16 days in Cairo & Istanbul Itinerary

16 days in Cairo & Istanbul Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
— 5 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 10 nights
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Cairo, Egypt

— 5 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

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). Spend the 29th (Fri) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Muhammad Ali, shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili, and stop by Nomad Gallery - Zamalek Main Branch.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cairo vacation planner.

If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major aiports are Cairo International Airport and Sphinx International Airport. In October in Cairo, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

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Istanbul, Turkey

— 10 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
On the 3rd (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at Bosphorus Strait, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Istanbul online sightseeing planner.

Fly from Cairo to Istanbul in 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 October, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping
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