1. Topkapi Palace

Discover the history of the Ottoman Empire with a visit to Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. Take the time to visit the Archeological Museum, before exploring the rest of the palace grounds.

2. Hagia Sophia

Go and see one of world’s most unique historic buildings with a visit to Hagia Sophia, which was built in the 6th century as a church and later converted to a mosque in 1453.

3. Grand Bazaar

Get lost in the maze of alleyways at Istanbul’s famous market, the colourful Grand Bazaar. Bustling and often chaotic, your senses will be overwhelmed by sights and sounds.
Galata Tower

4. Bosphorus Cruise

Explore the clear blue waters around the Istanbul coastline with a cruise on the Bosphorus. Set aside a morning or afternoon and prepare for an adventure you’ll never forget.

5. Basilica Cistern

Originally built in 532 to service the Great Palace, the Basilica Cistern was forgotten for more than 1,000 years, but today is one of the city’s most popular and interesting attractions.

A meeting point between eastern and western cultures, Istanbul is a sprawling, vibrant and endlessly exciting capital. From sensory overload at the Grand Bazaar to striking architecture at the Hagia Sofia, here are the sights you shouldn’t miss on your visit to Turkey’s biggest and brightest city.