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

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

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
2
Bergama, Turkey
— 2 nights
3
Kusadasi, Turkey
— 2 nights
4
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
5
Antalya, Turkey
— 2 nights
6
Konya, Turkey
— 2 nights
7
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
8
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 2 nights
9
Haifa, Israel
— 2 nights
10
Tiberias, Israel
— 2 nights
11
Jerusalem, Israel
— 2 nights
12
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 3 nights

3
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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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum, take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planner.

San Diego, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from San Diego to Istanbul, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Diego in April; daily highs in Istanbul reach 64°F and lows reach 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bergama.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 19:
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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Bergama, Turkey

Bergama ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the ancient world of The Asklepion, explore the ancient world of Ruins of Pergamum, and then see the interesting displays at Izmir Bergama Museum. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Red Basilica, delve into the distant past at The Acropolis, and then delve into the distant past at Pergamon Theatre.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bergama road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Bergama takes 4 hours. In April, daytime highs in Bergama are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Bergama

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:
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The Acropolis ©
The Acropolis
Red Basilica ©
Red Basilica

2
nights
Kusadasi, Turkey

Kusadasi ©
Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Hacivat Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Ladies Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Kusadasi Castle, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kuşadası Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kusadasi trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Bergama to Kusadasi takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Bergama in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kusadasi, with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Ancient City of Ephesus
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Kusadasi Castle ©
Kusadasi Castle
Hacivat Shop ©
Hacivat Shop

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Laodikeia and then delve into the distant past at Aphrodisias.

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

You can drive from Kusadasi to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Aphrodisias, Laodikeia
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Aphrodisias ©
Aphrodisias

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Antalya, Turkey

Antalya ©
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Perge Ancient City, take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, and then see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Ataturk ParkI, then explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate, and then wander the streets of Kaleici.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Antalya road trip planner.

Getting from Pamukkale to Antalya by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In April in Antalya, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Konya.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Perge Ancient City ©
Perge Ancient City
Lower Duden Waterfalls ©
Lower Duden Waterfalls
Kaleici ©
Kaleici

2
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Konya, Turkey

Konya ©
The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Ince Minare Museum, then contemplate the long history of Mevlana Muzesi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aziziye Cami, and finally take an in-depth tour of Konyanuma Panorama Museum. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Konya Science Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iplikci Camii, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapu Camii, then take in nature's colorful creations at Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Sille.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Konya road trip planner.

You can drive from Antalya to Konya in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Antalya in April, expect Konya to be a bit cooler, temps between 65°F and 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Goreme.

Things to do in Konya

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Iplikci Camii
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Mevlana Muzesi ©
Mevlana Muzesi
Aziziye Cami ©
Aziziye Cami
Iplikci Camii ©
Iplikci Camii

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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.
Step out of Goreme to go to Derinkuyu and see Kaymakli Underground City, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), look for gifts at Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles, and take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip planner.

You can drive from Konya to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Uchisar, Kaymakli Underground City
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 2:
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

2
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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.
On the 2nd (Sat), stroll through Tayelet and then take a leisurely stroll along Old Tel Aviv Port Area. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Ben-Gurion House, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take a stroll through Neve Tzedek, then take a stroll through Jaffa Old City, and finally view the masterpieces at Madafim.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tel Aviv online road trip planner.

Fly from Goreme to Tel Aviv in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Israel Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Goreme in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tel Aviv, with lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Haifa.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Neighborhoods · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 2 — 4:
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Food Tours
Jaffa Old City ©
Jaffa Old City
Neve Tzedek ©
Neve Tzedek

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Haifa, Israel

Haifa ©
A picturesque city in the north of the country, Haifa combines history and appearances to create an interesting and relaxing destination.
On the 4th (Mon), walk around Caesarea National Park, make a trip to Cave of Elijah, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Baha'i Gardens, and finally don't miss a visit to Louis Promenade. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Al-Jazzar Mosque, then steep yourself in history at Citadel of Acre, then take a stroll through Akko Old Town, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The German Colony.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Haifa road trip tool.

You can drive from Tel Aviv to Haifa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Haifa are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Wed) before leaving for Tiberias.

Things to do in Haifa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Acre, Caesarea National Park, Mishi Chocolate Boutique
Find places to stay May 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
The Baha'i Gardens ©
The Baha'i Gardens
Caesarea National Park ©
Caesarea National Park
Citadel of Acre ©
Citadel of Acre

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Tiberias, Israel

Tiberias ©
On the shores of Lake Kinneret, a vacation in Tiberias offers plenty of water sports and biblical walks.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Arbel National Park, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then don't miss a visit to Magdala. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Beatitude Monastery, take in the dramatic natural features at Tabgha, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sea of Galilee, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tiberias trip planner.

Drive from Haifa to Tiberias in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 68°F. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Tiberias

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Magdala, The Beatitude Monastery
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Arbel National Park ©
Arbel National Park
Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
Tabgha ©
Tabgha

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Old City of Jerusalem, then contemplate the long history of Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, then explore the ancient world of Western Wall, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bethesda. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take an in-depth tour of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and then contemplate the long history of Mt of Olives.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Jerusalem online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Tiberias to Jerusalem by bus takes about 3 hours. In May in Jerusalem, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 64°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay May 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Old City of Jerusalem ©
Old City of Jerusalem

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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 11th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Temple of Dushares, steep yourself in history at Petra, then explore the ancient world of The Great Temple, then contemplate the long history of Al-Beidha - Little Petra, and finally steep yourself in history at Obelisk Tomb. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating landscape at Wadi Araba Desert and then explore the ancient world of Montreal Crusader Castle.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Petra - Wadi Musa planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Jerusalem to Petra - Wadi Musa takes 8 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Wadi Araba Desert, Montreal Crusader Castle
Find places to stay May 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Petra ©
Petra
Montreal Crusader Castle ©
Montreal Crusader Castle
Al-Beidha - Little Petra ©
Al-Beidha - Little Petra

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