Istanbul (Topkapi Palace, Archaeological Museum, Bazaars and Prince’s Islands)

Archaeology Museums (Arkeoloji Müzeleri): Open daily between 09.00 and 17.00 (no entrance after 16.00). Closed on Monday.
Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi): This must be one of the most sought after tourist attractions in Istanbul. Open daily between 09.00 and 17.00. Closed on Tuesdays. A must see.
Harem (Harem): The Harem in Topkapi Palace (Will get to this down in Palaces) is a must-see feature and is certainly worth the extra money. It is the private area of the Sultan and his sons. Open daily, but closed on Tuesdays. On the first day of religious holidays, the museum is closed until 12.00. Tours start every half hour from 09.30 onwards until 15.45. To visit the Harem, you have no option but to take a guided tour.

Unfortunately, most of the Topkapi Palace was not photographed due to restrictions on photography in certain areas of the palace.

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Egyptian or Spice Bazaar (Misir Çarsisi): This is the place to be to lay in a fresh supply of spices, nuts, honeycomb, Turkish delight, dried figs, caviar and mature hard Turkish cheese. Even if you are not there for this, it is a nice experience to walk through it. It’s a nice, small, cozy and very traditional market. It is open daily from 08.00 till 19:00. Closed on Sundays.

Grand Bazaar (Kapali Çarsi): This is the world’s oldest and largest covered market! Any visit to Istanbul is not complete without going through this. You can get good bargains if you know how to haggle with the shopkeepers. This holds more than 4,000 shops! It is open daily between 08.30 and 19.00. Closed on Sundays. Tonnes of cute necklaces, rings, etc, pashimina scarves, tea cups, and Turkish apple tea.

The Princes’ Islands, Istanbul’s Biggest Car-Free Zone. A must visit, there are guided tours that take you from the hotel, across with a ferry to spend the day there and back.

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