44 days in Madeira, Istanbul & Ulaanbaatar Itinerary

44 days in Madeira, Istanbul & Ulaanbaatar Itinerary

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Funchal, Portugal
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 32 nights
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 11 nights
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Funchal, Portugal

The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Funchal road trip planning tool.

London, UK to Funchal is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in August: high temperatures in Funchal hover around 31°C and lows are around 24°C. You will leave for Istanbul on the 10th (Wed).
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
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Istanbul, Turkey — 32 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.
Explore Istanbul's surroundings by going to Bursa (Ordekli Culture and Art Center, Ulu Cami, &more). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul road trip planning website.

You can fly from Funchal to Istanbul in 10.5 hours. Traveling from Funchal to Istanbul, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Ulaanbaatar.
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia — 11 nights

The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Gandantegchenling Monastery, walk around Bogd Khan Uul National Park, take an in-depth tour of Bogd Khaan Palace Museum of Mongolia, and examine the collection at Choijin Lama Temple Museum.

Plan a Ulaanbaatar trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Ulaanbaatar takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Ulaanbaatar Standard Time (ULAT) is 5 hours. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for little chillier days in Ulaanbaatar, with highs around 19°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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Madeira travel guide

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Gardens · Geologic Formations · Mountains
Pearl of the Atlantic
Madeira, the largest island of the eponymous archipelago, serves as one of Portugal's top year-round holiday destinations. Although it draws a growing number of visitors, the island retains much of its relaxed atmosphere and provides an alternative vacation idea for travelers seeking a tropical paradise still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism. The capital city of Funchal, settled in the 15th century, attracts the biggest crowds and serves as a convenient stopover for trans-Atlantic cruise ships sailing from the Caribbean. When you get tired of exploring Fuchal's lively streets and beaches, hop on a boat tour of the archipelago for some whale watching or big game fishing.
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