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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 01, 2016
Feasibility of Train journey from Istanbul to Geneva  (10 Answers)

Is it feasible to travel by TRAIN from Istanbul to Geneva?
Is the route safe without any civil turmoil now?
which country/countries visa I should take in advance? I hold an Indian passport.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 11, 2014
weather in Istanbul?  (9 Answers)

How is the weather in Feb? should I wait til apr?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 20, 2014
ferries to silivri  (9 Answers)

I am trying to find details of a ferry or sea bus on the morning of 16th MAY 2014 from Istanbul to Silivri. I would like to know the departure and arrival times and where does it leave from. I would be truly thankful for any assistance. himshi133


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 29, 2013
Shopping  (3 Answers)

hi everybody!
I want to know where I can buy jeweliries in Istanbul with allowable costs?
Thanks in advance!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 12, 2012
Dolmabache on Dec. 4?  (22 Answers)

I am travelling to Istanbul in about two weeks, staying for ten days at a hotel very close to Milion.

Dolmabahce Palace.
I plan to visit the Palace at Dec. 4th, which is a Tuesday. I guess it is open at this day?
My other option is the Sunday 2nd Dec, but I assume it is pretty crowded on that day?

I have thousand Q, most of them I guess will be solved upon arrival, here are a few I still dont get, my starting position is the Metro station Sultanahmet, close to Hagia Sofia

a) How to travel to Eyüp mosque. By boat from Spice market?
a I ) The travel from Eyüp to Kariye Camii and Mihrimah Sultan Camii (both close to the "city wall") is best done by taxi, too far to walk?

b) Spice market, any reliable seller/ shop you can recommend? Some say Arifoglu at # 31 is "the best" ?

c) Süleymaniye mosque. Some say it closes at 1700. That must be wrong? I assumed mosques are open 24 /7 ?

d) I am planning to visit Kadiköy on Sunday dec 1 (Asia), I guess the ferry starts on the hour from the spice market, every hour?

e) Bodrum Camii.
I am looking for the foot fragment missing in Venezia (St Marks Basilica, The Tetrarcs).
Very important - is this fragment on display in Bodrum so I can actually see it?

f) Cucur cuma streets - can you recomend this area as a pictoresque geniue Istanbul for me to take photos. are there nice market in this area?

g) The chains of Istanbul :-)
Do they have them on display in the military museum above Taksim sq. ?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 04, 2012
IST airport to Sultanahmed  (11 Answers)

Hi All
I have the following questions
1. What is the best way for me & my wife to go to Sultanahmed+ 6 baggs. A taxi or minibus shuttle. We do not mind to go-around by shuttle.A Taxi may not hold all my items !

2. Anyone know the current rate for the shuttle to Sultanahmed ? Per person. Do I need to pay extra per suitcase too ?

3. I liked staying , two yrs ago, at Agura - any place like this near the airport as well as the Metro - a basic Hostel ?

4. What is the apporox. Taxi fare from IST to Sultanahmed ?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 16, 2012
NIGHT ARRIVING TO ISTANBUL  (16 Answers)

HI,I AM EUROPIEN WOMEN.I WILL GO TO ISTANBUL FOR TRANSIT TRIP WITH MY SON.MY PLANE ARRIVE WENSDAY IN THE NIGHT-23:30 AT ATTATURK AIRPORT.I DON'T KNOW THE CITY AND AM WORRY HOW TO DO.I STILL DIDN'T BOOK MY HOTEL.I NEED TO GO FROM ISTANBUL TO RUSE,BULGARIA.I SAW THAT THE BUSES TO RUSE GO FROM ESENLER BUS STATION.I NEED SOMEBODY HELP ME TO DECIDE HOW TO DO-WICH AREA IS BETTER TO BOOK MY HOTEL AND HOW TO RICH THIS HOTEL IN THE NIGHT.I NEED ECONOMY HOTEL AND WAS LOOKING FOR 2 OPTIONS-SULTAN EYE CONFORT HOTEL IN OLD SULTANAHMET CITY-23 KM FROM THE AIRPORT.THE LOCATION IS-AKBIYIK CADESI BAYRAM FIRINI SOKAK,N 8.IT'S CLOSE TO THE METRO BUT I THINK THE METRO WILL BE CLOSE THE TIME I GO OUT FROM THE AIRPORT.I SAW IN AGODA OTHER SMALL 2 STARS HOTEL-EDUCA HOSTEL,LOCATED AT 2,7 KM FROM THE AIRPORT.MAYBE I HAVE TO STAY IN ISTANBUL 2 DAYS-I THINK THE NEXT DAY IT WILL BE NOT A BUS FOR RUSE.SO I WILL NEED TO GO TO THE CITY,TURN IN THE CITY,RETURNING TO THE HOTEL.IF THE HOTEL WILL BE FAR OF THE CITY,IT WILL BE MOST COSTLY DUIRING THE DAY FOR THE TRANSPORT.
SO,PLEASE HELP ME TO KNOW IF I BOOK SULTAN EYE CONFORT HOTEL,HOW CAN I RICH THE MOST ECONOMICALLY THE HOTEL(SHUTTLE BUS,HAVAS BUS)IN THE NIGHT?WICH WAY TO TAKE?OR MAYBE IS BETTER TO RENT ONE CAR FROM THE AIRPORT.THANK YOU


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 02, 2012
Maps App for Istanbul  (8 Answers)

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good Maps App that doesn't need internet access but has inbuilt GPS so you can see where you are? Would be much appreciated.

Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 29, 2011
5D 4N in Istanbul  (16 Answers)

Hi, I am researching on a short trip to Istanbul and have many questions. Hope to have some responses to help me plan ahead. =)

1. What is the weather like typically in Feb / Mar?

2. Any proposed 5D 4N itenary? (I read a lot on the travel pages and destination guide already, perhaps looking for someone to give suggestions on the must-visits).

3. Is it advisable to go around on my own (2 of us only) or book a tour? Does anyone have a good tour agent to recommend?

4. Is accommodation at Old City Sultanahmet convenient for visiting attractions? How to get there from the airport?

5. I read on warnings of pickpockets and snatch thieves. Is it really that bad?

Please feel free to share any useful tips too! Thanks in advance! =)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 13, 2011
Istanul/Athens  (8 Answers)

Hi everyone,
I will be in London in November and would like to see Istanbul and Athens. Ideally, I would be able to find a 6 night package that includes both Istanbul and Athens and departs from London. Can anyone council me on this? Or does anyone have any other suggestions about seeing both Istanbul and Athens from London?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 15, 2011
Istanbul to Mykonos or Santorini  (1 Answer)

Hi!

My family will be in Istanbul for October 2011 and ever since I've been wanting to go to Santorini and or Mykonos but never had a chance. I know Istanbul is near these islands, can anyone help me how can I reach these places, what to ride, how much and how long is the travel time?

Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 21, 2011
where to shop clothes  (1 Answer)

Hi,please I want to know where to shop good clothes women and kids as I will be visiting istanbul this summer with my family by God's grace. Names of shops I can view online. thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 10, 2011
Istanbul Visit  (18 Answers)

me and my wife plan to our dream trip to land of grandfathers :))) ISTANBUL..


my travel agent give me just 2 choise regarding to the hotels:

1- Euro Palza, near to Taksim
2- Carlton, near to Suleymaniye Mosque and city center

they said both 4 star hotels..

so may u help me please to tell me which is better,

Thanx a lot,
Khalid


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 18, 2011
ataturk airport to Sultanahmet - Taxi ..  (5 Answers)

Hi
My son and I are arriving a 12.45 am to Istanbul in April.

can someone please tell me how long it took us to travel from the airport to sultanahmet in a taxi, and how much it will cost.

Is there anything to worry about arriving so late in Istanbul? safety concerns? Should we take a taxi or is there an easier way?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 13, 2011
Şeker Bayramı  (1 Answer)

Hello all,
I will be arriving in Istanbul August 30, in time for Şeker Bayramı, the sugar holiday.
Can anyone tell me what to expect in Istanbul? What types of festivities, if any, are going on and what part of the city is most abuzz?
Also, would it be advisable to travel on Friday, the day after the holiday, or Saturday? Will timetables of buses and ferries remain the same? Thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 10, 2011
KILYOS in June :D  (1 Answer)

Hi everybody,

I'm planning to go to Kilyos the last week of june and would be glad if someone can give me some suggestion or advise about cheap hotel, hostel, B&B. I would preffer something near the beach.

Thanks to all!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 28, 2011
Istanbul Tour  (3 Answers)

I will be travelling to Istanbul from 2nd April 2011 to 10 April 2011 with my wife and 2 children (3 years and 1.5 years old) what type of weather to expect there? I want to avoid rainy season.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 11, 2011
Clothes  (6 Answers)

Where can I go to buy good quality clothes but at a reasonable price. I am not talking about the bazaar or the malls. Is there a "clothing/fashion" district? I am interested in casual clothes - especially blouses and scarves. Suggestions please and if possible the district and subway stop if any. Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 08, 2011
can I wait my next flight r at Sabiha international airport  (2 Answers)

I will fly from Shajah to Istanbul and my flight will land to Sabiha international Airport at 23.30 on 14 February 2011.and I will connect flight to Izmir with Pegasus Airline in morning 6.30 ..So I don't want go outside to look for hotel..so can I stay there until morning...no problem? and is it safe for me and my belonging there ..thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 01, 2011
Climate in Jan  (6 Answers)

Dear Folks,
I'll travel to Istanbul by mid of Jan , so i'm asking about the climate in these days , and the appropriate costume.

Cheers
Sam


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 07, 2010
easiest way from ataruk to haydarpasa station  (2 Answers)

Hi everyone!

Please help on how to get to haudarpasa station from ataruk airport..Can i take the tram and how and what station should i get off? My flight comes in 830p and would like to catch the night train to ankara..thanks guys


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 20, 2010
Online cheap discounted flights within Turkey  (4 Answers)

Hi,

We'd like to fly from Istanbul to Izmir, would like to book our airline tickets in advance. It would be very helpful to know of any good sites where we can go online and book our flights. If you know of any good airline links, please send it to us.

Also, is there any ferry or boat cruises we can take from Izmir to Bodrum or from Bodrum to Antalya. We'd like to take a boat cruise in one of our travels within Turkey. Please advise if you know of any.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Cheers


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 20, 2010
hi  (1 Answer)

hello :

regarding my close trip to istanbul i kindly request people that already visited istanbul that:

what is the opening hours of shops in istiklal street(are they closed on sundays!)

and where is the location of axaray street
please provide me some sopping areas not shopping malls
thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 15, 2010
Location New Edition Hotel  (2 Answers)

Can someone tell me about the location where the New Marriott Edition hotel is being built? It is supposed to open early 2011.



Are there shops and restaurants nearby?

And how far is this location to the Old City and other tourist attractions?

Thanks--Theo


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 14, 2010
Hotels in Istanbul  (5 Answers)

I'll be traveling to Istanbul beginning of September. Any one has recommendations for good budget hotels. My Budget is about US$40/60 a night.
Tks
Adriana


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 04, 2010
Storage at Sabih Gokcen Airport  (1 Answer)

Hello VTers, i would like to store luggage at Sabih Gokcen Airport for 4 days, please advise if this is possible?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 03, 2010
About dance  (6 Answers)

Hi!
I 'm looking for a place with oriental dance performances.
Can you help me?

Thank you


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 11, 2010
Going in 10 days  (2 Answers)

Dear All,

Heading to lovely Istanbul for the 1st time for five days
Looking for a nice hotel my agent suggest Hotel Feranya.
What do you think shall I go for it?

If any need any hting from Egypt Please dont hesitate :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 24, 2010
Apartments for rent  (3 Answers)

Hi to all of you guys :)

I want to know if somebody know cheap clean apartments to rent for short periode (2week) in the area of istanbul for example Taksim or similar close to center.

Because always i use to rent apartment when i travel i find it more confortable me and my wife.

THX in advance


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 20, 2010
Haman  (3 Answers)

Hi fellow VT members...

I am visiting Istanbul in a few weeks (first week in June) and think it would be fun to visit a haman when we are there-- I am going with my mom and female roommate. Can someone recommend their favorite bath, somewhere to relax and get an authentic experience?? Thanks for your help!!

~Jessica



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