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1-day Istanbul City Guide

Our 1-day Istanbul City Guide shows you a step-by-step time line and itinerary for your stay in Istanbul. Follow it and get the best of your day in the city.

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Take Tram Line T1 to Sultanahmet stop
09:00-10:30 Hagia Sophia (Museum, 20 TL)

Why visit

  • Istanbul's most famous attraction
  • One of the world's architectural wonders
Read more about Hagia Sophia

Photo: youngrobv

Take a walk to Sultanahmet Park
10:30-11:00 Sultanahmet Park (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Amazing view on Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque
  • Beautiful park
Read more about Sultanahmet Park

Photo: Bruno Girin

Take a walk to Blue Mosque
11:00-11:45 Blue Mosque (Church, Free)

Why visit

  • World-known landmark
  • Impressive and unique mosque with six minarets
Read more about Blue Mosque

Photo: S-Square

Take Tram Line T1 from Sultanahmet stop to Beyazit stop (Direction: Zeytinburnu) - 20’
12:05-13:05 Grand Bazaar (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • The world's oldest covered market
  • Dazzling atmosphere
Read more about Grand Bazaar

Photo: eurotrip_it

Lunch time
Take Tram Line T1 to Kabatas stop (Direction: Kabatas)
Take the funicular from Kabatas to Taksim Square
15:00-15:30 Taksim Square (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Popular meeting place
  • Busy transportation hub
Read more about Taksim Square

Photo: Salim Virji

Take a walk to Istiklal Avenue
15:30-16:30 Istiklal Avenue (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Exquisite pedestrian shopping street
  • One of the most famous avenues in Istanbul
Read more about Istiklal Avenue
Take a walk to Galata Tower - 15’
16:45-17:45 Galata Tower (Monument, 10 TL)

Why visit

  • The best 360° views of the city
  • One of the city's most striking landmarks
Read more about Galata Tower

Photo: brunoboris

Take a walk to Galata Bridge - 15’
18:00-19:00 Galata Bridge (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • Istanbul's great landmark
  • Romantic appearance
  • Stunning view over the Golden Horn
Read more about Galata Bridge
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