41 days in Israel & Greece Itinerary

41 days in Israel & Greece Itinerary

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41 days in Israel & Greece Itinerary

Start: Tokyo, Japan
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Jerusalem, Israel
— 6 nights
Bus:  2​h 15​min
2
Tiberias, Israel
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Athens, Greece
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Chania Town, Greece
— 6 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Rethymnon, Greece
— 6 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Tokyo, Japan


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6
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.
Bring the kids along to Ayalon Institute Museum and Safari Park. Explore Jerusalem's surroundings by going to Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa), Masada Fortress (in Arad) and Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park (in Kiryat Gat). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, explore the ancient world of Western Wall, see the interesting displays at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and let little ones run wild at Escape Game KGB.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Jerusalem trip itinerary maker site .

Tokyo, Japan to Jerusalem is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Tokyo to Jerusalem. While traveling from Tokyo, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Jerusalem, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Tiberias.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tel Aviv, Masada Fortress, Avdat National Park, Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park, Shivta
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Safari Park ©
Safari Park
Ayalon Institute Museum ©
Ayalon Institute Museum

6
nights
Tiberias, Israel

Tiberias ©
On the shores of Lake Kinneret, a vacation in Tiberias offers plenty of water sports and biblical walks.
Bring the kids along to Gan HaShlosha National Park and Nazareth Village. Explore Tiberias' surroundings by going to Caesarea (Caesarea National Park & Caesarea Antiquity Museum), Mount Tabor (in Kfar Tavor) and Bahai Gardens and Shrine (in Acre). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Sea of Galilee, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Multiplication, contemplate the long history of Mount of Beatitudes, and explore the ancient world of Magdala.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tiberias day trip tool .

Take a bus from Jerusalem to Tiberias in 2.5 hours. June in Tiberias sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Tiberias

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Galilee Region, Nazareth, Capernaum, Caesarea, Bahai Gardens and Shrine
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Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
Gan HaShlosha National Park ©
Gan HaShlosha National Park
Nazareth Village ©
Nazareth Village

6
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Family-friendly places like Acropolis of Athens and Mount Lycabettus will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Athens: Corinth (Archea Korinthos & Akrokorinthos), Nauplion Promenade (in Nafplio) and St. Luke Archibishop (in Lefkakia). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, don't miss a visit to Ancient Agora of Athens, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, and visit Monastiraki.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Athens itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tiberias to Athens. In July in Athens, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Nafplio, Corinth, Archaeological Site Mycenae
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

6
nights
Chania Town, Greece

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Elafonissi Beach and Samaria Gorge National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Kissamos (Vigglia Beach & Balos Lagoon), Ancient Olive Tree (in Vouves) and Astrikas Estate Biolea (in Astrikas). And it doesn't end there: cool off at Aqua Creta Limnoupolis, kick back and relax at Falassarna Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, and take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Chania Town day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Chania Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kissamos, Souda, Ancient Olive Tree, German War Cemetery, Elafonissi Beach
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon

6
nights
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Bring the kids along to The Palace of Knossos and Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rethymnon: Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos (in Gournes), Museum of El Greco (in Fodele) and Heraklion (Church of Saint Titus, Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, &more). categoryPhrases.sentence.Plan_for_a_day_of_cool_family_friendly_fun_on_the_day_at Watercity Waterpark Themed Park. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, relax in the rural setting at Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete, tour the pleasant surroundings at Matala beach, and take an in-depth tour of Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon journey app .

Traveling by bus from Chania Town to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Heraklion, Hersonissos, Reptisland, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, The Palace of Knossos
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

3
nights
Rhodes Town, Greece

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Kids will enjoy Faliraki Beach and Agathi Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Lindos Beach (in Lindos) and Ancient Kamiros (in Kalavarda). There's much more to do: cool off at Water Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Tsambika Beach, and step into the grandiose world of Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes.

For where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rhodes Town road trip website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Rethymnon to Rhodes Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July in Rhodes Town, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Faliraki, Lindos Beach, Ancient Kamiros, Tsambika Beach, Agathi Beach
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Faliraki Beach ©
Faliraki Beach
Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach
Water Park ©
Water Park

5
nights
Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Attractions like Kalogria Beach and Koviou Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Thessaloniki side-trips: Spathies Beach (in Nikitis), Fava Beach (in Vourvourou) and Mountain Trail Litochoro - Prionia (in Litochoro). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, make a trip to White Tower of Thessaloniki, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina), and pause for some serene contemplation at Hagios Demetrios.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Thessaloniki day trip planning site .

Getting from Rhodes Town to Thessaloniki by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Rhodes Town in July, plan for little chillier nights in Thessaloniki, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nikitis, Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina), Mountain Trail Litochoro - Prionia, Fava Beach, Kalogria Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kalogria Beach ©
Kalogria Beach
Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
Koviou Beach ©
Koviou Beach

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