39 days in Greece, Kyrenia & Israel Itinerary

39 days in Greece, Kyrenia & Israel Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly
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Chania Town, Greece
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sfakia, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rethymnon, Greece
— 4 nights
Drive
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Agios Nikolaos, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive
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Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rhodes Town, Greece
— 3 nights
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Fly to Paphos, Shuttle to Nicosia, Bus to Kyrenia
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Kyrenia, Cyprus
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tel Aviv, Israel
Drive
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Kfar Saba, Israel
— 1 night
Drive
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Beersheba, Israel
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kfar Saba, Israel
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tiberias, Israel
— 1 night
Drive
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Jerusalem, Israel
— 1 night
Drive
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Athens, Greece — 1 night

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 1st (Fri), delve into the distant past at Erechtheion, wander the streets of Anafiotika, then visit Plaka, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Hephaestus.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Athens trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Skiathos Island National Airport and Mikonos Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Chania Town.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 2:

Chania Town, Greece — 4 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Falassarna Beach and Seitan Limania Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lighthouse of Chania and Agia Marina Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Marathi (Marathi Beach & Loutraki Beach), Kalyves Beach (in Kalyves) and Elafonissi (Elafonisi Viewpoint & Aspri Limni Beach). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Krios Beach, stroll through Iguana Beach, learn about winemaking at Anoskeli Winery Olive Mill, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Chania Town road trip planning website.

Getting from Athens to Chania Town by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. September in Chania Town sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sfakia.
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Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:

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.
On the 7th (Thu), kick back and relax at Vatalos Beach, see the interesting displays at War Museum Askifou, enjoy the sand and surf at Ilingas, stroll through Glyka Nera Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marmara Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Paralia Polyrizos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Agios Pavlos Beach and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Samaria Gorge National Park.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sfakia trip builder.

Drive from Chania Town to Sfakia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Sfakia are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rethymnon.
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Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
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Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:

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 itinerary includes some good beach time at Preveli Beach and Livadi Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Monastery of Arkadi and Old Port Bali. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rethymnon: Sfentoni Cave (in Zoniana), Wooden Museum (in Axos) and Plakias (Skinaria Beach, Kourtaliotiko Gorge, &more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Karavostasi Beach, identify plant and animal life at Biotopoi Nature Park, steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza, and kick back and relax at Episkopi Beach.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rethymnon trip planner.

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 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Agios Nikolaos.
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Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): make a trip to Monastery of Kremasta, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Virgin Mary, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ieros Naos Agios Konstandinou kai Elenis, kick back and relax at Spinalonga Beach, then stroll through Spinalonga (Kalydon), and finally kick back and relax at Havanias Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, enjoy the sand and surf at Ammos Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Agios Panteleimonas Beach, then stroll through Agrilos Beach, then kick back and relax at Agriomantra Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pachia Ammos Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Agios Nikolaos day trip planning website.

Getting from Rethymnon to Agios Nikolaos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September in Agios Nikolaos, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 64°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Heraklion.
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Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:

Heraklion, Greece — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, learn about winemaking at Douloufakis Winery, make a trip to Moni Palianis, then learn about winemaking at Domaine Paterianakis, then explore the world behind art at Kazantzakis Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Agia Pelagia Beach, see some colorful creatures with Diver's Club Crete, take a memorable excursion with Day Trips, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ligaria Beach, then contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, and finally admire the masterpieces at Church and the Museum of St. Aikaterini.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Heraklion travel route planning app.

You can take a shuttle from Agios Nikolaos to Heraklion in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Rhodes Town.
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Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

Rhodes Town, Greece — 3 nights

A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monastery Tsambika and Street of the Knights. Relax by the water at Agathi Beach and Stegna Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Rodos Nature - Folklore Museum (in Kolimbia), Valley of the Butterflies (in Petaloudes) and Feraklos Castle (in Charaki). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Afandou Beach, look and learn at Astronomy Cafe, get engrossed in the history at Kahal Kadosh Shalom Synagogue, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Anthony Quinn Bay.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rhodes Town trip website.

You can fly from Heraklion to Rhodes Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Rhodes Town can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Kyrenia.
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Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

Kyrenia, Cyprus — 4 nights

Famous for its natural port and Byzantine castle, Kyrenia is not only a lovely old Venetian town, but also the most visited tourist destination in Northern Cyprus.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bellapais Monastery and Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Escape Beach Club and Diana Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyrenia: Mavi Kosk - Blue House (in Guzelyurt), Chantara Waterfall (in Foini) and Famagusta (Salamis Ancient City, Glapsides Beach, &more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Kyrenia Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Kapparris Beach, contemplate the long history of Mavi kosk, and trek along Artemis Nature Trail.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kyrenia tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus from Rhodes Town to Kyrenia in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Rhodes Town, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyrenia, ranging from highs of 92°F to lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can fly to Tel Aviv.
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Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:

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.
To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tel Aviv trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Kyrenia to Tel Aviv takes 3 hours. Traveling from Kyrenia in September, expect nights in Tel Aviv to be a bit warmer, around 76°F, while days are little chillier, around 86°F. You'll set off for Kfar Saba on the 24th (Sun).
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Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nightlife
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:

Kfar Saba, Israel — 1 night

Kfar Saba, officially Kefar Sava, is a city in the Sharon region, of the Central District of Israel. For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kfar Saba journey planner.

Kfar Saba is just a short distance from Tel Aviv. In September, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Beersheba.
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Fun & Games · Spas · Parks
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Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:

Beersheba, Israel — 4 nights

Beersheba also spelled Beer-Sheva is the largest city in the Negev desert of southern Israel. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fine Art & Doll Museum and Carasso Science Park. Escape the urban bustle at En Gedi Nature Reserve and HaMakhtesh HaGadol. Get out of town with these interesting Beersheba side-trips: Ein Yorkeam (in Yeruham), Ein Bokek Beach (in Ein Bokek) and La Foret Blanche Winery (in Judaean Hills). There's much more to do: learn about all things military at ANZAC Memorial Center, get a new perspective on nature at Vidor Center - A window to Arava agriculture, contemplate the long history of Incense Route - Desert Cities in the Negev, and explore the ancient world of Tel Arad National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Beersheba tour website.

Traveling by car from Kfar Saba to Beersheba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Kfar Saba.
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Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Find places to stay Sep 25 — 29:

Kfar Saba, Israel — 5 nights

Discover out-of-the-way places like Sharon Beach National Park and Tracktors Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Via Sabra - Unfolding Israel and Saslove Winery. Explore Kfar Saba further: see the interesting displays at Kfar Saba Museum, walk around Utopia Orchid Park, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Jewish Heritage Yemen, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Tuvik Treatments.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kfar Saba route planner.

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. You will leave for Tiberias on the 4th (Wed).
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Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 4:

Tiberias, Israel — 1 night

On the shores of Lake Kinneret, a vacation in Tiberias offers plenty of water sports and biblical walks.
On the 4th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tomb of Maimonides.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tiberias trip builder.

Traveling by car from Kfar Saba to Tiberias takes 1.5 hours. In October in Tiberias, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Jerusalem.
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Find places to stay Oct 4 — 5:

Jerusalem, Israel — 1 night

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 5th (Thu), make a trip to Damascus Gate.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Jerusalem travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Tiberias to Jerusalem by car takes about 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Jerusalem are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Tel Aviv.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

Tel Aviv, Israel — 3 nights

White City

Tayelet and Neve Tzedek are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Frishman Beach. When in Tel Aviv, make a side trip to see Ayalon Institute Museum in Rehovot, approximately Rehovot away. Explore Tel Aviv further: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, stroll through Bograshov Beach, and kick back and relax at Mezitzim Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tel Aviv travel planner.

You can drive from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv in an hour.
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Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:

Greece travel guide

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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.
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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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Rhodes travel guide

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Island of the Knights
An island of green hills, fertile valleys, and golden beaches, Rhodes blends cosmopolitan and traditional cultures, exemplified by its traditional taverns, upscale hotels, and archaeological sites. Nicknamed the "Island of Roses," this island offers visitors a chance to discover lively tourist resorts in the north and tranquil rural areas in the south. The island's slow pace seems utterly unaffected by the challenges of mass tourism, its permanent residents stubbornly clinging to their age-old traditions and relaxed lifestyle. As you explore the areas farther away from the busy coastline, take time to meet the garrulous locals in their natural environment, the village tavern.
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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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