Istanbul Blog: Day One Itinerary

Istanbul Blog:  Here I will publish a set of postings to help you organize a multi-day adventure around this diverse and interesting city.  I first visited the city and the Bosphorus in the summer of 2013 and at that time did a very fast run through several of the major sites and important trips which only made me and my family decide to come back for an extensive visit.

So, this July we decided to make that special trip and spend time in the city, visit the major sites but do so at a very slow pace and enjoy the experience.  To that effect we devised an agenda (as much as possible) ahead of time.

That included several specific sites to be scheduled in each of our 5 days in the city.  Here is the itinerary we finally ended up running with:

  • Day 1:  Bosphorus Trip
  • Day 2: Turns out our Day 2 fell on a Tuesday, and as it turns out further, the Sultanhamet / Topokapi – Old Palace – is closed on Tuesday;   Long story short, as a result we ended up visiting Hagia Sophia – which is an amazing old church where you can find the amalgamation of multiple cultural and religious influences.  Very impressive
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    Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

    Hagia Sophia to Blue Mosque
    Looking from a Hagia Sophia window
  • Day 3:The day to visit Topkapi Palace – yes, it does take an incredibly long day to see all the wonders of the palace and enjoy the splendid views of the Bosphorus from the many verandas (my name for the terraces that exists in many corners of the palace and overlook the city and the Bosphorus).    So plan for a long day, bring lots of water, cool clothes if you are visiting in the summer, and of course many cameras – tons of great photo opportunities.   See here – just a couple of shot, but you get the picture 🙂 right…?
Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace, Istanbul 

This is one of the terraces from which you can get a great view and photo shots of the Galata bridge, Galata tower, and many other interesting sites in the area





  • Day 4: You can decide to explore the Asia side of Istanbul.  For that all you need to do is get a ferry ticket and cross to Kadikoy.  While on the Asian side – visiting Kadikoy, you can certainly experience the bit slower side of the city, have some good food and then return back to other parts of the city
Kadikoy Street

These are just some ideas of what and how while visiting Istanbul…. Enjoy! Drop me a note with questions…

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