Istanbul and ?

Old Jan 31st, 2013, 09:35 AM
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Istanbul and ?

We will have 5+ days in Istanbul -- would you recommend staying in Istanbul all 5 days (first time there), or taking a day for a day trip to Cappadocia?
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Old Jan 31st, 2013, 09:48 AM
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You'll find that 5 full days in Istanbul, especially for your 1st trip, will allow you to only scratch the surface of that beautiful city. There is the Old town, New town, Galata Bridge/Tower areas, the Grand Bazaar, Spice Bizaar, the Bosphorus cruise, a trip to Asian Istanbul, a cruise to the Princes Islands, and everything in between. If you are interested in a day trip out of Istanbul, and this would be a very long day, consider going to Ephesus.

Get yourself a good guide book (found Rick Steve's to be especially helpful, especially while on the Bosphorus cruise) and/or consider downloading the Fodors city guide to your iPad if you have one.

If you're interested, visit a MODA store for a delicious ice cream treat! There are several locations scattered throughout Istanbul and one on Princes Island.
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Cappadocia is a long way for a day trip. With time to travel there, presumably flying, I think you'd want to stay 2 nights to have a full day there.

Alternatively, the Prince's Islands are not far from Istanbul by ferry. I stayed overnight on Buyukada, very tranquil, no motor traffic except some small municipal vehicles, otherwise horse carts and bicycles.
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Old Jan 31st, 2013, 10:22 AM
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Thanks - it certainly sounds like we should just stay in Istanbul, and avoid the stress of the day trip on this trip. We'll be back and do more on another trip.
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Stick to Istanbul and a Bosphorus ride. We also found the Rick Steves book very useful. You might want to take a look at my trip report; click on my name to find it.
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Yes I also second the advice of staying at Istanbul and really explore this amazing city at your own pace. I love to take the ferry and venture out to the bosphorus, there are lot of tiny village waiting to be explored by those who are adventurous.
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