9 days in Turkey & Baku Itinerary

9 days in Turkey & Baku Itinerary

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Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  10 h
1
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h 45 min
3
Oludeniz, Turkey
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  7 h 15 min
4
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
On the 18th (Fri), Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and finally learn and have fun at Naile Art Gallery. On your second day here, make a trip to Kaymakli Underground City, then explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle, then admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Goreme trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Goreme is an approximately 10- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Goreme is minus 1 hour. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Dubai in October; daily highs in Goreme reach 24°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uchisar, Urgup, Kaymakli Underground City
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Fairy Chimneys ©
Fairy Chimneys
Balloon Rides
Kaymakli Underground City ©
Kaymakli Underground City

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Sultanahmet Square, then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Istanbul travel planning website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. While traveling from Goreme, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

1
night
Oludeniz, Turkey

Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Oludeniz online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Istanbul to Oludeniz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in October, Oludeniz is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Baku.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Spas Nature Parks
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Spas
Babadag ©
Babadag

2
nights
Baku, Azerbaijan

A truly contemporary city criss-crossed by history, Baku offers everything from the modern elegance of the Flame Towers to the medieval UNESCO-listed Old City at its core.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Baku Boulevard and Heydar Aliyev Center. Take a break from Baku with a short trip to Gobustan State Reserve in Gobustan, about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Flame Towers, walk around Highland Park, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and stop by City Walls.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Baku itinerary builder app.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Oludeniz to Baku in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Azerbaijan Standard Time (AZT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Oludeniz in October, you will find days in Baku are little chillier (21°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Baku

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

Gobustan State Reserve
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Walking tours
Baku Boulevard
Baku Boulevard
Flame Towers
Flame Towers

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