I arrived in Istanbul late Sunday night and I am just feeling overwhelmed by what to do and how to navigate the city. I'm a world traveler and a former expat who lived in Manila, so I'm used to hustling cities, but I think that what is making it a bit difficult this time around is I'm staying in a flat I rented through airbnb instead of a hotel. There's a lot said for that "safety" of having a hotel staff to guide you, help you out with a taxi, etc.
Anyway, I'd love some tips on some easy things to see/do (I did sign up for a walking tour this afternoon in old town). I'd like to try the Bosphorous cruise tomorrow but that is even seeming a bit daunting (finding the ferry stop, and so forth).
I'm staying near the Opera hotel near the Kabatas ferry stop.
Also, perhaps if anyone else is in town visiting, we could meet up for a drink or a coffee?