Istanbul Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, March 2015

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From Roman-era plumbing to Byzantine mosaics and Ottoman harems, Istanbul has centuries of history to share. After touring the mosques and palaces, be sure to relax at one of the famous Turkish hammams.

Day 1: Istanbul Tours
If time is tight, focus on Istanbul's Big Four: Topkapi Palace, Haga Sophia, the Blue Mosque and shopping at the Grand Bazaar. Or get your bearings on the 90-minute Istanbul City Tour, hopping on and off at several stops, before taking a half-day tour highlighting an aspect of Istanbul's millennia of history. Compare the city's European and Asian faces on the Istanbul Two Continents Tour, or focus on the city's Ottoman past on an Ottoman Relics Tour taking in Topkapi Palace, Rustem Pasha Mosque and the Grand Bazaar.

Day 2: The Personal Touch
Having covered your major bases on day one, this is a day to get under the city's skin. The private tour of the Egypitan Bazaar and cruise on the Bosphorus combines shopping for spices with beautiful views from the water. The private tour of Haga Sophia and Grand Bazaar blends history and shopping at two of Istanbul's most famous sites. And in the evening, when the city's mosques and monuments are floodlit, take a private tour of Istanbul by night and stay on for a Turkish dinner and floorshow with belly dancers!

Day 3: Day Trips from Istanbul
Take a ferry up the Bosphorus to the mouth of the Black Sea. For students of war history, the beaches of Gallipoli are within reach on the Gallipoli Day Trip . You also have the option to spend a leisurely free afternoon in Canakkale. The Burse Day Trip  takes you to a traditional Ottoman city that's also the birthplace of modern Turkish culture.

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7-Day Turkey Classics Tour from Istanbul: Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Cappadocia and Ankara

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Tick through Turkey’s classic sights on this spellbinding 7-day tour that starts and finishes in Istanbul. Traveling by air-conditioned coach with an expert ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 7 days (approx.)

From USD $596.55

Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour: Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar

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Visit six top Istanbul attractions in one day on a full-day sightseeing tour of the city! The action-packed day includes a comprehensive tour of the historical ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00

Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

There is no better way to see Istanbul than on a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus! See top Istanbul attractions on this comprehensive sightseeing tour, such ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: Varies

From USD $33.20

8-Day Best of Turkey Tour from Istanbul: Pamukkale, Bursa, Troy, Gallipoli, Ephesus

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

See the best of Turkey on this ultimate 8-day tour from Istanbul! Visit the country’s cultural capital – Istanbul – to see its top attractions like the Blue ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $729.37

Cappadocia In One Day Small-Group Tour from Istanbul: Rose Valley, Ortahisar, Kaymakli Underground City and Pigeon Valley

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See some of the best of southern Cappadocia on this full-day tour from Istanbul, including round-trip transfers, flights and lunch. Explore this ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $340.00

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Belly-Dancing Show

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Spend your evening in Istanbul cruising around the beautiful Bosphorus Strait while enjoying dinner and an Anatolian folklore show with belly dancing. Gliding ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $88.54

Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace

4 star rating: Recommended 52 Reviews

See Istanbul’s ornate palaces and architecture from land and water on this exciting full-day tour! From the comfort of a coach, you'll see top Istanbul ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.47

Troy Day Trip from Istanbul

4 star rating: Recommended 63 Reviews

Visit the ancient city of Troy and learn about its significance in Greek mythology as the main battlefield in the Trojan War. On the journey from Istanbul, ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $116.21

Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

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Explore the aromatic maze of stalls that make up Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar, and then hop aboard a sightseeing boat for a jaunt along the famous Bosphorus Strait! ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3-4 hours

From USD $42.00

Istanbul by Night: Turkish Dinner and Show

4 star rating: Recommended 132 Reviews

Istanbul by night means floodlit mosques, a fabulous Turkish dinner and a spectacular floorshow with bejeweled belly dancers. It's the ultimate Turkish ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.00

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