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Istanbul, the City of Two Continents, is a mesmerizing and diverse destination that weaves together the tapestry of its history, culture, and allure. Istanbul boasts a treasure trove of iconic landmarks and architectural wonders, from the majestic Hagia Sophia to the graceful Blue Mosque. Get lost in the maze of ancient streets, where hidden gems and charming bridges await your exploration. Glide through the peaceful waters of the Bosphorus in a boat, and witness the city’s enchanting beauty from a unique perspective. Immerse yourself in the city’s artistic heritage at the Topkapi Palace or be amazed by the colorful mosaics of the Rustem Pasha Mosque. Whether delving into the city’s imperial past or savoring its vibrant spirit, Istanbul guarantees an unforgettable journey through its captivating history and magic.


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The best time to visit Istanbul is spring and autumn, from April to May and September to October. The weather is mild and pleasant during these seasons, making it ideal for exploring the city’s rich history and vibrant culture. You can enjoy strolling through historic sites, wandering in picturesque neighborhoods, and taking leisurely boat rides along the Bosphorus without the scorching heat of summer or the chilly temperatures of winter.


Additionally, spring and autumn offer fewer crowds compared to the peak tourist months, allowing you to savor the charm of Istanbul at a more relaxed pace. Whether interested in the city’s iconic landmarks, delightful cuisine, or fascinating traditions, visiting Istanbul during these seasons promises a memorable and enjoyable experience.

Explore Hagia Sophia: A historical masterpiece that once served as a church, mosque, and now a museum. Its stunning dome and intricate mosaics reflect the city’s diverse cultural heritage.


Cruise the Bosphorus: Take a scenic cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, where Europe and Asia meet. Enjoy panoramic views of Istanbul’s iconic landmarks, including the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and Dolmabahce Palace, while sailing on the serene waters.


Visit the Blue Mosque: Experience the spiritual ambiance of the Blue Mosque, officially known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Admire its six minarets, magnificent domes, and interior adorned with exquisite blue tiles, representing the Ottoman era’s architectural splendor.


Explore Topkapi Palace: Step into the opulent world of the Topkapi Palace, the former residence of Ottoman sultans. Discover its intriguing history, opulent chambers, and treasury filled with priceless artifacts, including the legendary Topkapi Dagger and the Spoonmaker’s Diamond.


Wander in the Grand Bazaar: One of the world’s oldest and largest covered markets. Explore its maze-like alleys, filled with various goods, from traditional Turkish carpets and spices to intricate ceramics and jewelry.

Savor Turkish Delights: Indulge in the authentic flavors of Istanbul’s culinary delights. Treat yourself to kebabs, baklava, and traditional Turkish tea or coffee. Explore local eateries and try regional specialties for a genuine taste of Turkish cuisine.


Experience the Bosphorus Cruise: Embark on a scenic cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, a must-do activity in Istanbul. Enjoy the picturesque views of the city’s skyline, historic landmarks, and charming waterfront neighborhoods from the comfort of a boat.


Visit the Blue Mosque at the Right Time: Plan your visit to the Blue Mosque during non-prayer times to fully appreciate its grandeur. Respect the mosque’s religious significance by dressing modestly and covering your shoulders and legs.


Cruise the Golden Horn: Take a boat trip along the Golden Horn, a natural harbor that divides the historic part of Istanbul. Enjoy scenic views of the city’s skyline, pass under picturesque bridges, and witness the charm of traditional waterfront neighborhoods.


Relax in a Turkish Hammam: Indulge in a soothing steam bath, invigorating scrub, and relaxing massage, following an ancient bathing ritual that dates back to Ottoman times.

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Why choose a self-guided audio tour for Istanbulā€™s attractions?

Our self-guided audio tours offer maximum flexibility and adapt to your pace and schedule, instead of the opposite. You may take them anytime, pause, resume and repeat unlimited times!

Which places in Istanbul should I visit?

Among other beautiful Istanbulā€™s top attractions, you should probably visit:

  • Topkapi Palace
  • Hagia Sophia, the Wisdom of God
  • Blue Mosque
  • Hippodrome
  • Basilica Cistern

Why choose an e-ticket & self-guided audio tour bundle for Istanbulā€™s attractions?

The self-guided audio tour will offer you both historical information and trivia about the site, as well as allow you to determine your own pace during the visit. That means taking your time to absorb the beauty and knowledge as well as pausing and resuming whenever and wherever you wish. Having a ticket beforehand will save you significant waiting time, because you will be able to enter through the automatic scanners instead of the ticket booth line.

Which Topkapiā€™s Palace attractions does your self-guided audio tour cover ?

Among others, our team has created stories about the:

  • Ottoman Kitchen and Confectionery
  • The Pavilion of the Holy relics
  • The Sultanā€™s private garden
  • The Imperial Mint
  • The Hagia Irene Church

Which Hagia Sophiaā€™s attractions does your self-guided audio tour cover?

  • The impressive Dome
  • The Imperial Gate : Mosaic of Emperor Leon VI
  • The Mosaic of the Virgin and child
  • The Empressā€™s seat
  • The Mosaic of Deesis
  • The Nice Door