I am taking a tour of Jordan and Israel in October/November. I need to arrive in Amman by mid-day on Sunday, October 11.
I want to take about 3 days before the tour to visit a city in Europe for an extended layover to get past jet lag. I was thinking Rome, but the only direct flight from Rome to Amman arrives there at 3:10am, which I think will destroy whatever benefit I get from my layover.
I just looked at Istanbul as another option, and Turkish Airlines has a good itinerary, with a morning flight arriving in Amman at 8:35am.
I haven't been to Istanbul (or anywhere in Turkey) before. My question is, as an independent solo traveler, is it a good option to spend three nights, adjust to the time change, and get a satisfactory overview before moving on? Or would I be smarter to save Istanbul for a future trip when I can spend more time there.
Also, any positive or negative experiences with Turkish Airlines? If I do this, I would probably fly on Turkish Airlines from Atlanta to Istanbul and then at the end of my tour, back to Atlanta from Tel Aviv (with another short layover at the airport in Istanbul).