17 days in Egypt, Turkey & Lisbon Itinerary

17 days in Egypt, Turkey & Lisbon Itinerary

Make it your trip
Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Lisbon, Portugal
— 6 nights


Cairo, Egypt — 4 nights

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.

To plan Cairo vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

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.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Side Trips
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Istanbul, Turkey — 5 nights

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 sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, take a stroll through Ortakoy, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary website.

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.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping
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Lisbon, Portugal — 6 nights

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, stop by Alfama, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon day trip site.

You can fly from Istanbul to Lisbon in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is minus 3 hours. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours
Side Trips
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Egypt travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Historic Sites · Ruins
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

Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.