how long to stay in Istambul?

Nov 11th, 2007, 12:55 PM
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how long to stay in Istambul?

We are considering a visit in October.
Is it a good time of the year?
What part of the city is best to stay in ( Asian or European)?
What did you think of the city?

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Nov 11th, 2007, 01:10 PM
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Yes, it is a very good time. It will be warm and pleasant, not cold, not hot.

European part is the best. 95% of the attractions are there.

It is a wonderful mixture of Roman, Byzantean, Ottoman and Modern culture. Absolutely unique. A first-class travel destination for every taste.

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Nov 11th, 2007, 01:20 PM
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How long should one stay? A week?
We don't like rushing from "attraction" to "attraction".
Did you take any side trips?
We don't travel with groups or take organized tours in Western Europe.
Is it a problem (language ?) to move about the city?
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Nov 11th, 2007, 01:34 PM
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I was there in August. It is a fascinating city, so you could spend a lot of time there.

But...I'd venture to say that a week would give you a nice exposure to the city. I'd second staying in the European side. I rented a car and drive everywhere, but would only recommend this option if you have patience and flexibility. traffic is heavy, and the rules of the road are not what I was used to at home.

There are a lot of sites grouped in one area, ~ around Hagia Sofia. You could easily spend 3-4 days in this area. Add in Bosphorus cruise, some wandering time, and there is your week.

I was traveling with a Turkish speaking relative, with 4 chilrdren, and stayed at a relative's house, so my travel experience was a little difefrent than the norm. I'm looking to post some travel notes soon. We also went as far east as Capadocia, and then returned along Mediterranean.

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Nov 11th, 2007, 01:51 PM
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I have been several times to Istanbul, some times privately, sometimes for business.

It is very easy in this city. You can easily spend a week there.

Istanbul offers something for everyone, whether you are older or younger, whether you are interested in culture or nightlife. You will find some of world's history's most important places (Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Saray) as well as ultra-contemporary nightclubs and restaurants. Cultura, architecture, history, food, music - whatever.

It is easy to communicate in English. Most of the inner city is walkable. Taxis are cheap. You can also use public transportation. There are many opportunities for short cruises.

For day trips, you can book a tour (which will be offered by your hotel).

What else do you want?
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Nov 11th, 2007, 02:12 PM
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I spent nine wonderful days and was never bored for a moment, left with thing still on my list to see/do.
Another vote for the European side - closer to the sights, and with more amenities. I would not dream of renting a car - public transportation is plentiful and easy, and taxis are reasonable.
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Nov 11th, 2007, 03:07 PM
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thanks for your input.
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