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Istanbul

For centuries described as the heady meeting between East and West, Istanbul has served as the capital of three of the greatest empires in Western history and is on the legendary gateway between Europe and Asia. These days, the city is on the thrilling edge of age-old tradition and modernity.

The Turkish Government has announced the resumption of limited visa services for U.S. citizens, who may request in-person appointments for visas at Turkish embassies and consulates in the U.S. and abroad. U.S. citizens are no longer eligible to apply for an electronic visa, and most upon-arrival airport visa services remain suspended. In-person visa appointments can be arranged online, and applications generally require 7-10 days for approval. The U.S. Department of State maintains its travel warning against Turkey as of September, 2017.

  • Perfect for
    Adventurers | Art Lovers | Families | Foodies | Intellectuals
  • When to go
    March-May | September-November
  • Ideal length of stay
    3-5 Nights

Designing Your Journey

Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.

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    Essential Istanbul

    The ancient crossroads between Eastern and Western culture is best explored with an itinerary that features insider access. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.

    • Day 1-2: Historical Istanbul

      After centuries as the most coveted city in the world—due to its profitable trade location between the East and the West—Istanbul, previously known as Constantinople and Byzantium, is rich in both Christian and Islamic culture. Spend your first few days touring the winding streets of the city with an expert guide who can share the history and the secrets of such iconic sites as the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace and more.

    • Day 3-4: Markets and Shopping

      After your busy program of sightseeing, enjoy some time to explore the treasures and tastes that this cultural melting pot has to offer. No visit to Istanbul is complete without a guided tour of the Grand Bazaar, a shadowy trove full of spices, trinkets, silk rugs and more. You can also visit the best neighborhoods for boutiques and high-end shops. In the evenings, enjoy cocktails with a view at your hotel before dinner at an Indagare-recommended restaurant.

    • Day 5: Bosphorus Cruise

      After breakfast, enjoy a guided visit to one of the city’s many impressive art or history museums. Alternatively, you can choose to visit a rug showroom for a weaving demonstration and exclusive shopping experience. In the afternoon, experience a private boat tour down the legendary Bosphorus River. You will be able to take in the beautiful chalets that line the river and breath-taking views of historical sites like the minarets silhouetted by sunset.

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Indagare's Eliza Harris
"There is nothing subtle about Istanbul. It is high drama, regal and over-the-top—and from a cultural and historical perspective, as mind blowing as one’s first visit to Rome or Paris. It is simply unmissable, even in the off season, even in November."

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