Best of Istanbul in 2 and 3 days

Istanbul in 2 or 3 days? 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 2/3 days itinerary in Istanbul

Discover the best of Istanbul on this 1, 2, or 3-day private tour that covers the major attractions, such as the Hagia Sophia Museum, the iconic Blue Mosque, the bustling maze of the Grand Bazaar, and the obelisk of the Hippodrome of Constantinople.

A few of the possible attraction you’ll visit on your tour include: The Hagia Sophia, a great architectural beauty and an important monument during the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. For many centuries, this was the largest church in the world, and it still boasts the 4th largest dome after St. Paul’s in London, St. Peter’s in Rome, and the Duomo in Florence. Dedicated to the Hagia Sophia or ‘divine wisdom’, it is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture. The Blue Mosque, more officially known as the “Sultanahmet” Mosque has striking blue tiles give it its more common name and make it one of Istanbul’s most iconic attractions. Located close to Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet Mosque was considered the Supreme Imperial Mosque in Istanbul. Topkapi Palace, a relic of the glory days of the great Ottoman Empire. The former palace boasted a population of about 4,000 people at its peak and was home to 25 sultans over a period of 400 years. Located on a promontory overlooking the Golden Horn, it sits in tranquil gardens that provide shade from the blazing heat of the summer. 


Turkish seller

Pop in to the museum to see the gorgeous Iznik tiles and the ornate stateroom of the harem, among other attractions. The Hippodrome is the former circus built in 203 AD by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus. Three monuments from the original building remain, including the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column, and the Constantine Column. Pause to look at the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, made from 8 marble columns. The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. With hundreds of small handcraft shops selling everything from handmade carpets to Turkish coffee, the atmosphere is electric, and it’s a great place to try out your bargaining skills. The spice bazaar is located in Fatih. It’s known as the Egyptian Market because during the Ottoman period, Egyptian exports were sold there. The Bosphorus is a narrow, navigable strait between Europe and Asia that connects the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea. Rumeli and Anadolu Fortresses are located at the narrowest point of Bosphorus. There are also magnificent Ottoman palaces and mosques along the Bosphorus. Keep an eye out for them. Built in the 19th century, Dolmabahçe Palace was the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire and housed some of the last Ottoman Sultans. The palace site was created by filling in the small bay on the Bosphorus. This gave rise to its name — in Turkish, Dolma means “filled” or “stuffed,” and bahçe means “garden”.

Istiklal Street is brimming with life. There, you’ll find a plethora of shops, restaurants, and bars, and from there, it’s an interesting and scenic 2-kilometer walk down to the Tünel Galata Tower area. See this and more depending on which length tour option you select.

Possible Itinerary for each day of the tour:

Day 1: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Hippodrome;

Day 2: Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahçe Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal, Galata Tower;

Day 3: Süleymaniye Mosque, Chora Church, Fener/Balat Districts, Pierre Loti Hill.

Galata Tower Entrance Fee
Topkapi Palace's design

About the experience “Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day City Guided Tour”

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Duration 8 hours – 3 days
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Live tour guide

English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic

Pickup included
Get picked up from the lobby of your hotel in Istanbul or from the port.

Wheelchair accessible

Private group

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