Istanbul Travel Guide
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- 98%History Buffs
- 98%Local Culture
- 83%Adventure Travelers
- 78%Art & Design Lovers
- 70%Budget Travelers
- 62%Family Travelers
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- IstanbulMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5
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!
we came from Indonesia as the vision that GOD command to praying,worshiping and bring the glory of GOD...we are the women who praying came from several denomination of Church...we are one n every souls in TURKEY belongs to HIM TURKEY are save n nice places to enjoy all beautiful sight around....you must go n see the truth about this Country....thanks
We spent time in the Old City. More history than you can take in and more food than you can eat! Do not miss the Archaeological Museum or the Basilica Cistern. We also enjoyed time in the Taksim Square area. Walked İstiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), ate fantastic food and tried my hand at Ebru (painting on water).
- IstanbulMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 2
Istanbul is one of my favorite cities. I wish I could live there. I am fascinated by the city on two continents, cities with 17 million inhabitants, the city that does not sleep. The city awakens a strange feeling in me. I feel good when I'm there. You need to be visited and seen its cultural heritage, starting with the Aya Sophia, the Grand bazaar and wonderful Suleymaniye and the Bosphorus. I have not seen anything more beautiful than the Bosphorus.
There is a ridiculous amount of stuff to see in Instanbul. See what you can do about staying on the peninsula near the Blue Mosque and take some tours. Get lost in the grand bazaar, and don't miss the spice bazaar either. Take a quick boat tour up the Bosphorous and touch Europe and Asia in the same day.
Loved Istanbul, infact loved all the places I visited in Turkey. Have been twice to Turkey to visit Gallipoli (Anzac Day) and have already booked again to visit Gallipoli for the 100th anniversay in 2015. People beautiful, food fantastic and the history mind blowing.
Ottoman imperial mosque located on the Third Hill of Istanbul, Turkey. It is the second largest mosque in the city, and one of the best-known sights of Istanbul.The Süleymaniye Mosque was built on the order of Sultan Süleyman (Süleyman the Magnificent) "was fortunate to be able to draw on the talents of the architectural genius of Mimar Sinan".
its realy nice over there but be warned make sure u take a sun factor 50+ with you because i got off the boat and got burned and whent to hospital because i had skin cancer off the sun but dont let this stop you from going there just stay well protected from the sun
As a North American who has visited western Europe many times, I did not know what to expect from Istanbul in a couple of days before boarding a cruise ship. To my delight, the people, the history, the food, the architecture, the landscape, the commerce, all contributed to making those few days in Istanbul a magic carpet ride. Not to be missed and definitely worth serious visit, perhaps 4 or 5 nights in a hotel in old Constantinople.
One of my favorite cities, it has a bit of everything. The food is great (some of the best and most diverse you can find), the sights are often amazing (and also diverse), and the nightlife is...quite present. It's proximity to other places, and 5/5 'walkability' factor (aka how much fun can one have just aimlessly walking around parts of town) put it over the edge as a great place to not only visit, but one to stay for a while.
I stayed at a friend's flat in Kadikoy near the Bosphorus, and love it! In the morning we walked along the seashore watching tiny jellyfish swirl in the surf. Then I'd hop on a ferry and explore the lamp district, or a massive mosque, or wander a bustelling market. Istanbul is one-of-a-kind because it is split by The Bosphorus, which adds unparalleled beauty.
- IstanbulMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsWellness+ 4
The last day I was in Istanbul (many, many years ago), I found out I couldn't change my Turkish lire back to US dollars, and had to spend them instead. I had about 4 1/2 hours to spend around $80, a substantial amount of money in Turkey in 1992. Go on: try it next time you're in Istanbul.
We ran through the bazaar, buying up earrings and tea sets and wall hangings. We hightailed it to the spice bazaar, buying dried apricots and saffron. We drank tea and ate everything we could from street vendors.
I'd already fallen in love with Istanbul before this day, but I (a notorious non-shopper) am so happy I was forced to bring so many memories home for friends and family. Such a gorgeous, romantic city.
Istanbul cannot be described. It must be experienced.
How many centuries of history, how many different conquerors, cultures, and cuisines have made their mark on this place? How many millions have passed through these straits?
A truly beautiful city, full of monuments to the wonder that is human civilization, and an open, breatheable, green feeling that makes you want to stay and look out over the Bosporus just a little bit longer.
I didn't and couldn't imagine this city would feel so incredibly welcoming, classy, and tourist-worthy but not tourist-y.
It was April and the tulips were blooming. Oh please take me back now.
- IstanbulMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 3
What is left to say about this city? JFK once said that most cities names are nouns but NYC is verb. I'd say Istanbul is not only a verb but an adjective as well. Is there truly a city like this anywhere else on earth? Where else smashes modern and old together in such a random beautiful way.
A city that you love to get lost in, wish you had 2 stomachs, 4 livers, and just one more day to spend there.
One of the highlights of any visit to Istanbul of course is the Grand Bazaar. So much to see and do! Lots of fun bargaining with the local vendors. My husband & I bought beautiful leather jackets & handpainted ceramic butter dishes, which I will treasure! The Bazaar is HUGE!
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