10 days in Saudi Arabia & Turkey Itinerary

10 days in Saudi Arabia & Turkey Itinerary

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Medina, Saudi Arabia
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Pamukkale, Turkey
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Goreme, Turkey
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Medina, Saudi Arabia

— 1 night

Radiant City

Most tourism in Medina, the second-holiest city in Islam, comes from pilgrims who visit as part of the Hajj, an annual traditional journey that ends in Mecca.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Jannatul Baqi and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Uhud. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Koran Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Masjid an Nabawi, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Quba.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Medina trip maker site.

Jeddah to Medina is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 45°C in May, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Medina

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Medina to Istanbul takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Medina in May: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

Pamukkale, Turkey

— 2 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): push the limits with an extreme tour, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery and then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Goreme, Turkey

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip itinerary tool.

Fly from Pamukkale to Goreme in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Goreme can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Saudi Arabia travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Shopping Malls
With coastlines on two seas, Saudi Arabia boasts some of the world's top scuba diving locations. At the same time, it has tourist attractions of such cultural heft as Mecca and Medina, the most sacred destinations for Muslim travelers and pilgrims. When it comes to relaxation and recreation, a trip to Saudi Arabia opens a world of possibilities for outdoor adventures, which include desert excursions by horse or camel, mountain climbing, cycling, and camping under the starry sky. Think about beginning or ending your tour of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah, a cosmopolitan center of commerce, shopping, and dining situated on the Red Sea coastline.

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.