33 days in United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia & Istanbul Itinerary

33 days in United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia & Istanbul Itinerary

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 4 nights
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 3 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
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Mecca, Saudi Arabia
— 16 nights
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 1st (Fri) at Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa, stroll through Dubai Creek, take in nature's colorful creations at Dubai Miracle Garden, and take an in-depth tour of Al Fahidi Fort.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Dubai trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Dubai is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Dubai. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mumbai in December: highs in Dubai hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Dubai

Theme Parks · Shopping · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Pack the 5th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, contemplate the long history of Qasr Al Hosn, go for a walk through The Corniche, and buy something for everyone on your list at Marina Mall.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Abu Dhabi day trip app.

You can drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Abu Dhabi sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:

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Istanbul, Turkey

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, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Istanbul using our trip planner.

You can fly from Abu Dhabi to Istanbul in 10 hours. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in January, you will find days in Istanbul are colder (10°C), and nights are little chillier (10°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Mecca.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 12:

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Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Mother of All Settlements

The city of Mecca boasts the statues of the holiest site in Islam, and represents the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and therefore the religion itself.
Get out of town with these interesting Mecca side-trips: Jeddah (Corniche Commercial Center, King Fahd's Fountain, &more) and Taif (Al-Anoud Park, Shafa Mountains, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Kaaba, take in the spiritual surroundings of Station of Ibrahim, stroll through Jabal al-Nour, and steep yourself in history at Mount Arafat.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mecca tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Mecca in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Istanbul in January, plan for much hotter days in Mecca, with highs around 38°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Medina.

Things to do in Mecca

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 29:

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Medina, Saudi Arabia

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 29th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Quba, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Masjid an Nabawi, and then see the interesting displays at Koran Museum. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Jannatul Baqi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Uhud, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Al Ghamamah.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Medina trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Mecca to Medina takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Mecca in January, things will get slightly colder in Medina: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Medina

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 30:

United Arab Emirates travel guide

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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.

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.

Al Madinah Province travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Mountains · Cemeteries