11-Day Best of Turkey & Jordan
Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
- Get a fascinating glimpse into the opulent life of Topkapi Palace in the past
- Visit the splendid cluster of monastic Byzantine artistry with rock-cut churches, chapels, and monasteries in Gereme Open Air Museum
- Listen to the story told by the ancient city of Ephesus with a walk through history
- Feel and touch the history of Jerash with its well preserved Roman ruins
- Climb the Mt. Nebo and capture a panorama view of the holy land from the summit
- Admire the spectacular architectural structure of Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
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- Day 1
Upon arrival at Istanbul Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Istanbul.
- Day 2
This morning, ascend to Topkapi Palace, and take in the views of its fabulous collections of jewels and other artifacts. Continue to visit the Imperial Harem, another palace inside the Topkapi. Explore the Hagia Sophia, which is a museum encompassing both Christianity and Islam nowadays. Next visit the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles decorating interior walls, considered the landmark of Istanbul. After, encounter the Covered Bazaar, an age-old labyrinth of streets filled with all sorts of tempting items to purchase.
- Day 3
After breakfast, drive to the airport for a short flight to Capadoccia. Upon your arrival at Cappadocia, be met and transferred to the hotel. Enjoy a private tour to discover the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia at Devrent Valley and Pasabagi Valley. In the afternoon, you will depart from Avanos to see the beautiful examples of Byzantine art in the cave-churches of the Goreme Open Air Museum. Continue to drive to the Uchisar Castle, to enjoy a fabulous panoramic view over Cappadocia. The tour will be concluded with a visit to Pigeon Valley.
- Day 4
Today you will visit the Ortahisar, a natural citadel carved in rocks. Then descend into the subterranean city of Kaymakli, caved in the 7th century by Christians fleeing persecution. Continue to drive to Cavusin Valley to uncover the troglodyte dwellings where people lived for centuries. After lunch pay a visit to the Red Valley and Wine House, where is known for its fertile vineyards benefit from the mineral-laden volcanic soil of the area.
- Day 5
Be transferred to the airport for the flight to Izmir (stopover in Istanbul) this morning. Upon your arrival, a private transfer between the airport and your hotel is provided. Follow by a private tour with a drive to the Agora, the celebrated marketplace of old Smyrna located at the foot of the Pagos Hills and now been arranged into the Open Air Museum of Izmir. Next visit the Kizlaragasi Hani, originally an inn for trade caravan from the East carrying silk and spices, and the Asansör, and old water operated elevator system.
- Day 6
After breakfast, enjoy a full day tour to the antique City of Ephesus, including the Arcadian Way, the Antique Theater, the Roman Baths, and the Celcus Library. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the Shrine of Virgin Mary and Basilica of St. John. After the tour, drive to Izmir airport for a short flight back to Istanbul. Upon your arrival at Istanbul, be met and transferred to the hotel for overnight.
- Day 7
Enjoy time of leisure in Istanbul before drive to the airport for flight to Amman. Upon arrival at Queen Alia Airport, you will be met by our representative, assisted through formalities and transferred to your hotel.
- Day 8
After breakfast, we will drive to Umm Qeis (about 2 hours’ drive), which was founded by Alexander the Great and belonged to the famous Decapolis. It is an excellent point to get an overwhelming view over the North Jordan Valley, the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee.
Later, you will head to Jerash. Visit the ancient Roman ruins including the spectacular forum, Roman colonnaded street, the Nymphaeumand the Temple of Artemis. Your next stop will be the Ajloun Castle, build by the famous Islamic leader Salah al‐Din at around 1184. Drive back to Amman and overnight.
- Day 9
In the morning, you will drive to Mt. Nebo, where alleged Moses was buried on this mountain. Here you will look down at the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, Jericho and Jerusalem. Continue on to Madaba, where is known for the 6th century mosaic map of Palestine in St. George's Church. Afterward drive to Dead Sea to enjoy a leisurely time and float on the water. Drive to Petra for overnight.
- Day 10
Today’s tour is Petra, the most attractive place in Jordan. Upon arrival you will ride a horse cart into the Siq canyon, where you will discover the Treasury, the Street of Facades, the Royal Tombs and Castle of Pharaoh’s daughter. After the tour, drive back to Amman for the night.
- Day 11
After breakfast, our representative will escort you to Queen Alia Airport for your onward flight.
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- Mount Nebo
- Grand Bazaar
- the Hagia Sophia
- Amman Citadel