18 days in Middle East Itinerary

18 days in Middle East Itinerary

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Fly to Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, Drive to Tripoli
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Tripoli, Lebanon
— 1 night
Drive
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Beirut, Lebanon
— 3 nights
Fly
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Haifa, Israel
— 2 nights
Train to HaBursa/Jabotinsky Road, Bus to Nablus
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Nablus, Palestinian Territories
— 1 night
Bus
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Jerusalem, Israel
— 3 nights
Bus
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Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
— 2 nights
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Bus to Central Station/Yafo, Train to Tel Aviv, Fly to Ramon
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Eilat, Israel
— 3 nights
Fly

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Tripoli, Lebanon

— 1 night
A tour of Tripoli usually involves a visit to the old Mamluk-style city and its harbor overlooked by a crusader citadel.
On the 8th (Mon), take a stroll through Khan Al-Khayyatin, then admire the striking features of St. Stephan's Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Phoenician Wall, and finally step into the grandiose world of Citadel Saint Gilles (Qal'at Sinjil).

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tripoli road trip planning tool.

Paris, France to Tripoli is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Paris, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Tripoli, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Beirut.

Things to do in Tripoli

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Beirut, Lebanon

— 3 nights

Paris of the East

Sitting on the Mediterranean coast, Beirut, the country's capital and largest city, has plenty of appeal itself, as well as offering a convenient base for exploring the country's other sights and cities.
Change things up with a short trip to Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa (about 38 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Beirut, pause for some photo ops at Jeita Grotto, take in the dramatic natural features at Pigeon Rocks in Raouche, and don't miss a visit to Corniche Beirut.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Beirut trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tripoli to Beirut takes 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Beirut are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Haifa.

Things to do in Beirut

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Haifa, Israel

— 2 nights
A picturesque city in the north of the country, Haifa combines history and appearances to create an interesting and relaxing destination.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Citadel of Acre, then take a stroll through Akko Old Town, then get to know the fascinating history of The German Colony, and finally admire the natural beauty at The Baha'i Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at International Center Mary of Nazareth, then admire the striking features of The Church of the Annunciation, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nazareth Village, and finally don't miss a visit to Louis Promenade.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Haifa trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Beirut to Haifa by flight takes about 7.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nablus.

Things to do in Haifa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Nablus, Palestinian Territories

— 1 night
Nablus is a city in the northern West Bank, approximately 49km north of Jerusalem, (approximately 63km by road), with a population of 126,132. On the 14th (Sun), examine the collection at The Samaritan Museum, explore the ancient world of Jacob's Well, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Mosque of Nablus, then steep yourself in history at Tell Balata Archaeological Park, and finally look for gifts at Albader Soap Factory.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nablus online trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Haifa to Nablus in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Nablus

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Jerusalem, Israel

— 3 nights

Holy City

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.
Explore Jerusalem's surroundings by going to Tel Aviv (Tayelet & Ben-Gurion House) and Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa). On the 18th (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, steep yourself in history at Mt of Olives, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and admire the landmark architecture of Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Jerusalem vacation planning tool.

You can take a bus from Nablus to Jerusalem in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in February, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Bethlehem.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories

— 2 nights
For many, Bethlehem needs no introduction.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): get some fabulous bargains at Blessings Gift Shop and The Olive Wood Factory and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cave of St. Jerome. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel of the Holy Child Jesus, explore the ancient world of The Church of St. Catherine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Nativity, then don't miss a visit to Milk Grotto, and finally make a trip to Sanctuary Bethlehem.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Bethlehem route maker website.

Traveling by bus from Jerusalem to Bethlehem takes an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Eilat.

Things to do in Bethlehem

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Eilat, Israel

— 3 nights
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Eilat is known for wildlife, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Timna Park, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Underwater Observatory Marine Park, identify plant and animal life at Coral Beach Nature Reserve, and explore the stunning scenery at Red Canyon.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Eilat road trip tool.

Traveling by combination of bus, train, and flight from Bethlehem to Eilat takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Eilat sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Eilat

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Lebanon travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Monuments · Ruins
With a lengthy coastline along the Mediterranean, Lebanon has attracted its share of foreign invaders, from ancient Phoenicians and Egyptians to the medieval Crusaders and Ottoman Turks. Each of these peoples left an indelible mark on the tiny country's cultural heritage, art, religious traditions, and cuisine. Though it shares a border with troubled Syria, Lebanon remains one of the Arab world's most charming destinations. A tour of Lebanon allows travelers to discover modern seaside resorts, ancient ruins, lush nature reserves, and dynamic cities. Base your Lebanon vacation in Beirut, a cosmopolitan capital known for its cafe culture and European architecture, as well as many museums, parks, and squares.

Israel travel guide

4.7
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Ruins
Land of Creation
Surprisingly diverse for such a narrow strip of land pressed against the Mediterranean, modern Israel only dates back to 1948, though the history of this "Holy Land" spans many millennia. The big three monotheistic religions--Christianity, Judaism, and Islam--maintain extremely strong ties to this part of the world, so you can expect to see plenty of historic churches, mosques, and synagogues during your holiday in Israel. Beyond the undeniable cultural appeal, Israel also offers impressive natural features, including the Dead Sea and Makhtesh Ramon, one of the world's biggest craters. As you tour Israel, you'll find yourself following in the footsteps of figures that helped shape the world thousands of years ago.

Palestinian Territories travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Ruins
Three entities occupied by Israel since the Six-Day War of 1967, the Palestinian Territories include East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, and the West Bank. Although the political status of this area remains the subject of negotiations, tourist attractions in the Palestinian Territories continue to appeal to curious travelers from distant corners of the globe. A trip to this part of the world takes you back in time and allows you to discover numerous locations prominently mentioned in the Bible, including the Dead Sea, Bethlehem, and the Judean Desert. Many begin their tour of the Palestinian Territories in Ramallah, the area's de facto capital and an ideal place from which to explore the surrounding countryside.