19 days in Israel, Moscow & Istanbul Itinerary

19 days in Israel, Moscow & Istanbul Itinerary

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19 days in Israel, Moscow & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Jerusalem, Israel
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
3
Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 7 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tel Aviv: Mount Tabor (in Kfar Tavor), Tel Yodfat (in Yodfat) and The Church of the Annunciation (in Nazareth). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Jaffa Old City, admire the masterpieces at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and contemplate the long history of Ben-Gurion House.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tel Aviv trip itinerary planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Tel Aviv is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Israel Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. In November, Tel Aviv is slightly colder than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Tel Yodfat, The Baha'i Gardens, Mount Tabor, The Church of the Annunciation
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Mount Tabor ©
Mount Tabor
The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation

4
nights
Jerusalem, Israel

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jerusalem: Arad (Fine Art & Doll Museum & Masada Fortress) and Avdat National Park (in Mitspe Ramon). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, pause for some serene contemplation at Bethesda, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and see the interesting displays at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Jerusalem road trip website .

You can drive from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in an hour. Traveling from Tel Aviv in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Jerusalem, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arad, Avdat National Park
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The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

3
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Take a break from Moscow with a short trip to Church of The Holy Virgin in Dubrovitsy, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Red Square, admire the striking features of Lenin's Mausoleum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and walk around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory).

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Moscow day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Jerusalem to Moscow takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Jerusalem to Moscow is 1 hour. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Jerusalem in November: high temperatures in Moscow hover around 1°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Church of The Holy Virgin
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Church of The Holy Virgin ©
Church of The Holy Virgin
Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral

7
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), wander the streets of Ortakoy, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul visit planner.

Fly from Moscow to Istanbul in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Moscow in November, with highs in Istanbul at 17°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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