12 days in Cairo & Istanbul Itinerary

12 days in Cairo & Istanbul Itinerary

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12 days in Cairo & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Cairo, Egypt

6
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old City (Coptic Cairo) and Gizeh Plateau. Head to Khan Al-Khalili and Mall of Egyptfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Cairo side-trips: Giza (Pyramids of Giza, Mena House, & more). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Zamalek (Gezira Island), explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, enjoy breathtaking views from Cairo Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mohamed Ali Mosque.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairo trip planning tool .

If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major airport is Cairo International Airport. In December in Cairo, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

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Giza
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Old City (Coptic Cairo) ©
Old City (Coptic Cairo)
Keops Pyramid ©
Keops Pyramid
Giza Plateau ©
Giza Plateau

5
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 Archaeological Museums and Istanbul Modern Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Golden Horn and Rustem Pasha Mosque will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Florya Sahil Parkı, stop by Egyptian Bazaar, stroll through Suma Beach, and wander the streets of Sultanahmet District.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Istanbul online road trip planner .

Fly from Cairo to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cairo in December, plan for cooler days in Istanbul, with highs around 7°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi ©
Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi
Rahmi M. Koc Museum ©
Rahmi M. Koc Museum
Rustem Pasha Mosque ©
Rustem Pasha Mosque

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