19 days in Russia & Turkey Itinerary

19 days in Russia & Turkey Itinerary

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19 days in Russia & Turkey Itinerary

Start: Phuket Town, Thailand
Drive + Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Murmansk, Russia
— 4 nights
flight:  2 h
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
5
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  25 h
End: Phuket Town, Thailand

4
nights
Murmansk, Russia

Murmansk ©
Murmansk is a port city and the administrative center of Murmansk Oblast, Russia, located in the extreme northwest part of Russia, on the Kola Bay, an inlet of the Barents Sea on the northern shore of the Kola Peninsula, close to Russia's borders with Norway and Finland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum Submarine K-21 and Murmansk Town Exhibit Hall. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Murmansk Oceanarium and Murmansk Municipal Swimming Pool. There's much more to do: take in the history at Memorial Complex Valley of Glory, snap pictures at Most Cherez Kol'skiy Zaliv, appreciate the history behind Memorial to Ice-breaker Yermak, and contemplate the long history of St. Nicholas Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Murmansk road trip site .

Phuket Town, Thailand to Murmansk is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Phuket Town to Murmansk is minus 4 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Phuket Town in October; daily highs in Murmansk reach 3°C and lows reach -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Murmansk

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Museum Submarine K-21
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Kola Bay ©
Kola Bay
St. Nicholas Cathedral ©
St. Nicholas Cathedral
Murmansk Oceanarium ©
Murmansk Oceanarium

3
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Smolny Cathedral as well as Buddhist Temple Datsan Gunzechoinei. You'll explore and learn at Planet Neptune Oceanarium and The Pushkin Apartment Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Memorial Sign Strelka Of Vasilievskiy Island and Koporskaya Fortress. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Shadow Museum, see the interesting displays at The Anna Akhmatova Museum, admire the striking features of Rostral Columns, and stroll around Aleksandrovskiy park.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg sightseeing planning tool .

Getting from Murmansk to St. Petersburg by car takes about 19.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Murmansk in October, things will get somewhat warmer in St. Petersburg: highs are around 9°C and lows about 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Koporskaya Fortress
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Koporskaya Fortress ©
Koporskaya Fortress
The Shadow Museum ©
The Shadow Museum

3
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cathedral of the Archangel (Arkhangelsky Sobor) as well as State Darwin Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore S. Obraztsov State Academical Puppet Theatre and Fersman Mineralogical Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Chaliapin House Museum and Museum of Telephone History. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Blagoveshhenskiy Cathedral, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Russian Icon, see the interesting displays at Moscow Defence State Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Arkhangelsk Cathedral.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Moscow trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Moscow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Moscow, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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The Museum of Russian Icon ©
The Museum of Russian Icon
State Darwin Museum ©
State Darwin Museum
Chaliapin House Museum ©
Chaliapin House Museum

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.
On the 13th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi), examine the collection at Istanbul Toy Museum, then see the interesting displays at Sakip Sabanci Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun and explore at Pelit Chocolate Museum, then see the interesting displays at Hagia Irene Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Sadberk Hanim Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul journey planner.

Fly from Moscow to Istanbul in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Moscow in October, expect Istanbul to be much hotter, temps between 28°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yuruyen Kosk
Highlights from your plan
Istanbul Toy Museum ©
Istanbul Toy Museum
Pelit Chocolate Museum ©
Pelit Chocolate Museum

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.
Zelve Open Air Museum and Guray Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Hacıbektaş Veli Müzesi and Cappadocia Art & History Museum. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Love Valley, make a trip to Sunset Point, appreciate the views at Soganli Valley, and head off-road at local off-road trails.

Start your trip to Goreme by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Istanbul in October, plan for slightly colder days in Goreme, with highs around 24°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nevsehir, Guray Museum, Cappadocia Art & History Museum, Soganli Valley
Highlights from your plan
Guray Museum ©
Guray Museum
Zelve Open Air Museum ©
Zelve Open Air Museum
Cappadocia Art & History Museum ©
Cappadocia Art & History Museum

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