4 days in Istanbul & St. Petersburg Itinerary

4 days in Istanbul & St. Petersburg Itinerary

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Start: Istanbul, Turkey
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 15 min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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night
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 6th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, and finally don't miss a visit to Hippodrome. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum, and then admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planner.

If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major aiports are Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In July in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of The Prison of the Trubetskoi Bastion, then admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Great Mosque of St. Petersburg. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Summer Palace of Peter the Great, then examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and then take an in-depth tour of Vladimir Nabokov Museum.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to St. Petersburg takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in July, things will get slightly colder in St. Petersburg: highs are around 26°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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