37 days in Istanbul Itinerary

37 days in Istanbul Itinerary

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Istanbul

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A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Relax by the water at Silivri Sahili and Buyukcekmece Sahili. You'll explore and learn at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Topkapi Palace. Venture out of the city with trips to Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki (in Basiskele), Buyukada Tabiat Parki (in Buyukada) and Delmece Yaylasi (in Cinarcik). Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring nature at Cilingoz Tabiat Parki. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Bosphorus Strait, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul travel tool .

If you are flying in from Sri Lanka, the closest major airports are Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

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Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki, Delmece Yaylasi, Buyukada Tabiat Parki
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
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Topkapi Palace

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