Istanbul- Bosphorus Tour:! Visit Old Town, Taksim, Kadikoy & Sea World

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<<< Please get in touch with me, if you wish certain dates for the trip >>> Hi, Wanderlust fellow! Come and join me, and we can get the show on the road together! If you have been planning to visit Istanbul for a cultural trip, then you are lucky, you've come across me! :) While with me, you will enjoy the city without worrying about tourist traps ;) GRAB YOUR CAMERA! Because, we will have a BOSPHORUS Tour! YAY! You know what they say, the best way to explore Istanbul is via the sea:) Let's see what the trip is basically about! The trip will be for 4 days starting from the heart of Istanbul; "Sultanahmet" the old town where most of Ottoman and Byzantine history is based on. Plus, there are many attractions in the city around the same area. After the old town, we will visit the "slightly" modern part of the city and enjoy the breeze of the sea. Since this trip will be culture and history-oriented — and I know, you are particularly seeking that ;) — we will be visiting the most famous museums and attractions of the city. Plus, we will experience delicious Turkish cuisine and enjoy the bustle of the town while sipping our coffee. We will walk along the famous Istiklal Street in Taksim and pay a visit to Pera Palace - the oldest and most famous hotel in Istanbul in which Ataturk, Hitchcock, Agatha Christie, and many celebrities had paid a visit and actually stayed. We can also have coffee and try delicious chocolates at Patisserie de Pera, a famous café in the hotel. One night, we can go to a pub — there are plenty of nice pubs in Beşiktaş. Lastly, we will discover the sea world at Istanbul Aquarium. --- 1st DAY: STARTS AT 09:30 a.m. in SULTANAHMET SQUARE * TOPKAPI PALACE (4 HOURS) * BLUE MOSQUE (15-20 MINS) * HIPPODROME (15 MINS) * LUNCH (30 MINS) * ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUM (2 HOURS) * GÜLHANE PARK (30 MINS) * COFFEE BREAK (30 MINS) * BASILICA CISTERN (30 MINS) * HAGIA SOPHIA (15 MINS) FINISH AT 8:00 p.m. --- 2nd DAY: STARTS AT 11 a.m. in TAKSIM SQUARE * ST ANTUAN CHURCH (15-20 MINS) * COFFEE BREAK ( 20 MINS) * PAINTING MUSEUM IN TAKSIM (2-3 HOURS) * LUNCH (30 MINS) * GALATA TOWER (1 HOUR) * STROLLING AROUND THE ISTIKLAL- TÜNEL (30-40 MINS) * PERA PALACE (25 MINS) * GETTING BACK TO ISTIKLAL STREET ( 30-40 MINS) * COFFEE BREAK (30 MINS) * STROLLING AROUND (30 MINS) FINISH AT 7 p.m. --- 3rd DAY: STARTS AT 9:30 a.m. in KABATAŞ * SELAMLIQUE (1 HOUR) * HAREM (1 HOUR) * PAINTING MUSEUM (1 HOUR) * LUNCH (30 MINS) * BOSPHORUS TOUR (1 HOUR 15 MINS) * NAVAL MUSEUM (1 HOUR) * COFFEE BREAK (30 MINS) * YILDIZ PARK (1 HOUR) * ORTAKÖY (1 HOUR) * DINNER (30 MINS) * PUB (1 HOUR) * GETTING BACK TO TRAMWAY ( 20 MINS) FINISH AROUND 10 p.m --- 4th DAY: STARTS AT 11 a.m. in FLORYA AKVARYUM * AQUARIUM (2 HOURS) * TUTANKHAMON EXHIBITION (1 HOUR) * BAKIRKÖY BY MARMARAY (15 MINS) * LUNCH (30 MINS) * KADIKÖY BY FERRY (40 MINS) * COFFE BREAK (30 MINS) * STROLLING AROUND KADIKÖY (30-40 MINS) * DINNER (30 MINS) * BACK TO BAKIRKÖY BY FERRY (30-40 MINS) FINISH AT 7:30 p.m. --- Below you will see the destinations we will stop by. The trip will basically consist of 25 destinations: 1- At Meydanı (Hippodrome) 2- Yılanlı Sütun (Serpent Column) 3- Alman Çeşmesi (German Fountain) 4- Sultanahmet Camii (Blue Mosque) 5- Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia) 6- Topkapı Sarayı (Topkapı Palace) 7- Aya İrini Müzesi (Hagia Irene Museum) 8- İstanbul Arkeoloji Müzeleri (Istanbul Archaeology Museums) 9- Yerebatan Sarnıcı (Basilica Cistern) 10- Gülhane Parkı (Gulhane Park) 11- Taksim Meydanı (Taksim Square) 12- Cumhuriyet Anıtı (Republic Monument) 13- Pera Palas (Pera Palace) 14- Aziz Antuan Kilisesi (The Church of St. Anthony of Padua) 15- Galata Kulesi (Galata Tower) 16- Kabataş (Kabatas) 17- Dolmabahçe Sarayı (Dolmabahce Palace) 18- Besiktaş (Besiktas) 19- Istanbul Deniz Müzesi (The Istanbul Naval Museum) 20- Yıldız Parkı (Yıldız Park) 21- Ortaköy 22- Istanbul Aquarium 23- Tutankhamon Exhibition 24- Bakırköy 25- Kadıköy

About me! My name is Gülçin you can call me GG. I was born in a spring🌸 evening🌜 in Aargau a canton in Switzerland🇨🇭 and I have been living in Istanbul🌉 for quite a long time.

Details about the Accommodation: Hostel for 3 nights. On the last day, after check out, you can leave your bags at the luggage storage and enjoy your last hours ;) In case of in need, make sure to take more cash with you before you actually take the trip. You will also need an Istanbul Public Transport Card. You can buy it at the airport station. Private room option (Not included in the price) Extra service: Pick-up from airport (Not included in the price) Ps. Allianz Travel Insurance is provided by JoinMyTrip for German and Austrian residents. Hope to meet you in person and see you there! :)

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Trip Itinerary

Topkapi Palace Museum

Day 1
Topkapı Palace will be our first stop. There, we will spend a couple of hours. It is the first Ottoman palace built in Istanbul. Our next stop will be the famous Blue Mosque. It derives its name from its blue tiles around the minarets.

Hippodrome of Constantinople

Day 1
Our next stop will be the hippodrome. We will first visit the Column of Constantine, the Serpent Column, the Obelisk of Theodosius and lastly the German Fountain. After we finish, we will have lunch at the square.

Istanbul Archaeological Museums

Day 1
Our next stop will be the Archaeological Museum. Here, we will spend quite a time since there is so much to see. All the Greek, Roman artefacts which were found in Anatolia are exhibited at the museum. It is basically the ancient side of Turkiye.

Gülhane Park

Day 1
After the Archaeology museum, we'll stroll in the Gülhane Park. It is a beautiful park. We will see the Column of Goths there. And then, we will have a coffee break at one of the cafés located in the park.

Basilica Cistern

Day 1
After our coffee break, we will go to Hagia Sophia - first a church, then a mosque. Later on, we will go to the Basilica Cistern, there we will see the biggest cistern (water storage) of Constantinople.

Taksim Square

Day 1-2
On our second day, we will go for a walk on the famous Istikal Street in Taksim. We will pay a visit to the Republic Monument in the Taksim Square and take photos and stroll around. After our visit to the Republic Monument at the square, we will visit the Church of St. Anthony of Padua.

Galata Tower

Day 2
Later on, we will visit Galata Tower. At Galata Tower, you will be able to enjoy the view from the top of it. After Galata Tower, we will pay a visit to Pera Palace. There, we will enjoy the historical hotel.

Dolmabahçe Palace

Day 2-3
On our third day, we again will take the tram and get off at the Kabataş station. We will visit the Dolmabahçe Palace — a more modern palace by the Ottoman. There, we will spend quite some time. There is also a painting museum inside.

Beşiktaş İskele

Day 3
Next, we will take a boat trip at Bosphorus. It will take 1 hour and 15 minutes. After our boat trip, we will go to the Naval Museum. We will explore the marine world of Turkiye. After the museum, we will have a coffee break.


Day 3
Afterwards, we will go to Yıldız Park. It is a beautiful park. There are a couple of cafes where you can try Sahlep - a local hot drink. After we are done, we will head to Ortaköy on foot. It is a seaside place where you can take beautiful night photos near the Bosphorus Bridge.

Istanbul Aquarium

Day 3-4
On our fourth day, we will pay a visit to Istanbul Aquarium. There we will discover the sea world at first hand. Various fish, sharks, penguins, rain forrest and many more. We can take lots of photos. Our next stop will be the Tutankhamon exhibition. After the exhibition, we will go to Bakırköy by Marmaray. There we will have lunch at the seaside.


Day 4
We will take the ferry to go to Kadıköy. At kadıköy, we will be literally at the Anatolian side of Istanbul. We will stroll around the town, then we will have dinner. After dinner, we can stroll around a bit more, and take a hot cup of coffee and hop on the ferry to get back to Bakırköy.
Trip Summary
4 days trip
Topkapi Palace Museum, Hippodrome of Constantinople & 10 more
Trekking, Train, Boat
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