seen Istanbul's top sights, now get
out of the city. Here are the best one-day and overnight trips:
or day-long excursion up the
strait that runs through Istanbul,
visiting castles, palaces...
and—if you're like me—fish
voyage to these islands just offshore
from Istanbul is a great way to spend
a day...or even overnight (but avoid weekends). More...
The beaches will be crowded on any
hot summer day, but they still provide
a refreshing getaway. More...
south across the Sea
of Marmara in
a catamaran to see this first capital
of the Ottoman
Empire, with its fine
old mosques, silk weaving trade,
and thermal spas. Make it
an overnight and see İznik
(Nicaea) as well. More...
day-long excursion by bus or car
to see the fine old mosques and
lively bazaars of the second
delightfully free of tourist crowds. More...
day-trip by bus or car to see the Dardanelles,
battlefields, and even ancient Troy;
possible in a long day, but better as
an overnight. More...
classical city in the entire
Mediterranean, a must-see;
go by plane for the day, or overnight. More...
Here are more tips for making the most of your short time in Turkey. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan