Hello fellow Pakistanis! It looks to me that you’re planning a trip to Istanbul. Well isn’t that just delightful!

The best service to yourself when travelling to a new place is to list down and build an elaborate itinerary for yourself of all the places you should and you wish to see while you’re there. Most of us have a limited time when on vacation to see an entire city, which makes it all the more necessary to be organized in advance to be as time-efficient and productive during our adventure as possible.

Here is a sample itinerary for a three day visit to Istanbul based on my highly recommended attractions in Istanbul that you can read more about here:

DAY 1:

12:00 – 13:30                Hagia Sophia                      Take Tram to Sultanahmet station if required

Walk through the Sultanahmet Park towards the opposite site

13:45 – 14:30                Blue Mosque                       Walking distance from Hagia Sophia

14:45 – 15:30                Lunch at Sultanahmet         Where and what to eat in a later post

15:45 – 16:30                Eminonu Neighborhood      Take Tram T1 from Sulttanahmet to Sirkeci

Walk by the Eminonu Pier to enjoy Bosphorus and finally stroll across the Galata Bridge

17:30 – 18:30               Galata Neighborhood           Explore the Galata Tower while there

18:45 – 21:00               Istiklaal Avenue                    Walking distance from Galata Neighborhood

Dine, shop and enjoy the nightlife here. Don’t forget to visit the historic Taksim Square while you’re there. Take Tram T1 from Taksim to Sultanahmet if required.

DAY 2:

09:00 – 13:00               Topkapi Palace                      Walking distance from Hagia Sophia

13:30 – 14:30                Lunch Break

14:30 – 15:30                Basilica Cistern                     Walking distance from Topkapi (follow the signs)

15:45 – 16:45               Grand Bazaar                         Walking Distance from Basilica Cistern

17:00 – 17:45               Spice Bazaar                          Walking Distance from Grand Bazaar

Finish the day with dinner, lights and nightlife at Sultanahmet Neighborhood.

DAY 3:

09:00 – 14:00               Princes’ islands                        Take the Ferry from Kabatas stop

Bike around the island and finish off with lunch before heading back

15:00 – 17:00               Suleymaniye Mosque                 Take Tram to Sirkeci and walk uphill

The walk to this mosque is a little tricky and tiring. Follow Google Maps.

Finish the day just relaxing at a nice tavern for dinner and tea.

If you’d like to print out the itinerary to take with you for reference, you can do so with this pdf version here:

Istanbul – 3 Day Itinerary

Read More: Still confused if you should be visiting Istanbul? Here are 10 good reasons for you to go NOW!

For information on visa requirements and do’s and don’ts for Istanbul, read here.

Next step: Budgeting