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Istanbul: how much can I realistically see in a few hours on a Sunday?!

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Hi Everyone,

We have a very brief visit to Istanbul in early October. We'll be staying in Sultanahmet on a Sunday and after an early breakfast, we'll have to leave at the latest by 11:30am (for a 2pm International Flight).

I was wondering how much we could/should realistically see on this schedule.

There are people saying we could squeeze in Blue Mosque (opens at 8:30am), Hagy Sophia and Basilica Cistern.

Is this really doable or will we be running the whole time? (I'd like to avoid having to run.)

Also ideally I'd like to leave some time for browsing for gifts. Many areas are closed on Sunday, but I know Arasta Bazaar is open. I'm also open to other areas to browse interesting stores.

Your advice is greatly appreciated.

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