19 days in Egypt, Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

19 days in Egypt, Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

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19 days in Egypt, Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  15​h
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Aswan, Egypt
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Abu Simbel, Egypt
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kom Ombo, Egypt
— 1 night
train:  1​h
5
Edfu, Egypt
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Luxor, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
8
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
9
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic


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4
nights
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Islamic Cairo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pyramids of Giza and Egyptian Antiquities Museum. Visit Great Sphinx and Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids for their historical value. There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Khan Al-Khalili, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Muhammad Ali, steep yourself in history at Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, and take a stroll through Cairo Citadel.

For ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Cairo itinerary maker app .

Montreal, Canada to Cairo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Montreal in August, expect Cairo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 41°C and 30°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Aswan.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Giza
Highlights from your plan
Coptic Cairo ©
Coptic Cairo
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

1
night
Aswan, Egypt

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Philae Temple as well as High Dam. On the 3rd (Tue), see human ingenuity at work at High Dam and then delve into the distant past at Philae Temple.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Aswan trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Cairo to Aswan by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cairo in September: highs in Aswan hover around 47°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Aswan

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
High Dam ©
High Dam
Philae Temple ©
Philae Temple

1
night
Abu Simbel, Egypt

Abu Simbel ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Abu Simbel Temple Complex and then appreciate the history behind Sound and Light Show - Philae.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Abu Simbel online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Aswan to Abu Simbel by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September, daytime highs in Abu Simbel are 46°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kom Ombo.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sound and Light Show - Philae
Highlights from your plan
Abu Simbel Temple Complex ©
Abu Simbel Temple Complex
Sound and Light Show - Philae ©
Sound and Light Show - Philae

1
night
Kom Ombo, Egypt

Kom Ombo ©
You've now added Temple of Kom Ombo to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Temple of Kom Ombo, then catch all the local highlights with Aswan Felucca Tours, and then step off the mainland to explore Kitchner's Island.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kom Ombo attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Abu Simbel to Kom Ombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Kom Ombo sees daily highs of 47°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Edfu.

Things to do in Kom Ombo

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trip

Aswan
Highlights from your plan
Kitchner's Island ©
Kitchner's Island
Temple of Kom Ombo ©
Temple of Kom Ombo

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. Temple of Horus at Edfu has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Tombs of El kab, then explore the ancient world of Kanais, and then explore the ancient world of Temple of Horus at Edfu.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Edfu itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kom Ombo to Edfu in an hour. Another option is to drive. September in Edfu sees daily highs of 46°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take a train to Luxor.

Things to do in Edfu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kanais ©
Kanais
Temple of Horus at Edfu ©
Temple of Horus at Edfu

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 added Karnak Open Air Museum, Temple of Karnak, Avenue of Sphinxes, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Luxor Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Avenue of Sphinxes, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak, then take an in-depth tour of Karnak Open Air Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Luxor Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings, explore the ancient world of Tomb of King Tutankhamun (Tut), delve into the distant past at Tomb of Ramses VI, then explore the ancient world of Medinet Habu, then appreciate the history behind Colossi of Memnon, and finally explore the ancient world of Tomb of Queen Nefertari.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Luxor vacation planner .

Traveling by train from Edfu to Luxor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 46°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tomb of Queen Nefertari ©
Tomb of Queen Nefertari
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings

4
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. Get some cultural insight at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami . The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, and steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul online tour itinerary builder .

You can fly from Luxor to Istanbul in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Luxor in September, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are cooler, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

2
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
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.
You've now added Fairy Chimneys to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Kaymakli. On the next day, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, steep yourself in history at Goreme National Park, appreciate the views at Devrent Valley, steep yourself in history at Zelve Open Air Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, and finally stop by Cavusin Seramik.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Goreme trip planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nevsehir, Devrent Valley
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Red Valley ©
Red Valley

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria Draperis Church and then wander the streets of Istiklal Street. On the next day, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace and then take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Goreme to Istanbul by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. While traveling from Goreme, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy
Santa Maria Draperis Church ©
Santa Maria Draperis Church
Istiklal Street ©
Istiklal Street

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