18 days in Mumbai & Istanbul Itinerary

18 days in Mumbai & Istanbul Itinerary

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18 days in Mumbai & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
1
Mumbai, India
— 6 nights
Fly:  10​h
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 10 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Mumbai, India

6
nights
Mumbai, India

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Relax by the water at Chowpatty Beach and Juhu Beach. Popular historic sites such as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Shree Ramakrishna Math, Khar are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Navi Mumbai (Seawoods Grand Central Mall & Inorbit Mall Vashi), Khanderi Fort (in Raigad) and Alibaug (Awas Beach, Lavish Antique Clocks, & more). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Gateway of India, cruise along Marine Drive, wander the streets of Colaba, and look for gifts at Bungalow Eight.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mumbai tour itinerary site .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Mumbai

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Alibaug, Navi Mumbai, Khanderi Fort, St.John the Baptist Church
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Zaveri Bazaar ©
Zaveri Bazaar
Chowpatty Beach ©
Chowpatty Beach
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus ©
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

10
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.
Head to Kapali Carsi and Kanyon Shopping Centerfor plenty of shopping. Get some historical perspective at Sultanahmet District and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. When in Istanbul, make a side trip to see Sardala Koyu in Kandira, approximately 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, wander the streets of Ortakoy, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and look for gifts at Adnan and Hasan.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Istanbul road trip planner .

Getting from Mumbai to Istanbul by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Mumbai to Istanbul, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Mumbai in December, with highs in Istanbul at 7°C and lows at 7°C. You will leave for home on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Sardala Koyu
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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