we are a young couple, don't have much money and willing to experience Istanbul as locals.
would it be an option to hire a scooter or is it expensive/feasible on foot ?
would it be smart/nice to hire a small boat (knowing that none of us has a boat driving licence) to explore some beaches/creeks outside the city ?
Don't hire a scooter - don't think you can anyway in istanbul and it's dangerous for a new comer. Most of the historical sights are within walking distance. For the rest take taxis or public transport.
Exploring beaches / creeks would take you a bit outside the city and in November , it's not beach weather. Rather use use the time to explore the city outside the tourist areas. So much to see. Enjoy it.
i don't advice you to rent a scooter, because the traffic in istanbul is awful in rush hours and there are thousands of hills all around the city.
best way is to buy an IstanbulKart and use public transportation.
in day 1, buy an istanbul museum card and travel in historical places such as Topkapı Sarayı Hagia Sophia Blue Mosque Istanbul Archaeology Museums http://turkeydesk.com/how-to/istanbul-museum-pass/
in day 2 visit Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar. here is a tip on how to bargain http://turkeydesk.com/how-to/bargaining-in-grand-bazaar/
in day 3 discover the places and clubs in Beyoğlu and Istiklal Caddesi http://turkeydesk.com/how-to/best-night-clubs-in-beyoglu/
in day 4 have a Bosphorus Cruise | Day Cruises | Istanbul SightseeingBosphorus and Buyukada tour in a cheap way by ferry. here is the ferry hours
in day 5 you can do these free things http://turkeydesk.com/how-to/free-activities-in-istanbul/
bon voyage :)
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Hello Daphne! My cousin and I spent three nights in Istanbul on a month long trip to Italy, Greece and Turkey (Istanbul) and I was kicking myself for not taking more time in this fantastic city. We really enjoyed our hotel in Sultanahmet and it has very easy walking access to Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque Apart, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, and Grand Bazaar The Sultanahmet has a wide array of hotels and hostels and you should have no problem finding a place for 50 Euro a night. This is also very close to some water ferry spots where you can ride, cheaply over to the Asian side of Istanbul. We had several tasty and inexpensive meals in this area. The ferry system is also fantastic and can get you all around greater Istanbul. Multiple companies also offer day trips from Istanbul as well. I would try to stick to the Bosphorus as much as possible, because it's simple and the traffic in Istanbul is pretty bad. Finally, accept and drink tea, whenever offered. It's an important part of their culture and it's good! Hope that helps a little and safe travels.
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