32 days in Israel, Greece & Turkey Itinerary

32 days in Israel, Greece & Turkey Itinerary

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32 days in Israel, Greece & Turkey Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  29​h
1
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Delphi, Greece
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
4
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​h 45​min
5
Patmos, Greece
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  19​h
6
Kusadasi, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
7
Selcuk, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  4​h 30​min
9
Haifa, Israel
— 1 night
train:  30​min
10
Caesarea, Israel
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
11
Tiberias, Israel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
12
Masada, Israel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
13
Jerusalem, Israel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
14
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 2 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, wander the streets of Plaka, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Athens travel itinerary planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Athens is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Auckland to Athens, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Auckland in March since evenings lows in Athens dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Delphi.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
nights
Delphi, Greece

Delphi ©
Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
Get out of town with these interesting Delphi side-trips: Hosios Loukas (in Distomo) and Galaxidi (Maritime Museum & Archaeological Collection of Galaxidi & Agios Nikolaos Church). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Delphi, take in the awesome beauty at Parnassus, pause for some serene contemplation at Byzantine Church of Agia Eleousa (Panagia Mavromantila), and relax in the rural setting at MoKa Honey.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Delphi trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Athens to Delphi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in March, Delphi is slightly colder at night with lows of 6°C. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Itea, Galaxidi, Ieros Naos Agiou Georgiou, Hosios Loukas
Highlights from your plan
Delphi ©
Delphi
Temple of Apollo In Delphi ©
Temple of Apollo In Delphi
Delphi Archaeological Museum ©
Delphi Archaeological Museum

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and then kick back and relax at Red Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): trek along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, and then get great views at Sunset in Oia.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Fira online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Delphi to Fira by combination of bus and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Delphi in March since evenings lows in Fira dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Oia, Akrotiri, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

2
nights
Mykonos Town, Greece

Mykonos Town ©
A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, then take a stroll through Little Venice, then make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and finally see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, stop by Mayonaisa Darling, and then don't miss a visit to Kapopoulos Fine Arts.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mykonos Town trip planning website .

Getting from Fira to Mykonos Town by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Patmos.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Paradise Beach
Highlights from your plan
Aegean Maritime Museum ©
Aegean Maritime Museum
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)

1
day
Patmos, Greece

Patmos ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Cave of Apocalypse, explore the galleries of Tourlou, look for gifts at Nektar, steep yourself in history at Monastery of Saint John the Theologian, then make a trip to Chora Patmos, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel of Profitis Ilias.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Patmos trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Mykonos Town to Patmos in 16 hours. March in Patmos sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Patmos

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Monastery of Saint John the Theologian ©
Chapel of Profitis Ilias ©
Chapel of Profitis Ilias
Cave of Apocalypse ©
Cave of Apocalypse

1
night
Kusadasi, Turkey

Kusadasi ©
Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kusadasi trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Patmos to Kusadasi with the Route module. In March in Kusadasi, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kusadasi Castle ©
Kusadasi Castle
Micro Miniature Museum ©
Micro Miniature Museum
Hacivat Shop ©
Hacivat Shop

3
nights
Selcuk, Turkey

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, theme parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, and see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Selcuk trip maker app .

Selcuk is just a stone's throw from Kusadasi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kusadasi to Selcuk. Traveling from Kusadasi in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Selcuk, with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

3
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: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Selcuk to Istanbul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Selcuk in March, plan for slightly colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 14°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 14°C. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Haifa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

1
night
Haifa, Israel

Haifa ©
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 1st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bahai Gardens and Shrine, contemplate the long history of Citadel of Acre, then get to know the fascinating history of The German Colony, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at The Baha'i Gardens.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Haifa trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Istanbul to Haifa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Israel Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Istanbul in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Haifa, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can take a train to Caesarea.

Things to do in Haifa

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Acre
Highlights from your plan
The Baha'i Gardens ©
The Baha'i Gardens
Bahai Gardens  and Shrine ©
Bahai Gardens and Shrine
Citadel of Acre ©
Citadel of Acre

1
night
Caesarea, Israel

Caesarea ©
Caesarea is a town in north-central Israel. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): get great views at Ramat HaNadiv, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Caesarea National Park, and then make a trip to Aqueduct Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Caesarea trip planner .

Caesarea is just a short distance from Haifa. In April, daytime highs in Caesarea are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tiberias.

Things to do in Caesarea

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Ramat HaNadiv
Highlights from your plan
Caesarea National Park ©
Caesarea National Park
Ramat HaNadiv ©
Ramat HaNadiv
Aqueduct Beach ©
Aqueduct Beach

1
night
Tiberias, Israel

Tiberias ©
On the shores of Lake Kinneret, a vacation in Tiberias offers plenty of water sports and biblical walks.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Tiberias, take in the dramatic natural features at Arbel National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Sea of Galilee, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Beatitude Monastery, and finally contemplate the long history of Magdala.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tiberias trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Caesarea to Tiberias in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Masada.

Things to do in Tiberias

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Magdala, The Beatitude Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Tiberias ©
Tiberias
Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
Magdala ©
Magdala

1
night
Masada, Israel

Masada ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Masada National Park, delve into the distant past at Herod's Western Palace, and then go for a walk through Nachal Arugot Nature Reserve.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Masada online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tiberias to Masada takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Masada

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Herod's Western Palace
Highlights from your plan
Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park
Herod's Western Palace ©
Herod's Western Palace

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of The Jerusalem Archaeological Park, then steep yourself in history at Mt of Olives, then see the interesting displays at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and finally get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Keep things going the next day: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, admire the striking features of Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, wander the streets of Old City of Jerusalem, don't miss a visit to The Western Wall Tunnels, then make a trip to Western Wall, and finally admire the natural beauty at Garden of Gethsemane.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Jerusalem road trip planning site .

You can drive from Masada to Jerusalem in 2.5 hours. April in Jerusalem sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

2
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.
On the 7th (Wed), wander the streets of Neve Tzedek, then wander the streets of Jaffa Old City, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. On your second day here, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the waterfront at Tayelet, and then explore the world behind art at Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tel Aviv online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv takes an hour. Traveling from Jerusalem in April, expect nights in Tel Aviv to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Tours Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Jaffa Old City ©
Jaffa Old City
Tel Aviv Museum of Art ©
Tel Aviv Museum of Art

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