9 days in Israel & Istanbul Itinerary

9 days in Israel & Istanbul Itinerary

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9 days in Israel & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Masada, Israel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Jerusalem, Israel
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic


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2
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 historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and take a stroll through Sultanahmet District.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul sightseeing planner .

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Istanbul is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Santo Domingo to Istanbul. In April, daytime highs in Istanbul are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Safari Park, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then wander the streets of Jaffa Old City, and finally don't miss a visit to ChomerTov. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Eretz Israel Museum Complex (Haaretz Museum), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then get engrossed in the history at Ben-Gurion House, and finally explore the striking landscape of Caesarea National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tel Aviv holiday maker app .

You can fly from Istanbul to Tel Aviv in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Israel Standard Time (IST) is minus 1 hour. In April, Tel Aviv is somewhat warmer than Istanbul - with highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Masada.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Caesarea National Park, Safari Park
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Safari Park ©
Safari Park
Room Escape Games
Caesarea National Park ©
Caesarea National Park

1
night
Masada, Israel

Masada ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Masada National Park, then explore the ancient world of Masada Fortress, then steep yourself in history at The Masada Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Ein Bokek Beach.

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You can drive from Tel Aviv to Masada in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Masada

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

The Masada Museum, Ein Bokek Beach, Masada Fortress
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Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park
Ein Bokek Beach ©
Ein Bokek Beach
Masada Fortress ©
Masada Fortress

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): examine the collection at Israel Museum, get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, then take a stroll through Old City of Jerusalem, then explore the ancient world of Western Wall, and finally contemplate the long history of The Jerusalem Archaeological Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Jerusalem tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Masada to Jerusalem in 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Jerusalem are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Western Wall ©
Western Wall

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