Things to Do in Istanbul

Sight Seeing

We will try to arrange a “light” touristic tour for those of you who are interested in covering the “classics”. But you can always create your own Istanbul experience.

Depending on the time that you spend in Istanbul, these are “must-do´s”:

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Old City:

The main attractions are all in the walking distance from each other.

  • Sultanahmet Camii - (The Blue Mosque)
  • Hagia Sophia - A UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Topkapi Palace - enter only if you have time and very very interested in Ottoman Culture
  • Grand Bazaar -worth walking, getting lost and shopping in the little streets. You may have seen this feature in the latest James Bond Film Skyfall. :)

Other Recomendations

If you have a second free day to visit, the following locations are worth a visit:

  • Dolmabahce Palace.
  • Galata Tower - Amazing 360°view from the top
  • Princess Islands - (this will take a full day)

For food lovers, the list is loooooong, but at least you should not skip to:

  • Eat kebabs!!!! - Eat as much as you can and forget about “European style” doner / kebab / yufka, etc… Real Turkish kebab is DIFFERENT!
  • Drink turkish tea - I mean lots of it! Anyhow, everywhere you go, you will be offered one
  • Drink Turkish coffee - You can choose with sugar or without sugar.
  • Have a “Raki & Fish” night - preferably by the sea.
  • Eat “simit” for breakfast - It is our croissant/brezel/toast whatever you call it, but this has to be part of the breakfast served with Turkish tea. Or alternatively, you may buy a simit just before you get on board to the ferry to the other side of Istanbul and you can feed the seagulls with crumbs.
  • Eat baklava! - Get this done early before Gabbo eats it all..!

Istanbul History

Istanbul is one of the world’s most magical cities. Situated on the shores of the Bosphorus, it is the only metropolis in the world which is situated on two continents, literally bridging Europe and Asia together. Historically known as Constantinople, the city has also been called “The City on Seven Hills” as it was built by Constantine the Great, to match the seven hills of Rome. Today’s Istanbul embraces the history of the Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans, and combines these effortlessly with a modern-day lifestyle.

For more information you can visit the official Turkey Tourism site: