By now, some of you know and some of you would have guessed that we will be exploring Istanbul next month. On the way to India, we are breaking our journey for a couple of days in this historical city. After a lot of research I’ve come up with this plan and am looking for suggestions to improve it.
Day 1, Wednesday – Our flight lands in Istanbul at 4 pm. Check into the Best Western Premier The Home Suites & Spa, (Küçük Ayasofya Mh., Küçük Ayasofya Cd No:60, 34122 İstanbul, Turkey)
7:30 pm – Attend a Whirling Dervishes performance at the Orient Express Train Station (Sirkeci Event Hall–Istanbul Gar). We need to be there by 6:45 pm. It is a 90 minute performance.
9:30 pm – Dinner Reservations at the Khorasani Restaurant
Day 2, Thursday –
9:00 am to 12:00 pm – Grab a bite at the Pudding Shop, Check out the Hippodrome and the Blue Mosque. Check prayer timings, as mosque is closed for prayers
1:00 pm – Have lunch at the Yerebatan.
2:00 pm to 5:00pm – Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Grand Bazaar
Day 3, Friday –
9:00 am to 5:00 pm – Grab breakfast, Go see the Suleymane Mosque, Topaki Palace and Archeology Museum. Check Friday prayer timings for the mosque
1:00 pm – Grab a bite at Fez Cafe
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Spice Bazaar
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Cross the Galata Bridge and climb up the Galata Tower
Day 4, Saturday
9:00 am to 12:00 pm – Luxuriate in a Hamam. I have heard Ayasofya Hamam is very good and is one of the oldest. Plus it will be close to our hotel. Any other suggestions?
Take the Bosphorus cruise
1:00 pm – Lunch at Çiya Sofrasi
2:00 pm to 4:00pm – Anything that got left out
4:00pm – Check out
7:00 pm – Fly out
A special shout out to Anthea of antheaschronicles for her help with this.
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