13 days in Turkey & Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Turkey & Switzerland Itinerary

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13 days in Turkey & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Antalya, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

3
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cappadocia Cave Dwellings and Gulludere Vadisi. Change things up with a short trip to Ihlara Valley in Guzelyurt (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle, look for gifts at Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme online trip maker .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Goreme is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Goreme due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March, with highs in Goreme at 16°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urgup, Uchisar, Ihlara Valley
Highlights from your plan
Gulludere Vadisi ©
Gulludere Vadisi
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Balloon Rides

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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, shopping, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and admire the landmark architecture of Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul online tour planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Goreme in March since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

3
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Room Escape Games and Cathedrale de Lausanne. Venture out of the city with trips to Castle of Gruyeres (in Gruyeres), Lausanne (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) & Le Port d'Ouchy) and Freddie Mercury Statue (in Montreux). There's much more to do: engage your brain at CERN, get great views at Cathedrale de St-Pierre, and ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Geneva holiday website .

Getting from Istanbul to Geneva by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Geneva. Traveling from Istanbul in March, expect little chillier with lows of 1°C in Geneva. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Lausanne, Gruyeres Castle, Freddie Mercury Statue
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Gruyeres Castle ©
Gruyeres Castle

3
nights
Antalya, Turkey

Antalya ©
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Hadrian's Gate, then take in the waterfront activity at Harbour District/ Antalya Marina, and then examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Kursunlu Waterfalls and then explore the ancient world of Perge Ancient City.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Antalya holiday builder app .

Getting from Geneva to Antalya by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Geneva to Antalya, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, Antalya is somewhat warmer than Geneva - with highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Perge Ancient City ©
Perge Ancient City
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi
Old City Marina ©
Old City Marina

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