15 days in Turkey & Almaty Itinerary

15 days in Turkey & Almaty Itinerary

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15 days in Turkey & Almaty Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Ankara, Turkey
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
3
Guzelyurt, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Konya, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
5
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Antalya, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
7
Kusadasi, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
8
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 1 day
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

few
hours
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Basilica Cistern as well as Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Istanbul online visit planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in January: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 10°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours Nightlife Shopping

1
day
Ankara, Turkey

Ankara ©
Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Cer Modern, see the interesting displays at Gokyay Chess Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tacettin Sultan Cami, then contemplate the long history of Mehmet Akif Ersoy Evi, and finally take an in-depth tour of II. Turkiye Buyuk Millet Meclisi Cumhuriyet Muzesi.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ankara day trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Istanbul to Ankara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in January, expect Ankara to be slightly colder, temps between 1°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cer Modern ©
Cer Modern
Gokyay Chess Museum ©
Gokyay Chess Museum

2
nights
Guzelyurt, Turkey

Guzelyurt ©
Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Nigde Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Red Church, then contemplate the long history of Sivisli Church, then steep yourself in history at Guzelyurt Valley Monastery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kilise Camii.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Guzelyurt online travel route builder .

Traveling by car from Ankara to Guzelyurt takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Konya.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Nigde
Highlights from your plan
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery ©
Guzelyurt Valley Monastery
Nigde Museum ©
Nigde Museum
Sivisli Church ©
Sivisli Church

1
night
Konya, Turkey

Konya ©
The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
On the 24th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Konyanuma Panorama Museum, wander the streets of Konya Kultur Sokagi, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ates Baz-i Veli Turbesi.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Konya online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Guzelyurt to Konya in 2.5 hours. January in Konya sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Ates Baz-i Veli Turbesi
Highlights from your plan
Seyh Sadreddin Konevi Turbesi ©
Seyh Sadreddin Konevi Turbesi
Konyanuma Panorama Museum ©
Konyanuma Panorama Museum
Kapu Camii ©
Kapu Camii

2
nights
Pamukkale, Turkey

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.
Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Ataturk & Ethnography Museum, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then look for gifts at Babadaglilar Ishani, and finally admire the sheer force of Karahayit Aglayan Kaya.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Pamukkale sightseeing planning site .

Getting from Konya to Pamukkale by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Shopping Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Denizli
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Karahayit Aglayan Kaya ©
Karahayit Aglayan Kaya
Pamukkale Winery ©
Pamukkale Winery

2
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 27th (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at Antalya Bazaar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Termessos Ruins, play a few rounds at Carya Golf Club, and then browse the different shops at TerraCity.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Antalya trip website .

You can drive from Pamukkale to Antalya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Antalya are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Antalya

Shopping Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Carya Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
TerraCity ©
TerraCity
Termessos Ruins ©
Termessos Ruins
Carya Golf Club ©
Carya Golf Club

1
night
Kusadasi, Turkey

Kusadasi ©
Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaleici Camii and then explore the world behind art at Hacivat Shop.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kusadasi visit planner .

You can fly from Antalya to Kusadasi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Antalya to Kusadasi. In January, daily temperatures in Kusadasi can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Arcadian Way
Highlights from your plan
Arcadian Way ©
Arcadian Way
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Hacivat Shop ©
Hacivat Shop

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Basilica Cistern as well as Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Beyoglu and Eminonu Square are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi and Room Escape Games. Step out of Istanbul to go to Kartepe and see Kartepe Ski Center, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. See some other sides of Istanbul: admire the striking features of Eyüp Sultan Mosque, relax and rejuvenate at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, look for gifts at Mısır Çarşısı, and examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Istanbul online route planner .

Getting from Kusadasi to Istanbul by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kusadasi to Istanbul. When traveling from Kusadasi in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Istanbul

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kartepe Ski Center
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi ©
Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi
Rahmi M. Koc Museum ©
Rahmi M. Koc Museum

1
day
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baiken Mosque, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Cathedral, see the interesting displays at D.A. Kunayev Museum, then buy something for everyone on your list at DOSTYK PLAZA, and finally slough off your stress at Turkish baths.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Almaty online tour itinerary builder .

You can fly from Istanbul to Almaty in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Istanbul to Almaty due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in February, expect nights in Almaty to be cooler, around -8°C, while days are little chillier, around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Baths Historic Sites Spas
Highlights from your plan
Turkish Baths
D.A. Kunayev Museum ©
D.A. Kunayev Museum
St. Nicholas Cathedral ©
St. Nicholas Cathedral

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