12 days in Istanbul & Cairo Itinerary

12 days in Istanbul & Cairo Itinerary

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12 days in Istanbul & Cairo Itinerary

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

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.
For shopping fun, head to Istiklal Street or Adnan and Hasan Carpet and Kilim Store. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ortakoy and Rustem Pasha Mosque. There's much more to do: stop by Egyptian Bazaar, soak in style at Turkish baths, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online trip itinerary maker .

Cairo, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairo in December, you will find days in Istanbul are cooler (7°C), and nights are a bit cooler (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Istanbul

Shopping Neighborhoods Tours
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Istiklal Street ©
Istiklal Street
Istanbul Archaeological Museums ©
Istanbul Archaeological Museums
Rustem Pasha Mosque ©
Rustem Pasha Mosque

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.
Get some cultural insight at Old City (Coptic Cairo) and Pyramids of Dahshour. Shop till you drop at Mall of Egypt and Mall of Arabia Cairo. When in Cairo, make a side trip to see Khafre's Pyramid in Giza, approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Islamic Cairo, step off the mainland to explore Zamalek (Gezira Island), browse the different shops at Cairo Festival City Mall, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cave Church.

To see reviews and more tourist information, use the Cairo travel route builder tool .

Fly from Istanbul to Cairo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Istanbul, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Cairo, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Giza
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Khafre's Pyramid ©
Khafre's Pyramid
Pyramids of Dahshour ©
Pyramids of Dahshour
Mosque of Ibn Tulun ©
Mosque of Ibn Tulun

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