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Istanbul Travel Guide

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Best of Istanbul

3 days in Istanbul
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.

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Family-friendly Istanbul

Istanbul for young kids
Istanbul for young kids

Istanbul is a very kid-friendly city, with plenty of eye-popping attractions, including many tailored just for them.

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Istanbul on a budget

Istanbul for free
Istanbul for free

Turkey's biggest city is full of gorgeous public parks, waterside walkways and historic or cultural landmarks that can occupy you for hours.

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Insiders' Istanbul

Istanbul off the beaten path
Istanbul off the beaten path

In a city so packed with history and adventure, there are tons of fun, quirky, enlightening places that are not overrun with tourists.

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Getaways from Istanbul

Daytrips from Istanbul
Daytrips from Istanbul

Traffic in Istanbul is terrible, but ferries can cruise you out of the city's snarl in minutes. Also, airfare within Turkey is shockingly inexpensive, so don't rule out the idea of flying somewhere near Istanbul just for the day.

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EveryTrail
Istanbul in 48 Hours
Istanbul in 48 Hours

The only city in the world that encompasses both Asia and Europe, Istanbul also straddles the ancient and modern worlds. The ghosts of marauding Crusaders and marching janissaries haunt the city’s...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Istanbul Neighborhood Walk: Beyoğlu
Istanbul Neighborhood Walk: Beyoğlu

After a period of neglect in the 1980’s, Beyoğlu is now reclaiming its status as Istanbul’s favorite playground, thanks to an influx of young Turks and international entrepreneurs. And while...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Asmalimescit: Istanbul Neighborhood Walk
Asmalimescit: Istanbul Neighborhood Walk

Asmalimescit, part of Istanbul’s central Beyogğlu borough, reached a peak of glamour and sophistication in the 1920’s, but became rundown in the ensuing decades. Now it’s in the midst of a colorful...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members

Perfect Day

A Perfect Day in Istanbul (sravenk, Apr 8, 2006)
3.0 of 5 stars 16 Votes
2.5 of 5 stars 3 Votes

Perfect Weekend

Great Days in Thermal Hotel (Newdeal-3448, Apr 30, 2012)
4.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote
Istanbul Idyll (AylesburyGal, Jun 22, 2006)
3.0 of 5 stars 7 Votes
Newark New Jersey (yoliee48, Jun 14, 2012)
3.0 of 5 stars 2 Votes

Best Of

Cheap Thrills in Istanbul (jesstam, Jun 6, 2006)
4.5 of 5 stars 20 Votes
Istanbul Shopping (Kozano, Aug 29, 2007)
4.0 of 5 stars 15 Votes
Breakfast at the Bosphorus (Evrim78, Jan 18, 2008)
4.0 of 5 stars 7 Votes

Recent Trip

Traveler List 2010 - (PeterCoox, Jun 19, 2010)
3.5 of 5 stars 3 Votes
İstanbul Experience (lawrance2000, Jul 29, 2012)
3.0 of 5 stars 2 Votes
Istanbul, Turkey (Peekaboo67, May 26, 2007)
3.0 of 5 stars 2 Votes