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

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

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

Start: San Diego, United States
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Bergama, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Kusadasi, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Antalya, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Konya, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
8
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Haifa, Israel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
10
Tiberias, Israel
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h 15​min
11
Jerusalem, Israel
— 2 nights
car:  7​h 30​min
12
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 3 nights
drive:  23​h 30​min
End: San Diego, United States

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 museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online trip itinerary builder.

San Diego, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 11 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Diego in April: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 64°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bergama.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

2
nights
Bergama, Turkey

Bergama ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): delve into the distant past at The Asklepion, then explore the ancient world of Ruins of Pergamum, and then examine the collection at Izmir Bergama Museum. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Red Basilica, then explore the ancient world of The Acropolis, and then steep yourself in history at Pergamon Theatre.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bergama tour itinerary website.

Drive from Istanbul to Bergama in 4 hours. April in Bergama sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Bergama

Historic Sites Museums
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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.
On the 21st (Tue), explore the world behind art at Hacivat Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Ladies Beach, then explore the historical opulence of Kusadasi Castle, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kuşadası Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kusadasi tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Bergama to Kusadasi takes 3 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bergama to Kusadasi. Traveling from Bergama in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 54°F in Kusadasi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Ancient City of Ephesus
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Hacivat Shop ©
Hacivat Shop
Kusadasi Castle ©
Kusadasi Castle

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): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools and then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Laodikeia and then explore the ancient world of Aphrodisias.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Kusadasi to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

2
nights
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.
On the 25th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Perge Ancient City, then admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, and then see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Ataturk ParkI, then delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate, and then wander the streets of Kaleici.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Antalya travel planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Antalya takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Antalya, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Konya.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Perge Ancient City ©
Perge Ancient City
Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Lower Duden Waterfalls ©
Lower Duden Waterfalls

2
nights
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 get engrossed in the history at Mevlana Muzesi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aziziye Cami, and finally get engrossed in the history at Konyanuma Panorama Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Konya Science Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iplikci Camii, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapu Camii, then admire the natural beauty at Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Sille.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Konya online trip builder.

Drive from Antalya to Konya in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Antalya in April: high temperatures in Konya hover around 65°F and lows are around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Goreme.

Things to do in Konya

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Iplikci Camii
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Mevlana Muzesi ©
Mevlana Muzesi
Aziziye Cami ©
Aziziye Cami
Iplikci Camii ©
Iplikci Camii

3
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.
Step out of Goreme with an excursion to Kaymakli Underground City in Derinkuyu--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery, appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, and explore the historical opulence of Uchisar Castle.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Goreme trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Konya to Goreme takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Goreme are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Uchisar, Kaymakli Underground City
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Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the waterfront at Tayelet and then take in the waterfront at Old Tel Aviv Port Area. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Ben-Gurion House, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, visit Neve Tzedek, then take a stroll through Jaffa Old City, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Madafim.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tel Aviv travel route builder app.

Fly from Goreme to Tel Aviv in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Goreme to Tel Aviv due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Goreme in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tel Aviv, with lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Haifa.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Tours Neighborhoods Parks
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Food Tours
Jaffa Old City ©
Jaffa Old City
Neve Tzedek ©
Neve Tzedek

2
nights
Haifa, Israel

Haifa ©
A picturesque city in the north of the country, Haifa combines history and appearances to create an interesting and relaxing destination.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Caesarea National Park, contemplate the long history of Cave of Elijah, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Baha'i Gardens, and finally make a trip to Louis Promenade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Al-Jazzar Mosque, contemplate the long history of Citadel of Acre, then take a stroll through Akko Old Town, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The German Colony.

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You can take a train from Tel Aviv to Haifa in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. May in Haifa sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 68°F at night. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tiberias.

Things to do in Haifa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Acre, Caesarea National Park, Mishi Chocolate Boutique
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The Baha'i Gardens ©
The Baha'i Gardens
Caesarea National Park ©
Caesarea National Park
Louis Promenade ©
Louis Promenade

2
nights
Tiberias, Israel

Tiberias ©
On the shores of Lake Kinneret, a vacation in Tiberias offers plenty of water sports and biblical walks.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Arbel National Park, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then contemplate the long history of Magdala. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at The Beatitude Monastery, explore the striking landscape at Tabgha, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea of Galilee, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tiberias trip itinerary planning website.

Take a bus from Haifa to Tiberias in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 68°F. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Tiberias

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Beatitude Monastery, Magdala
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Arbel National Park ©
Arbel National Park
Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
Tabgha ©
Tabgha

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old City of Jerusalem, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, then explore the ancient world of Western Wall, and finally steep yourself in history at Bethesda. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, explore the world behind art at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and then steep yourself in history at Mt of Olives.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Jerusalem planner.

Traveling by bus from Tiberias to Jerusalem takes 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Jerusalem can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sun) before leaving for Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Food Tours
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Old City of Jerusalem ©
Old City of Jerusalem

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Temple of Dushares, explore the ancient world of Petra, then admire the landmark architecture of The Great Temple, then contemplate the long history of Al-Beidha - Little Petra, and finally contemplate the long history of Obelisk Tomb. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating landscape at Wadi Araba Desert and then delve into the distant past at Montreal Crusader Castle.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Petra - Wadi Musa journey maker website.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Jerusalem to Petra - Wadi Musa takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Wadi Araba Desert, Montreal Crusader Castle
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Petra ©
Petra
Wadi Araba Desert ©
Wadi Araba Desert
Al-Beidha - Little Petra ©
Al-Beidha - Little Petra

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