Istanbul to Amman

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Embark on a journey of discovery across the desert through the biblical lands of Turkey, Syria and Jordan, taking in the marvels of ancient civilisations and the delights of cosmopolitan communities. Shaped by different empires over thousands of years, this region's mighty cities and astonishing monuments offer a delightful mix of East and West. With plenty of time to relax on gorgeous beaches or perhaps hop on a bike to explore the lush countryside you will certainly end this adventure with a new appreciation for these ancient lands.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Istanbul

The adventure begins in one of the world's most mysterious cities. Arrive early to haggle for bargains at the Grand Bazaar or soak up the atmosphere in the ornate palaces and mosques.

Day 3 Pamukkale

Arrive in Denizli and spend time exploring the gleaming, calcium terraces of Pamukkale, which have been famed for their medicinal qualities since Roman times.

Day 4 Selcuk

Explore the incredible ruins of Ephesus, once a trading powerhouse and now Turkey's best-preserved ancient city. Afterwards, taste local wine in Sirince, a village seemingly unchanged by time.

Days 5-6 Antalya

Vibrant Antalya is a great place to relax and rejuvenate. Wander its palm-lined boulevard, linger in a hip cafe or kick back in a picturesque park.

Days 7-9 Goreme

Journey to the dramatic region of Cappadocia, where fertile soils nurture orchards and vineyards. Visit fascinating underground cities and cave churches, hike through dramatic gorges or perhaps hire a bike and head off to explore local artisan villages.

Day 10 Nemrut Dagi

Follow steep and winding roads to Nemrut Dagi and use free time to visit the colossal stone heads and soak up the stunning mountain vistas.

Day 11 Sanliurfa/Homestay

This magical city possesses an interesting blend of Turkish, Kurdish and Arabic influences. Stay in a local home and enjoy a delicious, spicy feast.

Days 12-13 Aleppo

Cross the border into Syria and head to ancient Aleppo. Don't miss the city's famous covered souq, the medieval Citadel and the historic houses in the Christian quarter. In free time, perhaps explore the Dead Cities, a group of Byzantine settlement ruins.

Day 14 Hama

Attractive Hama is a peaceful spot in which to relax. Kick back with locals in an open-air coffee house, covet ancient treasures housed in the Hama Museum or sit by the banks of the river and soak up the serenity.

Day 15 Palmyra

Discover one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the world.

Days 16-17 Damascus

Syria's glamorous capital is a maze of ancient alleyways, lively bazaars and gorgeous architecture contributed by the Persians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs.

Day 18 Amman

Reach Jordan's modern capital where this grand adventure through antiquity comes to an end.

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