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Verified traveller12 Dec 2019
İf intending to visit all the sites and museums I would recommend buying the museum pass ,as it provides a huge saving over desperate individual tickets.
This transcontinental megopolis brings together the best of Europe and Asia. As one of the largest cities in the world, you’ll need more than a day in Istanbul.
Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey is home to over 13 million inhabitants, and one of the largest cities in the world.
Visitors flock to Istanbul’s modern and ancient sides, which often coincide. Find your bearings in this extraordinary capital by way of a city tour, before hand-picking landmarks to further explore.
Experience Istanbul’s vibrant history at the unmissable 15th-century Topkapi Palace. This former Ottoman residence has a colourful past, in the main, due to its former hedonistic occupants, the sultans and their famous harem. Explore the palace’s ornate décor, mysterious harem and Turkish bath, the green courtyard and spectacular sea views. Beat the rush of tourist crowds by going early morning or late afternoon.
See the stunning architecture of Istanbul’s spiritual spectacle, the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii). Dating back to the early 17th-century, this fascinating mosque is one of the city’s most visited sights and is still in use today. Check visiting times as tours are normally organised outwith hours of worship. Visitors are advised to enter via the mosque’s west entrance for the optimum view of the mosque.
The Byzantine Chora Church, in the old city walls, is another of Istanbul’s grand religious effigies. The church is one of the finest surviving examples of its kind, with some parts dating back to the 11th-century. Marvel at the church’s beautiful mosaic design and painted frescoes.
Slightly off the traditional tourist track, the Byzantine Basilica Cistern is a surprising, but must-see, attraction. This ancient underground system was designed in the 6th-century to channel water into the city, known then as Constantinople. The cistern ceiling is supported by a network of staggering ornate marble columns, at around 9 metres tall (30 ft). Although presently empty, the cistern has capacity for more than 100,000 tonnes of water.
Above ground, this extraordinary ‘mega-polis’ invites visitors to indulge. The city’s infamous Turkish baths (hamans) are ideal for relaxing after a day’s touring. Here you can self-serve or enjoy a wash, scrub and massage from a willing attendant. Check out the etiquette before a visit to avoid embarrassment.
For retail therapy on a grand scale, shop at Istanbul’s world famous Grand Bazaar. This is one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world dating back to the 15th-century with thousands of shops and many more visitors. It closes on Sundays and some bank holidays. After the bustle of the Bazaar, try a reviving Turkish Coffee and some authentic food in a local cafe.
Foodies will appreciate Istanbul’s many cosmopolitan restaurants and bars. After dark, watch the city come alive at one of the city’s numerous nightclubs. Nightlife is a huge part of Istanbul’s modern culture.
Gourmet restaurants interesting history and top sights from Sultanahmet Square to Hippodrome of Constantinople – discover Sultanahmet, a destination also famous for its shopping.
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Enjoy the popular shops in Taksim. Taksim Square is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Taksim Station or Findikli Station to see more of Istanbul.
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Known for its charming cafes and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Istanbul City Center. Check out top attractions like Suleymaniye Mosque and Spice Bazaar, and jump on the metro at Laleli-University Station or Aksaray Station to see more of the city.
Enjoy the popular shops in Fatih. Suleymaniye Mosque is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Aksaray Station or Yusufpasa Station to see more of Istanbul.
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If you're spending time in Besiktas, you might enjoy attractions like Dolmabahce Palace and Zorlu Performing Arts Center. You might also enjoy the neighbourhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at 4.Levent Station to see more of the city.
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You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Kadikoy. Spend some time visiting top spots like Bagdat Avenue, and catch the metro at Bahariye Station or Kilise Station to see more of the area.
Reviewed on 24 Nov 2019
Reviewed on 9 Dec 2019
The nickname of this 17th-century structure refers to the brilliant color of its tiled interior.
Enter the maze of shop-lined streets in one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world to browse hundreds of thousands of hand-crafted objects.
Once a church, then a Byzantine cathedral, later a mosque and now a monument, this iconic building is a national treasure.
The official residence of the Ottoman sultans for about four centuries is now accessible to the public and home to sacred relics.
The “Sunken Palace” is one of the most striking remnants of Byzantine Constantinople and is the largest of hundreds of ancient underground reservoirs in Istanbul.
This 16th-century mosque is not only the largest active mosque in Istanbul, but also one of the city’s most symbolic.
Explore the best of Istanbul in a single day. Visit Topkapi Palace, discover the Blue Mosque, wander through the Cistern Basilica, stop at Hagia Sophia, indulge in a traditional Turkish meal, and end at the Grand Bazaar.
Istanbul Tourist Pass is a digital city Pass that provides free access to many of the city’s top attractions (including activities for children), during the days you choose, while helping you save money, skip the ticketing lines, and explore Istanbul at your own pace.
Witness breathtaking views over the shimmering waters of Istanbul’s magnificent Bosphorous. See bridges, palaces, fortresses, seaside residences and many other historical places while you cruise along this strait.
Your Istanbul trip isn’t complete without sailing the Bosphorus. Jaw-dropping views of iconic landmarks glide by as you relax in the comfort of a private boat. Options include either a taste of the morning bustle at the Spice Bazaar or a panoramic view of the Golden Horn in the afternoon.
Witness the classic sites of heritage and history that abound in Istanbul on your full-day tour. Visit architectural masterpieces, marvel at awe-inspiring, Byzantine-era tileworks, and see the imperial treasures of Ottoman sultans.
Sultans Tombs-Tucked around the back of Hagia Sophia. There are five tombs of sultans: Sultan Selim II, Sultan Murad III, Sultan Mehmed III, Sultan Mustafa I, Sultan Ibrahim I. Topkapi Palace-It was residence of the Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years.
Verified traveller10 Dec 2019
Safe and nice people