Istanbul Travel Guide
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- 98%History Buffs
- 95%Local Culture
- 81%Adventure Travelers
- 79%Art & Design Lovers
- 66%Budget Travelers
- 62%Spiritual Seekers
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- IstanbulMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3Jun 05, 2013
One of most favourite city in my traveling list. Modern and old cultural in the same city. A plenty of places must have to visit. So I enjoy every moment in Istanbul. Even now the weather is no stable or some situation is difficult for traveling.
Staying around Sultanahmet old city is better than other places in Istanbul. You can walk around many attractions. A ton of restaurant both local and international food included coffee shops. Also you can walk to shopping at Grand Bazaar. You can enjoy along the marmara sea, it's not far from old city area too.Recommended for:
- IstanbulMay 15, 2013
The first thing that took my attention to the Turkey capital was the turkish kindness. People from Turkey are known as being a very good dealer. But they do business in a very gentle way. While visiting shops, expect them to bring you a cup of tea, a nice coffee or, at least, a glass of water. They don't argue while doing business and it's very confortable way of buying carpets, turkish lights, spices, soaps, etc. Istanbul is also a very nice city. Take the sightseeing bus and visit as much as you can: the Blue Mosque is impressive. But seeing others mosques on the way it's awesome!
- IstanbulMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 5May 09, 2013
Visited Istanbul first time this spring. What an amazing place. Photogenic on the superb level of Hong Kong, New York and Kyoto - a treasure for photographers. Still very different in feel - so friendly people, so great food. Ferries, bridges, trams and you can walk to most of the places. Best area to stay is in Sultanahmet which has most of the old sites.
- IstanbulMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2May 05, 2013
Istanbul is a big city full of the best of the ancient and modern worlds. You can visit the old center for gorgeous mosques and the Roman Cistern, or you can go to the Modern Art Museum in the new part of the city. There's lots of moderately priced lodging and great food. Always something to do.
- IstanbulMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Mar 31, 2013
There are things that want me to give Istanbul only 3 stars, but then I think about the kind and friendly behaviour of the Turkish people and the uniqueness of many of the mosques and other attractions. I think my high rating comes from our (my travel group) desire to try a plethora of things in the city, including an authentic turkish bath with massage. When you are open to experience the richness of the Istanbul culture and activities you will see that this is a pretty cool city.
- IstanbulMar 27, 2013
Place to stay is thumbs up " Marmara palace " or " marmara hotel" Cause that is the place oriental express guest stayed after the all the trip. The end of west(europe),beggining of the east(asia). View is awesome you can see all the town from the lounge upstairs. Gotta visit bebek city and topkapi palace.
- IstanbulMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Mar 13, 2013
Definetely one of the most beautiful cities I've visited in my life. Good thing in Istanbul is that you have almost everything what's worth of seeing in just a few miles. I didn't go to Dolmabahce palace and it's only important place that I missed in my first visit to Istanbul. You must see Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Galata Tower, main pedestrian street (Istiklal street). Don't forget to go on bosphorus cruise tour. Have a nice trip to Istanbul :D
- IstanbulMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersWellness+ 4Feb 03, 2013
Istanbul is exotic, vibrant and very romantic! Its several Byzantine churches, Ottoman palaces, ostentatious mosques & souqs makes for an unique eclectic landscape. Do shop: at the spice market & the bazaar. Do visit: The blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Cistern. Do Drink: Turkish Coffee. I absolutely love the city!
- IstanbulMember ofBusiness TravelersFamily TravelersFoodiesNightlife LoversFeb 03, 2013
Imagine a Eurasian version of San Francisco, with 3 Golden Gate bridges, a skyline defined by minarets and mosque domes and you have Istanbul. A city of contradictions, Istanbul straddles 2 continents, is both as modern and cosmopolitan as any European capital but is also steeped in history. The people are enchantingly friendly, the food is superb and the sites can keep you busy for weeks. One of my favorite cities in the world!
- IstanbulMember ofLocal CultureLuxury TravelersArt & Design LoversJan 25, 2013
This city is much more than we realized. We came on a cruise ship but docked within walking distance of many of the main tourist sites including the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market. Walking around at night was magical. The people are very proud of their country and it shows in their attitudes and friendliness. We would like to come back and spend at least a week here to really experience the total package.
- IstanbulDec 26, 2012
I really enjoyed Istanbul. The city is clean, walkable and has lots of sights to see. I found the best place to stay was in a more traditional neighbourhood like Fatih, the people are super friendly and the food is good and cheap. The closer you get to the tourist areas, the price goes up and the quality goes down. Public transportation is really easy to navigate, making exploring further than the usual tourist areas a must if you have some time. I will return!
- IstanbulMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Dec 26, 2012
Istanbul is a magical city. It is a mix of old and new, the East and the West. I am a big fan of the mosques in Sultanahmet area. I also had ton of fun wandering through the maze of Grand Bazaar. Your trip is not complete without experiencing the night life at Taksim. Though so exotic, I can totally see myself living in this massive city.
- IstanbulMember ofFamily TravelersAdventure TravelersArt & Design LoversDec 20, 2012
Bu şehri anlatmak yeterli olmayabilir. Bu şehri en az 2 hafta kadar gezerek anlayabilirsiniz. Çok farklı duygular hissettiriyor insana. Kelimelere sığdırmak çok zor fakat trafik sorunu sizi sıkan bir konu olabilir. Çünkü trafik çok yoruyor insanı. Ama camileri, müzeleri, boğazı, tarihi yapıları, doğallığı, denizi ve kız kulesi ile size unutamayacağınız bir deneyim yaşatabilir
- IstanbulMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Dec 10, 2012
On your way past the Blue Mosque and the Aya Sophia Mosque you will stumble upon a small street with a few rug shops. Stop in to CKM Fine Carpets and see my friend Cuma. He has amazing hand woven items you will love! Also stop over at the Golden Horn for your finest leather wear. Ask for Turker and enjoy some tea or coffee while you wait! They both speak English Very well!
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