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Day trips from Istanbul

Hey everyone!

I am traveling to Istanbul in a couple months and will have an extra day to do a “day trip”. A day trip to Troy and day trip to Gallipoli both seemed reasonable. I was wondering if anyone had any feedback back about either. What would be the best use of time? Thank you so much!!

Alex

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I think those two sites are too far from Istanbul for a day-trip (assuming you're not overnighting). If you go with a tour, it will be one very, very long day. Gallipoli is over 4 hours one-way, and maybe even longer. Troy isn't much closer distance-wise, and would also be a very long day trip with most time spent in transit.

I think Princes Islands to the south of Istanbul are a great day trip and a better use of your time, or even exploring parts of Istanbul off-the-tourist-track (there are huge areas of Istanbul where tourists don't venture). The Princes Islands are easily reached via ferry, which is also really inexpensive. I stopped off at two islands, spending most of my time in Büyükada, the largest island. It was a great experience, and very relaxing.
https://www.theistanbulinsider.com/why-and-how-should-you-visit-the-princes-islands-in-istanbul/
https://turkeytravelplanner.com/go/Istanbul/Sights/adalar/trans.html

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I agree. The Princes Islands are a good day trip. We went to Bayacuda and rode funky bikes. Had a good time. Plus being on the water is always wonderful.

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I visited Turkey this past May/June and agree with the other messages. Troy and Gallipoli would make for a very long day trip.