©

The Best Cultural Activities in Istanbul

Plan your next trip here

Cultural Activities in Istanbul

  • © 1
    Marvel at one of the most significant artistic and architectural achievements in Turkey--and the world--at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayas
    Tours from $40
  • © 2
    Sultan Ahmed Mosque , Istanbul
    Nicknamed for the blue tiles that adorn its interior, Sultan Ahmed Mosque represents an imposing figure in the city's history and skyline. Lo
    Tours from $38
  • © 3
    Topkapi Palace , Istanbul
    Home to sultans for centuries, Topkapi Palace is a World Heritage Site with a rich history and superb Ottoman architecture. Built by Sultan M
    Tours from $15
  • © 4
    Basilica Cistern , Istanbul
    Explore the largest of hundreds of ancient cisterns located below the city at Basilica Cistern. This fascinating chamber of the underground w
    Tours from $39
  • © 5
    See one of the best examples of Byzantine design in the region with a trip to Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), whose interior is entirely co
    Tours from $42
  • View more attractions

    Plan your trip to Istanbul

    • Get a personalized plan

      A complete day-by-day itinerary
      based on your preferences
    • Customize it

      Refine your plan. We'll find the
      best routes and schedules
    • Book it

      Choose from the best hotels
      and activities. Up to 50% off
    • Manage it

      Everything in one place.
      Everyone on the same page.

    Where to stay in Istanbul

    The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
    Live like a local, find unique places to stay
    Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

    See plans by other users

    20 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM TURKEY December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM TUNISIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM QATAR January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in Europe BY A USER FROM SPAIN June, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS December, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS December, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 57 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM BENIN December, culture, relaxing, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 4 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM BENIN December, relaxing, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 5 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM BENIN December, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
    View more plans