Top 5 activities for a luxurious trip to Istanbul

Istanbul is a bustling city with something new and exciting for every day of the week.  There are so many options, that it sometimes be overwhelming to choose what to do to make the post out of your time in Istanbul.  These are our top 5 suggestions for the ultimate luxurious vacation to Istanbul exploring new and interesting sites.

1. A Bosphorous cruise is a relaxing way to view the city from both sides of the continent.    Enjoy a dinner cruise or private lunch on one of Plan Tours yachts for a truly luxurious experience.

2. Shop at Lokum and feel as if you are shopping in a store designed to furnish an elegant lady’s personal boudoir.  Items such as a decadent box of dusted confectionary and silk kaftans will make women who walk through the boutique feel like they are in a dream.

3. The Egyptian Bazaar is the best place to find exotic seeds, dried fruits, spices, coffee and almost anything else you could possibly want.  Although most people think of bazaars as a place to find bargains (and those are also definitely to be found here), the Egyptian Bazaar also sells high end luxurious products.

4. Visit SALT, one of the premier galleries in Istanbul.  You should make sure to check out their new series, Modern Essays,   exploring various effects and aspects of light modernization and Turkey’s Westernization process.

5. Leave the city for a day trip to Buyukada. Located only an hour away from Istanbul, you will feel like you are in another world in this quaint and picturesque island.  Highlights of the island include the restaurants and cafes in the main waterfront, clock tower in the town square and hiking through the forest.

Talya Arditi is Editor at The Guide Istanbul.

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  1. Ugur says:

    Hi thank you for sharing those great places in Istanbul to visit. Additional to the list, I would suggest you to visit Kadikoy area at the asian part of the city and you shouldn’t miss to go Nisantasi area, for famous designer stores. By giving a break at famous Beymen Brasserie, for lunch or have a cup off coffee.

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