12 days in Cairo & California Itinerary

12 days in Cairo & California Itinerary

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12 days in Cairo & California Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
2
San Francisco, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park, United States
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Cairo, Egypt

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nights
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Pyramids of Giza, appreciate the history behind Great Sphinx, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili and then explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cairo trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major airport is Cairo International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Cairo are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

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San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and explore the galleries of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

You can fly from Cairo to San Francisco in 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -10 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cairo in December, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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nights
Yosemite National Park, United States

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Curry Village Ice Rink, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Hoffmann, and stroll around Mariposa Grove.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park route planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around -11°C, while days are little chillier, around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, admire the striking features of Bradbury Building, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, and admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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