24 days in Baku & Istanbul Itinerary

24 days in Baku & Istanbul Itinerary

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24 days in Baku & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 9 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 14 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

9
nights
Baku, Azerbaijan

The capital of Azerbaijan and the Caucasus' largest city, Baku brings the old and the new, the East and the West colliding together in a particularly diverse and changing city.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Baku Old City. Head to Nizami str. /Tarqovi and Museum of Modern Artfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Baku side-trips: Besh Barmag Mountain (in Siyazan), Multi-colored Mountains of Khyzy (in Khizi) and Diri baba turbesi (in Qobustan). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Yanar Dag, get a new perspective on nature at Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape, examine the collection at Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Workshop Ali Shamsi.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Baku journey maker .

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to Baku is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. The time zone changes from Kirgizstan Time (KGT) to Azerbaijan Time (AZT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Bishkek in January, expect nights in Baku to be warmer, around 2°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Baku

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Multi-colored Mountains of Khyzy, Diri baba turbesi, Pirsagi Beach, Besh Barmag Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Baku Old City ©
Baku Old City
Heydar Aliyev Center ©
Heydar Aliyev Center

14
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.
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Galata Tower will appeal to history buffs. Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Modern will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Istanbul: Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki (in Basiskele) and Buyukada Tabiat Parki (in Buyukada). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, take in the awesome beauty at Selale Parkuru, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bentler Tabiat Parki, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Baku to Istanbul takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Azerbaijan Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Baku in January, Istanbul is a bit warmer at night with lows of 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Buyukada Tabiat Parki, Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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