33 days in Athens, Crete & Israel Itinerary

33 days in Athens, Crete & Israel Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
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Chania Town, Greece
— 5 nights
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Sfakia, Greece
— 2 nights
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Rethymnon, Greece
— 4 nights
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Agios Nikolaos, Greece
— 2 nights
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Heraklion, Greece
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Kfar Saba, Israel
— 1 night
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Beersheba, Israel
— 5 nights
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Kfar Saba, Israel
— 4 nights
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Tiberias, Israel
— 2 nights
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Jerusalem, Israel
— 1 day
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Tel Aviv, Israel
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Athens road trip planning tool.

Perth, Australia to Athens is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Perth in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 18°C in Athens. On the 12th (Wed), you're off to Chania Town.
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Chania Town, Greece — 5 nights

The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, Municipal Market of Chani, Gouverneto Monastery, and other attractions you added. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nea Chora Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Manousakis Winery and Astrikas Estate Biolea. It doesn't end there: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Chania Town attractions planner.

You can fly from Athens to Chania Town in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sfakia.
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Sfakia, Greece — 2 nights

Thanks to Crete's rugged terrain, the big effects of commercial tourism keep evading Sfakia, a tiny settlement on the island's southwestern coastline.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kedrodasos Beach, Vrissi Beach, Glyka Nera Beach, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Komolithi, then kick back and relax at Elafonissi Beach, then kick back and relax at Kedrodasos Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Vrissi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Marmara Beach, explore the historical opulence of Koules Of Loutro, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Glyka Nera Beach.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sfakia trip app.

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Sfakia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. October in Sfakia sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rethymnon.
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Rethymnon, Greece — 4 nights

Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Agio Farago, Matala Beach, Preveli Beach, and other attractions. Get a sense of the local culture at Monastery of Arkadi and Winery Dourakis. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museum of Ancient Eleutherna and St. Anthony Gorge (Gorge of Patsos). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, identify plant and animal life at Biotopoi Nature Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and explore the galleries of Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop.

Find out how to plan Rethymnon trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Sfakia to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Agios Nikolaos.
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Agios Nikolaos, Greece — 2 nights

A tour of Agios Nikolaos leads visitors through charming neighborhoods with white washed houses, squares with taverns, steep pedestrian streets, and sea as a backdrop, ideal for exploration on foot.
On the 23rd (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Mirabello Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Agios Panteleimonas Beach, then take in breathtaking views at Kritsa Gorge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Kremasta, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Virgin Mary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni, stroll through Havania Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head off the coast to Spinalonga (Kalydon), then stroll through Spinalonga Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ieros Naos Agios Konstandinou kai Elenis.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Agios Nikolaos trip planner.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Agios Nikolaos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. October in Agios Nikolaos sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Heraklion.
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Heraklion, Greece

Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Heraklion trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Agios Nikolaos to Heraklion by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Agios Nikolaos in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Heraklion. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Tue) before leaving for Tel Aviv.
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Tel Aviv, Israel

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.
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Fly from Heraklion to Tel Aviv in 5 hours. Traveling from Heraklion in October, expect nights in Tel Aviv to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. You will leave for Kfar Saba on the 25th (Tue).
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Kfar Saba, Israel — 1 night

Kfar Saba, officially Kefar Sava, is a city in the Sharon region, of the Central District of Israel. For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kfar Saba trip itinerary builder.

Kfar Saba is just a short distance from Tel Aviv. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. You will leave for Beersheba on the 26th (Wed).
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Beersheba, Israel — 5 nights

Beersheba also spelled Beer-Sheva is the largest city in the Negev desert of southern Israel. Get a sense of the local culture at Shivta and The Gateway to the Negev Visitor Center. Step out of the city life by going to Ein Yorkeam and Shivta National Park.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Beersheba travel planner.

You can drive from Kfar Saba to Beersheba in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 31st (Mon), you're off to Kfar Saba.
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Kfar Saba, Israel — 4 nights

Step out of the city life by going to Sharon Beach National Park and Gaash Golf Club. Get a sense of the local culture at Kfar Saba Museum and Saslove Winery. Explore Kfar Saba further: get engrossed in the history at Tracktors Museum, walk around Raanana Park, get outside with Galei HaSharon, and relax and rejuvenate at Tuvik Treatments.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kfar Saba trip itinerary website.

Getting from Beersheba to Kfar Saba by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Tiberias.
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Tiberias, Israel — 2 nights

On the shores of Lake Kinneret, a vacation in Tiberias offers plenty of water sports and biblical walks.
To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tiberias road trip website.

You can drive from Kfar Saba to Tiberias in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Tiberias are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Jerusalem.
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Jerusalem, Israel — 1 day

Holy City

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.
On the 6th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, wander the streets of Old City of Jerusalem, then examine the collection at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, then take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, and finally examine the collection at Hebrew Music Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Jerusalem travel route planning website.

You can drive from Tiberias to Jerusalem in 2 hours. November in Jerusalem sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tel Aviv.
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Tel Aviv, Israel — 3 nights

White City

Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tayelet and Hof Palmahim National Park. Explore hidden gems such as Neve Tzedek and Joseph Bau House Museum. Step out of Tel Aviv with an excursion to Ayalon Institute Museum in Rehovot--about 36 minutes away. Enjoy Tel Aviv some more: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take a stroll through Kerem HaTeimanim, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter Church, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tel Aviv online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv in an hour. On the 9th (Wed), you're off to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

On the 9th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, stop by Anafiotika, delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus, then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Athens trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tel Aviv to Athens takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in November, expect Athens to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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Crete travel guide

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Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.
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Israel travel guide

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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.
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Galilee Region travel guide

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Churches · Bodies of Water · Sacred & Religious Sites
A mountainous northern region with a Biblical lake, Galilee ranks among Israel's top tourist destinations. Trips to Galilee may have a religious or outdoor orientation, with Christian tours, trips to the Sea of Galilee, hiking along scenic trails, and culinary explorations all ranking high on visitors' lists. Follow the footsteps of Jesus and early saints, see crusader castles, and tour Jewish catacombs, or simply spend your time soaking in the largest natural springs in the Middle East. Other highlights of a tour of Galilee include the Druze villages, Christmas in Nazareth, or an oil festival. While here, try the freshwater fish and cuisine featuring countless Mediterranean spices.
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