Istanbul

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Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace and Two Continents Tour icon
Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace and Two Continents Tour

up to 8 hours

Free cancellation upto 48 hours

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$74.77
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Shopping Tour of Istanbul icon
Shopping Tour of Istanbul

up to 4 hours

Free cancellation upto 48 hours

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$56.07
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Istanbul Classics - Half Day Morning Tour icon
Istanbul Classics - Half Day Morning Tour

up to 5 hours

Free cancellation upto 48 hours

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$37.39
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Istanbul Ottoman Relics Afternoon Tour icon
Istanbul Ottoman Relics Afternoon Tour

up to 3 hours

Free cancellation upto 48 hours

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$37.39
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Istanbul to Princes Islands Cruise - Full Day Tour icon
Istanbul to Princes Islands Cruise - Full Day Tour

up to 8 hours

Free cancellation upto 48 hours

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$60.75
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Istanbul Highlights Afternoon Tour icon
Istanbul Highlights Afternoon Tour

up to 4 hours

Free cancellation upto 48 hours

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$28.04
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Istanbul Byzantine Relics Half Day Morning Tour icon
Istanbul Byzantine Relics Half Day Morning Tour

up to 4 hours

Free cancellation upto 48 hours

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$42.06
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Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul Egyptian Bazaar Tour icon
Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul Egyptian Bazaar Tour

up to 4 hours

Free cancellation upto 48 hours

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$39.78
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Istanbul Classics and Ottoman Relics Guided Tour icon
Istanbul Classics and Ottoman Relics Guided Tour

up to 8 hours

Free cancellation upto 48 hours

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$74.77
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Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise on a Luxury Yacht icon
Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise on a Luxury Yacht

up to 2 hours

Free cancellation upto 48 hours

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$454.94
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Troy Day Tour from Istanbul icon
Troy Day Tour from Istanbul

up to 17 hours

Free cancellation upto 48 hours

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$79.44
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Madame Tussauds Istanbul Entrance Ticket icon
Madame Tussauds Istanbul Entrance Ticket

Flexible

Free cancellation upto 48 hours

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$16.59
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Skip the Line Hagia Sophia and Grand Bazaar Tour icon
Skip the Line Hagia Sophia and Grand Bazaar Tour

up to 4 hours

Free cancellation upto 48 hours

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$42.06
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Istanbul Day Tour From the Airport (Layover) icon
Istanbul Day Tour From the Airport (Layover)

Flexible

Free cancellation upto 48 hours

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$202.86
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Turkish Bath in Istanbul with Transfer icon
Turkish Bath in Istanbul with Transfer

up to 2 hours

Free cancellation upto 48 hours

From
$149.55
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Know More about Istanbul

Best time to visit:

APR

International Istanbul Tulip Festival

Istanbul is a melting pot of rich culture and history, having been inhabited for over 400,000 years. The city's location on the border of Europe and Asia creates a beautiful synthesis of the mystic beauty of eastern culture and the tinge of a contemporary carnival. Istanbul has the personality of a storyteller, slowly revealing its beauty, people, food, architecture, and culture. Istanbul has the historical charm of Hagia Sophia, the picturesque architecture of the Blue Mosque, and splendid shorelines with avant-garde restaurants like Ulus 29 and Mikla overlooking breathtaking scenery.

Because Istanbul is topographically diverse and experiences subclimates in different parts of the city, tourism is undoubtedly at its peak most of the year. The best time to visit Istanbul is between the months of March and May, and September and November, when the weather is pleasant. Summer temperatures are extremely high with high humidity, and winter temperatures can drop to minus 15 degrees.

Best time to visit:

APR

International Istanbul Tulip Festival

JAN - JUN

16°C / 9°C

JUL - DEC

21°C / 15°C

Turkish Lira

Turkish Lira

1 USD = 17.65 TRY

GMT +03:00

3 hours ahead

Frequently Asked Questions

The must-see attractions in Istanbul are Sea of Marmara, Legoland Discovery Center, Hodjapasha, Bosporus Strait and Fatih.

Buses and trams, which conveniently cover tourist areas, are the best ways to get around Istanbul. But keep in mind that buses do not have maps inside and drivers do not announce stops, so you must remain vigilant and keep an eye on where you are going.

Ordinary passport holders must have a visa to enter Türkiye. Ordinary passport holders can obtain 30-day single-entry e-Visas from www.evisa.gov.tr if they have a valid Schengen or USA, UK, Ireland visa or residence permit and are flying to Türkiye with Turkish Airlines or Egypt Air.

If you're visiting for the first time, allow at least three days. Three days in Istanbul will allow you to see the city's most famous sights — but expect a jam-packed itinerary if you want to make the most of your time there!

Summers in Istanbul are warm, humid, dry, and clear, while winters are long, cold, windy, and partly cloudy. Throughout the year, the temperature typically ranges from 38°F (3°C) to 85°F (29°C), with temperatures rarely falling below 30°F (-1°C) or rising above 90°F (32°C).

Istanbul is best known for providing an elegant European vacation while also allowing visitors to appreciate the charming Islamic culture. It is well-known for its numerous prominent monuments, many of which are renowned for their medieval architecture, complete with spires and domes. It is well-known for its spectacular ferry boat rises, a shopping extravaganza at Grand Bazaar, delectable kebabs, hammam, and picturesque views from Camlica Hill.

Sultanahmet is a beautiful archaeological and tourist area in Istanbul, with many mosques, churches, restaurants, gardens, and museums. The Sultan Ahmet Mosque (the Blue Mosque) is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Sultanahmet district.

Baklava. Baklava, which dates back to the Ottoman Empire, is one of the most iconic Turkish dishes and a must-try for anyone with a sweet tooth. Şiş kebap. The term 'kebab' refers to a variety of street foods, the most well-known of which is the skewered şiş kebap.

Istanbul is generally safe, with little petty crime. However, be cautious in the Old Town as pickpocketing and bag snatching are possible. Avoid going out late at night (after 10 p.m.), especially on Taksim's main street, Istikal Cadessi. It's also not a good idea to go there alone on weekends.