10 days in Istanbul, Tbilisi & Baku Itinerary

10 days in Istanbul, Tbilisi & Baku Itinerary

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1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
2
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 1 night
3
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 3 nights

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Topkapi Palace and Chora Museum. Get in touch with nature at Kisirkaya Beach and Dalia Beach. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Ortakoy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , view the masterpieces at Heritage Nomadic Art Gallery, and contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Istanbul day trip planning website.

Karachi, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Standard Time to Turkey Time is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Karachi, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Istanbul

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

1
night
Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi ©
On the bank of the Mtkvari River and at the foot of Trialeti mountain range, Tbilisi's location has given the city strategic significance since it was founded in the 5th century.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museum of Illusions, pause for some serene contemplation at Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, and then explore the world behind art at Art Palace of Georgia-Museum of Cultural History. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Mtskheta Church of the Holy Cross, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Jvari Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Tsminda Sameba Cathedral.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tbilisi route maker.

You can fly from Istanbul to Tbilisi in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Tbilisi. In June in Tbilisi, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Baku.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Mtskheta, Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble
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Museum of Illusions ©
Museum of Illusions
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral ©
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
Jvari Church ©
Jvari Church

3
nights
Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): make a trip to Baku Old City, learn more about the world around you at Gobustan State Reserve, and then stroll the grounds of Alley of Martyrs. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Yanardag, pause for some photo ops at Pushkin Statue, thengo for a walk through Baku Boulevard, and finally examine the collection at Heydar Aliyev Center.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Baku trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tbilisi to Baku takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June in Baku, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Baku

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Gobustan State Reserve
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Gobustan State Reserve ©
Gobustan State Reserve
Baku Old City
Baku Old City
Heydar Aliyev Center
Heydar Aliyev Center

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