12 days in Istanbul Itinerary

12 days in Istanbul Itinerary

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12 days in Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Istanbul
— 11 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Budapest

11
nights
Istanbul

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) as well as Pinar Mosque. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi and Koza Hani. Head to Jennifer's Hamam and Cistern Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Istanbul: Asaf Family Beach (in Adalar), Bursa (Ulu Cami & Green Tomb) and Buyukada (Buyukada Tabiat Parki & Aya Yorgi Church). Spend the 8th (Tue) exploring nature at Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki. Spend the 9th (Wed) exploring nature at Eriklitepe Tabiat Parki. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yeni Camii, admire the striking features of Rustem Pasha Mosque, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary planner .

Budapest, Hungary to Istanbul is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Budapest to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Budapest in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bursa, Basiskele, Buyukada, Altinkemer Local Beach, Delmece Yaylasi
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Koza Hani ©
Koza Hani
Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi ©
Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi
Ulu Cami ©
Ulu Cami

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