Perfect 8 days in Turkey- Istanbul, Cappadocia, Fethiye, Pammukale, Kusadasi 

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31st Aug 2018
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Turkey is a treasure of most elegant backdrops, breathtaking beaches, rich history, magnificent architecture and plethora of scenic beauty.

Two gals with major FOMOs (fear of missing out syndrome) made us include a bit of every possible amazing thing to do in our itinerary.

3 D- Istanbul

Stay at Cheers Vintage Hostel, Sultanhamet

2D - Cappadocia

Stay at Sakura Cave Suites

2N- Fethiye/ Pamukkale

Stay at Fethiye Downtown

1N- Kusadasi

Stay on a private boat that we discovered on airbnb

Istanbul Day 1

1. Galata Tower

Constructed in 1348, it was the tallest structure in the city of Istanbul for centuries and it still dominates the skyline north of the Golden Horn.

Its vertiginous upper balcony offers 360-degree views of the city but it being built as a watch tower mainly, has a very narrow balcony flooded by tourists!

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360-degree views Istanbul city from Galata Tower
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So a little tip here is to visit the Haveren restaurant, just a floor below the main balcony to enjoy a leisurely lunch with spectacular views at peace.
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The next 4 major attractions- Blue mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace are all within 100 meters of walking distance from each other but so vast individually, may take almost the whole day to cover them. Also take into consideration the long queueing time to enter due to their sheer popularity.

Day 1

2. Blue Mosque

Stunning interiors of Blue mosque

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Awe- inspiring blue mosque

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Aside from its staggering size and exquisite beauty, one of the most distinctive elements of this Istanbul mosque is that it has six minarets, as opposed to the usual two or four of most of the city’s mosques.

As its still a working mosque, there is a strict dress code to enter and it remains closed during the prayer hours at dusk.

3. Hagia Sophia

As interesting as it looks, the Hagia Sophia has an equally fascinating history of being converted from a Greek Orthodox Christian Cathedral, to Ottoman imperial mosque to now a museum

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Hagia Sophia View from outside

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4. Basilica Cistern

The largest surviving Byzantine cistern in İstanbul, it was constructed using 336 columns, many of which were salvaged from ruined temples.

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5. Topkapi Palace

A museum inside an historic palace, the Topkapi palace, a visit to this palace's opulent pavilions, jewel filled treasury and sprawling Harem gives a fascinating gilmpse into the life of sultans and the Ottoman Era

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View overlooking the Bosphorous from top of the Topkapi Palace

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Day 2

Istanbul Day 2

1. Shopping & Visit to the iconic at Taksim Square/ Istikal Area

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2. Sultanhamet Mosque

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3. Galata Bridge

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3. Sunset Bosphorous Cruise

This splendid 3 hour evening sightseeing cruise is a must do in Istanbul to watch the sunset over both the European and Asian sides and see the major sightseeing places from the Bosphorous strait.

We had booked ours from Imperial Travel for 1o Euros/person

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6. Hookah and Dinner by the Galata Bridge

When you walk down the Galata bridge towards the sea, you'll see a bunch of amazing pubs, restaurants and sheesha places with amazing sea views overlooking the bridges, Sultanhamet mosque on one side and Galata Tower skyline on the other.

Do try the Effes,the local beer of Turkey.

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Istanbul Day 3- Visit to Prince's Islands

It was Sunday and we wanted to escape the Istanbul city crowds so we decided to visit the Prince's Islands

There is no better way to escape the bustle of Istanbul for a day than with a visit to the idyllic Princes’ Islands enjoying the cool breezes and charming sights along the way to Büyükada, the largest Island in the chain while island hopping.Famous for their ornate Ottoman Houses, all the islands are unspoiled by traffic.Instead of cars there are carriages, called phaetons and bicycles which we used to tour the islands full of beautiful scenery studded with elegant mansions draped with purple bougainvillea, reminiscent of a more leisured and graceful era.A leisurely lunch at one of the fish restaurants that line the waterfront, gazing across the Asian shore of Istanbul, just made it a perfect Sunday!

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Rainbow Steps

Since this was featured on all Instagram blogs, we wanted to make it here but were quite disappointed by the state that its currently in.

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Hamam or Turkish Bath

No better way to bid adios to the city without a leisurely long Turkish bath and massage to unwind ourselves. A perfect combination of sauna, massage, scrubbing followed by bubble bath.

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