10 days in Istanbul & Islamabad Itinerary

10 days in Istanbul & Islamabad Itinerary

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10 days in Istanbul & Islamabad Itinerary

Start: Islamabad, Pakistan
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
2
Islamabad, Pakistan
— 2 nights
End: Islamabad, Pakistan

6
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Topkapi Palace. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) and Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul day trip planner .

Islamabad, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Islamabad to Istanbul is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Islamabad in December, you will find days in Istanbul are cooler (7°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Islamabad.

Things to do in Istanbul

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
nights
Islamabad, Pakistan

Islamabad ©
The country's capital since 1963, Islamabad has the look and feel of a planned administrative city because, by and large, that's exactly what it is.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Faisal Mosque and Saidpur Village. Escape the urban bustle at Margalla Hills and Bird Aviary. There's lots more to do: trek along Trail 3, appreciate the history behind Pakistan monument, see the interesting displays at Lok Virsa Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Centaurus Mall.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Islamabad online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Islamabad takes 9 hours. Traveling from Istanbul to Islamabad, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Istanbul in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Islamabad, with highs around 20°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Islamabad

Parks Nature Shopping
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Margalla Hills ©
Margalla Hills
Faisal Mosque ©
Faisal Mosque
Pakistan Monument Museum ©
Pakistan Monument Museum

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