04-04-2020 - Tips & Guides

Enjoy Istanbul in 3 Days

Enjoy Istanbul in 3 Days

Are you curious to know how to visit Istanbul in 3 days? To make the most of your time in Istanbul, we split the itinerary into sections based on the locations of the sights and attractions. You are free to travel at your own speed to various destinations. The sooner you leave, the more time you'll have to see the sights. The following is a list of the best things to do in Istanbul over the course of three days:

Day 1 in Istanbul

Grand Bazaar 

Visiting the Grand Bazaar is one of the most fun things you can do during your visit to Istanbul. The Grand Bazaar is Turkey's biggest market, and it is the world's largest covered market by many standards. It has over 4,000 shops selling jewels, oil lamps, carpets, leather goods, hookah, pottery, and a number of other products. On top of that, the Grand Bazaar is home to a plethora of small shops, cafés, inns, restaurants, fountains, a mosque, and a post office, all of which are crowded together like a more streamlined grid of 61 narrow streets stretching for 8 kilometers.

Hagia Sophia

Due to the excellence of its architecture and the fabled past of its founding, none of Istanbul's main attractions will match the prestige, heritage, and theological significance of the famed Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia - Church of Holy Wisdom). Emperor Justinian dedicated the massive church in 537, which was built on the foundations of two former churches. 

Hagia Sophia (also the name of the Istanbul church) was constructed with the goal of surpassing any other structure ever built in terms of grandeur and majesty. During the Ottoman occupation of Constantinople in 1453, the Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque.

Day 2 In Istanbul 

Basilica Cistern

Istanbul Basilica Cistern is a popular tourist destination in Istanbul, Turkey. It's a magnificent example of Byzantine engineering, and it's arguably the city's most distinctive attraction. Throughout the season, the cistern's architecture and cavernous interior provide a calming sense of wonder and hospitality.

Topkapi Palace

The majestic Topkapi Palace was built shortly after the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmet, and it was extended by each subsequent Sultan until it became what it is today. Mosques, kitchens, archives, and classrooms, as well as stables, treasuries, barracks, armories, the imperial mint, governmental offices, and audience rooms, can all be found here. It had a population of nearly 4,000 people during its heyday. By 1909, the entire structure was destroyed and converted into a museum.

Day 3 In Istanbul

Galata Tower

The Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi) is one of the most recognizable landmarks on the Golden Horn, as well as one of Istanbul's major attractions. The Genoese, a trading friend of the Byzantine Dynasty, constructed the tower, which was one of many built along the Golden Horn to defend the Byzantines from their enemies. 

It served as a stronghold, a fire monitoring tower, and also a springboard for early explorers over the years. The observation gallery at the top gives panoramic views of Old Istanbul in all directions, and the Golden Horn can be seen as far as the eye can see.

Dolmabahce Palace 

With a 600-meter seaside frontage, the Dolmabahce Palace is the largest and most opulent of the Bosphorus palaces. The building's luxurious opulence was built in 1856. The Palace was constructed with roughly 14 tons of gold and 6 tons of silver. There are 285 spaces, four large lounges, six galleries, five main staircases, six steam rooms, and 43 bathrooms in the palace. The lavish gleaming parquet floors, breathtakingly stunning Venetian glass, and a magnificent transparent pink alabaster imperial tub make the interior an absolute wonder.

Does Istanbul Tourist Pass Grant Access to These Attractions?

Yes! Istanbul Tourist Pass grants access to all of these places above, and saves a huge amount of money! You can buy your Pass to access Istanbul’s most visited museums and have peace of mind while visiting Istanbul in 3 days.


Latest Posts


Nightlife in Istanbul: Best Nightclubs, Unique Places, and More in 2023

Istanbul is a surprising city full of wonders. Some of them are historical, some are natural but all of them are unique. This amazing cosmopolitan city has vibrant and rich nightlife as well! So it is fair to say that you're in luck if you appreciate...


Most Popular Historic Mosques You Must Visit in Istanbul

Istanbul is one of the most culturally rich and diverse cities in the world thanks to its deep history which is comprised of many empires, cultures, and religions. Because of this, you can find numerous historically significant sites here, from churc...


A Brief History of Galata Tower

Galata Tower is one of the most magnificent sights in Istanbul, overlooking "Beyoglu" and "Karakoy" from its incredible location. Its colorful lights can be seen at night from all over the city, so it is one of the most famous tourist destinatio...


Where to go in Istanbul with family

Where to go in Istanbul with family If you booked your flight and soon are coming to Istanbul with your children and wondering where to go in the city, we would like to let you know beforehand that there are plenty of great places to visit. Moreover...


August in Istanbul

What to do in August Dear guest, Istanbul lover-to-be! You finally arrived in one of the most popular cities around the world, we hope you throughly enjoy it! Whilst you just arrived, we have few recommendations and tips for making your experience e...


Where to Stay in Istanbul with Family

Where to stay in Istanbul with family You finally booked your flight, and are eager to see the beauty of Istanbul within days from your flight. For your trip here, you rightfully want to stay at one of the best hotels in Istanbul for families that w...


4 Best Indian restaurants in Istanbul

Indian cuisine is widely loved across the globe for its rich ingredients, intoxicating aromas, and fresh blend of spices. Its historic staple diet consisting of whole-wheat flour, rice, and vegetables makes it unique and flavoursome. Travellers, espe...


3 Best Nightclubs in Istanbul

Istanbul, a city full of zest, has so much to offer to its visitors from across the globe. Whether you're interested in its historic architecture, deep-rooted culture & heritage, delicious food, or the city's flashy nightlife, there's something f...


Istanbul Branches of World-Famous Eateries

If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.  Alphonse de Lamartine   Istanbul is full of surprises in every corner. The city can surprise you with its colours, sounds, and amazing views as well as t...


Restaurants in Istanbul: Where to Eat in Istanbul Old Town

Istanbul is not only the meeting point of cultures but also of cuisines! There are various options to taste delicious food from all over the world in the city. While visiting the magnificent Hagia Sophia or taking great Instagram photo...

4.8 out of 5 stars

Istanbul Tourist Pass® has an average rating of 4.8 /5 from 475 reviews

Read all traveler reviews →
Attractions Prices
Plan Save