The last five days of our trip were in Istanbul. This was just enough time to see some of the highlights and get a little feel for the city. The most annoying thing about the touristy places was the aggressive shop and street salesman, they were very persistent. But step a block or two back off the main street and things quietened down a bit.
We had a day seeing the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Palace museum etc. Another day we had two short walking tours with an Intrepid guide – ‘Hidden Istanbul’ and ‘Street Food Picnic’. These gave us a bit more insight to the city.
We stayed at the Hotel Niles, it was very nice and reasonably priced, also a good location close to all the action. But once we figured out the tram system we would have been quite happy staying out a bit further, away from the street hassle.
I’ll let the pictures tell the story: