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 Great Sphinx. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairo: Saqqara (Step Pyramid of Djoser & Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids). 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 34°C, and evening lows to 19°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, Saqqara
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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.
Appreciate the collections at Topkapi Palace and Chora Museum. Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia Museum and Sultan Ahmed Mosque are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, enjoy the sand and surf at Burc Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Suma Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairo to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cairo in April, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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