Hi everyone, one more first-time traveler to Istanbul looking to cram as many sights and experiences from this gorgeous city as can fit in a week. Help!
I arrive Sat 6/21 in the late afternoon and fly out very early on Sun 6/29. I'm staying in Cankurtaran, just behind the Blue Mosque. Here's the rough itinerary I've put together. Two questions: 1) does it look ok and 2) is it advisable to take 1 day for the princes' islands or is that day better spent more leisurely in Sultanahmet?
Day 1, Sat - Arrive, explore the Blue Mosque and surrounding neighborhood
Day 2, Sun - Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, other sights in Sultanhamet
Day 3, Mon - Grand Bazaar, Suleymaniye Mosque, Eminonu, Galata and lower Beyoglu
Day 4, Tue - Taksim to Tophane, Dolmabahce to Ortakoy
Day 5, Wed - Bosphorus cruise stopping off at certain villages (Arnavutkoy/Bebek, Kanlica etc.)
Day 6, Thu - Fatih, Fener and Balat + city walls + Eyup
Day 7, Fri - Uskudar, Kadikoy
Day 8, Sat - Princes' Islands OR visit other sites missed during the week