Istanbul Itinerary 2 Days

Things to See in Istanbul in 2 days

If you are looking for the best things to see in Istanbul in 2 days, these are the attractions you must include in your Istanbul itinerary for 2 days. Explore further to plan a perfect trip of 2 days in Istanbul.

This Plan is Good for You if You Are:

  • Visiting Istanbul for the first time and have 2 days in hand
  • Looking for places to visit in 2 days in Istanbul
  • Staying in Istanbul and wondering how to spend 2 days in Istanbul with family and kids
  • Backpacker planning to spend 48 hours in Istanbul
  • Want to create Istanbul itinerary on your own
  • Planning weekend vacation of 2 days in Istanbul

Recommended Itineraries for Spending 2 Days

Recent Itineraries for 2 Days in Istanbul

Here are the recent itineraries by tourists who have visited Istanbul. Stop wondering what to do for 2 days in Istanbul as these trip plans will help you decide easily. Select any of the customised itineraries and modify it according to your preference to have a great weekend in Istanbul.

2 Days in Istanbul - Perfect Weekend Guide

Ruled by multiple empires, Istanbul is one place rich in history and diverse in culture. Packed with architectural achievements that would awe the connoisseurs of architecture, it is also a place for the foodies, presenting mouth-watering cuisines that are dipped in flavors. If you are planning to spend a weekend in this city, then be ready to have a roller coaster ride, since 48 hours in Istanbul would prove to be too limited to thoroughly explore the place. However, here is an ideal itinerary which would help you in covering all the prominent attractions that are a must-visit in Istanbul.

How to spend 2 days in Istanbul?

Day 1 In Istanbul

Have a fulfilling Turkish breakfast and set out towards the Topkapı Palace. This monument, exhibiting the Ottoman style of architecture, makes for a spectacular sight to behold. Since the palace gets too crowded in the later hours, it would be wise to arrive here early. Then head towards the Blue Mosque. This historic structure is a prime tourist place in Istanbul. Your next stop should be the peaceful basilica in Istanbul called Hagia Sophia. Step into this place and bask in the tranquility offered here. Have a quick lunch and head towards Hippodrome Square which has a number of attractions in itself. Here, you will get to see the Egyptian Obelisk from the 4th century AD, Basilica Cistern, Serpentine Column from 479 BC, and German Fountain of Emperor Wilhelm II. End your first day by shopping at the Grand Bazaar. Right from leather bags to clothes, you will find it all here.

Day 2 In Istanbul

Let half of your next day in Istanbul be spent on a bus tour. There are many tours offered in the city. These tours take you to the most beautiful places in Istanbul while letting you rest at regular intervals. In the latter half of the day head towards Taksin district. This buzzing place is packed with stores, restaurants, and galleries. You will also get to see many historical monuments in Taksim. A few of them include St. Antoine Church, Embassy Buildings, and Galata Tower. One must not miss visiting the Pera Museum when in Taksim. To end your 2 days in Istanbul on a fun note, visit the Giyçek Studio. Here you can get your picture clicked wearing an Ottoman-era costume. Then have dinner at one of the finest dining restaurants in Istanbul.

Keep this Istanbul itinerary of 2 days and be ready to have a great time exploring the diverse historical city.

Tours and Activities in Istanbul for 2 Days

Booking tours and tickets for popular attractions saves a lot of your time spent in a queue. Below are some of the tours and tickets recommended for 2 days in Istanbul

Best Hotels in Istanbul for 2 Day Trip

These are some of the hotels added in the past by our travelers to their Istanbul itinerary 2 days. Check out the hotels that suit you and add them to your trip plan.

With Less Days in Hand

With limited time in hand, explore our travel ideas for 1 day in Istanbul. During a short day trip you may visit the important attractions in Istanbul.

With More Days in Hand

With more than 2 days in hand, you can comfortably spend more time at famous attractions in Istanbul. Plan lunch or dinner at the best restaurants, enjoy night-outs, indulge in adventure activites. Explore 3 days and 4 days trip ideas for Istanbul.

What Next?

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