Accessible Israel Vacations
Mileage and Distances
Access at Caesarea
Access at Acre
Access in Haifa
Access at Yardenit
Access at Capernaum
Wheelchair access at Tabgha
Access at Mount of Beatitudes
Central Israel - Jerusalem
Access at Mount of Olives
Access at Church of All Nations
Access on the Via Dolorosa
Access at Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Access at Garden Tomb
Access at Western Wall
Access at Temple Mount
Access at Dome Of The Rock
Access in the Jewish Quarter
Access in the Israel Museum
Access at Yad Vashem
Access at Church of the Nativity
Access at Beit Govrin
Access in the Old City of Jaffa
Access at the Azrieli Center
Access at Neve Tzedek
Access at TV Museum of Art
Access at The Dead Sea
Access at Ein Gedi
Access at Masada
Access at Timna
Access in Eliat
Vacation Destinations in Israel
guide to wheelchair accessible vacations destinations in Israel is intended to promote access at public and private sites in Israel for wheelchair travelers of all abilities.
Wheelchair access over time is forever moving and being changed by environmental conditions, construction, "inconvenient improvements," changes in participation, laws, advocacy groups and tourism.
Many parts of Israel are very accessible and very user friendly. This wheelchair accessible destination guide to Israel covers many of the most popular sites tourists like to visit in Israel.
Not all details can be conveyed and not all of our details mean that these sites are accessible to everyone since factors like ambient temperature and the required total walking/strolling distances are not considered in this guide.
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wheelchair accessible vacations in Israel that include:
- Wheelchair Accessible Hotels
- Self drive or chauffeur driven vehicles
- English speaking guides
What to See on an accessible Israel Vacation
In Northern Israel
Mid-way between Tel Aviv and Haifa, Caesarea on the sea was built by King Herod as a port with entertainment facilities, bathhouses, and temples. Their National Park is one of Israel’s most impressive parks with an unearthed theatre, temples, old city walls, castle, and church. Here the romans executed Rabbi Akiva and his decibels after the Bar Kochva revolt. There is reserved parking at the Roman Theater. The site stretched several buildings. At least one level is accessible and the middle level of the theater is accessible. Open spaces are pressed dirt and stone paths. An accessible bathroom is at the far west entrance. There is an accessible cafeteria and gift shop.
Acre, (or Akko) is the oldest inhabited port city on the northern extremity of Haifa Bay. Inhabited by the Crusaders and the Ottomans, the imposing sea wall fortress kept Napoleon Bonaparte from laying claim lay claim to the city fort. Acre's Old City is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site with unearthed halls, tunnels, fortress walls and medieval sites and buildings.
Haifa is Israel's largest city in the north, Israel's third largest city, and the second largest port. The 3000 year history of Haifa includes occupations by the Persians, the Romans, the Crusaders Byzantines, Arabs, Ottomans, British, and the Israelis. The climate is Mediterranean with hot, dry summers and cool, rainy winters
At the junction of the Jordan River Valley and the Jezreel Valley, Beit Shean's strategic military location has historically controlled access from the interior to the coast and movement from Jerusalem up to the Galilee. Bet She'an National Park archaeological site offers the remains of an ancient Greek amphitheater, promenade, mosaics, and Roman baths. Pressed dirty path areas with some paths accessible and some paths partially accessible. Accessible bathrooms and accessible cafeteria are available.
Yardenit (the Baptismal Site)
This is the official baptismal site on the banks of the Jordan River created in 1981 by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, after the Six-Day War, to replace the historical baptismal place of Jesus at Qasr el Yahud. More than a half a million tourists and Christian pilgrims visit the site annually for baptism in the waters of the Jordan River. The site has 12 baptismal pools, changing rooms, showers, and a gift shop. Accessible bathrooms are available in addition to accessible changing rooms and accessible descends into the water. The Jordon River is accessible by stair lift and/or a hoist for entering into the water.
On the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, “Capernaum” National Park is the pilgrimage destination for Christians as the preaching place for Jesus Christ during his stay in the Galilee.
The town is cited in all four gospels (Matthew 4:13,8:5,11:23,17:24, Mark 1:21,2:1,9:33, Luke 4:23,31,7:1,10:15, John 2:12,4:46,6:17,24,59) it is reported to have been near the hometown of the apostles Simon, Peter, Andrew, James, and John, as well as Matthew the tax collector. According to the gospel of Mark and the Gospel of Luke, Jesus taught in the synagogue in Capernaum and healed a man who had the spirit of an unclean devil. This is the only story common to the Gospel of Mark and Luke that is not contained in the Gospel of Matthew. ()http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capernaum. The Capernaum Promenade from Tanha to Bethsaida Junction is paved with accessible paths. There's an accessible bathroom at the tourist center and an accessible gift shop.
Tabgha is traditionally accepted as the place of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mark 6:30-46) and the fourth resurrection appearance of Jesus (John 21:1-24) after his Crucifixion. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabgha). The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes is the Roman Catholic Church that rests on the site of two earlier churches where Christ’s miraculously fed 5,000 people with only 5 loaves and 2 fish. (Mark 6:30, 44). The site stretches over several buildings on one level. Open spaces are pressed dirt and paved paths. There are accessible bathrooms near the parking lot and an accessible food kiosk. Guide dogs are not welcome.
Mount of Beatitude
Near Tabgha on a small hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee is the site where Jesus is said to have delivered his Sermon on the Mount. The church at the Mount of Beatitudes signifies the place where Jesus chose his Twelve Apostles from among his disciples.
In Central Israel, around Jerusalem
Jerusalem's old City is built on a hill. Many of the paths are steep, cobblestoned, uneven, and leading to steps. Stairs are often incorporated into the footpath and are inhospitable to 3 wheel electric scooters. Always expect crowds, narrow spaces, and passageways. Some areas are easier to access than others. The Arab Market is challenging, The Jewish Quarter is easy, St, Annes by the Lions gate is handy, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is more challenging.
Mount of Olives
Simply put, the Mount of Olives is the hill on other side of the Eastern Hill (the Temple Mount and the City of David) where loves once grew. The two hills are separated by the Kidron Valley in the center. Today the Mount of Olives has beautiful gardens, a golden turreted Russian Orthodox Church steeple and a compound of churches and an impressive cemetery facing Jerusalem. The Mount of Olives Promenade and Observation point has asphalt and paved paths. The upper level is accessible.
Church of All Nations
The Church of All Nations, or Basilica of the Agony, is a Roman Catholic Church on the Mount of Olives, next to the Garden of Gethsemane that enshrines a section of bedrock where Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest. (Mark 14:32-42).
The modern church was built in 1919-24 on the foundations of two previous ancient churches with funding from 12 different countries, giving it the nickname “Church of All Nations.” The site is on one level. Open spaces are paved paths. The path to the church goes around the garden. At the official exit there are 14 steps - making a return to the entrance a practical accessible choice to exit the building
The Via Dolorosa is Old City path that Jesus walked, carrying his cross, on the way to his crucifixion. This celebrated place of Christian pilgrimage site is 1968 feet long (600M) and winds from the Antonia Fortress to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The route is marked by nine Stations of the Cross with the remaining five stations inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The entire route has an asphalt path with many scattered steps. Accessible bathrooms are in the Jewish Quarter. There are many restaurants, kiosks, coffee shops and cafeterias along the route. Some offer some form of access and accessibility, many do not. Many of the churches along the Via Delorosa have 5 or more stairs at the entrance.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
The Church of the Holy Sepulcher is revered as the site where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified and the site that contains the tomb where Jesus is said to have been buried. Control of The Church of the Holy Sepulcher has been shared in complicated arrangement between several Christian churches and secular entities.
The site traditionally regarded as the site of Jesus' crucifixion belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church, containing the Rock of Calvary (12th Station of the Cross) and "the stairway climbing to Calvary" on the south side of the altar. The stairway climbing to Calvary where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified. The Roman Catholics (Franciscans) have the altar at the 11th Station of the Cross (Chapel of the Nailing of the Cross ). Where Jesus' body was removed from the cross (13th Station) is in the Eastern Orthodox chapel on the left of the altar.
Some Anglicans and Protestants regard the Garden Tomb as the true place of Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection. Only one level of the church is accessible enabling visitors the majority of the church. There are 3 steps to enter the place of the tomb and a staircase of 6 stairs at the entrance. No handrails, stair life or elevators are in the church, Steep wooden ramps are available at times. There is no accessible bathroom inside the church.
The Garden Tomb is believed to be the location of Jesus of Nazareth's tomb. The tomb is a cave in the garden. Open spaces are paved and there are many alcoves with gravel paths. There are 6 steps into the chapel, 3 steps to the observation point overlooking the cave. The accessible gift shop has a portable ramp. There is a high step into the cave. Accessible bathroom are on the main path. No foods, cafeteria or restaurant are present.
The Western Wall is a relatively small segment of the wall that surrounds the Temple Mount. Jews face the Western Wall during prayer and the site is most sacred site in the Jewish religion besides the Temple Mount. The Western Wall in the Old City has been a pilgrimage site since the 4th century and today it's visited annually by millions of visitors and thousands of Bar and Bat Mitzvah children. This is the most visited tourist site in Israel. The Western Wall tunnels are archeological excavations on the north side of the Western Wall. These excavations are accessed by a stair-lift between most levels. No elevator is present.
For thousands of years the Temple Mount has been an important religious site for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Judaism teaches the Temple Mount is where God most frequently manifested his divine and the place where God gathered the dust to create the first man (Adam).
Among Sunni Muslims, the Temple Mount is the site where Muhammad's ascented to heaven with Gabriel the angel. After Muslim's conquered Jerusalem in 637CE the Dome of the Rock was built on the site. For Muslims the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque make Jerusalem the third-holiest city in Islam, after Mecca and Medina.
In Christianity, the Temple Mount is where twelve year Jesus surprised Jewish theologians with his knowledge of the Torah. (Luke 2:41-50)
Dome Of The Rock
At the center of the Temple Mount site is The Dome of the Rock or in Arabic Al-Haram al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary). Jerusalem's most noticeable, visual icon site over the site where the Jewish First Temple and Second Temple had stood and the spot where the Islamic prophet Muhammad ascended to Heaven with the angel Gabriel. The stone is also the site where Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac, says Jewish tradition. To right of the Western Wall there is a covered wheelchair ramp leading up onto the Dome of the Rock. The interior is not accessible to tourists - unless you are Muslim.
The Jewish Quarter is one of the four traditional quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem. It occupies 1250 square feet from the Zion Gate in the south, to the Armenian Quarter on the west, to the Street of the Chain in the north and to the Western Wall and the Temple Mount in the east.
The area is home to numerous synagogues and yeshivas that focus on the study of the Talmud and the Torah. Open areas are paved. There are road signs for wheelchair travelers. One side of the path is smoothed for wheelchair travel and one side of the path is rough. Public accessible bathrooms are available at Plugot HaKotel St at the corner of HaYehudim Street. Various restaurants and cafeterias have some form of access and accessibility, some do not.
is a historic synagogue located in the Jewish Quarter.
Established in 1965 it is Israel’s national museum, and near the Bible Lands Museum, the Knesset, the Israeli Supreme Court, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. It displays a carved female figurine though to be the oldest artwork in the world. On the grounds of the museum, the Shrine of the Book, houses the Dead Sea Scrolls and artifacts discovered at Masada.
Yad Vashem is Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. The story of the Holocaust is presented from a unique, personal Jewish perspective with artifacts, testimonies, archival material, and 90 personal stories into their historical narrative. Yad Vashem is the second most-visited tourist site in Israel and there is no fee for admission.
Church of the Nativity
The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is the traditional place of Jesus of Nazareth's birth. The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem maintain the main Basilica of the Nativity. The Roman Catholic Church maintains the adjoining Church of St. Catherine where where Jesus is said to have been born (Grotto of the Nativity) and the site where Mary laid newborn Jesus in the manger. A 14-pointed silver star in marble marks the site beneath an altar. Other Chapels found in the compound are the Chapel of Saint Joseph, Chapel of the Innocents, and the Chapel of Saint Jerome.
In the rolling hills in the Judean lowlands people there have been cutting into the rock for thousands of years as quarries, for burial caves, storerooms, hideouts and homes. Bet Guvrin National Park contains the ruins of two towns: Maresha, important in Judah, and Beit Guvrin, important town in Roman times. The most stunning features are about 800 bell-shaped caves and the complicated subterranean network of tunnels that links groups of caves together. The largest bell caves are 60 feet tall, airy, and easily accessible.
Tel Aviv and Old Jaffa
Old City of Jaffa
Jaffa is the southern, oldest part of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, the tourist and cultural center with ancient monuments, archaeological sites, religious buildings, and the large number of art galleries and shops. Old Jaffa is on a hill. Many of the paths are steep and uneven. Some paths lead to steps and some paths become narrow alleys. From the Marina to Old Jaffa streets are paved and there are accessible bathrooms at Frishman Beach, Jerusalam Beach and Gordon Beach. Many cafeterias and restaurants along the promenade offer kosher foods. Some are accessible and some are not.
The Azrieli Center is a complex of three unique skyscrapers surrounding a large shopping mall. The Round Tower is the tallest building in Tel Aviv with an enclosed observation deck. The triangular tower has 46 floors and the Square tower 42 floors. All open areas are paved and level. An accessible elevator accesses the observatory on the 49th floor. Ramps and special doors exit to the observation deck. Accessible bathrooms are near the exit, near the elevator. Electronic binoculars, audio explanations with a computerized telescope are available.
Neve Tzedek was founded in 1887 by a group of Jewish families who wanted to move outside of over-crowded Jaffa. Today it is one of Tel Aviv's latest fashionable and expensive districts with a large number of restaurants, shops, galleries, and a village-like atmosphere.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Classic and Modern art by Cézanne, Chagall, Dali, Monet, Henry Moore, Auguste Rodin, Archipenko, Picasso, Kandinsky and others with permanent and changing exhibitions, concerts, lectures, and visiting artists. The attraction is accessible with accessible parking, accessible bathrooms, and kosher cafeteria.
In Southern Israel
The Dead Sea has attracted visitors from around the Mediterranean basin for thousands of years. Bordered by Jordan to the east, Palestine and Israel to the west, The Dead Sea is the lowest land elevation on Earth and 9.6 times salter than the ocean. It is 31 miles long (50km) 9 miles wide (15km (9 mi) and 997 feet deep (304m). The high salt and mineral content creates the unusual feeling of weightlessness in the water.
Ein Gedi is an oasis in the desert with an international reputation as a health spa. On the shore of the Dead Sea, Ein Gedi is the unique combination of history, archaeology, tourist attraction and health spas rolled into one unique atmosphere. Tourists flock to saturate themselves with the hot springs, mineral water baths, and mud baths, in the dry bromide-filled desert air of the Dead Sea. Ein Gedi Spa offers accessible open air swimming from March to November, Accessible thermal pool and accessible dressing room available.
Qumran is an archaeological site on the West Bank about a mile inland from Dead Sea and is best known as the settlement nearest to the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were hidden. The site has accessible showroom, movie theater and an accessible gift shop. Borders on asphalt paths and presses dirt paths are clearly demarcated. The main path is wooden with a paved path leading to and from the Visitors Center. There are accessible bathrooms and an accessible self-service restaurant.
Masada is an ancient fortification on top of an isolated rock plateau overlooking the Dead Sea and one of Israel's most popular tourist attractions. The top of the plateau was a fortress of storehouses, barracks, an armory, water cisterns for collecting rainwater and a palace. Where Herod the Great once built palaces on the mountain, modern day visitors can now hike up two paths, or ride the accessible cable car to the top. Masada is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a visitors center and a museum. The accessible bathrooms are in the entrance building at the bottom of the hill near the cable car and on the top of the mountain in buildings 7 and 12. There is an accessible cafeteria and kosher restaurant. On top of the hill, expect asphalt, stone/gravel and pressed dirty paths. Some of the paths are especially adapted and some are steep. museum at the base of the cable car. Visitors are encouraged to bring drinking water. There's a night audiovisual light show on the western side of the mountain. Masada is an Israeli National Park and there is a park entrance fee. There is a beautiful view of the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea from the top of Masada.
Fifteen miles north of Eilat Timna National Park is an incredible display of natural stone and jagged granite peaks facing red and white sandstone. Herds of gazelles and ibex wander around the desert landscape with a man made lake, amphitheater, and showroom about the manufacturing of copper. Timna Valley is also notable for its uncommon sand and stone formations. Sand color in Timna can be yellow, orange, grey, dark brown, black, light green or blue near the copper mines. Water and wind erosion have created several unusual formations with names like Solomon's Pillars, The Mushroom, and Hoodoo in Timna Park. Accessible bathrooms are near the lake and in the restaurant. The Bedouin tent where food is served is accessible.
Eliat is the southernmost city in Israel and at the end of the southern Negev Desert on northern tip of the Red Sea. This strategic location, offers 360 days of sunshine, a dry desert climate, beautiful beaches, a struggling coral reef environment, abundant sea life, awesome desert landscapes and throngs of domestic and international tourists. In the hot, dry summers temperatures can exceed 104 °F (40 °C) without a drop of rain. Winter temperatures average 52–73°F (11–23°C). It is busy port on the Gulf of Aqaba. The Coral Beach Nature Reserve offers accessible bathrooms, an accessible cafeteria and access to the water. The regular entrance into the water is from the bridge that crosses the reef and using steps and a handrail to enter. There is an accessible changing room and shower. The underwater Observatory at Marine Park stretches over several buildings on one level. There is an accessible elevator to the observatory. Accessible bathrooms are in the oceanarium. Open spaces are asphalt and paved paths. Some paths utilize wooden bridges and some bridges are steep. There is an accessible restaurant and accessible cafeteria.
Israel Mileage and Distances
Distances between popular cities in miles