16 days in Israel, Syria & Afghanistan Itinerary

16 days in Israel, Syria & Afghanistan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  25 h
1
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Eilat, Israel
— 3 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Bus:  6 h 45 min
3
Damascus, Syria
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
4
Herat, Afghanistan
— 1 day
Fly:  1 h 30 min
5
Kabul, Afghanistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Brisbane, Australia

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tel Aviv side-trips: The Baha'i Gardens (in Haifa), Jerusalem (Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, Jaffa Gate, &more) and Masada National Park (in Masada). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Jaffa Old City, get engrossed in the history at Independence Hall Museum in the Shalom Mayer Tower, stop by Neve Tzedek, and contemplate the waterfront views at Sea of Galilee.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tel Aviv trip maker tool.

Brisbane, Australia to Tel Aviv is an approximately 26- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Israel Standard Time (IST) is minus 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in September: highs in Tel Aviv hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Eilat.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jerusalem, The Baha'i Gardens, Sea of Galilee, Masada National Park
Highlights from your plan
Jaffa Old City ©
Jaffa Old City
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

3
nights
Eilat, Israel

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Eilat is known for wildlife, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: observe the fascinating underwater world at Underwater Observatory Marine Park, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Coral Beach Nature Reserve, and have some family-friendly fun at Funtasy - Eilat's attractions center.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Eilat day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Tel Aviv to Eilat takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, you will find days in Eilat are somewhat warmer (44°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Damascus.

Things to do in Eilat

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Underwater Observatory Marine Park ©
Underwater Observatory Marine Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin Reef ©
Dolphin Reef

2
nights
Damascus, Syria

Damascus ©
Locals claim that the Prophet Muhammad refused to enter Damascus on his journey to Mecca--he wished to enter Paradise only once in his lifetime.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun), pause for some photo ops at Saladin (Selahedin) Mausoleum, then take an in-depth tour of Al Azem Palace (Palace of As'ad, Pasha al-'Azm), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Damascus Umayyad Mosque, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Souq al-Hamidiyyeh. On your second day here, browse the exhibits of The National Museum of Damascus, deepen your knowledge of military history at The Citadel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Deir Mar Takla, take in nature's colorful creations at The Environmental Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tekiyeh Al-Suleimaniyeh, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sayyida Ruqayya Mausoleum.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Damascus trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Eilat to Damascus takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Eilat in October: high temperatures in Damascus hover around 34°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Herat.

Things to do in Damascus

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Deir Mar Takla
Highlights from your plan
Damascus Umayyad Mosque ©
Damascus Umayyad Mosque
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh ©
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh

1
day
Herat, Afghanistan

Herat ©
Sitting in a fertile river valley, the city of Herat has a diverse history spanning over 3,000 years.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): make a trip to Khwaja Abd Allah Ansari Shrine, make a trip to Herat Citadel, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Herat trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Damascus to Herat. You'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Damascus to Herat due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Damascus in October, you will find days in Herat are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Kabul.

Things to do in Herat

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Friday Mosque ©
Friday Mosque
Khwaja Abd Allah Ansari Shrine ©
Khwaja Abd Allah Ansari Shrine
Herat Citadel ©
Herat Citadel

2
nights
Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul ©
A trip to Kabul reveals an intense portrait of Afghanistan's past, present, and future.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): walk around Bagh-e Babur, don't miss a visit to Babur Tomb, then explore the galleries of National Museum of Afghanistan, then admire the landmark architecture of Darul Aman Palace, and finally stroll the grounds of Christian Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shah-e Doh Shamshira Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ziarat-e Sakhi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Babur Gardens Mosque, then explore the activities along Qargha Reservoir, and finally don't miss a visit to Bibi Mahroo Hill.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Kabul route builder site.

Traveling by flight from Herat to Kabul takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kabul

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Bagh-e Babur
Highlights from your plan
Qargha Reservoir ©
Qargha Reservoir
Bagh-e Babur ©
Bagh-e Babur
Babur Tomb ©
Babur Tomb

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