8 days in Turkey & Baku Itinerary

8 days in Turkey & Baku Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 night
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Baku, Azerbaijan
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey — 2 nights

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami . Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, then admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and finally make a trip to Hippodrome.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online trip maker.

Karachi, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Standard Time to Turkey Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Karachi in June, expect nights in Istanbul to be colder, around 20°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Selcuk.
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Historic Sites · Museums

Selcuk, Turkey — 1 night

An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus.

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You can fly from Istanbul to Selcuk in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in June, expect nights in Selcuk to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Baku.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Baku, Azerbaijan — 2 nights

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.
Take a break from Baku with a short trip to Gobustan State Reserve in Gobustan, about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Baku Old City, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, examine the collection at Heydar Aliyev Center, and take in panoramic vistas at Flame Towers.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Baku online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Selcuk to Baku takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Selcuk to Baku, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Selcuk in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Baku: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
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