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What To Do In Istanbul In 3 Days?

Is it possible to Istanbul In 3 Days?
Istanbul is a magnificent city that witnessed countless events and rulers who contributed to the city. There is a lot to see, taste and visit in this city however most of the 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 the city which should be visited by foreigners and as locals of the city we listed some interesting experiences as well.

Suggested Istanbul Itinerary Day 1

Istanbul is the only city founded on two different continents and we shaped your itinerary in the least tiring way and you have the best of Istanbul In 3 Days!
For every visitor of this magical city, Historical Old City is a must-see as includes the most popular sights of visiting 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.

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For antiquaries, Istanbul Archaeology 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 kinds of handicrafts 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 like to try Nargile (waterpipe) in Corlulu Ali Pasha Madrasah.


Suggested Istanbul Itinerary Day 2

Your second day can be spent on the other side of the Golden horn to see the life of non-Muslims of the Ottoman era, this part of the city is mostly inhabited by Europeans and Jews of the Ottoman country.
Spice Bazaar and Tahtakale, Dolmabahce Palace and Imperial Residence, Bosphorus Cruise, Funicular, Taksim Square, Istiklal Street, St Antuan Church, Galata District walking.

For guests who are interested in the mystic-religious part of Turkey, Galata Mevlevi Lodge Museum is a good stop to learn about Whirling Dervishes (Semazen) performing on some days of the week. In order to have the 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.

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Suggested Istanbul Itinerary Day 3

If you would like to dig deeper and visit the rest of Old City, the following itinerary will be mesmerizing for you as it covers districts such as Fener and Balat inhabited by the Christian and Jewish communities of the Ottoman. In these years it’s famous with Turkish TV series as it’s a most colorful part of the city.

Suleymaniye Mosque, Chora Church, Fener Balat Districts, Pierre Lotti Hill, Eyup Sultan district walking.
An alternative route is taking the public ferry to the Asian part of the city known as the 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 amounts. 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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