Istanbul Airport - I flew into Ataturk Airport from Dubai, Turkey has visa on arrival for American citizens, before getting in the immigration line, get a Visa Stamp, it will cost you $20. Expect long line at Turkish immigration as Istanbul is a popular tourist destination. From the Airport, I took the Metro to my B&B, the train had to be changed to get to my final destination, important get a Metro Map.
Stay: I stayed in the The Sultanahmet area close to Divan Yolu Road, which is one the main streets, It is in heart of historic Old Istanbul and walking distance to a lot of tourist sites. MY room was $30 a night in a B&B with shared bath.
Things to see - Basilica Cistern, Blue Masque, Hagia Sofia, Grand Bazar, Topkapi Palace, Dolmabahce Palace.. to name a few
Taksim - A walk during the day and if night clubs is your thing then that’s a great place to be at.
A must in Turkey - Visit a Turkish Bath. Hamam, The one I went to was called Cemberlitas Bath, Location Sultanahmet Area
No trip to Istanbul is complete without a ferry ride on the Bosphorus
Eat - One of my favorite city in the world for food, other than the kebabs, get Manti
For Sea Food, visit KumKapi, Map to KumKapi https://goo.gl/maps/CP496dGTWux
The city is in 2 Continents, Most of my days in Istambul were spent in the European side, I did go to the Asia side when taking the ferry to Bosporus
Important: Avoid going with anyone offering to buy you a drink, there are too many scams in Istanbul
Blue MosqueIts in the heart of Sultanahmet, you cannot miss it
Above Basilica cistern upside-down Medusa head, The Basilica Cistern, was constructed in 532 to supply water to the Byzantine Palace, a must see. Location Sultanahmet Area, A must See
Above Hagia Sophia From 360 AD until 1453, it served as the Greek Patriarchal cathedral of Constantinople. Location Sultanahmet Area
One of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, Location Sultanahmet Area
Grand Bazaar and the book stores near the Bazaar
Hazer Baba location about 4 miles from the blue mosque, picked up a few boxes of Turkish Delight to give as gifts
Above - Walking tour of the City
A street band in Taxim Istanbul - walk along the main street in Taxim, at night it is worth a visit also with all the night clubs, I did go to a club, there was a live band and they played popular American music
Ferry in Bosporus, between Europe and Asia, I took the ferry and on the way back took buses to Istanbul, see the country side a little
Below Topkapi Palace Palace of the Ottoman Sultans for 400 Years, Location Sultanahmet Area and walking distance from the Blue Mosque. There is Cafe in the palace with amazing views of the Bosporus
Below Dolmabahce Palace A must see
Photography is not allowed inside Dolmabahce Palace.
Wiki - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolmabah%C3%A7e_Palace