CITY OF ISTANBUL
Istanbul is not a place to visit for its beaches and Idyllic boat trips nor for typically British style Benidorm holidaying. Istanbul is more sophisticated than that with her palaces, museums, ancient buildings, local and pre-local history, bazaars and markets, hamams, oriental essences, and herbs as well as the beautiful natural seafront.
Some Turks believe that Istanbul is the Pearl of Turkey and some even go further and call it the pearl of the World.
I am not sure is it a pearl or a Diomand but what one can be sure of is that Istanbul combines the past and present with its architecture, lifestyle, people and breeze of amazing Bosphorus.
Istanbul is a safe place for visitors as much as any other big city would be in the western world, mind you, one must never let his/her guard off, this is a general precaution of any traveler.
Having said that, following needs to be added; Istanbul City isn't anymore what it used to be, it has become very multicultural due to being migration route of immigrants from all around the MiddleEast and Africa. This obviously has an effect on Crime rates.
I don't recommend you to be adventurous when in Istanbul and if you decide to explore the areas not mention in the touristic brochures, clever and safe thing to do would be hiring a professional Tour guide through a Travel Agent for the day or visit a Travel Agent and discuss your requirement.
Don't go cheap in Istanbul. Cheap accommodation and places will have likely more trouble. Stay with the crowd.
Local Tour Operators are very good at what they are doing, nothing but efficient and friendly service with qualified Tour Guides.
It is simply not possible to get to know Istanbul without doing sightseeing tours which will give you a great deal of knowledge about its existence.
Addition to the sightseeing and what to do in Istanbul, we have provided you with some necessary information regarding Istanbul on this site,which you may find it rather useful if you have not been to this part of Turkey before.
Istanbul does offer lots to see and to do. You can do it all by yourself or via a Tour Guide which this way your time and day will not be wasted and more can be seen.
Istanbul is never in shortage with her Hotels as there are accommodations available to suit all budgets from Hostels, affordable bed and breakfast to top notch Hotels.
Istanbul has got a great deal of wining and dining places where one can find thousands if not hundreds of traditional restaurants, pubs as well as food stalls.
Places to eat and drink ranges from six stars right down to street stall munchings, giving you the wider choice you would like to have.
So, What are you waiting for, grab the opportunity to explore the unique place of the planet and book your sightseeing tours in and around Istanbul to add unforgettable lovely memories with your lifespan.
My final suggestions for you would be ; Do Istanbul with your Tour Operater.
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