Istanbul to Cairo Overview

Travel to Turkey, discover Syria, visit Jordan and end the holiday in Egypt. From Istanbul to Cairo, experience travel in the Middle East on this Intrepid adventure.

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Experience adventure travel in the Middle East from Istanbul to Cairo.

Experience adventure travel in the Middle East as you journey through lands suspended in time. From Istanbul to Cairo, experience the diversity of Turkey and the tumultuous history of Syria. Moving on into Jordan, grab the chance to see the facades of Petra and follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia through Wadi Rum. In Egypt, climb Mt Sinai for an incredible panorama and relax at a Red Sea beach camp before the adventure comes to an end in Cairo.

  • Experience local hospitality at a Sanliurfa homestay
  • Explore Cairo's souqs
  • Haggle your heart out in the bazaars of Istanbul
  • Marvel at the gleaming travertines of Pamukkale
  • Scramble up the slopes of Mt Sinai
  • Take a desert safari through Wadi Rum
  • Travel to Petra and marvel at its rock-hewn beauty
  • Walk between curious fairy-chimney formations in Cappadocia

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Finish:

    Cairo, Egypt
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 14
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    4 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Beach hut (2 nts), Desert camp (1 nt), Homestay (1 nt), Hotel (12 nts), Overnight bus (1 nt), Pension (7 nts)
  • Transport:

    Bus, Dolmus, Ferry, Jeep, Minibus, Overnight bus, Van
  • Included activities:

    4WD jeep safari and desert camp, Mt Sinai climb with local guide

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    928kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    UNREST IN SYRIA: This itinerary is currently not operating due to the devastating unrest in Syria. Until the situation improves there are other Middle East departures that you could consider such as the: Jordan & Egypt Express (EERJ), Pyramids to Petra (XESW) + Turkey Discovery (ERSW) trips

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Days 1-2 Istanbul

Experience the electric energy of the Grand Bazaar or learn about harem life at Topkapi Palace.

Day 3 Pamukkale/Selcuk

See gleaming travertine pools renowned for their healing properties before heading to Selcuk to explore Ephesus.

Day 4 Selcuk

Explore the incredible ruins of Ephesus, once a trading powerhouse and now Turkey's best-preserved ancient city. Afterwards, taste local wine in Sirince, a village seemingly unchanged by time.

Days 5-6 Antalya

Wander among graciously restored Ottoman houses and scattered Roman ruins.

Days 7-9 Goreme

Explore valleys dotted with otherworldly fairy chimneys and pigeon houses.

Day 10 Nemrut Dagi

Venture into rural Turkey and the ancient lands of King Antiochus.

Day 11 Sanliurfa/Homestay

Enjoy a homestay and a traditional meal with local friends.

Days 12-13 Aleppo

Travel to Syria and discover the ruined Citadel or browse the fabulous covered souq in Aleppo.

Day 14 Hama

Soak up the beauty of Hama.

Day 15 Palmyra

Step into the pages of history as you enter the ancient ruins of Palmyra.

Days 16-17 Damascus

Delight in Syria's glamorous capital city of Damascus, a maze of winding alleyways, lively bazaars and gorgeous architecture attributed to the Persians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs.

Day 18 Amman

Travel to Jordan and make tracks to its vibrant capital city of Amman.

Days 19-20 Petra

Travel to Petra and spend time exploring one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, which has held people spellbound for centuries.

Day 21 Wadi Rum

Enjoy a desert safari and spend the night under the stars with Bedouin hosts at Wadi Rum.

Days 22-23 Red Sea Beach Camp

Cross into Egypt and enjoy a taste of a Red Sea holiday - maybe snorkel the warm waters or settle in for a seafood feast.

Day 24 Mt Sinai

Scale the famous Mt Sinai where Moses received the Ten Commandments.

Days 25-26 Cairo

Explore the rambling souqs and fascinating museums of Cairo, or perhaps venture out to witness the awe-inspiring Pyramids of Giza.
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