15 days in Istanbul, Jerusalem & Tel Aviv Itinerary

15 days in Istanbul, Jerusalem & Tel Aviv Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  16 h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Jerusalem, Israel
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

6
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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul vacation planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Istanbul is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Turkey Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May, things will get slightly colder in Istanbul: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Jerusalem: Noams' Artichokes (in Kiryat Gat) and Agur Winery (in Agur). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, examine the collection at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, steep yourself in history at Old City of Jerusalem, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Jerusalem trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Istanbul to Jerusalem in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Jerusalem is minus 1 hour. In May, Jerusalem is a bit warmer than Istanbul - with highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Noams' Artichokes, Agur Winery
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Food Tours
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

3
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 13th (Wed), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, have some family-friendly fun at Art Quest - Club Allenby 28, then contemplate the long history of Ben-Gurion House, and finally explore the world behind art at Tel Aviv Museum of Art. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Neve Tzedek, take a stroll through Jaffa Old City, then examine the collection at Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People, and finally get engrossed in the history at Eretz Israel Museum Complex (Haaretz Museum).

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tel Aviv trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv by car takes about an hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Jerusalem in May: highs in Tel Aviv hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 22°C. You will leave for home on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Museums Tours Neighborhoods
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Jaffa Old City ©
Jaffa Old City
Tel Aviv Museum of Art ©
Tel Aviv Museum of Art

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