How many days for Istanbul?

Mar 1st, 2007, 04:23 PM
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How many days for Istanbul?

How many days would it take to really have a good time and get to know the city, see sights, shop, etc?
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Mar 1st, 2007, 04:32 PM
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Istanbul is a marvelous, complicated place. To even begin to do it justice, just by seeing the Blue Mosque, Yerebatan Saray, Topkai and Hagia Sofia (all in the same area), that's one day if you race through, which you shouldn't; Beylerbey and Dolmabace each take half a day; the markets are one full day, and you've not even gotten to Taksim Sq. You really should spend a good five days there. It's an absolutely fascinating place.
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Mar 1st, 2007, 04:36 PM
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Well, I just took a Darvon and am drinking a bottle of Pinot Grigio, but I will try to be cogent.

You need half a day to see the Topkapi Palace and the Harem. Not seeing the Harem is like going to Paris and not buying Louis Vuitton sandals. A major mistake. MAJOR!

You need at least two hours for the Hagia Sophia, and an hour for the Blue Mosque. With time out for coffee, lunch, and dinner, that takes care of DAY 1.

On DAY 2, you could spend two-three hours at the Grand Bazaar and one hour at the Spice Bazaar. This takes care of your morning. In the afternoon, you need to get yourself to the Chora Museum.

DAY 3 can be spent in Beyoglu/Taksim on Istaklal Caddesi, then on to the Dolmabahce Palace. (Actually, if you are going during the summer months, you need to get to the Dolmabahce Palace as soon as it opens. By noon, the lines will be one mile long. Im not sh*ttin' you, guv.)

DAY 4, take a boat trip up the Bosphorus or go to Buyukada for a horsey ride and on to see the monastary.

You should spend you evenings in Ortakoy, which is where the beautiful people dine and party. Have dinner at Divan.

Have you read my trip report on Istanbul?
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Mar 2nd, 2007, 02:27 AM
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We spent a whole week there, and still didnīt have time for Bosphorus or Prince Island and some other places and sights. We will wait a couple of years and go back.
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Mar 2nd, 2007, 06:15 AM
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Istanbul is magical. Depending on your travel plans, a minimum of three days is absolutely necessary. If time is of the essence, you might consider hiring a tour guide to expedite your time in the city.
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Mar 2nd, 2007, 11:11 AM
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Thats good info, I am thinking 5 days?
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Mar 2nd, 2007, 11:51 AM
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We did 4 days. It wasn't enough. From what I've read on Fodor's we missed 70% of Istanbul.
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Mar 12th, 2007, 06:24 PM
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I booked the trip today, I am combining Istanbul with a few days in Munich. I fear I should add a day to Istanbul, remove one from Munich. This was booked using my FF miles so changing flight from Thurs to Wednesday are subject to availibility. This is what i did...

Saturday - Newark/Munich (via Chicago)
Sunday - Arrive Munich (at 5.55am!) balance of day recovering and sightseeing.
Monday - Munich
Tuesday - Munich
Wednesday - Munich
Thursday - Morning flight to Istanbul arriving around 12.30pm
Friday - Istanbul
Saturday - Instanbul
Sunday - Istanbul
Monday - Instanbul
Tuesday - Fly home, Istanbul/Newark (via Munich)

Any ideas? Hotels?
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Mar 13th, 2007, 05:40 AM
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