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Istanbul sightseeing?

Hello! I am planning a trip to Istanbul on May only for 3 days! Any ideas for local attractions?

4 Answers

top answer by
Arthur from London, United Kingdom

I think spending a day in Sultanahmet Square, seeing the Blue Mosque,Hagia Sophia, and the Basilica Cistern is well worth it. Getting fish sandwiches by Galata bridge is a great experience too, although the seagulls may try to eat it out of your hands! A day on the Asian side is fun too. I lived in Uskudar for a while, and it's nice to walk around with some beautiful mosques, old houses and quiet alleyways. Moda Cd, near Kadikoy ferry terminal is also very pretty. If you have time it's worth taking a ferry to Heybeliada Island, but it does take over an hour to get there from the centre, so you may not have time. Enjoy your trip.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Sultanahmet Square (attraction)
  2. Blue Mosque (attraction)
  3. Hagia Sophia (attraction)
  4. Basilica Cistern (attraction)
  5. Uskudar (neighborhood)
  6. Moda Cd (attraction)
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answered first by
Crystal from Anchorage


Istanbul is one of my favorite cities in the world! I have been twice (both times I was there of over one week) and still hope to go back. There are a ton of attractions to see and places to go, so I will start with some popular favorites that I enjoyed as well:

Blue Mosque

Great Palace Mosaic Museum

Galata Tower

Topkapi Palace

Istanbul Museum of The History of Science & Technology in Islam

And some slightly less touristy options:

Kadıköy: Asian side of Istanbul neighborhood and market

Yavuz Selim Cd: Asian side Mosque

ISTrapped: Escape Room Game

What I enjoyed most though was just walking around the many different neighborhoods such as Taksim Square. Here is a good neighborhood guide from Travel+Leisure Magazine.

Hope this is enough to get started. I'm sure you will have no problem finding things to do during your 3 day stay. If you want more personalized suggestions (such as restaurants, activities, accommodation), contact me here.

Happy Travels!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Istanbul (city)
  2. Blue Mosque (attraction)
  3. Great Palace Mosaic Museum (attraction)
  4. Galata Tower (attraction)
  5. Topkapi Palace (attraction)
  6. Istanbul Museum of The History of Science & Technology in Islam (attraction)
  7. Kadıköy (neighborhood)
  8. Yavuz Selim Cd (attraction)
  9. ISTrapped (attraction)
  10. Taksim Square (attraction)
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answered by
Jacky from Brooklyn, New York

Perfect! I was only there for 4 days too. Make sure to visit Blue Mosque ApartHagia Sophia Istanbul Old City and take the Bosphorus Cruise | Day Cruises | Istanbul Sightseeing around the city. You will love Istanbul, trust me!

I can recommend a hostel if you'd like.

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answered by
Nars from Boston

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Blue Mosque (attraction)
  2. Grand Bazaar (attraction)
  3. Basilica Cistern (attraction)
  4. Topkapi Palace (attraction)
  5. Hagia Sophia (attraction)
  6. Hippodrome Hotel (hotel)
  7. Istanbul Archaeology Museums (attraction)
  8. Süleymaniye Mosque and Complex (attraction)
  9. Spice Bazaar (attraction)
  10. Bosphorus Cruise | Day Cruises | Istanbul Sightseeing (attraction)
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