Here what you can do if you only have little time in Istanbul..
From 2 weeks adventure in Kilimanjaro we were heading home back to Singapore with Turkish Airlines.
Before I continue with out stop over in Istanbul….
Turkish Airlines, fly from Singapore to any parts of the world. I notice that Turkish Airlines has a very reasonable rates comparing with other big airlines.
The flights from Singapore to Istanbul were very much comfortable.
Before we proceed our trip to Kilimanjaro from Singapore, we head back home to my husband home town in Volarberg Austria. Just next to the border of Lichtenstein (Switzerland Border)
We were very please with the service on board Turkish Airline, both long and short flights. Hot super delicious meals were serve as well as fine drinks.
What’s more, you can earn miles too with Turkish Airlines.
We had a 12 hour stop over in Istanbul…
before we could proceed our flight to Singapore. We plan it this way so that I could at least visit the city of Istanbul in Turkey.
We had landed at the airport about 11 am at Ataturk International Airlport (Turkish Time ) from Kilimanjaro.
What you do with you hand laggage?
We had our boarding pass already.. However, we decided to inform the airlines that we will be going to the city.
Inside Ataturk International Airlport, you will find a place to change currency as well as to leave your heavy hand luggage (specially when they are on rollers).
It is safe to leave your luggage and other things you do not want to carry around with you when you go for a city day tour trip in Istanbul.
You would pay about 25 Turkish currency which is very much reasonable. They lock your deposits and hand you over the key with a number tag.
From the airport…
We took a train, it was free a ride from the airport to the city. When we arrive at the central station, we had change our train and head down to the strait market, food street, famous bazaar etc. With the city train, you need to buy the train ticket at the small kiosk or machine along the railway which is pretty much organize.
However, you can just walk within the city center. There are tourist busses (double decker) along the street looking out for customers. Be careful of the people right in-front of the bus tour, they give you a very high price. Best is to buy your ticket at the main station or ask for the driver.
When we arrived, it was lunch time. We were very hungry and we dive in food stall along the street.
After lunch, we walk towards Grand Bazaar- here I lost my $100 bill hidden inside my pocket. Amazing… People can be so good at pick pocketing. In anywhere in the world, with a super busy place, you are in danger of pickpockets.
From grand bazaar, we walk down to where you can see the Europe and the Asia side right by the water of Istanbul city.
You can rent or ride a boat and it was very reasonable and comforble ride. Inside the ferry boat, we were drinking Turkish tea. You must try Turkish Tea when you are in Turkey.
The ride took about 2 hours, as it cruises along the river under the bridge of Bhosporus.
It was fascinating to see so many of the houses, restuarants and some other boats by the river as we were cruising around.
It’s like a movie… a real movie.. real life.
After the ride, it was dark, it’s time to have some nice turkish food once again.
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