14 days in Turkey & Egypt Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
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Luxor, Egypt
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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 sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and take in the views from Galata Koprusu.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul online travel planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Istanbul. While traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta), expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Pamukkale.
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Pamukkale, Turkey — 2 nights

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 5th (Mon): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis. On the next day, stop by Dogan Onyx factory and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip planning site.

Getting from Istanbul to Pamukkale by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Goreme.
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Goreme, Turkey — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of TokalI Church, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and finally stop by Antikite Ottoman. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Goreme online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Goreme takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Cairo.
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairo: Giza (Great Sphinx & Pyramids of Giza). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili, and stop by Nomad Gallery - Zamalek Main Branch.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Goreme to Cairo by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Goreme in December; daily highs in Cairo reach 24°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Luxor.
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Luxor, Egypt — 3 nights

A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
On the 12th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medinet Habu, then view the masterpieces at Luxor Art Gallery, and then appreciate the history behind Luxor Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Temple of Karnak and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Luxor online trip builder.

You can fly from Cairo to Luxor in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Cairo in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Luxor, with highs around 28°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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.
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Egypt travel guide

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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.
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