40 days in Israel, Petra - Wadi Musa & Turkey Itinerary

40 days in Israel, Petra - Wadi Musa & Turkey Itinerary

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40 days in Israel, Petra - Wadi Musa & Turkey Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  33​h
1
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Tiberias, Israel
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Jerusalem, Israel
— 7 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  9​h
4
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h
5
Selcuk, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Goreme, Turkey
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Gallipoli, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  34​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand


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3
nights
Tel Aviv, Israel

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tel Aviv: Weizmann House (in Rehovot) and Caesarea National Park (in Caesarea). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Jaffa Old City, get engrossed in the history at Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People, examine the collection at Palmach Museum, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tel Aviv trip itinerary builder website .

Auckland, New Zealand to Tel Aviv is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Tel Aviv is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Auckland in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 14°C in Tel Aviv. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tiberias.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Weizmann House, Caesarea National Park
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Jaffa Old City ©
Jaffa Old City
Neve Tzedek ©
Neve Tzedek

4
nights
Tiberias, Israel

Tiberias ©
On the shores of Lake Kinneret, a vacation in Tiberias offers plenty of water sports and biblical walks.
Jesus Trail has been added to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to The Baha'i Gardens (in Haifa), Akko Old Town (in Acre) and The Church of the Annunciation (in Nazareth). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Sea of Galilee, steep yourself in history at Magdala, look for gifts at Old City Bazaar, and stroll the grounds of Tomb of Rabbi Meir.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tiberias online trip planner .

You can drive from Tel Aviv to Tiberias in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Tiberias can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Tiberias

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Church of the Annunciation, The Baha'i Gardens, Mount of Beatitudes, Magdala, Akko Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation
The Baha'i Gardens ©
The Baha'i Gardens

7
nights
Jerusalem, Israel

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Church of the Nativity, Tomb of Lazarus and Qumran Caves. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jerusalem: Avdat National Park (in Mitspe Ramon), Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park (in Kiryat Gat) and Masada Fortress (in Arad). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Mount, make a trip to Western Wall, and contemplate the long history of Mt of Olives.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Jerusalem using our trip planner.

Getting from Tiberias to Jerusalem by bus takes about 2.5 hours. In December in Jerusalem, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dead Sea Region, Church of the Nativity, Masada Fortress, Avdat National Park, Qumran Caves
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Western Wall ©
Western Wall

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Petra - Wadi Musa: Montreal (in Shoubak), Wadi Rum Protected Area (in Wadi Rum) and Sharif Hussein Bin Ali (in Aqaba). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Petra, explore by horseback at Horse Riding Jordan, admire the striking features of The Great Temple, and contemplate the long history of Obelisk Tomb.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Petra - Wadi Musa itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Jerusalem to Petra - Wadi Musa in 9 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Wadi Rum Protected Area, Sharif Hussein Bin Ali, Montreal
Highlights from your plan
Petra ©
Petra
Wadi Rum Protected Area ©
Wadi Rum Protected Area
Al-Beidha - Little Petra ©
Al-Beidha - Little Petra

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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, theme parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, look for gifts at Celsus Ceramic, contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and examine the collection at Ephesus Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Selcuk online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Selcuk takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Selcuk, with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sirince Koyu
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
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.
Pamukkale is known for nature, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, and explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip planner.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll set off for Goreme on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Pamukkale

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Laodikeia
Highlights from your plan
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Kaklik Cave ©
Kaklik Cave

5
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.
Explore Goreme's surroundings by going to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri (in Derinkuyu) and Ihlara Valley (in Guzelyurt). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, stop by Alaturca Taner, explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip planner .

Getting from Pamukkale to Goreme by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uchisar, Urgup, Derinkuyu, Ihlara Valley
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

3
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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take a stroll through Ortakoy, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

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Do a combination of car and flight from Petra - Wadi Musa to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Istanbul are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

2
nights
Gallipoli, Turkey

Gallipoli ©
The Gallipoli peninsula is located in the southern part of East Thrace, the European part of Turkey, with the Aegean Sea to the west and the Dardanelles strait to the east.Gallipoli is the Italian form of the Greek name "Καλλίπολις" (Kallípolis), meaning "Beautiful City", the original name of the modern town of Gelibolu. On the 16th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Anzac Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Kilitbahir Castle, take in the history at Gallipoli Battlefield, and then take an in-depth tour of Canakkale Destani Tanitim Merkezi.

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You can drive from Goreme to Gallipoli in 10.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Goreme in January, expect Gallipoli to be somewhat warmer, temps between 11°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Eceabat
Highlights from your plan
Anzac Cove ©
Anzac Cove
Kilitbahir Castle ©
Kilitbahir Castle

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