18 days in Istanbul & Ankara Itinerary

18 days in Istanbul & Ankara Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey route planner

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Istanbul
— 11 nights
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Ankara
— 6 nights
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Istanbul

— 11 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul online trip planner.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. Traveling from Dammam in August, expect nights in Istanbul to be little chillier, around 25°C, while days are cooler, around 34°C. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ankara.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Ankara

— 6 nights

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ankara: NallIhan Bird Sanctuary (in Nallihan) and Beypazari (Sultan Alaaddin Camii & Living Museum). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, let the kids burn off some steam at Da Vinci Board Game Cafe, ponder the world of politics at Yargitay, and look for gifts at Pia Stop-coffee.shoes.accessories.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ankara holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Ankara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ankara, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ankara

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips