12 days in Johannesburg, Cape Town & Istanbul Itinerary

12 days in Johannesburg, Cape Town & Istanbul Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Johannesburg, South Africa

— 2 nights

City of Light

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-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 the flight to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Cape Town, South Africa

— 3 nights

Mother City

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 3.5 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 fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Nature
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sultanahmet Square and Chora Museum. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Istanbul Archaeological Museum, stop by Jennifer's Hamam, don't miss a visit to Miniaturk, and walk around Gulhane Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul planner.

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. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Cape Town in October, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours
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