The 34 Best Things to Do in Istanbul in 2023
- Turkish Dance Show at Hodjapasha Cultural Centre
- Sabiha Goken Airport Premium Lounge Entry
- Round-Trip Ferry Tickets to Princes Islands
- Mevlevi Sema and the Whirling Dervishes Show
- Topkapi Palace & Harem Ticket, Tour & Audio Guide
- Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Small-Group Tour
- Basilica Cistern & Hagia Sophia Combo Tour (English Guide)
- City Transport Card for Bus, Metro, Tram & Ferries
- Dinner Cruise & Entertainment with Private Table
- Bosphorus Yacht Cruise with Stopover on Asian Side
- Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht
- Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise from the Old City
- Bosphorus Night Dinner Cruise
- Bosphorus Music and Dinner Cruise w/ Private Table
- Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Show with Private Table
- Bosphorus Cruise with Audio App
- Bosphorus and Golden Horn Cruise with Audio Guide
- Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque Skip-the-Line Tour
- Bosphorus Cruise, Bus Tour, and Cable Car Ride
- Best of Istanbul in 1 Day
- Topkapi Palace Fast Track Entry with Guide & App
- Hagia Sophia, Topkapi, and Basilica Combo Tour
- Entry with Guided Tour
- Dolmabahçe Palace Admission and Guided Tour
- Basilica Cistern Tour and Skip The Line with Guide
- Basilica Cistern Skip-the-Line Guided Tour
- Princes’ Islands Cruise with Lunch & Transfer
- Full-Day Princes Island Tour with Lunch
- 1-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour with Commentary
- Private Transfer Service to Istanbul
- Airport, Hotel or Return Trip
- Airport Shuttle Bus Transfer
- Istanbul Airport Private Transfer Service
- Private Transfer from Istanbul Airport to Istanbul
The 34 Best Things to Do in Istanbul in 2023
Istanbul is a city steeped in history and culture, and there is no shortage of exciting tours and experiences to be had. From world-renowned historical sites to lively cultural events, the city has something to offer for every type of traveler. In this blog post, we’ll be showcasing some of the most popular and highly-rated tours that are available in Istanbul. Whether you’re interested in exploring the city’s rich history, taking in its stunning architecture, or simply relaxing and enjoying the local culture, you’re sure to find a tour that fits your interests. So, without further ado, let’s dive in and explore the many tours that are waiting for you in Istanbul!
1. Turkish Dance Show at Hodjapasha Cultural Centre
Step into the vibrant world of Turkish culture with a night at the Hodjapasha Cultural Center. Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing folk dances and music performed by professional dancers, showcasing the rich heritage of the country. The former Ottoman Turkish bath, dating back to the 15th century, sets the perfect backdrop for this unforgettable experience. Join us at the HodjaPasha Culture Center in Sultanahmet, located next to Topkapi Palace, for a night filled with mesmerizing movements, vibrant music, and a glimpse into the heart of Turkish culture. Book your tickets now for a cultural experience you won’t forget!
2. Sabiha Goken Airport Premium Lounge Entry
Escape the hustle and bustle of airport life with the Sabiha Goken Airport Premium Lounge Entry. Get away from the crowds and recharge before your flight from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport. With 3 hours to spend in the lounge, you can relax in comfort and style. Enjoy an array of seasonal food and drinks, unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi, and the comfort of the lounge’s seating as you wait for your flight. If you have a child, they can play in the playroom. You can also catch up on work or connect with friends using the Wi-Fi and charging stations. The lounge is located in the International Terminal or Domestic Terminal of the Departure Level. You can book your ticket online exclusively for GetYourGuide customers. Make your airport experience a memorable one with the Sabiha Gökçen Airport Premium Lounge Entry. Note: You must have already checked in for your flight and have a valid boarding pass. Contact your airline for information on check-in and boarding passes. Pets, smoking, and unaccompanied minors are not allowed in the lounge. Don’t forget to bring your passport!
3. Round-Trip Ferry Tickets to Princes Islands
Embark on a journey to the serene and tranquil world of the Princes’ Islands with this full-day tour from Istanbul. Get ready for an escape to one of the most famous and beautiful islands, Büyükada, and experience the essence of history and natural beauty. Exchange your voucher at the Kabatas ticket office, and set off for the island on a comfortable boat. A marine officer will welcome you aboard, provide you with a Bosphorus cruise plan and give you an overview of the sights you will encounter during the journey. As you arrive on the island, take a leisurely walk and immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere that prevails. Explore the center of the island, where you’ll find the Merkez Eczanesi, a pharmacy from 1870 that takes you back in time. Take the opportunity to visit the ruins of Trotsky’s house and St. George Church, and immerse yourself in the rich history of the island. With headphones and a charged smartphone, you can fully enjoy this unique and unforgettable experience. Meeting point: The ferry departure point is located in Kabatas, close to Dolmabahce Palace. It is recommended that you use public transport to avoid getting stuck in traffic. Important information: Please note that the ferry departs at 9:45 AM, and the last boat returns from the island at 3:30 PM. Make sure you have all necessary items with you, and note that pets are not allowed on the tour.
4. Mevlevi Sema and the Whirling Dervishes Show
Embark on a spiritual and cultural journey back in time to witness the 800-year-old Mevlevi Sema ceremony in the heart of Istanbul. Enter the historic HodjaPasha Culture Center, a beautifully restored 550-year-old Ottoman Turkish bath, and be transported to a different era. Watch in awe as the dervishes twirl in a beautiful display of movement and sound, accompanied by a fantastic musical repertoire. Learn about the Mevlevi Sema spiritual journey and immerse yourself in the unique ambiance of the show while sipping on complimentary drinks. Please note that the ceremony is a time-honored tradition and disruptions in the performance are strictly prohibited. No photography is allowed inside the HodjaPasha Culture Center, and children under the age of 7 are not permitted. Join us at the Sirkeci Tram Stop, located just 100 meters from the HodjaPasha Culture Center, to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event.
5. Topkapi Palace & Harem Ticket, Tour & Audio Guide
Discover the rich history of Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace with ease. Enjoy skip-the-line entry and explore the stunning grounds at your own pace with the help of an audio guide app, available in multiple languages. With a licensed English-speaking guide, tour the palace’s pavilions, Treasury, and Harem, and take in the best views over the Golden Horn and Bosphorus River. Meet at the “Topkapi Cafe / Meeting Pub” outside Topkapi Palace, across from the Carpet Museum. Don’t forget to bring headphones and download the audio guide app before your visit, as the palace does not have internet access. Book your visit today and experience the grandeur of Topkapi Palace like never before.
6. Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Small-Group Tour
Explore the grandeur of Istanbul’s architectural wonders with a guided tour of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Hippodrome. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires while admiring the beauty of these iconic landmarks. With tips from your knowledgeable guide, continue your journey in Istanbul with confidence. Meet at the House of Medusa Restaurant in Sultanahmet, conveniently located near Turkish snacks and bathroom facilities. Please note that the last 20 meters to the meeting point may require a short walk as it is closed to traffic. Make sure to bring a headscarf and be mindful of dress code restrictions – no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless shirts allowed. Also, note that both the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia require visitors to pass through security and remove their shoes before entering. Please note that the Blue Mosque will be closed from January 1, 2023 to April 1, 2023, and the visit will be replaced with a guided tour of Suleymaniye Mosque. Book now for a once-in-a-lifetime experience exploring the splendor and charm of Islamic architecture.
7. Basilica Cistern & Hagia Sophia Combo Tour (English Guide)
Embrace the rich history of Istanbul on a combo tour of the Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia. With skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Basilica Cistern, and a knowledgeable local guide, you’ll be transported back to the Byzantine era and explore relics from the past. Marvel at the magnificent architecture and intricate details of Hagia Sophia, and listen to the fascinating stories of this iconic landmark. Meet your guide at the Istanbul Welcome Card Meeting Point Sultan Ahmet, where your guide will be holding a red flag. Please note that for Hagia Sophia, visitors are required to cover their knees, shoulders, and chest for women and knees and shoulders for men. Hair should be partially covered with a scarf. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see two of Istanbul’s must-visit sites in one day or over two days. Book now and immerse yourself in the rich history of this fascinating city.
8. City Transport Card for Bus, Metro, Tram & Ferries
Discover the ease of traveling around Istanbul with a pre-charged public transport card. Explore the city like a local by hopping on the metro, tram, bus, and ferry, avoiding the hassle of city traffic and navigating the city with ease. With the option of 5 or 10 rides, your ticket will be validated upon each use. Enjoy the convenience of easy pickup at the airport or one of several locations in the city. Your travel card will be waiting for you at Istanbul Airport’s Havalines Ticket Office (2nd Floor, Gate B) or at the Istanbul Welcome Card offices. Enhance your city experience with a complimentary city map and an e-booklet filled with discounts for popular attractions and activities. Simply check your email after booking for all the information you need to make the most of your trip. Please note: The card is not valid for airport transfers and the remaining unused value can be used within 6 months by you or anyone you give the card to. Refunds for unused value are not available.
9. Dinner Cruise & Entertainment with Private Table
Embark on a lavish dinner cruise through the Bosphorus Strait, one of the world’s most spectacular waterways. Indulge in a 3-course Turkish dinner and local drinks, while taking in the stunning views of Istanbul from the comfort of a luxury yacht. Watch as traditional folk dance and music performances unfold before you, as you sail between Europe and Asia, passing under the iconic Bosphorus Bridge. Admire the magnificent summer palaces of the Ottoman sultans, such as Dolmabahçe Palace, Çırağan Palace, and Beylerbeyi Palace, and witness the grand Ottoman fortifications of Rumeli Castle and Anatolian Castle. Pick-up from your hotel on the European side of Istanbul is available, with pickup times varying from 30 to 90 minutes before the boat’s departure. A welcome cocktail awaits you on board, and hotel drop-off is provided at approximately midnight. Important things to note: – Pick-up is available only from hotels on the European side of Istanbul. – A camera is a must-have item on this cruise. – Pets and smoking indoors are not allowed. Choose between the Dinner Cruise with Soft Drinks without Pickup option or the Cruise with alcoholic drinks without pick up option. The meeting point may vary based on the option selected. Get ready to be swept away by the magic of Istanbul on this unforgettable dinner cruise experience.
10. Bosphorus Yacht Cruise with Stopover on Asian Side
Embark on a 2.5-hour journey of breathtaking views and cultural delights with a Bosphorus Cruise on a luxury yacht. Admire the stunning coastlines of both the Asian and European sides of Istanbul, and sail past historic monuments like the Galata Tower and Dolmabahçe Palace. Get a taste of the local culture with a visit to Kanlica, known for its lush greenery and famous yogurt. Join your experienced and fluent tour guide at the meeting point, Kabatas Vapur Iskelesi, located right across from the Kabatas Tram Station. To avoid traffic, take the T1 Tram Line to the meeting point and look for the activity provider holding a Velena Travel board. Enjoy the ultimate comfort and luxury as you travel the Bosphorus Strait on a well-appointed yacht. Make unforgettable memories on this scenic and educational tour. Please note, the Küçüksu Palace is closed from Monday through Thursday and will be replaced with the fortress of Rumelihisarı or the Maiden’s Tower on alternate days. Children aged 2 or younger can join for free. Book now and experience the beauty of Istanbul from the water.
11. Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht
Embark on a breathtaking sunset adventure on the Bosphorus Strait and witness the stunning beauty of Istanbul from the water. Marvel at the stunning skyline as the sun dips below the horizon, capturing unforgettable memories and photographs. On this sunset cruise, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the city’s famous mosques, palaces, and seafront villas. Your experienced guide will share the rich history of Istanbul as you relax and enjoy a drink and some tasty local dishes. Meeting your guide is easy. Just head to Kabatas Vapur Iskelesi, which is located right across from Kabatas Tram Station. To avoid traffic, take the T1 Tram Line and you’ll find a representative holding a board that says “Velena Travel” in front of the station. For a comfortable and enjoyable experience, make sure to bring comfortable shoes, sunglasses, a sun hat, and sunscreen. Unfortunately, pets are not allowed on the cruise. Please note that the cruise is weather-dependent and may be rescheduled or canceled. The boarding station is located in Kabatas, which is easily reachable by tram from the city center.
12. Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise from the Old City
Revised tour description: Discover the best of Istanbul on a scenic Bosphorus sunset cruise. Explore the iconic landmarks and breathtaking views of both Europe and Asia as you sail along the legendary waterway that separates these two continents. Board a luxury boat in the heart of Istanbul, the Old City of Eminönü, and be amazed by the breathtaking views of the city’s magnificent skyline, from the comfort of the indoor or outdoor spaces on the boat. Marvel at the stunning palaces, ancient fortresses, and famous hills and parks as you cruise past them. Snap unforgettable photos of iconic landmarks such as Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Fortress, and Beylerbeyi Palace. Meet your tour guide at the Mavi Marmara Pier in Eminönü between Ido Pier and the bookstore. Start your journey and experience Istanbul like never before! Please note: There are both indoor and outdoor spaces on the boat.
13. Bosphorus Night Dinner Cruise
Discover the magic of Istanbul at night, as you sail the iconic Bosphorus Strait between Europe and Asia. Immerse yourself in a stunning visual journey, admiring the city’s skyline lit up against the night sky. Savor a delicious dinner while enjoying a variety of shows and live music on board. Sail under the iconic Bosphorus Bridge and let the sights, sounds, and flavors of the city enrapture you. Meeting point Meet at the port near the Kabatas Tram Station. A representative from the cruise company will be waiting for you with a “Velena Travel” sign. Important information What to bring Comfortable shoes for the boat Not allowed Pets are not allowed on the boat. Special requests Vegetarian dinner options are available upon request.
14. Bosphorus Music and Dinner Cruise w/ Private Table
Discover Istanbul in an unforgettable way on a Bosphorus Strait dinner cruise. With an evening of live entertainment, delicious food and drinks, and breathtaking views, this is the perfect experience for visitors to the city. Sail between Europe and Asia, passing under the famous Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmed Bridge, and take in the summer palaces of the Ottoman sultans and the stunning mansions along the coast. Watch traditional folk dance performances and be entertained by live music, including belly dancing and international hits. Choose from a variety of dining options and enjoy a welcome cocktail as you dine. With private tables available for groups of 1 to 100 guests, this tour is perfect for romantic couples, families, or groups of friends. Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked. Hotel pickup and drop-off is available from city center hotels (if you choose the option with pickup included) and begins 30 to 90 minutes before the boat’s departure. Don’t forget to bring your passport or ID card, but note that pets and smoking are not allowed on board. Book now for a truly unforgettable evening on the Bosphorus Strait.
15. Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Show with Private Table
Embark on an unforgettable evening of dining, entertainment, and sightseeing as you cruise down the Bosphorus Strait on a luxurious yacht. Feast on a delectable dinner, featuring dishes to suit all tastes, including vegetarian and pescetarian options. Watch as professional dancers bring traditional Turkish folk dances to life and exhilarating Latin flamenco performances. Sip on unlimited drinks, including coffee, and let the music of the live DJ set the tone for an unforgettable evening. As you sail, enjoy panoramic views of Istanbul, including the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Galata Tower, and the Bosphorus Bridge. Snap selfies on the yacht with the stunning Bosphorus and Istanbul as your background. Don’t miss the chance to make memories on this once-in-a-lifetime experience!
16. Bosphorus Cruise with Audio App
Explore Istanbul’s iconic landmarks and stunning views with a breathtaking Bosphorus cruise. Sail between the continents of Europe and Asia, taking in the sights of grand palaces, historic castles, and the Bosphorus Bridge, all while admiring the beautiful landscapes of the city from a unique perspective. Discover the beauty of the Orient and the Occident as you pass by some of Istanbul’s most famous landmarks, such as the Galata Tower, Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Blue Mosque. Snap stunning photos and immerse yourself in the history of this magnificent city with the help of a complimentary audio guide, available to download on your smartphone. Meeting point: The pier is located near the Dolmbahce Palace, across from the Kabatas tram station. Look for the cruise boat behind the red petrol station. It is recommended that you use public transport to get to the pier, with options including the F1 funicular or tram T1 from Taksim, tram T1 from Sultanahmet, tram T1 from Galata Tower, or the bus from Besiktas. The pier is also just a 5-minute walk from Dolmabahce Palace and Galataport. Important information: Please note that pets are not allowed on the cruise. To make the most of your experience, it is recommended that you download the audio guide app on your smartphone before embarking on your journey. Download instructions will be provided in your confirmation.
17. Bosphorus and Golden Horn Cruise with Audio Guide
Important information Know before you go This tour is weather-dependent, and in case of inclement weather, it may be postponed or cancelled. It is recommended to check the weather forecast and bring appropriate clothing and gear. Not allowed Food and drinks are not allowed on board. Light refreshments and snacks are available for purchase. Pets are not allowed on the boat.
18. Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque Skip-the-Line Tour
Embark on a journey through the rich history of Istanbul on a half-day guided tour. Get exclusive access to the stunning Hagia Sophia and the magnificent Blue Mosque, two of the city’s most iconic landmarks, with skip-the-line entry. Explore the remains of the Hippodrome of Constantinople, where ancient chariot races once took place, and delve into the fascinating story of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Top off your tour with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s oldest and largest covered markets. Browse the bustling stalls, rich in local goods and handicrafts, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this historic marketplace. Meeting point The tour starts at the main entrance of the Hagia Sophia. Your guide will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it. Please be there at least 15 minutes before the start of the tour. Note: The Blue Mosque is closed on Friday mornings for Friday prayers and will be closed for three months starting January 1st, 2023. During this time, the Nuru Osmaniye Mosque will be visited instead.
Things To Do In Istanbul
As the largest city in Turkey and one of the most vibrant and ancient cities in the world, Istanbul is an incredible place to visit with many sights and experiences that can’t be found anywhere else. This city has a rich history and culture, spanning multiple centuries and religions, making it a unique and unforgettable destination. Whether you’re looking for history and culture or modern-day experiences, Istanbul has something for everyone. Here are some of the best things to do in Istanbul that will make your trip unforgettable.
Introduction to Istanbul
Istanbul is one of the oldest cities in the world, dating back over two millennia. Located on the Bosphorus Strait between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, it has been a center of trade and culture since ancient times. The city was formerly known as Constantinople and was the capital of the Byzantine Empire for over 1000 years. In 1453, it was conquered by the Ottoman Empire and has since been a major cultural and economic hub of Turkey.
Today, Istanbul has a population of more than 15 million people and is the fifth-largest city in the world by population. The city is divided into two parts: European Istanbul (the old city) and Asian Istanbul (the new city). The two sides are connected by several bridges, including the famous Galata Bridge. The city is known for its vibrant nightlife, its rich cultural heritage, and its stunning architecture, including the iconic Hagia Sophia, once a church, now a mosque.
Istanbul is a bustling city with plenty of activities to offer visitors. From its many museums and historical sites to its lively nightlife, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. With its unique blend of cultures, Istanbul is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
Explore the Grand Bazaar
The Grand Bazaar is one of Istanbul’s most famous attractions. This sprawling indoor market is filled with thousands of shops selling everything from jewelry and handcrafted carpets to spices, antiques, and more. It’s a great place to find one-of-a-kind souvenirs or pick up some local specialties. The Grand Bazaar is also a great place to practice your bargaining skills, as many of the vendors will be willing to haggle over their prices.
Visit Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia is one of Istanbul’s most iconic buildings. Located in the Sultanahmet district of the old city, this former Byzantine cathedral is now a museum that offers visitors a glimpse into the city’s past. Originally built in 537 AD, it was once home to both Christian and Islamic artifacts before it was converted into a mosque in 1453. Today, it serves as a museum showcasing pieces from both religions, making it a must-see for anyone interested in learning about Istanbul’s history.
Relax at the Bosphorus
The Bosphorus is a beautiful strait that connects Europe and Asia, running through the heart of Istanbul. It’s a great place to take a stroll or have a picnic while enjoying the stunning views of both sides of the city. You can also take a boat tour along the Bosphorus and see some of the city’s other attractions, such as the famous Maiden’s Tower or Dolmabahce Palace.
Explore Taksim Square
Taksim Square is one of Istanbul’s most popular areas. Located in Beyoglu district of the new city, it’s home to numerous shops and restaurants, as well as some of the city’s best nightlife. It’s also a great place to people watch or relax in one of the many cafes that line the square.
Visit Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace is one of Istanbul’s most important historical sites. This was once the home of the Ottoman Sultans and is now a museum showcasing some of their collections, such as jewelry, armor, carpets, and more. Visitors can also explore some of the palace’s rooms and gardens, which offer breathtaking views of the city.
Take a Cruise on The Golden Horn
The Golden Horn is a picturesque bay located between the old city and new city. It’s a great place to take a boat ride and see some of Istanbul’s top attractions from a different perspective. You can also explore some of the nearby neighborhoods or visit one of the many mosques and churches that line the shore.
Visit The Blue Mosque
The Blue Mosque is another one of Istanbul’s most iconic sights. Located in Sultanahmet district of the old city, this impressive mosque was built in 1616 by Sultan Ahmed I and is known for its intricate blue tilework and six towering minarets. Visitors are welcome to take tours around the mosque or attend Friday prayers (although women must wear headscarves).
Explore The Galata Tower
The Galata Tower is a medieval stone tower that stands at the intersection between Europe and Asia. Built in 1348, it offers stunning views across the Bosphorus from its top-level terrace. Visitors can also explore its upper levels and learn about its history through its interactive exhibitions.
Go Shopping on Istiklal Avenue
Istiklal Avenue is one of Istanbul’s busiest streets and home to numerous shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, and more. It’s a great place to pick up souvenirs or just stroll around and take in the atmosphere. There are also plenty of historic sites nearby such as Galata Tower and Taksim Square that make this area even more interesting to explore.
Sample Turkish Delights
No visit to Istanbul would be complete without sampling some of its famous Turkish delights. These sweet treats come in all shapes and sizes and are made with ingredients such as honey, sugar, nuts, rosewater, and more. You can find them in many traditional shops throughout the city or enjoy them with tea or coffee at one of the many cafes near Sultanahmet Square.
Visit The Spice Market
The Spice Market is one of Istanbul’s oldest markets dating back to 1664 and located in Eminonu district near Galata Bridge. Here you can find an incredible selection of spices from all around the world as well as dried fruits, teas, Turkish coffee, and more. It’s also a great place to pick up souvenirs such as traditional hand-painted ceramics or jewelry made from Turkish silver or gold.
Two Popular Tours In Istanbul
If you’re looking for an easy way to explore all that Istanbul has to offer, why not book a tour? There are plenty of tours available that will take you around some of the city’s top sights while offering plenty of information about their history and culture along the way. Here are two popular tours that are perfect for first-time visitors:
Istanbul City Tour
This 3-hour tour takes you around some of Istanbul’s most famous sights including Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Galata Tower, Grand Bazaar, Spice Market and more! Your guide will provide interesting facts and stories about each location while giving you plenty of time to explore each spot on your own. You can book this tour here.
Bosphorus Cruise & Dinner
Set sail across Istanbul’s iconic Bosphorus Straits while enjoying an evening cruise complete with dinner and entertainment onboard! This 3-hour tour provides stunning views of both sides of Istanbul while you enjoy traditional Turkish music performances followed by a delicious dinner buffet onboard. You can book this tour here.
Istanbul is an incredible city filled with history, culture, and activities for everyone to enjoy regardless of their interests. It’s no wonder why it remains one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations! From its iconic sights such as Hagia Sophia to its bustling markets like Grand Bazaar, there’s something for everyone in this amazing city! So don’t forget to add these activities to your itinerary when planning your next trip to Istanbul!