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First half of November or Second half of November in Istanbul.

Old Jul 13th, 2006, 08:37 AM
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First half of November or Second half of November in Istanbul.

Dear Fodorites,
Planning first trip to Turkey in November!!

The room rates drop after 11/15/06.

Was wondering if the weather is so much different the first week of November, when we planned to go, that it is worth the price difference.Planning on spending most of the time in Istanbul.
Can anyone let me know when the big cold weather change occurs in Istanbul?Any Istanbul must see /must do?


Thanks!!
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Old Jul 13th, 2006, 08:40 AM
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Weather
See wundeground.com - you can get actual hitorical temps and precipitation
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Old Jul 13th, 2006, 08:52 AM
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I've been in Istanbul at the very end of October -- staying for 4 or 5 nights and leaving Nov. 1. I've spent a good portion of my adult life in Seattle, so a little rain doesn't stop me from anything...so when we got to Istanbul and it was a bit cool and rainy a couple of the days we were there, it wasn't bad. It was in the upper 60s and showery. It's far enough south that I suspect it doesn't get miserable until later in the fall/winter. I'd check a website like wombat7 suggested to see the history, or check the back of any guidebook you have on Turkey & Istanbul.

We stayed in Sultanahmet -- it's the old city where the Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar are -- I'd suggest you stay in that area, as that is also where Topkapi Palace is as well -- 4 of the major sites you'll want to see. There's a bus that will take you directly to Taksim Square -- a lovely neighborhood on the other side of the straits -- where you can shop, eat dinner and roam the back streets with a lot less tourists than you might expect.

I loved Turkey in general -- and Istanbul for its size was very easy to get around in, and we enjoyed the curiousity and friendliness of the people throughout the city and the country as well.

Enjoy your trip.

Jules
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Old Jul 13th, 2006, 09:14 AM
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Dear Jules

What hotel did you stay at? I am deciding between a few right now!!( Empress Zoe, Sari Konak)

Did you travel on your own or did you book a tour?

Thanks

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ttt for Lornamd and me.
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