Best of Istanbul in 1 day

Istanbul in 1 day? Complicated but possible!

Istanbul is that city where East and West come together, where attractions and things to do never end. A destination full of history, charm and beauty! A large and chaotic city, which at first glance could leave you disambiguous, but which will then steal your heart. If you have little time to dedicate to the city, you need to rely on guides to optimize your time.

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The 1 day itinerary in Istanbul

Discover Istanbul’s most iconic sights on a van tour. Listen to your guide recount tales of the city’s colorful past as you pass by landmarks such as the Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and Hippodrome. Round off the experience with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest covered markets in the world.

Start your tour at the Hippodrome of Constantinople, which was the sports and social center of the old city. Discover major artworks including the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi, and the fountain of Willhelm II.

Then, continue to the Blue Mosque, whose 6 minarets adorn Istanbul’s skyline. Next up is the Topkapi Palace, which was home to Ottoman emperors between the 15th and 19th centuries.

Marvel at the jewel-stuffed treasury, the Ottoman Empire’s imperial collections, and priceless displays of Oriental porcelain. If the Topkapi Palace is closed on your trip date, you’ll visit the Nakkas Cistern instead.

Topkapi Palace – Touring Guidelines

Continue to the Hagia Sophia Mosque, a monument of equal significance to the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Behold the dome and stunning mosaics of this architectural gem as your guide recounts its turbulent history.

Then, enter the Grand Bazaar with over 3,000 shops selling everything from carpets to jewelry to ceramics and leather goods. Take a stroll around the Spice Bazaar and soak in the aroma of different spices, dried fruits, nuts, sweets, and lokum (Turkish Delights).

About this experience

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Duration 7 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
English, Japanese
Pickup included
Pickup from centrally located hotels in Taksim, Sultanahmet, Old City, Fatih, Şişli, Beyoğlu, Beşiktaş areas.
Turkey's largest & most celebrated market
Turkish spices

Hotel pickup and drop-off
Live guide
All entrance tickets to museums and sites

Not suitable for
Pregnant women 

Important information

Know before you go

  • Topkapi Palace is closed every Tuesday and is replaced with Nakkas Cistern
  • Inner parts of Grand Bazaar are closed every Sunday
  • The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are unable to be visited during prayer times and special events. Some of the inner parts of the Blue Mosque are currently under renovation