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Planning our Oct trip

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Planning our Oct trip

Have been slowly working out a plan for our days and would really appreciate your valued input. I am trying to make the most of our time and yet leave time for us to breathe. I have tried to factor in location as best I can from one place to another


Arrive at 1:20 picked up and driven to hotel. Buy transit card and museum card (think I can buy both at hotel

Blue Mosque

Cemberlitas Hamam

Dinner at Pasazade


Istanbul eats tour Beyoglu area- ends around 4ish

Istanbul Modern Museum -stretch the pass

Spice Market wander if not too tired

Maybe dinner at Meze if have room


Topkapi palace

Archeological Museum

Arasta Bazar

Mosaic Museum

Dinner ?


Hagia Sophia

Basillica Cystern

Grand Bazar

Sulemaniye Camil

. Restaurant around there


Explore area around Chora Museum

Chora museum

Lunch Asiente

Spice Bazar

Dinner Durumzade


Bosporus exploration following Enigma's suggestions ( still have to work on this)

Grand Bazar if so inclined after being there once


Dolmabache Palace omitting harem

Ferry to Kadikoy

Lunch Ciya -should we leave that for dinner and instead just grab a fish sandwich around the pier instead

Flea market

Train ride- walk back from Bahaiye

? Would appreciate your advice


Have left this open. Have I missed anything we should add for Wed?


Leave for Ephesus at 10:00

Please feel free to poke holes in this as I appreciate your suggestions. Have I paced it correctly? I have been constantly lurking making notes and your advice has really been invaluable.

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1. Re: Planning our Oct trip

Bumping this. Does anyone have any comments?

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2. Re: Planning our Oct trip

I'm surprised that somebody with more knowledge hasn't yet replied so here goes based on my recent experience. First, I'm not sure the Museum pass is the best way for you to go as its limited time. You can buy individual tickets online which are good anytime and eliminate the line problem. With the pass you may try to fit too many things into a day. For example, I think Friday is too busy-both Topkaki and the Archeology Museum shouldn't be raced through. The Sulemaniye Camil is near the Spice bazaar as well as the Grand bazaar, and can be visited with either with a wander thru the streets.

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