14 days in Egypt & Turkey Itinerary

14 days in Egypt & Turkey Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Luxor, Egypt
— 3 nights
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights


Cairo, Egypt

— 3 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Pyramids of Giza, then appreciate the history behind Great Sphinx, then stop by Nomad Gallery - Zamalek Main Branch, and finally explore the activities along Nile River. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili, and then make a trip to Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay.

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New York City, USA to Cairo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Cairo, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from New York City in May: highs in Cairo hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Luxor, Egypt

— 3 nights
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Spend the 18th (Tue) floating through the air with a balloon tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak, get all the information you need at ACE - Animal Care in Egypt, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings.

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Getting from Cairo to Luxor by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. While traveling from Cairo, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Luxor, ranging from highs of 102°F to lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

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 historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

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You can fly from Luxor to Istanbul in 6.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Luxor in May, expect nights in Istanbul to be little chillier, around 55°F, while days are cooler, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Goreme, Turkey

— 3 nights
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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Goreme National Park, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, and see Off-Road Tours.

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You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in May, with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Egypt travel guide

Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Monuments
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.

Turkey travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Cappadocia travel guide

History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.