My family will be in Istanbul, arriving via cruise ship on a Friday in late July, at 11:00, and leaving Saturday at 14:00.
My initial plan is to go to Sultanhamet first thing Friday and see Aya Sofya, Grand Bazaar, and the Blue Mosque. Dinner in Sultanhamet, and later, drinks on Istikal Caddessi.
Then, I planned to go first thing Saturday morning to Topkapi for 9:00 entrance, do harem tour immediately, and then take in the palace until about 12:00, then take tram back to Tophane.
Does this sound like a doable plan? Should we do Topkapi first on Friday and do some of the other sites on Saturday morning?
I realize we're tight on time but I would like to get an overview of all these locations. Heck, I am hoping I am able to squeeze in the cistern sometime on Friday as well!
Any thoughts/feedback greatly appreciated!