7 Days Itinerary For Istanbul – Sample


Day 1: Arrival and Sultanahmet

  • Arrive at Istanbul Airport
  • Transfer to your hotel in Sultanahmet
  • Explore the Sultanahmet Square area
  • Visit the Blue Mosque and marvel at its stunning architecture
  • Explore the Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Take a leisurely walk through the historic Hippodrome area
  • Enjoy a delicious Turkish dinner at a local restaurant

Day 2: Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar

  • Visit the Topkapi Palace, the former residence of Ottoman sultans
  • Explore the palace’s impressive courtyards, chambers, and exhibits
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Istanbul from the palace’s terraces
  • Visit the Basilica Cistern, an ancient underground water reservoir
  • Experience the vibrant atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar and shop for souvenirs, textiles, spices, and more
  • Relax with a traditional Turkish tea or coffee at a local café

Day 3: Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace

  • Take a scenic cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, passing iconic landmarks
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Istanbul’s European and Asian sides
  • Disembark at Ortakoy and explore its charming streets and waterfront
  • Visit the Dolmabahce Palace, a stunning example of Ottoman architecture
  • Explore the palace’s lavish rooms and gardens
  • Take a leisurely stroll along Istiklal Street, Istanbul’s vibrant pedestrian boulevard

Day 4: Spice Bazaar and Turkish Baths

  • Explore the vibrant Spice Bazaar, filled with colorful spices, sweets, and local delicacies
  • Experience the intoxicating scents and flavors of Turkish cuisine
  • Visit the nearby Rustem Pasha Mosque, known for its exquisite tilework
  • Indulge in a traditional Turkish bath experience (hamam) for relaxation and rejuvenation
  • Treat yourself to a spa treatment or massage at a reputable hamam

Day 5: Modern Istanbul and Taksim Square


  • Visit the Istanbul Modern Art Museum and discover contemporary Turkish art
  • Explore the trendy neighborhoods of Karakoy and Galata
  • Walk across the iconic Galata Bridge and enjoy panoramic views of the city
  • Take a ride on the nostalgic Tunel funicular, the world’s second-oldest subway
  • Explore bustling Taksim Square, known for its shops, restaurants, and vibrant nightlife

Day 6: Princes’ Islands

  • Take a ferry to the Princes’ Islands, a group of charming car-free islands near Istanbul
  • Enjoy a peaceful escape from the bustling city and explore the islands by horse-drawn carriage or bicycle
  • Visit Buyukada, the largest and most popular island, and explore its beautiful beaches, historical sites, and picturesque streets
  • Enjoy a leisurely lunch at a seafood restaurant overlooking the sea
  • Take a relaxing stroll along the waterfront and enjoy the island’s tranquil atmosphere

Day 7: Bazaars and Farewell

  • Visit the atmospheric Arasta Bazaar, located near the Blue Mosque
  • Shop for traditional Turkish carpets, ceramics, jewelry, and more
  • Explore the lesser-known Sahaflar Bazaar, a treasure trove of antique books and manuscripts
  • Enjoy a final Turkish meal and bid farewell to Istanbul
  • Transfer to Istanbul Airport for departure

Please note that this itinerary provides a general outline for a 7-day visit to Istanbul, but it can be customized based on your preferences and interests.

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