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Museums in Istanbul

Topkapi Palace , Istanbul
4.5
Home to sultans for centuries, Topkapi Palace is a World Heritage Site with a rich history and superb Ottoman architecture. Built by Sultan M
Tickets from £31
Chora Museum , Istanbul
4.4
See one of the best examples of Byzantine design in the region with a trip to Chora Museum, whose interior is entirely covered in fine mosaic
Tours from £35
Galata Tower , Istanbul
4.3
Take in dramatic panoramic views of the city and traditional Turkish fare atop Galata Tower. A recognizable symbol of the city's skyline, the
Tours from £33
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5.0
Duration: 7 hours
Visit highlights of Istanbul with your private kid-friendly tour guide in 1, 2 or 3 days. Here you can see the daily tour itineraries below;Day 1 - Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome Square, Blue Mosque, German Fountain, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Irene Church, Sogukcesme Street, Grand BazaarDay 2 - Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal Street, Cicek Passage, Galata Tower (from outside)Day 3 - Suleymaniye Mosque, Fener and Balat Districts, St. Stephen Church (Iron Church), Rahmi Koc Museum, Pierre Lotti Panoramic Hill by Cable Car
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4.3
Take some time to discover local and foreign painters of the 19th and 20th centuries, photographers, and creative videographers at Istanbul M
Tours from £35
Rumeli Fortress , Istanbul
4.4
Explore the ramparts of Rumeli Fortress, which the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II built in the 15th century before he conquered Constantinople. The
Tours from £22

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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.
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