20 days in Greece, Croatia & Tel Aviv Itinerary

20 days in Greece, Croatia & Tel Aviv Itinerary

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20 days in Greece, Croatia & Tel Aviv Itinerary

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

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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 Shopping Classes

Side Trips

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

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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 Areopagus are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hymettus, delve into the distant past at Erechtheion, and tour the water at your own pace with Greek Isles Yachting.

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You can do a combination of bus, flight, and subway from Heraklion to Athens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in January, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Delphi.

Things to do in Athens

Outdoors Transportation Tours

Side Trips

Ikarian Cruises, Greek Isles Yachting
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Erechtheion ©
Erechtheion

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night
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 26th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Delphi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Parnassus, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Trinity, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tholos.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Delphi trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Athens to Delphi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Delphi when traveling from Athens in January, with lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Athens.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Church of the Holy Trinity
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Delphi ©
Delphi
Parnassus ©
Parnassus

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Athens, Greece

Athens ©
For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens trip app .

Drive from Delphi to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Delphi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Athens, with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites
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Byzantine and Christian Museum ©
Byzantine and Christian Museum
Church of Kapnikarea ©
Church of Kapnikarea

1
night
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 28th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere 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 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Ioannina.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Trikala
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nights
Ioannina, Greece

Ioannina ©
Ioannina, often called Yannena within Greece, is the capital and largest city of Epirus, an administrative region in north-western Greece. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Katogi Averoff Winery, see the interesting displays at Vrellis Greek History Museum, take an in-depth tour of Archeologiko Mousio Ioanninon, explore the historical opulence of Ioannina Castle, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pamvotis, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Aslan Pasha Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Theodoros Papagiannis Musem of Contemporary Art, admire the landmark architecture of Kehila Kedosha Yashan Synagogue, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iera Moni Agiou Nikolaou Filanthropinon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fethiye Mosque, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Voidomatis River.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ioannina trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Kalambaka to Ioannina in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Kalambaka in January, expect Ioannina to be a bit warmer, temps between 57°F and 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Ioannina

Museums Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Katogi Averoff Winery, Theodoros Papagiannis Musem of Contemporary Art, Voidomatis River, Vrellis Greek History Museum
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Vrellis Greek History Museum ©
Vrellis Greek History Museum
Ioannina Castle ©
Ioannina Castle
Lake Pamvotis ©
Lake Pamvotis

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night
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 31st (Thu), explore the activities along Delta Axios. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Hagios Demetrios, get outside with Nea Paralia, then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Thessaloniki trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ioannina to Thessaloniki in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In January, Thessaloniki is little chillier than Ioannina - with highs of 50°F and lows of 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Delta Axios
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Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Brsalje Street, delve into the distant past at Walls of Dubrovnik, then kick back and relax at Sveti Jakov Beach, and finally get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Zarkovica Animal Shelter and then head off the coast to Lopud Island.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik online visit planner .

You can fly from Thessaloniki to Dubrovnik in 7 hours. Other options are to 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. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in February, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Walls of Dubrovnik ©
Walls of Dubrovnik
Rector's Palace ©
Rector's Palace
Brsalje Street ©
Brsalje Street

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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 5th (Tue): get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, contemplate the long history of Church of St. Donat, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Chrysogonus Church, then explore the ancient world of Zadar Land City Gates, and finally see the interesting displays at Permanent Exhibition of Religion Art.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Zadar trip planning site .

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 little chillier nights in Zadar, with lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat
Zadar Land City Gates ©
Zadar Land City Gates

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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 6th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Pevalekovi Slapovi, explore the activities along Gavanovac Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Slapovi Milke Trnine, then admire the sheer force of Milanovacki Slap, then explore the activities along Kozjak, and finally identify plant and animal life at Konjicki Klub Rakovica.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park day trip website .

You can take a bus from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kozjak ©
Kozjak
Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi

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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 7th (Thu): explore the activities along Jarun Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), then get to know the fascinating history of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, examine the collection at Zagreb 80's Museum, then examine the collection at Zagreb City Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Arts and Crafts, and finally delve into the distant past at Archaeological Museum and Andautonia Archaeological Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Zagreb trip builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)

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