Three days in Istanbul in August

Old Jun 26th, 2016, 04:13 AM
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Three days in Istanbul in August

We're going to a wedding in Israel, and plan to spend three days in Istanbul. Any thoughts about where to stay and how to spend our time there?
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Old Jun 26th, 2016, 06:12 AM
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Why don't you buy a guide book and look what is there to see ?

Istanbul is the capital of Turkey, that was called Byzance when capital of Bizantine empire and Constantinople when under Roman rule (from 330 AD).
So there is some history there.

You can easily spend 3 days... Just have to make choices.
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Old Jun 26th, 2016, 07:07 AM
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Assuming this is your first visit, I would stay in Sultanahmet or near the Galata Tower so that you are close to the historic core and in walking distance to the main tram line. With three days visit the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and spend a day on the Bosphorus weather permitting. Check out the bazaars: the Egyptian bazaar is close to the ferry docks and more manageable than the Grand Bazaar; there's also one behind the Blue Mosque. You can easily spend a week in Istanbul if you have the time.
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Old Jun 26th, 2016, 07:42 AM
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Istanbul isn't Turkey's capital city, Ankara is. Istanbul is divided into the 'old' and 'new' towns. With the exception of the Galata Tower, everything mentioned in tripplanner001's post is found in the old town. We found the Egyptian bazaar much more manageable to navigate than the Grand Bazaar, but don't skip exploring the Grand bazaar. Istanbul has a fantastic, inexpensive and easy to use tram system, which makes getting around the city very easy.

If you have time, visit the Cisterns across from Hagia Sophia and catch a boat, crossing the Bosphorus, to the Asian side of Istanbul.

Eating in Istanbul won't be an issue, as there are hundreds of places to eat in all budget ranges.

Getting a guide book is a great idea, that way your trip consists of things you want to see and do. Istanbul is a very walkable city and several places are very close to each other. Plan what you want to see to make the most of your trip.

Enjoy!
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Old Jun 26th, 2016, 08:06 AM
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Debs, thanks for adding mention of the Cistern. How could I forget? It's one of my favorite places in the city! Depending on when you visit, you may encounter a tour group, but just give it a few minutes; you can find a quiet spot to yourself to enjoy the cool quietness of the place.
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Yup. Ankara. *blushing*
But as long as New York is the capital of the US...
Cisterns are extraordinary.
Hope to be able to see something of Ist. Leaving tomorrow for 3 days. Work...
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