How to Visit Istanbul in Six Hours Micki Kosman June 14, 2013 Europe, Travel Blogs, Turkey 18 We usually like to travel slowly, taking the time to discover the character and hidden treasures of a city. Unfortunately, we found ourselves with only an afternoon to check out Istanbul's main sights. After the initial panic subsided, we got busy and set up an itinerary that would let us check out the must see attractions quickly. Luckily, most of Istanbul's main sights are within easy walking distance in the old city in Sultanhamet. Check out the sights and sounds we found in our six hours sightseeing in Istanbul's old city.