19 days in Turkey & Egypt Itinerary

19 days in Turkey & Egypt Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Ankara, Turkey
— 1 night
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive
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Antalya, Turkey
— 1 night
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Hurghada, Egypt
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marsa Alam, Egypt
— 3 nights
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 4 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Modern. Kids will enjoy Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Sultanahmet Square.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul travel planner.

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Istanbul is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -2.5 hour difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 7:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): enjoy unforgettable views with Royal Balloon, then explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Zelve Open Air Museum, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, then admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, and finally stroll through Uchisar Castle.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme route builder website.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in November, Goreme is colder at night with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:

Ankara, Turkey

— 1 night

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, then get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, then see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, and finally examine the collection at Altindag Belediyesi Sair ve Yazarlar Evi.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ankara route planner.

Take a bus from Goreme to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Goreme in November, plan for slightly colder days in Ankara, with highs around 9°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 10:

Pamukkale, Turkey

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis. On your second day here, witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, visit Karahayit, and then see the interesting displays at Ataturk & Ethnography Museum.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Pamukkale trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Ankara to Pamukkale takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

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Antalya, Turkey

— 1 night
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): visit Ataturk Boulevard and then see the interesting displays at Suna Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Antalya trip planning tool.

Getting from Pamukkale to Antalya by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in November, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 13:
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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 14th (Sat), stroll through Dream Beach, see the interesting displays at Selkhet Papyrus, and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. On your second day here, explore the gorgeous colors at Omo Gamaar, then stroll through Carless Reef, then admire the landmark architecture of Mosque El Mina Masjid, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Coptic Cathedral of Saint Shenouda.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hurghada trip builder tool.

Explore your travel options from Antalya to Hurghada with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Antalya in November, things will get a bit warmer in Hurghada: highs are around 34°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Hurghada

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 15:

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.
Bring the kids along to Sharm El Luli and Vivasub diving center. Visiting El Qulan Mangrove Forest and Gebel El Rosas will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Marsa Shoona Bay and get engrossed in the history at Astronomy Center.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Marsa Alam trip planning tool.

You can drive from Hurghada to Marsa Alam in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Marsa Alam are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Heavenly Cathedral and Sinai Excursions - Day Tours. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ras Um Sid and El Fanar. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Al Mustafa Mosque, ponder the design of Soho Square Dancing Fountain, examine the collection at Sharm Papyrus Museum, and appreciate the history behind Monument to the Victims of Plane Crash of Boeing 737.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sharm El Sheikh trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Marsa Alam to Sharm El Sheikh takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 22:

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.