22 days in Italy, Greece & Israel Itinerary

22 days in Italy, Greece & Israel Itinerary

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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
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Tel Aviv, Israel
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Piazza San Marco and Basilica of St. Anthony. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to San Giorgio Maggiore and Scrovegni Chapel. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and steep yourself in history at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo).

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice journey planning app.

San Jose, USA to Venice is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Jose to Venice due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Venice when traveling from San Jose in June, with lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Parks

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Florence, Italy

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Gallerie Degli Uffizi. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Ponte Vecchio. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida), Duomo di Pisa (in Pisa) and La Vela BeachClub (in Lido Di Camaiore). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Florence online travel planner.

Getting from Venice to Florence by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Florence are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Church of St. Louis of the French and St. Clement Basilica. Step out of the city life by going to Moai Beach and Acqua e Sale - Stabilimento Balneare. Go for a jaunt from Rome to Terracina to see Stabilimento Balneare Amerigo about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and contemplate the long history of Colosseum.

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You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 70°F. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Athens, Greece

— 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get a sense of the local culture at Acropolis of Athens and Erechtheion. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Acropolis Museum and Glyfada Beach. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, explore the world behind art at Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, take a stroll through Plaka, and see where the action happens at Panathenaic Stadium.

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Traveling by flight from Rome to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

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Tel Aviv, Israel

— 3 nights

White City

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 14th (Thu), take in the waterfront at Tayelet and then visit Jaffa Old City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tel Aviv road trip planning website.

You can fly from Athens to Tel Aviv in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Athens in July, you will find days in Tel Aviv are slightly colder (86°F), and nights are about the same (77°F). You will leave for home on the 17th (Sun).

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Israel travel guide

4.7
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Walking Areas · Ruins
Land of Creation
Surprisingly diverse for such a narrow strip of land pressed against the Mediterranean, modern Israel only dates back to 1948, though the history of this "Holy Land" spans many millennia. The big three monotheistic religions--Christianity, Judaism, and Islam--maintain extremely strong ties to this part of the world, so you can expect to see plenty of historic churches, mosques, and synagogues during your holiday in Israel. Beyond the undeniable cultural appeal, Israel also offers impressive natural features, including the Dead Sea and Makhtesh Ramon, one of the world's biggest craters. As you tour Israel, you'll find yourself following in the footsteps of figures that helped shape the world thousands of years ago.