Things to do in Istanbul

Istanbul is a city that evokes so much charisma and appeal, hard to resist, with rich culture, history, and the sheer colorfulness of its day-to-day life. This transcontinental city in Turkey, located along the Bosphorus, in between Black Sea and Sea of Marmara, offers a tantalizing mix of gorgeous natural and manmade splendors. Istanbul excursions can be a treat for a lifetime, one that can transport you into a voyage into the past while fascinating you with its enigmatic present.

2-Day Cappadocia Tour from Istanbul
Explore one of Turkey's fantastical regions on this 2-day tour of Cappadocia. Walk through a land of surreal landscapes and curious rock formations at Göreme, climb Rose Valley, and visit the magnificent, remarkably preserved Kaymakli Underground City. Read More
2-Day Cappadocia Tour with Flights & Accommodation by Travelium
Discover the moon-like landscapes of Cappadocia on this 2-day tour. With its deep canyons, unusual rock formations, rock-carved homes, and underground cities, this lava-covered plain is brimming with natural wonder and fascinating heritage. Read More

Categories: Overnight Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

2 days

$373.59
per adult

Ancient Ephesus Full-Day Tour with Flights & Lunch by Travelium
As the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Ephesus is one of mankind’s crown jewels. Leave modern Istanbul behind, and head back through history on this day trip to the ancient city. See ruins and remnants,... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

12 hours

$358.94
per adult

Black Sea & Sumela Monastery Full-Day Tour with Flights
In the Trabzon Province admire the 4th-century Sumela Monastery and understand why it is traditionally significant. With a visit deep into the Altindere National Park and a city tour of Trabzon itself, you combine religious, historical, and cultural highlights in... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

12 hours

$465.00
per adult

Bosphorus Champagne Sunset Cruise
Few places in the world are as mesmerizing as Istanbul in the setting sun. Aboard an elegant yacht, drinking champagne and nibbling on crudités and fruits from tastefully arranged platters, you glide by palaces and minarets, while sailing the Bosphorus... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour 30 minutes

$87.91
per adult

Bosphorus Cruise & 2 Continents Full-Day Tour with Lunch
This full-day tour takes you on a journey through Istanbul's lesser-known Asian side. Learn about the city's 2 continents and cruise along the strait that forms a boundary between Europe and Asia. Read More

$54.94
per adult

Bosphorus Cruise & Dolmabahçe Palace
Panoramic views of the Golden Horn, the thrilling chaos of the Spice Bazaar, and the unbelievable opulence of the Dolmabahçe Palace are all revealed on this comprehensive day out in Istanbul. Relax on a scenic cruise on the Bosphorus strait... Read More

$74.72
per adult

Bosphorus Cruise & Istanbul's Egyptian Spice Bazaar by Travelium
As you cruise the calm waters that divide 2 continents but only 1 city, take in the iconic monuments that line both the European and Asian shores. Later, experience the vibrant pulse of one of Istanbul's most bustling bazaars. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

$32.96
per adult

Bosphorus Dinner Cruise, Belly-Dance Show & Live Music by Plan Tours
Breathtaking views open up as you cruise the Bosphorus strait, which divides Europe from Asia. Stunning sites such as the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace provide the backdrop as you enjoy Turkish cuisine, a fiery belly dance, and a folklore... Read More
Bursa, Green Mosque & Mount Olympus Small-Group Tour
Spend a day at the first capital of the Ottoman empire, learn about the birth of Turkish culture, and visit striking sites in the city, like the Green Mosque and the Green Mausoleum. Then venture up Mount Olympus for stunning... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

11 hours

$115.00
per adult

Camlica Hills, Bosphorus Bridge & Beylerbeyi Palace Half-Day Tour
Leave Europe and venture into Asia by crossing one of the world's longest bridges. Once over the Bosphorus, visit an elegant summer residence of Ottoman sultans and marvel at the city’s skyline from Camlica Hill. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

$32.96
per adult

Cappadocia Full-Day Tour with Flight
Explore one of the most distinctive sites in the world, Cappadocia. Walk through a fairy-tale world of chimneys and rock pillars, admire magnificent valleys, visit the underground village of Kaymakli, and indulge in a traditional Anatolian lunch. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

13 hours 30 minutes

$340.00
per adult

Cruise to the Princes' Islands with Lunch
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city life, spend a day sailing, and visit the charming Princes’ Islands. Sit back, relax, and feel the Turkish air against your skin as you island-hop along the Sea of Marmara. Read More

$79.12
per adult

Culinary Secrets & Photography Tour
Uncover the Turkish capital's alluring highlights through the lense of your camera. Sample culinary delicacies and dishes popular among the locals and experience this historic city from the inside out on this fascinating half-day walking tour. Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours 30 minutes

$35.00
per adult

Culinary Treasures of Kadikoy Small-Group Walking Tour
Spend a morning indulging in traditional specialties while discovering the culture of the Asian side of Istanbul. Take advantage of a small-group setting of up to 12 food enthusiasts so you can have more personal attention from your local guide. Read More

$109.88
per adult

Dolmabahçe Palace & 2 Continents Tour
An impressive marble façade overlooking the Bosphorus suggests there’s unparalleled opulence to marvel at behind the ornamental gates of Dolmabahçe Palace. Across the strait another continent beckons, and awe-inspiring views over the city’s skyline open up from Camlica Hill on... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours 30 minutes

$43.95
per adult

Gallipoli Full-Day Tour
The peninsula of Gallipoli was the site of a furious battle in WWI; discover the history behind one of the bloodiest sieges of the Great War. With visits to genuine fighting locations and stirring memorials to fallen troops, you’ll not... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

12 hours

$165.00
per adult

Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque & Grand Bazaar Half-Day Tour
History and culture are around every corner on your journey through Istanbul. Discover the Hippodrome, the mighty Blue Mosque, and Hagia Sophia Basilica. See how traditions live on and are still part of daily life as you hunt for a... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

$18.13
per adult

Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar & Topkapi Palace Full-Day Tour
Witness the classic sites of heritage and history that abound in Istanbul on your full-day tour. Visit architectural masterpieces, marvel at awe-inspiring, Byzantine-era tile-works, and see the imperial treasures of Ottoman sultans. You also experience the customs of trade-life at... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours

$59.34
per adult

Imperial City Half-Day Tour
In Istanbul uncover vestiges of the city's imperial age on this enlightening tour of its significant sights and landmarks. Visit a vast museum with thousands of artifacts, see the masterful engineering of cisterns underneath the streets, and practice haggling in... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

$50.00
per adult

Istanbul Aquarium Theme Park Admission
Spend a day exploring one of the largest themed aquariums in the world. Florya Istanbul Aquarium features 16 themed areas and includes a rainforest, 2 game areas, and approximately 1,500 animal species. Read More

Categories: Attractions

5 hours

$71.79
per adult

Istanbul in One Day Small-Group Tour
Explore the best of Istanbul in a single day. Visit Topkapı Palace, discover the Blue Mosque, wander through the Cistern Basilica, stop at Hagia Sophia, indulge in a traditional Turkish meal, and end at the Grand Bazaar. Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

$85.00
per adult

Magical Golden Horn (Eyüp) & Pierre Loti Half-Day Tour
Take a trip to the Eyüp district—Istanbul's first Ottoman Turkish settlement—and discover the historical importance of the Golden Horn inlet. On your half-day guided tour, admire breathtaking views of the horn-shaped fjord from Pierre Loti Hill and see why thousands... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

$41.76
per adult

Ottoman Splendors Small-Group Tour
On this small-group tour, step back in time to the Ottoman era and discover the wonders of this historic culture. Visit iconic places that bear rich heritage, including the world-famous Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and its obelisks, and the grand... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

$45.00
per adult

Private Full-Day Tour of the Old City by Travelium
Discover Istanbul’s historic peninsula, Sultanahmet, also known as the Old City, on your comprehensive private tour. From the historic Hippodrome and bustling Grand Bazaar, to towering minarets and domes of ancient mosques—learn about the art and history of the Byzantine... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

$98.89
per adult

Private Half-Day Tour of the Old City by Travelium
Explore the splendor of The Old City of Istanbul on this private-half day tour. Visit the must-see Hippodrome, the resplendent Blue Mosque, the magnificent Hagia Sophia Basilica, and the bargain-induced frenzy of the Grand Bazaar. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

$52.47
per adult

Private Jewish Heritage Half-Day Tour
For centuries a Jewish population has lived in Istanbul; hear some of that history while exploring famous sights pertaining to Judaism. From old residential areas, to long-standing synagogues your expert guide takes you on a tour of Jewish highlights, providing... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

$450.00
per adult

Scholar-Led Galata by Night Walking Tour
Immerse yourself in Istanbul's colorful port nightlife as you explore the banks of Karaköy with a knowledgeable guide. Discover the diverse history of this renowned district and learn how it has developed into the bustling and vibrant area that it... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

$122.50
per adult

Scholar-Led Immersion into Istanbul's Asian Side Walking Tour
Venture into Istanbul's lesser-known Asian side and uncover a part of the city that many miss. Explore diverse neighborhoods, admire panoramic views of the European side, and discover local monuments and hidden treasures—all giving you insight into this often-overlooked part... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

$128.50
per adult

Scholar-Led Istiklal Street Small-Group Walking Tour
Istanbul’s present is as intriguing as is its past, evidenced by the fashionable crowds on Istiklal Avenue, a nearly-mile-long (1.4-km) elegant shopping street on the city’s European side. Walk along the vibrant district's eclectic mix of Art-Nouveau buildings and Parisian-style... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

$105.00
per adult

Scholar-Led Ottoman Architecture Small-Group Walking Tour
Led by a scholar trained in architecture, this tour introduces you to the elegant interiors mastered by the Ottomans. History meets present as you watch daily life pass by under towering minarets and domes of ancient mosques in the old... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

$105.00
per adult

Scholar-Led Small-Group Hagia Sophia Seminar
An architectural wonder of the world, the Hagia Sophia with its enormous domes, light-infused interior, and precious Byzantine mosaics takes your breath away. A scholar guide reveals secrets from the structure's Roman origins to its Ottoman revival during this small-group... Read More

$105.00
per adult

Scholar-Led Turkish Art: Glamor & Grunge Walking Tour
Learn about the history and emergence of Turkish art on this walking tour led by an art historian. Explore creative districts of the city, meet local artists, and pass by venues that showcase the evolving art scene in Istanbul—where East... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

$122.50
per adult

Shopping Paradise Half-Day Experience
Embark on a bargain-hunting journey and enjoy a small-group tour. Explore the ancient bazaars of a city bursting with local and exported goods. See and shop for unique scents, colorful ceramics, precious handmade artifacts, and top-quality Turkish carpets. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

$65.93
per adult

Sightseeing Cruise on the Bosphorus
Your Istanbul trip isn’t complete without sailing the Bosphorus. Jaw-dropping views of iconic landmarks glide by as you relax in the comfort of a private boat. Options include either a taste of the morning bustle at the Spice Bazaar or... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours 30 minutes

$38.46
per adult

Skip-the-Line Hagia Sophia & Grand Bazaar Small-Group Tour
Marvel at the majestic architecture of Agia Sophia as you’re guided through its beautiful interiors. Hear about its construction dating back to the 5th century, continue for a walk in Istanbul, and complete your experience with a visit to the... Read More

$65.93
per adult

Small-Group Asian Markets & Food Tour with Tastings
Experience the best of Turkey’s renowned cuisine on this guided tour, which takes you across the Bosphorus by ferry for a more authentic experience in Kadıköy. Learn about local food and spices, and taste everything—from stuffed mussels to sweet and... Read More
Small-Group City Tour with Skip-the-Line entrance to Topkapı Palace
Marvel at the majestic architecture of Topkapı Palace as you're guided through its stunning interiors. Hear about its construction, dating back to 1465 AD, and then continue to the Istanbul city center to visit the Süleymaniye Mosque. Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

$65.93
per adult

Small-Group City Walking Tour with Bosphorus Cruise
Get a local’s point of view with this small-group, guided tour. Explore Istanbul by land, water, and even from the air at 2 city overlooks—1 of which is known only to locals. Learn how to haggle at the bazaars, see... Read More

$60.44
per adult

Small-Group Complete City Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Hagia Sophia & Bazaars
See the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, and Galata Tower—all in one day—and also take a Bosphorus cruise and dine on a traditional Turkish lunch. With skip-the-line tickets at the busiest sites, you won’t waste... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours 30 minutes

$120.87
per adult

Small-Group Culinary Walking Tour of Beyoğlu by Night
Beyoğlu —also known as Pera, is the cultural heart of the city’s art, cuisine, and entertainment scene. By night the district comes to life; discover the area’s back-streets, sample culinary delicacies, and taste popular dishes among the locals, on this... Read More
Small-Group Golden Horn Tour: Eyüp Sultan Mosque & Tomb
Visit one of Istanbul’s most sacred sites at the Eyüp Sultan Mosque and Tomb. Continue to the famous Pierre Loti Coffee House, see the the Golden Horn from a high vantage point, and explore the impressive Miniatürk. Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours 30 minutes

$32.96
per adult

Small-Group Home Cooked Meal by Urban Adventures
The smell of lentil soup and stuffed eggplant wafts towards the front door as your host family welcomes you into their home. Immerse yourself in Turkish culture by dining with a local family, then explore their cozy neighborhood and hit... Read More

$42.85
per adult

Small-Group Istanbul Conquered Tour by Urban Adventures
Follow in the footsteps of powerful sultans as you conquer Istanbul in 1 day. Visit the must-see places, such as the jaw-dropping Hagia Sofia, the stunning Blue Mosque, and the Topkapi Palace. Then indulge in a traditional Turkish lunch to... Read More
Small-Group Istanbul Uncovered Tour by Urban Adventures
Discover vibrant Istanbul—Turkey's largest city—and soak up the history and culture brimming around every corner. From popular sights to hidden gems, this guided walking tour ensures you see the finest of what this Turkish metropolis has to offer. Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

$27.47
per adult

Small-Group Night Tasting Trail Tour by Urban Adventures
Immerse yourself in Turkish culture and explore Istanbul's culinary delights. Delve into the city's food scene as you sip anise-flavored _raki_ and sample flaky _borek_, deep fried meatballs, mussels stuffed with rice, and other traditional delicacies around town. Read More

$82.41
per adult

Small-Group Old & New Istanbul Walking Tour by Urban Adventures
To truly understand the culture of a city, you look to the past as much as the present. Discover the best of traditional and modern Istanbul on this guided walking tour through historic Taksim and lively Beyoglu, while taking in... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours 30 minutes

$38.46
per adult

Small-Group Street Food Picnic on 2 Continents by Urban Adventures
A trip to Istanbul is not complete without experiencing its traditional food, spices, and of course the famous Turkish Delights. Wander through Istanbul markets and the very special Spice Bazaar, where you can sample a variety of local foods, including... Read More

$38.46
per adult

Speedy Shuttle: Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST)
Arrive at your hotel quickly by taking a shared Speedy Shuttle, which makes a maximum of 3 stops. For transfers to and from Istanbul Ataturk Airport, the zones to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

1 hour

$14.28
per adult

Speedy Shuttle: Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)
Arrive at your hotel quickly by taking a shared Speedy Shuttle, which makes a maximum of 3 stops. For transfers to and from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport, the zones to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

1 hour 30 minutes

$30.55
per adult

The Ancient City of Constantinople - Byzantine-Era Half-Day Tour
Step back in time, to the grandeur of the Byzantine era in Istanbul. Visit some of the most representative sites from that time and wander around the great city walls to learn more about the Eastern Roman Empire and renowned... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours 30 minutes

$32.96
per adult

Topkapi Palace & Rustem Pasha Mosque Afternoon Tour
Admire the Ottomon treasures of the grand Topkapi Palace residence and the precious Iznik tiles of the Rustem Pasha Mosque. This guided half-day tour lets you hear stories and discover the history of the Ottoman period. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

$36.26
per adult

Traditional Turkish Shave
Treat yourself to the shave of a lifetime. A traditional Turkish shave gives you a perfectly clean-cut and smooth face, free from razor burn, cuts, or nicks. Visit a local barber shop with your guide and receive a quality shaving... Read More

Categories: Spas & Beauty

1 hour 30 minutes

$52.74
per adult

Turkish Baths Experience at Cemberlitas Hamam with Private Transfer
Enjoy some rest and relaxation with a visit to the Cemberlitas Hamam, one of the most well-preserved hamams in Istanbul, and experience the old-age tradition of a Turkish bath. Revel in the heating, cooling, and cleansing of the body, exhilarate... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Spas & Beauty

4 hours

$54.94
per adult

Turkish Cooking Class with Lunch & Drinks by Sarnic Hotel
An aromatic fusion of influences and traditions, Turkish cuisine is more than a kebab. Pick up new skills in the kitchen of an award-winning chef while you help prepare a traditional 5-course meal. Feast on a delicious lunch in a... Read More

$65.93
per adult

Turkish Night with Dinner & Belly Dance Show by Plan Tours
The tale “One Thousand and One Nights” comes alive in an exclusive club in Istanbul. Savor a 3-course dinner, then sit back and enjoy the spectacle of fiery belly dancers in sparkling costumes dancing to Turkish tunes, and musicians and... Read More

$71.42
per adult

Whirling Dervishes or Turkish Dance at Hodjapasha Center
Let the rhythmic moves of this arresting event transport you back to an Ottoman court where belly dancers and performers would entertain the sultan, or witness the mysterious ceremony of whirling dervishes, whose spiritual dance brings an ancient tradition to... Read More

$23.08
per adult

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