8 days in Turkey & Budapest Itinerary

8 days in Turkey & Budapest Itinerary

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Start: Isparta, Turkey
Drive:  2 h 15 min
1
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 day
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Antalya, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
End: Isparta, Turkey

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Hierapolis and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale road trip website.

Isparta to Pamukkale is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take a stroll through Ortakoy, thenget engrossed in the history at Istanbul Archaeological Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Chora Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the galleries of Hagia Sophia Museum, thenadmire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner.

Getting from Pamukkale to Istanbul by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Istanbul sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

4
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Liberty Statue and Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum. Get some historical perspective at Fisherman's Bastion and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Miniversum Budapest, steep yourself in history at Citadel, admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue, and don't miss a visit to Heroes' Square.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Budapest day trip app.

Fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Budapest, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Budapest, with lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Budapest

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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, wander the streets of Kaleici, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Antalya road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Antalya takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest to Antalya, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Budapest in July: high temperatures in Antalya hover around 41°C and lows are around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
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Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi
Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Lower Duden Waterfalls ©
Lower Duden Waterfalls

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