Things to do in Istanbul

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Top Things to do and see in Istanbul

Just as most of the other ancient cities, Istanbul has many museums, palaces and other landmarks. We have included some of them below. Yet that is not all there is about the city. Istanbul has its own culture, rituals as well as its own life. For that reason we have compiled a list with local tips that will give you ideas of some little fun things that you can do during your trip.

Inside the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul

1. Visit the Museums

Istanbul is a place with thousands of years of history, thus you will have many museums to explore. Some of the main ones are the Hagia Sophia and Archaeological Museums. You can enter them using the Museum Pass Istanbul.

Main gate of the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul

2. Visit the Palaces

The Ottoman Empire built a handful of palaces and summer houses to live and rule, although each one with a different style and purpose. Examples of these are the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Topkapı Palace, the Beylerbeyi Palace and the Yıldız Palace.

3. Visit the Imperial Mosques

The members of the Ottoman family commissioned the construction of many important mosques. You can easily identify them by their magnificence. For instance, the Blue Mosque, Süleymaniye Mosque, Fatih Mosque or the New Mosque.

Dome of the Chora Church in Istanbul

4. Churches, Monasteries and Synagogues

Constantinople was one of the very few places on Earth with a great meaning to the three main religions of the world, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. You can still find sacred buildings from each of these religions in Istanbul.

Overview of the Galata Tower and the Golden Horn

5. Visit the Landmarks

These places are not only historical, but also many legends and myths about them were created by the inhabiting civilizations. Visit the Galata Tower, Maiden’s Tower or Basilica Cistern and your eyes will open to a whole new world.

Lamps from the stores in the Grand Bazaar

6. Shop in Istanbul

Constantinople was an important trade center in the Silk Road for centuries. Today you can still enjoy the shopping experience in Istanbul by purchasing the world-famous Turkish rugs or stopping by at the hundreds of shops in the Grand Bazaar.

7. Taste Authentic Kebab

Kebab, unlike what you may think, is not just one dish, it’s the name of a cuisine. There are maybe 50+ types of totally different food. Visit a kebab restaurant and get a mixed-kebab to taste most types.

8. Watch The Dervishes

A must-witness and unique religious ceremony, believed to bring the dervishes closer to God. There are culture centres where you can attend one of their shows in Istanbul.

9. Do A Bosphorus Tour

The only city in the world, located in two continents is best seen from the Bosphorus. Sail between Europe and Asia, admire coastal palaces, cross under connecting bridges and feed the seagulls.

10. Try A Turkish Bath

Turkish Baths form a large part of the Turkish culture. If you have more than just a couple of days, spare a few hours to get rid of the travel stress, then turn your trip into a relaxing one.

11. Climb Rooftops

This very-old “inn”, Büyük Valide Han is a place with an amazing view of Istanbul that not many tourists know. People climb to the roof, enjoy the view and wait their turn to get amazing pictures taken.

12. Turkish Tea or Coffee?

Unlike what you may think, Turks are the top tea consumers in the world and Turkish coffee is a world-wide-popular drink. Which one is your favourite: Turkish Tea or Turkish Coffee?

13. Visit the Prince’s Islands

Büyükada, the largest out of the set of islands is a cute island, approximately 1 hour away from Kabataş. You need to spare a day to enjoy its beauties. Walk all the way to the top and enjoy the view.

14. Take Many Pictures

Istanbul, surrounded by sea and ancient buildings, offers many angles for perfect shots. Share on Facebook or Instagram with #istanbultouristpass hashtag and your photo will be promoted on our home page.

All you need in Istanbul

  • Free Airport Transfer
  • Admission to Top 10 Istanbul Experiences
  • Mobile Internet Connection

from
€106.25/pp

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