This city inherits its rich culture and traditions from both the eastern and western part of the world. It is the junction point of two continents of the world. Its enchanting beauty and mesmerizing serenity shall leave you to spell bounded. Being one of the oldest cities of the world, it is a delight to those who have a taste for world history. On the other hand, the modern fast-paced life of beautiful city would not let you get bored even for a second. So planning a tour to Istanbul here are a few points to keep in mind.
There are a lot of places that draw visitors to city from all over the world. If you are travelling in Europe and are running short of time, you can book yourself at least a day trip in Istanbul. However, if you want to explore the beauty of this city to the greatest a good days trip to Istanbul should do it.
One of the most beautiful mosques in the world, the Blue Mosque is definitely an astonishing sight. Its stunning exterior and intricate interior leave the visitors in awe. The mosque is so attractive for visitors that the local administration has to control the entry of visitors.
This grand architecture is one of the most popular places in for its rich history, striking beauty, and religious significance. Traveling to Istanbul Aya Sofya is a must go. Its glorious mosaics and art galleries take you back to centuries-old times.
The vibrant and frenzied Grand Bazar is a traveler's delight. Being the center of business activity, the Bazar was created in 1461. If you love to spend time and energy in quest of the best-priced goods and are an expert in getting the best bargain, the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is your place to go.
Istanbul tours and Istanbul vacation packages are incomplete without a trip to Topkapi Palace. If you have a tour guide along your side, you will be mesmerized by the vivid stories of the rulers who embraced this palace between the 15th and 19th centuries. It's extremely beautiful architecture is matchless and leaves the visitors feeling astonished.
Coming to Istanbul you cannot leave the city without cruising The Bosphorus. If you have booked a day trips from Istanbul, you can still board the cruise by a shorter version. The cruise gives a splendid view of the city and its sprawling palaces.
Whirling dervishes' performance is also a tourist attraction of city. It is so wanted that the ticket usually sells out in a jiffy. So make sure your Istanbul vacation package also features a visit to the performance of whirling dervishes.
Coming to City, you get to taste the rich and diverse food of Turkey to the best. What is even much better is the fact that City has something delectable that fits everyone's pocket. Be it the wholesome doner kebabs or the crispy Lahmacun Turkish food will leave you craving for even more. You can stroll across the streets of city for mouth-watering street food. While for fine dining, you can choose any of the exotic restaurants that offer delectable Turkish cuisines.
Traveling to Istanbul there are a few things that are always good to know. Tea is considered to be a sign of hospitality. And it goes without saying that since the people of this city are very hospitable so be ready to gulp down several cups of tea in a day.
Turkish traffic is quite notorious. So even if you are crossing the pedestrian line, be sure there is not much traffic on the move.
Drinking tap water is not advisable when travelling this beautiful city. It is better to opt for bottled water. Other than that, make sure the water you drink is boiled or filtered.
Last but not the least, it is better to carry cash when you are in Istanbul as some places do not accept credit cards.