12 days in Alexandria, Istanbul & Paris Itinerary

12 days in Alexandria, Istanbul & Paris Itinerary

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12 days in Alexandria, Istanbul & Paris Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
1
Alexandria, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Cairo, Egypt

2
nights
Alexandria, Egypt

Alexandria ©
Known for its turbulent and eventful past, the port city of Alexandria retains a historic charm and atmosphere, boasting thousands of years of Egypt's cultural heritage.
Alexandria is known for historic sites, museums, parks, beaches, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take an in-depth tour of El Kobba El Samaweya, contemplate the long history of Fort Qaitbey, and admire the striking features of Deir Anba Bishoi.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Alexandria trip planning website .

Cairo to Alexandria is an approximately 2-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairo in September: highs in Alexandria hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Fort Qaitbey ©
Fort Qaitbey
Room Escape Games
Montazah Gardens ©
Montazah Gardens

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Istanbul tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Alexandria to Istanbul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Alexandria to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Alexandria, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

5
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, wander the streets of Montmartre, and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris driving holiday planning site .

Fly from Istanbul to Paris in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Paris. Traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Paris, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 5:
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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