10 days in Egypt & Turkey Itinerary

10 days in Egypt & Turkey Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
— 1 day
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly
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Urgup, Turkey
— 1 night
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Cairo, Egypt

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili and then delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cairo attractions planner.

If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major aiports are Cairo International Airport and Sphinx International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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Selcuk, Turkey

— 1 night
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and then cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Curetes Street, explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Selcuk takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Selcuk. Expect little chillier evenings in Selcuk when traveling from Cairo in July, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping
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Pamukkale, Turkey

— 2 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the next day, head outdoors with Pamukkale Balloons, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Pamukkale trip site.

Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Tours · Nature · Parks · Outdoors
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 4 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.
Family-friendly places like Hagia Sophia and Dolmabahce Palace will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip builder website.

Getting from Pamukkale to Istanbul by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Urgup, Turkey

— 1 night
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Urgup online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Urgup takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in July since evenings lows in Urgup dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Urgup

Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Highlights from your trip

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 · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.