Turkiye Istanbul Trip: Sultanahmet (Old Town), Taksim, Besiktas

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<<< Please get in touch with me, if you wish certain dates for the trip >>> Hi, Wanderlust fellow! You want to visit Istanbul? But don't know where to start and what to do? Afraid of tourist traps? I hear you. My name is Gülçin. Call me GG. I am a history and culture geek based in Istanbul. And during this trip, I will be leading you. Don't worry! we will get along as long as you consider yourself a history and culture geek ;) 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, the attractions of the old town are very close to one another, so, we will get those places on foot:) After the old town, we will visit the "slightly" modern part of the city and enjoy the breeze of the sea. Yes, we will be spending time near 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. Yay! Plus, we will experience delicious Turkish cuisine and enjoy the bustle of the town while sipping our coffee. We will walk on 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 stayed. We can also have coffee and try delicious chocolates at Patisserie de Pera, a famous cafe in the hotel. At night, we will go to a pub — there are plenty of nice pubs in Beşiktaş and Taksim. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Let's check out our trip plan: Sultanahmet Square will be our starting stop. The trip will basically consist of 22 destinations: 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 (Rosehouse 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- Dolmabahçe Sarayı (Dolmabahce Palace) 21- Besiktaş (Besiktas) 22- Istanbul Deniz Müzesi (The Istanbul Naval Museum) Accommodation: We will stay at a hostel for 3 nights — a Standard 6 Bed Dorm Ensuite. (For private room you need to pay extra for the hostel). 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. What is included in the cost? - Accommodation (hostel, shared rooms) - Breakfast - Local Guide *Additional Costs: Lunch, dinner, coffee, museum tickets, tramway, Istanbul Public Transport Card, alcohol. << 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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Gülçin was flexible in accommodating the start date of the trip to fit my needs. During the trip with her, I had the opportunity to visit all the major attractions in Istanbul. The Istanbul Palaces is an absolute must-visit. I also appreciated Gülçin's openness to suggestions for improving future trips. Additionally, I gained in-depth cultural insights into Turkey through the experience. 😊
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Topkapı Palace

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 day light. 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.

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. After we are done, we can go to one of the cafes nearby, and have something to eat/drink.


Day 3
After the palace ,we will go to Beşiktaş and have coffee with delicious desserts at a very cozy cafe:) Then, we will visit The Istanbul Naval Museum. Afterwars, we will go to Yıldız Park. (Yildiz Park, Photo credit: istanbeautiful.com)

Basilica Cistern

Day 3-4
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 4
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 4
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
4 days trip
Topkapı Palace, Galataport Istanbul & 7 more
Train, Trekking, Other
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