8 days in Turkey & Budapest Itinerary

8 days in Turkey & Budapest Itinerary

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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 day
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Antalya, Turkey
— 1 night


Pamukkale, Turkey

— 1 day

Cotton Castle

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

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:

Istanbul, Turkey

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take a stroll through Ortakoy, then get 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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia, then admire 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 do a combination of taxi and 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

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:

Budapest, Hungary

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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 Miniversum Budapest. Get some historical perspective at Fisherman's Bastion and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Budapest Pinball Museum, contemplate the long history of Citadel, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and get engrossed in the history at Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum.

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Fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Budapest is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Budapest, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Spas
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 18:

Antalya, Turkey

— 1 night
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 · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 19:

Turkey travel guide

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.