Turkey Trip Itineraries
Best Scenes of Local Eating in Istanbul
The best of any cultural eating should comprise more than just the food itself. If for more than a hundred years, the people of a certain culture have been celebrating events, anniversaries and special occasions through feast-like long dinners (be it fish, meat or pasta that is being served), the places where feast-like grand dinners can be enjoyed should also be considered part of local eating scene.
Hence, is the name of this 'Best of List' is the 'Best Scenes of List.' The places, which are designated on this list, do not offer just great food, but some of these places are also renowned for their high quality service and feast-like culture. read more about Best Scenes of Local Eating in Istanbul... Read More
Democrats Abroad Istanbul
Democrats Abroad Turkey is honored to have you as our guest in beautiful Istanbul. Please relax and enjoy the city, there are so many things to see, so many people to meet, and so many delicious dishes to taste. If it is your first time visiting Istanbul, there are a few things you should prioritize. Istanbul is one of the oldest cities in the world, you'll want to make time to see the historical sites and imbibe the setting so that you can contextualize the history of the place. Please see trip details for the rest. Enjoy! read more about Democrats Abroad Istanbul... Read More
Top 10 Cheapest Restaurants in Turkey
These cheap Turkish restaurants are not just any affordable eateries, but the best samples of authentic Turkish cuisine preferred by the locals, places which are off the tourist maps but provide some of the best Turkish food you will ever have. Keeping the decor simple and using strictly locally sourced, classic ingredients will take the gross off your bill, so you might be surprised to fine that the portions and class of the food offered in these affordable places is high above what you might have expected. A historical restaurant that has been working for over 110 years and still follows the most respectable standards of quality is Konyali Lokantasi -Sirkeci, a great place to enjoy some traditional Ottoman flavors and preparations. As far as breakfast is concerned, Turkey is famous for its large portions and healthy combinations, and we have just the place where you can get your "full Turkish breakfast": the famous Sade Kahve in Istanbul. read more about Top 10 Cheapest Restaurants in Turkey... Read More
Best of Exclusive Lodging Options in Istanbul
The following is a wild list of exclusive lodging options in Istanbul.
Let your imagination run from water jets for your delivery to caviar treatments in the spa, from sleeping on hammock all day long by the sea to cocktails on the terrace during sunset... read more about Best of Exclusive Lodging Options in Istanbul... Read More
Get Romantic in Istanbul
"I am listening to Istanbul, intent, my eyes closed; At first there blows a gentle breeze And the leaves on the trees Softly flutter or sway; Out there, far away, The bells of water carriers incessantly ring; I am listening to Istanbul, intent, my eyes closed. I am listening to Istanbul, intent, my eyes closed; Then suddenly birds fly by, Flocks of birds, high up, in a hue and cry While nets are drawn in the fishing grounds And a woman's feet begin to dabble in the water. I am listening to Istanbul, intent, my eyes closed. I am listening to Istanbul, intent, my eyes closed. The Grand Bazaar is serene and cool, A hubbub at the hub of the market, Mosque yards are brimful of pigeons, At the docks while hammers bang and clang Spring winds bear the smell of sweat; I am listening to Istanbul, intent, my eyes closed. I am listening to Istanbul, intent, my eyes closed; Still giddy since bygone bacchanals, A seaside mansion with dingy boathouses is fast asleep, Amid the din and drone of southern winds, reposed, I am listening to Istanbul, intent, my eyes closed. I am listening to Istanbul, intent, my eyes closed. Now a dainty girl walks by on the sidewalk: Cusswords, tunes and songs, malapert remarks; Something falls on the ground out of her hand, It's a rose I guess. I am listening to Istanbul, intent, my eyes closed. I am listening to Istanbul, intent, my eyes closed; A bird flutters round your skirt; I know your brow is moist with sweat And your lips are wet. A silver moon rises beyond the pine trees: I can sense it all in your heart's throbbing. I am listening to Istanbul, intent, my eyes closed." From Orhan Veli, a Turkish poet... read more about Get Romantic in Istanbul... Read More
Best of "cheap & chic" in Istanbul
The guide photo is the view from the famous Pierre Loti Hill... For more like this and even better take a look at the following list of things to do, the places to eat great food at and places to easily have fun. read more about Best of "cheap & chic" in Istanbul... Read More
Top 10 Fun Restaurants in Turkey
The most entertaining eateries in Turkey range from high class clubs with celebrity clientele and a very posh atmosphere, to the down to earth places favored by the locals where they serve the best döner kebaps you've ever had. It is all about celebrating contemporary Turkish culinary culture like it is, with all its contrasts and surprises, and enjoying this discovery as part of an unforgettable trip to Turkey. There are several places that serve great, affordable food and make for great get-togethers with friends, like family run Fincan Cafe or chic Kitchenette Baronette. However, if you are looking for a truly unconventional and grand dinner show, eat in one of the many restaurants inside huge Reina, an entertainment complex that can host up to 2500 people. Now that's what we call a great dinner crowd! read more about Top 10 Fun Restaurants in Turkey... Read More
Best places in Istanbul where the World really Holds on!
There is something for everyone in Istanbul, when it comes to partying at night. Contemporary modern music, popular music, rock, house, techno, hip-hop... Themed parties, de tableu entertainment or bar hopping in the back streets. It is impossible not to have fun in this big city... read more about Best places in Istanbul where the World really Holds on!... Read More
Best of free moments for free spirits in Istanbul
Something for nothing, or best of free things does not necessarily mean cheap things or things without quality. There are many ways to seize a moment and not pay ridiculous amounts for it. read more about Best of free moments for free spirits in Istanbul... Read More
Top 10 Hotels in Turkey
The rich tradition of the Turkish people is visible in their best accommodation offers, so you are not very likely to get this kind of luxurious finishes and details anywhere else in the world. There are also lots of great amenities for your benefit, including internet access and top class spa treatments, as well as the lavish traditional Turkish baths that make all the difference in some of the hotels.
King Hotel Güvenlik in Ankara is famous for its lovely summer garden, while the Four Seasons Hotel in Istanbul is said to be the most sought after destination in the city when it comes to accommodation. The Çelik Palas Hotel in Bursa is the first establishment in Turkey to have received five stars of distinction and quality, while the Gordion Hotel is a small jewel in the Ankara hotel scene. Whatever your choice, these places provide the very best services to give you a relaxing and memorable stay. read more about Top 10 Hotels in Turkey... Read More