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Things To Do In Istanbul For A Fun-Filled Turkey Holiday

By Preetha Manivelan - September 16, 2020
Istanbul

Turkey is one of the top destinations to visit from the United Arab Emirates. With its top attractions, breathtaking architectural buildings, exciting nightlife, delicious local cuisines, worth-taking cruises, why wouldn’t one want to visit such a destination like Turkey? This country is home to many amazing cities like Izmir, Antalya, Pamukkale, Cappadocia, Istanbul and many more. Among all the cities in Turkey, Istanbul is the most beautiful and the most famous city. But, why? Curious to know? Then, check out this list of top 10 things to do in Istanbul.

Also read: Turkey visa guide – Everything to know about Turkey visa requirements for UAE residents

Istanbul
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Things to do in Istanbul

Why is there so much hype behind a Turkey holiday, especially if it includes Istanbul? These 10 things in Istanbul would surely give you a hint and tell you why it is worth experiencing. Find below the most fun things to do in Istanbul.

  1. Nightlife in Istanbul
  2. Day trips from Istanbul
  3. Tasting Turkish cuisines
  4. Sightseeing in Istanbul
  5. Cruising through the city
  6. Hot air ballooning
  7. Shopping in Istanbul
  8. Visit beaches in Istanbul
  9. Hop on the Tunel
  10. Visit the must-see museums in Istanbul

1. Nightlife in Istanbul

Turkey is known for its exciting nightlife with a large number of nightclubs. You will never feel bored around a group of friendly people, grabbing a drink and dancing to the rhythm of music, right? That’s exactly how you will spend your nights here in the nightclubs in Istanbul. Some of the best night clubs that you must try visiting are Sortie, Babylon Bomonti, Cahide Muzikhol and many others. Enjoying the nightlife here is one of the exciting things to do in Istanbul.

2. Day trips from Istanbul

Not just Istanbul has many places to visit within itself, it equally has many places to visit around. There are many suppliers with several day trips, out of which a day trip to Princess Island is very famous. You can opt for a horse carriage if you want. Princess Island is an archipelago of islands which is located outside the city but not too far for a day trip. It is such a calm and soul-soothing place to visit so never miss taking this day trip.

3. Tasting Turkish cuisines

Any places you go, tasting the local cuisines of that place is anyone’s favourite thing, right? Though we may crave for home food in a foreign land, trying out their famous food never goes off the list. So, after spending a whole day of sightseeing, take some time to stop by a restaurant or a stall and taste the best of cuisines in Istanbul.

4. Sightseeing in Istanbul

Sightseeing in Istanbul is one of the best things that you can do. The city is filled with many attractions like museums, mosques, markets, palaces and many others. With such amazing things that were built with stunning architecture, don’t you think how exciting it would be to go sightseeing in Istanbul? Some of the famous places you can visit are Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya and many others.

The Blue Mosque
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5. Cruising through the city

Taking a boat and cruising through such a beautiful city like Istanbul is a real treat. There are many cruises like Sunset cruise, Bosphorous cruise and even many other types too. Among all the cruises in the city, Bosphorous cruise is the most famous and the most loved. While on the boat, you can enjoy dinner, music and some amazing views of the city, both European and Asian shores of the waterway with some iconic attractions around.

Cruise
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6. Hot air ballooning

A trip to Turkey without hot air ballooning is never a complete trip. It is one of the beautiful things to do in Istanbul. You can also do hot air ballooning in Cappodocia. But the views that you get here in Istanbul is way more different and special. While taking a view of the city by walking along the roads, cruising through waters or taking a hop-on hop-off bus, are famous, taking a beautiful view of the city while flying high has a beauty of its own. They are many suppliers who offer hot air balloon rides and the best time to take one would the sunrise time.

Hot air balloon
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7. Shopping in Istanbul

Apart from the memories, don’t you want something to take back home? See, shopping is an important part of any trip, right? If yes, then Istanbul is no less. There are many places where you can go shopping such as Grand Bazaar, Jennifer’s Hamam, Tribal Art Home and many more. There, you can buy souvenirs, Turkish lamps, ornaments, Turkish spices and, especially its tea powder.

Shopping in Istanbul
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8. Visit beaches in Istanbul

Beaches are one good place for relaxing and throwing all your stress away. And here, we have so many long and short-stretching beaches which are absolutely beautiful and you never feel like leaving. While you are there, spend some time on the beach which is one of the best things to do in Istanbul. The top beaches that you can visit are Uzunya Beach, Burc Beach, Golden Beach, True Blue Beach and many more.

9. Hop on the Tunel

Hopping on the Tunel is one of the fun things to do in Istanbul. It is said to be the world’s second underground train in the entire world. As you could see in the image, it is a funicular that was opened in 1875 for commute between Karakoy and Tunel Square and is still operating. Try out this fun ride!

Tunel
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10. Visit the must-see museums in Istanbul

You can’t easily count the number of museums in Istanbul. There are so many museums such as Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia Museum, Basilica Cistern and many more. You may be a person who likes ancient artefacts or find sculptures interesting, the museums here have everything for you. Visit and know some history about this amazing city and everything behind its beauty.

Museum in Istanbul
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Awesome, isn’t it? It will almost be impossible for you to look at these places and experience these things and not get stunned because that amazing they are. A trip to Turkey is a trip that you will cherish for a lifetime. Now that we know you love Turkey and wanting to visit it to experience these amazing things to do in Istanbul for real, we will help you plan a trip to Turkey from the UAE. Head out to the Pickyourtrail website and check out for some cool Turkey packages. You can even customize the package if you would like. If you need any assistance, leave a Whatsapp inquiry and one of our travel experts would connect with you.

Happy exploring!

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