7 days in Istanbul & Ashgabat Itinerary

7 days in Istanbul & Ashgabat Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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Istanbul, Turkey

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 historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul travel itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major aiports are Istanbul Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 29:

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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

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 Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Geokdepe. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ertugrul Gazi Mosque.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ashgabat trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Istanbul to Ashgabat. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Ashgabat is 2 hours. When traveling from Istanbul in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ashgabat: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 31: