not a guided tour, just a shuttle)
From Masada, you can already see the Dead sea and it looks like Mars, doesn’t it? You can walk up or take the cable car (I think going up in these temperatures is life-threatening, but it’s up to you)
Ein Gedi is an oasis close to the Dead sea with a pretty waterfall.
The Dead sea is a bit overrated I would say. I’m glad I’ve been there and I would go even if a random girl on the internet told me it’s overrated, but it’s awfully hot there, the ground is so hot it burns your feet and the water is warm as well. However, it’s pretty cool to float in the water. I’m glad we didn’t stay the whole day by the Dead sea because one hour is definitely enough.
DAY 4: JERUSALEM
Jerusalem is a great place to spend your Saturday because most places remain open. We visited some of the “must-see” places like The Western Wall and Temple Mount but I enjoyed way more being lost in the busy streets of the city (getting lost is really easy, and I didn’t feel like aunt google could help us a lot)
To see Jerusalem from above we went to the Austrian hospice, where you pay a small entry fee to get this beautiful view.
In the evening we waited for the sunset to be able to take a bus back to Tel Aviv, for somebody who is not used to Sabbath, it’s really strange to not be able to use any public transport or long-distance buses the whole day.
In Tel Aviv, we stayed again in the Gold Sea Hostel and the next day after getting up awfully early in the morning to jump into the sea one more time #priorities, we went to the airport.
Both Israelis and Palestinians consider Jerusalem their capital and the status of Jerusalem remains one of the core issues in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. However, I’m not the right person to tell you more, I just wanted to mention this fact, because the headline says only “Israel: 4 days itinerary”.