Day-tripping from Istanbul
Collected by Leeann Murphy, AFAR Local Expert
So you’re a little time poor to thoroughly explore all of Turkey’s best sites, but here’s a list of some of the best landscapes and ruins in the country, all accessible in a day trip from Istanbul.
Rüstem Paşa Mahallesi, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Get on the Turyol ferry across the Bosphorus for a budget friendly no frills tour offering excellent views of Istanbul. Departing every hour from Eminonu between 10am and 7pm, this simple 1.5 hour round trip cruises along the Asian and European...
Büyükada, 34970 Prince Islands/Istanbul, Turkey
As soon as the ferry pushes away from Kabataş ferry terminal on Istanbul's European side, you can feel the frenetic pace of the city slipping away. Sipping a coffee on the ship's bow, the beautiful scenery and azure Bosphorus waters enchant as the...
Demirtaş Dumlupınar Mahallesi, Fevzi Çakmak Cad./çifte Fırın Sok. Berk İş Hanı, 16245 Osmangazi/Bursa, Turkey
If time permits, definitely check out Bursa, about two hours from Istanbul. It provides a perfect escape! It is much quieter and smaller than the city in which Asia and Europe meet. The old city in particular is peaceful and beautiful; the Green...
Bebek Mh., 34342 Beşiktaş/Istanbul, Turkey
I have long suspected that I'm absolutely useless when it comes to DSLR camera. It died on me, anyway, one fine September morning by the shore of Bebek in Istanbul. This was taken with my aging Bold 3 camera phone. "Bebek" means "baby" in Turkish....
17900 Büyükanafarta Köyü/Eceabat/Çanakkale, Turkey
Pamukkale, 20190 Pamukkale/Denizli, Turkey
Stroll barefoot past the cotton castles of Pamukkale, then wander the ancient ruins of the Hierapolis, before finishing the day soaking your cares and wrinkles away in Cleopatra’s thermal pool. It’s all possible in a long day trip from Istanbul....
17100 Kalafat Köyü/Çanakkale Merkez/Çanakkale, Turkey
The ancient city of Troy was immortalized in Homer's epic Iliad and Wolfgang Petersen’s 2004 Hollywood blockbuster starring Brad Pitt and Eric Bana. Today Troy is a UNESCO World Heritage site that can be reached with a day trip from Istanbul...
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