Overview

This combination tour of Jordan & Turkey covers major highlights of many ancient civilizations. Be amazed at Petra full of mysterious charm, delight in a hot air balloon ride over fairy chimneys in Cappadocia, stroll through marble streets of Ephesus, float in the Dead Sea & relax under starry skies in Wadi Rum. So much to do while making your way from Istanbul to Amman, two of the longest continuously habitated cities in history. Can be easily customized based on your travel dates and requirements.

Tour itinerary

DAY 01 - Arrival to Istanbul:
Transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to hotel on your international flight arrival. Overnight in Istanbul
meals: none

DAY 02 - Istanbul Sightseeing Tour:
Today visit some of the most important sights of the historical Sultanahmet area. Your guide takes you to the Blue Mosque, St Sophia, Hippodrome and Obelisk, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace (excluding optional extra entrance to Harem room).Overnight in Istanbul.
meals: breakfast & lunch included.

DAY 03 - Cruise on Bosphorous / fly to Cappadocia:
View sights such as Dolmabahce Palace, Rumeli Fortress along with other monuments and luxury villas that line the shores of the Bosphorus during a half day morning cruise. The guided cruise tour also makes visits to the Spice Bazaar & Rustempasha. Then some free time for you to explore on your until till transfer to airport for early evening flight to Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia
meals: breakfast included

DAY 04 - Cappadocia Tour with Goreme:
*Optional: add a sunrise hot air balloon ride, affording amazing views over the valleys
Full day for exploring this land of fairy chimneys, churches & monasteries carved from the volcanic rock and picturesque valleys. Guided tour visiting Devrent Valley and Monk's Valley (Pasabagi), Avanos village, Goreme Open-Air Museum and Uchisar Natural rock castle. Overnight in Cappadocia.
meals: breakfast & lunch included

DAY 05 - Red Valley & Underground City:
On this day your guide will take you for a 4km (medium grade) hike in Red Valley, exploring rock-cut churches and colorful fairy chimneys along the way. Then on to visit Cavusin (old Greek village) and Kaymakli Underground City. The day also includes panoramic views at Pigeon Valley with its famous dove cotes & Ortahisar. After the full day tour you have some free time till transfer to the bus station for departure on overnight intercity bus to Pamukkale.
meals: breakfast & lunch included
***If you do not wish to travel by overnight bus we can instead arrange by flight, please advise preference
***If you would prefer to visit Derinkuyu Underground City & hike in Ihlara Valley please advise preference

DAY 06 - Travertens of Pamukkale:
Arrival early morning (if by overnight bus) to Pamukkale and meet for transfer to a small hotel where a day room is provided for you to have a shower and breakfast. Then meet up with tour visiting the natural formation of the travertens (cotton cliffs/cotton castle) in Pamukkale along with the ruins of Hierapolis. End of day with arrival to hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included

DAY 07 - Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary:
One of the jewels in the crown of Turkey - the Ancient City of Ephesus is a must. Walk down marble streets, view the magnificent Celsius Library and the Grand Theatre, etc. Also included are visits to the House of Virgin Mary & remains of Artemis Temple. Overnight in Kusadasi.
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included

DAY 08 - Flight to Amman (Jordan):
Breakfast, check-out and transfer to Izmir Airport for departure on domestic flight to Istanbul. Arrival and connect with international flight to Amman. On arrival meet with representative who is waiting to take you to the hotel, evening at leisure. Overnight in Amman.
meals: breakfast included (dinner optional)

DAY 09 - Jerash & Ajloun:
After breakfast, panoramic city tour in Amman, visiting Amman citadel, Roman theatre and Folklore museum. Then continue to Ajloun and visiting this famous Islamic castle after which head to the Decapolis city of Jerash founded in 300BC for a tour of this ancients Greco-roman city. End of day tour with return to Amman. Overnight in Amman.
meals: breakfast included (dinner optional)

DAY 10 - Madaba / Mt Nebo / Kerak:
Proceed to St. George's Church in Madaba, home to the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land before moving on to Mt. Nebo, the memorial of Moses. Continue to Kerak via al Mujeb mountains to visit the famous Crusader castle of Reginald of chatillon and then to Petra. Overnight in Petra.
meals: breakfast included (dinner optional)

DAY 11 - Petra & Wadi Rum:
After breakfast, explore the red rose city of Petra. Horse ride (not compulsory) along the famous narrow (siq) until our eye first catches the amazing treasury. From here explore the Street of Facades, the Royal Tombs and Pharaoh's Castle. Then transfer to another of nature's wonderlands that has attracted human beings for thousands of years. Wadi Rum or Valley of the Moon is an unusual desert terrain with towering cliffs shooting out of the sandy desert floor. Here you enjoy a 4x4 Jeep safari and stay at a Bedouin camp. Overnight in Bedouin Tent.
meals: breakfast & dinner included
*For those that do not wish to stay overnight in tent/camp we can instead arrange to return back to hotel in Petra, please let us know your preference when completing the enquiry form

DAY 12 - Dead Sea, return Amman:
After breakfast, proceed north to the lowest spot of the world, the Dead Sea. Here you have some free time at leisure to relax/float before continuing on the drive back to Amman. Overnight in Amman (there is also the option to stay at hotel in the Dead Sea area instead of returning to Amman, let us know your preference).
meals: breakfast included (dinner optional)

DAY 13 - Departure:
Breakfast, check out and as per your international flight departure time transfer to Amman Airport.

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What's included?

  • Hotel accomodation in category of your choice
  • Breakfasts at hotels throughout (dinners optional)
  • Day tours in Turkey, regular group (private on request) with guiding in English, main entrances, tour transport
  • Lunches during full day tours in Turkey, drinks extra
  • Private vehicle with English speaking driver for the noted route in Jordan and local guides in Jerash & Petra (escorting tour guide on request) along with main entrance fees
  • Noted transport from arrival in Istanbul at start till departure from Amman at end
  • Arrival & departure transfers throughout
  • Taxes and handling services

Notes

  • Available on daily basis - year round
  • Available in reverse order, start Amman end Istanbul
  • Very flexible, can be customized to suit preferences
  • Suitable for individuals and groups
  • Please note that this is not a set departure tour with the same persons all travelling together from start to end. What we do is arrange all accommodation & transport per your travel dates and then combine this with the noted sightseeing day tours in each area. This gives you the flexibility to tailor the itinerary to better suit your dates & "wish list".
  • Cappadocia offers many adventure style excursions such as horse riding, hot air balloon rides, atv safaris, bicycle safaris, canoeing & hiking. If you are interested in any of these please note which when completing "get quote" form.

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