7 days in Istanbul & Ashgabat Itinerary

7 days in Istanbul & Ashgabat Itinerary

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Start: Istanbul, Turkey
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
2
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Istanbul journey maker.

If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major aiports are Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

2
nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): examine the collection at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, find something for the whole family at World of Turkmenbashi Tales, then take in panoramic vistas at Monument Arch of Neutrality, then delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Geokdepe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, then have some family-friendly fun at Alem Cultural and Entertainment Center, then pause for some photo ops at Halk Hakydasy Memorial Complex, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Ferris Wheel.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ashgabat road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Istanbul to Ashgabat with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Ashgabat. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ashgabat, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque
Monument Arch of Neutrality ©
Monument Arch of Neutrality
Geokdepe ©
Geokdepe

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