Istanbul makes a comeback with IDEE

Istanbul makes its way out of the pandemic and begins its recovery with new attractions to draw visitors.


From new Chef Restaurants, to Contemporary Museums, stylish new hotels for visitors looking for a cool space in a reenergized location, a brand new Opera House and a new cruise port, Istanbul is rebounding in surprising, often ingenious ways.


While visiting Istanbul, it’s easy to see the city’s allure. IDEE invites you to come with on a tour of the great comeback of ISTANBUL.


What to do:


The Yerebatan Basilica Cistern Museum, one of Istanbul’s countless historical buildings, was reopened to visitors with the completion of the restoration process that started in 2017. The cistern now hosts visitors with an art exhibition themed “light.”


Meeting the water needs of the Byzantine palaces and other residents in the area, it was used for a while after the conquest of Istanbul by Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II in 1453. The Yerebatan Basilica, is one of the most popular historical destinations in Istanbul and within walking distance of other Byzantine and Ottoman-era landmarks like the Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.


Skip the line entry, powered by IDEE

  • Say goodbye to long lines through fast track entry into the Basilica Cistern.
  • Appreciate the cathedral-sized cistern better with an English-speaking guide.
  • Marvel at this Sunken Palace and discover an artificial freshwater lake the size of two football fields.
  • Witness facets of the cistern which were featured in popular Bond movies.


New exhibition halls open at the 131-year-old Istanbul Archaeology Museum.


The renovated building and exhibition halls of the Istanbul Archaeology Museum, known among one of the best in the world in terms of both quality and quantity, have reopened their doors to enthusiasts.


5000 new works, including 2,000 coins, sculptures and reliefs, sarcophagi, figurines, architectural covering plates, treasures and ceramics, are now exhibited in the newly organized halls.


How to get around?


Sea taxis in Istanbul in service on a 24-hour basis!


Let IDEE arrange your transportation in style with the Sea Taxis in Istanbul.


Specially designed to be easily used by the disabled, families with baby carriages and cyclists, Sea Taxis with 10 people capacity provide service at 98 points and piers operating 24h/day.


Designed and produced at Istanbul’s Golden Horn Shipyard sea taxis in Istanbul have set off to reduce the intercontinental transits of the city’s residents to a more reasonable time.


The names of the Sea Taxis, all of which are composed of bird species living in Istanbul, are as follows:

“Shearwater, Swallow, Seagull, Goldfinch, Stork, Pigeon, Crow, Nightingale, Cuckoo, Sparrow, Wren, Tern, Woodcock, Quail, Dove, Crane, Swan, Suna, Florya, Kingfisher, Woodpecker, Magpie, Tit, Bittern, Finch ”


It’s no wonder more people are making a visit to Istanbul a priority.


Who is IDEE?

IDEE TRAVEL & EVENTS is a Leader in Corporate, Group and Individual Travel in Turkey since 1989. From a special experiential tour to an exclusive themed event, IDEE delivers extraordinary and memorable moments. With a passionate team, we manage all aspects of your travel in a unique and personalized way.


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Author: Deb Davad



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