I am going to Istanbul with my two children (18 and 14).
We arrive on 12:45 on Sunday in Sabiha Gokcen and leave on Wednesday 13:25 (SAW). As the transportation to airport takes about 2 hours, I guess I should not plan anything for Wednesday.
But what would be feasible to do on Suday afternoon - say from 16:00? Is doing any museum feasible, like Topkapi or HagiaSofia?
I have read a lot on this forum and have decided to travel by ferry from Kadakoy,rather than take HAVADAS to Taksim, because we have booked a hotel in SIrkeci.Thank you, forum contributors already!
I am afraid to plan too much to do. I have been in Istabul twice with corporate events and it is one of my favorite cities. But teenagers tire easily even if they are good walkers. (We wisited London and we did not see half of what I planned, because by 20:00 or 21:00 my guys were tired and did not want to go even by night bus. At home they go to sleep at 24:00-1:00!)
So my "shortlist" consists of Topkapi (because I have not seen it before), Hagia Sofia, Cistern, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, a walk near Taksim and maybe Galata Tower. My guys will walk through everything very quickly.
Let's say Hagia Sofia on Sunday afternoon, Monday for Topkapi, Cistern, Hippodrome and Bazaar, then Tuesday for Galata Tower, Taksim (any other "modern" neighbourhood?), a little shopping. Any other must see places easily reached by public transportation?
What would be good places for lunch and dinner? My guys are very picky eaters, but I do not want to go to to burgers or pizzas. They do not eat lamb, my daughter hates fish and they are not fond of vegetables :(
I guess some kind of kebabs (if from beef or chicken)?
As my son is 18, (drinking age at my country) we would like to go to some pub at evening. What is legal drinking age in Turkey? I do not expect my son go drunk while travelling with Mama, but to have a couple of beers in a lively, but safe place? Around Taksim? Or closer to Sirkeci?
What is the usual cost of beer in shops and in pubs? How much would be a decent dinner? We were shocked by London prices.
How much time it takes to walk from Taksim to Sirkerci? If it is less than 30-40 minutes,, then it might be good refreshing walk before sleep.
Any other entertainment ideas for evening? I am not sure about Bosphorus boat trip - looks quite expensive.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions/ideas!