5,902
trips planned by users

The Best Things to Do in Istanbul

Create a fully customized
day by day itinerary for free

Itinerary planner

+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Popular things to do in Istanbul

Hagia Sophia ©
Architectural Building
Hagia Sophia
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Religious Site
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
Topkapi Palace ©
History Museum
Topkapi Palace
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
Basilica Cistern ©
Architectural Building
Basilica Cistern
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
Most tourists flock to Turkey's cultural capital to see the legendary Hagia Sophia, but things to do in Istanbul also include many versatile activities to suit those not into cultural sightseeing. A guided food tour is a great way to experience the unique melange of influences that shaped Istanbul into what it is today. You can spend hours feasting your eyes on the colorful array of offerings and bargain with merchants at Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi), one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets. Historic Areas of Istanbul--a World Heritage Site filled with minarets and church domes--remain the city's biggest attractions, while the northern side of the natural harbor offers lively nightlife.

Hidden gems in Istanbul

Chora Museum ©
Art Museum
Chora Museum
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Ortakoy ©
Neighborhood
Ortakoy
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
Istanbul Modern ©
Art Museum
Istanbul Modern
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Rahmi M. Koc Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Rahmi M. Koc Museum
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Istanbul

See all ›
Galata Tower ©
History Museum
Galata Tower
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
Rumeli Fortress ©
History Museum
Rumeli Fortress
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Pera Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Pera Museum
4.6
Duration: 1 hour

Kid-friendly things to do in Istanbul

See all ›
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Architectural Building
Dolmabahce Palace
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
KIz Kulesi
Observation Deck
KIz Kulesi
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
Beylerbeyi Sarayı (TBMM-Milli Saraylar) ©
Architectural Building
Beylerbeyi Sarayı (TBMM-Milli Saraylar)
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
Hippodrome ©
Landmark
Hippodrome
3.1
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Istanbul

See all ›
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Religious Site
Suleymaniye Cami
4.9
Duration: 1 hour
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
World heritage site
Historic Areas of Istanbul
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Little Hagia Sophia ©
Religious Site
Little Hagia Sophia
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
Zeyrek Mosque ©
Historic Site
Zeyrek Mosque
4.3
Duration: 1 hour

Shopping in Istanbul

See all ›
Kapali Carsi ©
Flea Market
Kapali Carsi
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Mısır Çarşısı ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Mısır Çarşısı
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Adnan and Hasan ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Adnan and Hasan
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Kanyon Shopping Center
Department Store
Kanyon Shopping Center
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Cooking Alaturka ©
Cooking Class
Cooking Alaturka
4.8
Duration: 3 hours
44A Sanat Galerisi ©
Art Gallery
44A Sanat Galerisi
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Before Travel ©
Multi-day Tour
Before Travel
4.9
Duration: 1 hour
Cookistan Istanbul Cooking Classes ©
Cooking Class
Cookistan Istanbul Cooking Classes
4.8
Duration: 6 hours

Plan your trip to Istanbul

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. 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.