I'll be in Istanbul for only one short day! How disappointing! I am arriving on a cruise ship, and think I will plan my day by walking across the Galata bridge, eating those wonderful mussels LemonLady talks about , going to the Spice Market (yes, I am looking for the wondeful fragrances, thanks to LemonLady -vanilla is my weakness), and then walking along Divan Yolu (eating at the
yummy in the tummy place), and walking around the major sites in Sultanahmet.
Then I thought I'd spend the afternoon in Beyoglu and seeing a little of modern Istanbul. Then Winding my way back to the ship.
My questions are: is this too much to do in a day?
I don't plan to spend hours visiting each of the historic sites because I have done "tour" before, but I just want to walk by, view the beauty again.
Is it very far from the Spice Market to Sultanahmet (HIppodrome, Blue Mosque), and can I walk or should I take a tram?
I know I'll probably have to take a taxi or tram to Beyoglu, but don't know how the trams work and how much it costs/how to pay.
Also, are there any "don't misses" in Beyoglu? I'm a foodie, though I think at this point it may be obvious! Is Beyoglu the best pm choice, or is there a more interesting option?
Thanks so much!