8 days in Cairo & Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Cairo & Turkey Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights


Cairo, Egypt

— 3 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.
Explore Cairo's surroundings by going to Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx) and Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids (in Saqqara). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Muhammad Ali, wander the streets of Islamic Cairo, and contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cairo trip itinerary app.

If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major aiports are Cairo International Airport and Sphinx International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in January, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

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Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Mosque, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Istanbul vacation builder app.

You can fly from Cairo to Istanbul in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Cairo in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Istanbul, with highs around 10°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Turkey travel guide

Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.