Best Honeymoon in Istanbul Turkey - Things to do in Istanbul Turkey

Our second destination for our honeymoon was Istanbul, Turkey. We had landed at Dubai Airport from Seychelles around 11 AM and our next connecting flight to Istanbul was at 2:30 PM. We reached Istanbul around 6 PM.

All ready for our Flight to Istanbul, Turkey

At that time, the new Istanbul Airport was still under construction. The Istanbul Ataturk Airport was heavily crowded. It took more than one hour at security clearance. As we both have Schengen visas, we got our E-visa for Turkey by applying online.

Where to stay in Istanbul?

It was almost 7.30 PM to 8 PM when we booked our Uber Airport to our Hotel. The hotel was around half an hour drive and located around 2 KM from Taksim Square. We stayed in Doubletree by Hilton at Piyalepasa.

Doubletree by Hilton Piyalepasa, Istanbul

The hotel has an amazing location and ambiance with a beautiful lobby. We had been welcome with Chocolate chip cookies and escorted us to our room.

We had almost 3 days to explore Istanbul, Aoon had been there but It was my first time and I knew that 3 days aren’t enough for the city like Istanbul. We dropped our bags and rushed towards Taksim Square.

Our Room in Doubletree by Hilton

The Taksim Square:

The famous monument of Taksim square is located near the Republic monument which was inaugurated in 1928 on the 5th anniversary of the formation of the Republic of Turkey.

Republic monument in Istanbul

It's located in the center of the city and one of the main tourist attractions which is always crowded with people. The square has lots of restaurants, shopping brands and hotels.

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Istiklal Street:

After spending some time near Taksim square, we walked towards Istiklal Street. It’s one of the most crowded around 1.5 KM long avenue and visited by 3 million people in a single day over the weekends. The traditional tram also passes from the center of the street which makes it look even more crowdy.

Istiklal Street, Istanbul

The Pedestrian has art galleries, cinemas, theatres, libraries, music store, shopping brands, cafes, restaurants, ice-cream stands, Turkish traditional patisseries shop, pubs and nightclubs. Whether it's day or night, the pedestrian is always crowded and people are sitting on the streets and playing live music.

There are small cobblestone streets connected with the main pedestrian which has a lot of street cafes and restaurants.

Galata Tower:

It was almost 1 AM but all the restaurants were open. We kept walking on Istiklal street and enjoying the liveliness of Istanbul and Then, we reached Majestic Galata Tower. Galata tower used to be a Genoese colony before the conquest of Constantinople. It was built in 1348 and used to be the tallest building of that time.

Galata Tower, Istanbul

The tower has an amazing restaurant on the top with the beautiful view of the sea and city but unfortunately, we had been there quite late so we didn’t get the chance to climb up and enjoy the view from the top.

Galata Bridge:

From the tower, we had walked a few miles towards the Galata Bridge to enjoy the refreshing breeze from the sea. There were a lot of Fishermans placed their hooks in the sea and were catching fish and holding small cups of traditional Turkish chai.

It was quite late so we took the Uber back to our hotel.

Note: The Uber is quite cheap in Istanbul but Uber drivers or taxi drivers aren’t so trustworthy in Istanbul. Most of the time, they are taking long routes in order to earn some more money and the problem is language barrier. They don’t understand if you try to tell them or explain something to them.

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Fatih District:

On the second day, we got up early in the morning. After having breakfast in the Hotel, we went directly to Fatih District. The city was really crowded in the morning. The district wasn’t so far from our hotel but it took us around half an hour due to traffic. The traffic rush reminds me of the traffic jam of my home city, Lahore.

Fatih Square, Istanbul

We had spent some time enjoying the surroundings of Fatih district and I was thinking how it looked during the Glorious time of Byzantine empire - Constantinople.

Hagia Sophia:

We had visited Hagia Sophia which used to be a famous Orthodox Christian Church during Byzantine Era.

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

The church changed into a mosque and later on turned into a museum in 1935. The interior and exterior architecture is just amazing and the gallery is worth visiting where you can see the mind-blowing masterpiece of islamic calligraphy.

There was a long waiting time in a queue for the tickets.

Blue Mosque:

We had been to the most beautiful mosques of Istanbul called Blue Mosque.It’s a unique mosque with six Minars.

Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Basilica Cistern:

Our next stop was Basilica Cistern. Cistern is found under the city and it's just a few meters from Hagia Sophia. The Cistern is a bit dark with little water. Many movies like James Bond, Black widow have shot a few scenes here in the Cistern.

Basilica Cistern, Istanbul

Topkapi Palace:

It’s highly recommended to visit Topkapi Palace also located in Fatih district. Due to limited time, we haven’t been to the Palace but Aoon had already been there and totally amazed with the Palace.

Grand Bazar:

We had walked to Grand Bazar from the Fatih district and were amazed with the flavors of Istanbul. We also did some shopping of Souvenirs and Turkish tea from there.

Grand Bazar, Istanbul

After visiting Grand Bazar, we walked towards the sea and enjoyed the beautiful coastal line of Istanbul. There were lots of people jogging and running near the sea. There are lots of cafes and restaurants on the seashore. We had been to a local and enjoyed the coffee with the best view of the sea.

Bosphrous, Istanbul

Bosphorus Cruise:

As we already booked our Bosphorus Cruise, we headed towards our hotel and got ready. The Cruise company had picked us from the hotel and dropped us to the point where the Cruise started.

Bosphorus Cruise in Istanbul

Our Cruise included dinner and drinks along with live dance performances. As the weather was a bit cold, so everything was arranged in a closed lower deck. But we spent most of our time in Upper deck enjoying the beautiful mesmerizing architecture and lights of Istanbul.

Trip to Cappadocia:

On the next day, we had a flight to Kayseri. We were going there for two days. And we had a reservation for another night stay in Istanbul in the same hotel. We left our luggage over there and travelled with small bags.