43 days in Asia Itinerary

43 days in Asia Itinerary

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43 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: San Antonio, United States
Fly + Drive:  23 h 45 min
1
Al Wakrah, Qatar
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Muscat, Oman
— 9 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
3
Aqaba, Jordan
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  8 h 30 min
4
Tripoli, Lebanon
— 5 nights
Drive:  9 h
5
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
6
Jerusalem, Israel
— 13 nights
Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: San Antonio, United States


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6
nights
Al Wakrah, Qatar

Al Wakrah ©
Al-Wakrah is the capital city of the Al Wakrah Municipality in Qatar. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Al Wakrah Souk and Al Shahaniya Racetrack. Venture out of the city with trips to Al-Rayyan (Film City & Mall of Qatar), Al Khor (Corniche, Al Thakhira Beach, & more) and Al-Zubara Fort (in Madinat Ash Shamal). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Sealine Beach, head outdoors with Sand Dunes Qatar, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dukhan Beach.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Al Wakrah journey planning app .

San Antonio, USA to Al Wakrah is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Arabia Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In November, Al Wakrah is a bit warmer than San Antonio - with highs of 84°F and lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Muscat.

Things to do in Al Wakrah

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Al Khor, Mesaieed, Al-Rayyan, Al-Zubara Fort, Dukhan Beach
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Sealine Beach ©
Sealine Beach
Mall of Qatar ©
Mall of Qatar
Dukhan Beach ©
Dukhan Beach

9
nights
Muscat, Oman

Muscat ©
The capital and largest city of Oman, the coastal city of Muscat boasts numerous historical sites and pristine modern developments.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Corniche. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Muscat: Al Hazm Castle (in Ar Rustaq), Desert Camels Adventure Tours (in Nizwa) and Nakhal Fort (in Al Batinah Governorate). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Bait Al Zubair, ponder the world of politics at Al Alam Royal Palace, don't miss a visit to Mohammed Al Ameen mosque , and browse the different shops at Muscat City Centre.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Muscat tour planning tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Al Wakrah to Muscat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Al Wakrah to Muscat. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in November, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Aqaba.

Things to do in Muscat

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Muscat Governorate, Snake Canyon, Nakhal Fort, Al Hazm Castle, Desert Camels Adventure Tours
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Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque ©
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Fishing Charters & Tours
Bait Al Zubair ©
Bait Al Zubair

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Berenice Beach Club and Aqaba Marine Park. Explore Aqaba's surroundings by going to Wadi Rum (Wadi Rum Protected Area & Wadi Rum Fire Camp). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating landscape at Wadi Araba Desert, tour the water at your own pace with Neptune Boat, enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Aqaba attractions planner .

You can fly from Muscat to Aqaba in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Israel Standard Time (IST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Muscat in November since evenings lows in Aqaba dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Tripoli.

Things to do in Aqaba

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Wadi Rum
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wadi Rum Protected Area ©
Wadi Rum Protected Area
Wadi Araba Desert ©
Wadi Araba Desert

5
nights
Tripoli, Lebanon

Tripoli ©
A tour of Tripoli usually involves a visit to the old Mamluk-style city and its harbor overlooked by a crusader citadel.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Souk and Saint Charbel Tomb. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tripoli: Baalbeck (Temples of Baalbek, Baalbek Roman Ruins, & more), Byblos Public Park (in Byblos) and Qadisha (Kadisha) Valley (in Bcharre). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Chateau Ksara, don't miss a visit to Phoenician Wall, enjoy the sand and surf at Bonita Bay, and admire the verdant scenery at Bekaa Valley.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Tripoli trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Aqaba to Tripoli with the Route module. When traveling from Aqaba in December, plan for slightly colder days in Tripoli, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gaza City.

Things to do in Tripoli

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Byblos, Baalbeck, Batroun, Bekaa Valley, Chateau Ksara
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Temples of Baalbek ©
Temples of Baalbek
Baalbek Roman Ruins ©
Baalbek Roman Ruins
Saint Charbel Tomb ©
Saint Charbel Tomb

1
night
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories

Gaza City ©
Gaza, also referred to as Gaza City, is a Palestinian city in the Gaza Strip, with a population of 515,556, making it the largest city in the State of Palestine. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Mosque of Gaza.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Gaza City trip itinerary app .

Explore your travel options from Tripoli to Gaza City with the Route module. On the 9th (Sun), you're off toJerusalem.

Things to do in Gaza City

Historic Sites
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Great Mosque of Gaza ©
Great Mosque of Gaza

13
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like En Gedi Nature Reserve and Yarkon River and Park Hayarkon. Change things up with these side-trips from Jerusalem: Tel Aviv (Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, & more), Ein Gedi Botanical Garden (in Ein Gedi) and Masada National Park (in Masada). On the 16th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, admire the landmark architecture of Church of the Holy Sepulchre, wander the streets of Old City of Jerusalem, and stroll through Ein Bokek Beach.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Jerusalem itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Gaza City to Jerusalem with the Route module. December in Jerusalem sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 50°F at night. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trips

Tel Aviv, Dead Sea Region, Masada National Park, Ben Gurion Tomb, Ein Bokek Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Herod's Western Palace
Herod's Western Palace

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