16 days in Saudi Arabia, Islamabad & Istanbul Itinerary

16 days in Saudi Arabia, Islamabad & Istanbul Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Islamabad, Pakistan
— 2 nights
2
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
— 1 night
3
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights
4
Medina, Saudi Arabia
— 3 nights
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 7 nights

2
nights
Islamabad, Pakistan

Islamabad ©
The country's capital since 1963, Islamabad has the look and feel of a planned administrative city because, by and large, that's exactly what it is.
Step out of Islamabad with an excursion to Pir Sohawa in Haripur--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Pakistan Monument Museum, admire the striking features of Islamabad Stock Exchange Tower, take some stellar pictures from Daman-e-Koh, and head outdoors with Trail 3.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Islamabad road trip site.

If you are flying in from Pakistan, the closest major aiport is New Islamabad International Airport. In March, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jeddah.

Things to do in Islamabad

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Pir Sohawa
Highlights from your plan
Margalla Hills ©
Margalla Hills
Pakistan Monument Museum ©
Pakistan Monument Museum
Faisal Mosque ©
Faisal Mosque

1
night
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Jeddah ©
The commercial and entertainment capital of Saudi Arabia, Jeddah offers a dazzling range of sites and activities combined with mouthwatering cuisine.
On the 13th (Sat), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Fakieh Aquarium, admire the local landmark of King Fahd's Fountain, thentake a stroll through Al-Balad, and finally don't miss a visit to Nassif House Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Jeddah tour planning website.

Traveling by flight from Islamabad to Jeddah takes 7.5 hours. The time zone changes from Pakistan Standard Time to Arabian Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Islamabad in March: high temperatures in Jeddah hover around °C and lows are around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mecca.

Things to do in Jeddah

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Fakieh Aquarium ©
Fakieh Aquarium
King Fahd's Fountain ©
King Fahd's Fountain
Nassif House Museum ©
Nassif House Museum

2
nights
Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Mecca ©
The city of Mecca boasts the statues of the holiest site in Islam, and represents the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and therefore the religion itself.
On the 14th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Mount Arafat, thenadmire the striking features of Abraj Al-Bait Towers, thencontemplate the long history of Kaaba, and finally see the sky in a new way at Makkah Clock Tower Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Taneem and then take in the awesome beauty at Jabal al-Nour.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mecca trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Jeddah to Mecca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Jeddah in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mecca, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Medina.

Things to do in Mecca

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kaaba ©
Kaaba
Jabal al-Nour ©
Jabal al-Nour
Abraj Al-Bait Towers ©
Abraj Al-Bait Towers

3
nights
Medina, Saudi Arabia

Medina ©
Most tourism in Medina, the second-holiest city in Islam, comes from pilgrims who visit as part of the Hajj, an annual traditional journey that ends in Mecca.
Medina is known for historic sites, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Masjid an Nabawi, make a trip to Masjid Al Ghamamah, take an in-depth tour of Koran Museum, and steep yourself in history at Abu Bakar Masjed.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Medina online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Mecca to Medina takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Mecca in March; daily highs in Medina reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Medina

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Al Masjid an Nabawi ©
Al Masjid an Nabawi
Masjid Quba ©
Masjid Quba
Masjid Al Qiblatayn ©
Masjid Al Qiblatayn

7
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 museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online travel route planner.

Fly from Medina to Istanbul in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Medina in March, you will find days in Istanbul are cooler (°C), and nights are a bit cooler (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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