From Hagia Sophia to Galata, there are hundreds of things to see for those that are visiting Istanbul. Some come for the places of worship, like the Blue Mosque or the Church of St Savior in Chora, while others want to see what is left of Constantinople of the Roman Empire. But, before you pack your passport and your Dunlop boots and head to this country, there are some things that you should know about traveling in the area. This is known as one of the coolest cities in Europe and throughout the world these days and these helpful hints should help you make the most of your trip.

There are few cities that you could visit anywhere in the world that have as rich a history as Istanbul. If you're currently living in a place like Prince Edward Island real estate than you have nothing around you that compares to the sort of historical sites that exist here. There are too many sites to see in a few days in the city. So, if you're here for a short visit you should do some research beforehand to see what you're most interested in. You don't want to spend too much of your time traveling from one place to another and feeling rushed.

Istanbul has become such a popular city for tourists lately partially because it seems to have something for every taste. While you can explore museums and art galleries throughout the day, you can also spend the evening and night hitting up some of the continents best restaurants and clubs. If you're someone that wants a night out on the town that will be as exciting as the things that you see in movie posters then you might want to check out one of the super clubs. Or you could see an amazing performance by a local artist or the opera company.

If you're planning ahead for any trip you should start by knowing where you're going to stay and how you're going to get around. If you're in Istanbul then there are all kinds of choices when it comes to transportation. There are definitely more then you world find on the junction maps back home. You can take a taxi, train, or could even explore aboard one of their ferries. There are also group taxis that are cheaper then riding along and more convenient then taxis. Ask at your hotel what might be the best bet for getting where you need to go.

If you don't know where to start when it comes to planning your trip and are more comfortable going to a Toronto bed & breakfast than a new country, then there are lots of travel guides that can get you started.

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