16 days in Cairo, Jerusalem & Istanbul Itinerary

16 days in Cairo, Jerusalem & Istanbul Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
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Jerusalem, Israel
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Cairo, Egypt

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Safaris. Get a sense of the local culture at Bent Pyramid and Giza Plateau. Step out of Cairo with an excursion to Mastaba of Ti in Saqqara--about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Cairo Citadel.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Cairo road trip site.

London, UK to Cairo is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Cairo. Traveling from London in November, you will find days in Cairo are warmer (77°F), and nights are a bit warmer (61°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Jerusalem.

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Jerusalem, Israel

— 7 nights

Holy City

Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
Get in touch with nature at Ein Gedi Botanical Garden and Sataf Nature Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Garden Tomb and Hezekiah's Tunnel - Siloam Tunnel. Change things up with these side-trips from Jerusalem: Tel Aviv (Neve Tzedek, Tayelet, &more), Masada (Masada National Park & Nachal Arugot Nature Reserve) and Taninim Nature Reserve (in Bet Hananya). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony), enjoy the sand and surf at Ein Bokek Beach, explore the activities along Bokek River, and deepen your understanding at St. George's Monastery.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Jerusalem tour planner.

Getting from Cairo to Jerusalem by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Jerusalem are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Jerusalem

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Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Delmece Yaylasi and Erikli Waterfall. Rustem Pasha Mosque and Clock Tower Dolmabahce will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Istanbul side-trips: Cevdet Aydin Parki (in Yalova) and Ataturk Kosku (in Termal). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tomb of Joshua, see the interesting displays at Asiyan Museum, get in on the family fun at Bostanci Lunaparki, and pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria Draperis Church.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip builder tool.

You can fly from Jerusalem to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Jerusalem to Istanbul. When traveling from Jerusalem in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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