We are a 3 generation family of 6, 4 adults and 2 kids 4 & 8 yrs.
Visiting Istanbul for one day in July.
Arriving IST airport at 10:45PM Friday and depart at 10:15PM Saturday. So that gives us one full day.
What is the best way to plan or this trip?
1. Hotel Option:
Do we stay near airport or Stay at city center near atttractions?
Airport hotel allows to go to hotel quickly after arrival and get some rest. Next morning checkout but leave the luggage at hotel baggage area. Do they allow this? Then go to city, see the attractions, pick up the luggage from hotel on the way back to airport.
Staying city center if the attractions are walkable or small ride away? If city center is advised, recommended area for hotel?
2. Transportation: Do we pick point to point taxi from street or is it advisable to get a private tour? I would like to be budget concious but if this is worth spending money, I can go that route. Also, if we go with private tour, can we have hotel pick up, tour and airport drop off and even keep the luggage in the car.
3. Are there taxis accomidating 6 people or do we need two cars?
4. I am not sure about traffic, lines at atttractions. So what are the top attractions that we should cover?
5. My kids got excited when they learn that the city spans to two contients. They would be excited to cross the contient on the road. What is the best way to do this?