11 days in Istanbul, Erbil & Egypt Itinerary

11 days in Istanbul, Erbil & Egypt Itinerary

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11 days in Istanbul, Erbil & Egypt Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Erbil, Iraq
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: San Francisco, United States

2
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, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul road trip planning app .

San Francisco, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from San Francisco to Istanbul. Traveling from San Francisco in October, Istanbul is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

3
nights
Erbil, Iraq

Erbil ©
The capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, Erbil occupies perhaps the longest-inhabited land in the world, with the earliest human settlement here possibly dating back to 5000 BCE.
Erbil is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa, buy something for everyone on your list at Family Mall, and stroll around Sami Abdulrahman Park.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Erbil road trip planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Istanbul to Erbil with the Route module. When traveling from Istanbul in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Erbil, with highs around 85°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Shopping Museums
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Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
Shanadar Park ©
Shanadar Park

2
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, walk around Al-Azhar Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Muhammad Ali, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Khan Al-Khalili.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cairo trip maker site .

Explore your travel options from Erbil to Cairo with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Erbil to Cairo is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Erbil in October since evenings lows in Cairo dip to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

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