17 days in Turkey & Egypt Itinerary

17 days in Turkey & Egypt Itinerary

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17 days in Turkey & Egypt Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Selcuk, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
End: Cairo, Egypt


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4
nights
Selcuk, Turkey

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, theme parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, steep yourself in history at Public Latrine, step into the grandiose world of Keci Kalesi, and pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Selcuk trip planner .

Cairo, Egypt to Selcuk is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Cairo in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Selcuk: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

3
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Spend the 2nd (Tue) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, view the masterpieces at Naile Art Gallery- Ebru Art Center, explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pasabag.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Selcuk to Goreme takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Selcuk in December, you will find days in Goreme are slightly colder (7°C), and nights are much colder (-2°C). On the 3rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urgup, Alaturca Taner
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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

5
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take a stroll through Ortakoy, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

4
nights
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Explore Cairo's surroundings by going to Giza (Pyramids of Giza, Khafre's Pyramid, & more). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, take a stroll through Islamic Cairo, admire the striking features of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), and shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairo trip site .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Cairo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in January, you will find days in Cairo are a bit warmer (21°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

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