11 days in Turkey & Cairo Itinerary

11 days in Turkey & Cairo Itinerary

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11 days in Turkey & Cairo Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
3
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
4
Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
5
Antalya, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Mumbai, India

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip planner .

Mumbai, India to Selcuk is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Mumbai to Selcuk due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mumbai in December, things will get cooler in Selcuk: highs are around 15°C and lows about 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu
Ephesus Terrace Houses
Ephesus Terrace Houses

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and finally take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , then get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, then admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and finally wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planning website .

You can fly from Selcuk to Istanbul in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Selcuk in December, plan for slightly colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 7°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): Head underground at Uchisar Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and finally explore the world behind art at Naile Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours, appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, then explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, then Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and finally look for gifts at Arts & Crafts Cappadocia.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Goreme itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in December, with lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Urgup, Uchisar
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Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Gulludere Vadisi ©
Gulludere Vadisi

2
nights
Cairo, Egypt

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then contemplate the long history of Mosque of Muhammad Ali. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Tomb of Shah of Iran.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cairo holiday builder .

You can fly from Goreme to Cairo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Goreme to Cairo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Goreme in December, expect Cairo to be much hotter, temps between 24°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Cairo

Tours Historic Sites Parks
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Photography Tours
Mosque of Muhammad Ali ©
Mosque of Muhammad Ali
Nile River
Nile River

2
nights
Antalya, Turkey

Antalya ©
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
On the 1st (Wed), explore the ancient world of Perge Ancient City, take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, and then examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kursunlu Waterfalls, and then get in on the family fun at The Land of Legends Theme Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Antalya travel website .

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Antalya takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Cairo in January, things will get a bit cooler in Antalya: highs are around 17°C and lows about 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

The Land of Legends Theme Park
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The Land of Legends Theme Park ©
The Land of Legends Theme Park
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi
Perge Ancient City ©
Perge Ancient City

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