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Please check my itinerary- Suggestions & tips pls- Updated

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Please check my itinerary- Suggestions & tips pls- Updated

First i would like thanks this forum for the tips and helping me to make this itinerary. I would like to get some suggestions, travel/walking options from each point to another.

We are a young couple traveling with our 2yr old daughter. I am interested in photography and would also like suggestions of photo stops/timings also.

4Jan (Fri)

* Flight from Doha to Istanbul Ataturk at 0650hrs DST

* Arrive Ataturk Airport 1035hrs

* Airport transfer- by hotel/ private group?

* stay at Golden Horn Sirkeci

* Lunch at ?

* Dolmabahaca - ?timing, tickets

* Taksim square

* Istiklal street

* Funicular tram

* Flower passage

* Galatta tower- panoramic view

* Musical instrument street

* Galatta bridge- Fish sandwich, cross by under passage

* Spice bazaar

5Jan (Sat)

* Topkapi- 8 AM, straight to Harem, Treasury, Sword, throne- 2hrs

* Haga Sofia- 1.5hrs

* Basillica cistern - ?cafe inside-

* Archeological Museum 2-3 hrs

* Blue Mosque + Night shots

* Hippodrome

* Divan Yolu

* Gulhane garden

* Grand bazaar

* Hodjapasha Art & Culture Center for a turkish cultural night- 19:30

* Pasazade Restaurant Ottoman Cuisine

6Jan (Sun)

* Chora church (Kariye Camii)

* Walls of theosidian- Climb to top path

* ? Mihrimah Mosque - Lunch

* Shehzade Mosque- Ataturk boulevard

* Valen aquaduct -

* Camilca hill for sunset shot

* Bosphorus dinner cruise with BD

7Jan (Mon)

* Bursa trip + telefrik + ski resort

8Jan (Tue)

* Suleimaniye mosque- Turbe roxelana

* Rustum pasha mosque

* Princess island +? Camilca hill sunset

* ?Food tour for the - suggestions

9Jan (Wed)

* Bosphorus ferry

* Anadolu karagi- climb to castle

* Miniaturk

* Flight to Cappadocia at 2000 hrs from Ataturk airport to Nevsehir

* Overnight stay at Kelebek Hotel Room 17

10 - 13th Jan- Cappadocia

13Jan (Sun)

* Return flight to Istanbul from Nevsehir at 1200hrs

* Arrive Ataturk Airport at 1320hrs

* Half day in Istanbul suggestions

* Return flight to Doha @ 2050hrs

* Reach Doha @ 0140 14th Jan

Doha, Qatar
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1. Re: Please check my itinerary- Suggestions & tips pls- Updated

i hope the forum will help me in finalizing it too..

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2. Re: Please check my itinerary- Suggestions & tips pls- Updated

Lunch at Ôzler, next to the hotel, fine place with good food. Note that you can take a taxi to your hotel to the doorstep. abt 42 TL. (traffic is very restricted in that area, but Golden horn hotel is fine)

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3. Re: Please check my itinerary- Suggestions & tips pls- Updated

Thanks for your reply Roald..!!

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4. Re: Please check my itinerary- Suggestions & tips pls- Updated

Hi oopsyaar,

Your itinerary needs to be redone. It seems you cram too many things in your limited time in the city (obviously you do not take into account the distances and time needed to get one place to another). This may be very exhaustive for you. Here what I'd suggest:

Day One:

After lunch > Hippodrome > Topkapi Palace > maybe Cisterns > Dinner

Day Two:

Hagia Sophia> Blue Mosque > Grand Bazaar> Spice Bazaar> Galata Bridge> Vintage Funicular to Galata > Galata Bridge> Stroll down in Istiklal > Flower Passage (full of meyhanes) > Walk until Taksim or take the vintage tram from Galata Square to Taksim > Funicular to Kabataş > Tram to Sultahmet

Day Three (check the closure day for Dolmabahçe Palace)

Tram to Kabataş> Walk until Dolmabahçe> Dolmabahçe Palace > A light lunch > Ferry from Kabataş to Prince' Islands> Ferry back to Kadıköy > Dinner in Kadıköy at Çiya Restaurant > a fab Coup Grillet at Baylan Patisserie > ferry back to Eminönü > tram to Sultanhmet

Day Four:

Walk down to Gülhane > Gulhane Park > walk to piers > short Bosphorus Cruise> get back to Eminönü> bus or taxi to Eyub> Eyüb Mosque> Theodesian Walls> Maybe Chora Church

Day Five.

Archeology Museum > Suleymaniye Mosque and whatever left unseen

I don't think Bursa would be a good idea as you'd like to do/see too many things in Istanbul

Hope this helps,

Borus

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5. Re: Please check my itinerary- Suggestions & tips pls- Updated

Correction for day two:

...vintage funicular to Tunel --Galata Tower...

Sorry for the mistake.

Have a wonderful time in Istanbul.

Borus

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6. Re: Please check my itinerary- Suggestions & tips pls- Updated

Thanks a lot for the suggestions.. Can I know When the sunset will be in Istanbul in jan first two weeks..??

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7. Re: Please check my itinerary- Suggestions & tips pls- Updated

Around 5 pm :(

Borus

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8. Re: Please check my itinerary- Suggestions & tips pls- Updated

Can you please provide the best options for

Sim card- i have iphone and an ipad, 3Gavailable? rates for new sim.

Muze card have advantages?

travelkart?

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9. Re: Please check my itinerary- Suggestions & tips pls- Updated

Half day at end of your holiday -the Aquarium and shopping centre - nice and close to the airport.

Don't think you can do Bosphorous Tour, climb to Anadolu Karagi, return to hotel for luggage??, travel to airport (in rush hour) to arrive at approx 6pm for 8pm flight.

Really, all your schedule is too optimistic - particularly with a two year old in tow. Have a good read of Boris' suggestions for a more realistic idea of what's achievable in a day.

You need to drop a few things - or stay longer!!

Edited: 12 November 2012, 06:20
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10. Re: Please check my itinerary- Suggestions & tips pls- Updated

I've already started trimming my itinerary to a more realistic one based on the destination experts' opinions.

It all helps a lot cos it keeps over optimism in check from the plans. Anyway, I'll post the updated itinerary so that you guys will be updated.