Istanbul Day Tours

Istanbul Day Trips

Istanbul is a world-famous Turkish city known for its rich cultural history, magnificent architectural marvels, breathtaking scenery, and entertaining attractions, all of which can be enjoyed on Istanbul day tours. The city has also been a significant centre of trade and commerce. Istanbul has the historical charm of Hagia Sophia, the picturesque architecture of the Blue Mosque, and magnificent shorelines with avant-garde restaurants like Ulus 29 and Mikla overlooking outstanding scenic views. Explore this vibrant city as part of your Turkey itinerary, where every corner reveals a tapestry of history and modern allure.

Istanbul city will continue to enthral you with a variety of experiences with each passing day. It has a lot in store for an unforgettable experience, including drinking Turkish chai, unwinding in the Hammam, touring the city by hot air balloon, cruising the Bosphorus, and cycling around the Prince Islands. Jurassic Park entices both children and adults to explore the world of dinosaurs. Visiting Jurassic Land is one of the best day tours in Istanbul, Turkey for kids. The Jurassic Land cinema effect is 4D-6, the largest in Turkey. Istanbul's tourist season is probably at its busiest over most of the year because of the city's varied topography and subtropical weather. For pleasant weather, the best months to visit Istanbul are from March to May and September to November.

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Which places can we explore on Istanbul day tours?

1. Blue Mosque: Explore the religious and ancient heritage of Istanbul by visiting the Blue Mosque. The Istanbul day tours will take you to the city's most important monuments and historical sites. Admire the stunning architecture and fall in love with the religious vibe of Islamic culture.
The Blue Mosque Aka Sultan Ahmed Mosque is one of Istanbul's most famous attractions, with millions of visitors every day. The structure was given the name blue mosque because of the blue tiles on its interior walls. The mosque is still used on a daily basis for prayers and offerings. Visit the Blue Mosque to admire the magnificence of Islamic architecture, culture and beliefs.

Location: At Meydan?, Binbirdirek, Cd No:10, 34122 Istanbul, Turkey
Entry Fee: 90 Turkish Liras

2. Hagia Sophia: Visiting Hagia Sophia is one of the best day tours in Istanbul, Turkey which has now been turned into a museum so that visitors can learn more about the city. When you sign up for the Istanbul tour, you get to see the stunning and ancient Hagia Sophia, which was once both a church and a mosque. The Hagia Sophia is a magnificent piece of art as well as architecture reciting stories about Istanbul’s culture. Numerous glass windows may be found in the walls just above the galleries and at the base of the dome. No Istanbul full day tour is complete without a visit to the iconic Hagia Sophia. This masterpiece of Byzantine architecture is adorned with marble pillars and a stunning collection of mosaics.

Location: Ayasofya Meydan?, Sultan Ahmet, 34122, Istanbul, Turkey
Summers -9 am to 7 pm
Winters - 9 am to 6 pm

Price: Adults: 72 Turkish Liras

3. Topkapi Palace: Topkapi Palace is a vibrant and picturesque reminder of Turkey's former Ottoman Empire's grandeur. The Topkapi Palace, which served as the residence of Ottoman emperors for over 400 years, is now one of Istanbul's most important museums. The Palace houses the world's most extensive collection of Ottoman Dynasty jewelry, artwork, and heirlooms. There are over a hundred rooms, chambers, and halls, the majority of which are open to the public. There are various courtyards, imperial gates, palace kitchens, imperial stables, the gate of felicity, and the treasury. The Sultan's main residence is the Harem, also known as the central chamber. In this palace, visitors can truly experience the extravagant lifestyle of the Ottomans.

Location: 34122, Cankurtaran, Istanbul, Turkey.
Timing: 9 AM to 6 PM
Price: 72 Turkish Lira for the Palace and an extra 42 Turkish Lira for entry to Harem rooms.

4. Sultanahmet Square: The Hippodrome, also known as Sultanahmet Square, is the centerpiece of Istanbul's Historical Peninsula. It leads to some of the city's most spectacular attractions, such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Ibrahim Pasha Palace. Book Sultanahmet Square and other Istanbul day tours and explore the major sites of the area. Sultanahmet Square is also surrounded by hotels, restaurants, and other places of lodging and entertainment. It was once a public space for various activities such as chariot races, gladiator fights, and many wars. It served as a focal point for various social and cultural gatherings in Constantinople, the Byzantine Empire's capital.

Location: Binbirdirek, Sultan Ahmet Park? No:2, Fatih/?stanbul, 34122, Turkey
Timing: 24 HRS
Price: Free

5. Grand Bazaar: Grand Bazar is one of the biggest indoor markets in the world, with 5,000 shops and one of the best Istanbul day tours. Approximately a quarter million people visit this Bazar every year. The Grand Bazaar is unlike any other market you've ever seen. The street is filled with antiques, carpets, jewelry, spices, hand-painted ceramics, and other items. The bazaar, which was first established in 1462, is today home to the Cevahir bedesten in addition to four fountains, two mosques, and two steam baths. Visitors can easily spend an entire day shopping or window shopping here to experience the authentic Turkish vibe.

Location: Beyazit, Kalpakçilar Cd. No:22, 34126 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
Timings: 9 PM to 7 Pm (Monday to Saturday)
Entry Fee: Free of Cost

6. Dolmabahce Palace: Don't miss a visit to Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace, which was built between 1843 and 1856. The palace was constructed with 35 tonnes of gold, which is worth 1.9 billion dollars today. Explore the palace and be amazed by its structure and architectural beauty. Book Dolmabahce Palace Tickets in advance to ensure hassle-free access into the palace. Stroll through Dolmabahce Palace's garden and admire the beautiful flowers and lush green surroundings. You will also get the opportunity to visit Dolmabahce Palace as part of the Istanbul day tours.

Location: Vi?nezade, Dolmabahçe, Be?ikta?/?stanbul, Turkey, 34357
Timing: 9 AM to 4 PM (Mondays are closed)
Price: 60 Turkish Lira and an extra 40 Turkish Lira for entry to Harem

7. Bosphorus Cruise: In Istanbul, tourists enjoy taking cruise tours from the north to the south of the shorelines to learn about the local customs. The Bosphorus Cruise trip is one of the best day tours in Istanbul, Turkey. While sailing along the Bosphorus Strait, take in the stunning views of Turkey. This luxury cruise lasts 2 to 3 hours and will captivate you with breathtaking views of the sunset and a delightful Turkish dinner. During your ride, you should stop in Kanlica, which is famous for its thick yogurt. This cruise tour will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and is one of the most interesting things to do in Istanbul.

Location: Bosphorus Strait
Adults: 39,00 TL
children under 12 years: 16,00 TL

8. Basilica Cistern: One of Istanbul's biggest and most well-known cisterns is called the Basilica Cistern which has maintained its aura since the fourth century. The Basilica Cistern has witnessed everything since it was initially created in the fourth century to serve the Great Palace, including antique wonders and Hollywood movie stars. See distinctive Byzantine artworks such as Medusa heads and hundreds of illuminated columns. To spend the entire day with your family, book the best day tours in Istanbul, Turkey and explore the renowned Basilica Cistern.

Location: Alemdar, Yerebatan, Istanbul, Turkey
Timings: 9 AM - 5:30 PM
Price: Adults: 20 Turkish Lira

9. Bosphorus Strait: Cruise through the beauty of Istanbul while admiring the glistening waters of the waterways. As you cruise along the city's long canals, you'll spot some major landmarks such as the Rumeli Fortress, Dolmabahce Palace, and many others.

Take a relaxing cable car ride to the Pierre Loti Coffee House and enjoy the breathtaking views from there. Learn about the history of the places you pass through with the assistance of a professional guide and have a good time on this trip with your family and friends.

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Timing: 24 Hours
Price: 25 TL for adults
15 TL for children under 12

10. Galata Tower: The Galata Tower, also known as Christea Turris by the Genoese, is an ancient tower in Istanbul, Turkey, that was built in 1348. It is a high cone-capped cylindrical tower with a 360-degree view of Istanbul's historic district. The iconic Galata Tower has become Istanbul's most popular tourist attraction, standing tall for over 600 years. Book the best day tours in Istanbul, Turkey and explore the spectacular city views from the Galata Tower and learn about the tower and the neighborhood's rich history and culture.

Location: 2, 34421 Beyo?lu, Istanbul, Turkey
Timing: 8:30 AM–10 PM
Price: 100 TL

Why is the Blue Mosque so famous?

The Blue Mosque is a popular tourist destination today because of its history and significance to the Ottoman Empire and the city of Istanbul. Many people continue to visit the mosque not only to admire its architectural beauty but also to participate in the daily prayer services that are still held in the mosque.

On which day is the Grand Bazaar closed?

The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, as well as on state and religious holidays. The Bazaar is open from Monday to Saturday from 10 AM to 7 PM. At the Grand Bazaar, you can purchase handcrafted Turkish rugs, ancient Iznik tiles, gold and jewelry, conventional attire, and Turkish tea glasses in the shape of tulips.

How do I get to Hagia Sophia?

1. By Air: The Istanbul International Airport is connected to all the major international airports of the world from where you can easily reach Hagia Sophia.

2. By Bus: If you prefer to travel by bus, the 66, 92B, BN1, and TB2 can take you to Hagia Sophia.

3. By Train: Tram travel can be inexpensive, but it may take more than 50 minutes to get to Hagia Sophia. The historical cistern is accessible through the T1 tram line.

4. By Car: A cab is the most convenient transportation option from Istanbul Airport to Hagia Sophia. If you want to take a cab, it will take you 45 to 50 minutes to get to the Hagia Sophia covering a distance of 48 kilometers.

5. By Sea: Istanbul has well-developed waterways since it borders the Black Sea, making it accessible by sea from everywhere in the world.

Is one day enough to visit Istanbul?

No, a visit to Istanbul requires more than a single day. It would be best if you plan an itinerary for at least 5 to 6 days if you want to experience all of Istanbul's flavors. You can visit the Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and the entire side of the old city. The itinerary can also include visits to the Spice Bazar, the Dolmabahce Palace, and a number of neighboring mosques.

What should we not miss when visiting Istanbul?

- Visit Hagia Sophia

- Shop at the famous Grand Bazaar

- Tour of the Blue Mosque

- Lake Sapanca Tour

- Walk through Istiklal Avenue

- Hop-on-Hop-off Cruise the Bosphorus

- Sapanca And Masukiye Tour

- Princes’ Island Tour

- Green Bursa Tour

- Visit the famous Pera Museum

- Dinner cruise at Bosphorus

- Visit Rahmi Koc Museum

Is Istanbul expensive to visit?

The cost of your trip to Istanbul will entirely depend on how many days are on your itinerary, as well as the destinations and activities you choose. However, daily costs in Istanbul are expected to be 189 Turkish Lira.

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