32 days in Istanbul, Baku & Dubai Itinerary

32 days in Istanbul, Baku & Dubai Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 10 nights
Fly
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Baku, Azerbaijan
— 4 nights
Fly
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 11 nights
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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.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul travel planning tool.

Beni Mellal, Morocco to Istanbul is an approximately 50-hour car ride. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Beni Mellal to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. In October in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly to Baku.
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Baku, Azerbaijan — 4 nights

The City of Eternal Flames, the City of Winds

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Baku: Gobustan (Gobustan State Reserve & Mud Volcanoes). The adventure continues: make a trip to Baku Old City, take in panoramic vistas at Flame Towers, explore the different monuments and memorials at Alley of Martyrs, and go for a walk through Baku Boulevard.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Baku itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Istanbul to Baku by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Azerbaijan Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in October, expect Baku to be a bit cooler, temps between 21°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Dubai.
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 11 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dubai: Al Montazah Parks (in Sharjah), Abu Dhabi (Wahat Al Karama (Oasis of Dignity), Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, &more) and Al Ain (Al Ain Oasis, Al Jahili Fort, &more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 21st (Fri) at Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Burj Khalifa, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, play a few rounds at Arabian Ranches Golf Club, and make a splash at Wild Wadi Waterpark.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Dubai vacation planner.

Fly from Baku to Dubai in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, Dubai is warmer than Baku - with highs of 41°C and lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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