8 days in Cairo, Istanbul & Antalya Itinerary

8 days in Cairo, Istanbul & Antalya Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
— 1 day
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
3
Antalya, Turkey
— 4 nights

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day
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.
On the 19th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River, then wander the streets of Islamic Cairo, and then view the masterpieces at Oum El Dounia Gallery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cairo holiday builder.

If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major aiport is Cairo International Airport. In November in Cairo, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Cairo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
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Islamic Cairo ©
Islamic Cairo
Nile River
Nile River
Oum El Dounia Gallery ©
Oum El Dounia Gallery

2
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ortakoy and Rustem Pasha Mosque. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Sultanahmet District. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Istanbul day trip planner.

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 November, you will find days in Istanbul are slightly colder (17°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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nights
Antalya, Turkey

Antalya ©
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cirali Beach and Konyaalti Beach. Get some historical perspective at Ancient Theater and Hadrian's Gate. Venture out of the city with trips to Aspendos Ruins and Theater (in Serik), Olbia Park (in Kemer) and Arykanda (in Demre (Kale)). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Phaselis, see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, and buy something for everyone on your list at TerraCity.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Antalya day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Antalya takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Istanbul in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Antalya, with highs around 25°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Kemer, Aspendos Ruins and Theater, Arykanda, Ancient Theater, Cirali Beach
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Aspendos Ruins and Theater ©
Aspendos Ruins and Theater
Ancient Theater ©
Ancient Theater
Phaselis ©
Phaselis

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