The ultimate checklist: 101 things to see, try, taste and do in Israel

Looking for the ultimate checklist of things to see and do in Israel? You might have already checked out our Top Ten list previously, but here’s a quick list of things (101 of ’em!) to see, try, taste and do in Israel. Some (no, all!) of which you really should try and squeeze into your visit here…

And if we’ve missed any gems off this list, feel free to add your suggestions in the comments.

1…Walk through the gates of the Old City in Jerusalem and feel the history.

2…Try some shakshuka!


3…Post your prayer to the Big Man at the Western Wall.

western wall

4…Snorkel in the Red Sea.

5…Float in the Dead Sea.

dead sea floating

6…Visit Jesus’ birthplace in Bethlehem.

Bethlehem, Israel

7…Visit Carmel Market in Tel Aviv.

carmel market

8…Eat a plate of hummus.

Hummus abu dubi

9…Visit a kibbutz (we recommend Ein Gedi).

kibbutz experience

10…Follow Jesus’ footsteps along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem’s Old City

11…Visit Masada at sunrise.

Masada Sunrise

12…Have a dip in the Med at Tel Aviv beach.


13…or check out Israel’s best beach.


14…Play matkot at the beach.

15…Eat a shwarma in a pita or lafa.

16…Visit the Baha’i Temple in Haifa.


17…Pop over the border to Petra, Jordan.

Petra Treasury tour

18…Visit Yad Vashem.

Yad Vashem Hall of Names

19…Watch a sunset while sinking your toes in the sand.

tel aviv summer

20…Drink some Israeli wine.

21…Have a night out in Tel Aviv.


22…Drink some Tubi 60.


23…Cake yourself in Dead Sea mud.


24…Take a tour to see the best of the West Bank.

West Bank Tour

25…Check out the huge crater at Mitzpe Ramon.

mitzpe ramon

26…Have a dip in the Sea of Galilee.


27…Take a jeep trip through the Negev desert.

Jeep Tour

28…Hire a kayak/canoe and paddle down the Jordan River.


29…Stay for Yom Kippur and walk down the middle of the street!

30…Stay a night at one of Israel’s most luxurious hotels.

luxury hotels israel

31….or at one of Israel’s very best hostels.

abraham hostel tel aviv

32…Take a bus to Cairo, Egypt.


33…Celebrate Christmas in Israel.

34…Drink some manly Israeli Goldstar beer.

35…Get baptized where Jesus was baptized.

Qasr el Yahud

36…(Winter) Count the coats as it “plummets” to 25°C.

winter israel

37…(Summer) Swoon as Tel Aviv hits 80% humidity.

Tel Aviv beach

38…Go on a Jerusalem pub crawl.

Machane Yehuda market nigh

39…Spend a few days soaking up the sun in Eilat.


40…Walk around the Neve Tzedek neighborhood in Tel Aviv.

Neve Tzedek

41…Sleep out under the stars in the desert.

42…Get some hands-on health tips from Uzi-Eli.

crazy and alternative things to do Israel

43…Haggle in Jaffa Flea Market.

Jaffa Flea Market

44…Visit the Mar Saba Monastery.

Mar Saba

45…Take a ride on the Anaconda at the Luna Park.

46…Goggle at those petite army girls with huge guns.

47…Abseil down the cliffs of Ramon Crater.

Ramon Crater

48…Visit the Garden of Eden – Gan HaShlosha.


49…Walk the Jesus Trail.

Arbel Mountain

50…Buy one of these must-read books about Israel.


51…Meet Jerusalem’s Ultra Orthodox.

52…Have a ride on a camel in the desert.

53…Get Loud & Proud at Tel Aviv Pride.

tel aviv gay scene

54…Go on an Israeli safari (in Ramat Gan!).

55…Visit Achzivland, the world’s smallest nation.

56…Drive in Israel (hold on to your hat!).

57…Check out Tel Aviv’s amazing Bauhaus architecture.


58…Row with an Israeli taxi driver about the high fare.


59…Eat Jachnun on a Saturday morning.


60…Visit Gaza. Well, almost.

You can now visit the Gaza border area – check out how in our list of CRAZY & ALTERNATIVE things to do in Israel!

61…Sip on a latte at a cafe in Tel Aviv.

coffee Tel Aviv

62…Taste the Machane Yehuda market in Jerusalem.

machane yehuda

63…Eat a falafel in a pita, dripping with tehina sauce.

64…Visit the old town of Akko and its market (buy some Knafe!).

akko haifa ferry

65…Explore the Red Canyon.

Eilat Red Canyon

66…Visit the cliff-hugging St. George’s Monastery.

St. George's Monastery in Judea Desert Near Jericho Israel.

67…Do the Zombie Walk on Purim.

68…Visit the amazing desert park at Timna.


69…Go stargazing in the desert.

stargazing in israel

70…Shop, eat and drink at Tel Aviv Port.

71…Visit the holy site of Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee.

72…Go shopping at the rejuvenated Gan HaHashmal in Tel Aviv.

gan hahashmal tel aviv

73…Learn some Hebrew.

74…Learn some naughty Hebrew.

how to swear in hebrew

75…Dine out at one of Tel Aviv’s best restaurants.

Tel Aviv restaurant cafe

76…People watch at the Nahalat Binyamin market in Tel Aviv.

nahalat Binyamin

77…Soar in a powered paraglider high above the Holy Land.

Paraplane flights Israel

78…Eat matza bread during Passover.

79…Go cherry picking.

cherry picking israel

80…Check out a moshav (farming community).


81…Check out the view of Jerusalem from the Austrian Hospice.

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82…Visit the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem.

biblical zoo

83…Go skiing on Mount Hermon.

84…Explore the lanes of the Old City of Nazareth.

85…Take a picture of the Dome of the Rock.


86…Go on a free walking tour round Tel Aviv.

87…Go vegan in Tel Aviv.

vegan Tel Aviv

88…See the 2000 year old olive trees in the Garden of Gethsamane.

Garden of Gethsemane

89…Climb Mount Tabor to visit the monastery at the top.


90…Give something back – go picking with Leket.

Leket Volunteering

91…Discover a stunning Hidden Lake on your way to Eilat.

hidden lake eilat

92…Fight for your spot in a line or queue.

93…Explore the magnificent Golan Heights.

94…Explore the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

Qumran caves

95…Try a food tour to taste the real Israel.

food tour israel

96…Explore the mystical mountaintop city of Safed.


97…Have a drink at The Lowest Bar In The World.

lowest bar in the world

98…Walk the narrow, cobbled streets of Old Jaffa.

Old Jaffa

99..Take in the tranquil Ein Kerem (birthplace of John the Baptist).

100…Explore Tel Aviv or Jerusalem by Segway.

segway tour tel aviv

101…Spend a few hours at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.


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