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Istanbul (1 – 4 Days)

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1 - 4 Days

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This itinerary is for people with 1 to 4 days in Istanbul.

In my view, opting for a half-day vs a full-day cruise of the Bosphorous is fine. You won’t miss much if you do!

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Day 1
Day 1

★ Topkaphi Palace (150 mins - *Must-see*): Large palace museum. Served as residence and headquarters of Ottoman sultans

★ Sultanahmet Square (60 mins - *Must-see*): Vibrant square surrounded by important buildings

★ Hagia Sophia (90 mins - *Must-see*): Domed former church and mosque with beautiful mosaics and architecture

★ Basilica Cistern (90 mins - *Must-see*): Largest of several hundred ancient cisterns beneath Istanbul

★ Blue Mosque (45 mins - *Must-see*): Historic mosque with cascading domes and slender minarets

★ Istiklal Street (60 mins): Major shopping street. Leisurely stroll

Day 2
Day 2

★ Bosphorous Cruise (240 mins): Sightseeing half day boat cruise of Bosphorous Strait

★ Grand Bazaar (60 mins): One of the world's largest and oldest covered markets

★ Spice Bazaar (60 mins): Most famous covered shopping complex after Grand Bazaar

★ Rustam Pasha Mosque (45 mins): Gorgeous Ottoman mosque sometimes described as miniature Blue Mosque

★ Sulemaniya Mosque (45 mins): Ottoman imperial mosque. Second largest mosque in the city

Day 3
Day 3

★ Galata Bridge (60 mins): Scenic bridge connecting the old and modern sections of Istanbul

★ Galata Tower (60 mins): Medieval stone tower offering city views from atop

★ Dolmabache Palace (150 mins): 19th century palace. Final residence of Ottoman sultans

★ Taksim Square (60 mins): Busy nightlife, shopping, and dining district

★ Turkish Hammam (90 mins): Unique Turkish massage experience

Day 4
Day 4

★ Little Hagia Sophia (45 mins): Domed mosque likely built as a model for Hagia Sophia

★ Rahmi M. Koc Museum (90 mins): Industrial museum dedicated to transport, industry and communications

★ Chora Museum (60 mins): Byzantine church. Beautiful interior covered with mosaics and frescoes

★ Whirling Dervishes (90 mins): Customary Sufi meditation (whirling) performance

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Zainab

16/08/2019
Perfect plan, which I modified just a little to suit my 3 day stopover in Istanbul. Saw the Whirling Dervishes on Day 1 instead of going to Istiklal Street... would recommend it to everyone who like me feels that shopping is a waste of time while travelling!
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Adi

14/08/2019
Well planned and thoroughly thought off

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