38 days in Middle East Itinerary

38 days in Middle East Itinerary

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Fly
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Jerusalem, Israel
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tiberias, Israel
— 3 nights
Drive
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Eilat, Israel
— 2 nights
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Foot to Taba, Ferry to Aqaba, Taxi to Wadi Rum
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Wadi Rum, Jordan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 2 nights
Drive to Tabuk, Fly to Medina
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Medina, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mecca, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights
Fly to Hofuf, Drive to Doha
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Doha, Qatar
— 4 nights
Fly
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Muscat, Oman
— 3 nights
Bus
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Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
— 1 night
Drive
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 5 nights
Drive
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 6 nights
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Jerusalem, Israel

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Jerusalem side-trips: Jaffa (Iris Eshet Cohen Gallery, Jaffa Old City, &more). On the 5th (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, look for gifts at Jerusalem Pottery Hagop Karakashian, examine the collection at Shrine of the Book, and get to know the fascinating history of Old City of Jerusalem.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Jerusalem trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Jerusalem is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Jerusalem are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Tiberias.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

3
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Tiberias, Israel

On the shores of Lake Kinneret, a vacation in Tiberias offers plenty of water sports and biblical walks.
Get out of town with these interesting Tiberias side-trips: The Baha'i Gardens (in Haifa), Bahai Gardens and Shrine (in Acre) and The Church of the Annunciation (in Nazareth). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Sea of Galilee, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Primacy of Peter, contemplate the long history of Mount of Beatitudes, and explore the ancient world of Magdala.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tiberias trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Jerusalem to Tiberias takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Eilat.

Things to do in Tiberias

Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trips

2
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Eilat, Israel

At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): stroll through Dolphin Reef, then explore the striking landscape of Timna Park, and then head outdoors with Sea and Desert Adventures. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Red Canyon, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Underwater Observatory Marine Park, then identify plant and animal life at Coral Beach Nature Reserve, and finally admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Eilat visit planning website.

Drive from Tiberias to Eilat in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Tiberias in December, expect nights in Eilat to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Wadi Rum.

Things to do in Eilat

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

3
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Wadi Rum, Jordan

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.
Wadi Rum is known for nature, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's extreme beauty at Wadi Rum Protected Area, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and take some stellar pictures from Lawrence's House.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Wadi Rum trip itinerary app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Eilat to Wadi Rum takes 3.5 hours. You will leave for Petra - Wadi Musa on the 13th (Sun).

Things to do in Wadi Rum

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

2
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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

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.
On the 14th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Petra. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of The Great Temple, then steep yourself in history at Al-Beidha - Little Petra, then explore the ancient world of Obelisk Tomb, and finally contemplate the long history of The Urn Tomb.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Petra - Wadi Musa trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Wadi Rum to Petra - Wadi Musa in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Medina.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites

2
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Medina, Saudi Arabia

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Al Qiblatayn, steep yourself in history at Jannatul Baqi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Masjid an Nabawi, and finally see the interesting displays at Koran Museum. On your second day here, make a trip to The Seven Mosques, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Al Ghamamah, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Quba, and finally have fun and explore at Dar Al Madinah Museum.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Medina day trip planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Petra - Wadi Musa to Medina in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Arabian Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. December in Medina sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mecca.

Things to do in Medina

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

2
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Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Mother of All Settlements

The city of Mecca boasts the statues of the holiest site in Islam, and represents the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and therefore the religion itself.
On the 18th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Mount Arafat, then admire the landmark architecture of Abraj Al-Bait Towers, then admire the striking features of Kaaba, and finally look and learn at Makkah Clock Tower Museum. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Jabal al-Nour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mecca road trip planning website.

You can drive from Medina to Mecca in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Medina in December, with highs in Mecca at 39°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Doha.

Things to do in Mecca

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

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Doha, Qatar

Doha, Qatar's capital city, draws visitors with its constant development and expansion, making it a destination on the rise.
Go for a jaunt from Doha to Mesaieed to see Sealine Beach about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Souq Waqif, get in on the family fun at City Centre Mall, stroll around Aspire Park, and take an in-depth tour of Msheireb Museums.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Doha online tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Mecca to Doha in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Mecca in December, with highs in Doha at 28°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Muscat.

Things to do in Doha

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trip

3
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Muscat, Oman

The capital and largest city of Oman, the coastal city of Muscat boasts numerous historical sites and pristine modern developments.
Muscat is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the engaging exhibits at The National Museum of Oman, see the interesting displays at Bait Al Zubair, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pebble Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Qurum Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Muscat day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Doha to Muscat takes 5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Doha to Muscat due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Doha in December since evenings lows in Muscat dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Al Ain.

Things to do in Muscat

Museums · Outdoors · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

1
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Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

The garden city

A trip to Al Ain, a refreshing oasis of green amid the harsh desert, offers a scenic break from the hum of Abu Dhabi.
On the 27th (Sun), examine the collection at Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, step into the grandiose world of Al Jahili Fort, then make a trip to Al Ain Oasis, and finally see the interesting displays at Al Ain National Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Al Ain vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Muscat to Al Ain takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Al Ain

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

5
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Pack the 29th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Spend the 31st (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, contemplate the long history of Qasr Al Hosn, snap pictures at Sheikh Zayed Bridge, and browse the different shops at Marina Mall.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Abu Dhabi vacation planner.

You can drive from Al Ain to Abu Dhabi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Abu Dhabi, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dubai.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Theme Parks

6
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 4th (Mon) at Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Burj Khalifa, get engrossed in the history at Al Fahidi Fort, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and stroll through Dubai Creek.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Dubai trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Abu Dhabi to Dubai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Dubai, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dubai

Theme Parks · Shopping · Tours · Parks

Side Trip