One of the most beautiful and popular views in Istanbul is the skyline of the Old City. This skyline includes the minarets of the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia, as well as the Hagia Irene church and Topkapi Palace. Off to the side of it, you can see the New Mosque (which is 400 years old) and the Suleymaniye Mosque. Taken together, they represent the iconic skyline that people associate Istanbul’s sightseeing with. For a great picture of this skyline, head to Kadikoy. There, you’ll find a rocky sea barrier, which is a favorite spot for locals to look across the Bosporus to the Old City.
Sightseeing in Istanbul
Istanbul is a huge city with new things to see around every corner. Because of this, sightseeing in Istanbul may seem like a really big undertaking, because you really don’t want to miss anything about this lovely city. But, with help from your local guide and these tips, you can be sure to see some of the best sights in Istanbul!
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A customized trip with Benoit
I’d first like to thank Benoit for an amazing time! He gave my mother and I a tour that covered every aspect of Turkish life, from roaming the back streets around the Grand Bazaar not frequented by tourist, to the walls of this ancient city once known as Constantinople, there wasn’t a dull moment. He really pays attention to your needs even if it means searching for a handmade shisha pipe that was made, sold, and carefully packed by the artisans themselves. I will for sure take another one of his many tours in the near future.
Private Turkish Breakfast with a Chef!
Aysegul was very kind and easy to chat with! We got alot of insight on what the best dishes were and everything was delicious! She even answered questions about other things in the area for us.
She gets a 10/10 for sure! However if the rating was for 'with locals' in general I would say it would be a 7, because the title of the booking type was a bit misleading. However, the experience was still great and I highly recommend it.
A customized trip with Dilek
Dilek was super kind! We had a very good tour with her! Definitely if we go again to Istanbul will make a tour with her!