Athens, Thessaloniki & Israel 11 Day Tour Package

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Discover two gems of the Mediterranean coast with our Athens, Thessaloniki & Israel 11 Day Tour Package. From Athens to Jerusalem and beyond, this is an 11-day journey full of history, heritage, culture, incredible landscapes, mouthwatering cuisines, and so much more. Starting in Greece, you’ll discover the alternative side of vibrant, complex Athens; take in the wonders of Greek history at Nafplio and Epidaurus, and UNESCO World Heritage site Meteora; and immerse yourself in Greek cuisine in Thessaloniki, all the while treating your eyes to Greece’s rugged landscapes, ancient architecture and expansive sea views. Then, you’ll travel to Israel and experience three aspects of this fascinating land. Vibrant, cosmopolitan Tel Aviv will charm you with tree-lined boulevards, tasty produce and street food, hip street art, and Bauhaus architecture. Jerusalem will fascinate you with its rich and storied history, iconic religious landmarks, and the magic of its bustling souks. And a trip to Masada, Ein Gedi, and the Dead Sea will floor you with fascinating legends, natural beauty, and serene desert landscapes.

All the while, handpicked local guides will give you the inside scoop on every location you visit, helping you experience the region on a deeper level. And our perfectly balanced itineraries will combine action-packed touring with enough free time to make the trip uniquely your own. Our tour package begins on Sunday, Tuesday & Friday, and availability varies seasonally.


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Athens, Thessaloniki & Israel 11 Day Tour Package Highlights

  1. Get under the skin of vibrant Athens, learning from an insider guide how it became the fascinating city it is today
  2. Explore layers of historical architecture in Nafplio and the origin of dramatic theater in Epidaurus
  3. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Meteora, home to six stunning isolated monasteries.
  4. Each tour is led by a different handpicked local expert
  5. Indulge in delicious cuisine in the markets of Thessaloniki
  6. Choose from our curated selection of well-located quality hotels
  7. Discover architecture, cuisine and street art in Tel Aviv, the White City
  8. Get lost in the atmosphere of Jerusalem, with holy sites, markets and more
  9. See the beautiful desert landscapes of Israel at Masada, Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea
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Athens, Thessaloniki & Israel 11 Day Tour Package Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Athens
  • Arrive in Athens and make your way to your hotel
  • Overnight in Athens
Day 2 - Athens
  • Start off your Greek adventure with a fascinating insider urban tour of Athens.
  • An expert local guide will take you to six different neighborhoods with unique characters, explaining the development of Athens from ancient town to bustling modern metropolis.
  • After stopping for coffee in a secret courtyard in the heart of the city, continue on to the flea market.
  • Learn all about contemporary Athens, from its street art to trendy eateries to political hotbeds, while getting the lay of the land and feeling the vibe of the city.
  • The rest of the afternoon is free for solo explorations! Stay on in one of the dynamic neighborhoods you have visited, or head to the Acropolis, Parthenon, or the Archaeological Museum for the afternoon.
  • Overnight in Athens
Day 3 - Nafplio & Epidaurus
  • Head out of Athens on a scenic drive to stunning Nafplio.
  • Stop at a historical highlight and sip Greek coffee on the way, enjoying the panoramic views.
  • Climb the 999 steps to the Castle of Palamidi and look out over the beautiful Argolic Gulf.
  • Enjoy the layers of Venetian, Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern Greek architecture and learn how they tell the story of Greek's first capital city.
  • Enjoy the local atmosphere of the city's oldest district before either visiting Komboloi Museum (optional addition) to see a collection of worry beads from across the world.
  • Alternately, head to Tsipuro, Ouzo, or Mastiha Distillery to learn all about Ouzo production and enjoy some tastings, or add a boat ride across the gulf to the Castle of Bourtzi.
  • Enjoy a delicious traditional lunch in your choice of taverna before continuing to Epidaurus.
  • Renowned as a center for ancient dramatic theater, Epidaurus's ancient venue is considered to have some of the best acoustics in the world, even to this day.
  • Learn about how dramatic theater developed in ancient Greece, before returning to Athens to relax for the evening.
  • Overnight in Athens
Day 4 - Meteora by train
  • Depart Athens once again for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Meteora, a beautiful location home to 6 isolated ancient monasteries.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the fascinating history of the site, the legends of the religious hermits, and the lives of contemporary monks.
  • Enter 3 of the monasteries and the hermit caves of Badovas, while enjoying the incredible views.
  • Then, take a scenic train ride to Thessaloniki (included) and arrive to your hotel independently.
  • Overnight in Thessaloniki
Day 5 - Thessaloniki Food Tour
  • Meet your local guide at a centralized location in Thessaloniki and head out on a delicious food tour.
  • After starting the day with traditional Greek coffee, you'll learn about the city's history and architecture as you tour its scenic streets (coffee included).
  • Sample fresh produce, homemade cheeses, beverages, and sweets at Kapani and Modiano markets (food samples included).
  • Continue to Athonos, for a quick shopping stop for greek folk art and crafts.
  • Visit local restaurants and sellers to sample the many shades of Greek cuisine.
  • Equip yourself with recommendations for the best tavernas in town before spending the rest of the day exploring Thessaloniki solo.
  • Overnight in Thessaloniki
Day 6 - Free Day in Thessaloniki
  • Enjoy a free day to explore Thessaloniki on your own, or add on an optional day tour like the Byzantine Walking Tour, to explore the city's remarkable history. If you'd like to head out for some nature, we recommend the Dion, Mount Olympus & Litochoro Village tour, the Mount Athos Tour And Cruise, or the Kerkini Lake Eco Tour, all that depart from Thessaloniki.
  • Overnight in Thessaloniki
Day 7- Flight to Tel Aviv
  • Make your way to the Thessaloniki airport independently for your flight to Tel Aviv.
  • Upon your arrival in Tel Aviv, make your way to your hotel independently and rest up for the busy day ahead.
  • Overnight in Tel Aviv
  • (Transfers and flight not included)
Day 8 - Tel Aviv
  • Start your morning with a guided exploration of Tel Aviv's unique architectural landscape.
  • Your guide will take you to the city's most exceptional buildings while you get a crash course in the history of Bauhaus architecture and the other styles that are common throughout the city.
  • Then, take a stroll down Nahalat Binyamin street with charming boutiques, cafes, and hotels before heading into the Carmel Market.
  • Delve into the famous Carmel Market and explore its flavors, aromas, and atmosphere while sampling incredible local produce and street food.
  • Enjoy some free time for lunch or shopping before meeting your guide at the meeting point for the last leg of your Tel Aviv Tour.
  • Next, head to the trendy, young Florentin neighborhood for a tour of its renowned street art.
  • Learn about the unusual history of the neighborhood, see incredible works of street art, and learn about the artists who created them and their messages.
  • Your tour will end in the Florentin neighborhood, whose trendy restaurants and bars make it the perfect place to spend the evening.
  • Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Day 9 - Jerusalem
  • Today you will make the 'pilgrimage' to Jerusalem to soak up historic, religious, and contemporary landmarks, as well as its unique atmosphere.
  • After arriving in Jerusalem, your tour will begin in the Old City.
  • Revel in the mysterious alleyways, ancient stone architecture, and iconic religious sites including the Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Al Aqsa Mosque, and more.
  • Be led through the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Armenian quarters of the Old City while your expert guide brings the history of this legendary part of the world to life.
  • Discover the sights, smells, and flavors of the Old City's 'souk' or market.
  • Head beyond the Old City walls to discover modern Jerusalem.
  • Exit the Old City walls to discover modern Jerusalem with a stroll down Jaffa Street. You'll catch notable landmarks like the Jerusalem Municipality complex, Davidka Square, and more.
  • The tour ends in the lively Mahane Yehuda market, known for incredible food and fascinating people-watching.
  • Return to your hotel in Tel Aviv, or stay in Jerusalem.
  • Overnight in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem
Day 10 - Masada, Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea
  • Depart from your hotel in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem for Masada
  • Ascend up the side of the Masada mountain in a cable car.
  • Enjoy a fully guided tour of Masada's main sites and learn the dramatic stories behind this ancient fortress.
  • Next, head to desert oasis Ein Gedi for a relaxed hike through the nature reserve.
  • Stop at the beautiful waterfalls and spot desert animals like ibex and hyrax as you go.
  • Then, head to the Dead Sea to experience this unique body of water and its beautiful surrounding landscape.
  • Immerse yourself in the ultra-salty water, said to have healing properties, and give yourself a facial with the mineral-rich muds. Take the chance to eat lunch (not included) or go shopping for Dead Sea cosmetic products.
  • Head back to your hotel in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv.
  • Overnight in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv
Day 11 - Departure
  • Your last day of the tour is reserved for independent departure to Ben Gurion Airport from your hotel in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.
  • Bon Voyage!
NB - all timings on Athens, Thessaloniki & Israel 11 Day Tour Package are approximate
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Important Details

All touring and accommodation
Meteora Tour: Round trip train tickets to/from Athens or Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki Food Tasting Tour: Food Tastings & Greek Coffee
Tel Aviv: Food Tasting Tour in the Carmel Market
Anything not mentioned above
Masada entrance and cable car fee, Dead Sea beach entrance fee, Ein Gedi entrance fee
Entrance fee to Epidaurus 12€/person (APR-OCT) & 6€/person (NOV-MAR) Entrance fee to Palamidi Castle 8€/person (APR-OCT) & 4€/person (NOV-MAR), Boat-ride to Bourtzi Castle 4.50€/person (optional)
Meteora: Entrance fees to the monasteries, 3 euro per person for each monastery
Airport transfers & independent transfers
Personal travel insurance
Essential Information
Each day will be led by an expert guide to provide an enhanced experience along Tourist Journey's values.
You can choose your hotel from our hand-picked selection during the booking process.
The order of the days might change because we optimize the itinerary to provide the best experience.
Jerusalem - Please note: on Saturdays, the tour will visit the Friends of Zion Museum instead of Machane Yehuda Market, as it is closed
Please let us know if you have any allergies or food restrictions
Meteora: Dresscode: sleeveless clothing and shorts over the knee for men are prohibited. For women, skirts below the knee are required in order to enter the monasteries
Tel Aviv Tour: Please note that there will be 30 minutes between each of the 3 portions of the tour. Your guide will be able to walk with you from each section's end location to the next section's start location, or you may make your way there on your own.