Overview

• Below version of itinerary is NOT an escorted coach tour with group of same persons travelling together from start to end.
If you would prefer to join on a set group coach tour for the Jordan-Israel section then please mentioned this in the notes section of the enquiry form so that we can advise you on possible alternatives.
This sample itinerary for a combination of Israel, Jordan & Turkey is fully flexible and allows you to travel when and where you wish .... can be easily customized based on your travel dates / duration / requirements.
• Package Rate (for the "flexible" itinerary noted below) varies depending on number of persons travelling / your chosen dates of travel / category of hotels used / any changes you might wish to make etc. Package cost generally starts from around 3250US$ per person - based on 2 persons using 3* hotels during low season. So do keep this approx starting from cost in mind when making your request. Excludes optional extra international flights to starting point / from ending point.

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

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

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

DAY 11 - Petra:
After breakfast meet with local on-site guide and begin to explore the red rose city of Petra. Petra was first established around the 6th century B.C. by the Nabataean Arabs, a nomadic tribe who settled in the area and laid the foundation of a commercial empire that extended into Syria. With the guide pass the canyon, the so called Siq, to see the beautiful Treasury. Continue via Street of Facades to the Royal Tombs and Pharaoh's Castle. After 5 hours the guide will say farewell to you and you then have the remainder of the day to further explore around Petra on your own (for example climb the 800 stairs to the Monastery El Deir, etc). Return the same way to the entrance gate. Overnight in Petra
meals: breakfast included
Optional Extra: Petra by Night: experience the entire Siq and the Treasury lit with over 1000 candles. Operates every Mon/Wed/Thu, lasts around 2hours.

DAY 12 - Wadi Rum, a day of adventure including camel ride & jeep tour
Depart from Petra and drive to Wadi Rum village. After a first tea enjoy a ride on camels to red sand dunes through Rum and Um Ishrin valleys. On the way stop at Lawrence's spring. After having a look at the Nabatean inscriptions in Anfashiyeh leave camels and camel guide to cross a sand dune, where a jeep will join you for lunch and rest in the shade of the mountain. In the afternoon, the jeep will take you to visit natural rock bridges in Jebel Burdah and Um Fruth. Arrival to Bedouin styled camp. Overnight in Wadi Rum (private tent with basic ensuite bathroom)
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included

DAY 13 – Dead Sea
After breakfast at the camp, proceed on the 4hrs drive to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. Arrive and check-in to hotel with rest of the day & evening free at leisure to float and relax. Overnight at Dead Sea
meals: breakfast included

DAY 14 - Border crossing from Jordan into Israel
Breakfast, check-out and transfer to Jordan-Israel border. Farewell to your Jordanian driver and cross over Allenby Bridge. On the Israel side meet with transfer driver who is there to take you on to the hotel in Jersusalem. Remainder of late afternoon/evening free at leisue. Overnight in Jerusalem.
meals: breakfast included

DAY 15 - Old Jerusalem & Bethelehem
Join on full day regular group tour of Old Jerusalem & Bethlehem. Visit Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city. Then stop at Mount Zion to visit King David's Tomb, Room of Last Supper and the Dormition Abbey. Enter the Old City and walk through the Armenian and Jewish quarters to the recently excavated and restored Cardo, the Roman road. See the Jewish Wailing Wall, the Kotel and continue to the Christian quarter. Walk along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of Holy Sepulchre. Then continue to Bethlehem where Jesus was born; walk through Manger Square to visit the Church of Nativity and end with a view of the Shepherds' field. Return to hotel with evening free at leisure. Overnight in Jerusalem
meals: breakfast included

DAY 16 - Biblical Highlights of Galilee
Join on full day tour starting with departure via the coastal road and landscape of the lower Galilee to Nazareth, the town where Jesus spent his childhood. Visit the Basilica of Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph. Continue, via Kana, to Tiberias, the lively resort town on the Sea of Galilee. Drive along the Kineret Lake to Capernaum and view the ruins of the ancient synagogue where Jesus taught. Continue to Tabgha and visit the Church of Multiplication of the Fish and Loaves with the beautiful mosaic floor. Proceed to Yardenit, the famous baptismal site located where the Jordan River flows out from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea and enjoy the peaceful and natural surrounding at this site. Overnight in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv (as per your preference)
meals: breakfast included

DAY 17 - Pearls of Western Galilee
Depart on full day tour starting with drive to Caesarea, the ancient Roman capital and port. Here enjoy a walking tour of the theatre and the archaeological ruins and excavations. Continue to Haifa for a scenic view of the City, the Port and the magnificent Bahai Gardens and Shrine. Proceed to Rosh Hanikra and descend by cable car into the underwater grottoes and admire the spectacular natural formation. Then head to Acre, the Old City recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site and here walk through the market, the mosque and the old port; Visit the remarkable underground Crusader City and crypt and learn about their fascinating history and culture. Overnight in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv (as per your preference)
meals: breakfast included

DAY 18 - Departure from Tel Aviv
Breakfast, check-out and as per your flight departure time transfer to Tel Aviv Airport.

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What's included?

  • Hotel accommodation in category of your choice (3*/4*/5*)
  • Breakfasts at hotels throughout
  • Lunches & dinners where noted as included
  • Day tours in Turkey & Israel are on regular group (private basis on request) with guiding in English, main entrances, tour transport
  • Private vehicle with English speaking driver for the noted route in Jordan including main entrance fees to noted sights, short horse ride in Petra (700m), Camel ride and jeep ride with lunch box and Bedouin guide in Wadi Rum, local English speaking guide in Jerash for 1hour, local English speaking guide in Petra for 5hours
  • Flight tickets for routes Istanbul-Cappadocia / Izmir-Istanbul-Amman, economy class
  • Bus ticket for route Cappadocia-Pamukkale (can be changed to flight if preferred)
  • Transfers to/from hotels/airports/stations on all arrivals & departures in each area
  • Taxes and handling services

Notes

  • Very flexible, can be customized to suit preferences, your particular interests & amount of time available
  • Available on daily basis - year round - can also start from Amman or Tel Aviv
  • 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".

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