12 days in Johannesburg, Cape Town & Istanbul Itinerary

12 days in Johannesburg, Cape Town & Istanbul Itinerary

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12 days in Johannesburg, Cape Town & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  19 h 30 min
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum and then make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Voortrekker Monument, then contemplate the long history of Union Buildings, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Horseback Africa.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Johannesburg itinerary planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Johannesburg is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Istanbul in October, you will find days in Johannesburg are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Outdoors Trails Nightlife

Side Trips

Pretoria, Nelson Mandela Square, Wild Cave Adventures
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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Cape Point. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Cape Town custom trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in October, you will find days in Cape Town are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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 ©

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Istanbul Archaeological Museums and Sultanahmet Square. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Istanbul custom trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Cape Town to Istanbul with the Route module. In October, daytime highs in Istanbul are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultanahmet Square ©
Sultanahmet Square

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