38 days in Turkey, Jordan & Israel Itinerary

38 days in Turkey, Jordan & Israel Itinerary

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38 days in Turkey, Jordan & Israel Itinerary

Start: Quito, Ecuador
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
2
Goreme, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
3
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Selcuk, Turkey
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Oludeniz, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Kas, Turkey
— 4 nights
+3
bus + shuttle + Fly + taxi:  12​h 15​min
7
Wadi Rum, Jordan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + train:  7​h 45​min
9
Nazareth, Israel
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 6 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Quito, Ecuador

5
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.
Visit Sultanahmet District and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) for their historical value. Relax by the water at Dalia Beach and Selimpasa Sahili. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul itinerary planner .

Quito, Ecuador to Istanbul is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Quito to Istanbul is 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Quito in June: highs in Istanbul hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

5
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
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.
You'll explore and learn at Goreme Acikhava Muzesi and Naile Art Gallery- Ebru Art Center. Get in touch with nature at Goreme National Park and Cappadocia Cave Dwellings. Step out of Goreme to go to Derinkuyu and see Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki. There's much more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and explore by horseback at Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Goreme sightseeing website .

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Istanbul in June since evenings lows in Goreme dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ortahisar, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Uchisar Castle, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, explore the ancient world of Laodikeia, then get outside with Pamukkale Balloons, then contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ancient City of Ephesus and The Terrace Houses. Museum-lovers will appreciate Ephesus Museum and TCDD Tren Muzesi. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, make a trip to Arcadian Way, contemplate the long history of Public Latrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Basilica of Saint John.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk travel planning app .

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Selcuk sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Selcuk

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

1
night
Oludeniz, Turkey

Oludeniz ©
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
On the 24th (Mon), soak in style at Turkish baths, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach).

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Oludeniz holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Oludeniz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Oludeniz, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kas.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Parasailing & Paragliding

4
nights
Kas, Turkey

Kas ©
An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
Flora Boat and Sura Ancient City will appeal to history buffs. We've included these beaches for you: Kaputas Beach and Adrasan Sahili. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kas: Patara Plajı (in Patara), Adrasan Koyu (in Adrasan) and Sunken City Ruins of Simena (in Kekova). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Narr Beach and don't miss a visit to Lions Tomb.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kas trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Oludeniz to Kas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Kas are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Wadi Rum.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sunken City Ruins of Simena, Adrasan Sahili, Patara Plajı, Sura Ancient City
Highlights from your plan
Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach
Patara Plajı ©
Patara Plajı
Lions Tomb ©
Lions Tomb

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): admire nature's extreme beauty at Wadi Rum Protected Area. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Aqaba Castle and then explore the fascinating landscape at Wadi Rum Fire Camp.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Wadi Rum planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kas to Wadi Rum. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kas to Wadi Rum. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Wadi Rum

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Aqaba Castle
Highlights from your plan
Wadi Rum Protected Area ©
Wadi Rum Protected Area
Wadi Rum Fire Camp ©
Wadi Rum Fire Camp
Aqaba Castle ©
Aqaba Castle

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.
On the 1st (Mon), contemplate the long history of Petra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): explore the ancient world of The Great Temple, get engrossed in the history at Petra Museum, then explore the ancient world of Al-Beidha - Little Petra, then delve into the distant past at Byzantine Church, and finally explore the ancient world of Street of Facades.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Petra - Wadi Musa trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Wadi Rum to Petra - Wadi Musa in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Nazareth.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Petra ©
Petra
Al-Beidha - Little Petra ©
Al-Beidha - Little Petra
Street of Facades ©
Street of Facades

3
nights
Nazareth, Israel

Nazareth ©
Known worldwide as the hometown of Jesus Christ, Nazareth draws flocks of pilgrims who come to see the place where Christ grew up, and follow his footsteps along the Jesus Trail.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea of Galilee and Mount of Beatitudes. Appreciate the collections at National Park Beit Alfa - Bet Alfa Synagogue National Park and Olive Tree Fine Art Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Nazareth: Acre (Bahai Gardens and Shrine, Ethnographic Museum Treasures in the Walls, & more), Tzfat Gallery of Mystical Art (in Safed) and Achziv Beach National Park (in Nahariya). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of The Church of the Annunciation, examine the collection at The Circassian Museum, delve into the distant past at Magdala, and view the masterpieces at Beit Hankin.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nazareth trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Petra - Wadi Musa to Nazareth by car takes about 6 hours. In July, daytime highs in Nazareth are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Nazareth

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Acre, Safed, National Park Beit Alfa - Bet Alfa Synagogue National Park, Sea of Galilee, The Circassian Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
Mount of Beatitudes ©
Mount of Beatitudes
The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation

6
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Masada National Park and Masada Fortress. Museum-lovers will get to explore Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center and Old City of Jerusalem. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tel Aviv: Jerusalem (Israel Museum, Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, & more). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Jaffa Old City, explore the world behind art at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, get engrossed in the history at Independence Hall Museum, and learn about all things military at Israel Defense Forces History Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tel Aviv trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by bus from Nazareth to Tel Aviv takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Tel Aviv are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. On the 12th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Jerusalem, Masada National Park, Masada Fortress
Highlights from your plan
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park

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