Coming to the last phase of my "All Girlz Trip To Turkey". We flew from Cappadocia to Istanbul.
Istanbul is located in North Western part of Turkey. It embraces two continents. One is the European side - comprising the historic and the Economic center and the other side is the Asian side or the Anatolian side. The Bosphorous Straight divides both the side (European & Asian) and connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea.
We landed at Istanbul airport in the afternoon. It took us one hour 20 min. to fly from Nevsehir to Istanbul. We headed straight to the hotel provided by our tour operator which was some one and a half hour drive from the airport in Bomonti.
That was the only leisure time we had, out of the tour schedule provided to us as the city tour to Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand bazaar was scheduled for next day. Thinking about what we do next, we decided to check out the night life.....and there we go to Taxim Square.
Taxim Square is located on the European side of Turkey. We took a taxi to reach out to Taxim and it charged us some 80 Lira. If you have been to India and New Delhi then the place is similar to Connaught Place (C.P.). You have all the branded showrooms, Normal shopping zones, eateries and pubs.
Taxim has a wonderful nightlife. After 9 pm, the street just buzzes up with the pub lights and music. One can go for pub hopping enjoy drink, food and back to hotel. If single girl or group of girls traveling, one piece of advice.....men are over friendly there....so use your brains.
Total exhausted we returned to hotel but Bosphorous ride was always in our mind, as we did not do our bookings we could not settle in until we get some kind of confirmation for it.
Our tour operator provided us an option of Bosphorous cruise, which we found was quite expensive and the kind of offers they had was too much time consuming and was not of our interest. What we wanted was to get an Bosphorous Ride and not the cruise (with belly dancing, dinner and unlimited booze).
So we requested the hotel manager, if he could arrange us one but nothing worked out. With ourR&D again on google we found out that we can try out our option by going straight to Bosphorous and get a ferry ride. -----Finally Bit relaxed with this piece of information, we gorged on to sumptuous Adana Kebab (must try in Turkey) in a nearby joint which was marked 5* by TripAdvisor. Leaving Bosphorous Ride to be tried on the next day afternoon we ended the day.
All the above two are right there located at Sultan Ahmet.