8 days in Turkey, Kota Kinabalu & Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

8 days in Turkey, Kota Kinabalu & Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
— 1 night
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 1 night
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Adana, Turkey
— 1 night
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Gaziantep, Turkey
— 1 day
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

— 1 night
A holiday in Kota Kinabalu, the state capital and main gateway town, offers access to urban areas boasting a diverse and rapidly evolving set of malls, bars, and quality restaurants serving locally caught seafood.
On the 7th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pasupathinath Alayam, then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kota Kinabalu day trip website.

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major aiport is Kota Kinabalu International Airport. November in Kota Kinabalu sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Historic Sites

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

— 1 night

Garden City of Lights

A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): tee off at K's Island Golf Academy Malaysia, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Batu Caves, then admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Menara Kuala Lumpur.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kuala Lumpur vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur takes 5.5 hours. In November in Kuala Lumpur, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks · Outdoors · Golf · Spas

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Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Basilica Cistern are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Taksim Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , shop like a local with Istiklal Caddesi, and slough off your stress at Turkish baths.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul day trip planning site.

Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul in 15 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November, expect nights in Istanbul to be slightly colder, around 17°C, while days are colder, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Adana.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Spas

Adana, Turkey

— 1 night
Adana is a major city in southern Turkey. To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Adana route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Istanbul to Adana. Traveling from Istanbul in November, expect nights in Adana to be little chillier, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. You'll set off for Gaziantep on the 13th (Fri).

Things to do in Adana

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Gaziantep, Turkey

— 1 day
A haven for foodies, Gaziantep boasts almost 200 bakeries with what many claim to be the best baklava in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): examine the collection at Emine Gogus Mutfak Muzesi, then see the interesting displays at Hamam Muzesi, then explore the historical opulence of Gaziantep Castle, and finally explore the world behind art at Zeugma Mosaic Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gaziantep itinerary maker site.

Getting from Adana to Gaziantep by car takes about 3 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Adana in November: high temperatures in Gaziantep hover around 20°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gaziantep

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Turkey travel guide

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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.