The Best Istanbul Tips, Travel Advice and Things to Do
Updated on May 8th, 2020
Istanbul is one of the largest cities in the world. I was blown away by the hustle and bustle and how many people were everywhere you turned. That being said, it’s also a must-visit. This beautiful city is a divide between western and eastern cultures, it has a rich history, delicious food and so many attractions you could spend years exploring it.
When I set out to write this blog post, there was just so much I wanted to include. I didn’t stop writing and wanted you to experience the full Instanbul. Because of this, I decided to convert it into an awesome FREE ebook for you! Over 5000 words have been condensed into 42-pages full of the best Istanbul tips, travel advice and important information for your visit to this vibrant Turkish city.
You now have the option of taking this ebook with you wherever you go. Plus, there are lots of pretty pictures to get you inspired to book a trip to Istanbul today.
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What makes Istanbul special?
To begin with, this city is chaotic. There are people everywhere! Istanbul is the 4th largest city in the world with over 15 million permanent residents. In 2014, 42 million tourists visited the city, making it the 6th most visited city in the world. The city is a sprawling city oozing with culture, charm and iconic attractions. Dividing Europe and Asia by the Bosphorus Straight you will be in the heart of east meets west.
Istanbul has so many things to do and see in the city, it is easy to spend hours wandering and wondering where the time went. Whether you can only spare a weekend getaway or you have more time, this Istanbul ebook will be your best friend for your upcoming trip. Even if you have previously visited the city this guide will help you recreate those wonderful memories from your trip.
- Brief history
- How to get to Istanbul
- Neighbourhoods of Istanbul
- How to get around
- Free or cheap activities
- Things to do in Sultanahmet and Fatih
- Things to do elsewhere in the city
- Events and Festivals
- Food to try
- Best time to visit
- Common scams and how to avoid them
- Know before you go
Istanbul Tips & Resources
In the ebook lookout for links which will take you on to further resources. There is some very valuable information on the web which will make your trip smooth and relaxing. Below are a few of the resources which you can find within the book.
- Printable tourist map – This is a wonderful map of the transportation lines and the sites of interest at each stop. Never get off at the wrong stop with this guide on your phone.
- Taxi fare estimate – In a city full of taxi scams it can be intimidating getting in a cab. Use this fare estimate to know what you should be charged and ensure you aren’t getting ripped off.
- A list of different tour companies inside the ebook – The book extensively breaks down the best tours in Istanbul. Many of the included tours are free or donation based. There are also links to companies which offer layover and custom made tours.
- Istanbul tourist pass – Given a full break down in the ebook, the Istanbul tourist pass will save you money if you intend to visit multiple of the included museums and attractions. Bonus – book ahead and they include a free airport pickup service.
- Museum card – A cheaper option to the Istanbul tourist pass but may suit some people better. Includes access to museums only and is valid for 5 days.
- Annual weather patterns – Don’t leave your packing or planning to chance.
- Do you need a visa to enter Turkey? Find out here.
Here’s the final chapter for you to take a look at
A quote from the ebook
Neighbourhoods of Istanbul
Boarding the southern end of the
Bosphorus, Sultanahmet is the location of
the old town of Istanbul.
Now famous for the many iconic
attractions which bring people to the city
and home to hundreds of hotels and
restaurants. This small historical area of
Istanbul is home to the Blue Mosque, the
Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica
Cistern and many other attractions and
While this area has lost its old-time charmThe Huge Budget Traveller’s Istanbul Guide
due to the influx of tourism, you will be in
a central convenient location for
sightseeing and exploring on foot. Here
you can find budget hostels all the way up
to luxe 5-star hotels and suites and
hopefully, catch a glimpse of the charm
the old town once held.
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