15 days in Turkey & United Arab Emirates Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 4 nights


Istanbul, Turkey — 4 nights

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.
Visiting Bosphorus Strait and Deepist Diving & Travel will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hagia Sophia Mosque and Ortakoy. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and get engrossed in the history at Chora Museum.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip maker app.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Istanbul is minus 2.5 hours. When traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, plan for much colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 7°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Goreme.
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Goreme, Turkey — 3 nights

Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on Ekwo Travel & Outdoor, take a stroll around Kapadokya Sanat ve Kultur Muzesi., and then stop by Alaturca Taner. Keep things going the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Goreme trip planning tool.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in December since evenings lows in Goreme dip to -3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Abu Dhabi.
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — 2 nights

Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
On the 9th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, enjoy the sand and surf at Corniche Beach, then browse the different shops at Marina Mall, and finally contemplate the long history of Heritage Village. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Louvre Abu Dhabi, then make a trip to The Corniche, and then steep yourself in history at Qasr Al Hosn.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Abu Dhabi route planner.

Fly from Goreme to Abu Dhabi in 10.5 hours. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Gulf Standard Time (GST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Goreme in December; daily highs in Abu Dhabi reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dubai.
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 4 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Step out of the city life by going to Jumeirah Public Beach and Safaris. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort and Bastakia Quarter. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at The Dubai Mall, contemplate the waterfront views at Dubai Creek, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubai trip planner.

Drive from Abu Dhabi to Dubai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or fly. December in Dubai sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Turkey travel guide

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.

United Arab Emirates travel guide

Observation Decks · Fountains · Shopping Malls
Though most people associate United Arab Emirates only with Dubai, nicknamed the "City of Gold," the federation of seven emirates boats a surprisingly rich historical and cultural heritage and provides a good starting point for visitors interested in discovering the Middle East. A trip to United Arab Emirates reveals a modern nation with a dynamic atmosphere and a landscape that quickly changes from futuristic cities to remote deserts, mysteriously silent places where only the shifting sand dunes mark the passage of time. Add the eastern coastline to your United Arab Emirates itinerary to find a string of outstanding beaches and some of the finest diving and snorkeling opportunities in the region.