15-Day Highlights of Middle East: Turkey, Egypt, Jordan & Israel
Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
- Skip the line to visit highlights of Turkey with your private guide
- Explore the famed Egypt monuments in Cairo and Luxor
- Immerse in the excellent architecture carved into rose-red rocks in Petra
- Experience the sacred atmosphere when walking around the holy city of Jerusalem
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- Day 1
Your vacation of Middle East will begin with Turkey! When your flight lands in Istanbul, you will be escorted to your hotel for check-in. The remaining time can be spent at leisure.
- Day 2
Today, you will have a city tour in Istanbul. Start from the Topkapi Palace, where you can appreciate collections like Ottoman clothing, weapons, miniatures, and religious relics. Continue to the Hagia Sophia, one of the most extraordinary buildings in the history of architecture. The nearby Blue Mosque is the landmark of Istanbul. Later, you will visit the Basilica Cistern, and then take a leisure walking in the ancient hippodrome.
- Day 3
This morning, you will head to the airport for your flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, your private guide will take you to the Open Air Museum of Izmir for the Agora, the celebrated marketplace of old Smyrna. After visiting the Kizlaragasi Hani, one of the rarest works of architecture in Izmir, you will be transferred to Kusadasi for overnight.
- Day 4
Get up early and enjoy a full day tour to the antique City of Ephesus, famous for its Roman archaeological ruins. The Arcadian Way, the Antique Theater, the Roman Baths, the Celsus Library, and other buildings would give you an image about the original splendor. The tour also includes a visit to the nearby Shrine of Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St. John. After the tour, drive to Izmir for your flight back to Istanbul.
- Day 5
Enjoy some leisure time and then board your flight to Cairo. Upon arrival, your private driver will transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you.
- Day 6
Today, you will get a deeper understanding of ancient Egypt. Your private guide will guide you to visit Memphis, the capital of ancient Egypt. Later, you will marvel at magnificent pyramids, the symbol of Egypt. The Step Pyramid of Saqqara is the earliest pyramid in Egypt, while the Pyramids at Giza are the largest ones. You will also see the mysterious Sphinx today.
- Day 7
Today, your exploration will start from the Egyptian Museum, where you can meet extensive collections of ancient Egypt. Continue to Old Cairo for the Citadel of Salah El Din, a part of the World Heritage Site Historic Cairo. After that, take a leisure walking around the Khan El Khalili Bazaar and learn about how papyrus is made in a work studio.
- Day 8
After breakfast, you will fly to Luxor, the site of the site of ancient Thebes. After a short break, enjoy a private guide tour to the east bank. The tour includes the Temples of Karnak - the largest temple in Egypt, and the sacred Luxor Temple.
- Day 9
Today, your private guide will guide you to visit the Valley of the Kings, where the royal tombs of pharaohs located. The tombs of their wives are located in the nearby Valley of the Queens. Continue your exploration to the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, the second historically confirmed female pharaoh. The tour also includes the huge Colossi of Memnon. After the tour, fly to Cairo for overnight.
- Day 10
This morning, you will fly to Amman. When your flight lands at the airport, our representative is waiting to assist you in customs formalities. Get out and meet your private driver, who will escort you to Petra for overnight. It will take about 3 hours.
- Day 11
After breakfast, you will pass through a narrow canyon to entrance Petra. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its rock-cut architecture. Your private guide will spend 2 hours introduce the important parts to you, and then you can stroll around the paved streets to take in the buildings carved into rose-red rocks.
- Day 12
This morning, you will depart for the Allenby Bridge. Along the way, make a stop at Madaba for its colorful mosaics, and overlook the holy land from the top of Mt. Nebo. When arriving at the Allenby Bridge, you should pass the border on your own. Your private driver at Israel side is waiting for you, and ready to escort you to your hotel in Jerusalem.
- Day 13
The old city of Jerusalem is a holy city for Muslim, Christian, and Jewish. You will experience the sacred atmosphere and visit religious sites including the Mount of Olives, the Gethsemane, the King David's Tomb, the Wailing Wall, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
- Day 14
Set out on a guided tour through driving south to Bethlehem. Be sure to see the silver star, where Jesus Christ was born according to the Hebrew; then, explore the multitude of Churches and Chapels within the Church of the Nativity, one of the most important sites in Israel. Manger Square will be next. It is a good place for you to feel the pulse of the city. You can also visit the Shepherds Field, and then travel back to Jerusalem.
In the sacred city, head to the Israel Museum in its New City. It houses artifacts related to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Don't miss the city model in the time of the Second Temple and the Dead Sea Scrolls uncovered in Qumran. Later, stop at the Holocaust Memorial of Yad Vashem, and relax at the busy Machane Yehuda Market before returning to your hotel in Jerusalem.
- Day 15
After enjoying your breakfast, bring your memories on the way home. Thank you for joining Odynovo for this unforgettable 15-day journey.
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