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How to travel with Big Bus?

Big Bus Tours offers sightseeing tours in Istanbul by open-top double-decker bus. Commentary is provided in a choice of languages. You may hop on and off at any stop to visit attractions and places of interest. You can discover all city in limited time with Big Bus.

 

How to travel Istanbul in 2 days with Big Bus?

Istanbul is one of the most special cities in the World and it entertains most of tourists from all countries because of its historical and geographical structure. As you know, there is a feature of Istanbul that is the only city on two continents, one arm reaching out to Asia, the other to Europe. This feature makes Istanbul unique. In the same time, there is a special city in terms of fashion, history, art and architectual. Istanbul is huge but you will wander Istanbul in 2 days with us! We compile the article of 2 days in Istanbul for you travelers

Staying in the center of the city will be advantage for you because we will discover that massive city in 2 days!

In this city, there are lots of historical buildings and places so we have limited time to visiting broadly Istanbul. With this effective plan you will complete our trip in 2 days.

 

Day1

After a delicious Turkish breakfast with magnificent Hagia Sophia view from Mirage Lounge, you can take the Big Bus to discover all around the city. Big Bus stop is 5 minutes to walk from Mirage Lounge

You can follow step by step these places, these following stops are adapted with Big Bus’s stops (to get 2 days Big Bus Ticket, click here)

Istanbul hosted by many civilizations across the centuries. It has land both Europe and Asia. To learn and feel history of Europe and Middle East, you must visit at least these 15 historical places. In the beginning we recommend you to visit Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. These places are Istanbul's most famous landmarks, you will be admired!

Big Bus Stop : Sultanahmet Square

Big Bus Stop : Sultanahmet Square

Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque will take your approximately 2 hours and then you can head out to visit Topkapı Palace. As a matter fact that; there is one of crucial structures all over the country. In the past, there was the residence of the Ottoman Sultans additively a feature of Topkapi Palace is splendent architecture. It takes 1.5 hours

Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace

You can go Grand Bazaar for shopping, it takes 1.5 hours (next to Big Bus stop of Sultanahmet Square). Later on, you should travel certainly Basilica Cistern at least between 30-50 minutes. You can visit Medusa’s head in Basilica Cistern. According to the legend, Medusa is one of the three Gorgonas, the female monster of the underworld in Greek mythology. Head of Carnica Medusa is in there (next to Big Bus stop of Sultanahmet Square).

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You should taste historical restaurant, Sultanahmet meatball in ‘Sultanahmet Koftecisi’ at noon. It takes 1 hour and then walking in Gulhane Park during 45 minutes will be a good idea after lunch time. (next to Big Bus stop of Sultanahmet Square), according to a research of Istanbul Kultur University, ‘Sultanahmet Koftecisi’ is the 48th oldest company in addition to that, it is the one of the most imitated brands of Turkey.

Afternoon, we suggest you should see Is Bankasi Museum and it takes 45 minutes (next to Big Bus stop of Eminonu –Galata Bridge). Thereupon, you can go to Beylerbeyi Palace in Asian Continent. You should watch this peaceful landscape! It takes 1.5 hours

Big Bus Stop: Beylerbeyi Palace

Big Bus Stop: Beylerbeyi Palace

You should visit Egyptian Spice Bazaar and if you like shopping, you’ll fall in love with this place! (close to Big Bus stop of Egyptian Spice Bazaar). At the end of the first day, we strongly suggest an unforgettable Turkish Night in Dinner Cruise that will make you feel culture and tradition of Turkey (To acquire Dinner Cruise tour, click here).

Dinner Cruise leaves at 20.00 in front of Naval Museum Besiktas. Dinner Cruise has Turkish belly dancers, Turkish mezes and Whirling-Dervish Show, Authentic Turkish Traditional folk dancers and The Harem Show.

 

Day 2

How about start the last day with a delicious breakfast? You might have breakfast in ‘Dolmabahce Saat Kulesi Kafeterya’ and it takes 45 minutes (close to Big Bus stop of Dolmabahce Palace). Make no bones about our suggest because you will love the breakfast at this place.

You can visit Dolmabahce Palace (1 hour), this place’s importance can not be measurable because of founder Repuclic of Turkey; Mustafa Kemal Ataturk died in this place at 9:05 on November 10, 1938. Later on it was converted into a museum in 1952. As a matter of course this place trigger certain emotions of turkish people.

Big Bus Stop : Dolmabahce Palace

Big Bus Stop : Dolmabahce Palace

Now, it‘s time to visit Naval Museum!

The Naval Museum is the most eminent naval museum in Turkey. In terms of the richness of its collections, it is one of the prominent museums in the world and it takes 30 minutes (close to Big Bus stop of Naval Museum). After visiting Naval Museum, you should walk on ‘Istiklal Street’ and discover Taksim and it‘s alleys. If you want to buy some gifts for your loved ones, you can find some gift shops along the street. It takes 1.5 hours (close to Big Bus stop of Taksim Square).

Now, we are hungry. How about you?

If your choice is traditional food, Bahcivan or Haci Abdullah Lokantasi are in Taksim will be good ideas but if you prefer World cuisine, we can suggest 360 Istanbul with a great panaromic Istanbul view. It takes 1.5 hours (close to Big Bus stop of Taksim Square). After lunch, you should see St. Antoine Church and Hagia Triada Greek Orthodox Church in Taksim. St. Antonie Church was built in 1725, it is an imposing red brick building. Hagia Triada Greek Orthodox Church was constructed in 1880 and is contemplated the largest Greek Orthodox shrine in Istanbul today. It is still in use by the Greek community of Istanbul. It has about 150 parishioners.

It takes 50 minutes (close to Big Bus stop of Taksim Square). Istanbul Modern museum and Pera Museum are impressive museums those take 50 minutes (close to Big Bus stop of Shishane-Istanbul Modern). After all you should climb the Galata Tower and watch adorable city panorama. It is one of the most important place of the Istanbul(1 hour).

You can walk on Karakoy. These streets are popular in recent years for taking photos (it takes 1 hour and next to Big Bus stop of Shishane-Istanbul Modern). For dinner you should go Karakoy Mukellef, this is the one of the best Turkish chief’s restaurant. It takes 1.5 hours (close to Big Bus stop of Shishane-Istanbul Modern). After dinner you can try Baklava in Karakoy Gulluoglu. This place is the one of the best places for eating baklava in Istanbul. It takes 30 minutes (close to Big Bus stop of Shishane-Istanbul Modern).

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