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by markbank Online Now Feb 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

I plan with my colleague to visit turkey in march 2013,,,,this is my first time trip to turkey,,,we plan to visit istanbul,,,can anyone master of turkey tourism guided and help me...:-
1. Can anyone suggest the itenerary for 10 days in tukey especially istanbul and nearby places bcoz we feel not to travel whole turkey just istanbul and nearby places and maybe a few days in ankara.

2. What the best place for shopping in istanbul?

3. What the best place / area,,,,i mean for hotel? Not expensive but in the middle of everything and attraction

4. What the best places for nightlife?

5. What the best thing i should do in istanbul and maybe want taste the local culture,,,

I really hope any feedbacks from the speialist of turkey here to guided me and my friends (we around 6 people),,,thanks

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    by Donna_in_India Online Now Feb 7, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Hi - Istanbul is amazing! There is so much to see and do. I'd suggest staying in the Sutlanahmet area. It is close to many attractions - and the great public transportation (trams) will get you to the ones a little further away. The Grand Bazaar is a must visit in Istanbul but I wouldn't shop there. Smaller shops have better deals. Visit Istiklal Caddesi for more shopping, dining, bars, clubs. Get a copy of Time Out Istanbul or check their website - http://www.timeout.com/istanbul/ - for current info on bars, entertainment, etc. If you'd like to take a look at the things I'd recommend check my Istanbul page - "Bustling, Cosmopolitan Istanbul!" - Istanbul by Donna_in_India.

    You can easily spend a week in Istanbul. If there was only one place I could recommend it would be Cappadocia. There is NO place like it! Check some of the Cappadocia pages here on VT - Nevsehir Ili Travel Guide. Be sure to stay in a cave hotel! Enjoy!

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    by wise23girl Online Now Feb 7, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Well the markets are wild and colourful....actually I quite favoured the Spice Market but as Hotel Niles (we stayed here) is close to The Grand Bazaar (The Kapali Carsi) we spent more time there.

    This is from my "What to see tip"
    Well my tip is that you read up a bit on VT...make a list for yourself...Sultanamet district is usually recommended along with The Blue Mosque and the cruise on the Bospherous...you must either cruise between two continents or else go over the bridge connecting Europe and Asia to have this experience.. Then the Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, Little Hagia Sophia Mosque complete the most popular choices.

    Then there are the Markets. I visited the Grand Baazar (The Kapali Carsi) and the Spice Market. I favoured the Spice Market...wonderful aromas fill the air and there is not as much "sameness".

    I loved the the Pierre Loti cafe in the hills. A little bit of a love story here. Great atmosphere with a spectacular view of the city.

    Another place with atmosphere is the Kariye Muzesi...a museum of frescos depicting phases of Christianity. Then visit to hear the history of Yedikule Zindanlari and view the city from the top. Dare I mention the 5 hour each way trip to Gallipoli and the ANZAC memorial. If you can go for a few days and visit Troy as well.

    So you have your list... find your feet for a while...soak up the atmosphere....collect some guide books or escorted tour information and plan from there. Be careful with guided tours not to double up on the same sights.

    Make sure you use the "loo" when you have the chance. you will see "WC" or "Tuvalet"...but you will wait a long time to see "Bathroom" or even make them understand your needs. May cost 1 (one)TL.

    Also you need small money notes to shop...They do not like taking 100TL notes unless you are buying a large item.

    This is a link to my Travel page
    "So what is there to do?" - Istanbul Things to Do Tip by wise23girl

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    by JessieLang Online Now Feb 7, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Donna beat me to it--I was going to say Stay in Istanbul, except for a couple of days in Cappadocia. Istanbul--Blue Mosque, Haggia Sofia, Grand Bazaar, a palace or two, and maybe a cruise on the Bosphorus.

    Cappadocia has incredible landscapes and very old cave churches that were carved out of the rock. I went up in a hot air balloon over the fairy chimneys--expensive, but well worth it if the budget allows. Most hotels could arrange it, I think.

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    by muratkorman Online Now Feb 7, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    If you don't want to travel too much (a wise choice), you can add Bursa and Edirne to your itinerary. I wouldn't really recommend Ankara which I categorize as a boring city, but there are of course must see places there too such as Anitkabir (moseleum of Atatürk) and museums. I would go for Izmir and Ephesus instead of Ankara, but that would take quite a travelling time. For Istanbul, the area to stay is Sultanahmet or Taksim which will provide good transportation options and major attractions of Istanbul are easy to reach even by walking. You can take a look at my Istanbul pages (I have one for Istanbul ili and one for Istanbul) which will give you all the info you need about Istanbul. Of course make sure you browse other VT member pages which are as useful as mine. You can also check my Bursa and Edirne pages for a sneak preview.

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    by June.b Online Now Feb 17, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    If I were you, here's what I normally do. I'll first explore something extraordinary out of Istanbul like (suggested above) Cappadocia, base yourself in Goreme, a small spectacular town in the region where most travelers stay. I went to Goreme and took some friends too couple of times and they were amazed. There are cheap flight fares to the nearby Kayseri airport if you will buy your tickets early online budget airlines websites. I normally flew into Istanbul and get the earliest connecting flight to Kayseri. Explore Cappadocia for 3 days by joining a group tour - cheap and convenient. Then bus it to Ephesus and Pamukkale before heading back to Istanbul and spend the rest of your vacation days.

    Sultanahmet area is where the popular tourist historical sights are so you could may be stay there. But if you're into nightlife too, I'd choose staying around Taksim/Beyoglu area where nightlife is within easy walk. Sultanahmet anyway can be reached by public transport from Taksim/Beyoglu in 10 - 15 minutes. From Taksim take the Tunnel funicular tram down to Karakoy and a long walk to Sultanahmet or a taxi for merely TL10.

    If you're not up for far destination, Bursa and Edirne ( "Hadrianopolis...Adrianople...beautiful Edirne!" - Edirne Ili by June.b ) is nice and near Istanbul. The Princes Island too is a nice day trip.

    For more sights to see in Istanbul including the authentic local neighborhood of Fener/Balat, one of my recent favorite, check my Istanbul page here:

    Istanbul Ili Things to Do Tips by June.b


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