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7-Day Istanbul Historical and Culinary Exploration Itinerary

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day 1

Iconic Landmarks and Bosphorus Views

Istanbul Itinerary - February 27

Morning. Begin your Istanbul adventure with a traditional Turkish breakfast at Karakoy Lokantasi, known for its local flavors. Afterward, marvel at the stunning architecture of the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii) and explore the spiritual grandeur of the Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya).
Afternoon. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Pandeli Restaurant, located in the historic Spice Bazaar. Spend your afternoon wandering through the vibrant stalls of the bazaar before visiting the underground wonder of the Istanbul Basilica Cistern Skip-the-Line Entry & Audio Guide.
Evening. Dine with a view at Sunset Grill & Bar, offering panoramic scenes of the Bosphorus. Conclude your day with a leisurely Istanbul Bosphorus Sunset Cruise with Live Guide and Drinks to witness the city's mesmerizing lights.
day 2

Historical Wonders and Ottoman Heritage

Istanbul Itinerary - February 28

Morning. Savor a delightful breakfast at Ciya Sofrasi, celebrated for its authentic Turkish dishes. Then, step back in time at the Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi), where you can explore the opulent rooms and treasures of the Ottoman Empire.
Afternoon. For lunch, indulge in the diverse flavors of Ottoman cuisine at Asitane Restaurant. Afterward, take a stroll through the colorful streets of the Balat and Fener neighborhoods, known for their historical significance and charming atmosphere.
Evening. Dine at Maiden's Tower Restaurant, set on a unique islet in the Bosphorus. In the evening, experience the mystical Istanbul Whirling Dervishes Ceremony and Mevlevi Sema, a mesmerizing display of spiritual dance.
day 3

Cultural Treasures and Scenic Delights

Istanbul Itinerary - February 29

Morning. Start your day with breakfast at Lokma Balıkçısı, offering a variety of fresh seafood options. Then, visit the majestic Dolmabahce Palace (Dolmabahce Sarayi), known for its exquisite design and European influences.
Afternoon. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at Bebek Balıkçısı, located in the upscale Bebek district. Afterward, take a stroll along the lively Ortaköy area and explore its charming boutiques and cafes.
Evening. Dine at 360 Istanbul East Restaurant & Bar and indulge in a culinary journey with a 360-degree view of the city. Cap off the evening with a delightful Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Show with Private Table for an unforgettable dining experience with live entertainment.
day 4

Royal Residences and Scenic Views

Istanbul Itinerary - March 1

Morning. Have breakfast at Hamdi Restaurant, famous for its Turkish kebabs and regional specialties. Then, visit the charming Beylerbeyi Palace (Beylerbeyi Sarayi), a symbol of the Ottoman opulence by the Bosphorus.
Afternoon. For lunch, head to Dürümzade to enjoy mouthwatering Turkish wraps. Spend your afternoon exploring the vibrant neighborhood of Ortaköy and visiting the iconic Bosphorus Bridge (Bogazici Koprusu).
Evening. Dine at Sultanahmet Koftecisi, a historic restaurant known for its Turkish meatballs. Conclude your day with a serene Istanbul Bosphorus Sunset Cruise with Live Guide and Drinks, taking in the breathtaking views of the city's skyline.
day 5

Island Escape and Culinary Delights

Istanbul Itinerary - March 2

Morning. Start with breakfast at Tarihi Karaköy Balık Lokantası, offering a selection of fresh seafood. Then, embark on a day trip to the From Istanbul Full-Day Princes Island Tour with Lunch, exploring the car-free islands and enjoying a delightful lunch with island views.
Afternoon. Return to Istanbul and take a guided Taste of Two Continents Food Tour, sampling a wide variety of Turkish delicacies and learning about the culinary history of the city.
Evening. Dine at Nusr-Et Steakhouse, popular for its high-quality meats and vibrant atmosphere. After dinner, take a leisurely walk through the lively streets of Taksim Square (Taksim Meydani) and enjoy the vibrant nightlife.
day 6

Scenic Views and Cultural Shows

Istanbul Itinerary - March 3

Morning. Enjoy breakfast at Balikci Sabahattin, known for its traditional Turkish dishes. Then, take a Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise w/Audio Guide and Sunset Option to witness the city's iconic landmarks from the water.
Afternoon. For lunch, visit Hünkar Restaurant - Topkapı Palace Hotel Istanbul and savor the flavors of authentic Ottoman cuisine. Spend your afternoon exploring the Asian side of Istanbul, with a visit to the serene Üsküdar and the historic Kadıköy district.
Evening. Dine at Mikla, located on the top floor of the Marmara Pera Hotel, and indulge in contemporary Turkish cuisine with stunning views of the city. Conclude your day with a mesmerizing Istanbul Turkish Dance Show at Hodjapasha Cultural Centre, experiencing the vibrant traditional music and dance of Turkey.
day 7

Final Day of Exploration and Farewell

Istanbul Itinerary - March 4

Morning. Start your last day with breakfast at Sunset Grill & Bar, enjoying the morning breeze by the Bosphorus. Then, visit the Spice Bazaar (Misir Carsisi) to pick up some last-minute souvenirs and spices.
Afternoon. For lunch, head to 360 Istanbul East Restaurant & Bar and savor a meal with a panoramic view of the city. Spend your afternoon at the Rumeli Fortress (Rumeli Hisari), exploring the historic fortress and enjoying the views of the Bosphorus.
Evening. Dine at Mikla, one of Istanbul's finest restaurants, for a memorable farewell dinner. End your trip with a private Istanbul Private Airport Transfer with Meet and Greet, reflecting on your unforgettable journey through the cultural and culinary wonders of Istanbul.
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