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Lonely Planet Experiences Private Istanbul Tour: Picnic On Two Continents

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Picnic On Two Continents

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Tours & Sightseeing

Istanbul Day Tour of Sultanahmet: Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia

Starting at$90

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Cultural & Theme Tours

Best of Istanbul: 1, 2, or 3-Day Private Guided Tour

Starting at$150

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Shore Excursions

Istanbul Shore Excursion: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Starting at$90

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Private & Custom Tours

Istanbul 1-Day Private Tour: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia

Starting at$134

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Cultural & Theme Tours

Istanbul to Gallipoli Day Trip with Transfers and Lunch

Starting at$102

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Tours & Sightseeing

Istanbul Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off One Day Sightseeing Tour

Starting at$52

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Multi-day adventures

Lonely Planet Experience

Gallipoli Pilgrimage Upgraded

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Lonely Planet Experience

Discover Georgia & Turkey

Starting at$3,445

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Lonely Planet Experience

Turkey Uncovered

Starting at$1,130

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Lonely Planet Experience

Turkey Explored

Starting at$1,575

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Lonely Planet Experience

Turkey Backroads

Starting at$490

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Lonely Planet Experience

Discover Classic Turkey & Northern Cyprus

Starting at$2,670

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Lonely Planet Experience

Highlights of Turkey & the Greek Islands

Starting at$3,755

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Multi-day & Extended Tours

Istanbul to Troy, Gallipoli, and ANZAC Battlefield 2-Day Tour

Starting at$240

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The best shops you can only find in Istanbul

4 min readPublished Mar 27, 2020

From high-end boutiques to locally crafted home-good stores, Istanbul's shopping scene is brimming with some truly unique spots.

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Local's guide to Istanbul

4 min readPublished Mar 23, 2020

Get to know Istanbul from a local's perspective, from where to find cheap eats to the best place to relax in a city filled with 15 million people.

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Best day trips from Istanbul

7 min readPublished Mar 20, 2020

A day trip to Istanbul’s nearby beaches, forests and sleepier towns around the Marmara and Black Seas are a welcome break from the concrete jungle.

The Princes' Islands are a short ferry ride from Istanbul © Salvator Barki / Getty Images
Travel on a budget

Top 20 free things to do in Istanbul

5 min readPublished Mar 18, 2020

From mosques to art galleries, monuments to markets here's a list of the best free attractions to enjoy in Istanbul.

All Ottoman-era mosques in Istanbul are free to visit © Mitzo / Shutterstock
Shopping

A guide to shopping in Istanbul

5 min readPublished Dec 10, 2019

Istanbul has always lured traders and shoppers. Here's our guide to shopping in this dazzling city, from the Grand Bazaar to the boutiques of Nişantaşı.

İstiklal Caddesi is the place for high-street fashion in Istanbul © eFesenko / Shutterstock