17 days in Istanbul, Tel Aviv & Jerusalem Itinerary

17 days in Istanbul, Tel Aviv & Jerusalem Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  16 h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 8 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Jerusalem, Israel
— 4 nights
Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

8
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: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul online travel 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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Istanbul. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nazareth (Tel Megiddo National Park, The Church of the Annunciation, &more). Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, get engrossed in the history at Eretz Israel Museum Complex (Haaretz Museum), see the interesting displays at Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People, and test your team's savvy at Art Quest - Club Allenby 28.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Tel Aviv travel site.

Fly from Istanbul to Tel Aviv in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Tel Aviv. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tel Aviv when traveling from Istanbul in June, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nazareth
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Food Tours
Jaffa Old City ©
Jaffa Old City
The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation

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.
When in Jerusalem, make a side trip to see Buster's Beverage in Beit Shemesh, approximately Beit Shemesh away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Shrine of the Book, and take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Jerusalem day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem takes an hour. In June, daytime highs in Jerusalem are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Buster's Beverage
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Food Tours
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

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