A Cultural Week in Istanbul 24-31 March, 2012
Sun shining and locals dining – what a phenomenal first glimpse of Istanbul. Our warm welcome in Istanbul began immediately as we exited the airport and observed the people of Istanbul enjoying the weather by the Bosphorus.
From day two, and throughout the rest of the week, we were taken around the city by our leader, John, visiting sites such as the spice bazaar and many of the picturesque mosques that dominate the skyline.
After having spent a few days amongst the hustle and bustle of the city, we welcomed the idea of taking the ferry to Prince’s Island. The journey took us along the Bosphorus and allowed for spectacular views of the cities while enabling us to view the sights from a different angle.
The contrast between the city and the island became evident as soon as we stepped off the ferry. Loud horns, tall buildings, and swarms of people were quickly replaced with quiet horses and buggies, which are used to transport people to the top of the island.
Navigating the city on the tram also proved to be extremely simple and at the mere cost of one Jeton per journey we were thrilled.
Overall, Istanbul proved to be a city filled with exceptional sightseeing opportunities, outstanding local cuisine, and friendly locals…we highly recommend it! – Janine Riley & Darren Johnson