16 days in Istanbul, Tel Aviv & Jerusalem Itinerary

16 days in Istanbul, Tel Aviv & Jerusalem Itinerary

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16 days in Istanbul, Tel Aviv & Jerusalem Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  18 h 30 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 3 nights
train:  2 h
3
Jerusalem, Israel
— 5 nights
train:  2 h
4
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 1 night
Fly:  14 h
End: Cape Town, South Africa

4
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul driving holiday app .

Cape Town, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in June, expect Istanbul to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

3
nights
Tel Aviv, Israel

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tel Aviv: The Church of the Annunciation (in Nazareth) and The Baha'i Gardens (in Haifa). The adventure continues: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, get engrossed in the history at Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People, wander the streets of Neve Tzedek, and don't miss a visit to Tayelet.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tel Aviv trip planning website .

Fly from Istanbul to Tel Aviv in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Israel Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Tel Aviv. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Baha'i Gardens, The Church of the Annunciation
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Food Tours
The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation
The Baha'i Gardens ©
The Baha'i Gardens

5
nights
Jerusalem, Israel

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.
Go for a jaunt from Jerusalem to Arad to see Masada Fortress about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, wander the streets of Old City of Jerusalem, steep yourself in history at Mt of Olives, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Jerusalem tour planner .

You can drive from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in an hour. In June, daytime highs in Jerusalem are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Dead Sea, Masada Fortress
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Food Tours
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

1
night
Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv ©
On the 30th (Tue), take a stroll through Jaffa Old City.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tel Aviv trip planner .

Drive from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv in an hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Jerusalem in June: highs in Tel Aviv hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Neighborhoods
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Jaffa Old City ©
Jaffa Old City

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