12 days in Johannesburg, Cape Town & Istanbul Itinerary

12 days in Johannesburg, Cape Town & Istanbul Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
2
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights

2
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum and then don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Voortrekker Monument, then contemplate the long history of Union Buildings, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Horseback Africa.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip itinerary planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Johannesburg is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in October since evenings lows in Johannesburg dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Outdoors · Nightlife · Parks

Side Trips

Pretoria, Wild Cave Adventures, Nelson Mandela Square
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Horseback Africa ©
Horseback Africa
Voortrekker Monument ©
Voortrekker Monument
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

3
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twelve Apostles, and then take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town visit planner.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Nature
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Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Istanbul Archaeological Museum and Gulhane Park. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take in the views from Bosphorus Bridge, don't miss a visit to Miniaturk, and admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul travel route builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Istanbul takes 15 hours. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in October, Istanbul is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Istanbul Archaeological Museum ©
Istanbul Archaeological Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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