11 days in Turkey, Dallas & Egypt Itinerary

11 days in Turkey, Dallas & Egypt Itinerary

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Dallas, United States
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Goreme, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Luxor, Egypt
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Giza, Egypt
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Dallas, United States

Big D

One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
On the 18th (Mon), walk around Klyde Warren Park, then examine the collection at Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and then make a trip to Grassy Knoll. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Kimbell Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Top O'Hill Terrace, and then examine the collection at Tandy Leather Museum & Gallery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dallas travel route planner.

New York City to Dallas is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Dallas. Traveling from New York City in January, expect Dallas to be a bit warmer, temps between 57°F and 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

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 duringĀ Roman times.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle. On your second day here, see Off-Road Tours, then admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, then take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, and finally stop by Turquoise Rugs & Bags.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Goreme tour itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Dallas to Goreme in 22 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Dallas in January, with highs in Goreme at 41°F and lows at 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · 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 asĀ 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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip builder website.

Getting from Goreme to Istanbul by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Goreme in January, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 48°F by day to 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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Luxor, Egypt

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 26th (Tue): get answers to all your questions at ACE - Animal Care in Egypt, contemplate the long history of Temple of Karnak, and then appreciate the history behind Luxor Temple.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Luxor travel route planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Luxor in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Luxor due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in January: highs in Luxor hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Giza.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites

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Giza, Egypt

Situated on the Nile riverfront, the city of Giza remains best known for its pyramid complex.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Pyramids of Giza, steep yourself in history at Great Sphinx, then look for gifts at Nomad Gallery - Zamalek Main Branch, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Al-Azhar Park and then see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Giza visit planner.

Fly from Luxor to Giza in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Luxor, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Giza, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Giza

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

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Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

Egypt travel guide

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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.