15 days in Turkey & Almaty Itinerary

15 days in Turkey & Almaty Itinerary

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15 days in Turkey & Almaty Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  3 h
2
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Konya, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
4
Antalya, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Bergama, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Bursa, Turkey
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
9
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
10
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 1 day
Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1
night
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.
To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul journey builder site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in January, with highs in Istanbul at 10°C and lows at 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Wed) before leaving for Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours Nightlife Shopping
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2
nights
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.
On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Cappadocia Dowry Carpet, ride a horse along Lucky Horse Ranch, explore the world behind art at Guray Museum, then learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery, and finally explore the world behind art at Naile Art Gallery.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Istanbul in January, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 5°C by day to -4°C at night. 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 Outdoors

Side Trips

Uchisar, Guray Museum
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Off-Road & ATV Trails
Guray Museum ©
Guray Museum
Kocabag Winery ©
Kocabag Winery

2
nights
Konya, Turkey

Konya ©
The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Konya road trip planner.

You can drive from Goreme to Konya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in January, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Antalya.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ates Baz-i Veli Turbesi, İstiklal Harbi Şehitleri Abidesi
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Seyh Sadreddin Konevi Turbesi ©
Seyh Sadreddin Konevi Turbesi
İstiklal Harbi Şehitleri Abidesi ©
İstiklal Harbi Şehitleri Abidesi
Konyanuma Panorama Museum ©
Konyanuma Panorama Museum

2
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.
Termessos Ruins and Ataturk House & Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kaputas Beach and Lower Duden Waterfalls. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at TerraCity and take a stroll through Ataturk Boulevard.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Antalya day trip app .

Getting from Konya to Antalya by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Konya in January: high temperatures in Antalya hover around 17°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Termessos Ruins ©
Termessos Ruins
TerraCity ©
TerraCity
Ataturk House & Museum ©
Ataturk House & Museum

1
night
Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale ©
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 see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale online attractions planner .

You can drive from Antalya to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Guney Selalesi
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Guney Selalesi ©
Guney Selalesi

1
night
Selcuk, Turkey

Selcuk ©
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. On the 29th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk trip tool .

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Selcuk can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Bergama.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Shopping
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
La Tulip Art Gallery ©
La Tulip Art Gallery

1
night
Bergama, Turkey

Bergama ©
You've now added Ruins of Pergamum to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Ruins of Pergamum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bergama trip itinerary planning tool .

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. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bursa.

Things to do in Bergama

Historic Sites Museums
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Bergamali Kadri Egitim Tarihi Muzesi ©
Bergamali Kadri Egitim Tarihi Muzesi

few
hours
Bursa, Turkey

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

Getting from Bergama to Bursa by car takes about 3.5 hours. In January in Bursa, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 5°C at night. You will leave for Istanbul on the 31st (Fri).

Things to do in Bursa

Parks Shopping Museums
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2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
On your second day here, steep yourself in 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 photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planning app .

Drive from Bursa to Istanbul in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Bursa in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Beyoglu ©
Beyoglu
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami
Rahmi M. Koc Museum ©
Rahmi M. Koc Museum

1
day
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
On the 3rd (Mon), slough off your stress at Turkish baths, then buy something for everyone on your list at DOSTYK PLAZA, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at D.A. Kunayev Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Almaty trip builder app .

Getting from Istanbul to Almaty by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul to Almaty, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Istanbul, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Almaty, ranging from highs of 2°C to lows of -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Spas Baths Shopping
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Turkish Baths
D.A. Kunayev Museum ©
D.A. Kunayev Museum
St. Nicholas Cathedral ©
St. Nicholas Cathedral

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