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I visited this place more than a few times for the last 20 years. It's always has a unique energy. Generally the are is really tourist friendly and lots of other places to visit and see. So it is always a good idea to visit.
One of the most wonderful places I’ve been. Hagia Sophia’s history goes back to 537 AD, it’s magnificent walls and beautiful mosaic would just take your breath away. I would recommend the audio guide it’s 30 TL/person, it gives the visitor the full history of...More
Fascinating place and architecture. There's so much to see and hear. I personally feel the audio guides are a must to learn more about the place especially when you are not familiar with the history of Turkey.
The auto ticket machines for museum pass purchase...More
It is one of the most beautiful designs and architecture... when study the details of architecture you can't imagine that this is not recently built!
Because of its location on a high point it can be seen from far...
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to
retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
I personally feel that this is far too much to cover in one day. You could definitely do the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and maybe - if you're quick - the Topkapi Palace too. Topkapi actually took us half a... More
I personally feel that this is far too much to cover in one day. You could definitely do the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and maybe - if you're quick - the Topkapi Palace too. Topkapi actually took us half a day as the crowds made it slow to navigate. Plus we were listening to the audio guides as we went. Dolmabahce and Spize Bazar are tram/taxi rides away from the central vicinity in which all the other attractions are. I would also advise getting whatever ticket gets you to skip the queue. If you want to save on this, I would get to Topkapi as early in the day as possible and out the way. The Blue Mosque didn't really have a queue, just a bunch of people bustling through. The Hagia Sophia has tour guides hovering outside who you can hire and they give you a free queue pass too. Basilica we didn't do so I couldn't tell you what the queues were like there. If you do try to fit in Dolmabahce and Spice Bazar, do them last in that order. Spice Bazar is open later in the day so probably a last thing in the evening to do.
Hope that helps.
All the best.
4 days in Istanbul , pls review itinerary created by me (3 Replies)
Day of 1 Airport to Hotel Evening Visit : Gulhane Park Galata Bridge Day of 2 Morning : Blue Mosque Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) Topkapi Palace Basilica Cistern ( If time permits ) Evening : Grand Bazar Day of 3 Morning : Süleymaniye Mosque Rüstem Pasha Mosque Galata Tower evening : Taksim Square Istiklal Street Beyoglu Dolmabahçe Palace Day of 4 10.30 am Cruise , come back by 4.30p.m
September 30, 2018|
D1: The Galata Bridge is nothing too special and it is not recommended to eat in any of the tourist traps there. Instead, I suggest you go to Nevizade Sokağı Street in Beyoğlu. D2: Seems a little full, as you recognise. BTW the Grand Bazaar closes at 7pm. The rest sound fine, and you could in fact add to D3.
3 Days in Turkey, Istanbul & Cappadocia Itinerary (16 Replies)
Hi Everyone, Any ideas what's the best route to optimize my short time in Turkey? I am landing in Istanbul around 10 AM on May 30th, and my departure flight back to the States is June 2nd 8 AM. I am thinking something like the following for my short trip: May 30th - sight seeing in IST. Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) May 31st - Fly to Cappadocia and do a hot air balloon ride. Do I need to fly out here on May 30th instead? I am worry...More
April 20, 2015|
This is too short a time to visit two locations, concentrate on Istanbul and leave Cappadocia for a future visit.
"Santorini - Instanbul - Cappadocia" (4 Replies)
Hi all, We are from mumbai traveling in May to "Santorini - Instanbul - Cappadocia". Following is itinerary we are thinking, let us know your opinion on this: Day of 1 ( Mumbai to Santorini by flight ) Activity: Explore Fira Lunch: Gyro at Lucky’s Activity: Sunset in Imerovigli at Skaros Rock Dinner: Anogi Day of 2 Activity: Ancient Thera, Perissa Beach Lunch: Tranquilo Dinner: Metaxy Mas Tavern Activity: Kamari Cinema at night Day of 3 Activity: Hike...More
August 17, 2018|
Best ask on the Greek forums about that section of your trip! Day 5 is too busy, you should start at the Topkapi Palace and you’ll probably spend about half a day there. You should take a late night flight to Cappadocia on Day 6, otherwise you won’t arrive on time to join a day tour on Day 7. Most of the sights are not in town and most of the local, recommended travel agents do not name their tours by colours! I don’t think you’ll find a direct flight from Kayseri to Mumbai, so it...More