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
Fly

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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: Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids (in Saqqara) and Great Sphinx (in Giza). 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 Mosque and Eyüp Sultan Mosque. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, stroll around Polonezkoy Tabiat Parki, enjoy the sand and surf at Florya Sahil Parkı, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

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 9°C, while days are cooler, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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