24 days in Baku & Istanbul Itinerary

24 days in Baku & Istanbul Itinerary

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Start: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 9 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 14 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

9
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.
Gobustan State Reserve and Baku Old City are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Heydar Aliyev Center and Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Baku: Beshbarmag Mountain (in Siyazan), Candy Cane Mountains (in Khizi) and Diri Baba Mausoleum (in Gobustan). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the striking landscape at Yanardag, delve into the distant past at Ateshgah - Fire Temple, and take in the exciting artwork at Ali Shamsi Studio.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Baku online visit planner.

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to Baku is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Bishkek to Baku, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bishkek in January, you will find days in Baku are a bit warmer (8°C), and nights are much hotter (2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Baku

Outdoors Museums Tours

Side Trips

Gobustan, Beshbarmag Mountain, Candy Cane Mountains
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Gobustan State Reserve ©
Gobustan State Reserve
Baku Old City
Baku Old City
Heydar Aliyev Center
Heydar Aliyev Center

14
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.
Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia Museum and Sultan Ahmed Mosque are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Topkapi Palace and Rumeli Fortress. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Istanbul: Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki (in Basiskele) and Buyukada Tabiat Parki (in Buyukada). Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Baku to Istanbul takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Baku to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Baku in January since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki, Buyukada Tabiat Parki
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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