17 days in Israel, Rome & Bethlehem Itinerary

17 days in Israel, Rome & Bethlehem Itinerary

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17 days in Israel, Rome & Bethlehem Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Tel Aviv, Israel
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
3
Jerusalem, Israel
— 5 nights
bus:  15​min
4
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
— 4 nights
Travel:  82​h
End: New York City, United States

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Sistine Chapel Tours, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Santa Maria della Vittoria, and other attractions. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and make a trip to Spanish Steps.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome vacation maker app .

New York City, USA to Rome is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In October, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

few
hours
Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv
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.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tel Aviv road trip planner .

You can fly from Rome to Tel Aviv in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Tel Aviv is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rome in October; daily highs in Tel Aviv reach 82°F and lows reach 69°F. You will leave for Jerusalem on the 11th (Thu).

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Tours Outdoors Nightlife

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Church of Saint Anne, Mt of Olives, The Garden Tomb, and other attractions you added. There's more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours and admire the striking features of Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Jerusalem tour itinerary site .

You can drive from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Jerusalem are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Bethlehem.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Dead Sea
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Western Wall ©
Western Wall
Old City of Jerusalem ©
Old City of Jerusalem

4
nights
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories

Bethlehem ©
For many, Bethlehem needs no introduction.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Church of St. Lazarus as well as Jacob's Well. Get out of town with these interesting Bethlehem side-trips: Dar Zahran Heritage Building (in Ramallah) and Jericho (Mount of Temptation Monastery, Tel es-Sultan, & more). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Palestinian Heritage Center, look for gifts at St. John Souvenir, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Nativity, and deepen your understanding of the past and present with a heritage tour.

Plan my Bethlehem trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Bethlehem is very close to Jerusalem. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bethlehem

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Jericho, Church of St. Lazarus, Jacob's Well, Shepherd's Sanctuary, Dar Zahran Heritage Building
Highlights from your plan
Dar Zahran Heritage Building ©
Dar Zahran Heritage Building
Palestinian Heritage Center ©
Palestinian Heritage Center
Mar Saba Monastery ©
Mar Saba Monastery

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