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Istanbul Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, June 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 ... 
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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

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Duration: 7 days (approx.)

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Small-Group Istanbul in One Day Tour Including Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Multi-day ... 
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Small-Group Istanbul in One Day Tour Including Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia

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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.)

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Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Istanbul, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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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
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Cappadocia In One Day Small-Group Tour from Istanbul: Rose Valley, Ortahisar, Kaymakli Underground ... 
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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.)

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Small-Group Istanbul Tour: Skip-the-Line Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern, Bosphorus Cruise, Blue ... 
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Small-Group Istanbul Tour: Skip-the-Line Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern, Bosphorus Cruise, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar

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If you want to pack Istanbul’s highlights into one fascinating day, this full-day tour, including a Bosphorus cruise, obliges. With an expert guide, skip the ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $120.00
Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Day Cruise from Istanbul, Istanbul, Full-day Tours
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Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Day Cruise from Istanbul

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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

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Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Belly-Dancing Show, Istanbul, Day Cruises
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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

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Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Bosphorus Full-Day Sightseeing Tour: Golden Horn and Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Bazaar, Camlica Hill ... 
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Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Istanbul Sightseeing Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, Istanbul, Full-day Tours
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Istanbul Sightseeing Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Explore Istanbul with ease and discover top city attractions with this Istanbul sightseeing pass, including hop-on hop-off bus tour. Choose between a three day ...  Read more

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Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Half-Day Cruise from Istanbul, Istanbul, Sightseeing & City Passes
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Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Half-Day Cruise from Istanbul

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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

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Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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