Dead Sea and the South

25 Ideas for Amazing Day Trips from Tel Aviv | Escape the City

Despite its tiny size, Israel is an incredibly diverse country. From green, tree-covered mountains in the north to majestic desserts in the south to historical wonders in the center, Israel has a little bit of everything. Any time you are looking to escape the city and enjoy some of the beautiful nature that Israel has to offer, the options are endless. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a change of scenery and a little repose from the humdrum of city life?

Regions of Israel – What Are You Looking For?

Israel has a lot to offer for such a small country (it’s only about the size of the state of New Jersey), so make sure you know what you’re interested in when choosing the perfect day trip outside of Tel Aviv. If you prefer a specific region, just click on it below to jump to its particular section in the blog post.

Go North – Explore the beautiful greenery, forests, mountains, streams, waterfalls, and rustic beaches

Go to the Center – Explore the stunning valleys, relaxing beaches, wineries, and history-rich locations

Go South – Explore the desert with its magical history and hidden oases.

Yalla, let’s go!

The North of Israel

The North of Israel

The northern part of Israel is a magical place with everything from secluded beaches to stunning forests to beautiful little rivers. As Israel is a relatively small country, it takes only a few hours to get to vastly diverse and unique locations. Whether you are looking for historical sites, nature, or just a city view other than Tel Aviv, this list has a little bit of it all. The list is arranged by the distance from Tel Aviv (closest to farthest).

1. Caesarea

By far one of the best places in Israel for history lovers, Caesarea does not disappoint. This port city dating back to 30 BCE is best known for Caesarea National Park which boasts a Roman amphitheater, ancient sculptures, a hippodrome (chariot/horse racing stadium), mosaic floors, and the ruins of a palace.

Day Trip Tel Aviv - Caesarea

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: About 45 mins (55 km)

2. Kibbutz Maagan Michael

Known in Israel as one of the most beautiful and exclusive places to visit in Israel, Kibbutz Maagan Michael is a fun place just an hour outside of Tel Aviv. A private beach, the famous heart rock overlooking the sea, fish ponds with rare fish, a cactus garden, banana plantations, and so much more, this kibbutz is a lovely place to spend the day. During the weekend you might have to park your car outside of the kibbutz gates and walk around 10 minutes to the beach… but it will be worth it.

Day Trip Tel Aviv - Maagan Michael

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: About 1 hour (65 km)

Check out the full post here: BEACH DAY AT KIBBUTZ MAAGAN MICHAEL – HANDMADE HAWAIIAN SWIMSUITS

3. Dor Beach and HaBonim Beach

If you are looking for some of the most beautiful beaches that Israel has to offer, look no further. Rocky and sandy at the same time, you can find beach caves, “mushroom” rocks to jump into pools of water, private little lagoons, and so much more. If you’re feeling up to it you can also hike between the two beaches as it is only about an hour’s walk.

Day Trip Tel Aviv - Hof Habonim Dor

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: About 1 hour (70 km)

Check out the full post here: THE MOST AMAZING BEACH IN ISRAEL: DOR HABONIM BEACH

4. Nahal Taninim – Crocodile Stream

Nahal Taninim, or directly translated…Crocodile Stream is a nature reserve in Israel’s north. It’s just a short detour off of one of Israel’s main highways, Route 4, a perfect place for picnic goers, history lovers, or discoverers of unique locations. A beautiful little off-the-beaten-path location. Great for a picnic or just a little stroll. A place with amazing history and wonderful views that is usually pretty quiet.

Day Trip Tel Aviv - Nahal Taninim

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: About 1 hour (70 km)

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5. Beit Shearim and Amphorae Winery

Although perhaps not the most related things, Amphorae Winery and Beit Shearim park make a wonderful day trip combination. Amphorae Winery is one of Israel’s best and most beloved wineries offering high-quality and delicious wines in a beautiful atmosphere. Consider taking a tour of the winery as well! If you’re feeling ambitious, take a short stop at Beit Shearim National Park nearby to explore an amazing historical place complete with multiple impressive caves (you may want to start at the Beit Shearim as the wine in Amphorae is very tasty).

Day Trip Tel Aviv - Beit Shearim Amphorae

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: A little over 1 hour (75 km)

6. Ein Hod

Have you ever heard of an Artist Village? Ein Hod is situated at the foot of Mount Carmel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Imagine beautiful nature views and a village of artists. Countless galleries, art workshops, live music concerts, and cute cafes and restaurants combine with beautiful architecture and quaint vibes to make this place truly unique.

Day Trip Tel Aviv - Ein Hod

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: A little over 1 hour (80 km)

7. Carmel Mountains – Little Switzerland

If you are looking for the greenest part of Israel, covered in trees and vast areas of foliage, the Carmel mountains and specifically a place called Little Switzerland is just for you. Called Little Switzerland due to its resemblance to the lush, green landscapes of Switzerland this area is great for hiking, picnicking, and seeing unique geological wonders.

Day Trip Tel Aviv - Little Switzerland

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: About 1 hour 15 minutes (95 km)

Check out the full post here: 4 AMAZING PLACES TO VISIT IN NORTHERN ISRAEL | DAY TRIP ITINERARY

8. Haifa

One of Israel’s most underrated cities, Haifa (Israel’s third-largest city) has no end of amazing things to do. Although it is technically escaping the city to go to another city, Haifa boasts beautiful flea markets, incredible food, world-famous Bahai Gardens, and so much more.

Day Trip Tel Aviv - Haifa

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: About 1 hour 30 minutes (100 km)

Check out the full post here: HAIFA FLEA MARKET – TREASURE TROVE OF VINTAGE AND RETRO | ISRAEL TRAVEL

9. Nahal Tavor

Nahal Tavor (Tavor Stream) is perhaps one of the most magical places in all of Israel. Lusciously green hills surround a beautiful stream with small waterfalls, making for the perfect day hike. If you are lucky enough to go in the spring you may even catch a glimpse of stunning lupines all over the hills.

Day Trip Tel Aviv - Nahal Tavor

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: About 1 hour 45 mins (115 km)

Check out the full post here: WILDFLOWER HIKE IN THE NORTH OF ISRAEL WITH HANDMADE FLORAL DRESSES – NACHAL TAVOR

10. Beit Shean + Gan Hashlosha

What is better than the rumored original site of the Garden of Eden and one of the oldest cities in Israel? Visiting Beit Shean’s National Park after spending the morning at Gan HaShlosha (Sachne) is the definition of a perfect day. Gan HaShlosha is considered a big contender for the original site of the Garden of Eden due to its turquoise oasis-like pools of water, waterfalls, and elegant shading palm trees.

Day Trip Tel Aviv - Gan HaShlosha

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: About 1 hour and 45 minutes (115 km)

11. Akko

Perhaps one of Israel’s most underrated tourist destinations, the port city of Akko is a true delight. Abounding in history, bedecked in authentic architecture, and boasting a stunning view of the Mediterranean. It is an experience not to be missed. You can enjoy a speed boat ride for $5, explore an underground crusader and Templar city, see one of Israel’s most ethnically and religiously diverse cities, and wander through an impressive outdoor marketplace.

Day Trip Tel Aviv - Akko

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: About 1 hour and 45 minutes (120 km)

Check out the full post here: BEST THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN AKKO – ISRAEL’S MOST UNDERRATED CITY

12. The Sea of Gaililee

The Sea of Galilee (known as the Kinneret in Hebrew) offers countless amazing things to do. Whether you are looking to swim on the lake’s beaches, enjoy the countless water sports available, discover hidden waterfalls leading into the lake, or hike at Mount Arbel nearby, the Sea of Galilee has so much to offer. you can even consider going to Yardenit, the location where the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River merge.

Day Trip Tel Aviv - Sea of Galilee

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: About 1 hour and 45 minutes (130 km) (Depending on exact location)

13. Rosh HaNikra

Right on the border between Lebanon and Israel lies the city of Rosh HaNikra. Although famous for its northern location and proximity to Israel’s neighbors, it is mostly famous for its grottos. These sea caves are so stunningly beautiful that they have even built a cable car to help the many tourists enjoy this natural wonder.

Day Trip Tel Aviv - Rosh HaNikra

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: About 2 hours (140 km)

The center of israel

The Center of Israel

The central region of Israel has a lot to offer. Besides the capital city of Jerusalem which is full of religious and cultural history, there are beautiful beaches, historical sites, forests, wineries, and more. The list is arranged by the distance from Tel Aviv (closest to farthest).

14. Apollonia National Park

This beautiful national park overlooking the Mediterranean Sea offers both beautiful beaches nearby and also incredible history featuring remains of a Roman villa, a fortress, and Byzantine glass kilns.

Day Trip Tel Aviv - Apollonia

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: About 30 mins (15 km)

15. Palmachim Beach

Known as one of the most beautiful beaches in Israel, Palmachim is located just thirty minutes south of Tel Aviv, making it perfect for a little day trip escaping the city. Surrounded by cliffs and offering lifeguards and some sunbeds and shade, it is a popular getaway.

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: About 30 mins (25 km)

16. Ben Shemen Forest – Tel Hadid

If you’re looking for a forest right outside of Tel Aviv, Ben Shemen has you covered. A huge place with options for camping, bonfires, ATVing, and so much more, you can frolic through the hills and scenery, relax under the foliage, or explore the archeological sites dappled throughout.

Day Trip Tel Aviv - Ben Shemen

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: About 30 mins (25 km)

17. Yarkon National Park – Tel Afek

Just a 30-minute drive from Tel Aviv, you will find the Yarkon National Park. With beautiful walking trails, a peaceful lake, an ancient fortress, and a stunning view of the area, what more could you ask for? If you’re looking for a little something to eat after your explorations (and you didn’t pack a picnic to enjoy at the park) consider stopping by the nearby city of Rosh HaAyin.

Day Trip Tel Aviv - Tel Afek

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: About 30 mins (30 km)

18. Visit a Winery

The central part of Israel, between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, offers countless options for amazing wineries. Consider visiting Kadma Winery for beautiful views and amazingly close proximity to some lovely nature hikes and walks nearby.

Day Trip Tel Aviv - Winery

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: About 30 mins (30 km)

19. Valley of Elah

Have you ever heard of David and Goliath? There are probably only a few people who aren’t familiar with the famous Biblical story of David slaying the enemy giant Goliath with one smooth slingshot stone to the head. The Valley of Elah is not only full of beautiful green fields and perfect picnic spots but also overflowing with history.

Day Trip Tel Aviv - Valley of Elah

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: About 45 mins (60 km)

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20. Jerusalem

Jerusalem, the holiest city in the world to Jews and one of the holiest to Christians and Muslims. There is no end to amazing things to do in the unique city that is meshed with ancient and modern. Explore the Old City with its religious and historical sites, wander through the famous Mahane Yehuda outdoor marketplace, enjoy lunch at a trendy cafe, or learn at one of their famous museums, your options are limitless.

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: About 1 hour (70 km)

21. Wadi Kelt (Ein Prat)

Known both as Wadi Kelt and Ein Prat, this nature reserve is debatably one of the most stunning places in Israel. Set on the backdrop of majestic Judean desert mountains, you’re in for the surprise of your life with the countless, refreshingly cold pool of freshwaters throughout the reserve. With beautiful scenery, amazing history, breathtaking geology, and even multiple monasteries, you could spend days exploring this remarkable place.

Day Trip Tel Aviv - Wadi Kelt

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: About 1 hour 15 mins (75 km)

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The South of Israel

There is nothing quite as majestic as the desert with its barren mountains and rocky, sandy terrain. Israel’s entire southern region is in an enormous desert, known primarily as the Negev Desert. Although there are countless amazing things to do and places to visit in the desert, most of them are a bit too far for a simple day trip. These are the closest day trip possibilities, each about a 2-hour drive from Tel Aviv.

22. Dead Sea

One of Israel’s most famous natural wonders, the Dead Sea draws people in from all around the world to experience its wonders. Besides being the lowest place on earth, the Salt Sea (as it is often called in Hebrew) offers you the chance to float naturally on top of the salty, mineral-rich waters. Don’t forget to cover yourself in the healing muds of the Dead Sea before you go!

Day Trip Tel Aviv - Dead Sea

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: About 1 hour 30 mins – 2 hours (100 km+) Depending on location in the Dead Sea

Check out the full post here: HOLD YOUR BREATH…. WE’RE GOING BELOW SEA LEVEL TO THE DEAD SEA WITH OUR HANDMADE BATHING SUITS!

23. Ein Gedi (Nahal David)

With a history dating back to Biblical times (and even long before), Ein Gedi is the definition of the perfect oasis. Located right in the Negev Desert, Ein Gedi is truly a little heaven on earth with waterfalls, pools of cool, refreshing waters, and stunning plants and wildlife.

Day Trip Tel Aviv - Ein Gedi

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: About 2 hours (145 km)

Check out the full post here: SECRET SPOTS OF EIN GEDI, ISRAEL WITH STYLISH HANDMADE AND DESIGNED OUTFITS

24. Masada

Masada is an ancient fortress in the south of Israel, built on an isolated rock plateau overlooking the Dead Sea. It has a tragic yet heroic history. The stony compound boasts remains of palaces, bathhouses, extensive mosaics, and the remains of the daily life of the Jewish rebel soldiers who barricaded themselves here as the Romans sieged the fortress in 74 CE. Masada is Israel’s most popular tourist site with almost 1 million visitors per year. It is a symbol of defiance and hope.

Day Trip Tel Aviv - Masada

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: About 2 hours (160 km)

Check out the full post here: DISCOVER MASADA FORTRESS, ISRAEL (AND THE MONOCHROME FASHION CREATIONS WE DESIGNED FOR THE VISIT)

25. Ein Avdat

If you’re looking for a nice hike in the south of Israel, look no further than Ein Avdat. This beautiful canyon located right near Sde Boker is stunning. With simple and more difficult hiking path options, Ein Avdat has something for every type of nature goer. Springs and waterfalls abound in this desert oasis.

Driving Distance from Tel Aviv: About 2 hours (170 km)

Day Trip Tel Aviv - Ein Avdat

Israel has so much to offer and this is really just the tip of the iceberg! Stay tuned for more posts on full-day itineraries and full things to do all throughout the country!

Lots of Love and Safe Travels,

Danielle and Brooke, Colorful Sisters

Join the discussion

  1. Fred D

    Excellent ladies!. . . can you please send a plane ticket 🙂
    All the best for a Happy and Healthy New Year!

    • Colorful Sisters

      Thanks so much! I hope you can visit one day!! Happy New Year to you as well 🙂

  2. BetzyBrize

    Beautiful place, wish I could visit someday… amazing blog keep going

  3. BetzyBrize

    Happy new year

  4. July

    Amazing post 🙏🏽💚

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  6. capost2k

    It is unbelievable how beautiful Israel has become under Israeli care and YHWH’s blessing.
    “The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing.” Isaiah 35:1-2
    And you ladies certainly do not diminish the beauty❗😉
    If Anita and I ever get to come to the Holy Land, we will let you know, and want to meet you in one of your favorite cafes.
    ❤️&🙏, c.a.

  7. viewfromoverthehill

    What a fantastic job you do. My visit to Israel was one of the most exciting of all the trips I made, yet I saw only a fraction of the beautiful places you’ve shown us. I thrilled at seeing Jerusalem, Masada, the Dead Sea, and others equally interesting. Fabulous country. All the best for the New Year. Cheers, Muriel

    • Colorful Sisters

      Thanks so much and happy new year to you too! I hope you can enjoy at least seeing some of the places virtually even if you never got to actually visit some of them 🙂

  8. superbongio.com

    you guys do a great job of capturing your journeys. well done!

  9. marlagro

    I just got your newsletter. Soooo glad to see you are going to blog again! I missed you guys!

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