I may be stopping about 10 hours in Istanbul airport. is it possible to go out without claiming luggage even if I am in transit? Is the check out normally fast?
I am planning on coming to Istanbul for the very first time!!! I can't believe I've never been before, but it is true! I am planning on coming on Dec. 27th and staying until the 31st December, 2013. I will be traveling with another woman friend and we would like to have a place with separate beds perhaps in a private flat. I've been looking on airbnb, but I am not familiar with Istanbul at all. We have a budget of 60Euros each per day for accommodations, so 120 per day if we share and if it is with separate beds. Also, we are not 'Spring Chickens' but still we are walking! We'd like to be somewhere nice and near the tourist areas, Agia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, the Bazaar, and we would like to avoid having to take many taxis and buses, I don't mind taking the metro and an occasional taxi will be necessary. Can anyone recommend a nice private flat that would be also in a good neighbourhood? Thank you very much. Janet
can anyone suggest me what is the best & cheapest way to reach from Ataturk Airport to Fatih (near Gul Mosque)?
hoping for your assistance in this matter
Need recommendation for hotel near airport.
i would like to visit cappodocia for 2 nights from istanbul. by bus... which are the best tour operators in istanbul
hi all, i am travelling to istanbul from 24-27th november.
i wanted to know if i need to carry winter clothing. (Im from bombay) i would really need to buy if its gonna be cold. online i found the temp to be around 8 degree C.
it is bearable or do i need to buy gloves.
also are all the beautiful restaurants open with the view.
i have also posted a VT meet during that time. would love to meet local VT members if any
Hi everyone, i would like to travel to istanbul from 20 to 23.12..but i will trave alone,so i find someone who could me show istanbul or to someone connects? Veronika :)
Hi all -
I have an upcoming trip where I'll have a seven hour layover in Istanbul. I can go in the lounge, which is great, but I was thinking of getting out of the airport. I know that I'll have to get an entry visa, which I realize will take some time. I've been to Istanbul before and have done some of the major sight-seeing (e.g. Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, etc.). I'm wondering if there is something close/convenient to the airport that I could do. One thing in particular I was wondering about is if there are any hammams nearby; that might be a good way to relax in the middle of my two long flights.
Hello I am thinking of having a 2 week stay in Istanbul over the Christmas period. I want to book in a region where there are markets and restaurants etc. within walking distance of the hotel. I am not a great walker as I suffer from arthritis so need things to be close by. Any suggestions would be gratefully received. Thanks
i'm in istanbul and i'm not familiar with this city.as you may know the day after tomorrow is dead line for america lottery so i'm looking for a place to takea photo from me but i don't know where to go.could you please help me where is the nearest photography or sth like that for taking photos?
my hotel address :
Çatma Mescit Mh.
Çatma Mektep Sk No:1, 34437 Istanbul, Türkiye
Thank you in advance
I am interested in shops in Istanbul that sell organic skin care and beauty products - any ideas? =)
Thanks in advance!
i`am from Hanover (Germany) and i want fly to istanbul to buy new clothes. In Web i have found a service company thats organize holidaytrip to istanbul. Here is the URL: myluxtrip.de/einkaufen-in-is... Have anyone Experiences with firms like this? Thanks for our help!
Where would be the best shop to buy a designer inspired handbag for a great price?
Hi there, I am travelling to Istanbul at the end of October and would love to find something great to do with my wife that we won't find on the standard must do/must see lists? My wife is out there for a few months and will have already seen all the top 10 stuff.
Are there any good theatres with ballet performances? Places to visit that will stay with me forever? Weird and wonderful experiences not to be missed?
Any and all ideas will be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance for your help.
Hi all, can you help me information about the transfer from Istanbul grand station to Asia Princess Hotel?
Please somebody help me :)
hi evryone i booked a trip to istanbul between 30 october to 5 november ...anyone wil be in istanbul in this period , and i wanna know when i got metro from airport to asksaray , i wanna go to my hotel there is a tram station in this area or i should take bus....any others advices will be appreciated thanks
I travel to istanbul from 21 - 28 october 2013....can anyone help me about
1. Best thing to do in istanbul?
2. Where best place to shopping but not to expensive
3. Where best place to hanging up...i mean best for nightlife
4. Wht must i try in istanbul for lifetime experience?
5. Wht best area to book hotel
I'm going to visit Istanbul in the end of Nov I'm staying for 14 days 13 night and I'm super excited and scared at the same time can anyone plz give me some advice and let me know how much money I will need to bring.... Thank u for ur time and reading this and any advice u give me ;)
hi..i'm traveling with friends to istanbul during feast (oct 13-18) 2013, and i hear shops and malls are closed during that time..is it true?...could somebody tell me whether all shops are closed or not and for how long please? ...thanks :)
Hi! Checking the Metro Turizm website for tickets from Istanbul to Goreme. I'm not sure which bus station to choose (Bayrampasa, Alibeykoy, 4 Levent, Aucilar, Harem, Dudullu Tesis, Samandira, and Aksarayemiviyet). We will be coming from Hotel Nena in Sultanahmet area. Thanks!
I have been to Turkey several times over 20 years but I haven't been back since 2006. I have never stayed in Istanbul very long. On this trip my wife and I are Staying in Istanbul for 10 days, arriving next week. I was wondering if the Istanbul Kart is the way to go as I intend to use the public transportation. The last time I was there, an akbil was used
i need some estimate about taxi cast for choosing hotel
i probably want to rent the bike for transforming in town... it cost 30 tl per day... is it more efficiency than using taxi and metro?
if i be with my bike, can i use metro or tramway... is it permitted caring bike in metro or tramway??
Looking for some suggestions for restaurants in Sultanahmet area. We are staying at the Tria Hotel (Akbiyk Cd.) Would like to be able to have something within walking distance.
Will also be touring the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market one day and would also appreciate some suggestions near these spots.
How can I find clean cca. 3 star hotel in Sultanahmet for resonable price?
Are there any water/amusement parks in Istanbul?are they open during September and October?
My husband and I are a planning a trip in May of 2014. We are in our 40's but have the hearts of 20 -30 yr olds.
Are there any fun festivals/events in May that we should check out?
I will be in Istanbul from October 1st to October 5th, 2013 and plan to visit the Grand Bazaar and its areas. Can someone tell me if this period of time coincides with Turkish National or Civic holidays ? Will the Grand Bazaar be closed on either of those days or is it only closed on Sundays ?
Thanks in advance !
This will be our first time in Turkey and we're going unguided, would appreciate all the help we can get! :) Wondering if our plan is feasible, and any sage advice from the knowledgeable community on how to improve our itinerary?
Suggestions on any good cheap places to consider staying in our stops, and an estimate of the budget we would need on this trip would also be welcome.
6.30 pm Arrive Istanbul, check into the hotel/hostel
Night Walk around (dinner, maybe buy a sim-card, buy the museum pass, etc.), rest
27/9/2013 (Fri) (A few museums are closed on Friday)
8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Topkapi Palace 25 TL or plus an optional 15TL for women’s house Harem)
11.00 am Hagia Sophia 15 TL
1.00 pm Lunch and Zuhur
2.30 pm Sultanahmet Mosque Free
6.00 pm Go to Bursa
Option 1: Bus from Esenler terminal (2 hours)
Option 2: Ferry from Yenikapi (1.5 h) then 30 mins to Bursa
Night Stay a night in Bursa
Great Mosque of Bursa
Walk around Bursa
Night Go to Selcuk by bus, sleep in the bus Checked: Available at 11.00 pm, (7 hours)
Arrive Selcuk, check into the hotel (KIV)
Go to Ephesus and walk around
Temple of Artemis 1 km away from Selcuk, reached by Kusadasi or Pamucak minibuses, walk/jog
Night Stay for a night
Walk around or by bus, go around Pamucak and Kusadasi (beach)
Go to Pamukkale 3.5 hours
Maybe stay at the Traverten Otel in Pamukkale?
Walk around Pamukkale (cotton)
Night Go to Cappadocia by bus, sleep in the bus (9 hours)
Arrive Goreme (Cappadocia) Maybe can stay at Nomad Hotel
Cappadocia green/red tour
Go to Ankara by bus (4.5 hours), 30 TL
Mausoleum of Atartuk
Night Go to Bolu
We can maybe go to Lake Abant
Go to Istanbul (sleep in the bus) (10 – 12 hr journey)
Picnic at Buyukade Island 4 TL for each person for entry
Cycling service: 10 TL for the whole day
Panorama Museum or other museums
Spice and Grand Bazaar Shopping!
1.45 pm Depart
Thank you in advance, we'll be so grateful for any help!
I would like to book a ticket on Turkish Airlines for JFK-KUL for Feb'14. The lowest airline tickets is through Turkish Airlines with a stop over in Istanbul but having read through many recent bad customer comments, am a bit hesitant right now. The main concern I have is with lost or damage luggages which is the majority of the complaints that Turkish Airlines is receiving right now. I do want to point out that these reviews are on websites other than Skytrax - which rated Turkish Airlines Best Europe Airlines 3 years in a row.
I have also read a forum thread from Jan'13 is this forum that mentioned that Turkish Airlines is not as bad its reviews but just wanted to reach out again to see if the quality has somewhat gone down through the months.
I also would appreciate any comments on the free tour offered as I will be transiting for 19 hours. Thanks! Ariel
I will be touring Istanbul & Konya in November,2013. i need a companion cum guide preferably a Turkish girl for 10 days. I am ready to pay about 1000 Euros as fee of the guide. please Help..