16 days in Egypt & Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Egypt & Turkey Itinerary

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16 days in Egypt & Turkey Itinerary

Start: Hyderabad, India
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Luxor, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Giza, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
4
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 30 min
5
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Selcuk, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Hyderabad, India


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2
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Deir el-Shelwit Temple, stroll the grounds of Valley of the Kings, and then pause for some photo ops at Tomb of Queen Nefertari. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Medinet Habu and then steep yourself in history at Temple of Karnak.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Luxor trip builder app .

Hyderabad, India to Luxor is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Hyderabad to Luxor due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Hyderabad in May since evenings lows in Luxor dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Giza.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites
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Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Medinet Habu ©
Medinet Habu

1
night
Giza, Egypt

Giza ©
Situated on the Nile riverfront, the city of Giza remains best known for its pyramid complex.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Pyramids of Giza and then appreciate the history behind Great Sphinx.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Giza planner.

You can fly from Luxor to Giza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Luxor in May, plan for slightly colder days in Giza, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Giza

Historic Sites
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

4
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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Giza to Istanbul takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Giza to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Giza in May, things will get slightly colder in Istanbul: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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.
Step out of Goreme to go to Derinkuyu and see Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, look for gifts at Alaturca Taner, take some stellar pictures from Sunset Point, and admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi.

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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 May, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Alaturca Taner
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Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

2
nights
Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale ©
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.
On the 20th (Wed), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church, then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Goreme to Pamukkale takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, then explore the ancient world of Bibliotheque de Celsus, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Byzantine acquaducts, delve into the distant past at The Temple of Artemis, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Mermerli Yol, and finally explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk trip app .

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Shopping
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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

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