15 days in Petra - Wadi Musa & Israel Itinerary

15 days in Petra - Wadi Musa & Israel Itinerary

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15 days in Petra - Wadi Musa & Israel Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly + Drive:  17​h 45​min
1
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Ein Gedi, Israel
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Eilat, Israel
— 3 nights
4
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
5
Haifa, Israel
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  18​h
End: Chicago, United States

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night
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

Petra - Wadi Musa ©
Visitors flock to Wadi Musa to witness the rose colored rock-carved temples and tombs of Petra, the famous ancient city and World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Petra. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Al-Beidha - Little Petra, delve into the distant past at Obelisk Tomb, then take an in-depth tour of Petra Museum, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Dushares, and finally explore the ancient world of The Great Temple.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Petra - Wadi Musa trip planner .

Chicago, USA to Petra - Wadi Musa is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 8 hours. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ein Gedi.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Museums
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Petra ©
Petra
Obelisk Tomb ©
Obelisk Tomb
The Great Temple ©
The Great Temple

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Ein Gedi, Israel

Ein Gedi ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): head outdoors with Ein Gedi Eco Center and then look for all kinds of wild species at En Gedi Nature Reserve. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Nachal Arugot Nature Reserve.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ein Gedi online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Petra - Wadi Musa to Ein Gedi takes 5 hours. In May in Ein Gedi, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Eilat.

Things to do in Ein Gedi

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

En Gedi Nature Reserve, Nachal Arugot Nature Reserve
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En Gedi Nature Reserve ©
En Gedi Nature Reserve
Ein Gedi Eco Center ©
Ein Gedi Eco Center

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Eilat, Israel

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Take a break from the city and head to Speed Boats Tours and Dolphin Reef. Migdalor Beach and Princess Beach will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating landscape at Eilat Action, have some family-friendly fun at Darkness - Israel's Biggest Haunted House, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Timna Park, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Eilat online visit planner .

Take a bus from Ein Gedi to Eilat in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ein Gedi in May; daily highs in Eilat reach 97°F and lows reach 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Eilat

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Eilat Action ©
Eilat Action
Migdalor Beach ©
Migdalor Beach
Timna Park ©
Timna Park

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Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv ©
Called the "White City" thanks to the color of its World Heritage-listed architectural landmarks, Tel Aviv serves as Israel's modern and cosmopolitan second city.
Let the collections at Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park and Palmach Museum capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Israel Museum and Independence Hall Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem (about 1h 05 min away). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Frishman Beach, see the interesting displays at Israeli Children's Museum, and take in the waterfront at Yarkon River and Park Hayarkon.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tel Aviv trip planner .

Fly from Eilat to Tel Aviv in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Eilat in May, things will get slightly colder in Tel Aviv: highs are around 78°F and lows about 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can take a train to Haifa.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Jerusalem, Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park, Israeli Children's Museum
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Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park ©
Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park
Palmach Museum ©
Palmach Museum

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Haifa, Israel

Haifa ©
A picturesque city in the north of the country, Haifa combines history and appearances to create an interesting and relaxing destination.
Get some historical perspective at St. Gabriel's Church and Beit Shearim. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ralli museum, Caesarea and Hecht Museum, University of Haifa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Haifa: Nazareth (Cana & The Church of the Annunciation), Sea of Galilee (in Tiberias) and Franciscan Wedding Church (in Kfar Cana). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of The German Colony, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Primacy of Peter, stroll the grounds of Khayat Beach War Cemetery, and appreciate the history behind The statue of Alexander Zaid.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Haifa trip planner.

You can take a train from Tel Aviv to Haifa in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Haifa

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Nazareth, Kiryat Tivon, Capernaum, Church of the Primacy of Peter, Ralli museum, Caesarea
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Beit Shearim ©
Beit Shearim
The House and Church of St. Peter ©
The House and Church of St. Peter

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