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    • Will Grand Bazaar & Spice Market be open on May 19, 2014?

      by sckron Online Now Apr 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      Hello,
      I will be in Istanbul on May 19 this year, which is a public holiday (Ataturk Day). I am wondering if the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market will be open on that day, even if it's a holiday.
      Thanks!

      more
    • Stopping at Ataturk airport en route to Ghana. Is it worth a trip into Istanbul city centre?

      by dan291 Online Now Mar 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Hi, I am travelling to Ghana and will be stopping at Ataturk airport for 17 and a half hours. We will be arriving at Ataturk around 11 pm Turkish time. Is it worth travelling to the city centre for some food and a look around? What is the best method of getting to the city centre? Are places to eat open late in the night? Is it safe at night? I was thinking of sticking to the Taksim square area. I tend to get bored easily and would like to leave the airport but I am unsure whether this is wise. This is my first proper trip out of Europe so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks =).

      more
    • Transfers at Sabiha Gocken

      by SarahY4 Online Now Apr 19, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      Hi there, do you have to go through passport control for transfers at sabiha gocken? I don't have any check in luggage but I am flying with two different airlines (however I can check in online). Also, would anyone know how reliable pegasus is with their ETA's?

      more
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      Which Bosphorus Boat cruise to take? Plus More

      by ssjd02 Online Now Apr 17, 2014 at 3:12 AM

      Hi Everyone
      Me & my wife are headed to Istanbul tonight for a 3 day trip. I have done my general research and know what are the main attractions.
      However, I need some help with details please.

      1. Which Bosphorus Boat trip to take? Where to buy the tickets? What are the times? All details will be much appreciated.
      2. Which attractions would be better suited to be visited in one day? (Based on location etc)
      3. Which attractions are more suited for a rainy day? Which ones are not?
      4. Which attractions require pre-booking etc to avoid delays? Can I book online?
      5. Any suggestions for places to eat?
      6. We're staying Sultanahmet area. Which locations are walk-able and which ones require alternate mode of transport? (We're ready to walk up to 20-30 minutes distances)
      7. Any others details that might be helpful.

      Thank you very very much in advance for your help and advice. Much appreciated.

      more
    • salsa in istanbul...and other questions

      by lola4md Online Now Apr 21, 2014 at 8:16 AM

      i am travelling to istanbul May1 to 8th, i would like to dance salsa and i am wondering what the best place to dance with real salseros(salsa dancers). the last recommendation was rio bravo. Is that still a good place now? Also i will likely be going to the place alone. is that a good and safe idea to go alone. THank you

      more
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      Good price hotel/apartment

      by Capisco Online Now Mar 27, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      Hello,
      I would like to know if any one have an idea about a hotel or apartment which will cost around 200Euros for 6 nights ?
      I hope it's something you already tried before ...I just want a clean room with a clean bathroom and a safe place to stay, near transportation or at least 200m away from a public transportation

      Thanks
      Karim Kassem

      more
    • Unrest in Istanbul

      by DougMeg Online Now Apr 2, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      Hi There,

      My wife and I will be travelling to Istanbul in July this year and staying in the hotel Niles. We planning to go for 3 days. We have heard however that there is some riots and unrest there and possibly not safe to travel. Can anyone advise if it is ok to travel there? We are really not wanting to cancel our trip!

      more
    • Stopping at Ataturk airport en route to Ghana. Is it worth a trip into Istanbul city centre?

      by dan291 Online Now Mar 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Hi, I am travelling to Ghana and will be stopping at Ataturk airport for 17 and a half hours. We will be arriving at Ataturk around 11 pm Turkish time. Is it worth travelling to the city centre for some food and a look around? What is the best method of getting to the city centre? Are places to eat open late in the night? Is it safe at night? I was thinking of sticking to the Taksim square area. I tend to get bored easily and would like to leave the airport but I am unsure whether this is wise. This is my first proper trip out of Europe so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks =).

      more
    • what is the best area for a hotel in istanbul?

      by sea_jack987 Online Now Apr 16, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      i mean to say where i should get a 3-4 star hotel in istanbul so that the attractions are easily accessible by public transport or within walking distance.

      more
    • shuttlebus from Sabiha Gocksen to Sultanahmet (the old city)

      by EllyD1951 Online Now Mar 29, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      We fly in june to Istanbul. My question is who has the experience with shuttlebusses. Which organisation is good and not so very expensive.

      Thanks,
      Elly

      more
    • Nostalgic Tram

      by Lindy1103 Online Now Mar 26, 2014 at 2:14 AM

      Whereabouts can I get on the Nostalgic Tram and where does it go please?

      more
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      Istanbul trip during protest.

      by SteveA82 Online Now Mar 27, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      Hi everyone , i made plans to visit my turkish friends on the 31st march 2014. I realised after i booked that the elections is starting. I will be staying in osmanbey , near şişli. Will it be ok for me to still go there for 1 week. Or change to Antalya to visit friends there to.
      Any advice would be appreciated.

      more
    • Galata Tower

      by Lindy1103 Online Now Mar 26, 2014 at 2:12 AM

      I'm planning a trip to the Galata Tower to coincide with the call the prayer .. thanks for the tip ;) Can anyone give me directions to the Tower from the Galata Bridge please, also when leaving the tower where would be the next logical place to visit? Could we easily get to Eyup (Pierre Loti Café) from here via public transport or is the nostalgic tram accessible from here?
      I have heard of people leaving the tower and wondering aimlessly and getting lost, which is something I want to try to avoid. All help appreciated ...

      more
    • Istanbul in june

      by bushra224 Online Now Apr 16, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      what will be the weather like in early june in istanbul......i wish to visit the ciy at that tym....for a week.

      more
    • Grand Bazaar

      by cathy9510usa Online Now Mar 25, 2014 at 1:29 AM

      I've been reading up on places to visit in Istanbul, and quite a few say women should not go to the Grand Bazaar. None of them say exactly why. Can anyone throw any light on this matter? Thanks very much.

      more
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      Comment please on two weeks in Istanbul

      by kathymof Online Now Apr 7, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      Hi - I am planning on two weeks in Istanbul and have decided on mid- to late April since I have heard that the poppies and other flowers are in full bloom at that time (is this correct?). I will rent an apartment and stay for two weeks in the Sultanamet neighborhood. Between getting there, back and getting over the time change (I am on west coast USA time) I figure I need that much time to see the major sites and experience the area. Does this seem like an appropriate amount of time - I don't want to be rushed. Any suggestions on must sees and must dos.
      Thanks

      more
    • Smoke in Atatürk airport

      by doctorfloyd Online Now Apr 6, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      Hi.
      Is there a smoking área in airport Atatürk transit level (International departures)?
      Thank you very much.

      more
    • Istanbul tour

      by tamara_91 Online Now Mar 26, 2014 at 5:14 AM

      My mom wants to travel in Istanbul and visit all the museums palaces and other sightseengs. and we wonder what is the best time for going there? ask help to travel agencies or search hotel, book tickets, solve food issue and every other detail on our own? how many days will be enough?
      any suggestions would be massively appreciated thanks

      more
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      Two weeks at Istanbul

      by salamq Online Now Apr 10, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Hello everyone,
      I would like to get some specific help about:
      1. Is it real that hotels at Turkey ask for marriage documents to accept booking for couples???
      2. Which month is better to travel there, July or September?
      Thank you so much...have nice travels.

      more
    • salsa in istanbul...and other questions

      by lola4md Online Now Apr 21, 2014 at 8:16 AM

      i am travelling to istanbul May1 to 8th, i would like to dance salsa and i am wondering what the best place to dance with real salseros(salsa dancers). the last recommendation was rio bravo. Is that still a good place now? Also i will likely be going to the place alone. is that a good and safe idea to go alone. THank you

      4 Answers Yesterday
    • Transfers at Sabiha Gocken

      by SarahY4 Online Now Apr 19, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      Hi there, do you have to go through passport control for transfers at sabiha gocken? I don't have any check in luggage but I am flying with two different airlines (however I can check in online). Also, would anyone know how reliable pegasus is with their ETA's?

      3 Answers Apr 20, 2014 at 1:12 AM
    • ssjd02's Profile Photo

      Which Bosphorus Boat cruise to take? Plus More

      by ssjd02 Online Now Apr 17, 2014 at 3:12 AM

      Hi Everyone
      Me & my wife are headed to Istanbul tonight for a 3 day trip. I have done my general research and know what are the main attractions.
      However, I need some help with details please.

      1. Which Bosphorus Boat trip to take? Where to buy the tickets? What are the times? All details will be much appreciated.
      2. Which attractions would be better suited to be visited in one day? (Based on location etc)
      3. Which attractions are more suited for a rainy day? Which ones are not?
      4. Which attractions require pre-booking etc to avoid delays? Can I book online?
      5. Any suggestions for places to eat?
      6. We're staying Sultanahmet area. Which locations are walk-able and which ones require alternate mode of transport? (We're ready to walk up to 20-30 minutes distances)
      7. Any others details that might be helpful.

      Thank you very very much in advance for your help and advice. Much appreciated.

      3 Answers Apr 21, 2014 at 10:13 AM
    • what is the best area for a hotel in istanbul?

      by sea_jack987 Online Now Apr 16, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      i mean to say where i should get a 3-4 star hotel in istanbul so that the attractions are easily accessible by public transport or within walking distance.

      6 Answers Apr 21, 2014 at 11:55 AM
    • Istanbul in june

      by bushra224 Online Now Apr 16, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      what will be the weather like in early june in istanbul......i wish to visit the ciy at that tym....for a week.

      12 Answers Apr 21, 2014 at 12:40 PM
    • salamq's Profile Photo

      Two weeks at Istanbul

      by salamq Online Now Apr 10, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Hello everyone,
      I would like to get some specific help about:
      1. Is it real that hotels at Turkey ask for marriage documents to accept booking for couples???
      2. Which month is better to travel there, July or September?
      Thank you so much...have nice travels.

      24 Answers Apr 20, 2014 at 6:52 AM
    • kathymof's Profile Photo

      Comment please on two weeks in Istanbul

      by kathymof Online Now Apr 7, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      Hi - I am planning on two weeks in Istanbul and have decided on mid- to late April since I have heard that the poppies and other flowers are in full bloom at that time (is this correct?). I will rent an apartment and stay for two weeks in the Sultanamet neighborhood. Between getting there, back and getting over the time change (I am on west coast USA time) I figure I need that much time to see the major sites and experience the area. Does this seem like an appropriate amount of time - I don't want to be rushed. Any suggestions on must sees and must dos.
      Thanks

      17 Answers Apr 11, 2014 at 3:44 PM
    • Smoke in Atatürk airport

      by doctorfloyd Online Now Apr 6, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      Hi.
      Is there a smoking área in airport Atatürk transit level (International departures)?
      Thank you very much.

      17 Answers Apr 9, 2014 at 11:40 PM
    • Will Grand Bazaar & Spice Market be open on May 19, 2014?

      by sckron Online Now Apr 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      Hello,
      I will be in Istanbul on May 19 this year, which is a public holiday (Ataturk Day). I am wondering if the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market will be open on that day, even if it's a holiday.
      Thanks!

      1 Answer Apr 3, 2014 at 1:44 AM
    • Unrest in Istanbul

      by DougMeg Online Now Apr 2, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      Hi There,

      My wife and I will be travelling to Istanbul in July this year and staying in the hotel Niles. We planning to go for 3 days. We have heard however that there is some riots and unrest there and possibly not safe to travel. Can anyone advise if it is ok to travel there? We are really not wanting to cancel our trip!

      5 Answers Apr 11, 2014 at 1:23 PM
    • Stopping at Ataturk airport en route to Ghana. Is it worth a trip into Istanbul city centre?

      by dan291 Online Now Mar 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Hi, I am travelling to Ghana and will be stopping at Ataturk airport for 17 and a half hours. We will be arriving at Ataturk around 11 pm Turkish time. Is it worth travelling to the city centre for some food and a look around? What is the best method of getting to the city centre? Are places to eat open late in the night? Is it safe at night? I was thinking of sticking to the Taksim square area. I tend to get bored easily and would like to leave the airport but I am unsure whether this is wise. This is my first proper trip out of Europe so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks =).

      5 Answers Mar 31, 2014 at 6:25 PM
    • Stopping at Ataturk airport en route to Ghana. Is it worth a trip into Istanbul city centre?

      by dan291 Online Now Mar 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Hi, I am travelling to Ghana and will be stopping at Ataturk airport for 17 and a half hours. We will be arriving at Ataturk around 11 pm Turkish time. Is it worth travelling to the city centre for some food and a look around? What is the best method of getting to the city centre? Are places to eat open late in the night? Is it safe at night? I was thinking of sticking to the Taksim square area. I tend to get bored easily and would like to leave the airport but I am unsure whether this is wise. This is my first proper trip out of Europe so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks =).

      1 Answer Apr 17, 2014 at 9:32 PM
    • shuttlebus from Sabiha Gocksen to Sultanahmet (the old city)

      by EllyD1951 Online Now Mar 29, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      We fly in june to Istanbul. My question is who has the experience with shuttlebusses. Which organisation is good and not so very expensive.

      Thanks,
      Elly

      6 Answers Apr 14, 2014 at 4:12 AM
    • Capisco's Profile Photo

      Good price hotel/apartment

      by Capisco Online Now Mar 27, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      Hello,
      I would like to know if any one have an idea about a hotel or apartment which will cost around 200Euros for 6 nights ?
      I hope it's something you already tried before ...I just want a clean room with a clean bathroom and a safe place to stay, near transportation or at least 200m away from a public transportation

      Thanks
      Karim Kassem

      4 Answers Mar 29, 2014 at 12:38 AM
    • SteveA82's Profile Photo

      Istanbul trip during protest.

      by SteveA82 Online Now Mar 27, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      Hi everyone , i made plans to visit my turkish friends on the 31st march 2014. I realised after i booked that the elections is starting. I will be staying in osmanbey , near şişli. Will it be ok for me to still go there for 1 week. Or change to Antalya to visit friends there to.
      Any advice would be appreciated.

      7 Answers Mar 27, 2014 at 10:05 AM
    • Istanbul tour

      by tamara_91 Online Now Mar 26, 2014 at 5:14 AM

      My mom wants to travel in Istanbul and visit all the museums palaces and other sightseengs. and we wonder what is the best time for going there? ask help to travel agencies or search hotel, book tickets, solve food issue and every other detail on our own? how many days will be enough?
      any suggestions would be massively appreciated thanks

      17 Answers Apr 3, 2014 at 6:43 AM
    • Nostalgic Tram

      by Lindy1103 Online Now Mar 26, 2014 at 2:14 AM

      Whereabouts can I get on the Nostalgic Tram and where does it go please?

      6 Answers Mar 26, 2014 at 11:39 PM
    • Galata Tower

      by Lindy1103 Online Now Mar 26, 2014 at 2:12 AM

      I'm planning a trip to the Galata Tower to coincide with the call the prayer .. thanks for the tip ;) Can anyone give me directions to the Tower from the Galata Bridge please, also when leaving the tower where would be the next logical place to visit? Could we easily get to Eyup (Pierre Loti Café) from here via public transport or is the nostalgic tram accessible from here?
      I have heard of people leaving the tower and wondering aimlessly and getting lost, which is something I want to try to avoid. All help appreciated ...

      7 Answers Mar 26, 2014 at 10:56 AM
    • Grand Bazaar

      by cathy9510usa Online Now Mar 25, 2014 at 1:29 AM

      I've been reading up on places to visit in Istanbul, and quite a few say women should not go to the Grand Bazaar. None of them say exactly why. Can anyone throw any light on this matter? Thanks very much.

      12 Answers Mar 26, 2014 at 11:09 AM
    • Istanbul Kart

      by Lindy1103 Online Now Mar 22, 2014 at 6:29 AM

      I think the kart is very good, once you understand how it works! CEMKIRACs information was most helpful. When I used it before I did have trouble buying credits and on one occasion I lost 20tl!! Could somebody please explain the procedure I simple terms for loading credits onto the card as I must have been doing something wrong before.

      8 Answers Yesterday
    • Restaurant recommendations on Akbıyık Caddesi, Sultanahmet

      by Lindy1103 Online Now Mar 21, 2014 at 2:07 AM

      Can anyone recommend any restaurants on this busy street. Our hotel is close by and we will be looking at eating close by as we don't arrive until early evening and don't want to venture too far! Thanks in advance

      5 Answers Mar 21, 2014 at 1:15 PM
    • Museum Discount Card

      by Lindy1103 Online Now Mar 19, 2014 at 7:10 AM

      I have the card but my friend don't. When I purchase tickets can I purchase them for us all (with payment) at the same time and effectively we don't have to queue or can I only purchase 1 ticket for myself?

      12 Answers Mar 31, 2014 at 12:10 AM
    • Topkapi Harem tickets

      by Lindy1103 Online Now Mar 19, 2014 at 7:05 AM

      Is it possible to just buy tickets to the Harem and can these be purchased in advance? Last time I visited it was very confusing and I was told you could only visit the Harem if you bought a ticket to the palace, so just wanted to check. I also have the museum card (muze kart) but me friends don't ..

      8 Answers Mar 23, 2014 at 8:25 AM
    • Dolmabahce Palace

      by Lindy1103 Online Now Mar 19, 2014 at 6:54 AM

      Can you use the MuzeKart here? How can tickets be purchased in advance and how much time should be allocated to walk round?

      5 Answers Mar 19, 2014 at 11:58 PM
    • Istanbul on May 1st (Labor Day)

      by shahafs Online Now Mar 18, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      Hey
      I'm planning a weekend in Istanbul on the first weekend of May.
      I was planning to fly there on May 1st or May 2nd , but i'm about worried since I saw May 1st is Labor Day in Turkey, and a search on the internet showed that last year there were a lot of protests and the city was on lock down on that date. Should I fly out on May 2nd then and everything will be fine? or should I just postpone it for another time?

      Please advise if this should be an issue or not.
      Thanks!

      3 Answers Mar 19, 2014 at 10:46 AM
    • Help required with our itinerary

      by Lindy1103 Online Now Mar 18, 2014 at 9:01 AM

      I will be visiting Istanbul next week, staying in Sultanahmet. I've stayed there before so won't have any problems with the attractions we want to visit there. However, our to do list requires several other attractions, which I would appreciate some help with scheduling in I.e. things there are close to eachother that we can do on the same day or in a logical order. We will have 3 full days, to include a Sunday ..

      Spice Bazaar

      Grand Bazaar

      Galata Tower

      Dolmabahce Palace

      Pera Palace Hotel

      Taksim .. Istikal Caddesi

      Pierre Loti Cafe

      The Zorlu Centre

      Galata Bridge, Eminonu, Golden Horn area

      2 Answers Mar 18, 2014 at 11:48 PM
    • Zorlu Centre

      by Lindy1103 Online Now Mar 18, 2014 at 7:00 AM

      Can anyone advise where this is located or where it is near? What transport links is it on from Sultanahmet?

      6 Answers Mar 22, 2014 at 9:25 AM
    • Pera Palace Hotel

      by Lindy1103 Online Now Mar 18, 2014 at 6:58 AM

      I visited this hotel over 10 years ago and it was steeped in history, you were even able to use the original birdcage lift! I'maware that it has been taken over by the Jumeirah hotel chain in recent years. Has anybody visited since it has been taken over and is it still considered worth visiting?

      6 Answers Mar 19, 2014 at 7:42 AM
    • Daily Bospherous Dinner Cruise

      by Lindy1103 Online Now Mar 18, 2014 at 6:53 AM

      Has anyone done this evening dinner cruise and can provide any feedback?

      3 Answers Mar 19, 2014 at 7:46 AM
    • Peirre Loti Cafe

      by Lindy1103 Online Now Mar 18, 2014 at 6:51 AM

      I'm thinking of visiting this café. Are there any other attractions in the vicinity that I could include on the same day?

      8 Answers Mar 21, 2014 at 1:55 AM