5 days in Egypt & Turkey Itinerary

5 days in Egypt & Turkey Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
— 1 night
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights


Cairo, Egypt

— 1 night

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 27th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Pyramids of Giza and then walk around Al-Azhar Park. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Great Sphinx and then see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Cairo journey planner.

If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major aiports are Cairo International Airport and Sphinx International Airport. August in Cairo sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Istanbul day trip planning tool.

Getting from Cairo to Istanbul by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Istanbul. Traveling from Cairo in August, expect Istanbul to be little chillier, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Egypt travel guide

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.

Turkey travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.