31 days in Turkey & Middle East Itinerary

31 days in Turkey & Middle East Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Jerusalem, Israel
— 6 nights
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Fly to Ramon, Foot to Taba, Ferry to Aqaba, Taxi to Wadi Rum
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Wadi Rum, Jordan
— 2 nights
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Medina, Saudi Arabia
— 1 night
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
— 1 night
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Doha, Qatar
— 2 nights
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 5 nights
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 6 nights

Queen of Cities

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, examine the collection at Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul journey planning tool.

Fes, Morocco to Istanbul is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. When traveling from Fes in March, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 7:

Goreme, Turkey

— 4 nights
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.
Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see Off-Road Tours, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Goreme online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in March, Goreme is slightly colder at night with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 11:

Jerusalem, Israel

— 6 nights

Holy City

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.
Explore Jerusalem's surroundings by going to Tel Aviv (Rokach House Museum & Tayelet) and Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa). On the 15th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, admire the striking features of Church of Saint Anne, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Mount, and explore the world behind art at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Jerusalem trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Jerusalem takes 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Israel Standard Time (IST) is minus 1 hour. In March, Jerusalem is a bit warmer than Goreme - with highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Wadi Rum.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 17:

Wadi Rum, Jordan

— 2 nights
Tourism in Wadi Rum revolves around UNESCO-protected desert scenery and spectacular limestone rock formations following a dry river bed, which in World War I served as the headquarters of a British-inspired Arab revolt against the Ottomans.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the fascinating landscape at Wadi Rum Protected Area. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Wadi Rum Trail.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Wadi Rum planner.

Getting from Jerusalem to Wadi Rum by combination of flight, ferry, and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Medina.

Things to do in Wadi Rum

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 19:
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Medina, Saudi Arabia

— 1 night

Radiant City

Most tourism in Medina, the second-holiest city in Islam, comes from pilgrims who visit as part of the Hajj, an annual traditional journey that ends in Mecca.
On the 20th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Al Qiblatayn, take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Masjid an Nabawi, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Quba.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Medina vacation planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Wadi Rum to Medina in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Wadi Rum to Medina, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March in Medina, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Kuwait City.

Things to do in Medina

Historic Sites
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Kuwait City, Kuwait

— 1 night
Kuwait City, the country's capital and largest urban area, combines many of the aspects of a modern, rich city of the Gulf region, with a more rugged and ordinary core.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Souk Al-Mubarakiya, admire the striking features of Kuwait Towers, and then stroll around Al Shaheed Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuwait City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Medina to Kuwait City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Medina in March, expect Kuwait City to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Doha.

Things to do in Kuwait City

Shopping · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 21:

Doha, Qatar

— 2 nights
Doha, Qatar's capital city, draws visitors with its constant development and expansion, making it a destination on the rise.
On the 22nd (Tue), let little ones run wild at MIA Park, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Islamic Art, and then take in the pleasant sights at Souq Waqif. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Aspire Park, then see the interesting displays at Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, then don't miss a visit to The Pearl-Qatar, and finally don't miss a visit to The Corniche.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Doha travel planning website.

Traveling by flight from Kuwait City to Doha takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in March, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Dubai.

Things to do in Doha

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

— 5 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Step out of Dubai to go to Sharjah and see American University of Sharjah, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa, get engrossed in the history at Al Fahidi Fort, cool off at Wild Wadi Waterpark, and get to know the fascinating history of Bastakia Quarter.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dubai visit planner.

You can fly from Doha to Dubai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Doha to Dubai due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Doha in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Dubai. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Dubai

Parks · Theme Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 28:

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

— 3 nights
Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Abu Dhabi is known for historic sites, theme parks, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, appreciate the history behind The Founder's Memorial, browse the different shops at Marina Mall, and contemplate the long history of Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Abu Dhabi attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Dubai to Abu Dhabi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. In March in Abu Dhabi, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 31:

Turkey travel guide

4.3
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Israel travel guide

4.7
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Walking Areas · Ruins
Land of Creation
Surprisingly diverse for such a narrow strip of land pressed against the Mediterranean, modern Israel only dates back to 1948, though the history of this "Holy Land" spans many millennia. The big three monotheistic religions--Christianity, Judaism, and Islam--maintain extremely strong ties to this part of the world, so you can expect to see plenty of historic churches, mosques, and synagogues during your holiday in Israel. Beyond the undeniable cultural appeal, Israel also offers impressive natural features, including the Dead Sea and Makhtesh Ramon, one of the world's biggest craters. As you tour Israel, you'll find yourself following in the footsteps of figures that helped shape the world thousands of years ago.