17 days in Egypt, Turkey & Lisbon Itinerary

17 days in Egypt, Turkey & Lisbon Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Cairo, Egypt

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairo: Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids (in Saqqara) and Giza (Pyramids of Giza, Giza Plateau, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili, wander the streets of Islamic Cairo, and look for gifts at Golden Bird Bazaar.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Cairo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Cairo. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, expect nights in Cairo to be cooler, around 14°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

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Istanbul, Turkey

— 5 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Mosque, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower.

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You can fly from Cairo to Istanbul in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Istanbul is 1 hour. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Cairo in December: highs in Istanbul hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Lisbon.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping
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Lisbon, Portugal

— 6 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra National Palace, &more) and Obidos (Pelourinho, Vila Natal, &more). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, visit Alfama, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and engage your brain at Pavilhao do Conhecimento.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lisbon online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Lisbon takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a -3 hour difference. When traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

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Egypt travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Monuments
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.

Turkey travel guide

4.3
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.