Backpacking Israel

Hello to all seasoned and aspiring backpackers!

Whether it's big city life, a relaxing beach holiday or a trip to explore the country’s religions and history, Israel is quite diverse and has something to offer for every traveller. Whether you’re looking for adventure, a change of pace, or to expand your knowledge – Israel has it all!

So, fancy a trip to Israel? Then grab your backpack and let yourself be whisked away in this foreign, unique, and colorful world. Here is our ideal route for backpacking Israel.


Important Basics

Official Language ( Hebrew )
EnglishHebrew
HelloSchalom
GoodbyeLehitra’ot!
Thank youToda
YesKen
NoLo
Capital City

Jerusalem

Form of government

Parliamentary republic

Best Time to Visit

April and May, as well as October

Fun Facts
  • Hebrew is a Semitic language, along with Arabic and Aramaic.
  • Hebrew is read from right to left.
  • The Red Sea Star in Israel is the only underwater restaurant in the world.
  • Israel has no constitution.
  • It’s common for Israelis to clap when they land back home.

Cities

Tel Aviv

Your journey starts in the coastal city of Tel Aviv.

As soon as you set foot in this cosmopolitan city, you’ll immediately feel a youthful ambiance and love for life, which are also reflected in Tel Aviv’s modern architecture, colourful street art scene, and vibrant nightlife. The most famous part of Tel Aviv is the White City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, composed of more than 4,000 densely built buildings in the modern Bauhaus style. You’ll also find numerous traditional shops, small boutiques, cosy restaurants, and hip bars. The city’s beautiful shoreline promenade and white sandy beaches invite you to stay, relax, and enjoy the view.

Along the coast, you can walk to historic and trendy Jaffa, a town that is now part of Tel-Aviv, which is said to be one of the oldest ports in the world.

Stay overnight near Jaffa and the beach for 20 euros in a 6-person dorm.

Nazareth

Continue by bus for about 10 euros to Nazareth.

According to the Bible, this city in northern Israel is where Jesus spent his childhood and is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Holy Land. Today, the Basilica of the Annunciation stands over the cave that is traditionally believed to have been where the Virgin Mary lived when the angel Gabriel told her she would give birth to the Son of God. Mary’s Well, the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Gabriel, and St. Joseph’s Church are also worth visiting.

Nazareth is known as “the Arab capital of Israel,” and its old town still preserves the narrow streets, winding colourful alleys, and large market from times past, giving the city a mystical feel.

After exploring the biblical city, get some rest and stay overnight for 21 euros in a 10-person dorm.

Jerusalem

A bus will take you from Nazareth to Jerusalem for 16 euros.

The lively city, where three world religions meet, is a highlight of every trip to Israel. Considered a holy city for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, Jerusalem offers an incredibly interesting mix of cultures and people, which is also reflected in its varied cityscape.

A visit to the old town with its historical sites like the Dome of the Rock, the Wailing Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and Temple Mount will surely give you goose bumps. There is also a lot to discover in the Christian, Jewish, and Arabic districts – from traditional shops to colourful markets and a myriad of different restaurants.

Be sure to bathe in the Dead Sea, which you can reach from Jerusalem by bus, or head to the nearby seaside resort Ein Gedi. Swim in these famous waters and float on the surface without any effort at all thanks to its 33% salinity – ten times saltier than ordinary seawater!

Stay overnight in Jerusalem’s old town in a 10-person dorm for 18 euros a night.

Tel Aviv

You can take the bus back to Tel Aviv for only two euros to catch your flight back home.

In only a short period of time, you’ll be sure to have already amassed incredible memories and insights about a place where you could easily spend months exploring. Who knows – maybe you’ll be inspired to come back?

Until next time, Israel!


Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv

Your journey starts in the coastal city of Tel Aviv.

As soon as you set foot in this cosmopolitan city, you’ll immediately feel a youthful ambiance and love for life, which are also reflected in Tel Aviv’s modern architecture, colourful street art scene, and vibrant nightlife. The most famous part of Tel Aviv is the White City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, composed of more than 4,000 densely built buildings in the modern Bauhaus style. You’ll also find numerous traditional shops, small boutiques, cosy restaurants, and hip bars. The city’s beautiful shoreline promenade and white sandy beaches invite you to stay, relax, and enjoy the view.

Along the coast, you can walk to historic and trendy Jaffa, a town that is now part of Tel-Aviv, which is said to be one of the oldest ports in the world.

Stay overnight near Jaffa and the beach for 20 euros in a 6-person dorm.

Nazareth

Nazareth

Continue by bus for about 10 euros to Nazareth.

According to the Bible, this city in northern Israel is where Jesus spent his childhood and is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Holy Land. Today, the Basilica of the Annunciation stands over the cave that is traditionally believed to have been where the Virgin Mary lived when the angel Gabriel told her she would give birth to the Son of God. Mary’s Well, the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Gabriel, and St. Joseph’s Church are also worth visiting.

Nazareth is known as “the Arab capital of Israel,” and its old town still preserves the narrow streets, winding colourful alleys, and large market from times past, giving the city a mystical feel.

After exploring the biblical city, get some rest and stay overnight for 21 euros in a 10-person dorm.

Jerusalem

Jerusalem

A bus will take you from Nazareth to Jerusalem for 16 euros.

The lively city, where three world religions meet, is a highlight of every trip to Israel. Considered a holy city for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, Jerusalem offers an incredibly interesting mix of cultures and people, which is also reflected in its varied cityscape.

A visit to the old town with its historical sites like the Dome of the Rock, the Wailing Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and Temple Mount will surely give you goose bumps. There is also a lot to discover in the Christian, Jewish, and Arabic districts – from traditional shops to colourful markets and a myriad of different restaurants.

Be sure to bathe in the Dead Sea, which you can reach from Jerusalem by bus, or head to the nearby seaside resort Ein Gedi. Swim in these famous waters and float on the surface without any effort at all thanks to its 33% salinity – ten times saltier than ordinary seawater!

Stay overnight in Jerusalem’s old town in a 10-person dorm for 18 euros a night.

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv

You can take the bus back to Tel Aviv for only two euros to catch your flight back home.

In only a short period of time, you’ll be sure to have already amassed incredible memories and insights about a place where you could easily spend months exploring. Who knows – maybe you’ll be inspired to come back?

Until next time, Israel!

Israel Route Map

Itinerary and Stops.

Tag
Route/Station
Transport
Unterkunft
1. Home – Tel Aviv
Home – Tel Aviv
Flight
50
6-person dorm
20
2. Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
-
10-person dorm
20
3. Tel Aviv – Nazareth
Tel Aviv – Nazareth
Bus
8
10-person dorm
21
4. Nazareth – Jerusalem
Nazareth – Jerusalem
Bus
16
10-person dorm
18
5. Jerusalem
Jerusalem
-
10-person dorm
18
6. Jerusalem
Jerusalem
-
10-person dorm
18
7. Jerusalem
Jerusalem
-
10-person dorm
18
8. Jerusalem - Tel Aviv - Home
Jerusalem - Tel Aviv - Home
Bus+Flight
52
-

Total price.

Flights 100,00
Transportation 26,00
Tours 133,00
Accommodation 0,00
Total259,00

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Dos and Donts, Food & Drinks, Costs.

Breakfast

Shakshuka: This typical Israeli breakfast is made of eggs, tomatoes, and spices and is similar to a casserole. You can also add feta or spinach.

Israeli Breakfast: This breakfast spread is a dairy meal consisting of various cheeses and sometimes served with a fish salad.

Soups

Lentil soup: The most popular soup in Israel is lentil soup, which consists of a curry cooked with different types of lentils.

Main courses

Falafel: Falafel are typically homemade in Israel then served in a wrap. It is traditionally served with a sauce and tahini or hummus. You can also add a bit of salad for a more balanced meal.

Sabich: This pita is filled with eggplant, egg, and tahini. It tastes even better when you add more vegetables and makes for a great balanced meal.

Mezze: These typical Israeli meals are also known as tapas. This selection of side dishes range from raw vegetables to cauliflower dipped in hummus. Bulgur and beetroot are also popular.

Malabi:  This milk pudding makes for a sweet dessert and is found in many restaurants– absolutely delicious.

Drinks & Snacks

Dates: A speciality in Israel, these are the perfect snack in-between meals.

Hummus: This dip is an absolute must eat in Israel. Have it with flatbread for a light snack.

Wine: Wine in Israel has a particularly good reputation, and you’ll find great tasting opportunities in the rural areas.

Israel

The exchange rate for 1 Israeli Shekel is around 0.28 euros (as of May 2022). See prices for certain products and the cost of living below:

Cost of Living 

Food

Free Time

Personal Hygiene

Dos

Say shalom. Say hello in the local language at every opportunity – people will be happy that you’re taking their culture seriously.

Wear sunscreen. There’s extremely high UV radiation at the Dead Sea, so you need to be careful. SPF 50 or higher is a must in Israel.

Have a Plan B. Public transport is not always punctual or reliable in Israel. It’s always better to have a plan B to save the day – just in case.

Don'ts

Don’t smoke on Saturdays. It’s the day of the Sabbath in Israel and is considered a holy day so smoking is prohibited. This also applies to tourists and if you don't want to attract attention, it's best not to light up. It's even good for your health!

Don’t be afraid when crossing the street. There is no such thing as letting people cross the street in Israel, and you have to get used to making your way across with bold determination. Otherwise, it can take forever to get to the other side.

Don’t take pictures at the Wailing Wall on Fridays and Saturdays. These days are holy, and visitors are not allowed to take pictures. Taking pictures secretly is also prohibited and you should heed this rule if you don't want to get into any trouble. Be respectful of Israeli culture!

Visa, Visa, Passport & Vaccinations

Passport

Yes

Temporary passport

No

National ID

No

Temporary national ID

No

Child’s pass

Yes

Visa

(Not necessary)

Vaccine

Masern und Tetanus

Additional Remarks.

We recommend making sure your travel documents are still valid for 6 months. Previous travels to Arab countries or Iran isn’t an obstacle to entry. Please also inform yourself on the current entry regulations regarding the Corona virus. Current information about this can be found at your country’s Foreign Office.

The team at Backpacker Trail wishes you lots of fun and an unforgettable trip!

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