17 days in Turkey & Budapest Itinerary

17 days in Turkey & Budapest Itinerary

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Ankara, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Urgup, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
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Ankara, Turkey

— 3 nights

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii), stop by Kibele Kale, then examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, then get engrossed in the history at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, and finally contemplate the long history of Roman Wall. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, then examine the collection at Altindag Belediyesi Sair ve Yazarlar Evi, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hamamonu Restored Area, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii).

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Mumbai, India to Ankara is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Ankara. While traveling from Mumbai, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ankara, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 30°C. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Urgup.

Things to do in Ankara

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Urgup, Turkey

— 2 nights
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
On the 11th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Ortahisar Kalesi.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Urgup trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Ankara to Urgup takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ankara in July, expect nights in Urgup to be little chillier, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Goreme.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Goreme, Turkey

— 2 nights
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 13th (Tue), get outside with Outdoor Activities, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and finally stop by Antik Galeri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, trot along with Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Uchisar Castle.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Goreme trip maker site.

Goreme is very close to Urgup. In July, daytime highs in Goreme are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Pamukkale, Turkey

— 2 nights

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 15th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave and then delve into the distant past at Laodikeia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Pamukkale holiday planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Pamukkale in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 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.
Bring the kids along to Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, don't miss a visit to Hippodrome, steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planner.

Fly from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas

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.
Attractions like Hungarian Parliament Building and Fisherman's Bastion make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), take in the exciting artwork at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest day trip planning app.

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest. Traveling from Istanbul in July, Budapest is slightly colder at night with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Shopping

Turkey travel guide

4.4
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.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.