Turkey Trip Itineraries
Winter Weddings & Other Banquets
If you wanted to get married in Istanbul this winter or any other, which venues would be most appropriate?
Or, if your boss asked you to organize a PR event this winter in Istanbul, where should you start looking at?
Hopefully, this guide will answer these questions. read more about Winter Weddings & Other Banquets... Read More
Best of how to live Istanbul in a few days
How do you read a city? Or, more precisely, how do you learn to live that city? Simply, by walking all day and observing people.
So, where to start in Istanbul and how to recapture its essence if you have a limited time.
Follow the following best of list to find out about what to do and why to do that...
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Top 10 Restaurants in Turkey
Turkish cuisine is known all over the world through the flavorful and filling kebaps, but there's more to discover in this aromatic country once you get there. Turkey boasts a series of fine restaurants with Ottoman and Mediterranean culinary influences, while the specific signature of each place is given by its atmosphere and clientele. If you like to hang out with local celebrities and have a feel of the good life in Turkey you should try Ulus 29, a chic place with an incredible view of the Bosphorus, or the Washington Restaurant, a 50 year old Ankara institution. However, you might be interested in some of the special places as well, so we suggest you try one of the daily surprises at Ciya Sofrasi, where they change the menu every day in accordance to fresh market selections. For traditional Ottoman food, your best choice is the artisan Kanaat Lokanta in Istanbul. read more about Top 10 Restaurants in Turkey... Read More
Hidden Germs in Istanbul
Have you been to the historical site of Istanbul: Sultanahmet, Kapali Carsi, Hagia Sophia etc? Probably yes. Have you eaten the world famous kebab? Probably yes as well. You have probably also taken a walk by the sea, or drank Turkish tea in a coffee shop by the sea... Maybe, you even have had time to visit the Asian continent and the Bagdat Street (one of the liveliest streets and shopping venues of Istanbul).
If you have done most of these things, you have probably seen the gist of Turkey. But, if you want to taste more of the local, in fact it you want to go deeper than the local- do things that even some of the locals do not do- than follow the advices on this list. read more about Hidden Germs in Istanbul... Read More
Istanbul for the "History Freaks"
Istanbul has been home to many different civilizations and nations over the centuries. What were once pagan temples were then converted churches, and then were embellished as mosques. Living quarters were arranged such that there were both a mosque and a church for all residents from differing nationalities and religions to pry. Even now in every old neighbourhood, you will see a church placed delicately a few blocks away from a mosque; and you will notice the irony as you observe Muslims going into a church to celebrate the Christmas or to light a candle. Palaces, in fact “sinking” palaces were constructed to host Sultans and the Pashas. The fortresses, that is now surrounding what used to be the old city, still tells the stories of war and conquests, glamour and courage. The hammams, where the mothers once used to observe the neighbours’ daughters and pick among them for their sons to marry, are still frequented by ladies –although the parade like atmosphere of the old times no longer exists. To finalize, the culture and history of many civilizations are still embedded in the lives of the local people. It is in a shop, in a gesture, in a tradition or a in a routine. But, it is not far away; and with this guide hopefully, those thriving on history and culture will be able to satiate their appetites. The guide has been designed assuming that the visitors are in a treat for a week. However, days 1&2 can easily be combined to reduce the number of days for the trip. The recommended time of the year for the trip is April or May, as the weather will be cool enough and warm enough for enjoying the city in open air and walking around it at ease. read more about Istanbul for the "History Freaks"... Read More
Best of Things to do as a Family
When I say "Let the children enjoy the history and the city in their own way," I definitely do not mean, "suffer along with the kids as they run around wildly". I mean to suggest a few activities that can be a lot of fun as you do with your kids and which will also capture the essence of the city.
Besides, most of these activities are things that the locals do. Therefore, they will also help you understand the local life as well. read more about Best of Things to do as a Family... Read More
Top 10 Bars and Clubs in Turkey
Turkish nightlife is a crazy mix between old and traditional tavernas with Turkish music and other such local goodies like the nargiles and the late night kebaps, and posh hangouts for the young international crowds, with an eclectic feel and a high end vibe. However, we can state without a doubt that the best venue for live music in Turkey is Istanbul's Babylon, that has been voted among the best 100 jazz clubs in the world and hosted some of the best performances Turkey has ever seen. If you want to hang out with the coolest crowds in the city and rub shoulders with the local celebrities, the ultimate venue for you is the huge Reina, that has a capacity of over 2500 people and is one of the bet entertainment venues in Turkey. Hipsters like to hang out at Cezayir, while the summer time favorite still remains Anjelique. read more about Top 10 Bars and Clubs in Turkey... Read More
Best Places for 'Grande' Breakfast
Typical Turkish breakfast would have to be the one that has a touch of the sea, virgin black olives, honey and cream, bagels, 'menemen' (special egg dish) and black tea.
The list here tries to compile all these in one place. read more about Best Places for 'Grande' Breakfast... Read More
Top 10 Romantic Things to Do
Turkey is a romantic country just by the nature of its local history and culture, that is really unique and has been passed on through hundreds of generations. It is a vibrant destination with lots of different aspects, so we have made a selection of the most romantic activities in Turkey, which all involve a type of relaxation and getting away, be it in wild natural places or through the hidden sights of amazing Istanbul. Bebek Park is a really special destination, as it is not just a regular park where you get to enjoy the greenery, but it is also a representative place for the Turkish culture, as you can see the fishermen doing their daily jobs and enjoy the breeze from the sea. Equally special are the horse backed carriage rides on the Istanbul islands, a unique place where there are no cars which provides the perfect opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the quiet and the fresh air. read more about Top 10 Romantic Things to Do... Read More
"Wanna-have-it-all"s in Istanbul
Istanbul is a huge city with more than 12 million people living over almost 6000 km-squared. Therefore, getting from one place to another may not be as easy as it may look. That said, even if you have a week in Istanbul, you may still be able to see lots and get the maximum out of the city by planning well ahead. All you really need to do is to allocate your time to the right districts on the right days. The following itinerary is planned out for May as that is probably to best time to enjoy the city since the climate tends to be mild and warm enough to walk outdoors. Nevertheless, there are alternative places mentioned all along the proposed itinerary to visit, eat at, and enjoy during winter as well. All of which is mentioned here is already too much for 7 days, therefore for all those having more days, enjoy yourselves better as you spread this itinerary over your number of days. read more about "Wanna-have-it-all"s in Istanbul... Read More