Here is our brief itinerary:
Which airport to fly to?
What to wear?
How to travel between various cities?
Some helpful tips!
- Visa: When I traveled, Indian citizens with valid US/UK/Schengen visa could get visa on arrival.
- Turkey has amazing ceramic works, beautiful silk carpets, turkish lamps and many artefacts to offer. Do not forget to bargain if you plan to shop.
Where to stay
|Our room at Esans Hotel|
Where to eat
What to see/do
|Inside Hagia Sophia|
|Selfie after a refreshing hamam|
|Sultanahmet Mosque as seen from Hagia Sophia|
Other things to see in Istanbul
- Suleymaniye Mosque and Suleymaniye Hamam
- Walk around Galata Bridge, Spice bazaar
- Taksim square: Even during these times of protests, I heard it was quite peaceful to visit these areas. In fact, we met quite a few tourists who had been to Taksim square.
- Istiklal Street: A very hep place to hang around and chill. We skipped it because we were avoiding the areas close to taksim square.
- Princes' Islands
- Driving in Istanbul is not at all a good idea.
- Be careful of pickpockets in public transports and crowded areas. We saw police chase a purse snatcher on the streets.
- Euro, Dollar and Lira are both accepted quite widely in Turkey and exchange rate is good. So, pick whatever currency you want. Overall, people are warm and friendly and I love Istanbul :)
- A very helpful guide from tripadvisor is here.
- Another set of useful itineraries.
- Rent audio guides or follow guide books to understand the history and significance of the palaces and mosques.
Where to stay
|Our cave hotel|
What to do
|Breathtakingly beautiful landscape -Cappadocia|
|Ruins close to the travertines|