Explore Bosphorus: Istanbul, Turkiye! Visit Sultanahmet, Taksim, Besiktas and Kadikoy

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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 5 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. Yes! 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. At night, we can go to a pub — there are plenty of nice pubs in Beşiktaş and Kadıköy. Below you will see the destinations we will stop by: 1- At Meydanı (Hippodrome) 2- Yılanlı Sütun (Serpent Column) 3- Alman Çeşmesi (German Fountain) 4- Türk ve İslam Eserleri Müzesi- Pargalı Ibrahim Paşa Sarayı (Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum a.k.a. Palace of Ibrahim Pasha of Parga) 5- Sultanahmet Camii (Blue Mosque) + I. Ahmet Türbesi ve II. Abdul Hamid Türbesi (Ahmet I Tomb and Abdul Hamid II Tomb) 6- Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia) 7- Topkapı Sarayı (Topkapı Palace) 8- Aya İrini Müzesi (Hagia Irene Museum) 9- İstanbul Arkeoloji Müzeleri (Istanbul Archaeology Museums) 10- Yerebatan Sarnıcı (Basilica Cistern) 11- İslam Bilim ve Teknoloji Tarihi Müzesi (Istanbul Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam) 12- Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar Edebiyat Müzesi (Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar Literature Museum Library) 13- Gülhane Parkı (Gülhane Park) 14- Taksim Meydanı (Taksim Square) 15- Cumhuriyet Anıtı (Republic Monument) 16- Pera Palas (Pera Palace) 17- Aziz Antuan Kilisesi (The Church of St. Anthony of Padua) 18- Galata Kulesi (Galata Tower) 19- Kabataş (Kabatas) 20- Boğaz Turu (Bosphorus Tour) 21- Dolmabahçe Sarayı (Dolmabahce Palace) 22- Istanbul Deniz Müzesi (The Istanbul Naval Museum) 23- Besiktaş (Besiktas) 24- Kadıköy (Kadikoy)

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: We will stay at a hostel for 4 nights. On the last day, after we check out, we can leave our bags at the luggage storage and enjoy our 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. Our next stop will be the Blue Mosque. Afterwards, we will go to have lunch at Galataport, a nice port-like place at the seaside.

Galataport Istanbul

Day 1
Our third stop will be Galataport located in Kabatas. It's a nice place with sea view. We will go there by tram. After we have our lunch and spend some time there, we'll go back to Sultanahmet by tram.

Hippodrome of Constantinople

Day 1
In the evening, we will have dinner at the square. Then, we will stroll around the square and enjoy the hippodrome. We will first visit the Obelisk of Theodosius, then the Serpent Column and Column of Constantine and lastly the German Fountain. After 8 pm, we will pay a visit to Hagia Sophia. Note that: There is always a long cue for Hagia Sophia during daylight. It does not come to an end before 8 pm. So, the best time to visit there will be after 8 pm.

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. 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 Pera Palace. There, we will enjoy the historical hotel.

Beşiktaş İskele

Day 2-3
On our third day, we will go to Kabataş by tram and take a boat trip at Bosphorus. After our boat trip, we will go to Beşiktaş and have coffee with delicious desserts at a very cozy café:) Then, we will visit The Istanbul Naval Museum. Afterwars, we will go to Yıldız Park.

Dolmabahçe Palace

Day 3-4
On our fourth and also last 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. After we are done, we can go to one of the cafés nearby, and have something to eat/drink. After lunch, we will go across to the Anatolian side by ferry.


Day 4
When we are at Kadıköy, we can stroll around, eat and drink something. Then, we can go to Moda Sahili which is a park along the seaside. We can buy some drinks beforehand and enjoy the green park at the seaside.

Basilica Cistern

Day 4-5
On our fifth —also our last day, we will go to the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum. Spending some time there, our next stop will be the Basilica Cistern. At the Basilica Cistern, we will see the biggest cistern (water storage) of Constantinople.

Istanbul Archaeological Museums

Day 5
Afterwards, we will pay a visit to the Archaeological Museum. At the museum, 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.

Gülhane Park

Day 5
At Gülhane Park, we will visit the Istanbul Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam. We can also visit the Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar Literature Museum Library — one of the significant poets of Turkish history. Lastly, we will have a coffee break at one of the cafés located in the park.
Trip Summary
5 days trip
Topkapi Palace Museum, Galataport Istanbul & 8 more
Train, Boat, Trekking
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