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Two days in Istanbul will allow you to see some of the city’s most famous landmarks and get a taste of its unique blend of cultures, but it won’t be enough to fully explore all that this expansive and richly layered city has to offer. Istanbul is a city of contrasts, where East meets West, and ancient history coexists with modern life. It offers a variety of experiences that can cater to diverse interests, such as history, art, food, and shopping.

With just 48 hours in Turkey, you’ll need to focus on one or two destinations to make the most of your limited time.

We suggested some itineraries below.

Exploring Istanbul on your own can be a rewarding experience, offering you the flexibility to enjoy the city’s diverse attractions at your own pace. Our whole website is dedicated to recommendations on how you can navigate and experience Istanbul and Turkey independently.

Istanbul's highlights

Explore the fantastic historical landmarks of the city.

Suleiman Mosque
By the renowned Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, completed in 1557
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Blue Mosque
Balat & Fener
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Hagia Sophia
Maiden's Tower
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Basilica Cistern
Princes’ Islands
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The Sultanahmet Power Tour


Beyoğlu and Kadıköy Exploration

For Dinner

  • Çiya: In Kadıköy, this place is a must-visit for food lovers.

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