23 days in Middle East Itinerary

23 days in Middle East Itinerary

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23 days in Middle East Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
+3
Fly + train + foot + bus:  14​h 45​min
1
Jerusalem, Israel
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  3​h
2
Eilat, Israel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Doha, Qatar
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h
6
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
8
Socotra Island, Yemen
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
9
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Toronto, Canada

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park and then don't miss a visit to Western Wall. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Mt of Olives, explore the ancient world of Temple Mount, then wander the streets of Old City of Jerusalem, and finally take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Jerusalem trip planning tool .

Toronto, Canada to Jerusalem is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Toronto to Jerusalem. Traveling from Toronto in August, things will get a bit warmer in Jerusalem: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Eilat.

Things to do in Jerusalem

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park
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Old City of Jerusalem ©
Old City of Jerusalem
Western Wall ©
Western Wall
Mt of Olives ©
Mt of Olives

3
nights
Eilat, Israel

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin Reef and Princess Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Dekel Beach Eilat and Eilat Wines. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Migdalor Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by King Solomon Promanade, and kick back and relax at Aqua Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Eilat vacation maker website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jerusalem to Eilat in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. In August, Eilat is somewhat warmer than Jerusalem - with highs of 47°C and lows of 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Eilat

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 23:
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Dolphin Reef ©
Dolphin Reef
Princess Beach ©
Princess Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Petra World Heritage Site. Keep things going the next day: trot along with Horse Riding Jordan, delve into the distant past at Obelisk Tomb, then explore the ancient world of Street of Facades, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of Dushares.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Petra - Wadi Musa trip planner .

Drive from Eilat to Petra - Wadi Musa in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Riyadh.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

#Historic Sites, #Trails, #Parks
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:
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Petra World Heritage Site ©
Petra World Heritage Site
Street of Facades ©
Street of Facades
Temple of Dushares ©
Temple of Dushares

2
nights
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh ©
As the nation's capital, Riyadh represents a hub of commerce, culture, and transport.
Step off the beaten path and head to Granada Center and Kingdom Centre Tower. Head to Riyadh Gallery Mall and Panorama Mallfor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Centria, buy something for everyone on your list at Al Nakheel Mall, take in the exciting artwork at Naila Art Gallery, and take a stroll around King Fahad Cultural Centre.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Riyadh online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Petra - Wadi Musa to Riyadh takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Arabia Standard Time is 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 49°C, and evening lows to 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Doha.

Things to do in Riyadh

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Museums
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 28:
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Granada Center ©
Granada Center
Kingdom Centre Tower ©
Kingdom Centre Tower

1
night
Doha, Qatar

Doha ©
Doha, Qatar's capital city, draws visitors with its constant development and expansion, making it a destination on the rise.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): don't miss a visit to The Corniche, explore the world behind art at Museum of Islamic Art, then hunt for treasures at Falcon Souq, and finally hunt for treasures at Souq Waqif.

Start your trip to Doha by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Riyadh to Doha in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Riyadh in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 35°C in Doha. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Al Ain.

Things to do in Doha

#Shopping, #Museums
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 29:
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Souq Waqif ©
Souq Waqif
Museum of Islamic Art ©
Museum of Islamic Art
Falcon Souq ©
Falcon Souq

2
nights
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

Al Ain ©
If you need a break from the U.A.E's two mega-cities, take a trip to Al Ain, a refreshing oasis of green amid the harsh desert.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Al Jimi Mall, then browse the different shops at Al Foah Mall, then get your game on at Al Ain Raceway, and finally browse the different shops at Bawadi Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at Al Jahili Fort, then examine the collection at Qasr al Muwaiji, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Al Ain Mall.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Al Ain road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Doha to Al Ain takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Gulf Standard Time (GST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Al Ain

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Fun & Games
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 31:
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Bawadi Mall ©
Bawadi Mall
Al Jahili Fort ©
Al Jahili Fort
St. Mary's Catholic Church ©
St. Mary's Catholic Church

3
nights
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi ©
Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque and Qasr Al Hosn are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Avenue at Etihad Towers and Gallery One Emirates Palace. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Khalifa Jewellery, browse the different shops at Marina Mall, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Abu Dhabi trip planner.

Getting from Al Ain to Abu Dhabi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Abu Dhabi can reach 50°C, while at night they dip to 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Socotra Island.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

#Shopping, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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Avenue at Etihad Towers ©
Avenue at Etihad Towers
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center ©
Safaris

2
nights
Socotra Island, Yemen

Socotra Island ©
Off coast of the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa, Socotra Island has developed in almost total isolation, yielding a biodiversity that is unique in the world.
Get outdoors at Arher Beach and Shoab beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Delisha Beach and Dihamri Marine Protected Area. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Qalansiyah Beach, explore the stunning scenery at Wadi Dirhur Canyon, and don't miss a visit to Diksam.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Socotra Island online tour itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Abu Dhabi to Socotra Island. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Abu Dhabi to Socotra Island. In September, Socotra Island is a bit cooler than Abu Dhabi - with highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Socotra Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Shoab beach ©
Shoab beach
Qalansiyah Beach ©
Qalansiyah Beach
Arher Beach ©
Arher Beach

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nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Head to The Dubai Mall and Cara Jewellersfor plenty of shopping. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jumeirah Public Beach and Marina Beach. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Burj Khalifa, take in the waterfront at Dubai Creek, and browse the different shops at Souk Madinat Jumeirah.

Before you visit Dubai, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Socotra Island to Dubai. Traveling from Socotra Island to Dubai, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Socotra Island in September, with highs in Dubai at 46°C and lows at 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dubai

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:
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The Dubai Mall ©
The Dubai Mall
Jumeirah Public Beach ©
Jumeirah Public Beach
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach

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