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What To Do In Istanbul In 3 Days?

Istanbul is a magnificent city witnessed countless events and rulers who contributed to city. There is a lot to see, taste and visit in this city however most of visitors unfortunately don’t have enough time to experience them all. Here we created a 3 day itinerary for guests who wonder What to do in Istanbul in 3 days? As travel agents we included highlights of city which should be visited by foreign and as locals of city we listed some interesting experiences as well.

Suggested Istanbul Itinerary Day 1

istanbul hagia sophia museumIstanbul is the only city founded on two different continents and we shaped your itinerary in least tiring way.
For every visitor of this magical city, Historical Old City is a must seen as includes most popular sights of visit both from Byzantine and Ottoman eras. Old City is surrounded by city walls however seeing everything within walls is not possible in one day. Here is the suggested plan Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque or Suleymaniye Mosque, Topkapi Palace Museum, Hippodrome Square, Basilica Cistern or Serefiye Cistern, Grand Bazaar, walking in tramline street experiencing local foods. For antiquaries, Istanbul Archaelogy Museum is just next to Topkapi Palace Museum however please note that there is an ongoing restoration which is probable to last a few years more. In Grand Bazaar you can find all kind of handcrafts and works of artisans. It’s recommended to have lunch in a traditional Turkish restaurant serving foods which are less popular than Kebab or Doner such as dolma, sarma, karniyarik or borek. Tasting local food is a must do experience however if you are scared of trying less popular food you may would like to try Nargile (waterpipe) in Corlulu Ali Pasha Madrasah.

Suggested Istanbul Itinerary Day 2

istanbul taksim squareYour second day can be spend on the other side of Golden horn to see life of non-Muslims of Ottoman era, this part of city is mostly inhabited by Europeans and Jews of Ottoman country.
Spice Bazaar and Tahtakale, Dolmabahce Palace and Imperial Residance, Bosphorus Cruise, Fenicular, Taksim Square, Istiklal Street, St Antuan Church, Galata District walking.
For guests who are interested in mystic-religious part of Turkey, Galata Mevlevi Lodge Museum is a good stop to learn about Whirling Derwishes (Semazen) performing sema in some days of the week. In order to have local culinary experience you can try street foods such as Midye Dolma (stuffed mussels) and try chocolate shops in Istiklal, finally Felafel which became more popular recently with Syrians.

Suggested Istanbul Itinerary Day 3

istanbul balatIf you would like to dig deeper and visit rest of Old City, following itinerary will be mesmerizing for you as it covers districts such as Fener and Balat inhabited by Christian and Jewish community of Ottoman. on these years it’s famous with Turkish TV series as it’s most colorful part of city.
Suleymaniye Mosque, Chora Church, Fener Balat Districts, Pierre Lotti Hill, Eyup Sultan district walking.
An alternative route is taking public ferry to Asian part of city known as Anatolian side. You can start with Kadikoy Carsi and Baris Manco Museum. KAdikoy Carsi / Bazaar has numerous fresh food options to buy and taste even very small amount. Get lost in colorful streets and find your way by checking graffiti of Istanbul on side of municipality buildings.

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We wish you an unforgettable experience in our city, it will be a pleasure for us to have you as our guest here.

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