17 days in Istanbul, Jordan & Israel Itinerary

17 days in Istanbul, Jordan & Israel Itinerary

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17 days in Istanbul, Jordan & Israel Itinerary

Start: Bogota, Colombia
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
3
Aqaba, Jordan
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Eilat, Israel
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + train:  2​h 30​min
5
Haifa, Israel
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
6
Jerusalem, Israel
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Bogota, Colombia


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2
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.
Get some historical perspective at Rustem Pasha Mosque and The Ecumenical Patriarchate. Istiklal Street and Istanbul Archaeological Museums are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), look for gifts at Mısır Çarşısı, buy something for everyone on your list at peche de malle, and steep yourself in history at Little Hagia Sophia.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner .

Bogota, Colombia to Istanbul is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bogota to Istanbul is 8 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Istiklal Street ©
Istiklal Street
Little Hagia Sophia ©
Little Hagia Sophia
The Ecumenical Patriarchate ©
The Ecumenical Patriarchate

1
day
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

Petra - Wadi Musa ©
Visitors flock to Wadi Musa to witness the rose colored rock-carved temples and tombs of Petra, the famous ancient city and World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): admire the striking features of The Great Temple, explore the ancient world of Temple of Dushares, then explore the ancient world of Street of Facades, then explore the ancient world of Obelisk Tomb, and finally steep yourself in history at Al-Beidha - Little Petra.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Petra - Wadi Musa trip maker app .

Do a combination of flight and car from Istanbul to Petra - Wadi Musa in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Aqaba.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites
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Street of Facades ©
Street of Facades
Obelisk Tomb ©
Obelisk Tomb
Temple of Dushares ©
Temple of Dushares

3
nights
Aqaba, Jordan

Jordan's only coastal and port city, Aqaba offers a wide range of water-related activities offshore to accompany its mix of historic buildings back on land.
Visiting Wadi Rum Protected Area and Wadi Rum Fire Camp will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Old Islamic Ayla. There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Arts of Sham Countries Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Aqaba trip planner .

Traveling by car from Petra - Wadi Musa to Aqaba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Aqaba can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Eilat.

Things to do in Aqaba

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Wadi Rum
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wadi Rum Fire Camp ©
Wadi Rum Fire Camp
Old Islamic Ayla ©
Old Islamic Ayla

4
nights
Eilat, Israel

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Get in touch with nature at Dolphin Reef and Timna Park. Explore hidden gems such as Eilat Wines and Scuba & Snorkeling. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Ice Mall Eilat, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, see the vivid underwater world at Coral Beach Nature Reserve, and look for gifts at King Solomon Promanade.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Eilat sightseeing website .

Eilat is just a short distance from Aqaba. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Haifa.

Things to do in Eilat

Wildlife Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin Reef ©
Dolphin Reef
Eilat, My City History Museum ©
Eilat, My City History Museum
Ice Mall Eilat ©
Ice Mall Eilat

1
night
Haifa, Israel

Haifa ©
A picturesque city in the north of the country, Haifa combines history and appearances to create an interesting and relaxing destination.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): wander the streets of Akko Old Town, then explore the wide array of goods at BIG Krayot Shopping Center, then contemplate the long history of Beit Shearim, and finally admire the natural beauty at Baha'i Gardens and Golden Dome.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Haifa trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Eilat to Haifa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Eilat in April: high temperatures in Haifa hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Haifa

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Akko Old Town, Beit Shearim, BIG Krayot Shopping Center
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Akko Old Town ©
Akko Old Town
Beit Shearim ©
Beit Shearim
BIG Krayot Shopping Center ©
BIG Krayot Shopping Center

4
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Masada National Park and Dead Sea. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mt of Olives and Garden of Gethsemane. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Israel Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mahane Yehuda Market, look for gifts at M. Pomeranz Bookseller, and shop like a local with Ben Yehuda Street.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Jerusalem sightseeing planner .

Take a bus from Haifa to Jerusalem in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Jerusalem are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dead Sea, Masada National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mahane Yehuda Market ©
Mahane Yehuda Market
Ben Yehuda Street ©
Ben Yehuda Street
Baltinester Bros. Jewelry and Judaica ©

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