Back from Istanbul

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Got back from our trip to Istanbul this Friday. We all had a great time and the weather was just perfect (ranging from 12-17 C with light rains). I would definitely recommend it and if time permits; one should also include Antalya in the tour which is also a major tourist attraction of Turkey.

The package was arranged nicely and went smoothly as per the provided plan. It accounted for three days of our six day tour and we visited different places during the remaining three days and I have a good friend to thank, for giving me all the right details.

Ayasofya

I’m going to list down our activities during this week-long trip which others could consider if they are also planning to head out there.

  • Day 1: Guided tour of the city. We were taken to the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar.
  • Day 2: A ship cruise across the Bosporus and we got off the Asian side and were taken by Bus to a nice veiw-point that also had 53 variety of tulips and an excellent view of the coastline. After that we were taken to some souvenir shops and a mall (the mall can be skipped, they are all the same).
  • Day 3: A ship cruise to one of the Princes’ Islands. It was very peaceful and scenic with lots of cafes and stalls and a nice horse carriage ride through the island. Spent the evening on our own exploring the Taksim area and buying souvenirs and stuff.
  • Day 4: Visited Istiklal Avenue that has a lot of shops and stalls. They also have a street that is filled with shops selling musical instruments of all sorts. Almost bought a mouth-organ there.
  • Day 5: Visited the Dolmabahce Palace and then walked over to the Ortakoy Pier right under the Bosporus Bridge. Later on bought tickets for and attended a mesmerizing Sufi music and dance show that consisted of swirling dervishes and a sufi band.
  • Day 6: Visited the Ayasofya Mosque and then the Basilica Cistern (Sunken Palace). On the way back we also went to the Spice Bazaar.

dervish

I would definitely recommend one to get hold of a city map and then utilize the excellent mass transit system they have to move around. Everything is nicely interconnected (subway, trams, rails, etc.).

More pictures, here.

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3 Responses to “Back from Istanbul”


  1. 1 m May 11, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    sabah,

    i want to know how much was total cost for the trip including everything

    tickets, hotel, transport, tickets to museum etc….basically the TOTAL cost of the trip.

    it would be great!!

    thanks

    • 2 Sabah Hussain May 12, 2009 at 9:53 am

      m,

      That would vary from person to person, however, our trip was pretty busy and all in all it set us back about KD.950 and that is at a 4 star hotel for 2 adults and a kid (air tickets apply to him but nothing extra at the hotel or tickets for museums). It also includes a reasonable amount of shopping as well as money for food and transportation.

      Regards

  2. 3 deniz April 26, 2010 at 10:12 am

    je emai sa se bien qui tu sa je rigol tous sa se beau
    voila je donne 100 pour 100


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