8 days in Istanbul & Dubai Itinerary

8 days in Istanbul & Dubai Itinerary

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1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
2
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 3 nights

2
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.
On the 20th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, pause for some serene contemplation at Hagia Triada Church, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria Draperis Church, and finally get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit Ortakoy, delve into the distant past at Valens Aqueduct, take in the spiritual surroundings of Little Hagia Sophia, thensteep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul road trip app.

Vancouver, Canada to Istanbul is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 11 hour difference. In November, Istanbul is somewhat warmer than Vancouver - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Little Hagia Sophia ©
Little Hagia Sophia
Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy

3
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Do your shopping at Majils Gallery and Alserkal Avenue. Visit Al Mamzar Beach Park and Umm Suqeim Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with a short trip to Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization in Sharjah (about 32 minutes away). There's much more to do: gain interesting insight with Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, examine the collection at History Of Cinema Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Church, and browse the different shops at The Dubai Mall.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubai trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Dubai takes 8 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Dubai due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Istanbul in November, plan for much hotter days in Dubai, with highs around °C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubai

Shopping Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization
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Al Mamzar Beach Park ©
Al Mamzar Beach Park
Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization ©
Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization
History Of Cinema Museum ©
History Of Cinema Museum

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