Day 3: Post breakfast we checked out of Sophia Studio Apartment and left luggage in the luggage room. We then visited Grand Bazaar and walked to the Spice Market and explored the market between the two. Post that we had lunch and then chilled at Eminonu. In the evenings, we headed back to the apartment to collect our luggage. We took the overnight bus by Metro Turizm to Selcuk which departed at 09:30 pm from Istanbul.
Day 1: Took an early morning Qatar Airways flight at 04:10 am from Mumbai which arrived in Istanbul at 12:30 pm and checked into Sophia Studio Apartments in Sultanahmet. We visited Grand Bazaar to exchange currency (you get the best exchange rates there) and then headed to Galata Tower for the Sunset.
Day 2: After breakfast, we headed out to visit Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern. Post lunch we relaxed in the gardens outside Topkapi Palace and then headed to Istiklal Street to spend the evening.
As you stroll down the cobbled streets of Istanbul, history greets you at every step and culture is a constant companion. The palaces, mosques and churches of the city are artistic goldmines in their own right and the bazaars exude this infectious energy. The mezes are unending, the kebaps are always tender and the coffee is the most addictive of the lot. Entrenched in its prosperous heritage, Istanbul defines vibrance in a way no other place does.