Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

Is it worth it to travel to Istanbul for only 2 days and 3 nights?

Is it worth it to travel to Istanbul for only 2 days and 3 nights?

Dec 10th, 2010, 02:15 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 1
Is it worth it to travel to Istanbul for only 2 days and 3 nights?

What's the best thing to do in that time? This may be my last chance to get there for a long time, but it will be for a very brief visit. Is it worth it or should I wait (maybe many years) to go for a longer stay?
Serenade is offline  
Dec 10th, 2010, 03:03 AM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 12,269
I have done several brief visits

and have had a wonderful time

the culture and history there AMAZING

Usually stay at Ottoman Hotel Park
Kadirga Liman Cad. No:85 Sultanahmet, Beyazit, Istanbul
Situated in the heart of Istanbul's historic district a great boutique offers unique rooms with views of the Marmara Sea, Sultanahmet and Kadirga Park.

Great values on www.booking.com now...

So for me more time would be better but go for it,
qwovadis is offline  
Dec 10th, 2010, 03:14 AM
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 34,123
Go, for sure. If you are at all interested in museums the Topkapi would be a must as well as either the Grand Bazaar the Spice Bazaar or both not to mention the various mosques.
Dukey1 is offline  
Dec 10th, 2010, 03:21 AM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 1,588
Absolutely...plenty of my friends have done it as a long weekend!
alihutch is offline  
Dec 10th, 2010, 07:13 AM
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 7,525
If you are staying in the Sultanahmet area, you are easy walking distance to a lot of the sights: Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Cistern, Topkapi, and Archeological museum. Bit further is Grand Bazaar.

So you could easily fill up a couple of days without having to move about much. We saw all of the above except for Topkaki.

Wondering if there is time in there for a Bosphorus cruise
Michel_Paris is offline  
Dec 10th, 2010, 07:14 AM
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 4,063
We did Istanbul at the end of a cruise and stayed two nights. The Blue Mosque does not take too long to see, the Topkapi Palace takes several hours and was great. We also saw the Cistern (this also does not take long and is quite unique) and the Hagi Sophia. I was surprised that it was the Hagi Sophia that enchatned me the least. Sure there is so much more to see and do than these sights but you might as well go for it. The one thing I WISH we had done but did not have time for was Bosphorus cruise. Istanbul is such an amazing port city - watching the water traffic was amazing.
suec1 is offline  
Dec 10th, 2010, 07:26 AM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 356
I would say,"go for it"!! If you stay in the Sultanahmet area you can visit many of the "must sees" and it will also depend on how early you start your day and if you are willing to do a couple long days. You might consider doing a city tour (we did the hop on hop off and thought it was great). In a half day you can see a lot of the city and then choose which places you want to return to and spend more time at.
Snowflake25 is offline  
Dec 11th, 2010, 07:49 AM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 25
waiting does not sound good

and you can do lots of things in 2 day
spend whole day historict district (sultanahmet area)
I did not even talk about night life
just make a good day plan
u wont regret
enjoy well

I generally suggest http://www.istanbulcityhotels.com to my friends who visit istanbul
look at site to compare prices.
emeritus is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 03:51 PM.