15 days in Egypt, Israel & Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Egypt, Israel & Turkey Itinerary

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Luxor, Egypt
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Giza, Egypt
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Jerusalem, Israel
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Luxor, Egypt

A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): get all the information you need at ACE - Animal Care in Egypt, then contemplate the long history of Temple of Karnak, and then pause for some photo ops at Luxor Temple. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings, and then make a trip to Deir el-Shelwit Temple.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Luxor day trip planning tool.

Mumbai, India to Luxor is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in January; daily highs in Luxor reach 26°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Giza.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites
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Giza, Egypt

Situated on the Nile riverfront, the city of Giza remains best known for its pyramid complex.
When in Giza, make a side trip to see Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids in Saqqara, approximately Saqqara away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, explore the ancient world of Pyramids of Giza, shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Giza tour itinerary planning app.

Fly from Luxor to Giza in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Luxor, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Giza, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Giza

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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Jerusalem, Israel

Holy City

Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
Jerusalem is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bethesda, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and admire the striking features of Church of Saint Anne.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Jerusalem journey maker site.

Getting from Giza to Jerusalem by flight takes about 6 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Istanbul, Turkey

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 historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Jerusalem to Istanbul by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Jerusalem to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jerusalem in January, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit cooler (10°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). On the 20th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums
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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.

Israel travel guide

4.7
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Ruins
Land of Creation
Surprisingly diverse for such a narrow strip of land pressed against the Mediterranean, modern Israel only dates back to 1948, though the history of this "Holy Land" spans many millennia. The big three monotheistic religions--Christianity, Judaism, and Islam--maintain extremely strong ties to this part of the world, so you can expect to see plenty of historic churches, mosques, and synagogues during your holiday in Israel. Beyond the undeniable cultural appeal, Israel also offers impressive natural features, including the Dead Sea and Makhtesh Ramon, one of the world's biggest craters. As you tour Israel, you'll find yourself following in the footsteps of figures that helped shape the world thousands of years ago.

Turkey travel guide

4.5
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.