What can you do in Istanbul
What can you do in Istanbul
There are many things to do in Istanbul city. With its natural beauty, Bosphorus, history, culture and daily city life. Istanbul is very big a city worth seeing.
Istanbul Daily Tours
Walking Old City Tours; The first places to visit in Istanbul are the historical peninsula because important historical monuments such as museums and mosques are here. Historical peninsula tours are guided walking tours since it is a pedestrian zone, closed to vehicle traffic. There are tours in full day or half day, morning and afternoon. We recommend that you take a full day tour. During the guided walking tours, places such as Blue Mosque, Hippodrome Square, Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace Museum, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar are visited. Full day tours include lunch from traditional Turkish cuisine.
For a second day tour; there are different tours if you want to visit other places. For example; You can visit places such as Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, Camlıca Hill, Golden Horn, City Walls, Kariye Church Museum, Pierre Loti Hill on a full day. This tour is accompanied by a local guide and a minivan. Lunch including from traditional Turkish cuisine.
Istanbul Bosphorus Boat Tours
Bosphorus Short Boat Tours; The most beautiful place of Istanbul is undoubtedly the natural beauty of the Bosphorus. Istanbul is the only city in the world that is two continents.
When you come to Istanbul, you should definitely take a Bosphorus boat tour on the Bosphorus. Watching the beauty with a boat tour between the continents of Europe and Asia will make you happy. Daily boat tours are organized in the morning and afternoon, 2-hour short tours.
Bosphorus Full Day Tour; Combining with the boat and minivan, long tours are organized as a full day tour. You can visit the Bosphorus boat tour with the local guide, Dolmabahce Palace, Spice Bazaar and Camlica Hill. Lunch is include in the tour. You travel the European and Asian continents both by boat and by minibus.
Dinner Cruise Tours are organize in the evening at Bosphorus. Daytime boat tours are organize for cultural purposes and nighttime boat tours are organize for entertainment purposes.
Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off Double Deck Bus Tour
You can take a hop-on hop-off tour with double-decker buses in Istanbul. The main stops are Sultanahmet Square and Taksim Square. There are intermediate stops such as Eminönü, Sirkeci, Karaköy, Tophane, Dolmabahce, Tepebasi. These buses, which do not have a live local guide, have automatic guides that provide information from the headset in 8 different languages. Two different companies move on different routes every day, every hour. The worst part of Istanbul is the crowde vehicle traffic. It gets worse at work, rainy weather. If you want to tour these buses, pay attention to the traffic.
Day Tours from Istanbul by Minibus
Daily tours with minibuses are also organize to places close to Istanbul. You will be pick up from your hotel early in the morning and drop off back to your hotel when the tour ends.
Princes’ Islands; Princes’ Islands are popular places for those who live in Istanbul. There are 4 major islands to visit. It is Buyukada, Heybeliada, Kinaliada and Burgazada. Daily guided tour, it will take you to Büyükkada and Heybeliada. Princes’ Islands are 1 hour distance from Istanbul by boat.
Bursa Tour; Bursa is the first capital city Ottoman imperial. You can see Green Mosque, Silk market and cable car to Uludag. It is 3 hours driving distance from Istanbul. Full day tour lunch including.
Sapanca Tour; Sapanca and Masukiye is green place. Masukiye waterfall and Sapanca lake will be interesting. It is 2 hours driving distance from Istanbul. Full day tour lunch including.
Edirne Tour; Edirne is the second capital city for Ottoman imperial. You can see great Selimiye mosque, Old mosque, Beyazid musical terapy center and Meric river. It is 2,5 hours driving distance from Istanbul. Full day tour lunch including.
Sile-Agva Tour; Sile and Agva at the black sea cost villages in the Istanbul. You can see village life, Agva river and black see beach. It is 2 hours driving distance from Istanbul. Full day tour lunch including.
If you like to go tour with tour agency will pick you from your hotel in the morning. When tour finish they drop off you back to your hotel. Just contact to them.
Day Tours from Istanbul by Flight
Daily tours are also organize by plane to places far from Istanbul. You will be pick up from your hotel early in the morning and drop off back to your hotel when the evening tour ends.
Cappadocia Tour; You will be pick up from your hotel early in the morning and transfer to Istanbul airport. When you arrive at the Cappadocia airport, you will be pick up by a minibus. You will be transfer to the starting point of the tour. You can experience an unforgettable day by visiting Cappadocia tour with a full-day local guide and minibus. Museum entrances and local lunches are including. You will be drop off at Cappadocia airport. When you arrive at Istanbul airport, you will be drop off back at your hotel in Istanbul.
Pamukkale Tour; You will be pick up from your hotel early in the morning and transfer to Istanbul airport. When you arrive at Denizli airport, you will be taken by minibus. You will be transfer to the starting point of the tour. You will have an unforgettable day by visiting Pamukkale tour with a full-day local guide and minibus. Museum entrances and local lunches are including. At the end of the tour, you will be drop to Denizli airport. When you arrive at Istanbul airport, you will be drop off back at your hotel in Istanbul.
Ephesus Tour; You will be pick up from your hotel early in the morning and transfer to Istanbul airport. When you arrive at Izmir airport, you will be taken by minibus. You will be transfer to the starting point of the tour. You will experience an unforgettable day by visiting the Ephesus and Virgin Mary House with a full-day local guide and minibus. Museum entrances and local lunches are including. After the tour, you will be drop off at Izmir airport. When you arrive at Istanbul airport, you will be drop off back at your hotel in Istanbul.
Istanbul Whirling Dervish Show
The real place of the sema show is Konya. The Seb-i Arûs Ceremonies, the most spectacular example of the Sema Show, are organize every year in December in Konya. However, a show for touristic purposes is also held in Istanbul.
Hocapasa Cultural Center; The most known place is the Hocapasa cultural center in Sirkeci, near the train station. There is a show every evening at 7pm. It takes about 1 hour performance.
Sirkeci Train Station Orient Express Hall; There is also a show in the Orient Express hall inside the Sirkeci train station. This show is not everday. This is Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. It is at 7pm.
Galata Mevlevihanesi; There is also performance in the famous Galata Mevlevihane. It is every mount one time on last sunday.
Dinner Cruise on the Bosphorus; The best night entertainment in Istanbul is Dinner cruise boat tour on the Bosphorus. There are delicious food, drinks, belly dancer, folk dance and other similar show entertainment. You will have fun with the night view of the Bosphorus. Boats usually depart at 21:00. Will return after 3 hours.
Kumkapi Fish Village; There are many fish restaurants here. The songs sung by street musicians accompanied by delicious meals will give you a pleasant time.
Taksim; There are night clubs and restaurants with international food and belly dancer in Taksim square area.
Istiklal Street; There are some night clubs, working until morning. It is always a crowde street. This is the most crowded street of Istanbul.
Nevizade; Beer is server at small tables on the small streets. It is a place where there are many young people and students.
Flower Passage; It is on Istiklal Avenue. There are very nice fish restaurants inside . You can get your drink in beer houses. It is a beautiful old building.
Ortaköy; It is a beautiful seaside place with restaurants and cafes in the streets.
Galata Bridge; There are fish restaurants under the bridge. You will have a pleasant time at the seafront.
Bosphorus; There are many beautiful fish restaurants on the seafront in the Bosphorus at Asian side or Europen side. These are more expensive than other places.
Istanbul Legoland; is in Forum Istanbul shopping center in Bayrampasa, Istanbul. It is great place for children. They can play with legos and inside Miniland, 4D cinema, Kingdom quest, Creative workshop, Merlin’s apprentice and cafee shop. You can go to Forum shopping center by metro from Aksaray station.
Istanbul Theme Parks
Isfanbul (Vialand); Turkey’s first theme park. It is on the European side. It is a place where you can enjoy shopping and entertainment with its outdoor activity areas. There are very nice games and water parks for children to have fun.
Tuzla Marina ViaSea; It is on the Asian side of Istanbul. There are shopping streets, shops, food and beverage points. There are outdoor activity areas and shopping places. Lionpark and Viasea Aquarium will also attract your attention. Istanbul city center is about 1 hour by car. It is worth going because it is a good entertainment place.
Florya Istanbul Aquarium; It is among the largest thematic aquariums in the world, locate within the Aqua Florya Shopping Center. With its travel route, theme, rain forest and new generation technology, it hosts 17 thousand sea creatures. There are 17 themes and 1 rainforest. Florya Aquarium Istanbul, Turkey’s first penguins, the sand tiger sharks and red-bellied piranhas are now staying.
Istanbul Sea Life Aquarium; Istanbul Sea Life Aquarium is in Forum Istanbul shopping center in Bayrampaşa, Istanbul. This is Turkey’s largest aquarium. It is among the largest aquariums in the world, with an 80-meter glass underwater observation tunnel. They offers visitors the opportunity to study more than 10 thousand sea creatures, including rare sharks, stingrays, octopuses and sea turtles.
Tuzla Marina ViaSea Aquarium; Located on the Asian side, the world’s first climate-themed aquarium. ViaSea Aquarium is the longest and widest aquarium tunnel in Istanbul with its 88-meter tunnel aquarium. More than 12,000 sea creatures await you in 47 different theme exhibitions. A fun filled with sharks awaits you in Istanbul’s longest underwater aquarium tunnel.
Emarr Aquarium; It is in Emaar Shopping Center on the Asian Side. There are over 20,000 marine creatures from 200 species, including the Rocky Tank, the Main Tank including the tunnel aquarium, the Forests, Rivers and Waterfalls, the Penguin Island, the Crocodile Kingdom, and the thematic sections.
- Istanbul Miniaturk
Miniaturk is also named as the “Showcase of Turkey”, where you can find many important structures of Turkey in small scales, models of architectural master pieces representing the Anatolian and Ottoman civilizations. Models of 105 historical and architectural work you can see here.
Istanbul Historical Turkish Baths
Cagaloglu Bath; Cagaloglu Turkish Bath built in 1741. It is one of the historical baths of Istanbul. It is on Yerebatan Street starting from the Basilica Cistern. Cagaloglu Bath is the only Turkish bath in the New York Times ‘1000 Places to See Before Death’ list.
Cemberlitas Bath; Cemberlitas Bath built in 1584. It is one of the oldest baths in Istanbul. It is one of the most preferred baths for tourists with its location close to the Grand Bazaar.
Süleymaniye Bath; The Süleymaniye Bath built in 1552. It is one of the oldest baths in Istanbul and is a very popular place. The most important feature that distinguishes the Süleymaniye Bath from other baths is that it accepts couples together. There is no distinction between men and women in traditional bath culture in this bath. It is the most preferred bath by foreign couples who want to experience the Turkish bath experience together.
Galatasaray Bath; Galatasaray Bath built in 1461. As it is locate in Beyoglu district, it attracts the attention of local and foreign tourists. It is an ideal bathhouse for those staying near Taksim Square.
Aga Bath; Aha Bath is the oldest Turkish bath. Since it built in 1454. It is locate in Cihangir district of Beyoglu. It is one of the rare baths where couples can enter together.
3 Big football teams of Istanbul
Istanbul has 3 world-famous football teams. Their matches are always exciting. Tribune shows are interesting. Derby matches they play in Istanbul are very high excitement. It is a nice activity for football fans to go to the match.
Besiktas; (1903 – Black and White) is Turkey’s oldest sports club. It has a symbol as a Black Eagle. Besiktas stadium is the closest and easiest to the city center. The stadium capacity is 45.000 people. It is opposite the Dolmabahce Palace. You can easily go from Taksim and Sultanahmet.
Galatasaray; (1905 – Yellow and Red) It has a symbol as Lions. There is a metro transportation to go to Galatasaray stadium. The stadium capacity is 54.000 people. You need to take the metro from Taksim square and walk 10 minutes after getting off at Seyrantepe metro station.
Fenerbahce; (1907 – Yellow and Navy) Yellow Canaries are the symbol. Fenerbahce stadium is on the Asian side. The stadium capacity is 52.000 people. First you should go to Kadıköy by ferry. You need to walk 20 minutes from Kadıköy port to the stadium. Or you can take a taxi from Kadiköy.
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