Any Suggestions? Planning my First Trip to Israel!

As my first trip to Israel edges closer, I have been thinking more and more about what I want to see and accomplish. I’m striking for a balance of the historical and modern, religious and secular, educational and fun.

I started to make a mental list of must-see sights in each major city: namely Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa.

I’m especially excited about Jerusalem – I have heard one month wouldn’t be enough for Jerusalem.  The Holy City has some main draws like City of David and Dome of the Rock; at the same time – lots of tourist traps like people trying to sell you useless crap.  Also downloaded a few apps to assist me in my planning. This should be one great learning and fun adventure.  I have already secured my stay in Tel Aviv through Airbnb.  I’m staying with a kind and young couple in the happening part of town. They have already demonstrated to me their hospitality by offering me a small discount for me to stay with them.  They’ve never had a guest from Hong Kong!! I may be the rare “Asian” person in Israel.  One that has not made aliyah…yet. 🙂

Tel Aviv should be where I can get my fix of the modern and fun.  Haifa would be historical and educational.

Below is what I’m thinking given my week in Israel.  Obviously, I can’t see and do everything. I have to save time for another trip in the future!! Have you been to Israel? Any other sights that you would recommend?


  • City of David
  • Jewish Quarter
  • Western Wall
  • Tower of David
  • Mount of Olives
  • Muslim Quarter

Tel Aviv:

  • Neve Tzedek
  • Old Jaffa
  • Tayelet Beach
  • Museum of the Jewish People
  • Attend a Shabbat Service
  • Experience the nightlife


  • Baha’i Gardens and Golden Dome
  • Theatre at Caesarea National Park
  • Ramat HaNadiv
  • Louis Promenade
  • National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space