Just came back from turkey -dollar is excellent exchange rate -food is wonderful and inexpensive - gold jewelery is very reasonable and the tourist sights are wonderful. The jewels at the Topkapi museum are some of the best I have seen ever in Europe.Wonderful ancient sights which I thought were better than the ones in Greece.
I have just returned from a trip to Rixos Bodrum (purchased on Luxury Link). The resort was all inclusive & any additional costs (transport to/from Bodrum were quite reasonable, however the prices in Bodrum itself were very high. They were definitly gouging the tourists.
I was looking at planning a trip to Greece and was wondering if it was worth checking out Turkey for about 3 days ? Or is it a destination that would require a bit more time. Also how safe is it there as a tourist and what detailed suggestions are there for dining? Thank you in advance.
We stayed at the Seven hills hotel perfectly situated in the heart of Sultanahmet. Sultanahmet is the 'old town' of Istanbul. It is a friendly and non-criminal area. We were here with our children, and it felt perfecly safe to walk arround in this area during day as well as nigth. The hotel is situated in a calm and nice neighborhood with all the main attractions within only some minutes walking distance. We spent three days here, and easily manage to see all the main attractions since they were so close to the hotel. For instance, you can see one attraction in the morning, return to the hotel for a short rest, and then go out again. Perfect! The hotel also has a very nice top roof restaurant where you have an extraordinary view of the Blue Mosque and Hagya Sofia. There are several other nice restaurants in the neighborhood as well. The staff speaks good English and is very nice and helpful. The hotel can arrange pick-up service at the airport, and the hotel can also arrange different trips. We went on a half-day trip on the Bosporus, very nice. I really recommend this hotel! Next time in Istanbul; I will try to stay here again.