15 days in Turkey & Almaty Itinerary

15 days in Turkey & Almaty Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
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Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Konya, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Antalya, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive
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Bergama, Turkey
— 1 night
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Bursa, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 1 night

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.
To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planning website.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a -5 hour 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. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours · Nightlife · Shopping · Historic Sites

Goreme, Turkey

— 2 nights
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.
On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Cappadocia Dowry Carpet, head outdoors with Lucky Horse Ranch, then examine the collection at Guray Museum, then do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, and finally learn and have fun at Naile Art Gallery.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip builder.

Fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in January, you will find days in Goreme are slightly colder (5°C), and nights are much colder (-4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Konya.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Konya, Turkey

— 2 nights

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Konya online travel route planner.

You can drive from Goreme to Konya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Konya can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Antalya, Turkey

— 2 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Termessos Ruins and TerraCity. Get a sense of the local culture at Ataturk Boulevard and Ataturk House & Museum. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Antalya day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Konya to Antalya takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Konya in January, things will get a bit warmer in Antalya: highs are around 17°C and lows about 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Pamukkale, Turkey

— 1 night

Cotton Castle

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.
To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Pamukkale online itinerary planner.

Drive from Antalya to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Wed) before leaving for Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Selcuk, Turkey

— 1 night
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Ancient City of Ephesus has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk attractions planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bergama.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping

Bergama, Turkey

— 1 night
Ruins of Pergamum has been added to your itinerary. On the 30th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Ruins of Pergamum.

For maps and more tourist information, read our Bergama trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Bergama takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bursa.

Things to do in Bergama

Historic Sites · Museums

Bursa, Turkey

The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bursa sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Bergama to Bursa in 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 5°C. You'll set off for Istanbul on the 31st (Fri).

Things to do in Bursa

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Istanbul, Turkey

— 2 nights

Queen of Cities

Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, wander the streets of Beyoglu, then wander the streets of Eminonu Square, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul tour itinerary planning app.

Getting from Bursa to Istanbul by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bursa in January since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can fly to Almaty.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Almaty, Kazakhstan

— 1 day
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): slough off your stress at Turkish baths, buy something for everyone on your list at Dostyk Plaza, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at D.A. Kunayev Museum.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Almaty trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Almaty takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Istanbul to Almaty due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Almaty, ranging from highs of 2°C to lows of -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Spas · Baths · Historic Sites · Shopping

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Cappadocia travel guide

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History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.

Kazakhstan travel guide

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Lookouts · Parks · Churches
The world's biggest landlocked country, Kazakhstan boasts a thriving economy resting almost entirely on huge reserves of natural gas and oil. While some travelers find its seemingly endless and largely featureless steppe unappealing, others take a trip to Kazakhstan precisely because of these unspoiled stretches. If you wanted, you could certainly spend your entire vacation in Kazakhstan completely alone, exploring the sprawling, empty horizons. If you want a little company, mingle with the highly urbanized locals in Almaty or Astana, two big cities featuring broad tree-lined avenues, hip cafes, giant malls, and many innovative buildings that seem plucked right out of a science fiction novel.