60 days in Turkey, Alexandria & Kazan Itinerary

60 days in Turkey, Alexandria & Kazan Itinerary

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Alexandria, Egypt
— 29 nights
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Kazan, Russia
— 15 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Alexandria, Egypt

— 29 nights

Mediterranean's Bride

Known for its turbulent and eventful past, the port city of Alexandria retains a historic charm and atmosphere, boasting thousands of years of Egypt's cultural heritage.
Explore Alexandria's surroundings by going to El Alamein (El Alamein War Cemetery, El Alamein World War II Military Museum, &more) and Dahab reef (in Kawm ad Dahab). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Royal Jewelry Museum, explore the world behind art at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, admire the landmark architecture of Deir Anba Bishoi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Alexandria sightseeing planning tool.

Surabaya, Indonesia to Alexandria is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Surabaya to Alexandria. Traveling from Surabaya in April, things will get a bit cooler in Alexandria: highs are around 29°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Alexandria

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Kazan, Russia

— 15 nights

Sports Capital of Russia

The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kazan: Sviyazhsk (Sviyazhskiy Holy Dormition Monastery, Temple of St. Sergius of Radonezh, &more), Mosque Dzhamig (in Zelenodolsk) and Raifa (Church in Honor of the Holy Fathers in Sinai and Raifa, Trinity Cathedral, &more). There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio, see the interesting displays at Kazan Kremlin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kul Sharif Mosque, and get outside with Kazan Tennis Academy.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kazan road trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Alexandria to Kazan. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Alexandria to Kazan. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Alexandria in May: high temperatures in Kazan hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Istanbul, Turkey

— 6 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

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Getting from Kazan to Istanbul by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kazan in May, Istanbul is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Izmir, Turkey

— 7 nights

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Get out of town with these interesting Izmir side-trips: Magnesia Antik Kenti (in Germencik), Selcuk (Temple of Hadrian, Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), &more) and Kusadasi (Kaleici Camii & Ladies Beach). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at KEY Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center, stop by Alsancak, and make a trip to Tarihi Asansor.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Izmir trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Izmir takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Istanbul in May; daily highs in Izmir reach 19°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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.