22 days in Turkey, Jordan & Beit Sahour Itinerary

22 days in Turkey, Jordan & Beit Sahour Itinerary

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22 days in Turkey, Jordan & Beit Sahour Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
3
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Selcuk, Turkey
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h
5
Amman, Jordan
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Beit Sahour, Palestinian Territories
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
7
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Aqaba, Jordan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Wadi Rum, Jordan
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Goreme is known for nature, museums, historic sites, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, stop by Turquoise Rugs & Bags, Head underground at Uchisar Castle, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Goreme trip planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Goreme is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Goreme. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December: high temperatures in Goreme hover around 6°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Uchisar Castle
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, then explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner .

You can fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

2
nights
Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale ©
A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
On the 20th (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Denizli
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

3
nights
Selcuk, Turkey

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, then explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, and finally see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum. On the next day, explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis, then delve into the distant past at The Basilica of Saint John, then explore the ancient world of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and finally make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Amman.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

3
nights
Amman, Jordan

Amman ©
Jordan's capital city, Amman spreads across 19 hills and includes many distinct districts, each with their own historical and cultural marvels.
Change things up with these side-trips from Amman: Jerash Ruins (in Jerash) and Madaba (Madaba Mosaic Map, Mount Nebo, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of The Citadel, delve into the distant past at Roman Amphitheater, make a trip to Rainbow Street, and see the interesting displays at Royal Automobile Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Amman online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Selcuk to Amman takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Amman when traveling from Selcuk in December, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Beit Sahour.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Madaba, Jerash Ruins
Highlights from your plan
The Citadel ©
The Citadel
Jerash Ruins ©
Jerash Ruins
Mount Nebo ©
Mount Nebo

1
night
Beit Sahour, Palestinian Territories

Beit Sahour ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the landscape on two wheels at Masar Ibrahim Al Khalil and then make a trip to Shepherd's Sanctuary.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Beit Sahour trip planner.

Getting from Amman to Beit Sahour by car takes about 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Beit Sahour

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Masar Ibrahim Al Khalil ©
Masar Ibrahim Al Khalil
Shepherd's Sanctuary ©
Shepherd's Sanctuary

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Petra - Wadi Musa: Montreal (in Shoubak) and Dana Nature Reserve (in Dana). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Petra, deepen your understanding at Petra Kitchen, steep yourself in history at Obelisk Tomb, and admire the landmark architecture of The Great Temple.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Petra - Wadi Musa itinerary maker site .

Explore your travel options from Beit Sahour to Petra - Wadi Musa with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Aqaba.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Dana Nature Reserve, Montreal
Highlights from your plan
Petra ©
Petra
Dana Nature Reserve ©
Dana Nature Reserve
Al-Beidha - Little Petra ©
Al-Beidha - Little Petra

2
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.
On the 1st (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then explore the galleries of Arts of Sham Countries Art Gallery, and then don't miss a visit to Sharif Hussein Bin Ali. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Berenice Beach Club and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Wadi Araba Desert.

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Getting from Petra - Wadi Musa to Aqaba by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Aqaba are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Wadi Rum.

Things to do in Aqaba

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wadi Araba Desert ©
Wadi Araba Desert
Sharif Hussein Bin Ali ©
Sharif Hussein Bin Ali

2
nights
Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum ©
Tourism in Wadi Rum revolves around UNESCO-protected desert scenery and spectacular limestone rock formations following a dry river bed, which in World War I served as the headquarters of a British-inspired Arab revolt against the Ottomans.
On the 3rd (Fri), explore the fascinating landscape at Wadi Rum Protected Area. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Wadi Rum trip maker tool .

Drive from Aqaba to Wadi Rum in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wadi Rum

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Wadi Rum Protected Area ©
Wadi Rum Protected Area
Horseback Riding Tours

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