Get your culture fix by visiting the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Dolmabahce Palace. Then enjoy the national pastime of bartering at the Grand Bazaar. You could also take to the skies and tour the city by helicopter, before kicking back in a historical hammam. A visit to a traditional Turkish bath house is a must-do – if not for the muscle-pummeling massage, for the architecture.
In the evening, splurge a little and book a private cruise along the Bosphorus cruise. You will be able to admire the old houses and palaces, which you may not see on foot. You should also visit the Whirling Dervishes, is a Sufi order whose aim is to seek God and understand him all the while practising their famed whirling dance. There are performances every Thursday in their Dergah, which offer a truly unique experience.