04-04-2020 - Tips & Guides

Enjoy Istanbul in 3 Days: Tips and Thing to Do for 2023

Istanbul, a city where the ancient seamlessly blends with the modern, beckons travelers with its rich history, vibrant culture, and a plethora of experiences waiting to be uncovered. From the iconic minarets that pierce the skyline to the bustling markets and the timeless Bosphorus strait, Istanbul is a treasure trove for explorers.

To make the most of your visit, we've meticulously crafted a 3-day itinerary that encapsulates the essence of this enchanting city. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a foodie, or someone seeking the perfect blend of tradition and innovation, Istanbul has something for everyone. And to elevate your experience, we introduce the key to unlocking the city's wonders - the Istanbul Tourist Pass®.

Imagine a digital key that opens the doors to over 100 attractions and services, ensuring you not only explore Istanbul effortlessly but also enjoy exclusive privileges. Let's delve into the details of this pass as we guide you through an unforgettable 3-day journey in this mesmerizing city.

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Day 1: Explore the Historic Peninsula 

The first full day of your trip must be for exploring the amazing historic town of Istanbul. Here is an itinerary for you full of the must-do tours for you.

Morning: Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia

Begin your journey through Istanbul's rich history with a visit to the iconic Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia Mosque. Fall in love with the intricate tilework of the Blue Mosque, a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture, and step into the Hagia Sophia Mosque, a testament to the city's Byzantine and Ottoman past blending in each other. With your Istanbul Tourist Pass®, enjoy the guided tours in the city specially curated for you. Even in the security lines waiting, you can ask any questions you have in mind to your knowledgeable local guide ensuring you have more time to soak in the beauty of these historical gems.

Late Morning: Topkapi Palace Museum 

Continue your exploration at the Topkapi Palace, where Ottoman sultans once lived and held court. Wander through prosperous chambers, lush courtyards, and the Harem, each revealing stories of a bygone era. Your pass provides you with a free guided tour, offering insights into the palace's fascinating history. Discovering Topkapi with a knowledgeable guide can change your entire experience. As the writer of this post, I joined one of the Topkapi tours and experienced it by myself. So, I can certainly say that skipping the ticket line and learning the deep history of the palace was amazing. 

Afternoon: Basilica Cistern and Lunch

Descend into the mystical Basilica Cistern, an underground marvel featuring ancient columns and the mysterious Medusa heads. The pass grants you an amazing guided tour with skipping-the-ticket line access, allowing you to immerse yourself in this atmospheric subterranean world. Afterward, relish a delightful lunch at a local eatery, savoring the flavors of Turkish cuisine. Here is a blog post for you: Restaurants in Istanbul: Where to Eat in Istanbul Old Town