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3 days in Istanbul

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3 days in Istanbul
In three short days in this gleaming modern mega-city you can immerse yourself in nearly 3,000 years of history, from Roman ruins to Byzantine marvels, Ottoman treasures and modern amusements.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
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Day 1
Topkapi Palace
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Topkapi Palace

 Ottoman Relics Tour by Tourqo.com (SAC2) Half Day Afternoon Tour (Walking Tour) Topkapı Palace was the main residence of the sultan and his court.It... more »

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

This architectural marvel displays 30 million gold tiles throughout its interior, and a wide, flat dome which was a bold engineering feat at the time it was constructed in the 6th century.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii)
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Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii)

Just amazing! Travellers call it "Blue Mosque" but Turks call it ''SultanAhmet Mosque". If it is in your itinerary both ways, it is NOT two places... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Basilica Cistern
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Basilica Cistern

The Basilica Cistern (Turkish: Yerebatan Sarayı - "Sunken Palace", or Yerebatan Sarnıcı - "Sunken Cistern") is located in opposite of Sultan Ahmed... more »

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Suleymaniye Hamam
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Suleymaniye Hamam

Suleymaniye Hamam is a traditional Turkish bath that continues to operate today. The building, commissioned by Sultan Suleyman and designed by the Turkish architect Mimar Sinan, was built in 1557. It features dramatic archways and domes and is decorated with elaborate marble inlay. It is the only hamam in Istanbul where men and women bathe together.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Day 2
Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)
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Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)

Bargaining for goods is standard practice at the largest covered market in Turkey, rumored to contain over 4,000 shops.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Egyptian Bazaar
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Egyptian Bazaar

Spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds are among the many treasures to be found at this bazaar also known as the Spice Market.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Suleymaniye Mosque
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Suleymaniye Mosque

Famed architect Sinan built this majestic structure for one of the greatest rulers of the Ottoman Empire. Although this mosque is less ornate, there are many similarities between it and the Hagia Sophia since the same architect was responsible for both.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Galata Bridge
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Galata Bridge

This bridge spans the Golden Horn, connecting the old city with Beyoglu, the northern district of Istanbul.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Galata Tower
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Galata Tower

Built in 500 A.D., Galata Tower is one of the dominating landmarks of Istanbul. It was used as a watchtower to help defend the city.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Day 3
Dolmabahce Palace
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Dolmabahce Palace

Dolmabahce was the residence of the last sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Besides a very glamorous palace, Dolmabahce sarayi is of great importance to... more »

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Istiklal Street
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Istiklal Street

This cobblestone street attracts both locals and tourists who walk its length to enjoy the many restaurants, cafes and shops. Many of the city's movie theaters are also located here.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Istanbul Modern Museum
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Istanbul Modern Museum

Temporary and permanent exhibition halls, photography gallery, cinema hall, video art area and new media art area make up the platform that presents diverse forms of art that can be experienced at Istanbul Modern in addition to an arts library, a shop that combines design with art and its cafe and restaurant that offers its visitors a fantastic view of Istanbul.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Miniaturk
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Miniaturk

Minaturk is just what it sounds like: a mini version of treasures found in Turkey. The park contains 105 models done in 1/25th scale, about half of them from Istanbul and the rest from Anatolia and the Ottoman territories outside of Turkey.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Bosphorus Cruise Day Trips
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Bosphorus Cruise Day Trips

This body of water that passes along the shores of Istanbul is 20 miles in length and is the physical divider between the continents of Europe and Asia.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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