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Guided tour or DIY in Istanbul?

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Guided tour or DIY in Istanbul?


We are with our two kids in Istanbul next week for three days. Is it best to do a guided tour or do-it-yourself ?

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1. Re: Guided tour or DIY in Istanbul?

sponte, welcome to Istanbul. I usually recommend to DIY because most of the historical attractions are within walking distance of each other at or around Sultanahmet district. You need good guidebooks though. "DK Eyewitness Istanbul Guide" and "Rick Steves Istanbul" are my favorites for Istanbul. Both are available from Amazon.

good luck,


good luck

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2. Re: Guided tour or DIY in Istanbul?

Definitely DIY if traveling with kids IMO. If they get tired or want to just enjoy a park or a boat ride, who wants to be out a whole lot of Turkish lira for a private guide? The two books mentioned above are very good; I used the Rick Steves' book for all of my Istanbul sightseeing; he provides great walking tours and actual site tours as well.

Edited: 08 December 2011, 23:06
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Thank you so much. That definitely helps

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4. Re: Guided tour or DIY in Istanbul?

We did it both ways - with a guide and on our own. DYI is fine. We used Rick Steves too and found it very helpful. As for the guide, we were part of a tour group and our guide knew how to get us into places easily and the best times but I wouldn't let that stop you from DYI.

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5. Re: Guided tour or DIY in Istanbul?

Definitely DIY. There's more than enough info and guidance on this site and many others. Spend a while taking some notes, get a mapbook or guide and go for it.

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