- This itinerary takes you both to Istanbul's most famous sights and some off-the-beaten-path attractions.
- Advice on efficient use of public transportation and a beginner's guide to Turkish cuisine (you know you'll love it!)
- Visit Europe, Asia and the islands that are part of Istanbul during your stay.
Some of the things you will see and do in Istanbul:
- The Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia
- The Grand Bazaar and its vendors
- The Gülhane Park and the Topkapi Palace with fantastic views on Istanbul
- Taksim and its active nightlife
- The hip neighborhood of Moda on the Asian side
- Ferry rides across the Bosphorus and the Marmara Sea
- Two Istanbul islands, Büyükada and Burgazada
- Eat in some of the best restaurants in Istanbul
- and much more!
What does the itinerary include?
- 27-page PDF file
- Numerous maps and walking directions as well as pictures of most important sights
- Tips on hotels, transportation, restaurants and getting into the city
- My contact information if you have questions while visiting Istanbul
Sample From the Itinerary
This is a sample of the itinerary. The actual itinerary includes additional pictures and maps.
Eminönü – 9:30am – 10:45am
Duration: 1 ¼ hours
Address: Eminönü ferry boat station
[Picture of Galata Tower as seen from Eminönü]
Tip: Keep in mind that for visiting mosques you have to be dressed conservatively (no open shoulders and knees are recommended to be covered as well), you will be asked to remove your shoes before entering a mosque and you might be asked to cover your head (headscarves are provided), however lately it does not appear to be obligatory. While Istanbul appears to be modern and European in general, it is still wise to be conservative in your overall choice of clothes.
Eminönü is a good place to start off your first day in Istanbul. Whether you are staying in the Taksim (New Town) area or in Sultanahmet (Old Town), it’s not a long walk away from both or an even shorter tram ride. From here you get a fantastic view on the Galata Tower across the Golden Horn and it is also a good place to have breakfast consisting of a simit (sesame bagel, 1TL) and a traditional Turkish tea. Alternatively, if you come here later in the day, do stop by to have a balik ekmek (fish sandwich, 4TL) sold from several boats on the Golden Horn.
After you take in the view, it’s time to cross the street to visit your first bazaar. Take the underground passage, but beware that it will be crowded down there, mind your step and try to not look at the flashing toys and Adidas shoes for $10 sold by local vendors, they might distract you and you can trip on the uneven floor.
[Picture of the Spice Market (Mısır Çarşısı, or Egyptian Bazaar)]
[Map of the area with walking directions]