Whether you’re visiting Istanbul for the first time or you’ve been here many times before, there’s always something new to see. While traveling on your own is fine, taking in the sights can enhance your experience with a tour guide. Here are some suggestions for places to visit during your stay in Istanbul that is most popular, some with the assistance of a tour guide.
Getting the Lay of the Land
If you’re new to Istanbul, learning the layout of the city can help you find your way around when you’re traveling on your own. Embarking on a tour that shows you the top attractions can really make the rest of your explorations easier and more adventurous.
Think about taking a tour that highlights some of the major Istanbul neighborhoods, plus popular sights like the Dolmabahce Palace and the Chora Museum. By the end of the day, you’ll feel like an Istanbul native.
Viewing Large Top Attractions
Istanbul has some of the world’s top historical landmarks, like the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the Basilica Cistern and the Hagia Sophia, sometimes called the Eighth Wonder of the World. While you can certainly view these places on your own, you don’t want to miss some of the finer details or points on the history timeline that make them so important.
Think seriously about hiring a tour guide to accompany you to some of these spots in Istanbul. You can custom make your own itinerary, such as a tour of just mosques or all palaces. With a private guide, you can move at your own pace and ask questions as you go to get the most from your visits.
Seeing Istanbul from the Water
Istanbul is a city of waterways, with the Bosphorus, the Marmara Sea, the Golden Horn and the Black Sea all nearby. One of the best ways to see Istanbul is by boat. A Bosphorus cruise or a tour of the Golden Horn will be one of the high points of your trip. You’ll see major landmarks and places like the Old City from a distance, which affords you great photo opportunities. You’ll also get the chance to experience water traffic like an Istanbul resident, as water taxis and ferries glide by filled people on taxing to their daily activities.
Shopping at the Bazaars
We wouldn’t recommend a trip to Istanbul without stopping at the Grand and Spice Bazaars here. The bazaars can be a bit overwhelming if you’ve never visited them before. The sheer size and the magnitude of their goods are staggering, not to mention the challenge of navigating throughout the market. Going with a private guide or on a tour can help you get the most from your shopping day and your leader can answer questions about finding certain items and how to barter with the vendors.
Guests of Hotel Büyük Keban are resourceful enough to have two ways to help you arrange tours of our wonderful city. If you’re looking for a boat trip, like a Bosphorus cruise, our Concierge Department can help you book your tickets. If you would like to participate in-group or private tours, our sister company, Verified Tours, can recommend numerous itineraries or arrange a custom tour for you.
Contact Hotel Büyük Keban today to reserve your accommodations for your stay in Istanbul. Before you even arrive in Turkey, we can set you up for the tours you’ve always dreamed of, so when you get here, you’re ready to go explore!