12 days in Cappadocia, Istanbul & Cairo Itinerary

12 days in Cappadocia, Istanbul & Cairo Itinerary

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Goreme, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Cairo, Egypt
— 5 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): stop by Arts & Crafts Cappadocia, then see Off-Road Tours, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, and then Head underground at Uchisar Castle.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Goreme online day trip planner.

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Goreme is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Dhaka City to Goreme. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

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: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and browse the exhibits of Galata Tower.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Goreme in December, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairo: Giza (Horseback Riding Tours, Pyramids of Giza, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, head outdoors with AERODIUM Egypt, stop by Fair Trade Egypt, and wander the streets of Islamic Cairo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairo route builder site.

Fly from Istanbul to Cairo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Cairo due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for much warmer days in Cairo, with highs around 24°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Tours

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Cappadocia travel guide

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History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.