18 days in Turkey & Russia Itinerary

18 days in Turkey & Russia Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Moscow, Russia
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Istanbul, Turkey

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul holiday planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Istanbul is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May; daily highs in Istanbul reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

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Pamukkale, Turkey

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.
On the 7th (Fri), push the limits with an extreme tour, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery and then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis.

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Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

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Goreme, Turkey

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Goreme road trip planning website.

Getting from Pamukkale to Goreme by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Goreme can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

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Moscow, Russia

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Red Square, appreciate the history behind Monument to Marshal Zhukov, admire the landmark architecture of Lenin's Mausoleum, and admire the masterpieces at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Moscow sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Moscow takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Goreme in May, expect nights in Moscow to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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St. Petersburg, Russia

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, explore the galleries of Peter and Paul Fortress, and contemplate the long history of Palace Square.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg trip planning website.

You can take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Turkey travel guide

4.5
Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

Russia travel guide

4.6
Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.