15 days in Egypt, Jordan & Istanbul Itinerary

15 days in Egypt, Jordan & Istanbul Itinerary

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Train to Sion, Fly to Luxor
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Luxor, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly
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Dahab, Egypt
— 1 night
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Bus to Taba, Ferry to Aqaba, Taxi to Wadi Rum
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Wadi Rum, Jordan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 1 night
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly

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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 2nd (Sun): get all the information you need at ACE - Animal Care in Egypt, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak, and then appreciate the history behind Luxor Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Tomb of Queen Nefertari, explore the ancient world of Valley of the Kings, and then don't miss a visit to Deir el-Shelwit Temple.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Luxor online trip itinerary planner.

Pune, India to Luxor is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Pune to Luxor due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Luxor are 49°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites

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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.
Explore Cairo's surroundings by going to Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids (in Saqqara) and Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River, and walk around Al-Azhar Park.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairo vacation planning site.

You can fly from Luxor to Cairo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Luxor in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Cairo, with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Dahab.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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Dahab, Egypt

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Dahab road trip tool.

Fly from Cairo to Dahab in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairo in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Dahab, with lows around 35°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Wadi Rum.

Things to do in Dahab

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your trip

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Wadi Rum, Jordan

Tourism in Wadi Rum revolves around UNESCO-protected desert scenery and spectacular limestone rock formations following a dry river bed, which in World War I served as the headquarters of a British-inspired Arab revolt against the Ottomans.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire nature's extreme beauty at Wadi Rum Protected Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Lawrence's House and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Wadi Rum tour planning site.

You can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi from Dahab to Wadi Rum in 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Wadi Rum

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

Visitors flock to Wadi Musa to witness the rose colored rock-carved temples and tombs of Petra, the famous ancient city and World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Petra.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Petra - Wadi Musa online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Wadi Rum to Petra - Wadi Musa in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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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: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and explore the world behind art at Chora Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner.

You can fly from Petra - Wadi Musa to Istanbul in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Petra - Wadi Musa to Istanbul is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Egypt travel guide

4.5
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.

Jordan travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Ruins · Deserts
For such a small country, Jordan boasts a surprising variety of natural landscapes and urban attractions. A trip to Jordan takes visitors on a journey back to biblical times, when sites like the Dead Sea and the ancient yet astonishingly well-preserved city of Petra seemed to be at the heart of world events. Although covered in rocky deserts, Jordan boasts a good network of roads, which makes sightseeing by car an easy way to discover many of the country's top highlights. Begin your tour of Jordan in Amman, the largest urban center and a major political, cultural, and economic hub of this Middle Eastern kingdom.