18 days in Israel, Cyprus & Greece Itinerary

18 days in Israel, Cyprus & Greece Itinerary

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18 days in Israel, Cyprus & Greece Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
Jerusalem, Israel
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Paphos, Cyprus
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Ayia Napa, Cyprus
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Bus:  8 h 15 min
4
Lindos, Greece
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + Subway:  2 h 45 min
6
Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Los Angeles, United States

3
nights
Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tayelet and En Gedi Nature Reserve. Popular historic sites such as Western Wall and Garden of Gethsemane are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jerusalem: Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa) and Carmel Market (Shuk Ha'Carmel) (in Tel Aviv). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Mt of Olives, stop by M. Pomeranz Bookseller, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mahane Yehuda Market, and get a taste of the local shopping with Mamilla Mall.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Jerusalem trip builder .

Los Angeles, USA to Jerusalem is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Jerusalem is 10 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: high temperatures in Jerusalem hover around 91°F and lows are around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Paphos.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tel Aviv, En Gedi Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Mahane Yehuda Market ©
Mahane Yehuda Market
Old City of Jerusalem ©
Old City of Jerusalem
Jaffa Old City ©
Jaffa Old City

1
day
Paphos, Cyprus

The legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the capital of western Cyprus, the city of Paphos showcases an abundance of archaeological, architectural, and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then explore the ancient world of Tombs of the Kings, then browse the different shops at Kings Avenue Mall, and finally delve into the distant past at Kato Paphos Archaeological Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Paphos trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jerusalem to Paphos in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daytime highs in Paphos are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ayia Napa.

Things to do in Paphos

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Tombs of the Kings ©
Tombs of the Kings
Kato Paphos Archaeological Park ©
Kato Paphos Archaeological Park

2
nights
Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Though Ayia Napa boasts archaeological sites and the largest water park in Europe, the city is best known as a party hub.
On the 7th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Fig Tree Bay, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Profitis Elias, and then kick back and relax at Nissi Beach. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Lazarus, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hala Sultan Tekke.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ayia Napa trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Paphos to Ayia Napa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Ayia Napa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Protaras, Larnaca
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nissi Beach ©
Nissi Beach
Fig Tree Bay ©
Fig Tree Bay

2
nights
Lindos, Greece

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Popular historic sites such as Village of Lindos and Acropolis of Lindos are in your itinerary. We've included these beaches for you: Lindos Beach and Agios Pavlos Beach (Saint Paul). Get out of town with these interesting Lindos side-trips: Valley of the Butterflies (in Petaloudes) and Marias House (in Embonas). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Agathi Beach and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Church of the Panagia.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lindos trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Ayia Napa to Lindos takes 8.5 hours. Traveling from Ayia Napa in August, expect nights in Lindos to be about the same, around 77°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 87°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Lindos

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Valley of the Butterflies, Marias House, Agathi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach
Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos
Agathi Beach ©
Agathi Beach

2
nights
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then stroll through Agia Pelagia Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, and then stroll through Stalis Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Heraklion road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Heraklion takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Agia Pelagia Beach, Stalis Beach
Highlights from your plan
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

5
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Do your shopping at Monastiraki and Gallery Demeter. Visit Glyfada Beach and Voula Beach for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum, and stop by Canvas.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Athens online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Heraklion to Athens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. When traveling from Heraklion in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Athens, with highs around 92°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Glyfada Beach
Highlights from your plan
Plaka ©
Plaka
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Ancient Agora of Athens ©
Ancient Agora of Athens

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