Unique Experiences in Istanbul

If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital.Napoleon Bonaparte

Either I conquer Istanbul or Istanbul conquers me.Mehmed the Conqueror

When you see Istanbul you’ll understand why everyone loves this city.


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1. Rowing on The Golden Horn

How about sailing with a rowboat from the shores of Old Istanbul at sunrise? It’s a different way to see the splendour of the city. Contact  Istanbul Tour Studio to book this unique 1-hour experience.

2. Walk The Old Byzantine Walls

Starting from Yedikule Fortress, which protected the Byzantine Empire, follow the walls of Old Istanbul to the city’s outer limits. A fantastic alternative view of Istanbul. Click here to read reviews about the Yedikule Dungeons in Fatih, Istanbul.

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3. Take a Bath in the Hammam

Kılıç Ali Paşa Hammam

Bathe like a sultan at a hammam. There are many historical hammams in Istanbul and Kılıç Ali Paşa in Karaköy, Tophane is one of the best. There are separate times for men and women to bathe.

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Open Hours: 08:00 – 16:00, 16:30 – 23:30
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Phone Number: (0212) 393 80 10
Website: kilicalipasahamami.com
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Süleymaniye Hammam

If you’re travelling as a couple, Suleymaniye Hammam in Suleymaniye is ideal. It’s open 24/7 and will open your eyes to 450 years of historical and private hammam rituals. This hammam is exclusively for families and couples.

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Open Hours: 10:00 – 20:00
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Phone Number: (0212) 520 34 10
Website: suleymaniyehamami.com.tr
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4. Go On a Cruise Between Two Continents

Istanbul is the city where Asia and Europe meet and travelling from one continent to another takes just 15 minutes. For this, you can use Cityline Ferry and if you pay with Istanbulkart you can sail for a single boarding fee. Don’t forget to buy simit (bagels) to throw to the seagulls that will follow the ferry.

5. Listen to the Screams in the Basilica Cistern

Istanbul also has delights and surprises underground. The best example of this is the Basilica Cistern. Inside the Basilica Palace, built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, you can see Medusa’s head which is said to turn people to stone. If you listen carefully you can hear the screams from the depths of the cistern – and perhaps even uncover the secret of the weeping stone. There is an entrance fee to pay.

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Open Hours: 09:00 – 17:30
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Phone Number: (0212) 522 12 59
Website: yerebatansarnici.com
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6. Visit Galata Tower

Climb Galata Tower, a fairytale setting with panoramic views of Old Istanbul and gaze out over the city while having a drink in the upstairs restaurant and bar.

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Open Hours: 09:00 – 20:30
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Phone Number: (0212) 293 81 80
Website: istanbul.ktb.gov.tr
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7. Watch the Maiden’s Tower at Sunset

As the sun goes down the glory of the Maiden’s Tower is enhanced. Watching the Maiden’s Tower from the coast of Salacak on the Asian side of Üsküdar is the most romantic way to end your day in Istanbul.

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Open Hours: 09:15 – 18:45, Saturdays 10:00 – 18:45 / 20:15 – 00:30
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Phone Number: (0216) 342 47 47
Website: kizkulesi.com.tr
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8. Stay in the Room Where Agatha Christie Has Stayed

Stay in room 411 in Pera Palas and take a trip back in time to when Agatha Christie wrote “Murder on the Orient Express”.

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