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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 25, 2016
Istanbul Attractions Near the Ataturk Airport  (11 Answers)

Hello everyone,

I have a pretty big gap between flights at Ataturk airport. I arrive about 18:00 on Fri Dec30 and leave about 13:00 on Sat Dec31. I do not need to have a visa to leave the airport, so I would like to explore the city a bit. What attractions should I visit and until what time is it safe to be in the street? I am planning to spend an evening/night in the city, go back to the airport for the night, and then visit this () city tour. What do you think about this plan? How heavy is the traffic going to be these days? Keep in mind that I am 17 and I am not ready to spend money on hotels or taxis.

Thank you for the information,
Barys



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 14, 2016
Visit to istanbul  (3 Answers)

How is Istanbul current situation want to travel next month a


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 13, 2016
Istanbul trip  (10 Answers)

I would like to know when is the best time to visit istanbul between january and june ?
And what should i see in the city ?
And is there any hood cheap hotels there ?
Thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 11, 2016
Enough Time To Sleep and Be Safe?  (8 Answers)

I am considering taking a direct flight to Istanbul (IST) on Turkish Airlines from San Francisco next year and then transferring for a flight to Croatia the next day.

Arriving in Istanbul at 1900 what range of time can i expect at customs? Am I making a mistake of trying to catch a flight the next day at 8 am. Any suggestions on what hotel to stay in that has the best pick up and drop off service to the airport. Is safety an issue at the airport now days? Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 11, 2016
Road Trip  (34 Answers)

i want to drive from Istanbul to Bangkok


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 23, 2016
Ottoman Mask  (25 Answers)

Hello, I know this is a long shot but I collect masks from the places I visit and I would really like to find an ottoman mask like this one during my trip to Turkey:

I'm thinking the best bet is the Grand Bazzar but not sure if there is an specific location considering how large the palace is... or if there's any other place around Istanbul where I could find it


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 17, 2016
who will be in istanbul between 27 september and 9 october !  (1 Answer)

hiii ... i will be in istanbul for 12 days .. and i will travel alone and my hotel it will be in taksim ... so i want to know any person(from any country) will be there in same time maybe we can see istanbul together and go to all amazing places together ...
i'm 21 years and i like to have fun and know new things and i like so much nightlife also ^^
so anyone plz !


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 12, 2016
Indie bars/clubs  (3 Answers)

Hi

I will go to Istanbul next week (Thursday-Monday) and I am wondering whether there is any nice bars/clubs that plays indie music and such? It seems to be a bit hard to find in Istanbul.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 01, 2016
How much money should I withdraw from my ATM in Istanbul?  (23 Answers)

Hi Everyone,

We'll be in Istanbul for the first time and I have no idea what to expect regarding prices there.

I'd prefer not to be stuck with extra Turkish lira at home.

Since we'll be there for about half a day, how much should I withdraw in Turkish lira to cover the following for 2 Adults in Sultanahmet:

1) taking round-trip ferry ride (not a cruise, just the ferry);
2) buying 1 pair of ornate indoor slippers (for Women) from Arasta Bazaar;
3) Entrance Fees (either to Blue Mosque or Basilica Cistern, 1 or 2 places max);
4) buying 1 decorative lamp from Arasta.

Food and transportation from and to the Airport we've already got covered.

Many thanks for your Estimates! :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 28, 2016
Easy way to reach the Black Sea  (24 Answers)

I would like to go to a place close to Istanbul to see the Black Sea. I have read the cruises take too long.. I was thinking maybe just going to Garip├že and have lunch there with Black Sea view but I don't find an easy public transportation route to get there.

Any suggestions?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 27, 2016
Aziz Mahmut Hudayi Mosque  (7 Answers)

Anybody have visit Aziz Mahmut Hudayi Mosque? Can tourist go in? Is the area where is located ok for tourist to be walking around?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 26, 2016
Which Turkish Bath  (5 Answers)

After a lot of research I'm thinking in taking a turkish bath in one of the following places
Cagaloglu
Cemberlitas
Ayasofya

I'm choosing a place close to my hotel as I wont have too much time the day I'm planning on doing it so I dont want to waste time in getting there. I'm staying close to Blue Mosque area.

I'm not looking for luxury but more for traditional. Any suggestion or I may be missing other option.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 19, 2016
12 or 22 hours in Istanbul?  (13 Answers)

Hello! I'm heading to Egypt in October and my layover will be in Istanbul. Since I've never been, I figured I'd choose a flight with a decent layover and see if I can explore. I've got 2 options from what I've been seeing, and I've got some questions if anyone can help me. I'll preface by saying I'm a very tall, average sized, very pale white woman with blue eyes and unnatural red hair (I have extensions in my profile pic I'll remove before going). I'm pierced, though I'll take them out as well, and tattooed. Basically, I'm very clearly an alternative westerner. I'm wearing all conservative clothes there, light-weight long sleeves and pants, and I'll wrap my head if I need to.

If I do Istanbul on the way to Egypt, I arrive at 8:30pm, and leave at 6:45pm the next day. I'd need to find somewhere cheap and safe to stay overnight.

If I do Istanbul coming home from Egypt, I'd arrive at12:30am and leave at 2:45pm. I could get a locker and nap at the airport for a few hours.

So my questions are, first off, is it safe? I'll be with a friend in Egypt, but on my own in Istanbul, and I know a bit of Egyptian Arabic, but no Turkish. Second, which plan would be better? I'm on a tight budget, so if I can see enough on the way home that would be nice, but I'm concerned it's not enough time. Third, what should I see while I'm there and what's the best way to get around town?

Thanks so much!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 26, 2016
safe to travel?  (10 Answers)

My husband and I are planning a trip in Sept/Oct this year... concerned that the recent military coupe makes travel to Istanbul sketchy...


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 06, 2016
need a guide  (3 Answers)

need a guide in istanbul for 2 days anyone there?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 17, 2016
complimentary hotel  (18 Answers)

I am doing an overnight transition through Istanbul, has anyone tried this? if so how is the hotel? are there good eateries around the hotels? is it outside the airport? clean? I know I will need a visa too, can I just get the visa when I get there in case I don't stay in one of their hotels? please be kind enough to advice, thanks in advance, will be there end of this month June


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 02, 2016
safe and moderate rate hostel or homestay  (6 Answers)

Hi All,
I will be traveling from Europe (going home) in July and am thinking of stopping over in Istanbul for 3-4 days.
Can any one advise me on the followings:
1. Is Istanbul these days for tourist? (I am a woman, traveling alone)
2. Is anyone here can recommend cheap-moderate rate homestay at considerably safe area? Or if anyone here from Istanbul is owning one?
Thanking you in advance,
Anna


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 22, 2016
Hijab shops  (8 Answers)

Where can I buy Islamic Hijab in Istanbul? the kind that's full length and not 3/4 length?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 17, 2016
Transportation to Big Camlica Hill from Kadikoy ferry docks  (2 Answers)

I will be in Istanbul in a couple of weeks and would like to see the great view from Camlica HIll in Uskudar. Is there a bus that goes from the Kadikoy Ferry docks to Camlica Hill? If so, what is the bus # and where is the bus stop near the docks? What stop would I get off at near Camlica Hill? Can I catch a bus going the opposite direction at the same stop when I want to return to the Kadikoy ferry dock area? (or is the bus route a loop that does not return on the same street?) A lot of questions but I would appreciate any help. Thank you.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 30, 2016
Turkish Visa  (14 Answers)

I'm planning to visit Turkey later this year and from what I've read, since 5th of January 2016, I need to apply for my visa at the Turkish Embassy in London, yet from what I've read on different forums, it's still possible to get an e-visa online without going to the embassy. as you can imagine I'm rather confused about which is the correct way to get a visa. Could someone please clarify which is the correct procedure? Thanks in advance, Ian


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 26, 2016
International prepaid sim cards in Turkey  (2 Answers)

Hello, am arriving in Istanbul on May 3rd and will be staying in Istanbul for ten days and travelling to nearby places. Would like to know if international prepaid sim cards are easily available and what would be the approximate rates to make calls to India. Thank you.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 21, 2016
To travel without visa to India from poland  (2 Answers)

Im an Indian citizen studying in poland. my visa had expired so I have a stamp on my passport which allows me to stay legally in poland until my temporary residence permit arrives. Is it possible to travel from poland to my country with a connecting flight in istanbul without my residence card or visa for poland ?
Thankyou


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 01, 2016
Istanbul, Bulgaria & Romania  (2 Answers)

Hi all,
I wanted to ask which district to stay in Istanbul, Varna, Sofia & Bucharist.
Planning it for August.
We are a family of four, us parents & two teenagers.
Also, is better to do Istanbul- Sofia -Varna - Bucharist
Or shall do Varna first then Sofia?
What are the points of interest in Varna?
As for transportation between the cities do you advise us to take planes or trains?
Thank you.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 29, 2016
Transport from SAW  (5 Answers)

Hi Istanbul expert,

Please can I ask you advise in regards with transport. We are travelling next week for the very first time to Turkey. We will arrive at SAW airport. We need to get to Cityloft Suites but I am not sure what the best option would be in regards with transport.

We will be travelling in Turkey for 3 weeks so walking is not ideal since we will have a lot of luggage.

Please can you advise in regards with transfers and how the Havatas system work.

Thank you!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 26, 2016
Easter 2016 Safe to travel to Istanbul?  (12 Answers)

Hi
I am due to go with my husband and child to Istanbul next week (end of March) for 3 nights. Given the recent attack there, and the recent attacks in Brussels we are thinking it may not be the best of ideas. Any opinions? Would you travel there with your 8yr old? We are normally pretty hardy travellers but this time I am worried. Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 28, 2016
Vialand for adults?  (2 Answers)

Hello.. i need to know if Vialand (Istanbul) worth visiting for 2 adults without kids ?
our visit will be after 3 weeks (late March).
Thank you


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 27, 2016
UBER IN ISTANBUL  (1 Answer)

any feedback on uber at Istanbul?, is language an issue with drivers?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 27, 2016
4 days in Instanbul - FAMILY TRIP  (2 Answers)

I'm traveling to Istanbul mid March with 3 children (11, 7 and 3 yrs), any suggestions on activities or places to visit with the kids?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 22, 2016
Pierre Loti  (4 Answers)

What is the history of Pierre Loti? How did it get it's name?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 08, 2016
looking for support for a comprehensive plan  (14 Answers)

Budget: economic, Duration: 35 days, 4 Pax family
sites targeted: Istanbul Islamic Historic sites + Swizterland Geneva Trekking,boating + Spain sites of Islamic history at Toledo, Cordoba, Seville, Granada + Morocco historic sites & adventures



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