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Istanbul Travel Blog 2018

Hello explorer of Istanbul! If you are planning a visit to Istanbul for the next year, these updated articles might help you. You may find some links to nice articles related to Istanbul and Turkey tourism, accommodation, transportation, things to do and museums to visit. I hope you find them useful.

Istanbul Trip Planner 2018

  • Istanbul Museums Opening Hours & Admission Fees

Istanbul’s most popular museums are located in Sultanahmet (Old City) and Beyoğlu (Taksim) Districts. You may find the opening hours, closing days, entrance fees of the most visited museums of Istanbul city from the link below:

Istanbul Museums Opening Hours & Admission Fees

Galata Tower

Splendid Galata Tower
  • Istanbul Metro Maps For 2018

Istanbul’s metro line has been extending to the outskirts of the city. Many new lines came into use for the last couple of years. You may find the updated Metro Maps and PDF files within this article:

Istanbul Metro & Tram Maps 2018

  • Where To Stay In Istanbul? Best Area To Stay For Tourists

Istanbul has thousands of hotels in some particular spots. Hotels are mostly located in 1. Old City, 2. Beyoğlu (Modern Istanbul), 3. Şişli/Beşiktaş/Maslak (Business District), 4. Ataköy/Bakırköy/Yeşilköy (Airport Hotels).

Well, which one of these areas suitable for you? You may decide by checking details from this article:

Best Area To Stay In Istanbul For Tourists 2018

  • Which Bosphorus Cruise Tour To Take?

Bosphorus Cruise Tour is a must-do activity in Istanbul. After visiting the landmarks like Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Grand Bazaar; Bosphorus should be the 1st place to see and discover. Attending to a boat tour on the Bosphorus, may change your look to the Istanbul completely. You understand how big it is and how charming it is!

Bosphorus Cruise Tours Options 2018

Bosphorus Cruise Boats

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise
  • Best Bosphorus Restaurants For A Great Breakfast

Eating a breakfast with the view of Istanbul’s Bosphorus, might be a great idea. You may take great pictures and experience unforgattable moments. Check out from the below article about recommended restaurants, cafés and neighborhoods.

Best Breakfast Restaurants By The Bosphorus

  • Major Things To Do In Istanbul

Istanbul is a city with a lot of attractions, therefore sometimes hard to decide what to do. Check the options about major places to visit in Istanbul. Fun things to do!

Things To Do In Istanbul 2018

  • Istanbul Tour Itinerary For 3 Days

It you are visiting Istanbul and do not have any idea about what to do, you may check my 3 days Itinerary for getting around Istanbul. You may see the famous landmarks and less known places blended together. Itinerary from the eyes of an insider.

I Have 3 Days In Istanbul

  • Byzantine Constantinople Tours Of Istanbul

Istanbul used to be the capital of Roman Empire and later Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire. The name of the city was Constantinople back then. So if you would like to visit the Roman & Byzantine Heritage in Istanbul, you may check the below article to see what are those.

Byzantine Contantinople Tours Of Istanbul

Chora Church Museum

Byzantine Gem: Chora Church
  • Classical Old City Walking Tours (Guided)

Majority of the foreign visitors, focus on the Sultanahmet Area to see famous landmarks. Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Topkapı Palace and of course famous Grand Bazaar. I recommend you to see these places in one day with your private guide. Hiring a guide in Istanbul cost you a reasonable price, therefore you may also have fast track advantage for the museums. All these places visitable in a single day! Check the article for more information:

Classic Istanbul Old City Walking Tours

  • The Most Popular Museum Of Istanbul: The Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is a 1500 years old building even tough it’s hard to believe. It had been a church and mosque, therefore it has relics from both sides. The priceless Byzantine mosaics and Ottoman artifacts absolutly worth to see! So discover the secrets of Hagia Sophia from this article with eye-catching photos:

Hagia Sophia Mosaics & Facts & History

Hagia Sophia Museum

Splendid Mosaics Of Hagia Sophia
  • Information About The Turkish Carpets & Rugs

Buying a souvenir from Istanbul almost inevitable. Charm of local Bazaar like Grand Bazaar and Spice Market irresistible. Therefore either you buy a rug or not, you would probably have a look at captivating look of colorful Turkish Carpets. So before ending up buying one, let’s check the history and types of carpets from this article:

History Of Turkish Anatolian Carpets & Rugs

  • History Of Ancient Roman Empire

During the reign of Constantine The Great, Istanbul became the second capital of mighty Roman Empire. It stayed as so until the division of Roman Empire east and west by the successor, Emperor Theodosios (395 A.D.) Check out the common history of Rome and Istanbul from this article:

History Of Great Roman Empire

  • History Of Byzantine Empire

Byzantine Empire ruled in Eastern Europe and Middle East for more than a thousand years. Byzantine Empire which is actually Eastern half of the Ancient Roman Empire, survived from 395 A.D. to 1453 A.D. Check out the history of this mysterious and great Byzantine Empire from this article:

History Of Byzantine Empire With Maps

  • History Of Ottoman Empire

Ottoman Empire captured the city of Istanbul in 1453 and put an end to the existence of old Byzantine Empire. Ottoman Empire became the new Roman Empire of the world during the 16th and 17th centuries. By the time of Suleiman The Magnificent, they reached to their greatest extent. Check the history of Ottomans from this post:

Facts About Ottoman Empire With Maps


Written By Official Tour Guide Serhat Engül

© Istanbul Travel Blog & Vacation Tips & Local Advice 2018

Istanbul Travel Blog 2018 was last modified: September 15th, 2017 by Serhat Engül

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