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Planning a Solo Trip to Israel (7, 10 & 14 day itineraries)

July 07, 2019

I’ve been to Israel twice, both times on my own. And both times people in my life were concerned about my trip because of what’s shown on the media. However, each of these solo trups to Israel have gone extremely smoothly. This led me to create this guide with 3 itineraries to plan your solo trip to Israel.

For such a small country, there is so much to see in Israel and you’ll never feel like you’ve spent enough time there. This post is going to help you make the most of your time with 3 separate itineraries for solo travel in Israel.

If you want help planning an itinerary for Israel, Abraham Hostels has put together some sweet packages to choose from. They cover everything so that you can sit back and relax and when it comes time for your trip, you can just enjoy. If you're looking to plan the trip yourself, read on!

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Israel Solo - The 7 Day Itinerary

7 days isn’t a lot of time to really explore the country, but if it’s all you’ve got this will hopefully help you make the most of your time. It will give you enough time to explore both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, but I wouldn’t venture any further than that because you’ll be pushing it for time.

Start your trip by flying into Tel Aviv. You’re going to want to spend the first 3 days in Tel Aviv. There’s so much to do so you’re going to want to make sure you spend your time wisely. Tel Aviv is such a fun city.

On day 3 you’ll travel to Jerusalem where you’ll spend the rest of your trip. You should plan to spend more time in Jerusalem so that you have a full day to go to Masada, Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea.

Day One - Welcome to Tel Aviv! You're going to be starting your solo trip to Israel out strong. Now, day one will be different for everyone depending on when you arrived. If you've got the day to explore, rent a bike or scooter and head straight to the beach. You can ride along the shoreline and take in the city. Afterwards I recommend making some friends at the hostel for a great lunch/dinner at one of these awesome Vegan restaurants.

Day Two - It's your first full day in Tel Aviv and you're going to start strong. In the morning there's an Old City walking tour where you'll learn about the incredible history of Tel Aviv and Israel. Once finished I recommend exploring the old city on your own. Walk through the markets, eat hummus and then head back to the hostel when you're feet can't carry you anymore. After you get cleaned up, grab your hostel dorm mates for sunset and dinner at the beach. You could also head out on the Tel Aviv pub crawl if that’s your scene.

Day Three - Goodmorning! It's your second day in Tel Aviv and it's going to be a busy one. In the morning you'll be on the Tel Aviv Graffiti Tour where you'll see some icredible art around the city. Once that's over you can head to the old city for a bagle (grab it to go and eat it at the beach). And that night you'll be doing the Israeli cooking class.

Day Four - Head to Jerusalem in the morning. There is a lot to do in Jerusalem so you won't want to waste any time. To better organize your time, check out this guide with 30 of the best things to do in Jerusalem. My top recommendation is to visit the Yad Vashem Museum. You'll want to spend the whole day there because it's incredibly moving.

Day Five - Make sure you have on your walking shoes because this morning you'll be hoofing it acorss the old city with the Old City Free Walking Tour. After the tour is over I recommend exploring the area surrounding the old city and taking in all of the history around Mount Olives and the Temple Mount. Get an early night because tomorrow is a big day!

Day Six - How does a 04:00am wake up call sound? I hope you went to bed early because today you're taking a Masada Sunrise Trek. On this tour you hike up Masada to watch the sunrise, explore the beauty of Ein Gedi and end with a soak in the dead sea. Did I say soak? I meant float! When you get back your are going to be exhausted, believe me. I would grab a shower, get a nap in before dinner and drinks with your tour buddies.

Day Seven - You've reach your last day in Israel and it has been full on. You'll still have lots to see in Jerusalem so fill your day with exploring (for as long as you can before the airport). Make sure you run back through the Machane Yehuda for airport snacks and gifts for those back home (or yourself).

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Israel Solo - The 10 Day Itinerary

With ten days in Israel, you're going to be able to squeeze a lot more in. 10 days will give you a chance to see Nazareth, where as a week just didn't leave you that luxury.

The first few days of your itinerary are going to be the same as above. The changes will start on day seven. On day seven you are going to take the bus to Nazareth. The bus leaves at 10am so you should have an early night before hand so that you can check out and be ready to leave.

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Day One - Welcome to Tel Aviv! Now, day one will be different for everyone depending on when you arrived. If you've got the day to explore, rent a bike or scooter and head straight to the beach. You can ride along the shoreline and take in the city. Afterwards I recommend making some friends at the hostel for a great lunch/dinner at one of these awesome Vegan restaurants.

Day Two - It's your first full day in Tel Aviv and you're going to start strong. In the morning there's an Old City walking tour where you'll learn about the incredible history of Tel Aviv and Israel. Once finished I recommend exploring the old city on your own. Walk through the markets, eat hummus and then head back to the hostel when you're feet can't carry you anymore. After you get cleaned up, grab your hostel dorm mates for sunset and dinner at the beach. You could also head out on the Tel Aviv pub crawl if that’s your scene.

Day Three - Goodmorning! It's your second day in Tel Aviv and it's going to be a busy one. In the morning you'll be on the Tel Aviv Graffiti Tour where you'll see some icredible art around the city. Once that's over you can head to the old city for a bagle (grab it to go and eat it at the beach). And that night you'll be doing the Israeli cooking class.

Day Four - Head to Jerusalem in the morning. There is a lot to do in Jerusalem so you won't want to waste any time. To better organize your time, check out this guide with 30 of the best things to do in Jerusalem. My top recommendation is to visit the Yad Vashem Museum. You'll want to spend the whole day there because it's incredibly moving.

Day Five - Make sure you have on your walking shoes because this morning you'll be hoofing it acorss the old city with the Old City Free Walking Tour. After the tour is over I recommend exploring the area surrounding the old city and taking in all of the history around Mount Olives and the Temple Mount. Get an early night because tomorrow is a big day!

Day Six - How does a 04:00am wake up call sound? I hope you went to bed early because today you're taking a Masada Sunrise Trek. On this tour you hike up Masada to watch the sunrise, explore the beauty of Ein Gedi and end with a soak in the dead sea. Did I say soak? I meant float! When you get back your are going to be exhausted, believe me. I would grab a shower, get a nap in before dinner and drinks with your tour buddies.

Day Seven - Today you're going to head to Nazareth. The shuttle leaves in the morning, so make sure you're ready to check out. After you arrive in Nazareth you can head out and explore the city. Where the shuttle drops you off at Mary's Well, has the most incredible falafel and walking through old town you'll taste some of the best sweets.

Day Eight - Wake up early to go on the tour to the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. You depart for the tour at 07:00 at Mary’s Well. After you get home you can have a shower and maybe a nap before the evening Nazareth cooking class.

Day Nine - Take the shuttle back to Tel Aviv. When you arrive you can check in and spend the rest of the day exploring what you didn’t get to see before in Tel Aviv. If you’re hungry, check out my Vegan Food Tour to Tel Aviv, there you’ll find great places to eat and have dessert around the city.

Day Ten - Depending on what time you are leaving, you can take a tour around Tel Aviv, spend your last day at the beach or head straight to the airport.

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Israel Solo - The 14 Day Itinerary

Planning your solo trip to Israel with 14 days will give you some time to spend exploring the West Bank as well. I recommend starting the trip the same way, in Tel Aviv and then exploring Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. However, you should explore the West Bank before you go to Nazareth.

With this itinerary, on Day Seven you’ll still be in Jerusalem. I recommend using this day to explore the Israeli Museum in Jerusalem. It’s a goldmine for history lovers and a great place to get lost for the day. Another option would be to visit Yad Vashem if you haven’t already.

To start off exploring the West Bank, I recommend that you take a guided tour to begin understanding the West Bank. Here’s the 14 day Itinerary that I would recommend.

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Day One - Welcome to Tel Aviv! Now, day one will be different for everyone depending on when you arrived. If you've got the day to explore, rent a bike or scooter and head straight to the beach. You can ride along the shoreline and take in the city. Afterwards I recommend making some friends at the hostel for a great lunch/dinner at one of these awesome Vegan restaurants.

Day Two - It's your first full day in Tel Aviv and you're going to start strong. In the morning there's an Old City walking tour where you'll learn about the incredible history of Tel Aviv and Israel. Once finished I recommend exploring the old city on your own. Walk through the markets, eat hummus and then head back to the hostel when you're feet can't carry you anymore. After you get cleaned up, grab your hostel dorm mates for sunset and dinner at the beach. You could also head out on the Tel Aviv pub crawl if that’s your scene.

Day Three - Goodmorning! It's your second day in Tel Aviv and it's going to be a busy one. In the morning you'll be on the Tel Aviv Graffiti Tour where you'll see some icredible art around the city. Once that's over you can head to the old city for a bagle (grab it to go and eat it at the beach). And that night you'll be doing the Israeli cooking class.

Day Four - Head to Jerusalem in the morning. There is a lot to do in Jerusalem so you won't want to waste any time. To better organize your time, check out this guide with 30 of the best things to do in Jerusalem. My top recommendation is to visit the Yad Vashem Museum. You'll want to spend the whole day there because it's incredibly moving.

Day Five - Make sure you have on your walking shoes because this morning you'll be hoofing it acorss the old city with the Old City Free Walking Tour. After the tour is over I recommend exploring the area surrounding the old city and taking in all of the history around Mount Olives and the Temple Mount. Get an early night because tomorrow is a big day!

Day Six - How does a 04:00am wake up call sound? I hope you went to bed early because today you're taking a Masada Sunrise Trek. On this tour you hike up Masada to watch the sunrise, explore the beauty of Ein Gedi and end with a soak in the dead sea. Did I say soak? I meant float! When you get back your are going to be exhausted, believe me. I would grab a shower, get a nap in before dinner and drinks with your tour buddies.

Day Seven - With 14 days, you can give an extra day to exploring Jerusalem. Make sure you run back through the Machane Yehuda for airport snacks and gifts for those back home (or yourself). Then you can fill your day with anything left from my 30 things to do in Jerusalem Guide. Let me know what you pick! There's really something for everyone.

Day Eight - Today you're going to be exploring Nabulus and Jenin. This tour takes you through the Samaritan and Palenstinian culture and will allow you to taste the world famous Kanaffe in Nabulus. It’s a great way to start learning about the culture of the West Bank.

Day Nine - And for today's view of the West Bank, we're taking you to Bethlehem. In my experience, you have two choices when it comes to Bethlehem. You could explore it on your own or you could take a tour. Abraham Tours has an amazing tour of the West Bank including Bethlehem, Jericho and Ramallah. If you’re looking to see even more of Palestine, this is the better option. However, if you are more interested in doing some exlporing on your own, then spend this day in Bethlehem.

Day Ten - Today you're going to head to Nazareth. The shuttle leaves in the morning, so make sure you're ready to check out. After you arrive in Nazareth you can head out and explore the city. Where the shuttle drops you off at Mary's Well, has the most incredible falafel and walking through old town you'll taste some of the best sweets.

Day Eleven - Wake up early to go on the tour to the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. You depart for the tour at 07:00 at Mary’s Well. After you get home you can have a shower and maybe a nap before the evening Nazareth cooking class.

Day Twelve - Toady you'll be having a leisurely trip to Haifa. Wake up this morning and explore the beautiful city of Haifa. There’s plenty of ways to get to Haifa, including tours and a bus from Nazareth. If you've been doing a lot of tours, you might want to explore on your own by catching the bus. Once you're in Haifa, make sure you visit the immaculately landscaped terraces of the Bahá'í Gardens and, at their heart, the gold-domed Shrine of the Báb.

Day Thirteen - Take the shuttle back to Tel Aviv. When you arrive you can check in and spend the rest of the day exploring what you didn’t get to see before in Tel Aviv. If you’re hungry, check out my Vegan Food Tour to Tel Aviv, there you’ll find great places to eat and have dessert around the city.

Day Fourteen - Home. Depending on what time your flight is, you can have an easy day in Tel Aviv or you can head straight to the airport. Either way, you’ve explored a ton of the country and should be so proud of your trip.

I hope that these itineraries give you an idea of how long you should spend exploring Israel. There’s a lot of different things to see and do, depending on the type of trip that you want. Make sure that you plan accordingly. If you're on the fence about traveling solo, Israel is one of the best places you can go. It’s the easiest place to meet other backpackers, especially at the events put on by Abraham Hostels.

If you have any questions about traveling solo or what it’s like in Israel, drop a comment below!

Now, for the ultimate hacks for traveling solo in Israel. This is costs, safety, getting there and away for planning your solo trip to Israel.

Getting to Israel

The airport you’re going to be flying into Ben Gurion Airport. Flying is probably your best option but you can also travel overland from Egypt and Jordan depending on your trip. My biggest caution to you is that you don’t fly into Israel any later than 13:00 on Fridays and skip flying in on Saturdays altogether. If you fly in from 13:00 on Friday until Sunday morning then you are going to have to take a taxi into the city which will be expensive. Plan accordingly.

Entering and leaving Israel as a solo female traveler

Why have I specified ‘solo female traveler’ here? For some reason, that I have not yet figured out, Israel is weird about solo female travelers. I had no trouble getting in, however leaving was another story which you can read about here.

When you are entering the country, it’s important to have your documents together. They won’t always ask but it’s important to have your exit ticket and accommodation already worked out to show the immigration. There’s also a good chance that they’ll ask you what you plan on doing while you are there. It’s good to have a rough itinerary and never tell them that you plan to go to Palestine.

Leaving the country, make sure you get to the airport at least 3 hours before your flight. I’ve never been one of those people who arrive at the airport early but believe me, it’s so important in Israel.

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Safety in Israel

While there is a lot of political turmoil in Israel, you shouldn’t believe everything that you see on the news. Traveling through Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Nazareth and even parts of the West Bank are perfectly safe.

Regarding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, I’m not going to be covering that. This is merely to inform you that traveling through Israel as a solo female traveler is perfectly safe. Besides, Israel is such a backpacker destination, you might be traveling solo but you’ll never be alone.

Getting around in Israel

Israel as amazing public transportation. In order to use the buses and trams around the cities though, you are going to need to purchase a travel card. This allows you to buy trips and then tap on and off of the various forms of transportation.

Tel Aviv also has tons of scooters and bikes that you can rent to navigate the city. It’s a lot of fun and a super local way to get around. You can rent them just by downloading an app on your phone and following the steps for the various brands.

Traveling between cities is easy as well. There are buses, trains and Abraham’s has its own shuttle you can take as well. This way you can navigate between all of the itineraries above.

Cost of travel in Israel

🏨 Double room: $105 a night

🛏️ Hostel Dorm: $25 a night

🍛 Lunch / Dinner: $15 – $30

🥭 Fruit snacks: $2.08 bunch of bananas

⛽ Fuel: $108 for a full tank (60L)

🚰 Drinking water: $0.50 for 1.5L

🚗 Transportation: $650 for 10 days

🚊 Public Transportation: $2.4 a trip

Disclosure: I was invited to explore Israel with Abraham Hostels and Tours. This being said, my opinions are completely my own and I truly love the company that Abraham has built. Why would I recommend them? Because they have a knack for bringing travelers together. I have made some of my best and longest lasting friends at Abrahams!


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