4 days in Cairo & Istanbul Itinerary

4 days in Cairo & Istanbul Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
— 1 day
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights


Cairo, Egypt

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): walk around Al-Azhar Park and then visit Islamic Cairo.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cairo route planning tool.

If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major aiports are Cairo International Airport and Sphinx International Airport. November in Cairo sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Cairo

Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 13:

Istanbul, Turkey

— 2 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.
Kids will enjoy Hagia Sophia Mosque and Dolmabahce Palace. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online tour planner.

You can fly from Cairo to Istanbul in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. While traveling from Cairo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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