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Istanbul

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Queen of Cities
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires. A sprawling metropolis of nearly 15 million people, the city covers an area of over 5,300 sq km (2,000 sq mi), straddling both sides of the Bosporus Strait. Turkey's cultural, economic, and spiritual center, Istanbul lures nearly 12 million visitors each year. Its biggest attraction remains its historical town center, a World Heritage Site filled with minarets and church domes. The city's entertainment hub, on the northern side of the natural harbor, offers lively nightlife and a network of pedestrian-friendly streets flanked by Neoclassical architecture. With our international travel planner, Turkey vacations can be built around trips to Istanbul and other destinations in Turkey.
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Popular things to do in Istanbul

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Architectural Building
Hagia Sophia
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
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History Museum
Topkapi Palace
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Architectural Building
Basilica Cistern
4.4
Duration: 1 hour

Hidden gems in Istanbul

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Art Museum
Chora Museum
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Neighborhood
Ortakoy
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Art Museum
Istanbul Modern
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Rahmi M. Koc Museum
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Istanbul

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History Museum
Galata Tower
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
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History Museum
Rumeli Fortress
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Pera Museum
4.6
Duration: 1 hour

Kid-friendly things to do in Istanbul

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Architectural Building
Dolmabahce Palace
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Observation Deck
KIz Kulesi
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
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Architectural Building
Beylerbeyi Sarayı (TBMM-Milli Saraylar)
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
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Landmark
Hippodrome
3.1
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Istanbul

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Religious Site
Suleymaniye Cami
4.9
Duration: 1 hour
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World heritage site
Historic Areas of Istanbul
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Little Hagia Sophia
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
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Historic Site
Zeyrek Mosque
4.3
Duration: 1 hour

Shopping in Istanbul

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Flea Market
Kapali Carsi
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Mısır Çarşısı
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Adnan and Hasan
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Department Store
Kanyon Shopping Center
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Food Tour
Private Istanbul Walking Tours
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Cooking Class
Cooking Alaturka
4.8
Duration: 3 hours
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Art Gallery
44A Sanat Galerisi
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Shopping Tour
Robios Tours
5.0
Duration: 4 hours

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