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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Ibrahim was a fantastic host. He showed us around the Island, took us shopping and welcomed us into his home which had fantastic views across all of Istanbul. We cooked and talked all afternoon and ate some of the most delicious food we had during our time in Turkey. I cannot thank Ibrahim enough for his kindness and hospitality. Definitely recommend.
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Alina is awesome! She was very accommodating with a personalized tour of Istanbul for my son and I. She came up with an itinerary that suited us perfectly and was an engaging and genuinely kind guide. We are not normally the "tour" type but are so happy we met up with Alina to get an introduction and some tips about Istanbul to start our visit off on the right foot and get the most out of it. Highly recommend!