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Planning Your Trip to Istanbul The Ultimate Checklist

When traveling to Istanbul, you’ll find that there are countless things to see and do. Whether you’re going for the rich history or want to enjoy the active nightlife, you may find that there just isn’t enough time on your vacation to do everything. This is why you may want to consider coordinating your trip ahead of time with a checklist.

Learn About the Historic Sites

The Old City of Istanbul has many wonderful historic sites including Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. Most sites allow you to walk through at your own pace, or you can opt for a guided tour that will provide you with more information and even access to special areas. Whether you opt for the tour will depend on your budget and schedule, but you should do some research and make these decisions ahead of time. If you opt for the tour, you may be able to purchase the tickets ahead of time and add the reservations to your itinerary.

Consider Purchases Ahead of Time

Most people visit the Grand Bazaar and purchase what appeals to them, but you may want to be a little more organized with this process. Rather than window shopping and hoping for the best, you might want to make a list of items that you’re specifically interested in. If you’re considering buying a handmade Turkish rug, then take measurements at home to ensure that you get the proper size. Perhaps you’ve wanted to try some great spices. You may not remember the names of them when you’re going through the Spice Bazaar, so take the time to write them down before you leave for your trip. Keep all of this information in a notebook that you’ll carry with you, or record it in the notes section of your phone.

Handling the Exchange System

In the weeks before your vacation, check the value of the YTL against the dollar to see what the exchange rate is running. You should be prepared to have your currency converted once you arrive in the country. Another option is to use a credit card that will automatically handle the exchange values for you.

Consider Transportation

Before deciding to rent a car, you should ask yourself if you’re willing to deal with the traffic and parking. Another option is to plan on using public transportation. It’s easy to get around if you choose a boutique hotel like Hotel Büyük Keban. We’re located near the top attractions and the tramline, which makes it easy for you to get around the city. The tram routes are available online, and you can also speak with the concierge at our hotel to learn more about the public transportation options.

Once you decide to travel to Istanbul for business or pleasure, you should start working on your vacation checklist. Be sure to include the tours you want to take, attractions that appeal to you the most and the items you may want to buy. Be sure to leave a little free time in your itinerary for an unexpected lark.

When you arrive at Hotel Buyuk Keban, you can speak with our friendly staff to see if there are other sites that you should add to your list. Call us today to make your reservations and start finalizing the plans for your vacation.


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