5-Day Israel Travel Itinerary

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5-Day Israel Travel Itinerary

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5-Day Israel Travel Itinerary


Day 1 – Tel Aviv & Jaffa
Day 2 – Caesarea
Day 3 – Nazareth
Day 4 – Jerusalem
Day 5 – Bethlehem 

Day 1 - Tel Aviv & Jaffa

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is not like any other place in Israel. It has sandy beaches, a cosmopolitan character, rich nightlife, and diverse cuisine. With many things to do in Tel Aviv, you will need at least a few days for this fantastic city. A wonderful city full of contradictions, ugly buildings, and excellent restaurants. Many restaurants are kosher, but many people smoke weed. Every day is partying until dawn, but finding a restaurant open during Sabbath isn’t easy. People here are incredibly hospitable, and always offer to help you.

Tel Aviv skyline


We spent the morning exploring Jaffa or Yafo, an ancient city that relates to the biblical stories of Jonah, Solomon and St Peter. Visited Jaffa Port, Watchtower in Yefet St, Jaffa Mosque & Fountain, Garden Peak and walked through old winding cobblestoned alleyways. Jaffa is also known for its citrus fruit, the Shamouti Orange, grown here.

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Day 2 - Caesarea

Caesarea is a national park with ancient harbour ruins, a Roman amphitheatre, remains of a hippodrome, the ruins of a Palace including its mosaic floor, beautiful beaches, and an impressive modern residence in a unique archaeological site. A fantastic backdrop for a wedding or grand party Also saw the ancient Aquaduct, which carried water to the old city for thousands of years.

Built in the 1st century BCE and located on the azure shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Caesarea National Park is a must-visit place in Israel.

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Day 3 - Nazareth

We visited Nazareth today – Mary’s home and the Annunciation site (when the angel Gabriel informed Mary that she would be giving birth to Jesus). (It has both a Muslim and Christian population). You can also visit:

Church Of Annunciation

St. Joseph’s Church

Old City – Nazareth

Church of the Sepulchre of Saint Mary

Capernaum – the home of Jesus Christ by the Sea of Galilee, where he performed many of his miracles

Tabgah – is traditionally considered the place where the story of the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fishes occurred.

Mount Beauties – A hill in Northern Israel is where Jesus (as the bible says) is believed to have delivered his Sermon on the Mount. 

Yardenit – where the Sea of Galilee flows into the southern Jordan River, is one of the traditional sites where Jesus perhaps was baptised. Christians can come and perform baptisms in the same river where John the Baptist performed one on Jesus 2000 years ago.


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Day 4 - Jerusalem

Explore the Old City of Jerusalem – also called the ‘City of David.’

Nearly 3,000 religious Jews live in the Old City, and although the city is divided, you will also see Jews living in the Muslim and Christian quarters. (We did a walking tour in heavy rain) and visited:

– Western Wall & Jewish Quarters

– Muslim Quarters

– Western Cardo

– Damascus Gate

Jerusalem - Old City (City of David)

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The Dome of the Rock 

While in Jerusalem, visit The Dome of the Rock, an Islamic shrine located in the Old City of Jerusalem. Completed in 691 CE, it is considered one of the oldest surviving examples of Islamic architecture. The structure is dominated by a large golden dome, and the exterior is adorned with intricate mosaics and tilework. Inside, the centerpiece is the rock upon which it is believed the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven. The Dome of the Rock has been a significant site for both Muslims and Jews for centuries, and it remains one of the most iconic landmarks in Jerusalem.

The Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

Day 5 - Bethlehem

It’s Christmas Day – 25th December and we are at Jesus’s Manger in Bethlehem.

We were truly privileged to be at the birthplace of Jesus Christ today. It was my dream to be here on Christmas Day, and we feel so blessed for this opportunity. Today Christmas is very commercialised, but after visiting Bethlehem, we can say Christmas is to celebrate and remember the birth of Jesus Christ.


Milk Grotto Church

A peaceful chapel near the Nativity Church in Manger Square., where tradition dictates while Mary was nursing Jesus Mary spilt some breast milk while nursing Jesus, turning the underground cave white with “Virgin Milk.” Others believe it’s the site where the Three Kings visited and presented their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Divine.


Mount Zion – Old City Bethlehem

As part of the Holy Land Pilgrimage in Old City Jerusalem, we saw:

Jesus’ Last Supper Room

– King David’s Tomb

– Basilica of Gethsemane

– Byzantine Church

– Mount of Olives

Historical Bethlehem, Jesus Manger

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