Our 20 day Middle Eastern Adventure Itinerary

This Christmas we spent an action packed 20 days exploring the Middle East. It was my first time to this region of the world and I was extremely impressed by the amazing sites and wonderful adventures that awaited us throughout the four countries we visited. Check out our video recap of our adventures through Istanbul, Dubai, Oman, Abu Dhabi, Jordan and Israel!


Our Itinerary:


Day 1: Istanbul, Turkey

-15 hour layover

-Explore the East and West sides of Istanbul


Day 2: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

-Explore Old Dubia and the surrounding Souks

-Set sail on Royal Caribbean’s Splendor of the Seas


Day 3: Khasab, Oman

-Visit the Khasab Fortress

-Snorkel and dolphin watch on a Dow Cruis

through the fiords


Day 4 & 5: Muscat, Oman

  • Hike along the seashore to downtown Muscat taking in abandon fortress and the Grand Incense burner
  • View the Royal Palace, Al Jalali Fort and Mirani fort downtown
  • Visit Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
  • Take a day trip to the Bahla Fort and surrounding hot springs


Day 6: Relax on the boat at Sea


Day 7: Abu Dhabi, UAE

-Explore the New and Old Palace

-Visit some of the pristine beaches

-Explore some of the largest shopping malls in the world

Dubia at night

Day 8 & 9 Dubai

-Explore New Dubia

-Marvel at the Manufactured Islands

-Go to the top of the worlds tallest building, the Burj Khalifa

*Book your tickets ahead for big savings

-Watch the Dubai Fountain Show

-Check out the amazing Dubai Mall

Amman Jordan

Day 11: Amman, Jordan

*Be sure to purchase the Jordan Pass when visiting


-Visit the Citadel

-The Roman Theater

-Roam around the Souks


Day 12: Petra

-Marvel at the many amazing sites throughout Petra and take some small hikes

-Spend the night in a Bedouin Cave and learn about the culture with traditional

food and uncountable amounts of food

Wadi Rum

Day 13: Wadi Rum

-Take a tour to the major sites of Wadi Rum

-Spend the afternoon hiking through the desert

-Spend the night in A Bedouin encampment


Day 14: Aquaba

-Snorkel around a sunken military tank


Day 15: Eilat- Tel Eviv, Israel

-Cross the boarder from Jordan to Israel

-Explore the sea town of Eilat and take in the contrast of Jordan and Israeli life


Day 16: Jerusalem

-Take a free Sandeman tour to get an over view of the major sites

-Explore the sites of the city


Day 17: Jerusalem & Bethlehem


Day 18: Galilee, Nazareth, River of Jordan


Day 19: Dead Sea & Masada

Day 20: Fly out of Tel Aviv, Israel


If you are not yet following us on Instagram be sure to add us @travelelsewhere to experience our in-the-moment explorations! Many of our favorite posts are on Instagram!

ALSO…Be on the look out for future posts where we will be giving tips on budget friendly and safe travel in the Middle East!



I've been living abroad for a decade now! My travels have lead me to visit over 80 countries, marry a fellow globetrotter, and reside in 8 countries in four different continents. I am currently based in Brussels, Belgium! Join me as I focus on sustainable budget friendly travel and giving back while living abroad!

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