Istanbul to Cairo Itinerary

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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egypt mt sinai landscape mount rock cliff lookout

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Days 1-2 Istanbul

Experience the electric energy of the Grand Bazaar or learn about harem life at Topkapi Palace.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight bus - 1

Day 3 Pamukkale/Selcuk

See gleaming travertine pools renowned for their healing properties before heading to Selcuk to explore Ephesus.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

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.
ACCOM: Pension - 1

Days 5-6 Antalya

Wander among graciously restored Ottoman houses and scattered Roman ruins.
ACCOM: Pension - 2

Days 7-9 Goreme

Explore valleys dotted with otherworldly fairy chimneys and pigeon houses.
ACCOM: Pension - 3

Day 10 Nemrut Dagi

Venture into rural Turkey and the ancient lands of King Antiochus.
ACCOM: Pension - 1

Day 11 Sanliurfa/Homestay

Enjoy a homestay and a traditional meal with local friends.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1

Days 12-13 Aleppo

Travel to Syria and discover the ruined Citadel or browse the fabulous covered souq in Aleppo.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 14 Hama

Soak up the beauty of Hama.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 15 Palmyra

Step into the pages of history as you enter the ancient ruins of Palmyra.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 18 Amman

Travel to Jordan and make tracks to its vibrant capital city of Amman.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 21 Wadi Rum

Enjoy a desert safari and spend the night under the stars with Bedouin hosts at Wadi Rum.
ACCOM: Desert camp - 1

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.
ACCOM: Beach hut - 2

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1