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
Bus + Fly:  17​h
1
Moscow, Russia
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Antalya, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  25​h
End: Phuket Town, Thailand

6
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at State Tretyakov Gallery and Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad). Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and Art-Kommunalka Erofeyev and Others Museum-Residency. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Moscow: Sergiyev Posad (Dukhovskaya church, Refectory Church of St Sergius, & more) and Kolomna (Soap Museum, Kolomenskiy Patefon Museum, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Basil's Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Krutitskoe Podvorye, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries, and see the interesting displays at Tropinin Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Moscow trip planner .

Phuket Town, Thailand to Moscow is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. Traveling from Phuket Town to Moscow, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Phuket Town in October; daily highs in Moscow reach 7°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kolomna, Sergiyev Posad
Highlights from your plan
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery
Red Square ©
Red Square
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour ©
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, see the interesting displays at Oranienbaum State Museum Reserve, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, then stroll through Planet Neptune Oceanarium, and finally contemplate the long history of Peter I House. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), then take an in-depth tour of The Pushkin Apartment Museum, and then examine the collection at Russian Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read St. Petersburg vacation maker website .

You can take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Palace Square
Palace Square

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica Cistern and Sultanahmet District. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul journey planner.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Istanbul in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, Istanbul is much hotter than St. Petersburg - with highs of 28°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

4
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.
Red Tower and Suna Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Temple of Apollo and Side Antik Kenti are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antalya: Olympos Ruins (in Olympos), Dickman Textile (in Manavgat) and Side (Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum) & Ancient Theater). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Kesik Minaret Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yivli Minaret Mosque, wander the streets of Ataturk Boulevard, and examine the collection at Ataturk House & Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Antalya trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Istanbul to Antalya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Antalya when traveling from Istanbul in October, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Manavgat, Olympos Ruins, Red Tower
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Apollo ©
Temple of Apollo
Ancient Theater ©
Ancient Theater
Olympos Ruins ©
Olympos Ruins

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the galleries of Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, then take an in-depth tour of Zelve Open Air Museum, then see the interesting displays at Guray Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Özkonak Underground City.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Goreme day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Antalya to Goreme in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, Goreme is a bit cooler than Antalya - with highs of 24°C and lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nevsehir, Guray Museum
Highlights from your plan
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme
Zelve Open Air Museum ©
Zelve Open Air Museum
Özkonak Underground City ©
Özkonak Underground City

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