15 days in Jordan & Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Jordan & Turkey Itinerary

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15 days in Jordan & Turkey Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Izmir, Turkey
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Izmir, Turkey
— 1 day
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Amman, Jordan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Madaba, Jordan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Karak, Jordan
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Wadi Rum, Jordan
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
11
Sweimah, Jordan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Jerash, Jordan
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
13
Amman, Jordan
— 1 night
End: Amman, Jordan

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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, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, take a stroll through Sultanahmet District, and explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Amman.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kaymakli Underground City. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), then don't miss a visit to Kaymakli Underground City, then don't miss a visit to Avanos Oren Yeri, and finally Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Goreme, with highs around 33°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 13°C. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Izmir.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Kaymakli Underground City, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Kocabag Winery
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:
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Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©

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hours
Izmir, Turkey

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
On the 25th (Wed), take a leisurely stroll along Kordonboyu, make a trip to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower), and then wander the streets of Kemeralti Market.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Izmir planning app .

Fly from Goreme to Izmir in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in September, things will get little chillier in Izmir: highs are around 26°C and lows about 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Izmir

Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:
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Kemeralti Market ©
Kemeralti Market
Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower) ©
Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower)

1
night
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 26th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Pamukkale online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Izmir to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for Izmir.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites
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Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

1
day
Izmir, Turkey

Izmir ©
On the 26th (Thu), brush up on your military savvy at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu and then don't miss a visit to Tarihi Asansor.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Izmir trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Pamukkale to Izmir by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Amman.

Things to do in Izmir

Museums
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Tarihi Asansor ©
Tarihi Asansor

1
night
Amman, Jordan

Amman ©
Jordan's capital city, Amman spreads across 19 hills and includes many distinct districts, each with their own historical and cultural marvels.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Roman Amphitheater, then steep yourself in history at The Citadel, then don't miss a visit to Rainbow Street, and finally see the interesting displays at Royal Automobile Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Amman travel planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Izmir to Amman takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Izmir to Amman. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Izmir in September, with highs in Amman at 36°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Madaba.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
The Citadel ©
The Citadel
Roman Amphitheater ©
Roman Amphitheater
Royal Automobile Museum ©
Royal Automobile Museum

1
night
Madaba, Jordan

Madaba ©
A trip to Madaba will delight most history enthusiasts: the small, friendly town boasts a plethora of exquisite Byzantine mosaics, decorating its buildings and archaeological sites.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the activities along Dead Sea, then contemplate the long history of Mount Nebo, and then appreciate the history behind Madaba Mosaic Map. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Apostles, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of Saint George, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St John the Baptist.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Madaba road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Amman to Madaba in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Amman in September, plan for little chillier nights in Madaba, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Karak.

Things to do in Madaba

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Nebo ©
Mount Nebo
Madaba Mosaic Map ©
Madaba Mosaic Map
Dead Sea ©
Dead Sea

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hours
Karak, Jordan

Karak
Al-Karak, also known as just Karak or Kerak, is a city in Jordan known for its Crusader castle, the Kerak Castle. For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Karak trip website .

You can drive from Madaba to Karak in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. You will leave for Petra - Wadi Musa on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Karak

Outdoors Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:

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night
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 30th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Al-Beidha - Little Petra.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Petra - Wadi Musa driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Karak to Petra - Wadi Musa takes 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Wadi Rum.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Al-Beidha - Little Petra ©
Al-Beidha - Little Petra

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Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the fascinating landscape at Wadi Araba Desert. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Aqaba Castle and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Wadi Rum Protected Area.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Wadi Rum sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Petra - Wadi Musa to Wadi Rum in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sweimah.

Things to do in Wadi Rum

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Aqaba
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:
Highlights from your plan
Wadi Rum Protected Area ©
Wadi Rum Protected Area
Wadi Araba Desert ©
Wadi Araba Desert
Aqaba Castle ©
Aqaba Castle

1
night
Sweimah, Jordan

Sweimah ©
On the 2nd (Wed), learn more about the world around you at Dead Sea Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at O Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sweimah trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Wadi Rum to Sweimah takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Jerash.

Things to do in Sweimah

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

O Beach
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
O Beach ©
O Beach
Dead Sea Museum ©
Dead Sea Museum

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hours
Jerash, Jordan

Jerash ©
Jerash, is the capital and the largest city of Jerash Governorate, Jordan, with a population of 50,745 as of 2015. On the 3rd (Thu), delve into the distant past at Jerash Ruins.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Jerash driving holiday planner.

Getting from Sweimah to Jerash by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Jerash are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Amman.

Things to do in Jerash

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Jerash Ruins ©
Jerash Ruins

1
night
Amman, Jordan

Amman ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): browse for treasures at Artisana Jordan Arts and Crafts Center and then make a trip to King Abdullah Mosque.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Amman day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Jerash to Amman takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Jerash in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Amman, with lows around 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Ahl Al Kahf ©
Ahl Al Kahf
King Abdullah Mosque ©
King Abdullah Mosque

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