8 days in Cairo & Istanbul Itinerary

8 days in Cairo & Istanbul Itinerary

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8 days in Cairo & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Cairo, Egypt

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.
Popular historic sites such as Pyramids of Giza and Mohamed Ali Mosque are in your itinerary. Head to Khan Al-Khalili and Fair Trade Egyptfor plenty of shopping. Go for a jaunt from Cairo to Giza to see Great Sphinx about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), admire the landmark architecture of Step Pyramid of Djoser, and see the interesting displays at Egyptian Antiquities Museum.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cairo online driving holiday planner .

If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major airport is Cairo International Airport. In April, daily temperatures in Cairo can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Cairo

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Museums

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

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.
Bring the kids along to Dalia Beach and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). Let the collections at Topkapi Palace and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, kick back and relax at Florya Sahil Parkı, and stroll through Suma Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul online sightseeing planner .

Fly from Cairo to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairo in April, with highs in Istanbul at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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