12 days in Egypt & Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Egypt & Turkey Itinerary

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Alexandria, Egypt
— 1 night
Drive
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Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly
3
Urgup, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Alexandria, Egypt

Mediterranean's Bride

Known for its turbulent and eventful past, the port city of Alexandria retains a historic charm and atmosphere, boasting thousands of years of Egypt's cultural heritage.
On the 16th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, then admire the striking features of St. Catherine's Cathedral, and then admire the masterpieces at Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Alexandria trip planner.

Pune, India to Alexandria is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Pune to Alexandria due to the time zone difference. March in Alexandria sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cairo.

Things to do in Alexandria

Highlights from your trip
St. Catherine's Cathedral ©
Architectural Building
St. Catherine's Cathedral
4.5

4
nights
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Giza Plateau and Bent Pyramid. Do some cultural sightseeing at Statue of Ramses II and Great Sphinx. Step out of Cairo with an excursion to Pyramids of Giza in Giza--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Muhammad Ali, stop by Sondos Papyrus, examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, and explore the activities along Nile River.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cairo driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from Alexandria to Cairo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in March, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Giza Plateau ©
Must see
Giza Plateau
4.6
Pyramids of Giza ©
World heritage site
Pyramids of Giza
4.4

2
nights
Urgup, Turkey

A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally stop by Antikite Ottoman. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): stroll through Uchisar Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), then head outdoors with Royal Balloon, and finally explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Urgup online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Cairo to Urgup in 8.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Cairo in March, with highs in Urgup at 16°C and lows at 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Urgup

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©
Historic Walking Area
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley)
4.4
Goreme National Park ©
World heritage site
Goreme National Park
4.8

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Little Hagia Sophia and Pierre Loti Tepesi. Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia and Suleymaniye Cami are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rustem Pasha Mosque, appreciate the history behind Sultanahmet Square, and see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Istanbul online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Urgup to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Urgup in March, with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Highlights from your trip
Hagia Sophia ©
Must see
Hagia Sophia
4.7
Topkapi Palace ©
Must see
Topkapi Palace
4.4

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