If you had one day to spend in Istanbul, what would you do? Here is the answer!

 

Have your breakfast in The Maiden’s Tower

One of the best ways to begin your day is to have breakfast in The Maiden’s Tower. If you would like to try a delicious Turkish breakfast with a fantastic view and historical atmosphere in the middle of  Bosphorus, this is the right place.

 

Price: Approx. £17* (Weekend price)

Address: You can go to The Maiden’s Tower from Kabatas by boat.

For reservation: +90 (216) 342 47 47

 

To learn about the history of the The Maiden’s Tower, please check the website.

The Maidens tower

 

 

Next stop: Hagia Sophia and The Blue Mosque

Hagia Sophia and The Blue Mosque (aka. Sultanahmet Mosque) are visited by thousands of tourists every day. They are both impressive in terms of their architecture, design and history. They are quite close to each other.

 

There is no fee to enter The Blue Mosque. However, you can not visit it during the pray time.

Address: Sultanahmet Mosque, 34122, Fatih, Istanbul

Check the website below for more information before your visit.

 

Hagia Sophia is open except Mondays.

Visiting hours for winter schedule (1 October-15 April): 09:00-17:00 with the last entrance time of 16:00.

Visiting hours for summer schedule (15 April-1 October): 09:00-19:00 with the last entrance time of 18:00.

Ticket price: Approx. £8

Address: Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul

Check the website below for more information before your visit.

The Blue Mosque

 

For an exotic shopping experience: The Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and largest markets in Istanbul. There are over 3,000 shops which sell different kinds of products such as jewelry, carpets, ceramics, spices, antiques and so on.

 

Address: It is around 15 minutes walk from Hagia Sophia and The Blue Mosque. You can also go by tram from Sultanahmet. (Tram stop: Beyazit-Kapalicarsi)

The Grand Bazaar

 

Dinner time: Fish and Raki

Do not leave Istanbul without experiencing raki which is national alcoholic beverage of Turkey. It is usually served with fish or other kinds of seafood. You can taste a number of Turkish appetisers that are called “meze” in Turkish. If you would like to have your dinner with the view of historical peninsula, try the fish restaurants near the dock in Tophane. Prices might vary but it is approximately £30 per person.

 

 

Ending the day!

If you prefer to end your day with dance and music, Reina will be a perfect choice! As one of the most popular venues of Istanbul, Reina has an amazing view of the Bosphorus, the bridge and several historical buildings. Just do not forget that there is a dress code.

 

Address: Reina Night Club, Ortakoy Street, No:44, 34347, Istanbul

You can visit the website below for further information.

 

To end your day in a calmer way, you can visit Bebek. This beautiful neighborhood of Istanbul also gives you a chance to see the Bosphorus. You can try delicious waffles or ice cream in the seaside cafes and restaurants.

 

* It is around £11 during weekdays. They do not serve breakfast on Sunday but there is a brunch option  which is approximately £20.

** The prices given above may vary according to the changes in currency.

 

If you have more than one day or want to see more, you can also visit Galata Tower, Galata Bridge, Topkapi Palace, Dolmabahce Palace, Basilica Cistern and Saint Antonine Church in Istanbul.

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