The answer to this question is of course up to you. For how many days are you coming to visit Istanbul? What kind of trips do you like most? History, art, nature, nightlife etc. But it is useful to allocate at least 3 days for your Istanbul trip.

I have great news for you! Every time you come to Istanbul, you can see different places. Because this city is really big and has fascinating beauties…

Your travel list may vary according to your budget and interests. If you want to create your own travel plan, you can contact me.


I can plan the places that a person who comes to Istanbul for the first time should see in 3 days.

First Day

The most striking feature of Istanbul’s history is that it was the capital of three universal empires such as the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires.

Surrounded by the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus, and the Sea of Marmara, the Historic Peninsula should be your first travel destination, as it is the place where the city of Istanbul was first established. While visiting places such as Topkapi, Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet, and the Grand Bazaar here, the historical peninsula will enchant you. After admiring the architectural wonders of the most famous Hagia Sophia and Sultanahmet, the cisterns are definitely worth a visit.

Second Day

Golden Horn, one of the most important trade centers of old Istanbul, is a place worthy of the second day of your trip.

The shores of the Golden Horn, one of the popular regions of the Historic Peninsula, have this name because of their long and narrow, horn-shaped geographical structure. The shores of the Golden Horn, where the water turns golden at sunset, are surrounded by beautiful parks and walking areas.

“Fener”, an old Greek district, and “Balat”, an old Jewish district right next to it, have a rich historical heritage.

Afterward, you can relieve the tiredness of the day with a drink something in the cafe named after the French writer Pierre Loti, which is the best area to watch the famous panorama of the Golden Horn.

Third Day

A trip would not be complete without visiting Istanbul’s famous Istiklal Street and the legendary Galata Tower. You can see many churches in the Taksim area and to go up to the Galata tower and watch the magnificent view of Istanbul at sunset is priceless…

Are you curious about the Asian side of Istanbul, which is built on two continents? Then, on your third day, immerse yourself in the peace of the Asian side. Istanbul’s Kadıköy district, which houses many mansions, is famous for its fish market. Of course, a city with such a Bosphorus must also have a nice fish market  Don’t forget to take photos that will leave you wonderful memories until your next trip to Istanbul!