15 days in Istanbul & Cologne Itinerary

15 days in Istanbul & Cologne Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
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Cologne, Germany
— 8 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey — 6 nights

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 sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , get engrossed in the history at Chora Museum, and explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul online trip itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major aiports are İstanbul Airport, İstanbul Atatürk Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to fly to Cologne.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours
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Cologne, Germany — 8 nights

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cologne: Bernkastel-Kues (Weingut Witwe Dr. H. Thanisch & Mosel Valley), Frankfurt (Liebieghaus & Stadel Museum) and Trier (Petrisberg, St. Paulin-Kirche, &more). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Cologne Cathedral, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cologne vacation builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Cologne takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Cologne due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Istanbul in October: highs in Cologne hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.
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