18 days in Egypt, Jordan & Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Egypt, Jordan & Turkey Itinerary

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18 days in Egypt, Jordan & Turkey Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Luxor, Egypt
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Edfu, Egypt
— 1 night
train:  1​h
4
Kom Ombo, Egypt
— 1 day
train:  45​min
5
Aswan, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 45​min
7
Amman, Jordan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Sweimah, Jordan
— Few hours
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
10
Guzelyurt, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
11
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Mexico City, Mexico

1
night
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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.
On the 21st (Sat), take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Istanbul day trip planning website .

Mexico City, Mexico to Istanbul is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Istanbul is 9 hours. While traveling from Mexico City, expect colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

1
night
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
You've now added Nile River Cruise to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Fri), delve into the distant past at Tomb of Ramses VI, explore the ancient world of Valley of the Kings, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, then explore the ancient world of Luxor Temple, and finally do sightseeing your way with Nile River Cruise. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Tomb of Queen Nefertari, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medinet Habu, then get advice or help at ACE- Animal Care in Egypt, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Luxor online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Luxor takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cairo, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Luxor, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
ACE - Animal Care in Egypt ©
ACE - Animal Care in Egypt
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Medinet Habu ©
Medinet Habu

1
night
Edfu, Egypt

Edfu
Edfu is an Egyptian city, located on the west bank of the Nile River between Esna and Aswan, with a population of approximately sixty thousand people. For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Edfu trip maker site .

Traveling by train from Luxor to Edfu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Edfu sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 24th (Tue), you're off toKom Ombo.

Things to do in Edfu

Historic Sites

1
day
Kom Ombo, Egypt

Kom Ombo ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Temple of Kom Ombo.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kom Ombo trip tool .

Traveling by train from Edfu to Kom Ombo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Kom Ombo, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Aswan.

Things to do in Kom Ombo

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Kom Ombo ©
Temple of Kom Ombo

1
night
Aswan, Egypt

Aswan
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Aswan holiday builder website .

Take a train from Kom Ombo to Aswan in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Aswan, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 25th (Wed), you're off toCairo.

Things to do in Aswan

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

3
nights
Cairo, Egypt

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, contemplate the long history of Mosque of Muhammad Ali, and contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cairo route app .

You can fly from Aswan to Cairo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Aswan in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cairo: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Amman.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Giza
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

1
night
Amman, Jordan

Amman
Jordan's capital city, Amman spreads across 19 hills and includes many distinct districts, each with their own historical and cultural marvels.
To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Amman trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cairo to Amman in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cairo in December, with highs in Amman at 17°C and lows at 7°C. You will leave for Petra - Wadi Musa on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Amman

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

1
night
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

Petra - Wadi Musa ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Petra, then delve into the distant past at Byzantine Church, and then take an in-depth tour of Petra Museum. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of The Great Temple, delve into the distant past at Temple of Dushares, then contemplate the long history of Al-Beidha - Little Petra, then explore the ancient world of Obelisk Tomb, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Petra - Wadi Musa road trip website .

You can drive from Amman to Petra - Wadi Musa in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sweimah.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Museums Spas
Highlights from your plan
Petra ©
Petra
Al-Beidha - Little Petra ©
Al-Beidha - Little Petra
Byzantine Church ©
Byzantine Church

few
hours
Sweimah, Jordan

Sweimah
For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sweimah online holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Petra - Wadi Musa to Sweimah takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. On the 30th (Mon), you're off toGuzelyurt.

Things to do in Sweimah

Parks Nature Baths

2
nights
Guzelyurt, Turkey

Guzelyurt ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Guzelyurt: Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, St.Theodore Church, & more) and Nigde (Gumusler Monastery & Alaeddin Camii).

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Guzelyurt road trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sweimah to Guzelyurt. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Derinkuyu, Nigde
Highlights from your plan
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery ©
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery
Ihlara Valley ©
Ihlara Valley

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), then hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, then get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, and finally explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Hippodrome (At Meydani), snap pictures at Galata Koprusu, contemplate the waterfront views at Bosphorus Strait, then get engrossed in the history at Rumeli Fortress, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryem Ana Rum Ortodoks Kilisesi.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip itinerary site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Guzelyurt to Istanbul. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) ©
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)
Kapali Carsi ©
Kapali Carsi
Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy

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