17 days in Israel, Jordan & Washington DC Itinerary

17 days in Israel, Jordan & Washington DC Itinerary

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Start: Fort Lauderdale, United States
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Jerusalem, Israel
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Amman, Jordan
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
3
Jerash, Jordan
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Wadi Rum, Jordan
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Masada, Israel
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h
7
Haifa, Israel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Madaba, Jordan
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
9
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 1 night
Fly:  15 h 45 min
10
Washington DC, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Fort Lauderdale, United States


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2
nights
Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem ©
Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
Get some cultural insight at The Western Wall Tunnels and Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mt of Olives and Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, explore the ancient world of Western Wall, wander the streets of Old City of Jerusalem, and contemplate the long history of Moses Montefiore Windmill.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Jerusalem online vacation planner.

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Jerusalem is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Jerusalem is 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Amman.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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The Western Wall Tunnels ©
The Western Wall Tunnels
Mt of Olives ©
Mt of Olives
Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony) ©

1
night
Amman, Jordan

Amman ©
Jordan's capital city, Amman spreads across 19 hills and includes many distinct districts, each with their own historical and cultural marvels.
On the 2nd (Sun), steep yourself in history at Lilas Tours, thenexplore the galleries of TIRAZ Widad Kawar Home for Arab Dress, and then explore the ancient world of The Citadel.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Amman trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Jerusalem to Amman takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Jerusalem in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Amman, with lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Jerash.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites Museums
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Lilas Tours ©
Lilas Tours
The Citadel ©
The Citadel
TIRAZ Widad Kawar Home for Arab Dress ©
TIRAZ Widad Kawar Home for Arab Dress

1
night
Jerash, Jordan

Jerash ©
Jerash, is the capital and the largest city of Jerash Governorate, Jordan, with a population of 50,745 as of 2015. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tell Mar Elias.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Jerash itinerary planner.

You can drive from Amman to Jerash in an hour. Traveling from Amman in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 65°F in Jerash. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Jerash

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tell Mar Elias
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Jerash Ruins ©
Jerash Ruins
Temple of Artemis ©
Temple of Artemis
Tell Mar Elias ©
Tell Mar Elias

1
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.
On the 4th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Petra Museum, explore the ancient world of Temple of Dushares, thencontemplate the long history of Petra, thenadmire the landmark architecture of The Great Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Al-Beidha - Little Petra.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Petra - Wadi Musa vacation builder tool.

You can drive from Jerash to Petra - Wadi Musa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Wadi Rum.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Museums
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Petra ©
Petra
Al-Beidha - Little Petra ©
Al-Beidha - Little Petra
Temple of Dushares ©
Temple of Dushares

1
night
Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum
Tourism in Wadi Rum revolves around UNESCO-protected desert scenery and spectacular limestone rock formations following a dry river bed, which in World War I served as the headquarters of a British-inspired Arab revolt against the Ottomans.
To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Wadi Rum travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Petra - Wadi Musa to Wadi Rum takes 2 hours. You'll set off for Masada on the 5th (Wed).

Things to do in Wadi Rum

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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2
nights
Masada, Israel

Masada ©
On the 5th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at The Masada Museum.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Masada day trip planner.

You can drive from Wadi Rum to Masada in 4.5 hours. On the 7th (Fri), you'll travel to Haifa.

Things to do in Masada

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Dead Sea Region
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Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park
The Masada Museum ©
The Masada Museum
Tze'elim Stream ©
Tze'elim Stream

2
nights
Haifa, Israel

Haifa ©
A picturesque city in the north of the country, Haifa combines history and appearances to create an interesting and relaxing destination.
On the 7th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Ein Hod Artists Village, thensee the interesting displays at En Carmel, and then steep yourself in history at Beit Shearim. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Cave of Elijah, see the interesting displays at Hecht Museum, University of Haifa, examine the collection at The Nisco Museum of Mechanical Music, enjoy the sand and surf at Meridian Beach, thentest your problem-solving skills at Enigmatic, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at The Baha'i Gardens.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Haifa road trip planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Masada to Haifa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In August in Haifa, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 79°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Madaba.

Things to do in Haifa

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Beit Shearim, The Nisco Museum of Mechanical Music
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Ein Hod Artists Village ©
Ein Hod Artists Village
The Nisco Museum of Mechanical Music ©
The Nisco Museum of Mechanical Music
Beit Shearim ©
Beit Shearim

1
night
Madaba, Jordan

Madaba ©
A trip to Madaba will delight most history enthusiasts: the small, friendly town boasts a plethora of exquisite Byzantine mosaics, decorating its buildings and archaeological sites.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Nebo, thendelve into the distant past at Umm ar-Rasas, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Apostles, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Madaba tour site.

Drive from Haifa to Madaba in 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Haifa in August: highs in Madaba hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Madaba

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Umm ar-Rasas ©
Umm ar-Rasas
St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church ©
Church of the Apostles
Church of the Apostles

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Joseph Bau House Museum, explore the world behind art at Nachum Gutman Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Design Museum Holon, thensee the interesting displays at Israeli Children's Museum, and finally examine the collection at Dialogue In The Dark.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tel Aviv trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Madaba to Tel Aviv in 4 hours. Traveling from Madaba in August, expect nights in Tel Aviv to be a bit warmer, around 78°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 87°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Holon
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Joseph Bau House Museum ©
Joseph Bau House Museum
Israeli Children's Museum ©
Israeli Children's Museum
Design Museum Holon ©
Design Museum Holon

3
nights
Washington DC, United States

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
You've now added National Air and Space Museum to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Capitol Hill, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, thenexplore the historical opulence of Smithsonian Institution Building, thenlearn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and finally take an in-depth tour of National Portrait Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, steep yourself in history at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Renwick Gallery, thenget engrossed in the history at National Museum of African American History and Culture, and finally explore the world behind art at Smithsonian American Art Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Washington DC day trip planner.

You can fly from Tel Aviv to Washington DC in 16 hours. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Washington DC when traveling from Tel Aviv in August, with lows around 71°F. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Old Town
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Capitol Hill ©
Capitol Hill
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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