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Crossroads of Civilizations: Istanbul
A city which is founded by the Greek, developed by the Roman Empire, and perfected under the ruling of Ottomans. Istanbul has a great importance in history and the present.
The literal bridge between Europe and Asia represents a figurative bridge between the East and the West. With more than a population of 18 million, a historical peninsula, countless scenic and historical sites, this city is magnificently unique and has been the capital to many civilizations.
Reasons to visit Istanbul
✦ History & Culture: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace
✦ Sightseeing: Bosphorus, Dinner Cruise, Pierre Lotti
✦ Shopping: Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Istanbul Tesettur AVM
✦ Foods: Turkish Delight, Adana Kebap, Lahmacun, Ottoman cuisine
Quick Info about Istanbul
Popular Area: Sultanahmet (The Old Town)
Popular Hotel: Rast Hotel
Nightly Rates From: €15
Airport: Istanbul Airport, Sabiha Gokcen Airport
Tours & Activities: 40
Halal Travel Experts Overview
Istanbul is probably the most memorable city we have ever explored. The architecture, the food, and the culture will impress you.
Istanbul is a wonderful melting pot that is a comnination of modern and traditional civilizations. It is the only city in the world that sits on both continents of Asia and Europe. Since Turkey is a Muslim country, you’ll feel very comfortable during your travel. 99% of food is halal in Istanbul, and Turkish hospitality is incredible. While you explore this marvellous city, you’ll feel like you’re in your hometown!
◉ Hagia Sophia Museum
◉ Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii)
◉ Topkapi Palace
◉ Basilica Cistern
◉ Dolmabahce Palace
◉ Grand Bazaar
◉ Galata Tower
◉ Taksim Square
◉ Princes’ Island
◉ Pierre Lotti Hill
◉ Sultanahmet (The Old Town)
◉ Beyoglu (Taksim)
FAQs about Istanbul
1. What is the best neighbourhood to stay in Istanbul?
Sultanahmet (The Old Town).
Most attractions, museums, and historical places are located in this area. Also it’s a very convenient location for tourists as it is easily accessible by public transportation (tram) and by direct busses to and from the Istanbul Airport.
2. How much does it cost to stay in a hotel in Istanbul?
On average, a 3-star Istanbul hotels cost €49 per night.
3. What kind of public transport options are there in Istanbul?
● The modern tramway
● The historical tram
● Metro (subway)
4. What language do they speak in Istanbul?
Turkish is the official language of Turkey.
English is widely spoken in Istanbul and most public signs are also in English. Also, Arabic is widely spoken in some touristic areas.
5. Do I need visa?
Yes, you need visa for Turkey.
(For visa exempt countries, click here)
However, it’s a very easy process to get a multiple entry 90 day visa for Turkey. It is possible to obtain an e-Visa 24/7 at www.evisa.gov.tr in approximately 3 minutes.
In addition to English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, German, Arabic, and Chinese language options are available for e-Visa application.
PS: Obtaining an e-Visa for tourists from most countries is cheaper compared to obtaining a visa on arrival at the airport. Click here for more info.
PPS: For detailed information on Turkish visas for your passport, click here.