18 days in Tel Aviv, Sri Lanka & Australia Itinerary

18 days in Tel Aviv, Sri Lanka & Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Tel Aviv, Sri Lanka & Australia Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
1
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  15​h 45​min
2
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  15​h 15​min
3
Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
4
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
5
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel


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1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take a stroll through Jaffa Old City, and then explore the world behind art at Tel Aviv Museum of Art. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then wander the streets of Neve Tzedek.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tel Aviv trip planner .

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major airport is Ben Gurion International Airport. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

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

2
nights
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Tel Aviv to Kandy takes 16 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Kandy. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Knuckles Forest Reserve ©
Knuckles Forest Reserve

4
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne sightseeing planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Kandy to Melbourne in 15.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Kandy to Melbourne. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Colombo.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Tours
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Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
nights
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 10th (Tue), make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, explore the galleries of Ganeshism Studio Gallery, then stroll around Galle Face Green, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Melbourne to Colombo in 13 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to India Standard Time (IST) is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect Colombo to be much warmer, temps between 36°C and 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Colombo to Sydney in 16.5 hours. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Colombo to Sydney due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Colombo, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

2
nights
Cairns, Australia

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
On the 15th (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip planning website .

Fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Cairns reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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