8 days in Hungary & Turkey Itinerary

8 days in Hungary & Turkey Itinerary

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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights


Budapest, Hungary

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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Fisherman's Bastion, appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid, and admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building.

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Bodrum City, Turkey to Budapest is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Bodrum City in January; daily highs in Budapest reach 3°C and lows reach -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Nature
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Istanbul, Turkey

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 striking features of Hagia Sophia, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern.

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You can fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to Istanbul. Traveling from Budapest in January, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit warmer (10°C), and nights are much warmer (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Hungary travel guide

Historic Sites · Thermal Spas · Government Buildings
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations. 

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.