The Best Things to Do in Istanbul

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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
Most tourists flock to Turkey's cultural capital to see the legendary Hagia Sophia, but things to do in Istanbul also include many versatile activities to suit those not into cultural sightseeing. A guided food tour is a great way to experience the unique melange of influences that shaped Istanbul into what it is today. You can spend hours feasting your eyes on the colorful array of offerings and bargain with merchants at Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi), one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets. Historic Areas of Istanbul--a World Heritage Site filled with minarets and church domes--remain the city's biggest attractions, while the northern side of the natural harbor offers lively nightlife.

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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Art Gallery
44A Sanat Galerisi
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Multi-day Tour
Before Travel
4.9
Duration: 1 hour
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Cooking Class
Cookistan Istanbul Cooking Classes
4.8
Duration: 6 hours

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