How to Spend 4 Days in Istanbul - A Perfect 4 Day Istanbul Itinerary Story

By Agne Civilyte


How to Spend 4 Days in Istanbul - A Perfect 4 Day Istanbul Itinerary Story

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to stand on two continents? Do you wonder if you would... Read more

Day 1

Wander around Sultanahmet - The Old Town

Begin your first day of four days in Istanbul itinerary with the adventure of historic Sultanahmet District, which is Istanbul’s... Read more

Day 1 - Stop 1

Have Turkish breakfast at Hafız Mustafa

Established in 1864, Hafiz Mustafa is a famous Turkish patisserie that serves traditional breakfast, cakes, and drinks, including well-known Turkish... Read more

Day 1 - Stop 2

Explore Sultanahmet Square

Named as the "Historic Heart of the Old Sultanahmet", Sultanahmet Square, also known as Hippodrome, is one of the most... Read more

Day 1 - Stop 3

Visit Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, also known as Türk-Islam Eserleri Müzesi, is a museum showcasing objects from the... Read more

Day 1 - Stop 4

Get amazed by The Blue Mosque

Built-in the 17th-century, the Blue Mosque or Sultanahmet Camii is a popular tourist attraction and the most photographed landmark in... Read more

Day 1 - Stop 5

Quick lunch at Mihri Restaurant

Located next to Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam Turkish baths, Mihri Restaurant is a traditional Turkish restaurant serving authentic dishes and... Read more

Day 1 - Stop 6

Enjoy views of breath-taking Hagia Sophia

Built as a Christian Greek Cathedral in the 6th century, then transformed into an Ottoman mosque, Hagia Sophia fascinates everyone... Read more

Day 1 - Stop 7

Basilica Cistern

Istanbul has hundreds of ancient cisterns hidden underground; however, only two of them are accessible to the public. The Basilica... Read more

Day 1 - Stop 8

Get fascinated by Topkapi Palace Museum

Established in the 15th century, Topkapi Palace is probably the most colourful building in Istanbul. For centuries it was used... Read more

Day 1 - Stop 9

Have a fancy dinner at Sarnic Restaurant

Located inside the 1500 years old cistern, Sarnic Restaurant offers its customers a unique dining experience. The restaurant's interior is... Read more

Day 2

From the Romans to the Ottoman Empire and Back

On your second day of this 4-day trip to Istanbul, you will move away from the Old Town and explore... Read more

Day 2 - Stop 1

Visit Spice Bazaar

Situated in Eminonu quarter near the Galata Bridge, Spice Bazaar is one of the city's biggest market. It is also... Read more

Day 2 - Stop 2

Get lost in the Grand Bazaar

One of the largest covered markets in the world, the Grand Bazaar, also known as Kapali Carsi, is a popular... Read more

Day 2 - Stop 3

Try Turkish bath at Historical Vezneciler Bath

Established in 1481 by the Sultan Beyazid II, Historical Vezneciler Bath is a Turkish bathhouse where you can relax and... Read more

Day 2 - Stop 4

Stop by Valens Aqueduct

Completed in the 4th century, Valens Aqueduct is a fascinating place to see in Istanbul during a 4-day visit. It... Read more

Day 2 - Stop 5

Have lunch at Şehzade Cağ Kebap

Every Istanbul travel guide has to include at least one kebab restaurant, and my one is not an exception. Before... Read more

Day 2 - Stop 6

Visit Rüstem Pasha Mosque

Situated in Hasırcılar Çarşısı (Strawmat Weavers Market) in the Fatih district near Golden Horn, Rüstem Pasha Mosque, also known as... Read more

Day 2 - Stop 7

Look at breath-taking Süleymaniye Mosque

Süleymaniye Mosque is a landmark that you can't miss during your Istanbul visit. It is an amazing building that you... Read more

Day 3

Follow the Strait of Two Continents

The third day of your 4 day trip to Istanbul is going to be all about visiting modern landmarks of... Read more

Day 3 - Stop 1

Have refreshing breakfast at Dolmabahce Cafe

The first stop of your day is to a simple river beach cafe located near Dolmabahce Palace. The Dolmabahce Cafe... Read more

Day 3 - Stop 2

Visit Dolmabahçe Palace

Located in the Besiktas district of European coast of the Strait of Istanbul, Dolmabahçe Palace is a massive building decorated... Read more

Day 3 - Stop 3

Explore the National Palaces Painting Museum

Situated inside the Crown Prince's chambers in Dolmabahçe Palace, National Palaces Painting Museum is home to the collection of paintings... Read more

Day 3 - Stop 4

Enjoy views of Ortaköy Mosque

Ortaköy Mosque, also known as Büyük Mecidiye Mosque, is another sight that you can't skip during your 4 days in... Read more

Day 3 - Stop 5

Have a coffee break at My Black Cafe

My Black Cafe is a lovely chic restaurant located near the Bosphorus Bridge and showcasing spectacular views over the river.... Read more

Day 3 - Stop 6

Views from the Bosphorus Bridge

Bosphorus Bridge, also known as 15 July Martyrs Bridge, is one of two Istanbul's bridges that connects Europe to Asia.... Read more

Day 3 - Stop 7

Go on a Bosphorus Cruise

Bosphorus River Cruise has to be included in everyone's what to do in 4 days in Istanbul list. The cruise... Read more

Day 4

The best views of Istanbul

On the last day of this Istanbul itinerary, you are going to forget about learning the city's history and customs.... Read more

Day 4 - Stop 1

Wander around Beylerbeyi Palace

Located on Asia's shore of Bosphorus River, Beylerbeyi Palace was a summer residence for sultans. Today, it is a grandeur... Read more

Day 4 - Stop 2

Explore Uskudar Nakkastepe Millet Bahcesi

Uskudar Nakkastepe Millet Bahcesi is one of the biggest parks of Istanbul (on Asia's part). It is the most famous... Read more

Day 4 - Stop 3

Taste authentic Turkish seafood meals at Ismet Baba Restaurant

This itinerary for Istanbul can't be completed without Ismet Baba Restaurant. The restaurant is situated next to the river in... Read more

Day 4 - Stop 4

Discover Icediye Caddesi

From Ismet Baba Restaurant follow the main street named Icediye Caddesi. The leafy main street of Kuzguncuk district is filled... Read more

Day 4 - Stop 5

Watch the sunset from Çamlıca Hill

The last stop of your 4 days in Istanbul guide is Çamlıca Hill - one of the highest points of... Read more


In Summary

This 4 days in Istanbul itinerary has covered Istanbul's main and undiscovered landmarks that you can't miss while visiting the... Read more