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Istanbul Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, September 2014

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 690 Reviews

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 $80.00

Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 12 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 $39.16

Cappadocia In One Day Small-Group Tour from Istanbul: Devrent Valley, Ozkonak, Pasabag, Avanos and Goreme Open-Air Museum

4 star rating: Recommended 41 Reviews

Behold the spectacular rock formations and cave churches of Turkey’s Cappadocia region on this full-day sightseeing trip from Istanbul, including round-trip ...  Read more

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

From USD $288.00
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Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Belly-Dancing Show

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 36 Reviews

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 $104.44

Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Day Cruise from Istanbul

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Explore Istanbul on a full-day cruise along the Bosphorus Strait and the waters of the Black Sea! With an onboard guide, learn about Istanbul and enjoy three ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.13

Istanbul Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Turkish Dinner and Show

4.5 star rating: Recommended 38 Reviews

Experience the best of Istanbul on this unforgettable experience that combines two best-selling tours at a saving of 10%! Start with a full-day city ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00
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Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace

4 star rating: Recommended 40 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 $91.38

Troy Day Trip from Istanbul

4 star rating: Recommended 45 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 $137.08

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 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 $781.99

Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Half-Day Cruise from Istanbul

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Take a leisurely afternoon cruise along Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait, and enjoy an onboard lunch and visit to the Black Sea, too! After savoring delights such ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $58.75

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