31 days in Cairo & Turkey Itinerary

31 days in Cairo & Turkey Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
— 9 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Ankara, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 7 nights
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Cairo, Egypt

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairo: Saqqara (Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids & Step Pyramid of Djoser) and Giza (Horseback Riding Tours, Pyramids of Giza, &more). On the 7th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

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If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major aiport is Cairo International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Cairo can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Cairo

Side Trips

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Goreme: Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Kaymakli Underground City). The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities, don't miss a visit to Avanos Oren Yeri, steep yourself in history at Goreme National Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at Love Valley.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Goreme itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cairo to Goreme in 8.5 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. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Cairo in December, with highs in Goreme at 6°C and lows at -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Ankara, Turkey

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Ankara is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, don't miss a visit to Musa aga camii, and browse the exhibits of Galeri Artist.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ankara trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by bus from Goreme to Ankara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Goreme in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ankara, with lows of 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Ankara

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Selcuk, Turkey

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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, step into the grandiose world of Ayasoluk Castle, explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, and look for all kinds of wild species at Troy Tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Selcuk tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ankara to Selcuk takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Ankara in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Selcuk, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Pamukkale, Turkey

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then don't miss a visit to Tripolis Antik Kenti.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip site.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

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Istanbul, Turkey

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 landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait, and explore the world behind art at Chora Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul travel planner.

Getting from Pamukkale to Istanbul by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Istanbul sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Turkey travel guide

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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.