Originally Posted by maven
That is a good rule to any country you visit with a King. Just don't.
I haven't been to Istanbul myself, but would like to go one day. What ideas do you have there? Just the city or venture out?
Also there are buses/trains you can take in Israel/Jordan versus using a hired driver/taxi.
Not that I thought the OP would arrive in Jordan and start bad mouthing the regime, just wanted to point out that while it is a liberal, western thinking government, there is heavy censorship.
As for Istanbul, it's a 3 city trip across the ancient Roman empire (4 days Rome, 3 days Athens, 3 days Istanbul). I really like history and architecture, so I will probably just stay in the cities. I'm told all three cities are best to visit in April/May.
I only mentioned it because a few years ago I wouldn't have thought about visiting a predominitely Muslim country on vacation, but the trip to Palestine and Egypt really changed my perspective.