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Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey in terms of population and number of visitors and tourists. Although Turkey is a first-class tourism country and has many tourism cities, Istanbul remains the first tourism destination for tourists and an important commercial center in Turkey, and the demand for tourism trips to Istanbul in recent years has increased noticeably.
The city has a special charm and wonderful tourist and archaeological attractions. If the tourist tries to explore them for a whole year, he will not be able to count them. But due to the limited tourist visits to the city, the trip, and the searching can be shortened to five days to get to know the main tourist places in the city.
FUN AND EXPLORATION 5 DAY ITINERARY ISTANBUL:
THE FIRST DAY OF THE TOURIST VISIT TO ISTANBUL:
EXPLORE THE SULTANAHMET AREA:
Most tourists tend to stay in the Sultanahmet district, which is the heart of the old city.
It is a place full of many important historical and archaeological monuments in Istanbul,
There are many hotels in the area of different categories and varying prices.
In the area, you will find many touristic monuments such as:
“Sultanahmet Mosque” or “Blue Mosque” was called by that name, Because of the famous blue tiles that cover its walls and have very beautiful and accurate drawings,
Which gave the mosque a special luster and charm and made it one of the most important landmarks of the city.
You will also find the Hagia Sophia Museum, the Basilica Cistern church, the Chora Church, and the Topkapi Palace (the High Gate) or the palace of the ancient Ottoman sultans.
And you will find the “Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art”, which are ancient historical places that can be visited throughout the day.
Then you can have lunch in one of the city’s most famous restaurants in the area, It is the “Asitane” restaurant, which is famous for serving Turkish and Ottoman cuisine.
THE SECOND DAY OF THE 5 DAY ITINERARY ISTANBUL:
A TRIP IN THE BOSPHORUS BY BOAT AND CRUISE SHIPS:
The Bosphorus strait is one of the most important straits in the world, and it doesn’t only connect the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, it divides the city of Istanbul between the two most important and oldest continents in the world, Europe and Asia.
It is an ideal place for a wonderful trip by boat and cruise ships, and enjoy a trip with a wonderful view of all the neighborhoods of Istanbul, and the most luxurious palaces and Ottoman houses overlooking the Bosphorus, such as:
Ciragan Palace, the Pillar Bey Palace, and the Dolmabahce Palace which is famous for its lush gardens,
Do not miss the trip to the Bosphorus and take the most beautiful souvenir photos of the Strait and the magnificent Bosphorus Bridge in the magical moments of sunset.
If you are residing in Sultanahmet, you can take the ferry from the nearby Eminonu port, Istanbul Municipality provides many daily tourism trips in the Bosphorus from the port of “Eminonu”.
It includes a short two-hour trip from 2.30-4.30, and a long trip that takes 6 hours from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm, Trip prices range from 15-25 Turkish liras for an adult and 6-12.5 Turkish liras for children.
Also, many private tourism companies provide similar trips at different prices approximately every hour onboard yachts and tourist boats with meals and drinks provided throughout the trip. They can be booked from the Eminonu port as well.
The Istanbul municipality also provides trips to the Bosphorus from the port of “Artakoy”, but at different times daily from 1 pm to eleven before midnight in summer, and from 1 pm to 5 pm in winter, with the rate of one trip every hour daily, and at the end of the week a half-hour trip.
THE THIRD DAY OF THE 5 DAY ITINERARY ISTANBUL:
EXPLORE THE “BEYOGLU” NEIGHBORHOOD IN ISTANBUL:
Beyoglu is a famous area in Istanbul, with many landmarks worth visiting,
It is located in the most important lively street in the city, which is “Al-Istiklal” Street, which is the center of many classy shops that sell clothes, perfumes, antiques, and furniture; Especially “Seradar Ekrim” Street, which is the center of classy fashion stores in all of Istanbul, in addition to many luxurious restaurants and cafes that serve delicious food.
Do not forget to wander the alleys of the place, where you will find many old Ottoman buildings and historical houses, which bear witness to the most splendid eras of the region.
You can end the tour in the “Beyoglu” area with one of the most important landmarks of the place, which is the “Galata” or “Galata” tower, around which people weave many stories and legends.
Learn about the story of the “Galata Tower” through the following article:
You can enjoy eating in the restaurant located at the top of the tower while watching the most beautiful view of the Bosphorus and all the neighborhoods of Istanbul from the top of the Galata Tower.
FOURTH DAY OF THE 5 DAY ITINERARY ISTANBUL:
A WALKING TOUR ON THE BOSPHORUS COAST IN THE “BEBEK” NEIGHBORHOOD:
Bebek is a charming neighborhood of Istanbul, located in the “Besiktas” district in the European section of Istanbul, overlooking the Bosphorus coast.
The neighborhood is characterized by a wonderful view of the Bosphorus, and there are many free activities offered by the Istanbul municipality to the public and tourists, such as the wonderful Bebek Park, which overlooks the Bosphorus and has many games for children and wonderful sessions in the garden.
On the coast of the Bosphorus in the Bebek district, some restaurants serve delicious fish and seafood. You can have lunch in them or sit in one of the cafes that serve famous Turkish drinks.
There are also many shops selling pistachios, almonds, and nuts.
FIFTH DAY OF THE 5 DAY ITINERARY ISTANBUL:
TRIP TO THE PRINCESS’ ISLANDS:
You can end your trip to Istanbul by spending a full day on the Princess Islands, which is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Istanbul.
you can learn about the most important features of the Princess’ Islands through the following article:
Sights of the Princes’ Islands in Istanbul
Where you can enjoy a ferry ride to reach the islands, the most famous of which is the island of “Buyuk Ada”, which is the largest island of the Princess’ Islands.
You can tour the island and ride carriages, motorcycles, or sit on the rocks and enjoy the beauty of the place.
You can also eat fish and seafood in one of the island’s restaurants, and see the most beautiful palaces and old houses on the island,
And enjoy the sunset on the Princess’ Islands, hoping for many visits to Istanbul to explore more wonderful historical and touristic monuments.
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