Modern Sultan Hotel

Zeynep Sultan Camii Sk#19, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
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Forum Posts

Prince Islands

by sarahshm

From which ports we can take a ferry to prince island? and how much does it cost? how much does it take till buyukada?

Re: Prince Islands

by explore_discover

from kabatas, on European Side of Istanbul. Travel time 90 Minutes, Cost around 12 to 15 Lira.

Re: Prince Islands

by mitata

Visit the following site. It cost around 3 TL / 2USD
There is only one port in European side from Kabatas. To go to Kabatas from Sultanahmet area, take tram and get off at the last station in Kabatas
Bostanci port is the convenient port in Asian side.

Re: Prince Islands

by sarahshm

Thank you Mitat and Shams :D u were helpful :D

Re: Prince Islands

by explore_discover

You are most welcome.

If you are going there on a day trip, it will be better to bring a picnic lunch and beverages with you from Istanbul. Büyükada's restaurants, cafes and snack shops are expensive, weekends during summer (July to August its really crwody so if possible, plan your visit on weekdays.

Re: Prince Islands

by om_212

just to tag on to the question, which of the four islinds are worth visiting for the day? or is it possible to visit all of them one by one? also is a speedboat leaving from the same terminal as ferry or it is located somewhere else?

Re: Prince Islands

by sarahshm

The ferry passes all the islands and stop at the residential one, We went there in the evening,most of the tourists get out in the last station (Buyukada island)
We took a walk there and watched the sunset which was a great experience,I've just been back from Istanbul but already missed it!

Re: Prince Islands

by om_212

thanks a lot for a reply. is it realistic to see sunsent and catch a ferry back? according to the website there is just one ferry back around 18:50.

Re: Prince Islands

by sarahshm

you're welcome :)
We took the ferry in Kabatas at 4:30pm, we got there(Buyukada island) at about 6,there was only one ferry to get back to Kabatas and that was at 8 pm, so we had the chance to enjoy the sunset.

Travel Tips for Istanbul

The 300-year old Cagaloglu Baths

by TomorrowsAngel

As the poster outside the 300-year-old Cagaloglu baths (Prof Kazim Ismail Gurkan Caddesi 34; 522 2424; open daily) states: “If you have not been here before, you cannot be clean.”
We entered, chose from the 'carwash menu' - we all got executive cleans!
We were shown into a small changing room for clothes off, and then on with a towel and a pair of wooden clogs.
Our topless Turkish mama shows us into a vast grey marble hot chamber with niches in the walls where there platforms to sit on and overflowing water basins. We sit/lie down to relax, chat, pour water over ourselves and sip our apple tea
Here, shafts of sunlight pierce the hot, damp haze near the cupola roof, and drips of water resonate in sync with the masseurs’ smacks.
Our own washers enter, they force us to do the walk of shame - naked and hobbling across a wet slippery marble floor wearing our clogs - one person at a time.
We lie on a huge circular marble dais, with our heads on cushions. The washers start scrubbing our skins with special gloves that feel like sandpaper, the objective being to scrub away the layers of dead skin: it's embarrassing to see how much dead skin comes off. After a thorough rinse, and more water pouring with your mates. The masseur then soaps you all over and start kneading your skin and muscles, twisting and bending our arms/legs into every direction and shape, etc. After this the washer takes each of us over to a platform where they sit down behind you, and massage with shampoo your head, face, chest, basically whatever parts of you they can reach, while you try and keep shampoo out of your eyes, nose and mouth, while at the same time trying to inhale enough air to stay conscious.
Just when you think it’s all over, they try and do it all over again. And then precede to try and wrench a comb through your matted hair. You stagger back to your platform and rinse off all the soap/shampoo. When you feel sufficiently rinsed. You grab your towel and hobble off to get dressed.
But you know what......I'd do it all over again!

Nisantasi people

by Lalique

To meet the trendiest people of Istanbul go to Nisantasi....

Turkish dandies are there, their outfit is thought through the last buttom....

Beautiful Turkish girls walking in the streets in Prada suits only when it's -5C outside, they have to look good, no, not just good, they have to look chic..... some even don't wear anything...

Local food

by mavi-tr

Well, the Turkish kitchen is a rich and diverse one, and your stomach will thank you for bring you here!

People in Istanbul like to eat late, in common with Greece, Spain and Italy. There is an emerging cafe culture here and you can get a bit to eat at anytime of the day.

Turkish food consists of a mixture of many things.. kebabs, mezzes, lahmacun, pasteries, you name it.. It's all here and it's wonderful. Turkish ice cream (go to MADO CAFES!) is great too, plus the abundance of local sweets.. Delicious!

Turkish breakfast is continental style, usually with bread, olives, cheese, fruits etc.

Old houses indeed......

by leics

I noticed there was a category for 'old houses' so I thought I'd make a tip.

You will certainly see plenty of them if you wander the streets of Cankurtaran, a few minutes' walk seawards from Ayia Sofia.

I have to say they astonished me......their dilapidation, the weird angles at which they stood......and the fact that they were still very much inhabited (and quite a lot had satellite dishes too).

I loved them, to be honest, although I'm not sure I'd love living in them.....

Well worth taking an hour or so just to wander the streets, imo.

Catladi Kapi

by SirRichard

This ruined byzantine palace has not much to see, but the 3 windows in the main facade are worth a visit. On 1 of them you can see the symbols of the Emperor. To get here, go down from Blue Mosque towards the sea and exit the city via Aksakal street. Then turn left and follow the maritime walls. You will find the ruins at your left.


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