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Things to do in Istanbul

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Top 10 things to do

#1
Topkapı Palace Museum

The Topkapı Palace, or the Seraglio, is a big museum in Istanbul, Turkey. It is located in the former residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans, in the heart of Istanbul.

4.4 (481 reviews)
#2
Hagia Sophia History And Experience Museum

Learn about the history and heritage of Hagia Sophia

4 (18 reviews)
#3
Basilica Cistern

The Basilica Cistern is a chamber built in the 6th century to hold 80,000 cubic meters of water. It is located under the streets of Istanbul, supported by arches and 336 marble columns.

4.4 (229 reviews)
#4
Istanbul City Cards

See the best bits of Istanbul and save money and time when you combine admission fees for major attractions with a city card. Any one of these Istanbul city cards gives you access to dozens of attractions and services – the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern are all within reach. Some city cards include unlimited public transport on a bus or Bosphorus cruise, and provide audio guides in multiple languages.

4.2 (45 reviews)
#5
Hagia Sophia

See this world-famous mosque in the middle of Istanbul

4.4 (552 reviews)
#6
Dolmabahce Palace

Dolmabahce Palace is the last palace built by the Ottoman Sultanate in Istanbul, Turkey. It is located on the coast, close to the ferries that depart from Beşiktaş.

4.2 (68 reviews)
#7
Istanbul Cruises

Istanbul Cruises – enjoy an unforgettable experience and take in the iconic views

4 (42 reviews)
#8
Istanbul Bosphorus Cruises

See Istanbul from a new perspective! Cruises along the Bosphorus are a unique way to see the city and avoid the crowded streets. If you want to learn more about the history of Istanbul, a city cruise with an audio guide would be a good fit. Or, if you are seeking a cultural flair, a cruise with live entertainment or dinner served onboard (or both!) may be the perfect option. With day and evening cruises available, sailing along Istanbul's Bosphorus River is sure to be a Turkish delight.

4.3 (135 reviews)
#9
The Blue Mosque

Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque due to its blue-tiled interior, is the most important mosque in Istanbul. It was built by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I between 1609-1616, and was designed to compete with the majesty of Hagia Sophia. It is located next to the Byzantine Hippodrome in the old city center.

4 (34 reviews)
#10
Hodjapasha

Hodjapasha Cultural Center is a delightful piece of the city’s striking cultural mosaic, near the mighty Hagia Sophia Basilica and the magnificent Topkapi Palace. Transformed from a large 15th-century hamam (Turkish bath), the building now welcomes visitors under its high dome ceilings to showcase some of the best of this vast country’s traditions since 2008.

4.8 (38 reviews)

Hand-picked combinations in Istanbul

Combine Istanbul favorites. Some things are better together.