33 days in Madrid, Istanbul & Ankara Itinerary

33 days in Madrid, Istanbul & Ankara Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 12 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 10 nights
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Ankara, Turkey
— 7 nights
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Madrid, Spain

— 12 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Toledo (Lahperla, El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, &more) and Segovia (House Museum of Antonio Machado, La Muralla de Segovia, &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, make a trip to Estacion de Atocha, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, and examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Madrid online sightseeing planner.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major aiport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. In December, daytime highs in Madrid are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Istanbul, Turkey

— 10 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.
On the 17th (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Madrid to Istanbul in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Madrid in December, plan for slightly colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 7°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Ankara.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

Ankara, Turkey

— 7 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.
Ankara is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii), admire the striking features of Ankara Palas, and get a sense of history and politics at Yargitay.

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Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Ankara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Istanbul in December, with highs in Ankara at 3°C and lows at 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Madrid, Spain

— 1 night

Cultural Capital of Spain

Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum of Spain, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena. On the next day, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, delve into the distant past at Templo de Debod, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Oriente, and finally don't miss a visit to El Oso y el Madrono.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read Madrid online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ankara to Madrid takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ankara to Madrid, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ankara in January: highs in Madrid hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 2°C.

Things to do in Madrid

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites