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Old City Istanbul 3 days

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Istanbul is the only city in the World that is located on two continents at the same time. There is an incredible deep history at the historical peninsula (Sultanahmet) area which not only belongsto Turks but alsobig empires before. This guide will give you a rough idea how to get most of your time if you chose to stay in old city area.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveler
  • Like a Local

17 Places

2 City Tips

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17 Places

Day 1

Hippodrome (At Meydani)

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Blue Mosque

Sacred & Religious Sites

Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, History Museums, Historic Sites

Deraliye Ottoman Palace Cuisine Restaurant

Restaurants

Topkapi Palace

History Museums

Day 2

Suleymaniye Mosque

Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings

Kapali Carsi

Flea & Street Markets

Edebiyat Kiraathanesi

Restaurants

Basilica Cistern

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins

Istanbul Archaeological Museums

History Museums

Gulhane Park

Parks

Hodjapasha Cultural Center

Theaters

Day 3

Rustem Pasha Mosque

Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings

Spice Bazaar

Gift & Specialty Shops

Pierre Loti Tepesi

Historic Walking Areas

Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

Art Museums, History Museums

Mihrimah Sultan Camii

Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings

Sarisoy's City Tips

  • Museum pass Istanbul is very handy to skip the line and save money on entrance
  • Old city is verry easy reachable by tram line (T1) Its between Bağcılar-Kabataş and most of he sightseeing on this tram line
    Day 1
  • Hippodrome (At Meydani)
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Sarisoy Says:

    This area used to be like Taxim of ancient time. The story of Istanbul starts here

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Buy a 3 day Museum pass (85TL)
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #100 of 1,167 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not much left of the chariot racing arena 01/11/2019
    • A great area that once was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, a capital of Byzantine Empire 01/09/2019
    • Hippodrome (At Meydani)
    Phone:
    +90 536 346 00 36
  • Blue Mosque
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Sarisoy Says:

    Most popular place but to me less blue than to many mosques in Istanbul.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Scarf for woman. Appropriate dressing
    • Do not go on Friday between 11-14 pm
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 1,167 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Currently under renovation... skip if in a hurry 01/20/2019
    • Renovation ongoing --> much of the inside is covered up 01/20/2019
    • Blue Mosque
    Address:
    Sultanahmet
    Sultanahmet Mah
    Istanbul 34122
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 518 13 19
    Other:
  • Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, History Museums, Historic Sites
    See more photos
    Sarisoy Says:

    Holy Wisdom Church is one of the rare buildings where you can see Islam and Christianity in one body

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Use your Museum Pass with fast track
    • Say hi to the cat which is lying 24 h
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 1,167 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of things must be seen during lifetime 01/21/2019
    • Stunning 01/21/2019
    • Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
    Address:
    Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet
    Istanbul 34122
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 522 1750
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Deraliye Ottoman Palace Cuisine Restaurant
    Restaurants (Turkish, Fusion, Middle Eastern, Central Asian)
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    Sarisoy Says:

    Try Ottoman palace cuisine at one of the best spot where Suleiman the Magnifients time menu is still served

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Its on Ticarethane street
    • Reservation may be required
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 8,802 restaurants in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful restaurant 01/18/2019
    • Refreshing 01/17/2019
    • Deraliye Ottoman Palace Cuisine Restaurant
    Address:
    Ticarethane Sokak, No 10
    Sultanahmet Istanbul
    Istanbul 34110
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 520 77 78
    Price range:
    $9 - $29
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Topkapi Palace
    History Museums
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    Sarisoy Says:

    600 year old history is presented here. This place is charming

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Visit Harem which is accesable also with Museum pass
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 1,167 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent Fantastic place to see 01/20/2019
    • Good lesson in history ...if all open. 01/20/2019
    • Topkapi Palace
    Address:
    Cankurtaran Mahallesi, Topkapi Palace Museum, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
    Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 522 44 22
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Suleymaniye Mosque
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
    See more photos
    Sarisoy Says:

    important work of Architect Sinan. Impressive architecture

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Appropriae dressing and scarf for woman
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1,167 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • charming 01/21/2019
    • Most beautiful of them all. 01/20/2019
    • Suleymaniye Mosque
    Address:
    Sinan Aga Mah. Zeyrek Cad. No:4
    Zeyrek, Fatih
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 537 221 97 87
    Other:
  • Kapali Carsi
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Sarisoy Says:

    Its the biggest covered souq in the world with 21 gates

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Never accept apple tea offers
    • Watch your bag
    • Easy to get lost. Look for the name of the gate when you enter
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #88 of 1,167 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ancient Maze of Istanbul 01/21/2019
    • to much hassle 01/20/2019
    • Kapali Carsi
    Phone:
    +90 212 519 12 48
    Other:
  • Edebiyat Kiraathanesi
    Restaurants (Cafe, Turkish)
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    Sarisoy Says:

    Tasty sweets of Turkey can be found here in an otantic atmpsphore

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • try out Keskul-ul Fukara or other milk based sweet pudings
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #191 of 8,802 restaurants in Istanbul
    • Heaven for sweets 01/14/2019
    • Rude waitress 12/02/2018
    • Edebiyat Kiraathanesi
    Address:
    Divanyolu Caddesi 14
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 514 90 68
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Basilica Cistern
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
    See more photos
    Sarisoy Says:

    336 columns underground water delivery system with some fish in water

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Buy the entrance ticket before or you have to wait the line
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 1,167 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great 01/21/2019
    • Nice 01/20/2019
    • Basilica Cistern
    Address:
    Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3
    Istanbul 34410
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 512 15 70
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
  • Istanbul Archaeological Museums
    History Museums
    See more photos
    Sarisoy Says:

    One of the best museum in Istanbul with ALEXANDER SARCOPHAGUS must visit section

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Use Museum pass for entrance
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #69 of 1,167 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Oh, yes, the restorations... 01/18/2019
    • Worth to visit (Although some part of it under re-construction) 01/15/2019
    • Istanbul Archaeological Museums
    Address:
    Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu
    Sultanahmet
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 520 77 40
    Other:
  • Gulhane Park
    Parks
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    Sarisoy Says:

    The oldest and one of the most expansive public park in Istanbul

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • walk bare foot on the grass
    • good for picnic
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 1,167 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful, peaceful and wondeful 01/17/2019
    • Peaceful 01/16/2019
    • Gulhane Park
    Address:
    Alemdar Mah. Alemdar Cad. Eminonu/Cagaloglu, Fatih
    Istanbul 34122
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 584 16 00
  • Hodjapasha Cultural Center
    Theaters
    See more photos
    Sarisoy Says:

    History shows in an old Turkish Bath near Orient Express train station

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Best place to watch Whirling Dervishes
    • Wtite Rose show in only on Saturday, stronly recommend
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #93 of 1,167 things to do in Istanbul
    • Mesmerising performance for some, boring for others. 01/17/2019
    • Must do in turkey 01/17/2019
    • Hodjapasha Cultural Center
    Address:
    Hoca Pasa Mh. Hocapasa Hamami Sokak No: 3/B
    Sirkeci
    Istanbul 34410
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 511 46 26
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Rustem Pasha Mosque
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
    See more photos
    Sarisoy Says:

    This mosque is more blue with precious Iznik tiles than Blue Mosque itself

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Approptiate dressing
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 1,167 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hidden pearl among spice 01/04/2019
    • a real jewel in Istanbul 12/31/2018
    • Rustem Pasha Mosque
    Address:
    62 HasIrcIlar Carsisi
    Eminonu
    Istanbul
    Turkey
  • Spice Bazaar
    Gift & Specialty Shops
    See more photos
    Sarisoy Says:

    Egyptian Market is one of the colorful spots of the city with the oldest coffee shops and variety of spices

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Very busy on Sundays
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 587 Shopping in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • sensory overload 01/18/2019
    • Historical Place visit 01/13/2019
    • Spice Bazaar
    Address:
    Rustem Pasa Mahallesi 34116 Istanbul, Turkey
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 537 646 63 31
    Other:
  • Pierre Loti Tepesi
    Historic Walking Areas
    See more photos
    Sarisoy Says:

    Good observation hill overlooking the Golden Horn :)

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Funicular lift can be used to climb the hill
    • Godd spot for lunch and late breakfast
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 1,167 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pierre Loti has so much to offer for everyone 01/16/2019
    • To go or not to go? 12/27/2018
    • Pierre Loti Tepesi
    Address:
    Idris Kosku Cad.
    Eyup
    Istanbul 34050
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 497 13 13
    Other:
  • Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)
    Art Museums, History Museums
    See more photos
    Sarisoy Says:

    Interesting place to see Virgin Marys life in one church

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Closed on Mondays
    • Museum Pass could be used
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 1,167 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Again, badly mismanaged.... 01/20/2019
    • Must See 01/17/2019
    • Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)
    Address:
    Dervisali Mahallesi, Kariye Cami Sk. No: 8
    Karagümrük, Fatih
    Istanbul 34087
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 631 92 41
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Mihrimah Sultan Camii
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
    See more photos
    Sarisoy Says:

    Peaceful Mosque away from crowd which shows architect Sinans love to Mihrimah

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Appropriate dressing
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 1,167 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely light interiour 01/09/2019
    • Feminine 10/03/2018
    • Mihrimah Sultan Camii
    Address:
    Fevzi Pasa Caddesi
    Karagumruk Mh.
    Istanbul 34664
    Turkey
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