8 days in Cairo & Istanbul Itinerary

8 days in Cairo & Istanbul Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Cairo, Egypt

— 2 nights

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.
Shop till you drop at Khan Al-Khalili and Fair Trade Egypt. Kids will appreciate attractions like The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and Pyramids of Giza. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairo: Great Sphinx (in Giza) and Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids (in Saqqara). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Mosque of Muhammad Ali and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Cairo online travel route planner.

If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major aiports are Cairo International Airport and Sphinx International Airport. In April, daytime highs in Cairo are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

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Istanbul, Turkey

— 4 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burc Beach and Dalia Beach. Get some historical perspective at Hagia Sophia and Suleymaniye Cami . There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, stroll around Polonezkoy Tabiat Parki, enjoy the sand and surf at Solar Plajı, and explore the world behind art at Chora Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Istanbul online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Cairo to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cairo in April, plan for colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 20°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
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