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Day 2 – İstanbul

 
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The second day in this huge city will cover some of the other sights that I didn’t visit yesterday – Topkapı Palace, Spice Bazaar, Galata Tower, Bosphorous ferry from Europe to Asia and New Mosque.

Topkapı Palace

From my apartment in Taksim, I walked to Taksim Square, took the funicular to Kabataş (pronounced kaa-baa-tash) metro station and hopped on the train to Sultanahmet station. The palace entrance gate is about 7 minutes walk from Sultanahment station.

A lot of tour guides will pound you with different prices and timings, and it is advisable to hire one for Topkapı (pronounced top-kaa-puh) Palace. I joined a group of seven people with a guide and it takes about 2 hours to see the entire palace; costs TL 20 for guide (you MUST bargain! Especially if you’re in a group) and TL 25 for the entrance fees. Remember that the Harem costs an extra TL 15.

Wikipedia link

This primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years (1465-1856) of their 624-year reign is not so stunning as compared to other palaces around the world, but the one highlight is the 86-carat Spoonmaker’s Diamond – pear-shape, this is considered the pride of the Imperial Treasury exhibitions at the Topkapı Palace Museum and its most valuable single exhibit. Considered the fourth largest diamond of its kind in the world, it is kept under conditions of high security.

Topkapı Palace

Topkapı Palace

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New Mosque

New Mosque

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View of Istanbul from Galata Tower

View of Istanbul from Galata Tower

 

Bosphorus ferry from Europe to Asia

After visiting Galata Tower, it was time to see the sun set on the European side, but from the Asian side of this great city. I walked back to the Kayaköy tram station, and down the road towards the sea is the ferry terminal that says “Kadiköy – Haydarpaşa İskelesi”. Ferries run between the Asian side and European side every 30 minutes, takes 20 minutes to cross to the other side and costs TL 5 one way.

On your way to the Asian side you will see the Bosphorus bridge and the Port of Istanbul. The ferry generally makes two stops – first one is at Haydarpaşa station and then at Kadiköy terminal.

There’s a cafe by the terminal and the promenade from where you can have the best views of the sunset. I stopped by for some coffee.

Ferry to Asian side

Ferry to Asian side

Port of Istanbul from ferry to Asian side

Port of Istanbul from ferry to Asian side

Haydarpaşa station on Asian side

Haydarpaşa station on Asian side

Sunset on European side, taken from Asian side

Sunset on European side, taken from Asian side

Cafe near ferry terminal on Asian side

Cafe near ferry terminal on Asian side

After spending about two hours, I took the next ferry back to Kayaköy and walked uphill to the apartment on Istiklal Street on Taksim Square for the last day in Istanbul.

 

Costs

Note: All values in USD, unless otherwise mentioned, are approximate and based on the exchange rate at the time of publishing. Each cost is for one adult. The exchange rate at the time of publishing is assumed to be USD 1 = TRY 1.8.
 

What Cost Notes
Ferry from European side to Asian side & back TL 10 or $5.60 One way is TL 5.
Galata Tower TL 10 or $5.60 Entrance Fees
Topkapı Palace TL 25 or $13.90 Entrance fees.
Tour guide at Topkapı Palace TL 20 or $11.10
Lunch at Sultanahmet neighborhood TL 26 or $14.40
Dinner at Taksim Square TL 18 or $10
Snacks & water TL 10 or $5.60
Toilets TL 3 or $1.70
Total Costs $67.90 Per person
Overall Costs $1,653.10 Per person

 

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İzmir
Next up is coastal city of İzmir.

TWO WEEKS IN TURKEY

 

 
Planning
Itinerary, Planning & Information

Day 1
İstanbul
First day in the largest city.

Day 2
İstanbul
Second day in the largest city.

Day 3
İzmir
Coastal city of İzmir.

Day 4
Çeşme
Coastal town featuring thermal baths & castle

Day 5
İzmir to Kuşadası
Traveling from İzmir to Kuşadası & spending day there.

Day 6
Ephesus, Selçuk, Şirince
Visiting Efes & towns of Selçuk & Şirince.

Day 7
Pamukkale
Cotton travertines and Hierapolis

Day 8
Kuşadası to Bodrum
Traveling from Kuşadası to Bodrum & day there.

Day 9
Bodrum to Ölüdeniz
Traveling from Bodrum to Ölüdeniz & day there.

Day 10
Ölüdeniz, Kayaköy
Boat trip at the Blue Lagoon & ghost town of Kayaköy

Day 11
Ölüdeniz, Fethiye
Paragliding in Ölüdeniz & visiting Lycan ruins in Fethiye.

Day 12
Fethiye to Göreme
Traveling from Fethiye to Göreme

Day 13
Göreme
Main town of Cappadocia region.

Day 14
Uçhisar, Avanos
Small towns of Uçhisar & Avanos in Cappadocia region.

Day 15
Kaymaklı, Çavuşin & Paşabağ
Towns of Çavuşin & Paşabağ, and Kaymaklı underground city

Day 16
Cappadocia to Istanbul
Last day from Göreme to Kayseri & between Istanbul’s domestic to international airports.

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