26 days in Aden, Egypt & Turkey Itinerary

26 days in Aden, Egypt & Turkey Itinerary

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Aden, Yemen
— 3 nights
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Cairo, Egypt
— 6 nights
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Alexandria, Egypt
— 1 night
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Hurghada, Egypt
— 3 nights
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Cairo, Egypt
— 1 night
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
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Cairo, Egypt
— 5 nights
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Aden, Yemen

— 3 nights
The port city of Aden has long been seen as one of the more cosmopolitan and liberal urban areas in the country.
Aden is known for historic sites and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: buy something for everyone on your list at Aden Mall.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Aden online attractions planner.

Sanaa to Aden is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Sanaa in October, you will find days in Aden are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are much warmer (30°C). You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Cairo.

Things to do in Aden

Shopping
Highlights from your trip

Cairo, Egypt

— 6 nights

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.
Cairo Festival City Mall has been added to your itinerary. Bring the kids along to Islamic Cairo and Off-Road Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Maktub Travel and Horseback Riding Tours. Step out of Cairo to go to 6th of October City and see Mall of Egypt, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Rifai Mosque, and buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of Arabia Cairo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cairo online trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aden to Cairo. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. In October, Cairo is slightly colder than Aden - with highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Alexandria.

Things to do in Cairo

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Alexandria, Egypt

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Montazah Gardens, kick back and relax at Mamoura Beach, and then look for gifts at CREDO.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Alexandria trip planning tool.

Drive from Cairo to Alexandria in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Alexandria can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Alexandria

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping
Highlights from your trip

Hurghada, Egypt

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, browse the different shops at Senzo Mall, and then boost your wellbeing at Planet Spa at Baron Palace Resort Sahl Hasheesh. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the gorgeous colors at Omo Gamaar, then explore the gorgeous colors at Carless Reef, then admire the landmark architecture of Mosque El Mina Masjid, and finally stop by Evolution Egypt.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hurghada trip planning website.

Getting from Alexandria to Hurghada by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Alexandria, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hurghada, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Hurghada

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Cairo, Egypt

— 1 night

City of a Thousand Minarets

Cairo Festival City Mall has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then browse the different shops at Cairo Festival City Mall.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairo holiday planning website.

You can fly from Hurghada to Cairo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hurghada in October: highs in Cairo hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Cairo

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Parks

Istanbul, Turkey

— 6 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Eminonu Square and Beyoglu. You'll get in some beach time at Silivri Sahili and Florya Sahil Parkı. The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, admire the landmark architecture of Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, take a stroll through Istiklal Caddesi, and take an in-depth tour of Istanbul Archaeological Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner.

Getting from Cairo to Istanbul by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairo in October, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Cairo, Egypt

— 5 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

Cairo Festival City Mall has been added to your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nile River and The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Off-Road Tours and Bazar Noobr. See some other sides of Cairo: shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili, take in the exciting artwork at Oum El Dounia Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Sergius and Bacchus, and admire the masterpieces at The Coptic Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Cairo planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Cairo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Cairo is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cairo, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Shopping · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

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.

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.