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Alluring Cappadocia & Istanbul

4N / 5D
2N 
Cappadocia
 → 2N 
Istanbul
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  • Adventure
  • Historical
  • Discovery
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Included in this package
Meals
Hotels
Activities
Transfers
  • Overview
  • Tour Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Inclusions
  • Tour Pricing
  • Policies
  • Tour Destinations

Tour Highlights

  • Devrent Valley
  • Avanos
  • Goreme Open Air Museum
  • Sultan Ahmet Center
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Sultan Tombs
  • Blue Mosque
  • Serpentine Column
  • Obelisk of Theodosius
  • German Fountain of Wilhelm II
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Topkapi Palace

Tour Plan

Day 1 

Arrival in Istanbul / Istanbul - Cappadocia

Arrival to Istanbul Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) and proceed to domestic flights section for your flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival to Kayseri Airport (ASR) or Nevsehir Airport (NAV), transfer to your hotel for check in process. Rest of the day will be free at leisure for relax.
Overnight in Cappadocia.

Meal Included

Dinner

Day 2 

Cappadocia

Breakfast at the hotel and meet at the hotel lobby in the morning and visit to Devrent Valley where various types of fairy chimneys are abundant. We will walk through this amazing valley. After visiting Devrent, drive to Avanos which is known for the pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. The red clay which is worked by local craftsmen comes from the residue in the Kizilirmak River, the longest river of Turkey. Further to the time for lunch at local restaurant, proceed to Goreme Open Air Museum (Dark Church is excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee) to visit the churches, chapels and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th to the 13th centuries with frescos painted on the walls. Thereafter time to take photos in the neighboring valleys before going back to the hotels.
Overnight in Cappadocia.

Meal Included

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 

Cappadocia - Istanbul

After breakfast at the hotel, check out process and transfer to Kayseri Airport (ASR) or Nevsehir Airport (NAV) for your flight toIstanbul. Upon arrival to Istanbul Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW), transfer to your hotel for check in process. Rest of the day will be free at leisure for relax.
Overnight in Istanbul.

Meal Included

Breakfast

Day 4 

Istanbul

Breakfast at hotel. Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Hagia Sophia, the Church of Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilicain the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome. Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world withnearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir.

Lunch at Local Restaurant.

Topkapi Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. Live guide commentary is not allowed in special sections. (Haremis not included in the program) Sultan Tombs, there are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at Hagia Sophia. The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, red, green and blue flower motives. Prince robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses.

Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 5 

Departure from Istanbul

After breakfast at the hotel, check out process and transfer to Istanbul Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) for your flight back to home. (Standard check out time is 12:00 pm)

Meal Included

Breakfast

Tour Accommodation

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Yeni Yukseller Hotel

Cappadocia

NO OF NIGHTS

2 Nights

ROOM TYPE

Standard
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Taksim Star Hotel

Istanbul

NO OF NIGHTS

2 Nights

ROOM TYPE

Standard

Inclusions

  • 2 Nights stay in Cappadocia
  • 2 Nights stay in Istanbul
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 Dinner at Hotel
  • Full Day Istanbul City Tour with Local Lunch
  • Full Day Cappadocia City Tour with Local Lunch
  • Airport transfers
  • Museum entrances & sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Service charge & all VATs
  • Parking fees & tolls
  • English speaking guidance

Exclusions

  • Personal Expenses
  • Voluntary Tips for Guide & Driver
  • Any Flight Tickets
  • Visa & Insurance Expenses
  • Drinks at Meals
  • PCR Test

Tour Activity

Pricing Calender

Booking Policies

  • 50% of the Holiday Package Cost at the time of Booking.
  • Balance 50% of Holiday Package Cost, 30 days prior to Departure.
  • Non-Refundable items (if any) will be told in advance for full payment.
  • Airfare to be paid full at one time in advance.

Cancellation Policies

  • 25% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled 51 Days or More
  • 50% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled between 50 – 36 Days
  • 75% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled between 35 – 21 Days
  • 100% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled 20 Days or less.

Important Notes

  • Per person cost is calculated on the basis of Minimum 02 adults travelling together on Twin sharing basis.
  • Extra adult is the 3rd person who shares the same double room and is provided with an extra bed or rollaway mattress.
  • Hotel normal check in time is 1400 - 1600 hours and check out time is 1000 - 1200 hours
  • Package cost is subject to change until full confirmation for package tour.
  • Rooms are subject to availability.
  • Room type (double or twin is Subject to Availability and is at sole discretion of the hotel)
  • Itinerary is just indicative. Do not consider it as a Final Schedule. Date & Time of Tours can be changed by Local Agent / Tour Operator.
  • All transfers tours based on Seat-In-Coach (SIC) basis (Shared Basis) other than mentioned in Inclusions.
  • Dinner coupons are of Indian restaurant based on buffet or set menu basis, outside hotel, without transfers.
  • PAN card copy required for billing.
  • The cost of outbound package tour is payable in convertible foreign exchange (subject to RBI/GOI regulation) except cost of ticket. Package Cost includes (Ground handling charges) Dollar segment, which will be taken out of your BTQ (Basic Travel Quota). ROE will be applicable at the time of final payment of the Tour Package.
  • Reservation Vouchers and Air Tickets will be handed over 3 days before the scheduled Tour, after receiving the full and final payment.
  • Selection of seats in Airline is subject to availability and is at sole discretion of the airlines.
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  • Above tour prices are subject to change in the event of increase in hotel room rates levy by the hotel especially during Peak Season/Holiday surcharge and major events/fairs and convention.
  • Tour is in group & one may have to wait intermittently for transfers especially for pick-up and dropping as transfers services are used for other group tourists too.
  • The time schedule fixed by the local tour operator should be strictly adhered to. For any inconvenience, loss or consequence suffered due to tourist’s failure to keep the local tour operators timings, the tourist alone would be responsible. Please also note that unlike in the case of individual tailor made tour packages; you might have to adjust timings for the sake of general member of your tour group. Hotels mentioned now are only proposed at the moment. The hotel named in the service voucher shall be final.
  • This intimation supersede all previous offers by Company and any verbal communication or offer made earlier by any of our representatives.

Condition Apply
The aforementioned description is just for informative purpose. Final package tour components shall be mentioned on the voucher at the time of finalizing the tour package. The travel tour components mentioned here are subject to change at last minute variation that may occur due to factors beyond control of the Company. It is entirely your responsibility to check the Service Voucher(s) / Tickets / Visas / Insurance Policies carefully on delivery thereof and to let the Company know immediately in the event of any error.

Tour Destination

About City

Cappadocia
"The Fairytale City"

Cappadocia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey. It is located in the centre of Turkey, almost 700km from Istanbul. It is a land of natural wonder famous for its picturesque valleys, unique cave hotels, mystical underground cities and fairy chimneys (unique rock formations). Cappadocia is also most popular for its breathtaking hot air balloon rides at sunrise.

The ancient valleys of Cappadocia offer many hiking trails. There is so much hiking here that it will take you at least a week to explore them all. Goreme is one of the main highlights of Cappadocia. It is home to an open-air museum and historical sites, home to hidden churches and exotic frescoes.

Unlike popular belief, Cappadocia is not a city but an entire region. It has small towns like Goreme, Uchisar, Urgup and Ortahisar, among others. These areas are surrounded by three dormant volcanoes - Mt Erciyes, Mt Hasan and Mt Gullu. These have contributed to the exotic landscape of Cappadocia and the unique cave hotels. These cave hotels are a sought-after experience, quintessential to Cappadocia. It is also the place where you don't want to miss a sunrise!

Things To Do In Cappadocia

1. Hot Air Balloon at Sunrise
Cappadocia in Turkey is one of the most famous places in the world for a hot air balloon ride. These are group tours, and there are at least 100 hot air balloons in the air at a time, flying as high as 3,000 feet above the ground. Book the hot air balloon rides well in advance, as they can often be sold out. Also, these are weather dependent and may be cancelled. So, plan to spend a few days and keep a buffer. The take-off site changes daily depending on the wind direction.

2. Red and Rose Valley Hike
The most spectacular hikes in Cappadocia are considered to be the trail to Red & Rose Valley, close to Gerome. The loop trail of Rose valley connects it to the Red Valley Trail. The hike starts from Buffe, a shop marked on Google Maps. Take a bus to Cavusin and then walk, or walk straight from Göreme. The trek isn't strenuous, takes around 2-3 hours to complete, and has marvellous viewpoints all along the way! The hike is ideal for beginners.

3. Goreme Open Air Museum
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Goreme Open Air Museum is a monastery complex with a cluster of Church ruins carved in Cappadocian stone. This historical site is nestled in the Nevsehir region and is quite popular for its signature landmark, the Dark Church. Goreme is visited by hundreds of thousands each year for the fascinating churches adorned with beautifully painted frescoes along the walls.

4. Visit Fair Chimneys at Pasabag Valley
The Fairy Chimneys, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is synonymous with thousands of unique rock formations created due to the erosion of volcanic tuff or soft rock. They are found predominantly within the Goreme National Park. Some of the most well-known places to see Fairy Chimneys include Zelve Valley, Red Valley, Devrent Valley, and Pigeon Valley. Another way to see these mesmerising structures is while on a hot air balloon ride.

5. Climb the Uchisar Castle
Situated at the highest point in the Cappadocia region, Uchisar Castle is well-known for its panoramic views. It is a short trek from the towns of Uchisar or Goreme and it takes about 120 steps to climb up to the castle. It overlooks the famous fairy chimneys, Pigeon Valley, Goreme, Mt. Erciyes and other tourist sites around. The castle is also an ideal spot for catching the magnificent sunset.

6. Stay at a Cave Hotel
Cappadocia is home to several natural rock-cut caves that have been preserved over the years and turned into houses, churches and hotels. This out of the box experience of living in an authentic cave, with a cozy yet luxurious environment is only possible in Cappadocia. These suites are comfortable, lavish and equipped with all amenities. The cave suites set in the natural environment of the city, look magnificent and exude luxury.

7. Derinkuyu Underground City Tour
The Derinkuyu Underground City is the deepest underground city in Cappadocia, with an impressive depth of 85 metres. It is a giant labyrinth of cave-like rooms with an elaborate ventilation system, connecting passageways, and discrete entrances. With huge well-lit passages, explore every part of the city, including churches, schools, wine cellars, livestock and food storage places, graveyards, and communal places where people could eat, meet, and worship together.

8. Ihlara Valley Hike
The Ihlara Valley is a picturesque gorge created by the Melendiz river over thousands of years. This 14km long valley is one of the most beautiful and serene locations in Cappadocia. It used to be a favourite place among the monks for recreation, seen by the many churches along the valley's length. It is famous for its hiking excursions.

9. Visit a Hammam
Hammams are traditional baths that were supposedly built near mosques to protect the ceremonial purity of Muslim rituals. Turkish Baths today are more of a Spa Retreatment for tourists. Two kinds of hammams are available in Cappadocia, traditional and modern hotel hammams.

10. Walk Around Zelve Valley
Situated between Urgup and Avanos in Cappadocia, Zelve Valley is one of the region’s last-abandoned monastic valleys. It dates back to the Byzantine era and has been turned into an open-air museum. Belonging to the pre-iconoclastic times, it is spread out across three valleys and is visited for its unique architecture.

11. Horse Riding in Valleys at Sunset
Horseback riding is a popular sport in the dunes of Cappadocia, with sunset horse riding tours being especially popular. Cappadocia boasts of unusual landscapes like the canyon or the moonscape which makes horseriding fun. Hourly tours are available. These rides can be booked online or via local agents on arrival.

12. Hike or Hot Air Balloon Ride in Pigeon Valley
Also known as Guvercinlik Valley, Pigeon Valley is a very popular hiking destination in Cappadocia, located between the towns of Goreme and Uchisar. The trek can be done from either town, although Uchisar is the preferred starting point as it is mostly downhill from there; the hike is not too arduous and is suitable for beginners as well. Hot air balloon tour is also popular here.

13. Watch Sunset at Devrent Valley
Devrent Valley is famous due to its rock formations which are in different shades of pink. It is also known as Imaginary Valley or Pink Valley and is full of numerous naturally formed pillar-like structures, rock formations and the famous fairy chimneys. Many rock formations resemble animals such as a snake, alligator, dolphin, seal, and one even looks like a praying Mary. The valley also offers stunning views of the sunset and is an ideal place for photography.

14. Carpet Shopping
The streets of Cappadocia are lined with dreamy carpet shops, straight out from a Disney movie. The colorful carpet stores offer a delightful range of hand dotted carpets and patterns and are usually run by families through generations. You can find carpets as old as 200 years in the lanes of the Central Town, Goreme. Many tourists end up getting themselves these authentic Arabian carpets from Cappadocia, especially from Bazaar 54 popular for Turkish ‘hali’ work.

15. Lover’s Hill Sunset Point
Located in Goreme Town, at the edge of a cliff overlooking the entire city, Lover’s Hill is a gem of a spot for sunsets and sunrises in Cappadocia. Locally known as Asiklar Tepesi, it is within walking range of most of the hotels in Goreme. Sip a hot cup of tea or even a beer while cherishing the view at a small restaurant at the top, and enjoy a mesmerizing sunset with a background of pastel colours and hundreds of colourful hot air balloons dancing in the sky.

16. ATV Sunset Tour
One of the best ways to experience Cappadocian landscapes is through an ATV tour in the middle of the desert. After a demonstration and practice, tourists are let out into the dunes of Cappadocia for their private ATV ride. The ATV tour takes visitors to marvel at Greek architecture at sunset around Rose Valley, rock formations at the love valley and the sword valley. Drivers for the ATV require a license; passengers don't.

17. Zemi Valley Hiking
The Zemi Valley is a popular tourist attraction owing to its unique and fascinating rock formations. Many visitors hike through its unique terrains, created by volcanic activities over thousands of years. The trek brings you across many scenic views, fairy chimneys, awesome caves, and also a small chapel carved into a rock with frescoes all over the ceiling.

18. Explore Kaymakli Underground City
Located in Goreme, the Kaymakli Underground City is the widest and one of the largest of the 36 underground cities in Cappadocia. It was built during the Hittite era to act as a safe haven during raids and attacks. There are 8 floors full of cellars, storage spaces, stables, and wineries. Only 4 floors are open to the public, and most of the things of interest are on the 3rd floor.

19. Ortahisar Castle
Situated in the town of Ortahisar, a 10-minute drive from Goreme, Ortahisar Castle is one of the most popular historical treasures of Cappadocia. With amazing views stretching from Uchisar to Goreme, surrounding markets, and lots of photo opportunities, this castle is the perfect way to spend a leisurely day.

20. Hair Museum
The weirdest museum in the world, the Hair Museum is located in Avanos. With samples from 16,000 women visitors worldwide, this museum is a major attraction in Cappadocia. The walls and ceilings have been marked with hair donations from visitors with their details attached to them.

21. Shopping at Avanos
The picturesque town of Avanos is nestled in the Nevsehir province of Cappadocia and is extremely popular for its souks, pottery workshop and experiences. The cobbled pathways of Avanos are studded with stores and cafes, and tourists enjoy shopping for souvenirs here, alongside making pottery. From carpet/rug stores, pots and vessels to clothing and accessories, Avanos Souk has it all!

22. Walk Around Cavusin Castle
Cavusin Castle, located in a small town in Cappadocia, is a beautiful castle carved into a mountain. It is a great sightseeing location for those who are interested in Turkey's archaeological heritage. To reach the castle, you will have to walk from the Cavusin Church, through the Cavusin Valley. The top of the Cavusin Castle is an ideal spot to watch the Cappadocia hot air balloons at sunrise.

23. Watch Sunset from Love Valley
Love Valley, located outside the city of Goreme in Cappadocia, is an architectural wonder with natural and gigantic structures that have been formed due to volcanic eruptions. The unique geological site is the most visually stunning region of Turkey. It is famous for hiking, biking and hot air balloon ride. The Cappadocia Love Valley also has one of the most beautiful sunset views and is especially popular amongst couples for proposals.

24. Dark Church
The Dark Church or Karanlik Kilise is the most beautiful cave church in Cappadocia and is famous for its bright and gorgeous paintings on every wall. Located inside a monastery, the church dates back to the mid-11th-century and depicts centuries-old colourful and detailed frescoes. It is located inside the Goreme Open Air Museum and is also on the UNESCO World Heritage List because of its mediaeval monastic heritage.

25. Guray Museum
Guray Museum in Avanos, Turkey, is the first and unique underground ceramic cave museum in the world. It displays both antique and modern collections of Turkish ceramics, pottery and artefacts. The museum is hidden inside caves and tunnels beneath the Guray Ceramic showroom and is divided into three main sections.

26. Day Trip to Pink Salt Lake Tuz
Lake Tuz is one of the largest salt lakes in the world, located in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey. Tourists flock to the lake to witness its seasonal colour changes and walk on the salt beds. The lake is so bright during summers that it can be observed from space. And during other seasons, the lake turns into a beautiful pink colour due to the blooming of algae which has several beneficial health properties.

27. Day Trip to Aladaglar National Park
The Aladaglar National Park in Cappadocia is known for its majestic mountain range, often known as the “Alps of Turkey,” which appear rust-coloured at sunset. It is spread out across the provinces of Kayseri, Nigde and Adana in the Mediterranean region of Turkey. The park is home to the tallest mountains of Turkey's Central Taurus Mountains and is an ideal place for hiking, trekking, mountaineering and bird watching.

28. Mount Hasan
Mount Hasan, south of the Ihlara Valley, is a volcanic mountain with two peaks and is a well-known hiking destination. These two peaks are the Small Hasan Dagi and the Big Hasan Dagi, which are above 3,000 metres high. It is stunning in the wintertime when the peak is covered in snow. There is also a picnic area close to the base of the mountain.

29. Hike to Selime Monastery
The largest religious structure in Cappadocia, Selime Cathedral, is carved into a volcanic rock and is essentially a part of Selime Monastery that has been turned into a museum because of its historical significance. Located atop the Ihlara Valley, you will have to hike up through rocky caves to reach the monastery.

30. Anti-Taurus Mountains
The Anti-Taurus Mountains is a mountain range running northeast from the Taurus Mountains in Cappadocia. It is covered in snow during most seasons. During spring, the melting snow forms many lakes. These lakes, as well as the Kapuzbasi Waterfall, are beautiful attractions in the mountain range with breathtaking views. It is also popular for camping.

Best Time To Visit Cappadocia

The best time to visit Cappadocia is from April to May and September to October. Cappadocia is extremely hot in summer and cold in winter, so spring and autumn is the best time. This is the perfect time to hike and explore the Red and Rose valleys. Cappadocia’s spring brings colour to the land of fairy chimneys in the form of flowers. A hot air balloon ride is integral to experiencing the beautiful terrains of Cappadocia, and it is available all year long.

The top sightseeing places in Cappadocia are Goreme, Goreme Open-air Museum, Kaymaklo Underground City, Derinkuyu Underground City, Zelve Open Air Museum, Ihlara Valley.
 

About City

Istanbul

Although not the official capital of Turkey, Istanbul is still very much the heart of all activities in the country. It is Turkey's largest and most populated city and also the centre of tourism. Istanbul is located on both sides of the Bosphorus and thus lies in both Europe and Asia.

Istanbul is known for the marvellous structures of Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the Topkapi Palace and the Dolmabahe Palace. Almost all of these buildings today serve as museums, providing insight into the grand lives of the emperors and kings, and the spectacular Byzantine and later European architecture. Istanbul also has some splendid gardens, such as the Gulhane and the Emirgan, which come alive during spring when the tulips start to bud, and the colours start to flourish. Cruises along the Bosphorus Strait is a hugely popular activity with spectacular views of the cityscape. Istanbul is also a shopper's paradise, with one of the world's first shopping malls, the Grand Bazaar, and several streets dedicated to small stores and stalls.

Known as Byzantium and Constantinople throughout history, Istanbul has always been one of the most important European cities. Today, it is the 7th largest city in the world and one of the most heavily populated. Its vibrance and imperial heritage make it one of the most beautiful cities to visit. It served as the capital of the Byzantine and the Ottoman empires, and the numerous cathedrals, mosques and palaces erected by the rulers can still be seen all over the city. The Bosphorus Strait, the thin dividing waterway between Europe and Asia, divides Istanbul into different parts. Most of the beautiful historical structures are located around Sultanahmet Square (old city). The New Istanbul is the main business district of the city housing skyscrapers, mansions and picturesque neighbourhoods. Across the Bosphorus is the Asian side while off the coast of the Asian Side is the Princess' Islands

Things To Do In Istanbul

1. Hagia Sophia
Arguably the most spectacular example of Byzantine architecture, Hagia Sophia has been a cathedral, a mosque, and today is a museum and one of the country's biggest attractions. The intricate mosaics and frescoes throughout this majestic mosque are marvellous. There are several points of interest here, such as the Lustration Urns, the supposedly supernatural Wishing Column, the Marble Door, and the Loge of the Empress. There are continuous restoration works going on in the building since it deteriorated due to neglect over the years, but nevertheless, it is Turkey's busiest museum.

2. Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque)
This huge and beautiful Sultan Ahman Mosque sits right opposite the Hagia Sofia and houses hundreds of thousands of detailed decorations. It is famous for its blue interiors and is also known as the Blue Mosque. It is Istanbul's most picturesque building, complemented by the breathtaking architecture inside. The mosque gets its unofficial nickname from the fact that it has more than 20,000 blue Iznik tiles adorning the interiors, displaying many stunning designs. There are upwards of 200 stained glass windows for natural lighting, all showcasing different patterns and works. The mihrab itself is beautifully carved out of marble. On the outside, the mosque has a collection of domes and 6 towering minarets. It has a huge courtyard which gives you a perspective of the grandeur of the mosque. The mosque is still commonly used for worship and is closed for tourists or visitors during the 6 prayer times in the day.

3. Cruise the Bosphorus
The Bosphorus Strait is the dividing waterway between Europe and Asia. With Europe on one side and Asia on the other, it makes for an ideal cruise for some scenic views of most of Istanbul's landmarks. The Hagia Sofia and the Sultan Ahmed Mosque are also visible from the cruise. The Bosphorus is an international strait of huge strategic importance. Along the coast, you can also witness the old wooden houses from Ottoman times. There are two suspension bridges connecting the two continents across the strait as well. The Bosphorus Strait cruises are considered to be one of the best and the most scenic tours of Istanbul.

4. Shopping at Grand Bazaar
Grand Bazaar of Istanbul is one of the oldest and largest markets in the world. The Bazaar encompasses 64 streets, 4000 shops, restaurants, and banks, making it almost its own little city. It is often considered to be among the very first shopping malls in the world. It can be reached through the Beyazit-Kapalicarsi tram station.

5. Topkapi Palace
The Topkapi Palace is a majestic building which served as the main residence of the Ottoman emperors for nearly 400 years. Today it serves as one of the most important museums in Istanbul. It contains some of the rarest items in the world. Though the complex has several hundred rooms, halls and chambers, only the most significant of them are open to the public. This huge complex is a great way to gain some perspective on the extravagant lives that the Ottoman rulers lived is divided into several sections and places of interest. Mainly, these are the First Courtyard, which you enter when you cross the Imperial Gate of the palace; the Second Courtyard, which has things like the Imperial Carriages, the Palace Kitchens and their collections, the Imperial Stables and Treasury, and the Gate of Felicity; through the Gate of Felicity you enter the Third Courtyard, which has the Miniature and Portrait room containing portraits of the Sultan, the Audience Chamber where the Sultan would meet and receive gifts from his subjects, and the Enderun Library, which was the library of Ahmed III, among other chambers; the Harem is perhaps the most important of these, it was the main area of residence of the Sultan and has 6 floors of which only one is accessible, and contains a ton of important chambers, courtyards and many rooms; and then there is the fourth and final courtyard, which has many pleasure pavilions and also a terrace restaurant.

6. Explore Basilica Cistern
Basilica Cistern is the largest cistern in the city of Istanbul, built underneath the Stoa Basilica. It has hundreds of decorated columns and is a simply breathtaking piece of architecture. There is only a few feet of water in the cistern today, above which platforms are built for people to tour it.

7. Explore the Hippodrome (Sultanahmet Square)
Sultanahmet Square, also known as the Hippodrome, is the centrepiece of Istanbul's Historical Peninsula. It is located a few minutes' walk away from the Sultanahmet tram station. It leads to the city's most fantastic attractions, including the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia and Ibrahim Pasa Palace. Sultanahmet Square is also lined with hotels, restaurants and other places of accommodation and leisure.

8. Golden Ferry to Chora Museum
Chora Museum, also known as Kariye Museum, is popular as one of the most beautiful Byzantine churches of the 16th-century. For many, the importance of the Chora Museum is as great as Hagia Sophia. The best way to get to this part of town is to catch the Golden Horn ferry from Karakoy.

9. Whirling Dervishes Ceremony at Galata Mevlevi House
Located in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul, the Galata Mevlevi House is a former dervish tekke (lodge). It has been converted into a museum on the Mevlevi Sufi Islam sect and is home to a wide variety of artefacts. One can witness dervishes “whirling here” as a form of devotion to God; Galata Mevlevi House is one of the only places in the city where one can see them.

10. Dolmabahe Palace
The Dolmabahce Palace was the main residence of operation for the Ottomans after the Topkapi. It is built along the Bosphorus Strait and is another stunning imperial structure which today serves as a major tourist attraction. It is home to the largest collection of Bohemian and Baccarat crystal chandeliers in the world. This imperial structure was completed in 1856, and used elements from the Baroque, Neoclassical and Rococo styles. It was the final residence of the Ottomans in Turkey and is the largest palace in the country. The palace is extravagantly decorated. More than 14 tonnes of gold were used in the ceiling itself! Furthermore, the palace is home to the largest collection of Bohemian and Baccarat crystal chandeliers in the world. In fact, the stunning Bohemian crystal chandelier hanging in the Ceremonial Hall is the largest such chandelier in the world! And it doesn't stop there, there is also a crystal staircase, and precious stones such as Marmara marble, Porphyry and onyx marble are used extensively in the decorations. The palace also has on display a huge collection of oil paintings by many European and Turkish artists. The palace can only be accessed via a guided tour, which will take you through the breathtaking Medhal Hall, the rooms of the secretariat, and the bedroom of Kemal Ataturk, where he spent his final years.

11. Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam
One of the most notable historical sites in Istanbul, the Hurrem Sultan Hamam, is a Turkish bath located at the heart of the old city of Sultanahmet. It offers the best spot for a relaxing and rejuvenating afternoon with its many hammam and massage packages under the expert assistance of the Hammam ladies. A basic 30-minutes Hamam treatment starts at 55 Euros and goes up to 185 Euros with more advanced packages.

12. Enjoy Panoramic View from Galata Tower
Galata Tower is one of the most popular attractions of not just Istanbul but Turkey itself. Also known as Galata Kulesi in Turkish, it makes its place in the skyline of Istanbul as one of the oldest and tallest towers in the city. A restaurant and a cafe sit on the top floors of the building from where you can enjoy your meal with a spectacular view of the city.

13. See the Tulips at Gulhane Park
Gulhane Park is one of the biggest and most beautiful parks in Istanbul, popular among locals for picnics and recreation. It's especially known for its tulips and attracts many during the Istanbul Tulip Festival.

14. Suleymaniye Mosque
The Suleymaniye Mosque is the largest mosque in Istanbul. It took 7 years to build till 1557 and is an iconic landmark of the city. The interiors of the building are simple yet breathtaking.

15. Istanbul Spice Bazaar
Misir Carsisi, or the Spice Bazaar, is one of the largest markets in Istanbul, a close second to the Grand Bazaar. It offers a wide array of rich and colourful flavours with more than 85 shops selling Turkish delights, sweets, herbs and spice mixes along with a blend of covered and open streets.

16. Discover Restaurants & Cafes at Cicek Pasaji
Cicek Pasaji, also known as Flower Passage, is a historic passageway and a covered arcade on Istiklal Avenue in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul. It is primarily visited for its many restaurants, cafes and wine houses and is also well-known for its lively nightlife. Some of its popular restaurants include Sevic Restaurant, Mahzen Restaurant, and Kimene Restaurant.

17. Observation Deck at Camlica Tower
Camlica Tower is a telecommunications tower located in the Uskudar district of Istanbul. Inaugurated in May 2021, it is the tallest structure in Istanbul as well as in Europe. The skyscraper has 49 storeys with an observation deck, a small café and a restaurant.

18. Rustem Pasha Mosque
An archetype of the Ottoman Mosque, Rustem Pasha Mosque is located close to the Spice Bazaar in the Tahtakale neighbourhood of Fatih district. This Ottoman mosque is another of the stunning works of imperial Mimar Sinan, with various intricate details and designs all over.

19. Ortakoy Mosque
The Ortakoy Mosque is one of Istanbul’s most beautiful mosques and one of the most popular ones in the Bosphorus. Built sometime in the mid-19th-century, it is situated in the Besiktas district of Istanbul and is officially called the Buyuk Mecidiye Camii. The mosque is best seen from the Bosphorus Cruise which takes tourists from the Asian to the European side of Istanbul on a ferry boat.

20. Stroll Through Istiklal Avenue
Isktiklal Caddessi or Istiklal Avenue is the busiest street in Istanbul filled with a long stretch of cafes, restaurants, shopping centres, bars, cinemas and galleries. Estimated to have been visited by over 3 million people on the weekends, it is the best way to experience the vibrant, hustling side of the city.

21. Vialand Theme Park
Vialand, also known as Isfanbul Theme Park, is Turkey’s first mega theme park with exciting rides and shopping outlets. Located in the Eyup district, it sprawls across 600 square metres and houses Nefeskesen, the 4th biggest rollercoaster in the world. It also houses an exhibition centre, a shopping complex, eateries and a luxury hotel.

22. Boat Tour to Maiden's Tower
Maiden’s Tower is an iconic tower and landmark situated on a small islet off the coast of Uskudar. Also known as Leander’s Tower, it houses a museum, a cafe and a restaurant offering scenic views of the Bosphorus. It is easily accessible via a ferry or boat.

23. Take Photographs at Column of Constantine
The Column of Constantine or Cemberlitas is a 35m tall honorific column in Istanbul, Turkey that was built by the Roman emperor Constantine. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Istanbul’s oldest surviving monuments, it is set in the centre of what was formerly the Forum of Constantine. It is one of the only edifices here that is representative of Roman architecture. It also makes for an ideal photography spot.

24. Beylerbeyi Palace
Beylerbeyi Palace is a 19th-century Imperial Ottoman summer residence situated in the Uskudar district of Istanbul, Turkey, that has now been converted into a museum. The palace is an impressive edifice constructed using white marble built in the Second Empire style of architecture.

25. Istanbul Archaeology Museums
Istanbul Archaeology Museums is an incredible museum complex of 3 buildings that houses archaeological collections of more than 1 million items. It contains collections of items dating back thousands of years from ancient Mesopotamia, pre-Islamic Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula.

26. Eyup Sultan Mosque
The Eyup Sultan Camii or Eyüp Sultan Mosque in Istanbul’s Eyup district is the oldest and holiest mosque in Turkey. It is known for its two half domes and elegant interiors which feature chandeliers. Within the mosque complex is a mausoleum where Prophet Muhammad’s standard-bearer and friend Abu Ayyub al-Ansari is believed to have been buried. Large crowds also visit the mosque for the Eyup Cemetery which is right up the hill.

27. Miniaturk
Miniaturk is a fascinating miniature model park of Turkish buildings. It is one of the largest such parks in the world. It is a representation of some of Turkey's most important buildings and has a total of 122 models, on a 1:25 scale.

28. Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art is an art museum situated in the Fatih district’s Sultanahmet Square. Located in the former palace of Pargali Ibrahim Pasha, it is filled with collections of manuscripts and inscriptions in calligraphy, Islamic paintings, traditional handwoven and detailed fabrics, and ancient artefacts. It is also famous for the best rug collection in the world, with some being rare 13th-century Seljuk carpets.

29. Uskudar
Uskudar is a region on the Asian side of the city with less concrete and more nature. With the small empty streets, beautiful parks, less crowded markets and a collection of history, Uskudar is the place for all the peace and nature lovers.

30. Little Hagia Sophia
The Little Hagia Sophia mosque is a former Greek Orthodox Church located between the Cankurtaran and Kadirga districts, in the west of the Sultanahmet neighbourhood in Istanbul. It is one of the original buildings in Istanbul, belonging to the early Byzantine period, known for its stunning architecture. The beautiful marble columns on the ground floor and the gallery on the second floor are a must-see.

31. Yedikule Fortress
Also called Fortress of the Seven Towers and the Dungeons of the Seven Towers, Yedikule Fortress is one of the oldest forts of Istanbul. Located 3 miles south-west from Sultanahmet, it is quite popular among tourists for its dreadful history and fantastic views.

32. Belgrad Forest
Belgrad Forest is one of the greenest spaces in Istanbul situated on the easternmost point of the Thracian Peninsula. Open to the public, it is known for its picnic spots, diverse flora and fauna and also for its 9 nature parks including the Bentler Nature Park, Irmak Nature Park and Ayvat Bendi Nature Park. There is a 6 km walking trail within the forest which is surrounded by a serene lake that is ideal for walking, jogging and hiking.

33. Istanbul Modern Art Museum
Istanbul Modern Art Museum, commonly known as just Istanbul Museum, is temporarily located in the Beyoglu district while the new building in Karakoy undergoes construction. It is an artist’s paradise and Turkey's first modern and contemporary art museum.

34. Fatih Mosque
The Fatih Mosque is an Ottoman inspired mosque in Istanbul with one of the most beautiful inner courtyards in the city. Located in Fatih, on Fevzipasa Avenue, the mosque complex houses a hospice and the tombs of Mehmet II and his wife Gulbahar. On Wednesday, the Fatih Mosque hosts the largest street market in Istanbul (Fatih Pazari) selling food, clothing as well as household goods.

35. Pera Museum
Pera Museum is w well-known private art museum located in Beyoglu district’s Tepebasi quarter in Istanbul, Turkey, the Pera Museum. It was founded by the Suna and Inan Kirac Foundation and is most popular for its focus on Orientalism in 19th-century art. The museum is housed in a beautiful 19th-century building that was once the historic Bristol hotel.

36. Emirgan Park
This sprawling park of more than a 117 acres is a splendid example of the Turkish gardens from the Ottoman empire.

37. Anatolian Fortress
The Anatolian Fortress on the Anatolian (Asian) side of the Bosporus in Istanbul, Turkey is a medieval fortress and an open-air museum. It is also known as Guzelce Hisar or the Beautacious Castle. Istanbul’s oldest surviving Turkish structure, it dates back to the 14th century and was built as a watch fort made of bricks and square-cut block stones. Although a museum, one can only visit its outer walls; the main road passes through it.

38. Obelisk of Theodosius
The Obelisk of Theodosius is an Ancient Egyptian obelisk situated in the Hippodrome of Constantinople in Istanbul, Turkey. The structure was built by the Roman emperor Theodosius in the 4th century AD to commemorate the victory in Mesopotamia. It is made out of red granite and stands tall at a height of about 84 feet or 60.8 feet without the marble pedestal.

39. Rumeli Fortress
Rumeli Hisari or the Rumeli Fortress is a medieval 15th-century fortress now converted into an open-air museum. It is located on the European banks of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey. The fort is known for its magnificent views of the Bosphorus Strait, the Sultan Mehmed Fatih Bridge and the Asian part of Istanbul.

40. Istanbul Toy Museum
The Istanbul Toy Museum or Istanbul Oyuncak Muzesi is a toy museum located in the Kadikoy district of Istanbul, Turkey in a former historical mansion. Established in 2005 by the Turkish poet and author Sunay Akin, the museum houses over 4,000 toys from Turkey and more than 40 other countries, many of which date back to the 1700s and were bought at antique shops and auctions.

41. New Istanbul Mosque
The New Mosque, originally called the Valide Sultan Mosque, is an Ottoman Imperial mosque situated in the Eminonu quarter of Istanbul, Turkey, specifically on the Golden Horn. This 17th-century edifice is one of the city’s most prominent mosques, famous for its magnificent architecture. It is also known as the “bird mosque” since there are numerous birds within the complex at all times.

42. Istanbul Akvaryum
The Istanbul Akvaryum is the biggest thematic aquarium in the world situated close to the Atatürk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey. The aquarium houses over 1,500 land and water species and is divided into 17 themes. Some of the most popular species here include Gentoo penguins, Capybaras, Cownose rays, Musky caimans, Lemon sharks and Redbelly piranhas.

43. Kucuksu Palace
Kucuksu Palace is a former summer pavilion turned into a museum, situated in the Beykoz district of Istanbul, Turkey. Visited for its architecture and artefacts, the palace was constructed under Sultan Abd-ul-Mejid’s reign and was used by the Ottoman Sultans for short stays. The palace was built in the new-baroque style and has 2 main floors and 1 basement.

44. Cagaloglu Hamam
Cagaloglu Hamam is a famous historic Turkish bathhouse situated in Eminonu in Istanbul, Turkey. One of the city’s last major hamams to have been built during the Ottoman Empire, it is constructed in the Ottoman Baroque style of architecture and comprises a bathhouse for women and men. The entry to the women’s section is through a door which is on a side street called Hamam while the entry to the men’s section is from the main road.

45. Legoland Istanbul
Located within the Forum Istanbul Mall in Bayrampasa, the Legoland Discovery Centre is a fun and interactive entertainment park. Enjoyed most by families of children aged between 3-10 years, Legoland’s activities include rides, play zones, workshops, a LEGO 4D theatre, and more. Some other wonderful attractions are Miniland, a mini Lego city built with replicas of famous monuments of Istanbul.

46. Yoros Castle
Yoros Castle is a ruined fortress from Byzantine rule, located to the north of Joshua’s Hill in Istanbul. Also known as Genoese Castle, it is one of the most beautiful castles in the city. Only the exterior of the upper castle is open to the general public. Located on Macar Bay, one can enjoy breathtaking views of the conjoining point of the Marman and the Black sea from the top.

47. Nuruosmaniye Cami
Nuruosmaniye Mosque is an 18th century Ottoman Mosque located close to the Grand Bazaar in the Cemberlitas neighbourhood, Fatih district. It derives its literal name “the light of Osman” from the 174 windows adorning the mosque's interiors. It boasts of prime Ottoman Baroque architecture and stands tall with the fourth largest dome in the city and unique minarets made up of bronze instead of the usual stone.

48. Pelit Chocolate Museum
The Pelit Chocolate Museum in Esenyurt, Istanbul conjures images of childhood tales of Hansel and Gretel. This is the only chocolate museum in Turkey! Located near the Pelit Chocolate Factory all items on display here are created from chocolate. This includes an entire village, animals, mosaic paintings or human figures depicting a shoemaker, chestnut seller, fruit seller, and more, all made using chocolate in different forms and colors.

49. Mall of Istanbul
The Mall of Istanbul or MOI is one of the largest malls in Istanbul, located in Mahmutbey. There are more than 350 shops inside the mall, including some of the biggest and leading brand outlets. You can shop your heart out or enjoy at MOI Park one of the largest indoor theme parks with swings, games, amusement tunnels, speed shuttles, a horror-themed restaurant, and more.

50. Hagia Irene
Also known as Saint Irene, Hagia Irene is the oldest Byzantine church situated in the outer courtyard of Topkapi Palace. The second-largest in Istanbul after Hagia Sophia, it is now converted into a museum and concert hall. Easily accessible by tram with the nearest stop being Sultanahmet, its atrium offers spectacular architectural beauty with structures such as a narthex, three-nave naos and abscissa.

51. Madame Tussauds Istanbul
Madame Tussauds Istanbul is a museum chain for wax replicas of historic icons & celebrities located on Istiklal Caddesi (the Independence Avenue). There are nearly 60 figures of well-known celebrities, including statues of Suleiman the Magnificent, Muhammad Ali, Fatih Sultan Mehmet, Leonardo Da Vinci, Steve Jobs, Ronaldo, Neymar, Beren Saat, and more.

52. Tiled Pavilion Museum
The Tiled Kiosk Museum or Glazed Kiosk is located within the outer walls of the Topkapi Palace near Gülhane Park in Istanbul, Turkey. It is a museum that is currently home to about 2,000 artefacts including tiles and ceramicware from the Seljuk and Ottoman periods, divided into 6 rooms. It is the oldest of the 3 museums within the Istanbul Archaeological Museum complex.

53. Museum of Innocence
Museum of Innocence is a 19th-century house converted into a museum based on the famous novel Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk. It is located in the Cukurcuma neighbourhood of the Beyoglu district of Istanbul. It entirely recreates the novel and houses a collection which corresponds to the 83 chapters of the novel, presenting what the characters wore, used, collected, saw and heard in the novel. The museum can be enjoyed irrespective of whether you have read the novel.

54. Bulgarian St.Stephen Church
Bulgarian St.Stephen Church or Bulgarian Iron Church is an Orthodox Church in Balat belonging to the Bulgarian minority community in the area. This church is one of the hidden gems of Istanbul. It was constructed during the 19th century following a Bulgarian nationalist movement. It is easily accessible via a bus or a Golden Horn boat trip.

55. Beyazit Mosque
Bayezid Mosque or Beyazit Mosque is a 16th-century Ottoman selatin mosque located in Beyazit Square close to the Forum of Theodosius’ ruins. It is one of the most famous mosques in Istanbul. The mosque's interior is replicated after one of the most famous mosques in Istanbul, the Hagia Sophia.

56. St.George's Cathedral Istanbul
St.George's Cathedral is an Eastern Orthodox church situated in Fener in the Fatih district of Istanbul. Commonly known as Patriarchal Church of the Great Myrrh, it was constructed as a dedication to the Christian martyr, Saint George. Though it is a relatively smaller church, it is in no way lacking beauty and grandeur. The interior of the church house a fragment of the Pillar of the Flagellation.

57. Istinye Park
Istinye Park is a luxurious shopping complex situated in the Istinye quarter of Istanbul and divided into 3 separate sections. The first section has 280 stores laid out in a blend of enclosed and open space along with lush-green gardens. Its entertainment centre, The Grand Rotunda, has a four-level arena space with a moving stage and kinetic water sculptures. The third section, The Turkish Food Bazaar, consists of numerous fine-dining restaurants and fast-food eating outlets.

58. Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum
Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum is a private vintage-car museum located in the Sariyer district of Istanbul. It houses over 60 classic cars, trucks and motorcycles from the 1920s to the 1970s. Some of the famous ones here are a 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster, a 1954 Chevrolet Corvette, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, a 1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, and a 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II.

59. Istanbul Zorlu Center
Zorlu Centre is a vast multi-purpose complex in the Besiktas district. It is home to a high-end shopping centre, Raffles hotel, offices and Zorlu PSM. The centre is a four-tower structure with over 200 shopping outlets including Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana and Bvlgari and many restaurants and cafes.

60. Museum of Great Palace Mosaics
Museum of Great Palace Mosaics, also known as Istanbul Mosaic Museum, is an exquisite mosaics museum located in the heart of Sultanahmet Square at Arasta Bazaar. The mosaics displayed here date from 450-550 AD and depict everyday life, nature and mythology.

61. St Anthony of Padua Church
Sent Antuan Kilisesi or St. Anthony of Padua Church is a basilica and church located in the Beyoglu district. It is the largest Roman Catholic church in Istanbul and one of the three Levantine parishes in the area. It is famous for its unique architecture, which includes a gilded wooden statue of St. Anthony by Luigi Bresciani and mosaics depicting the Baptism of the Lord.

62. Panorama 1453 History Museum
Panorama 1453 History Museum is a historical museum located in the Zeytinburnu district of Istanbul. It is the world’s first fully panoramic museum known for Cyclorama, a 360° painting exhibited in the museum. It is made up of 10,000 figure drawings which give a 3D experience to visitors standing in the middle of the viewing platform.

63. Pammakaristos Church
Pammakaristos Church, also known as the Church of Theotokos Pammakaristos, is a well-known Byzantine church and museum located in the Carsamba town of Fatih district. It houses the third-largest Byzantine mosaics in Istanbul after Hagia Sophia and Chora Church which visitors can see along with Constantinople's Palaiologan architecture.

64. Palace of the Porphyrogenitus
The Palace of the Porphyrogenitus is also known as Tekfur Sarayi in Turkish. It is located in Ayvansaray, Istanbul, and remains one of the better-preserved structures built by the Byzantine Empire. The highlight of the palace is its architecture. There is also a museum within the palace premise.

65. Santral Istanbul
Santral or Santrallstanbul is situated in the Golden Horn, Eyup district within the campus of Istanbul Bilgi University. An energy museum the complex also has concert halls, an amphitheater, and a public library, making it an educational, cultural, and art hub. There are also interactive exhibits and games on both the floors of the energy museum.

66. Laleli Mosque
The Laleli Mosque is one of the smaller Ottoman imperial mosques located in Faith district of Istanbul. Also known as the Tulip Mosque, it was built by Sultan Mustafa III in the 18th century. The complex houses a mosque, madrasa, a fountain, and the tombs of Sultan Mustafa III and his family. The central dome is quite an attraction as are the minarets and the metal decoration on top of them.

67. Rahmi M Koc Museum
Situated on the northern shore of the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey, the Rahmi M.Koc Museum is a private industrial museum dedicated to communication and transportation items. It houses the private collection of Rahmi M.Koc, a member of Turkey’s wealthiest dynasty and a prestigious conglomerate.

Shopping Malls in Istanbul

There are numerous shopping malls, entertainment and performance space in Istanbul, such as Istanbul Cevahir Mall, Viaport Asia Outlet Shopping Mall, Historia Shopping and Life Center, Ozdilek Park, Emaar Square Mall, City's Nisantasi Shopping Center, Capacity Shopping Center, Akasya Mall, Buyaka Shopping Center, Marmara Forum, Watergarden AVM, Vialand Shopping Mall, Torium AVM, Akbati Mall, Metropol Istanbul, Zeruj Port Shopping Mall, Kanyon Shopping Mall etc. You will surely have the time of your life at these places.

Best Time To Visit Istanbul

March to May and September to November is the best times to visit Istanbul. This is the autumn and spring season when the weather is pleasant, and the humidity is bearable. It is the best time for sightseeing, visiting beaches like True Blue and enjoying a Bosphorus cruise. July is the hottest month of the year in Istanbul, while December is considered the wettest period. Thunderstorms in the summer are usually followed by drizzling. The light spells of rain will certainly not derail your travel plans.

Must Know Before You Visit Istanbul

  • Istanbul Museum Pass: A cash-on-delivery pass with 120 Hour 5-day validity period. It includes free admission to over 12 museums and discounts on activities and other tourist attractions.
  • Accommodation: Moderate and budget hotels are available in Taksim and Sultanahmet Square while pricey hotels can be found in western suburbs and on or overlooking the Bosphorus. Harbiye is also a popular place to stay.
  • Sim Cards of Vodafone, Avea or Turkcell are available at kiosks at the airport and around the city.
  • Free public wifi is available in most city centres and squares.
  • Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sundays.
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays.
  • Blue Mosque is being visited from outside on Friday mornings because of noon prayer.
  • Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays.

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Alluring Cappadocia & Istanbul

2N 
Cappadocia
 → 2N 
Istanbul
4 Nights / 5 Days
Included in this package
Meals
Hotels
Activities
Transfers
  • Overview
  • Tour Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Inclusions
  • Tour Price
  • Policies
  • Tour Destinations

Tour Highlights

  • Devrent Valley
  • Avanos
  • Goreme Open Air Museum
  • Sultan Ahmet Center
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Sultan Tombs
  • Blue Mosque
  • Serpentine Column
  • Obelisk of Theodosius
  • German Fountain of Wilhelm II
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Topkapi Palace

Tour Plan

Day 1 

Arrival in Istanbul / Istanbul - Cappadocia

Arrival to Istanbul Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) and proceed to domestic flights section for your flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival to Kayseri Airport (ASR) or Nevsehir Airport (NAV), transfer to your hotel for check in process. Rest of the day will be free at leisure for relax.
Overnight in Cappadocia.

Meal Included

Dinner

Day 2 

Cappadocia

Breakfast at the hotel and meet at the hotel lobby in the morning and visit to Devrent Valley where various types of fairy chimneys are abundant. We will walk through this amazing valley. After visiting Devrent, drive to Avanos which is known for the pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. The red clay which is worked by local craftsmen comes from the residue in the Kizilirmak River, the longest river of Turkey. Further to the time for lunch at local restaurant, proceed to Goreme Open Air Museum (Dark Church is excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee) to visit the churches, chapels and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th to the 13th centuries with frescos painted on the walls. Thereafter time to take photos in the neighboring valleys before going back to the hotels.
Overnight in Cappadocia.

Meal Included

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 

Cappadocia - Istanbul

After breakfast at the hotel, check out process and transfer to Kayseri Airport (ASR) or Nevsehir Airport (NAV) for your flight toIstanbul. Upon arrival to Istanbul Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW), transfer to your hotel for check in process. Rest of the day will be free at leisure for relax.
Overnight in Istanbul.

Meal Included

Breakfast

Day 4 

Istanbul

Breakfast at hotel. Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Hagia Sophia, the Church of Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilicain the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome. Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world withnearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir.

Lunch at Local Restaurant.

Topkapi Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. Live guide commentary is not allowed in special sections. (Haremis not included in the program) Sultan Tombs, there are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at Hagia Sophia. The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, red, green and blue flower motives. Prince robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses.

Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 5 

Departure from Istanbul

After breakfast at the hotel, check out process and transfer to Istanbul Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) for your flight back to home. (Standard check out time is 12:00 pm)

Meal Included

Breakfast

Tour Accommodation

Cappadocia

Hotel Image

Yeni Yukseller Hotel

NO OF NIGHTS

2 Nights

ROOM TYPE

Standard

Istanbul

Hotel Image

Taksim Star Hotel

NO OF NIGHTS

2 Nights

ROOM TYPE

Standard

Inclusions

  • 2 Nights stay in Cappadocia
  • 2 Nights stay in Istanbul
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 Dinner at Hotel
  • Full Day Istanbul City Tour with Local Lunch
  • Full Day Cappadocia City Tour with Local Lunch
  • Airport transfers
  • Museum entrances & sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Service charge & all VATs
  • Parking fees & tolls
  • English speaking guidance

Exclusions

  • Personal Expenses
  • Voluntary Tips for Guide & Driver
  • Any Flight Tickets
  • Visa & Insurance Expenses
  • Drinks at Meals
  • PCR Test

Tour Activity

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Booking Policies

  • 50% of the Holiday Package Cost at the time of Booking.
  • Balance 50% of Holiday Package Cost, 30 days prior to Departure.
  • Non-Refundable items (if any) will be told in advance for full payment.
  • Airfare to be paid full at one time in advance.

Cancellation Policies

  • 25% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled 51 Days or More
  • 50% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled between 50 – 36 Days
  • 75% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled between 35 – 21 Days
  • 100% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled 20 Days or less.

Important Notes

  • Per person cost is calculated on the basis of Minimum 02 adults travelling together on Twin sharing basis.
  • Extra adult is the 3rd person who shares the same double room and is provided with an extra bed or rollaway mattress.
  • Hotel normal check in time is 1400 - 1600 hours and check out time is 1000 - 1200 hours
  • Package cost is subject to change until full confirmation for package tour.
  • Rooms are subject to availability.
  • Room type (double or twin is Subject to Availability and is at sole discretion of the hotel)
  • Itinerary is just indicative. Do not consider it as a Final Schedule. Date & Time of Tours can be changed by Local Agent / Tour Operator.
  • All transfers tours based on Seat-In-Coach (SIC) basis (Shared Basis) other than mentioned in Inclusions.
  • Dinner coupons are of Indian restaurant based on buffet or set menu basis, outside hotel, without transfers.
  • PAN card copy required for billing.
  • The cost of outbound package tour is payable in convertible foreign exchange (subject to RBI/GOI regulation) except cost of ticket. Package Cost includes (Ground handling charges) Dollar segment, which will be taken out of your BTQ (Basic Travel Quota). ROE will be applicable at the time of final payment of the Tour Package.
  • Reservation Vouchers and Air Tickets will be handed over 3 days before the scheduled Tour, after receiving the full and final payment.
  • Selection of seats in Airline is subject to availability and is at sole discretion of the airlines.
  • As of now we are not holding any service, it is Subject to Availability. Booking process will start only after receiving booking amount.
  • Above tour prices are subject to change in the event of increase in hotel room rates levy by the hotel especially during Peak Season/Holiday surcharge and major events/fairs and convention.
  • Tour is in group & one may have to wait intermittently for transfers especially for pick-up and dropping as transfers services are used for other group tourists too.
  • The time schedule fixed by the local tour operator should be strictly adhered to. For any inconvenience, loss or consequence suffered due to tourist’s failure to keep the local tour operators timings, the tourist alone would be responsible. Please also note that unlike in the case of individual tailor made tour packages; you might have to adjust timings for the sake of general member of your tour group. Hotels mentioned now are only proposed at the moment. The hotel named in the service voucher shall be final.
  • This intimation supersede all previous offers by Company and any verbal communication or offer made earlier by any of our representatives.

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Tour Destination

About City

Cappadocia
"The Fairytale City"

Cappadocia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey. It is located in the centre of Turkey, almost 700km from Istanbul. It is a land of natural wonder famous for its picturesque valleys, unique cave hotels, mystical underground cities and fairy chimneys (unique rock formations). Cappadocia is also most popular for its breathtaking hot air balloon rides at sunrise.

The ancient valleys of Cappadocia offer many hiking trails. There is so much hiking here that it will take you at least a week to explore them all. Goreme is one of the main highlights of Cappadocia. It is home to an open-air museum and historical sites, home to hidden churches and exotic frescoes.

Unlike popular belief, Cappadocia is not a city but an entire region. It has small towns like Goreme, Uchisar, Urgup and Ortahisar, among others. These areas are surrounded by three dormant volcanoes - Mt Erciyes, Mt Hasan and Mt Gullu. These have contributed to the exotic landscape of Cappadocia and the unique cave hotels. These cave hotels are a sought-after experience, quintessential to Cappadocia. It is also the place where you don't want to miss a sunrise!

Things To Do In Cappadocia

1. Hot Air Balloon at Sunrise
Cappadocia in Turkey is one of the most famous places in the world for a hot air balloon ride. These are group tours, and there are at least 100 hot air balloons in the air at a time, flying as high as 3,000 feet above the ground. Book the hot air balloon rides well in advance, as they can often be sold out. Also, these are weather dependent and may be cancelled. So, plan to spend a few days and keep a buffer. The take-off site changes daily depending on the wind direction.

2. Red and Rose Valley Hike
The most spectacular hikes in Cappadocia are considered to be the trail to Red & Rose Valley, close to Gerome. The loop trail of Rose valley connects it to the Red Valley Trail. The hike starts from Buffe, a shop marked on Google Maps. Take a bus to Cavusin and then walk, or walk straight from Göreme. The trek isn't strenuous, takes around 2-3 hours to complete, and has marvellous viewpoints all along the way! The hike is ideal for beginners.

3. Goreme Open Air Museum
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Goreme Open Air Museum is a monastery complex with a cluster of Church ruins carved in Cappadocian stone. This historical site is nestled in the Nevsehir region and is quite popular for its signature landmark, the Dark Church. Goreme is visited by hundreds of thousands each year for the fascinating churches adorned with beautifully painted frescoes along the walls.

4. Visit Fair Chimneys at Pasabag Valley
The Fairy Chimneys, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is synonymous with thousands of unique rock formations created due to the erosion of volcanic tuff or soft rock. They are found predominantly within the Goreme National Park. Some of the most well-known places to see Fairy Chimneys include Zelve Valley, Red Valley, Devrent Valley, and Pigeon Valley. Another way to see these mesmerising structures is while on a hot air balloon ride.

5. Climb the Uchisar Castle
Situated at the highest point in the Cappadocia region, Uchisar Castle is well-known for its panoramic views. It is a short trek from the towns of Uchisar or Goreme and it takes about 120 steps to climb up to the castle. It overlooks the famous fairy chimneys, Pigeon Valley, Goreme, Mt. Erciyes and other tourist sites around. The castle is also an ideal spot for catching the magnificent sunset.

6. Stay at a Cave Hotel
Cappadocia is home to several natural rock-cut caves that have been preserved over the years and turned into houses, churches and hotels. This out of the box experience of living in an authentic cave, with a cozy yet luxurious environment is only possible in Cappadocia. These suites are comfortable, lavish and equipped with all amenities. The cave suites set in the natural environment of the city, look magnificent and exude luxury.

7. Derinkuyu Underground City Tour
The Derinkuyu Underground City is the deepest underground city in Cappadocia, with an impressive depth of 85 metres. It is a giant labyrinth of cave-like rooms with an elaborate ventilation system, connecting passageways, and discrete entrances. With huge well-lit passages, explore every part of the city, including churches, schools, wine cellars, livestock and food storage places, graveyards, and communal places where people could eat, meet, and worship together.

8. Ihlara Valley Hike
The Ihlara Valley is a picturesque gorge created by the Melendiz river over thousands of years. This 14km long valley is one of the most beautiful and serene locations in Cappadocia. It used to be a favourite place among the monks for recreation, seen by the many churches along the valley's length. It is famous for its hiking excursions.

9. Visit a Hammam
Hammams are traditional baths that were supposedly built near mosques to protect the ceremonial purity of Muslim rituals. Turkish Baths today are more of a Spa Retreatment for tourists. Two kinds of hammams are available in Cappadocia, traditional and modern hotel hammams.

10. Walk Around Zelve Valley
Situated between Urgup and Avanos in Cappadocia, Zelve Valley is one of the region’s last-abandoned monastic valleys. It dates back to the Byzantine era and has been turned into an open-air museum. Belonging to the pre-iconoclastic times, it is spread out across three valleys and is visited for its unique architecture.

11. Horse Riding in Valleys at Sunset
Horseback riding is a popular sport in the dunes of Cappadocia, with sunset horse riding tours being especially popular. Cappadocia boasts of unusual landscapes like the canyon or the moonscape which makes horseriding fun. Hourly tours are available. These rides can be booked online or via local agents on arrival.

12. Hike or Hot Air Balloon Ride in Pigeon Valley
Also known as Guvercinlik Valley, Pigeon Valley is a very popular hiking destination in Cappadocia, located between the towns of Goreme and Uchisar. The trek can be done from either town, although Uchisar is the preferred starting point as it is mostly downhill from there; the hike is not too arduous and is suitable for beginners as well. Hot air balloon tour is also popular here.

13. Watch Sunset at Devrent Valley
Devrent Valley is famous due to its rock formations which are in different shades of pink. It is also known as Imaginary Valley or Pink Valley and is full of numerous naturally formed pillar-like structures, rock formations and the famous fairy chimneys. Many rock formations resemble animals such as a snake, alligator, dolphin, seal, and one even looks like a praying Mary. The valley also offers stunning views of the sunset and is an ideal place for photography.

14. Carpet Shopping
The streets of Cappadocia are lined with dreamy carpet shops, straight out from a Disney movie. The colorful carpet stores offer a delightful range of hand dotted carpets and patterns and are usually run by families through generations. You can find carpets as old as 200 years in the lanes of the Central Town, Goreme. Many tourists end up getting themselves these authentic Arabian carpets from Cappadocia, especially from Bazaar 54 popular for Turkish ‘hali’ work.

15. Lover’s Hill Sunset Point
Located in Goreme Town, at the edge of a cliff overlooking the entire city, Lover’s Hill is a gem of a spot for sunsets and sunrises in Cappadocia. Locally known as Asiklar Tepesi, it is within walking range of most of the hotels in Goreme. Sip a hot cup of tea or even a beer while cherishing the view at a small restaurant at the top, and enjoy a mesmerizing sunset with a background of pastel colours and hundreds of colourful hot air balloons dancing in the sky.

16. ATV Sunset Tour
One of the best ways to experience Cappadocian landscapes is through an ATV tour in the middle of the desert. After a demonstration and practice, tourists are let out into the dunes of Cappadocia for their private ATV ride. The ATV tour takes visitors to marvel at Greek architecture at sunset around Rose Valley, rock formations at the love valley and the sword valley. Drivers for the ATV require a license; passengers don't.

17. Zemi Valley Hiking
The Zemi Valley is a popular tourist attraction owing to its unique and fascinating rock formations. Many visitors hike through its unique terrains, created by volcanic activities over thousands of years. The trek brings you across many scenic views, fairy chimneys, awesome caves, and also a small chapel carved into a rock with frescoes all over the ceiling.

18. Explore Kaymakli Underground City
Located in Goreme, the Kaymakli Underground City is the widest and one of the largest of the 36 underground cities in Cappadocia. It was built during the Hittite era to act as a safe haven during raids and attacks. There are 8 floors full of cellars, storage spaces, stables, and wineries. Only 4 floors are open to the public, and most of the things of interest are on the 3rd floor.

19. Ortahisar Castle
Situated in the town of Ortahisar, a 10-minute drive from Goreme, Ortahisar Castle is one of the most popular historical treasures of Cappadocia. With amazing views stretching from Uchisar to Goreme, surrounding markets, and lots of photo opportunities, this castle is the perfect way to spend a leisurely day.

20. Hair Museum
The weirdest museum in the world, the Hair Museum is located in Avanos. With samples from 16,000 women visitors worldwide, this museum is a major attraction in Cappadocia. The walls and ceilings have been marked with hair donations from visitors with their details attached to them.

21. Shopping at Avanos
The picturesque town of Avanos is nestled in the Nevsehir province of Cappadocia and is extremely popular for its souks, pottery workshop and experiences. The cobbled pathways of Avanos are studded with stores and cafes, and tourists enjoy shopping for souvenirs here, alongside making pottery. From carpet/rug stores, pots and vessels to clothing and accessories, Avanos Souk has it all!

22. Walk Around Cavusin Castle
Cavusin Castle, located in a small town in Cappadocia, is a beautiful castle carved into a mountain. It is a great sightseeing location for those who are interested in Turkey's archaeological heritage. To reach the castle, you will have to walk from the Cavusin Church, through the Cavusin Valley. The top of the Cavusin Castle is an ideal spot to watch the Cappadocia hot air balloons at sunrise.

23. Watch Sunset from Love Valley
Love Valley, located outside the city of Goreme in Cappadocia, is an architectural wonder with natural and gigantic structures that have been formed due to volcanic eruptions. The unique geological site is the most visually stunning region of Turkey. It is famous for hiking, biking and hot air balloon ride. The Cappadocia Love Valley also has one of the most beautiful sunset views and is especially popular amongst couples for proposals.

24. Dark Church
The Dark Church or Karanlik Kilise is the most beautiful cave church in Cappadocia and is famous for its bright and gorgeous paintings on every wall. Located inside a monastery, the church dates back to the mid-11th-century and depicts centuries-old colourful and detailed frescoes. It is located inside the Goreme Open Air Museum and is also on the UNESCO World Heritage List because of its mediaeval monastic heritage.

25. Guray Museum
Guray Museum in Avanos, Turkey, is the first and unique underground ceramic cave museum in the world. It displays both antique and modern collections of Turkish ceramics, pottery and artefacts. The museum is hidden inside caves and tunnels beneath the Guray Ceramic showroom and is divided into three main sections.

26. Day Trip to Pink Salt Lake Tuz
Lake Tuz is one of the largest salt lakes in the world, located in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey. Tourists flock to the lake to witness its seasonal colour changes and walk on the salt beds. The lake is so bright during summers that it can be observed from space. And during other seasons, the lake turns into a beautiful pink colour due to the blooming of algae which has several beneficial health properties.

27. Day Trip to Aladaglar National Park
The Aladaglar National Park in Cappadocia is known for its majestic mountain range, often known as the “Alps of Turkey,” which appear rust-coloured at sunset. It is spread out across the provinces of Kayseri, Nigde and Adana in the Mediterranean region of Turkey. The park is home to the tallest mountains of Turkey's Central Taurus Mountains and is an ideal place for hiking, trekking, mountaineering and bird watching.

28. Mount Hasan
Mount Hasan, south of the Ihlara Valley, is a volcanic mountain with two peaks and is a well-known hiking destination. These two peaks are the Small Hasan Dagi and the Big Hasan Dagi, which are above 3,000 metres high. It is stunning in the wintertime when the peak is covered in snow. There is also a picnic area close to the base of the mountain.

29. Hike to Selime Monastery
The largest religious structure in Cappadocia, Selime Cathedral, is carved into a volcanic rock and is essentially a part of Selime Monastery that has been turned into a museum because of its historical significance. Located atop the Ihlara Valley, you will have to hike up through rocky caves to reach the monastery.

30. Anti-Taurus Mountains
The Anti-Taurus Mountains is a mountain range running northeast from the Taurus Mountains in Cappadocia. It is covered in snow during most seasons. During spring, the melting snow forms many lakes. These lakes, as well as the Kapuzbasi Waterfall, are beautiful attractions in the mountain range with breathtaking views. It is also popular for camping.

Best Time To Visit Cappadocia

The best time to visit Cappadocia is from April to May and September to October. Cappadocia is extremely hot in summer and cold in winter, so spring and autumn is the best time. This is the perfect time to hike and explore the Red and Rose valleys. Cappadocia’s spring brings colour to the land of fairy chimneys in the form of flowers. A hot air balloon ride is integral to experiencing the beautiful terrains of Cappadocia, and it is available all year long.

The top sightseeing places in Cappadocia are Goreme, Goreme Open-air Museum, Kaymaklo Underground City, Derinkuyu Underground City, Zelve Open Air Museum, Ihlara Valley.
 

About City

Istanbul

Although not the official capital of Turkey, Istanbul is still very much the heart of all activities in the country. It is Turkey's largest and most populated city and also the centre of tourism. Istanbul is located on both sides of the Bosphorus and thus lies in both Europe and Asia.

Istanbul is known for the marvellous structures of Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the Topkapi Palace and the Dolmabahe Palace. Almost all of these buildings today serve as museums, providing insight into the grand lives of the emperors and kings, and the spectacular Byzantine and later European architecture. Istanbul also has some splendid gardens, such as the Gulhane and the Emirgan, which come alive during spring when the tulips start to bud, and the colours start to flourish. Cruises along the Bosphorus Strait is a hugely popular activity with spectacular views of the cityscape. Istanbul is also a shopper's paradise, with one of the world's first shopping malls, the Grand Bazaar, and several streets dedicated to small stores and stalls.

Known as Byzantium and Constantinople throughout history, Istanbul has always been one of the most important European cities. Today, it is the 7th largest city in the world and one of the most heavily populated. Its vibrance and imperial heritage make it one of the most beautiful cities to visit. It served as the capital of the Byzantine and the Ottoman empires, and the numerous cathedrals, mosques and palaces erected by the rulers can still be seen all over the city. The Bosphorus Strait, the thin dividing waterway between Europe and Asia, divides Istanbul into different parts. Most of the beautiful historical structures are located around Sultanahmet Square (old city). The New Istanbul is the main business district of the city housing skyscrapers, mansions and picturesque neighbourhoods. Across the Bosphorus is the Asian side while off the coast of the Asian Side is the Princess' Islands

Things To Do In Istanbul

1. Hagia Sophia
Arguably the most spectacular example of Byzantine architecture, Hagia Sophia has been a cathedral, a mosque, and today is a museum and one of the country's biggest attractions. The intricate mosaics and frescoes throughout this majestic mosque are marvellous. There are several points of interest here, such as the Lustration Urns, the supposedly supernatural Wishing Column, the Marble Door, and the Loge of the Empress. There are continuous restoration works going on in the building since it deteriorated due to neglect over the years, but nevertheless, it is Turkey's busiest museum.

2. Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque)
This huge and beautiful Sultan Ahman Mosque sits right opposite the Hagia Sofia and houses hundreds of thousands of detailed decorations. It is famous for its blue interiors and is also known as the Blue Mosque. It is Istanbul's most picturesque building, complemented by the breathtaking architecture inside. The mosque gets its unofficial nickname from the fact that it has more than 20,000 blue Iznik tiles adorning the interiors, displaying many stunning designs. There are upwards of 200 stained glass windows for natural lighting, all showcasing different patterns and works. The mihrab itself is beautifully carved out of marble. On the outside, the mosque has a collection of domes and 6 towering minarets. It has a huge courtyard which gives you a perspective of the grandeur of the mosque. The mosque is still commonly used for worship and is closed for tourists or visitors during the 6 prayer times in the day.

3. Cruise the Bosphorus
The Bosphorus Strait is the dividing waterway between Europe and Asia. With Europe on one side and Asia on the other, it makes for an ideal cruise for some scenic views of most of Istanbul's landmarks. The Hagia Sofia and the Sultan Ahmed Mosque are also visible from the cruise. The Bosphorus is an international strait of huge strategic importance. Along the coast, you can also witness the old wooden houses from Ottoman times. There are two suspension bridges connecting the two continents across the strait as well. The Bosphorus Strait cruises are considered to be one of the best and the most scenic tours of Istanbul.

4. Shopping at Grand Bazaar
Grand Bazaar of Istanbul is one of the oldest and largest markets in the world. The Bazaar encompasses 64 streets, 4000 shops, restaurants, and banks, making it almost its own little city. It is often considered to be among the very first shopping malls in the world. It can be reached through the Beyazit-Kapalicarsi tram station.

5. Topkapi Palace
The Topkapi Palace is a majestic building which served as the main residence of the Ottoman emperors for nearly 400 years. Today it serves as one of the most important museums in Istanbul. It contains some of the rarest items in the world. Though the complex has several hundred rooms, halls and chambers, only the most significant of them are open to the public. This huge complex is a great way to gain some perspective on the extravagant lives that the Ottoman rulers lived is divided into several sections and places of interest. Mainly, these are the First Courtyard, which you enter when you cross the Imperial Gate of the palace; the Second Courtyard, which has things like the Imperial Carriages, the Palace Kitchens and their collections, the Imperial Stables and Treasury, and the Gate of Felicity; through the Gate of Felicity you enter the Third Courtyard, which has the Miniature and Portrait room containing portraits of the Sultan, the Audience Chamber where the Sultan would meet and receive gifts from his subjects, and the Enderun Library, which was the library of Ahmed III, among other chambers; the Harem is perhaps the most important of these, it was the main area of residence of the Sultan and has 6 floors of which only one is accessible, and contains a ton of important chambers, courtyards and many rooms; and then there is the fourth and final courtyard, which has many pleasure pavilions and also a terrace restaurant.

6. Explore Basilica Cistern
Basilica Cistern is the largest cistern in the city of Istanbul, built underneath the Stoa Basilica. It has hundreds of decorated columns and is a simply breathtaking piece of architecture. There is only a few feet of water in the cistern today, above which platforms are built for people to tour it.

7. Explore the Hippodrome (Sultanahmet Square)
Sultanahmet Square, also known as the Hippodrome, is the centrepiece of Istanbul's Historical Peninsula. It is located a few minutes' walk away from the Sultanahmet tram station. It leads to the city's most fantastic attractions, including the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia and Ibrahim Pasa Palace. Sultanahmet Square is also lined with hotels, restaurants and other places of accommodation and leisure.

8. Golden Ferry to Chora Museum
Chora Museum, also known as Kariye Museum, is popular as one of the most beautiful Byzantine churches of the 16th-century. For many, the importance of the Chora Museum is as great as Hagia Sophia. The best way to get to this part of town is to catch the Golden Horn ferry from Karakoy.

9. Whirling Dervishes Ceremony at Galata Mevlevi House
Located in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul, the Galata Mevlevi House is a former dervish tekke (lodge). It has been converted into a museum on the Mevlevi Sufi Islam sect and is home to a wide variety of artefacts. One can witness dervishes “whirling here” as a form of devotion to God; Galata Mevlevi House is one of the only places in the city where one can see them.

10. Dolmabahe Palace
The Dolmabahce Palace was the main residence of operation for the Ottomans after the Topkapi. It is built along the Bosphorus Strait and is another stunning imperial structure which today serves as a major tourist attraction. It is home to the largest collection of Bohemian and Baccarat crystal chandeliers in the world. This imperial structure was completed in 1856, and used elements from the Baroque, Neoclassical and Rococo styles. It was the final residence of the Ottomans in Turkey and is the largest palace in the country. The palace is extravagantly decorated. More than 14 tonnes of gold were used in the ceiling itself! Furthermore, the palace is home to the largest collection of Bohemian and Baccarat crystal chandeliers in the world. In fact, the stunning Bohemian crystal chandelier hanging in the Ceremonial Hall is the largest such chandelier in the world! And it doesn't stop there, there is also a crystal staircase, and precious stones such as Marmara marble, Porphyry and onyx marble are used extensively in the decorations. The palace also has on display a huge collection of oil paintings by many European and Turkish artists. The palace can only be accessed via a guided tour, which will take you through the breathtaking Medhal Hall, the rooms of the secretariat, and the bedroom of Kemal Ataturk, where he spent his final years.

11. Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam
One of the most notable historical sites in Istanbul, the Hurrem Sultan Hamam, is a Turkish bath located at the heart of the old city of Sultanahmet. It offers the best spot for a relaxing and rejuvenating afternoon with its many hammam and massage packages under the expert assistance of the Hammam ladies. A basic 30-minutes Hamam treatment starts at 55 Euros and goes up to 185 Euros with more advanced packages.

12. Enjoy Panoramic View from Galata Tower
Galata Tower is one of the most popular attractions of not just Istanbul but Turkey itself. Also known as Galata Kulesi in Turkish, it makes its place in the skyline of Istanbul as one of the oldest and tallest towers in the city. A restaurant and a cafe sit on the top floors of the building from where you can enjoy your meal with a spectacular view of the city.

13. See the Tulips at Gulhane Park
Gulhane Park is one of the biggest and most beautiful parks in Istanbul, popular among locals for picnics and recreation. It's especially known for its tulips and attracts many during the Istanbul Tulip Festival.

14. Suleymaniye Mosque
The Suleymaniye Mosque is the largest mosque in Istanbul. It took 7 years to build till 1557 and is an iconic landmark of the city. The interiors of the building are simple yet breathtaking.

15. Istanbul Spice Bazaar
Misir Carsisi, or the Spice Bazaar, is one of the largest markets in Istanbul, a close second to the Grand Bazaar. It offers a wide array of rich and colourful flavours with more than 85 shops selling Turkish delights, sweets, herbs and spice mixes along with a blend of covered and open streets.

16. Discover Restaurants & Cafes at Cicek Pasaji
Cicek Pasaji, also known as Flower Passage, is a historic passageway and a covered arcade on Istiklal Avenue in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul. It is primarily visited for its many restaurants, cafes and wine houses and is also well-known for its lively nightlife. Some of its popular restaurants include Sevic Restaurant, Mahzen Restaurant, and Kimene Restaurant.

17. Observation Deck at Camlica Tower
Camlica Tower is a telecommunications tower located in the Uskudar district of Istanbul. Inaugurated in May 2021, it is the tallest structure in Istanbul as well as in Europe. The skyscraper has 49 storeys with an observation deck, a small café and a restaurant.

18. Rustem Pasha Mosque
An archetype of the Ottoman Mosque, Rustem Pasha Mosque is located close to the Spice Bazaar in the Tahtakale neighbourhood of Fatih district. This Ottoman mosque is another of the stunning works of imperial Mimar Sinan, with various intricate details and designs all over.

19. Ortakoy Mosque
The Ortakoy Mosque is one of Istanbul’s most beautiful mosques and one of the most popular ones in the Bosphorus. Built sometime in the mid-19th-century, it is situated in the Besiktas district of Istanbul and is officially called the Buyuk Mecidiye Camii. The mosque is best seen from the Bosphorus Cruise which takes tourists from the Asian to the European side of Istanbul on a ferry boat.

20. Stroll Through Istiklal Avenue
Isktiklal Caddessi or Istiklal Avenue is the busiest street in Istanbul filled with a long stretch of cafes, restaurants, shopping centres, bars, cinemas and galleries. Estimated to have been visited by over 3 million people on the weekends, it is the best way to experience the vibrant, hustling side of the city.

21. Vialand Theme Park
Vialand, also known as Isfanbul Theme Park, is Turkey’s first mega theme park with exciting rides and shopping outlets. Located in the Eyup district, it sprawls across 600 square metres and houses Nefeskesen, the 4th biggest rollercoaster in the world. It also houses an exhibition centre, a shopping complex, eateries and a luxury hotel.

22. Boat Tour to Maiden's Tower
Maiden’s Tower is an iconic tower and landmark situated on a small islet off the coast of Uskudar. Also known as Leander’s Tower, it houses a museum, a cafe and a restaurant offering scenic views of the Bosphorus. It is easily accessible via a ferry or boat.

23. Take Photographs at Column of Constantine
The Column of Constantine or Cemberlitas is a 35m tall honorific column in Istanbul, Turkey that was built by the Roman emperor Constantine. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Istanbul’s oldest surviving monuments, it is set in the centre of what was formerly the Forum of Constantine. It is one of the only edifices here that is representative of Roman architecture. It also makes for an ideal photography spot.

24. Beylerbeyi Palace
Beylerbeyi Palace is a 19th-century Imperial Ottoman summer residence situated in the Uskudar district of Istanbul, Turkey, that has now been converted into a museum. The palace is an impressive edifice constructed using white marble built in the Second Empire style of architecture.

25. Istanbul Archaeology Museums
Istanbul Archaeology Museums is an incredible museum complex of 3 buildings that houses archaeological collections of more than 1 million items. It contains collections of items dating back thousands of years from ancient Mesopotamia, pre-Islamic Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula.

26. Eyup Sultan Mosque
The Eyup Sultan Camii or Eyüp Sultan Mosque in Istanbul’s Eyup district is the oldest and holiest mosque in Turkey. It is known for its two half domes and elegant interiors which feature chandeliers. Within the mosque complex is a mausoleum where Prophet Muhammad’s standard-bearer and friend Abu Ayyub al-Ansari is believed to have been buried. Large crowds also visit the mosque for the Eyup Cemetery which is right up the hill.

27. Miniaturk
Miniaturk is a fascinating miniature model park of Turkish buildings. It is one of the largest such parks in the world. It is a representation of some of Turkey's most important buildings and has a total of 122 models, on a 1:25 scale.

28. Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art is an art museum situated in the Fatih district’s Sultanahmet Square. Located in the former palace of Pargali Ibrahim Pasha, it is filled with collections of manuscripts and inscriptions in calligraphy, Islamic paintings, traditional handwoven and detailed fabrics, and ancient artefacts. It is also famous for the best rug collection in the world, with some being rare 13th-century Seljuk carpets.

29. Uskudar
Uskudar is a region on the Asian side of the city with less concrete and more nature. With the small empty streets, beautiful parks, less crowded markets and a collection of history, Uskudar is the place for all the peace and nature lovers.

30. Little Hagia Sophia
The Little Hagia Sophia mosque is a former Greek Orthodox Church located between the Cankurtaran and Kadirga districts, in the west of the Sultanahmet neighbourhood in Istanbul. It is one of the original buildings in Istanbul, belonging to the early Byzantine period, known for its stunning architecture. The beautiful marble columns on the ground floor and the gallery on the second floor are a must-see.

31. Yedikule Fortress
Also called Fortress of the Seven Towers and the Dungeons of the Seven Towers, Yedikule Fortress is one of the oldest forts of Istanbul. Located 3 miles south-west from Sultanahmet, it is quite popular among tourists for its dreadful history and fantastic views.

32. Belgrad Forest
Belgrad Forest is one of the greenest spaces in Istanbul situated on the easternmost point of the Thracian Peninsula. Open to the public, it is known for its picnic spots, diverse flora and fauna and also for its 9 nature parks including the Bentler Nature Park, Irmak Nature Park and Ayvat Bendi Nature Park. There is a 6 km walking trail within the forest which is surrounded by a serene lake that is ideal for walking, jogging and hiking.

33. Istanbul Modern Art Museum
Istanbul Modern Art Museum, commonly known as just Istanbul Museum, is temporarily located in the Beyoglu district while the new building in Karakoy undergoes construction. It is an artist’s paradise and Turkey's first modern and contemporary art museum.

34. Fatih Mosque
The Fatih Mosque is an Ottoman inspired mosque in Istanbul with one of the most beautiful inner courtyards in the city. Located in Fatih, on Fevzipasa Avenue, the mosque complex houses a hospice and the tombs of Mehmet II and his wife Gulbahar. On Wednesday, the Fatih Mosque hosts the largest street market in Istanbul (Fatih Pazari) selling food, clothing as well as household goods.

35. Pera Museum
Pera Museum is w well-known private art museum located in Beyoglu district’s Tepebasi quarter in Istanbul, Turkey, the Pera Museum. It was founded by the Suna and Inan Kirac Foundation and is most popular for its focus on Orientalism in 19th-century art. The museum is housed in a beautiful 19th-century building that was once the historic Bristol hotel.

36. Emirgan Park
This sprawling park of more than a 117 acres is a splendid example of the Turkish gardens from the Ottoman empire.

37. Anatolian Fortress
The Anatolian Fortress on the Anatolian (Asian) side of the Bosporus in Istanbul, Turkey is a medieval fortress and an open-air museum. It is also known as Guzelce Hisar or the Beautacious Castle. Istanbul’s oldest surviving Turkish structure, it dates back to the 14th century and was built as a watch fort made of bricks and square-cut block stones. Although a museum, one can only visit its outer walls; the main road passes through it.

38. Obelisk of Theodosius
The Obelisk of Theodosius is an Ancient Egyptian obelisk situated in the Hippodrome of Constantinople in Istanbul, Turkey. The structure was built by the Roman emperor Theodosius in the 4th century AD to commemorate the victory in Mesopotamia. It is made out of red granite and stands tall at a height of about 84 feet or 60.8 feet without the marble pedestal.

39. Rumeli Fortress
Rumeli Hisari or the Rumeli Fortress is a medieval 15th-century fortress now converted into an open-air museum. It is located on the European banks of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey. The fort is known for its magnificent views of the Bosphorus Strait, the Sultan Mehmed Fatih Bridge and the Asian part of Istanbul.

40. Istanbul Toy Museum
The Istanbul Toy Museum or Istanbul Oyuncak Muzesi is a toy museum located in the Kadikoy district of Istanbul, Turkey in a former historical mansion. Established in 2005 by the Turkish poet and author Sunay Akin, the museum houses over 4,000 toys from Turkey and more than 40 other countries, many of which date back to the 1700s and were bought at antique shops and auctions.

41. New Istanbul Mosque
The New Mosque, originally called the Valide Sultan Mosque, is an Ottoman Imperial mosque situated in the Eminonu quarter of Istanbul, Turkey, specifically on the Golden Horn. This 17th-century edifice is one of the city’s most prominent mosques, famous for its magnificent architecture. It is also known as the “bird mosque” since there are numerous birds within the complex at all times.

42. Istanbul Akvaryum
The Istanbul Akvaryum is the biggest thematic aquarium in the world situated close to the Atatürk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey. The aquarium houses over 1,500 land and water species and is divided into 17 themes. Some of the most popular species here include Gentoo penguins, Capybaras, Cownose rays, Musky caimans, Lemon sharks and Redbelly piranhas.

43. Kucuksu Palace
Kucuksu Palace is a former summer pavilion turned into a museum, situated in the Beykoz district of Istanbul, Turkey. Visited for its architecture and artefacts, the palace was constructed under Sultan Abd-ul-Mejid’s reign and was used by the Ottoman Sultans for short stays. The palace was built in the new-baroque style and has 2 main floors and 1 basement.

44. Cagaloglu Hamam
Cagaloglu Hamam is a famous historic Turkish bathhouse situated in Eminonu in Istanbul, Turkey. One of the city’s last major hamams to have been built during the Ottoman Empire, it is constructed in the Ottoman Baroque style of architecture and comprises a bathhouse for women and men. The entry to the women’s section is through a door which is on a side street called Hamam while the entry to the men’s section is from the main road.

45. Legoland Istanbul
Located within the Forum Istanbul Mall in Bayrampasa, the Legoland Discovery Centre is a fun and interactive entertainment park. Enjoyed most by families of children aged between 3-10 years, Legoland’s activities include rides, play zones, workshops, a LEGO 4D theatre, and more. Some other wonderful attractions are Miniland, a mini Lego city built with replicas of famous monuments of Istanbul.

46. Yoros Castle
Yoros Castle is a ruined fortress from Byzantine rule, located to the north of Joshua’s Hill in Istanbul. Also known as Genoese Castle, it is one of the most beautiful castles in the city. Only the exterior of the upper castle is open to the general public. Located on Macar Bay, one can enjoy breathtaking views of the conjoining point of the Marman and the Black sea from the top.

47. Nuruosmaniye Cami
Nuruosmaniye Mosque is an 18th century Ottoman Mosque located close to the Grand Bazaar in the Cemberlitas neighbourhood, Fatih district. It derives its literal name “the light of Osman” from the 174 windows adorning the mosque's interiors. It boasts of prime Ottoman Baroque architecture and stands tall with the fourth largest dome in the city and unique minarets made up of bronze instead of the usual stone.

48. Pelit Chocolate Museum
The Pelit Chocolate Museum in Esenyurt, Istanbul conjures images of childhood tales of Hansel and Gretel. This is the only chocolate museum in Turkey! Located near the Pelit Chocolate Factory all items on display here are created from chocolate. This includes an entire village, animals, mosaic paintings or human figures depicting a shoemaker, chestnut seller, fruit seller, and more, all made using chocolate in different forms and colors.

49. Mall of Istanbul
The Mall of Istanbul or MOI is one of the largest malls in Istanbul, located in Mahmutbey. There are more than 350 shops inside the mall, including some of the biggest and leading brand outlets. You can shop your heart out or enjoy at MOI Park one of the largest indoor theme parks with swings, games, amusement tunnels, speed shuttles, a horror-themed restaurant, and more.

50. Hagia Irene
Also known as Saint Irene, Hagia Irene is the oldest Byzantine church situated in the outer courtyard of Topkapi Palace. The second-largest in Istanbul after Hagia Sophia, it is now converted into a museum and concert hall. Easily accessible by tram with the nearest stop being Sultanahmet, its atrium offers spectacular architectural beauty with structures such as a narthex, three-nave naos and abscissa.

51. Madame Tussauds Istanbul
Madame Tussauds Istanbul is a museum chain for wax replicas of historic icons & celebrities located on Istiklal Caddesi (the Independence Avenue). There are nearly 60 figures of well-known celebrities, including statues of Suleiman the Magnificent, Muhammad Ali, Fatih Sultan Mehmet, Leonardo Da Vinci, Steve Jobs, Ronaldo, Neymar, Beren Saat, and more.

52. Tiled Pavilion Museum
The Tiled Kiosk Museum or Glazed Kiosk is located within the outer walls of the Topkapi Palace near Gülhane Park in Istanbul, Turkey. It is a museum that is currently home to about 2,000 artefacts including tiles and ceramicware from the Seljuk and Ottoman periods, divided into 6 rooms. It is the oldest of the 3 museums within the Istanbul Archaeological Museum complex.

53. Museum of Innocence
Museum of Innocence is a 19th-century house converted into a museum based on the famous novel Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk. It is located in the Cukurcuma neighbourhood of the Beyoglu district of Istanbul. It entirely recreates the novel and houses a collection which corresponds to the 83 chapters of the novel, presenting what the characters wore, used, collected, saw and heard in the novel. The museum can be enjoyed irrespective of whether you have read the novel.

54. Bulgarian St.Stephen Church
Bulgarian St.Stephen Church or Bulgarian Iron Church is an Orthodox Church in Balat belonging to the Bulgarian minority community in the area. This church is one of the hidden gems of Istanbul. It was constructed during the 19th century following a Bulgarian nationalist movement. It is easily accessible via a bus or a Golden Horn boat trip.

55. Beyazit Mosque
Bayezid Mosque or Beyazit Mosque is a 16th-century Ottoman selatin mosque located in Beyazit Square close to the Forum of Theodosius’ ruins. It is one of the most famous mosques in Istanbul. The mosque's interior is replicated after one of the most famous mosques in Istanbul, the Hagia Sophia.

56. St.George's Cathedral Istanbul
St.George's Cathedral is an Eastern Orthodox church situated in Fener in the Fatih district of Istanbul. Commonly known as Patriarchal Church of the Great Myrrh, it was constructed as a dedication to the Christian martyr, Saint George. Though it is a relatively smaller church, it is in no way lacking beauty and grandeur. The interior of the church house a fragment of the Pillar of the Flagellation.

57. Istinye Park
Istinye Park is a luxurious shopping complex situated in the Istinye quarter of Istanbul and divided into 3 separate sections. The first section has 280 stores laid out in a blend of enclosed and open space along with lush-green gardens. Its entertainment centre, The Grand Rotunda, has a four-level arena space with a moving stage and kinetic water sculptures. The third section, The Turkish Food Bazaar, consists of numerous fine-dining restaurants and fast-food eating outlets.

58. Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum
Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum is a private vintage-car museum located in the Sariyer district of Istanbul. It houses over 60 classic cars, trucks and motorcycles from the 1920s to the 1970s. Some of the famous ones here are a 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster, a 1954 Chevrolet Corvette, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, a 1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, and a 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II.

59. Istanbul Zorlu Center
Zorlu Centre is a vast multi-purpose complex in the Besiktas district. It is home to a high-end shopping centre, Raffles hotel, offices and Zorlu PSM. The centre is a four-tower structure with over 200 shopping outlets including Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana and Bvlgari and many restaurants and cafes.

60. Museum of Great Palace Mosaics
Museum of Great Palace Mosaics, also known as Istanbul Mosaic Museum, is an exquisite mosaics museum located in the heart of Sultanahmet Square at Arasta Bazaar. The mosaics displayed here date from 450-550 AD and depict everyday life, nature and mythology.

61. St Anthony of Padua Church
Sent Antuan Kilisesi or St. Anthony of Padua Church is a basilica and church located in the Beyoglu district. It is the largest Roman Catholic church in Istanbul and one of the three Levantine parishes in the area. It is famous for its unique architecture, which includes a gilded wooden statue of St. Anthony by Luigi Bresciani and mosaics depicting the Baptism of the Lord.

62. Panorama 1453 History Museum
Panorama 1453 History Museum is a historical museum located in the Zeytinburnu district of Istanbul. It is the world’s first fully panoramic museum known for Cyclorama, a 360° painting exhibited in the museum. It is made up of 10,000 figure drawings which give a 3D experience to visitors standing in the middle of the viewing platform.

63. Pammakaristos Church
Pammakaristos Church, also known as the Church of Theotokos Pammakaristos, is a well-known Byzantine church and museum located in the Carsamba town of Fatih district. It houses the third-largest Byzantine mosaics in Istanbul after Hagia Sophia and Chora Church which visitors can see along with Constantinople's Palaiologan architecture.

64. Palace of the Porphyrogenitus
The Palace of the Porphyrogenitus is also known as Tekfur Sarayi in Turkish. It is located in Ayvansaray, Istanbul, and remains one of the better-preserved structures built by the Byzantine Empire. The highlight of the palace is its architecture. There is also a museum within the palace premise.

65. Santral Istanbul
Santral or Santrallstanbul is situated in the Golden Horn, Eyup district within the campus of Istanbul Bilgi University. An energy museum the complex also has concert halls, an amphitheater, and a public library, making it an educational, cultural, and art hub. There are also interactive exhibits and games on both the floors of the energy museum.

66. Laleli Mosque
The Laleli Mosque is one of the smaller Ottoman imperial mosques located in Faith district of Istanbul. Also known as the Tulip Mosque, it was built by Sultan Mustafa III in the 18th century. The complex houses a mosque, madrasa, a fountain, and the tombs of Sultan Mustafa III and his family. The central dome is quite an attraction as are the minarets and the metal decoration on top of them.

67. Rahmi M Koc Museum
Situated on the northern shore of the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey, the Rahmi M.Koc Museum is a private industrial museum dedicated to communication and transportation items. It houses the private collection of Rahmi M.Koc, a member of Turkey’s wealthiest dynasty and a prestigious conglomerate.

Shopping Malls in Istanbul

There are numerous shopping malls, entertainment and performance space in Istanbul, such as Istanbul Cevahir Mall, Viaport Asia Outlet Shopping Mall, Historia Shopping and Life Center, Ozdilek Park, Emaar Square Mall, City's Nisantasi Shopping Center, Capacity Shopping Center, Akasya Mall, Buyaka Shopping Center, Marmara Forum, Watergarden AVM, Vialand Shopping Mall, Torium AVM, Akbati Mall, Metropol Istanbul, Zeruj Port Shopping Mall, Kanyon Shopping Mall etc. You will surely have the time of your life at these places.

Best Time To Visit Istanbul

March to May and September to November is the best times to visit Istanbul. This is the autumn and spring season when the weather is pleasant, and the humidity is bearable. It is the best time for sightseeing, visiting beaches like True Blue and enjoying a Bosphorus cruise. July is the hottest month of the year in Istanbul, while December is considered the wettest period. Thunderstorms in the summer are usually followed by drizzling. The light spells of rain will certainly not derail your travel plans.

Must Know Before You Visit Istanbul

  • Istanbul Museum Pass: A cash-on-delivery pass with 120 Hour 5-day validity period. It includes free admission to over 12 museums and discounts on activities and other tourist attractions.
  • Accommodation: Moderate and budget hotels are available in Taksim and Sultanahmet Square while pricey hotels can be found in western suburbs and on or overlooking the Bosphorus. Harbiye is also a popular place to stay.
  • Sim Cards of Vodafone, Avea or Turkcell are available at kiosks at the airport and around the city.
  • Free public wifi is available in most city centres and squares.
  • Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sundays.
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays.
  • Blue Mosque is being visited from outside on Friday mornings because of noon prayer.
  • Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays.

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