8 days in Cairo & Istanbul Itinerary

8 days in Cairo & Istanbul Itinerary

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

2
nights
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.
Shop till you drop at Khan Al-Khalili and Fair Trade Egypt. Kids will appreciate attractions like Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairo: Step Pyramid of Djoser (in Saqqara) and Great Sphinx (in Giza). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, admire the landmark architecture of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), and steep yourself in history at Mosque of Muhammad Ali.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Cairo sightseeing planner.

If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major aiport is Cairo International Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Giza, Step Pyramid of Djoser
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burc Beach and Dalia Beach. Get some historical perspective at Hagia Sophia Museum and Basilica Cistern. Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, admire the landmark architecture of Eyüp Sultan Mosque, enjoy the sand and surf at Suma Beach, and explore the world behind art at Chora Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Istanbul takes 6 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 April, expect nights in Istanbul to be a bit cooler, around °C, while days are cooler, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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