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Istanbul to Amman Overview
- 2013-01-01 - 2013-12-31
A journey of discovery through Turkey, Syria and Jordan
Embark on a journey of discovery across the desert and through the biblical lands of Turkey, Syria and Jordan, taking in the marvels of ancient civilisations and the delights of cosmopolitan communities along the way. Shaped by different empires over thousands of years, this region's mighty cities and astonishing monuments offer a delightful mix of East and West, old and new. Discover Cappadocia's unusual fairy chimneys, visit ancient Aleppo and Damascus, and explore the incredible ruins of Palmyra. With plenty of time for both adventure and relaxation, this tour from Istanbul to Amman offers a unique insight into these mysterious lands.
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Begin this Istanbul to Amman adventure 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 Istanbul's many ornate palaces and mosques.
Arrive in Denizli and spend time exploring the cascading, calcium terraces of Pamukkale, which have been famed for their medicinal qualities since Roman times.
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.
Discover vibrant Antalya, a great place to relax and rejuvenate. Wander its palm-lined boulevard, linger in a hip cafe or kick back in a picturesque park.
Travel to Cappadocia, a dramatic landscape 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 outside Goreme.
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.
Visit the magical city of Sanliurfa, which possesses an interesting blend of Turkish, Kurdish and Arabic influences. Stay in a local home and enjoy a delicious, spicy feast.
Cross the border where it's time to discover Syria. Head to ancient Aleppo and be sure to check out the city's famous covered souq, the medieval Citadel and the historic houses in the Christian quarter. In free time, perhaps take a day tour of the Dead Cities, a group of Byzantine settlement ruins outside Aleppo.
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.
Discover the ruins of Palmyra, one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the world.
Delight in the intriguing city of Damascus, Syria's glamorous capital, which is a maze of ancient alleyways, lively bazaars and gorgeous architecture that was contributed to by the Persians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs.
Travel to Jordan's modern capital where this grand adventure through antiquity comes to an end. There is a plethora of rich cultural and scenic places to visit in Amman, including the Archaeological Museum - where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed - so if time permits, an extra few days here will be thoroughly enjoyed.
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