8 days in Middle East Itinerary

8 days in Middle East Itinerary

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8 days in Middle East Itinerary

Start: Houston, United States
+3
Fly + train + foot + bus:  19​h 45​min
Jerusalem, Israel
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  8​h
Doha, Qatar
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Damascus, Syria
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  20​h
End: Houston, United States

1
night
Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem ©
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.
On the 9th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Western Wall, get engrossed in the history at Old City of Jerusalem, and then get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): examine the collection at Israel Museum, then take a memorable tour with Tower of David Museum, then steep yourself in history at Mt of Olives, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dome of the Rock.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Jerusalem road trip planner .

Houston, USA to Jerusalem is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Houston to Jerusalem due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Jerusalem are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Doha.

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Old City of Jerusalem ©
Old City of Jerusalem
Israel Museum ©
Israel Museum

few
hours
Doha, Qatar

Doha ©
Doha, Qatar's capital city, draws visitors with its constant development and expansion, making it a destination on the rise.
On the 11th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Museum of Islamic Art, then hunt for treasures at Falcon Souq, and then hunt for treasures at Souq Waqif.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Doha sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jerusalem to Doha takes 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Jerusalem to Doha. Traveling from Jerusalem in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Doha: highs are around 83°F and lows about 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Damascus.

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Souq Waqif ©
Souq Waqif
Museum of Islamic Art ©
Museum of Islamic Art
Falcon Souq ©
Falcon Souq

1
night
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 12th (Tue): make a trip to Souq al-Hamidiyyeh, take an in-depth tour of Al Azem Palace (Palace of As'ad, Pasha al-'Azm), take in the spiritual surroundings of Umayyad Mosque, then hunt for treasures at Souq al-Bizuriyyah (Sweet Souq), and finally hunt for treasures at Takiyya Suleimaniah Souq.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Damascus trip maker app .

You can fly from Doha to Damascus in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Doha to Damascus, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Doha in March, plan for slightly colder days in Damascus, with highs around 69°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Dubai.

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Takiyya Suleimaniah Souq ©
Takiyya Suleimaniah Souq
Umayyad Mosque ©
Umayyad Mosque
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh ©
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh

2
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at The Dubai Mall, then buy something for everyone on your list at Souk Madinat Jumeirah, and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. On the next day, kick back and relax at Jumeirah Public Beach, then take in the waterfront at Dubai Creek, and then take an in-depth tour of Al Fahidi Fort.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubai journey planner .

You can fly from Damascus to Dubai in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Gulf Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Damascus in March, you will find days in Dubai are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are much hotter (69°F). On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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The Dubai Mall ©
The Dubai Mall
Al Fahidi Fort ©
Al Fahidi Fort
Jumeirah Public Beach ©
Jumeirah Public Beach

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