8 days in Cairo & Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Cairo & Turkey Itinerary

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

3
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.
Explore Cairo's surroundings by going to Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, take a stroll through Islamic Cairo, stroll around Al-Azhar Park, and admire the landmark architecture of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary).

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cairo trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major aiport is Cairo International Airport. In January, daytime highs in Cairo are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

3
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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

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 travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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