17 days in Turkey & Egypt Itinerary

17 days in Turkey & Egypt Itinerary

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Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint Catherine, Egypt
— 1 night
Taxi to Sharm el-Sheikh, Fly to Hurghada
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Hurghada, Egypt
— 2 nights
Bus
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Luxor, Egypt
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aswan, Egypt
— 1 night
Drive
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Marsa Alam, Egypt
— 3 nights
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Goreme, Turkey

— 2 nights
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.
Visiting Pasabag and Gulludere Vadisi will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will get to explore Zelve Open Air Museum and Guray Museum. There's much more to do: make a trip to Sunset Point, Head underground at Uchisar Castle, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

Before you visit Goreme, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Montreal, Canada to Goreme is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Montreal to Goreme. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Montreal in January: high temperatures in Goreme hover around 5°C and lows are around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

— 4 nights

City of Peace

An enviable location on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula and year-round warm weather boost tourism in Sharm El Sheikh and make it one of Egypt's premier travel destinations.
Step out of the city life by going to Shark Diving and Safaris. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Heavenly Cathedral and Al Mustafa Mosque. Explore Sharm El Sheikh's surroundings by going to Dahab (Blue Hole & WICKEDiCANDY). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Victims of Plane Crash of Boeing 737, make a trip to Soho Square Dancing Fountain, and enjoy the sand and surf at Shark's Bay Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Sharm El Sheikh trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Sharm El Sheikh takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Goreme to Sharm El Sheikh is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Goreme in January, things will get warmer in Sharm El Sheikh: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Saint Catherine, Egypt

— 1 night
Visitors flock to the town of Saint Catherine, nestled in the foothills of Mount Sinai, to explore the World Heritage Area's numerous religious and historic sights.
On the 27th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Serabit el-Khadim Mountain and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Sinai.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Saint Catherine day trip planner.

You can drive from Sharm El Sheikh to Saint Catherine in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in January, plan for little chillier days in Saint Catherine, with highs around 17°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hurghada, Egypt

— 2 nights
Originally a small fishing town on the Red Sea coast, Hurghada developed into Egypt's premier beach destination thanks to its year-round sunny weather and world-class dive sites.
On the 28th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then examine the collection at Selkhet Papyrus. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then head off the coast to Mahmya Island.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hurghada planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Saint Catherine to Hurghada in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Saint Catherine in January, expect Hurghada to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Luxor.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Luxor, Egypt

— 2 nights
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
On the 30th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Medinet Habu and then appreciate the history behind Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Luxor Museum and then get to know the fascinating history of Avenue of Sphinxes.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Luxor trip itinerary maker website.

Take a bus from Hurghada to Luxor in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Luxor when traveling from Hurghada in January, with lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Aswan.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Museums

Aswan, Egypt

— 1 night
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
On the 1st (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Nubian Museum and then delve into the distant past at Philae Temple.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Aswan tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Luxor to Aswan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Aswan, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Aswan

Museums · Historic Sites

Marsa Alam, Egypt

— 3 nights
The opening of an international airport and subsequent development of hotels and resorts boosted tourism in Marsa Alam, a town on Egypt's Red Sea coast known for its world-class diving spots.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): soak in style at Turkish baths and then stroll through Sharm El Luli. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Abu Dabbab Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Marsa Alam trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Aswan to Marsa Alam in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Aswan in February, plan for slightly colder days in Marsa Alam, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Turkey travel guide

4.4
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

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.