4 days in Cairo & Istanbul Itinerary

4 days in Cairo & Istanbul Itinerary

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Start: Cairo, Egypt
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 1 day
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Cairo, Egypt

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day
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
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.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cairo route planning tool.

If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major aiport is Cairo 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 travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Cairo

Neighborhoods Parks
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Islamic Cairo ©
Islamic Cairo
Al-Azhar Park ©
Al-Azhar Park

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nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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 Museum and Basilica Cistern. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip builder tool.

Fly from Cairo to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairo in November, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit cooler (17°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

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