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Bursa Day Tour from Istanbul
This guided tour of the former Ottoman capital takes visitors to the main sights like the old Silk Market and the Green Mosque. There’s also a cable car ride up to Mount Olympus, where you'll have free time for skiing and a barbecue lunch.
Day Trip to Faruk Yalçın Zoo, Masukiye & Lake Sapanca
The day starts at a scenic botanical garden and zoo, home to over 200 different species. Later, lunch will be served with a view in a Masukiye forest next to a waterfall. The tour ends with tea at beautiful Lake Sapanca.
Guided Tour of Princes Island from Istanbul
An experienced guide leads this tour of Büyükada, the largest of the Princes’ Islands, where you'll ride on a horse-drawn carriage past natural scenery and historic wooden mansions. You'll also get great views of the surrounding islands on a ferry ride around the Golden Horn.
Whirling Dervishes Performance
An opportunity to experience a traditional Sufi dance during a Sema ritual. The evening starts with live classical music performed by a traditional orchestra. Visitors will also enjoy free beverages and Turkish delight throughout the evening.
Turkish Coffee Trail Tour
This tour gives travelers the chance to participate in a Turkish coffee-making course, before discovering Istanbul’s historic "coffee route." A guide will lead visitors through old bazaars and coffee storage areas, before ending with some Turkish Delight tasting in the place it was first sold.
Bosphorus & Golden Horn Cruise
A 90-minute cruise that lets visitors check out sights like the Dolmabahçe Palace and the ancient Walls of Constantine. You'll also get to visit Rüstem Pasha Mosque before ending the tour at the Spice Bazaar.
Full-Day Istanbul Classics & Highlights Tour With Lunch
Showcasing the best of Istanbul, this full-day guided tour starts at the Roman Hippodrome before continuing to the Blue Mosque, German Fountain, and church of Hagia Sophia. You'll also get to visit the Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Irene Church, Caferağa Medresseh, and Soğukçeşme Sokağı.
Grand Bazaar Shopping Tour
From carpets and rugs to clothes and jewelry, Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar is one of the world’s most eclectic markets. This tour lets travelers explore the market with an expert guide, who’ll help find (and bargain for) the perfect souvenir to take home.
Istanbul Classics Morning Tour
Hosted by a local guide, this tour includes visits to Hagia Sophia, the German Fountain, the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar. Along the way, you'll also hear stories and facts about the sights being shown.
Istanbul Classics Afternoon Tour
Led by a local guide, this tour takes you to key sights in Istanbul with a running commentary. Highlights include Topkapi Palace, Hagia Irene Church (viewed from the outside), Caferaga Medrese, and Sogukcesme Street. You'll get to check out elements of the city's culture, history, and art along the way.
Old City Sultanahmet
0.2 miles from downtown
Begin your adventure in Sultanahmet Square: the gateway to the historic center. In Topkapi Palace, Byzantine artifacts shine proudly in the display cases. Hagia Sophia’s mosaics are time-worn, reflecting the history of a space that has been both mosque and church across 1.5 millennia. Funky bars and cozy cafes summon you to come enjoy a drink.
Places to stay from $6 a night
2 miles from downtown
Street culture, energetic cafes and antique stores with unique treasures await in this cosmopolitan district. Fashionistas will have a field day at the boutiques on Istiklal Avenue. Concerts, movie theaters and exhibition centers provide family-friendly entertainment, and the trendy clubs and bars bring out the glamourous after dark.
Places to stay from $6 a night
3.9 miles from downtown
Ortakoy’s residents are youthful and cosmopolitan. Among the swathes of modern art galleries, you'll find eateries tempting you with delicious local delicacies. One of the area's oldest buildings is the Turkish Bath, followed by the neo-Baroque Ortakoy Mosque. Take a cruise across the Bosporus, or shop for trinkets at the emporiums.
Places to stay from $21 a night
3.7 miles from downtown
To stay in Kadıköy means immersing yourself in traditional Turkish culture, and it’s a fast ferry ride from this residential district to the city’s prime attractions. Elaborate wooden houses that creak with the passing of time, and remnants of the Roman Empire await as you wander the streets. Indulge in mouth-watering Turkish Delights from Akustik Market.
Places to stay from $8 a night
3.9 miles from downtown
Fragments of the Ottoman Empire remain in this district on the coast. Picnic or play in the flower-filled groves of Yildiz Park, followed by a walk to Ortakoy – inviting cafes by day and plush clubs by night. Salute the sea at the Turkish Naval Museum, see and be seen in trendy Bebek and Kurucesme, or crown your day at Dolmabahce Palace.
Places to stay from $8 a night
3.2 miles from downtown
Sisli is a large district on the European side of Istanbul, near the Bosporus Bridge. A mix of mosques, churches and synagogues make the area eclectic. The Trump Towers and Cevahir Shopping Mall are reminders of the growing tide of commercialism sweeping through the area. The narrow streets of Nisantasi are loaded with boutiques and galleries.
Places to stay from $10 a night
1.9 miles from downtown
Take a decent pair of walking shoes to navigate the 3.4-mile stretch atop the 8th-century City Walls of Constantinople. Make sure to spend some time at Kara Ahmet Pasha Mosque, a medieval learning center that houses painstakingly detailed mosaics. The area maintains its scholarly nature, with many cafes and student haunts.
Places to stay from $15 a night
0.8 miles from downtown
There’s a sort of haze around the palaces, towers and gardens around Beyazit Mosque, giving the feeling of being lost in time. The mosque has stood proudly since 1506 and weathered many storms over its cut-stone exterior. The Grand Bazaar is filled with the sights, smells and sounds of an authentic Turkish market.
Places to stay from $17 a night
7.1 miles from downtown
The Asian side of Istanbul lives on the edge of the past and present. Kadıköy is a mix of scents and sounds; in Moda, buy tapas-style food from a quirky street vendor, then wander past tattoo parlors and street art for a live exhibition of urban Istanbul flow. Buy branded clothing on Bagdat Avenue, then dine out in style.
Places to stay from $7 a night
Istanbul is a timeless crossroads of cultures, religions, and civilizations, the meeting point of Europe and Western Asia.
Greek, Persian, Byzantine, and Ottoman influences are all over the city to this day. The breathtaking Hagia Sophia stood as an ornate church for over 1,000 years before being converted into an Imperial Mosque, which it remained for another 500 years. There's also Topkapi Palace, an extravagant complex of courtyards, halls, and terraces with beautiful views over the Bosphorus Strait. Today, both structures are religious museums that draw in millions of visitors every year.
The Blue Mosque is another striking example of Byzantine-Ottoman blended architecture, with its domes, towering minarets, and blue İznik tiles covering the interior. For a full view of the mosque’s design, enter through the crumbling remains of a Roman-era hippodrome in Sultanahmet Square.
However, Istanbul’s oldest landmarks can easily be overlooked. Several hundred ancient cisterns lie deep beneath the ground where water was delivered from a local reservoir through 12 miles of aqueducts. The largest of these is the Basilica Cistern, which you can explore along raised wooden platforms.
Back on ground level, the Grand Bazaar will blow you away with its maze-like network of artisanal shops and cozy teahouses. Work up an appetitie while exploring, before grabbing a Dürüm wrap on a street corner, or some delicious meze in a bistro-style restaurant in Sultanahmet.
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|Most popular time to visit||July-September|
|Cheapest time to visit||December-February|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.14|
|Average weekend price||$84 per night|
|Average weekday price||$87 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
“watch out 4 burglars on metro esp. black veiled women they will try 2 steal from u in the elevator”
“It’s a very historical and beautiful place. It was well-built and has beautiful architectural details. It’s filled with ornate and intricatedesigns. It was crowded with plenty of visitors but worth seeing, as it’s one of the most visited sites in the area.”
“it is a very nice street to walk through but it is full of bars and away from religion behaviour from some people”
“Wonderful place lots of goods lots of gold and real jewelry stores . Huge bazaar historical structural de”
“ The bridge across over the plenty turquoise water is one of the representations for the distinctive topography of Istanbul. The picturesque city engineering attracts the eyes of the viewers. ”
“It has nothing to do with meuseums. You pay money and queu for a long time just to see achurch that was made a mosque. Bad expirience”
“If u know the history of the place and the stories of Sultan Soliman, you will enjoy the visit”
“You feel the historical issue when visiting it and very nice watching the 3D display. ”
“Beautiful articat and fantastic location and full of political and social history ”
“Shopping was really great experience in Istanbul prices are good but you need to bargin”
It exceeded my expectation. The food ...the people. There are many wonderful places to see..ie. not only in the big city Istanbul but also Cappadocia, Pamukkale and nearby towns. A visit to Ephesus is a MUST when visiting Turkey. .And get a private local tour. (If you like Pompeii, this place will blow your mind!) -Leo, Sydney Australia
Overrated and chaotic, I expected more but it disappinted me , Iv been to places which is smalled and nicer with a greater places to visit . We ate everywhere and food wasn’t that good but ( The han restaurant) was good , it’s a very big city with expensive transportations fees .
The buses and metro are very convenient, and reasonable price. But after 12:00 u should take a taxi which is always available. taxi drivers tend to charge you more than the actual cost so just take care. The food is always good where ever u go, whether its traditional , or classic restaurant, or fast food. Its a great place for shopping with all the brands available, and also Turkish brands which you may not of heard of before. The sad thing is that people there don't seem to speak English. Taksim would be a good place for money exchange, but its too much crowded. There are a lot of places to visit, either you're looking for nature or historical places or fun places for adventure. Make sure you get to see Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque in Saltan Ahmed, Bosphorus cruise , and Vialand.
Istanbul is one the most beautiful cities that I have visited, even in Turkey. You can find everything there. If you are into shopping, you can find modern malls or domestic shops. If you want to enjoy history, there are a lot of historical sights for seeing. In the summertime, you can swim in the beaches of Prince Islands. You can visit museums, mosques, bazaars and never get tired of the city... Even if you want to hang out with friends there are a lot of bars, pubs and clubs in Istiklal street and Kadikoy... I enjoy roaming around the city watching people and buildings and strongly recommend to visit Istanbul if you have not yet!
There are some cities in the world that feel as though the heavens have blessed them or as though they are sprinkled in magical fairy dust. Istanbul is one such city. I’m never disappointed when I go there and I’m always sad to leave. I’ve been into the Aya Sofya several times and am continuously in awe of her as well as feel my soul is soothed the moment I’ve entered the Basilica Cistern. The rest of the time I’m happy to soak in the magic.
There are so many places to visit. If you use public transportation and you get used to it, I recommand this city as must visit. But if you have your own vehicle.. Be aware this city's havvy traffic.
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