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Emma Balmforth
Trek Leader

Three Days in Old Town Istanbul

3 Days, 10 Places, 20.6 Miles
1.5k Views
Turkey
Jun 24 - Jun 26
Adventure

Description

Istanbul is a city filled with everything a traveller could possibly desire: history, culture, deep traditions, delicious foods, and some of the most stunning sites. A trip to the Old Town, known as Sultanahmet, will take you on a trek through the past; back to a time when religion ruled the world, bartering meant more than money, and bright colours and details beckon. With some of the most fantastic wonders found along the cobbled streets, it is possible to get completely lost in the beauty of Old Istanbul. Although just a small section of the city lies within these winding streets, many of the most spectacular, and often hidden, sights can be found here.

Spend day 1 exploring the Sultanahmet area, entering some of... Read More
Istanbul is a city filled with everything a traveller could possibly desire: history, culture, deep traditions, delicious foods, and some of the most stunning sites. A trip to the Old Town, known as Sultanahmet, will take you on a trek through the past; back to a time when religion ruled the world, bartering meant more than money, and bright colours and details beckon. With some of the most fantastic wonders found along the cobbled streets, it is possible to get completely lost in the beauty of Old Istanbul. Although just a small section of the city lies within these winding streets, many of the most spectacular, and often hidden, sights can be found here.

Spend day 1 exploring the Sultanahmet area, entering some of the cities most impressive mosques turned museums. People watch by the beautiful fountain and sip on some traditional Turkish tea, known as Cay. Take a walk back in time across a shaky boardwalk under the cobbled streets of Istanbul to come face to face with Medusa. Try some of the delicious home made cafes and remember to save room for dessert!

Spend day 2 getting lost in the tiny alleyways of the Grand Bazaar and explore the nearby mosques. Try your hand at bartering for beautiful ceramic bowls, rugs, and delicious snacks. Take a walk along the tram line, or hop on the tram, and spend the afternoon wandering through the Istanbul Archeological Museums, browsing through a collection of history and artefacts from all of the greatest civilizations that once surrounded the lands of Turkey.

Spend day 3 wandering the massive grounds of the old Topkapi Palace and take in the views of the Bosporous and Golden Horn Rivers from the stunning Gulhane Gardens surrounding the palace. Stop by the haram and envision what the past once looked like for the great sultans of Istanbul. Visit the most famous hamam in the city and relax and unwind after your busy three day adventure!

Istanbul is a wonderful but chaotic city. Having a helping hand by using this trek will ensure you spend your three days wisely in the oldest and most magical part of the city!

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