18 days in Turkey & Cairo Itinerary

18 days in Turkey & Cairo Itinerary

Make it your trip
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 3 nights
Goreme, Turkey
— 4 nights
Cairo, Egypt
— 5 nights


Istanbul, Turkey — 5 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.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Istanbul trip maker.

Miami, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Miami to Istanbul. When traveling from Miami in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Pamukkale.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Pamukkale, Turkey — 3 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.
Pamukkale is known for nature, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, learn more about the world around you at Laodikeia Antik Kenti, Head underground at Kaklik Cave, and admire the striking features of Akhan Kervansaray.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale day trip planning website.

You can fly from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Goreme.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trip
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Goreme, Turkey — 4 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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uchisar Castle, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip planner.

Getting from Pamukkale to Goreme by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Goreme can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to fly to Cairo.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Side Trip
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Cairo, Egypt — 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairo: Giza (Great Sphinx & Pyramids of Giza). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili, and look for gifts at Royal Perfumes And Oils.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairo road trip site.

You can fly from Goreme to Cairo in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Goreme to Cairo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Goreme in October: highs in Cairo hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 69°F. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trip
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Turkey travel guide

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.

Cappadocia travel guide

History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.