Being based in Tel Aviv, means access to the entire country of Israel. Tel Aviv is known as the “Mercaz” meaning “Center’, as it is literally in the center of Israel. The coastal city of Tel Aviv is a great place for travelers to base themselves, as there is a great range of luxury hotels, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It is very easy to explore Israel via day trips from Tel Aviv and here is the travelers guide to exploring the best parts of Israel from Tel Aviv. Check out travel times from Tel Aviv here to estimate how long each location will take.
There are many places to visit and explore in this small country, so here is a guide to full-day trips to explore the most you can in just a day.
Day 1: Jerusalem
The Old City of Jerusalem
The holy city of Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and is flocked with thousands of tourists each year who explore the religious sites, as well as the culture and modern attractions Jerusalem has. Israel day trips from Tel Aviv, will always include Jerusalem, and travelers will find that a single day in Jerusalem will not be enough time to see all the major sites and attractions Jerusalem has to offer. The Old City of Jerusalem is where travelers can tour the main sites for the three largest religious, Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Touring all the sites of Jerusalem’s Old City, can take approximately six hours, leaving little time to explore the rest of Jerusalem. Learn how to tour the Old City of Jerusalem from Tel Aviv here.
Mahane Yehuda Market
Apart from the Old City, Jerusalem holds many other attractions. Day trips from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, must include the Mahane Yehuda Market, which can be found in the City Center of Jerusalem. This market is where visitors can grab a bite to eat, something to drink and can find everything from memorabilia, art and clothing as well as produce and food. The Mahane Yehuda Market is also a great place to explore the tastiest restaurants Jerusalem has to offer and turns into quite the lively nightlife after the sun sets.
Another must-see in Jerusalem is the Holocuast Memorial; Yad VaShem. One of Jerusalem’s most popular attractions, Yad Vashem is a memorial dedicated in remembering the atrocities committed in the Holocaust. A running theme of the memorial is acknowledging and showing appreciation to the work of non-Jewish people who saved Jewish people at great risk and no reward to themselves; in that tumultuous time in History and a visit to Yad V'aShem will be highly enlightening, inspiring and educational.
Wohl Rose Garden
The Wohl Rose Garden is a beautiful place for travelers to find themselves in the Spring season in Jerusalem. Surrounded by hundreds of thousands of fragrant flowers and roses, and overlooking the Knesset, the Rose Garden is a great place for a picnic with a fantastic view of the majestic building that is the Knesset. Visitors to the Rose Garden are guaranteed to see romantic dates, marriage proposals and brides and grooms coming to take some photographs here on their special day.
The First Station
The First Station is a very popular tourist attraction that exceeds expectations. What used to be the first station of Jerusalem, it has now been transformed into a contemporary and urban spot with restaurants, occasional outdoor concerts, and a boutique outdoor market where handmade art pieces, jewelry and beautiful memorabilia are for sale. The First Station is known as the “First Date Spot” in Jerusalem, as it is a great place to sit down and have some time for conversation over delicious food, as well as a very nice stroll around the First Station exploring all the little boutique shops and outdoor stalls.
Day 2: Judean Desert
Only a two hour drive from Tel Aviv, and a one hour drive from Jerusalem is Masada. This is an ancient fortress overlooking the Dead Sea, based in the Judean Desert and is one of the most visited sites in Israel. Containing history from thousands of years ago, the hike up Masada, is one that many tourists and travelers will do in their time in Israel. Apart from the immense history Masada has, it is also the perfect place to capture the most beautiful sunrise over Jordan and the Dead Sea. Climbing Masada prior to sunrise is the best time because the climb can be very hot during daytime, as well as to be able to witness the sunrise when getting to the top. Learn more of Masada's accessibility here.
Close to Masada in the Judean Desert is Ein Gedi. A nature reserve and archaeological site based in the southern regions of Israel and remains a well visited attraction. Ein Gedi is an oasis that has natural springs and waterfalls that is surrounded by ancient vegetation. Ein Gedi is a great place to have a hike in nature, and to cool off in the natural pools of water.
The Dead Sea
Very near Masada and Ein Gedi is the famed Dead Sea. The lowest point in the world, with the sea that nothing can live or grow in, and medicinal mud, the Dead Sea is on everyone's bucket list. With known properties to heal and soothe skin conditions, the Dead Sea has many spas surrounding the nature reserve where travelers go to absorb the minerals, heal and take a meditative break. A visit to the Dead Sea can be a full day trip in of itself but to get the full Dead Sea experience, 2 hours should be enough.