Istanbul is a city in Turkey that has warm culture and welcoming people. Filled with rich history and stunning landscapes, the vibrant city of Istanbul is safe for travelers. This offers plenty of opportunities to do and see for every traveler or visitor. In order to explore a large and bustling city like Istanbul, one has to indulge in great sightseeing activity to witness modern and historic sites that will create some memorable trip experiences.
Let us first discuss about some wonderful sightseeing activity that will offer unique full day Istanbul tour experience:
Witness Active Worship at Suleymaniye Mosque:
This mosque is one of the largest mosques in Istanbul, which was designed by Mimar Sinan in 1550 with caravanserai (roadside inn), seminary, hospital, soup kitchen, and hamam. While visiting this mosque one can witness an active worship and do not forget to show respect by waiting for prayers to end.
Go to Turkish and Islamic Art Museum:
This museum contains one of the best carpet collections in the world as well as displays illuminated scripts, intricate metalwork, ceramics, nomad tents and Ottoman parlor. This Turkish and Islamic Art Museum is closed on Mondays.
Experience a Reflective Authentic Atmosphere:
You can witness traditional whirling dervishes in the oldest lodge in Istanbul that was established in 1491. The followers of Jalal ad-Din Rumi founded in 1273, Mevlevi order of Sufis employs here whirling (sema) as a form of prayer. When the group performs, it creates a reflective and authentic atmosphere.
Get Impressed by Hospitable Shopkeepers:
Grand Bazaar is the last stop on the Silk Road, where one can find labyrinthine market of more than 3,000 shops established in 1461 by Mehmet the Conqueror. Here, you will find more than 50 streets of jewelry, textiles, pottery & glazed tiles, bronze, leather and exclusive carpets. İç Bedestan is the heart of this market, which offers most valuable good for sale. To get good deals, you can request the hospitable shopkeepers to serve Turkish black tea instead of touristy apple tea. Normally the Grand Bazaar remains closed on Sundays.
Now it’s time to talk about things to do on a day trip of Istanbul:
Enjoy Street Photography Walk:
You can improve your camera skills and get an opportunity to capture unique photos of Istanbul by opting for a street photography walk. On this walk you can visit Taksim and Istikal Avenue that offers majestic architecture to be captured in lens.
Opt for Rowing or Sailing:
Important region of Istanbul, the Golden Horn is the best place for enjoying a rowing activity whether you are a beginner or professional. Here one can find experienced and licensed rowing teachers who will provide all equipment including the kayak for indulging in an exhilarating rowing activity on an Istanbul day tour.
In order to enjoy a safe and exciting trip, you can opt for a full day private Istanbul tour from Turkey Tours by Local Guides. This will help in suitably customizing your tour as per the requirement and budget to enjoy a wonderful Istanbul holiday trip. We are professional and licensed tour guides in Turkey who always strive to create a memorable holiday with well planned itineraries for clients.