10 days in Riyadh & Istanbul Itinerary

10 days in Riyadh & Istanbul Itinerary

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10 days in Riyadh & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

3
nights
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh ©
As the nation's capital, Riyadh represents a hub of commerce, culture, and transport.
Riyadh is known for shopping, historic sites, museums, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Rajhi Grand Mosque, walk around Al Bujairi Heritage Park, and meet the residents at Riyadh Zoo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Riyadh trip itinerary builder tool .

If you are flying in from Saudi Arabia, the closest major airport is King Khaled International Airport. In September, daytime highs in Riyadh are 45°C, while nighttime lows are 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Riyadh

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
King Abdullah Park ©
King Abdullah Park
National Museum ©
National Museum
Al Rajhi Grand Mosque ©
Al Rajhi Grand Mosque

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul day trip planning website .

You can fly from Riyadh to Istanbul in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect colder weather when traveling from Riyadh in September: highs in Istanbul hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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