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Must do's in Istanbul
Grand Bazaar: this huge indoor market harbours thousands of shops and countless streetlets and is a perfect guarantee for hours of shopping fun. Jewellery, carpets, clothes, spices ... you'll find it all here. Do not forget to bargain!
Topkapi Palace: a fairy-tale Ottoman palace located on one of the seven hills that make up Istanbul. One hundred rooms and four courtyards should keep your senses pleasantly occupied for quite a while.
Cruise on the Bosporus: the Bosporus is the natural border between Europe and Asia. To board a river boat on this famous and historical estuary is therefore an absolute must-do during your citytrip in Istanbul. Boats depart daily next to the Galata Bridge.
Hagia Sophia: was built in 532 as a Christian cathedral, was later on converted into a mosque and serves today as a museum. A mind-boggling edifice that you definitely should put on your programme during your city trip Istanbul!
Istanbul: Insider tips
Cemberlitas Hamam is one of the most beautiful and ancient Hammams in Istanbul, located in the Sultanahmet district. After a traditional soap massage you will feel reborn!
Istiklal Boulevard: stroll along the many boutiques and tea houses, linger on a terrace in one of the side alleys or enjoy the views of the Bosporus and the old town.
Boat trip to Kadiköy: Here, in one of the oldest districts of the city situated in the Asian part tradition you can still experience scenes of the traditional life style of the Turks. Wander through the bazaars, taste the delicious street food or take a ride on the old Moda-tram.
How to explore Istanbul?
The best way to discover Istanbul is on foot. It is a fun way to explore one hotspot after another while you discover the hidden gems in-between, not to mention the fair amount of physical activity and exercise involved.
Taxi rides are cheap and efficient. Make sure the taxi driver switches on the meter.Rent a car and go on a 1-day or 2-day trip and explore the surroundings.
Istanbul Travel information
Travel documents: a valid Belgian identity card will suffice to board your flight to Istanbul.
Local time: there is one hour time difference with Belgium.
Currency: Turkish Lira (TRY). 1 TRY = 0,352 EUR (Euro)
Climate: Istanbul has a moderate climate with warm, humid summers and long, wet winters.
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