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Danielle Stiles-Polk

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Must do in Istanbul with 24 Hours?

We have an almost 24 hour layover in Istanbul on our way to and from Italy. What suggestions do you have for getting the most out of the city in a short time?  What do we absolutely have to see/do??  Good places to eat? Shop? Definitely want to make the most of our time!

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  • Alex Jorge

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    Hi Danielle,

    24hours is not a long time to explore a city of 14million inhabitants so I would suggest you focus on denser areas where you can pack a lot in.

    Assuming this is your first time in the city, I suggest you head straight to Sulthanahmet to explore the Byzantine and Ottoman highlights: the Hagia Sophia (do enter and pop up to the upstairs gallery space for a grand view of the church); the Blue Mosque, the Roman Hippodrome and the Basilica Cisterns.

    If you still have the energy after that, then I would recommend skipping the Topkapiu Palace and, instead, heading over to the Bazaar Quarter or over the Golden Horn to Galata and Taksim for a stroll. If you are in the city at sunset, then a public ferry ride over the Bosphorus to the Asian side is the perfect ending to a busy day.

    Do remember to allow plenty of time to travel back to the airport as Istanbul's traffic is notoriously bad and, depending on where you find yourself, you may have over an hour of transfer time to the departures hall.

    I have two blog posts you might find inspiring:

    http://www.aforkinlondon.com/post/101341676061/istanbul-essential

    http://www.aforkinlondon.com/post/103411260795/istanbul

    Hope this helps!

    AJ

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  • Samia Ahmed

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    Most areas have been covered already-

    Just to let you know that there is to and from shuttle for both Istanbul's airports- Taksim square is where they drop you and where you can find those buses at. You can use trams/metros to go from Taksim Square

    to the touristy areas. Galata Tower is nice, so is Dolmabahçe Palace which is not far from Taksim.

    The Gulhane Park near Topkapi palace is also a nice place with some small museums inside.

    Enjoy!

    Here is an article I wrote:

    http://archive.thedailystar.net/lifestyle/2012/02/03/page04.htm

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    • Selin I.

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      Ciao Samia, you've got a good point there. i suggest them to use tram-metro. Cause the buses dont work recently. Danielle, you can check this out on; http://www.havas.net/en/OurServices/BusServicesAndCarParkingFacilities/ServicePoints/Pages/AHL.aspx It was good you pointed that Samia:) · (0 likelikes)

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      sure no probs! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Valerie Fidan

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    Begin your Istanbul adventure by basing yourself in Beyoğlu, the city’s main entertainment district, located near Taksim Square. Many Travellers will opt to stay in Sultanahmet Square, which is near all of the sights in Old Istanbul.The nightlife here is quite, touristy and inauthentic. In Beyoglu, you’ll be within walking distance of many of the city’s best restaurants, bars, and nightlife.

    Spend day one sightseeing around Sultanahmet. Visit the stunning sights of the Haghia Sophia and the Blue Mosque before heading to the underground chambers of the Basilica Cistern just across the road. After lunch, visit Topkapı Sarayı, the lavishly decorated Eastern pleasure dome that served as the command center of the Ottoman Empire for over three centuries. Finish your day shopping at the Grand Bazaar.

    I'd also recommend a bath in a Turkish hammam. It's an old tradition and one to experience. The most beautiful ones include the historic Cemberlitas Hamami, Cağaloğlu and Tarihi Galatasaray Erkekler Hamamı. After your bath, spend your day exploring modern Istanbul in the area around Taksim Square. Take a stroll through Cihangir Cd, a relaxed neighborhood with a European ambience made famous by Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk. Have lunch at one of the neighborhood’s many eclectic cafes. Afterwards, spend an hour or so digesting at a narghile (hooka) cafe, making sure to accompany your fruity smoke with a hot salep — a sweet, delicious milky drink made of orchid flour. Bring the afternoon to its conclusion by wandering the streets of Galata Kulesi, the neighborhood surrounding Galata Tower. End the evening chowing down on mezes and drinking raki (at a meyhane on Nevizade Street.)

    Explore the Bosphorus. Take one of the half-hourly commuter ferry services from Eminonu Bazaar, stopping in Beşiktaş, Ortaköy and Bebek. Along the way to admire the beautiful parks, palaces and waterside mansions.

    Don't forget to try a Turkish breakfast - the Turks are the kings of breakfast and it's a great way to experience the culture.

    Begin your Istanbul adventure by basing yourself in Beyoglu, the city’s main entertainment district, located near Taksim Square. Many Travellers will opt to stay in Sultanahmet, which is near all of the sights in Old Istanbul.The nightlife here is quite, touristy and inauthentic. In Beyoglu, you’ll be within walking distance of many of the city’s best restaurants, bars, and nightlife.

    Spend day one sightseeing around Sultanahmet square. Visit the stunning sights of the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque before heading to the underground chambers of the Basilica Cistern just across the road. After lunch, visit Topkapi Palace, the lavishly decorated Eastern pleasure dome that served as the command center of the Ottoman Empire for over three centuries. Finish your day shopping at the Grand Bazaar.

    Begin day two with a bath in a Turkish hammam. The most beautiful ones include the historic Cemberlitas Hamami, Cağaloğlu and Tarihi Galatasaray Erkekler Hamamı. After your bath, spend your day exploring modern Istanbul in the area around Taksim Square. Take a stroll through Cihangir, a relaxed neighborhood with a European ambience made famous by Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk. Have lunch at one of the neighborhood’s many eclectic cafes. Afterwords, spend an hour or so digesting at a narghile (hooka) cafe, making sure to accompany your fruity smoke with a hot salep — a sweet, delicious milky drink made of orchid flour. Bring the afternoon to its conclusion by wandering the streets of Galata, the neighborhood surrounding Galata Tower. End the evening chowing down on mezes and drinking raki (at a meyhane on Nevizade Street.

    Spend your third day exploring the Bosphorus. Take one of the half-hourly commuter ferry services from Eminonu Bazaar, stopping in Beşiktaş, Ortaköy and Bebek. Along the way to admire the beautiful parks, palaces and waterside mansions.

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  • Jacqui Travels

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    Go to a Turkish Bath! A truly eye-opening experience.

    There are a few listed here, along with a whole bunch of other things to do and see in Istanbul. One of my fav cities! http://www.neverendinghoneymoon.net/istanbul/

    Or see the Grand Bazaar or Spice Market.

    Jacqui

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    I just want to warn you that I recall the drive into the city was really, really far from the airport-and that was a direct car route to the heart of the city. I am not sure what public transportation there is, although I know I rode a bus from downtown to the airport when I left Istanbul. I don't recall any other foriegners on the bus and the pick up being in a very odd-non-touristy location-so make sure you research your transportation options well. I do know that everything we did was mostly all around the Sofia Hagia. You could eat around there, go to the hammam (Spa), the souk-for shopping, or see even more if you have more time. That is where it is all at. I recall we rode taxis easily, although this was all with my Turkish Friend. Not counting the transportation time to and from the airport, I would think that you would have an easy time seeing alot in one area. Good luck!

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    Hi, head straight into Istanbul Old City, for a one night hotel room. For luxury try the Four Seasons, and for moderate try Sultanhamet Palace Hotel, as both are right in the Old City and walking distance to Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Roman Cisterns. Perhaps a little further away are the Grand Bazaar, where you should be sure to wend your way into the heart of the Grand Bazaar for the more traditional shops with artisan goods, and the Spice Bazaar. For lunch, I like the restaurant Pandelli Restaurant in the Spice Bazaar above the fray on an upper floor.

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    You can see the most in Sultanahmet Square

    Sultanahmet SquareBasilica Cistern , Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace... When the sun starts to goes down, its time to go to Galata Tower. Konak Cafe would be good choise if you won't go up to tower. Then you can walk through the İstiklal Ave. Its not much tiring for one day, that'll be the optimal.

    Hope you have precious time in Istanbul, get ready to want to go there again:)

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    I would stay near the airport. Flights in and out are very expensive right now. They are bumping everyone from first class to get the diplomats out. You better check Interpol and FBI websites about travel there. My friend had a nervous time there this week. Kicked out of Business Class for diplomats. They are telling Americans to leave, it is not easy place now.

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    Hello,


    You better stay in a hotel at Taksim area then visit istiklal street, taksim square at night. In day time take a taksi to istanbul old city (sultanahmet) visit; hagia sophia, blue mosque, topkapi palace, hippodrome, grand bazaar, egyptian market etc..

    Have a good time in beautiful istanbul TURKEY

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  • Chloe Gunning

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    Hey!

    I loved Istanbul. Have written a 24 Hours in Istanbul piece on my blog. You might also want to visit the Rainbow steps - beautiful story behind them!

    http://www.wanderlustchloe.com/2015/05/the-colourful-revolution-of-the-rainbow-steps-istanbul-turkey.html

    Enjoy!

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