21 days in Greece, Croatia & Tel Aviv Itinerary

21 days in Greece, Croatia & Tel Aviv Itinerary

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21 days in Greece, Croatia & Tel Aviv Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
1
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
Fly + subway:  2​h 45​min
3
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
bus:  5​h 15​min
4
Olympia, Greece
— 1 night
bus:  5​h 45​min
5
Delphi, Greece
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 30​min
6
Athens, Greece
— Few hours
train:  5​h
7
Kalambaka, Greece
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
8
Ioannina, Greece
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
9
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
10
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
bus:  7​h
11
Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
12
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
13
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Zurich, Switzerland

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Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take a stroll through Jaffa Old City, take in the waterfront at Tayelet, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of White City. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Eretz Israel Museum Complex (Haaretz Museum), look for all kinds of wild species at Safari Park, and then explore the world behind art at Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Plan trip to Tel Aviv with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Ben Gurion International Airport. In January, daytime highs in Tel Aviv are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

#Museums, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Safari Park
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Tel Aviv Museum of Art ©
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Tayelet ©
Tayelet

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Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at The Bronze - Kelesis Yannis, examine the collection at Kazantzakis Museum, learn about winemaking at Domaine Paterianakis- Κτήμα Πατεριανάκη, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, then take in the exciting artwork at Vasiliki Agios Markos Municipal Art Gallery, and finally learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Heraklion trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Tel Aviv to Heraklion takes 5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Wineries

Side Trips

The Bronze - Kelesis Yannis, Kazantzakis Museum
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Kazantzakis Museum ©
Kazantzakis Museum
Church of Saint Titus ©
Church of Saint Titus
The Bronze - Kelesis Yannis ©
The Bronze - Kelesis Yannis

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Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step off the beaten path and head to Panathenaic Stadium and Ikarian Cruises. Acropolis Museum and Acropolis of Athens are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, explore the ancient world of Erechtheion, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and take in the dramatic natural features at Areopagus.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Athens online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Heraklion to Athens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Olympia.

Things to do in Athens

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ikarian Cruises
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

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Olympia, Greece

Olympia ©
Inhabited since prehistoric times, Olympia remains best known as the site of the original Olympic Games, held there for the first time in 776 BCE.
On the 26th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Olympia, relax in the rural setting at Klio's Honey Farm, examine the collection at Museum of the History of the Olympic Games of antiquity, then contemplate the long history of Ancient Olympia, and finally appreciate the history behind Hermes by Praxiteles.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Olympia road trip planner.

Drive from Athens to Olympia in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Olympia are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Delphi.

Things to do in Olympia

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites
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Ancient Olympia ©
Ancient Olympia
Archaeological Museum of Olympia ©
Archaeological Museum of Olympia

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Delphi, Greece

Delphi ©
Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
On the 27th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Delphi, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Trinity, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Parnassus.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Delphi itinerary planner .

Drive from Olympia to Delphi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Olympia in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Delphi, with lows around 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Athens.

Things to do in Delphi

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Church of the Holy Trinity
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Delphi ©
Delphi
Parnassus ©
Parnassus

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Athens, Greece

Athens
For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Athens online route planner .

Traveling by car from Delphi to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Delphi in January, Athens is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Athens

#Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Donkey's Land
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Kalambaka, Greece

Kalambaka ©
The gateway to one of the largest monastery complexes in Greece, the small town of Kalambaka nestles against a landscape of imposing rock formations rising 400 m (1,300 ft) into the air. Nearly leveled during World War II, the town rebuilt and reinvented itself in the post-war period, quickly becoming one of the region's major travel destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): explore the landscape on two wheels at Meteora, see the interesting displays at Digital Projection Centre of Meteora’s History and Culture, pause for some serene contemplation at Byzantine Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, take an in-depth tour of Hellenic Culture Museum, then see the interesting displays at Natural History Museum of Meteora & Mushroom Museum, and finally take a stroll through Old City of Trikala.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kalambaka online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Athens to Kalambaka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in January, expect Kalambaka to be little chillier, temps between 43°F and 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Ioannina.

Things to do in Kalambaka

#Museums, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Trikala
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Meteora ©
Meteora
Koursoum Mosque ©
Koursoum Mosque

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Ioannina, Greece

Ioannina ©
Ioannina, often called Yannena within Greece, is the capital and largest city of Epirus, an administrative region in north-western Greece. Museum-lovers will get to explore Vrellis Greek History Museum and Archeologiko Mousio Ioanninon. Visit Ioannina Castle and Fethiye Mosque for their historical value. Explore Ioannina's surroundings by going to Metsovo (Monastery of Agiou Nikolaou, Metsovo & Katogi Averoff Winery), Glyki (Skala Tzavelena & Piges Acheronta) and Theodoros Papagiannis Musem of Contemporary Art (in Elliniko). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Pamvotis, examine the collection at Municipal Ethnographic Museum of Ioannina, admire the striking features of Aslan Pasha Mosque, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ioannina trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kalambaka to Ioannina takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kalambaka in January, things will get a bit warmer in Ioannina: highs are around 57°F and lows about 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Ioannina

#Museums, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Metsovo, Glyki, Theodoros Papagiannis Musem of Contemporary Art, Vrellis Greek History Museum
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Vrellis Greek History Museum ©
Vrellis Greek History Museum
Ioannina Castle ©
Ioannina Castle
Fethiye Mosque ©
Fethiye Mosque

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Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
On the 2nd (Sat), explore the activities along Delta Axios. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Hagios Demetrios, then head outdoors with Nea Paralia, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, and finally contemplate the long history of Eptapyrgio Castle.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Thessaloniki trip planner .

You can drive from Ioannina to Thessaloniki in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ioannina in February since evenings lows in Thessaloniki dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Delta Axios
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Nea Paralia ©
Nea Paralia
Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Trsteno Arboretum, then get to know the fascinating history of Brsalje Street, then get engrossed in the history at Memorial Room of the Defenders of Dubrovnik, and finally get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Gradske Zidine and then kick back and relax at Sveti Jakov Beach.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Dubrovnik trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Thessaloniki to Dubrovnik takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Thessaloniki to Dubrovnik, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Trsteno Arboretum
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Gradske Zidine ©
Gradske Zidine
Rector's Palace ©
Rector's Palace
Sveti Jakov Beach ©
Sveti Jakov Beach

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Zadar, Croatia

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Permanent Exhibition of Religion Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Chrysogonus Church, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally don't miss a visit to Sea Organ.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Zadar online vacation planner .

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Zadar in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in February, plan for slightly colder nights in Zadar, with lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling
St. Chrysogonus Church ©
St. Chrysogonus Church

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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Konjicki Klub Rakovica, explore the activities along The Upper Lakes, then take in the dramatic scenery at Pevalekovi Slapovi, then admire the sheer force of Slapovi Milke Trnine, and finally explore the activities along Gavanovac Lake.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Plitvice Lakes National Park road trip app .

You can take a bus from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), then examine the collection at Zagreb City Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), and finally examine the collection at Zagreb 80's Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Jarun Lake, admire the masterpieces at Arts and Crafts Museum, then explore the world behind art at Mimara Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Archaeological Museum and Andautonia Archaeological Park.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Zagreb trip planner .

You can take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. February in Zagreb sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods
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Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©

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