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Three days in Istanbul
3 day travel itinerary

by TripMapper

A magical place where East meets West.

3 Days
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Istanbul, a captivating bridge between East and West, offers a mesmerising fusion of cultures, history, and breathtaking landscapes. As Turkey's largest city, Istanbul has long served as a crossroads of civilisations, where ancient history and modern vibrancy come together to create a tapestry of experiences.

One of Istanbul's most alluring aspects is its rich history. This historical legacy is palpable in its iconic landmarks, such as the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, and the magnificent Blue Mosque, a symbol of Ottoman grandeur. Exploring the Topkapi Palace reveals the opulence of Ottoman sultans, with its stunning courtyards and intricate mosaics.

The city's strategic location straddling two continents – Europe and Asia – gives it a unique charm. A leisurely cruise along the Bosphorus Strait provides panoramic views of Istanbul's skyline, with historic mosques and palaces on one side and modern skyscrapers on the other.

Istanbul's bustling bazaars and markets offer an authentic taste of Turkish culture. The Grand Bazaar, a labyrinth of shops and stalls, invites visitors to haggle for vibrant textiles, intricate ceramics, and intricate jewellery.

The city's culinary scene is a delight in itself, with mouthwatering dishes that reflect its diverse heritage. Savour traditional kebabs, indulgent baklava, and fragrant Turkish delight. Engage in the ritual of sipping Turkish tea or strong coffee in a traditional café, while relishing the vibrant ambience of the streets.

With its blend of ancient marvels, vibrant markets, breathtaking landscapes, and friendly inhabitants, a visit to Istanbul will be an unforgettable trip.

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Itinerary Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Hagia Sophia, a magnificent architectural marvel, and the iconic Blue Mosque, known for its intricate blue tiles and elegant domes.
  • Dive into the bustling atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets. Explore its labyrinthine streets filled with shops offering everything from textiles to spices and ceramics.
  • Embark on a Bosphorus cruise to experience Istanbul's unique location straddling two continents. Enjoy panoramic views of historic landmarks along the shore and marvel at the juxtaposition of modern and ancient.
  • Enjoy an Istanbul food tour focusing on lesser-known culinary hotspots and locally renowned backstreet locations in the European and Asian sides of the city.
  • Step into the opulent world of Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace.
  • Discover trendy boutiques, vibrant street art, and a mix of international and local eateries around Karaköy, Galata and Nişantaşı.