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danny  
#1 Posted : Friday, September 18, 2015 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
danny


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Please post if you are taking this trip, which optional tours you selected and why and other travel tips
littlera  
#2 Posted : Friday, September 18, 2015 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
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We did a version of your tour, and suggest you take most if not all of the optional tours.  They are really necessary to make for a well rounded experience, and you will be on your own quite a bit, either left at the hotel or scouting around without the group.  Not that that is bad - just sayin'.

We did all except the Whirling Dervishes (we objected to supporting a religious ceremony done on demand) and the balloon ride.  On the balloon, we did not go because of safety concerns, it is expensive, and just did not want to get up that early.  The Bhosphorus cruise can be done on your own for less if you can get a taxi to the river.  You pay for the convenience of the bus ride.
Randy and Deanie
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LuvToTravelWorld  
#3 Posted : Friday, September 18, 2015 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
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I did them all and they were great especially the balloon!!!!!
Sharon ~ Florida, USA
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danny  
#4 Posted : Friday, September 18, 2015 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
danny


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Thank you for your input!
danny  
#5 Posted : Sunday, January 3, 2016 10:42:25 PM(UTC)
danny


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Hi Everyone,
We are excited for our upcoming trip in 2 months. We were wondering how many others out there feel the same?
We are a party of 4 from Miami. Lucky for us, we are taking a direct flight to Istanbul.
If you have been there before, perhaps you can tell us what is the best way to exchange currency?
Regards,
littlera  
#6 Posted : Monday, January 4, 2016 12:27:00 AM(UTC)
littlera


Posts: 685

We normally use ATM's unless it is a popular currency such as Euro or British pounds, in which case I can get at no service charge at my CU prior to leaving. Turkey was no exception. There is a large bank of ATM machines at the entrance of the Grand Bazaar on the side near the street tram train.

You can exchange USD at banks, hotels, and exchange booths, but all will cost you noticeably more than an ATM charge.

Be sure to let your credit card companies know your are heading to Turkey, as they will surely be blocked if you don't. Apparently there is a lot of credit card fraud there, so banks are wary. I let mine know, and I still had to call them again from Istanbul as both still had mine blocked. They must not have believed we were actually traveling there for some reason.

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gottatravel  
#7 Posted : Monday, January 4, 2016 12:51:41 AM(UTC)
gottatravel


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I exchanged locally at my bank before I left (estimated what I'd need for lunch and non-included dinners plus a little extra for souveniers). I then take whatever Euros I have left from other trips and/or dollars (in newer $20s). I don't use ATMs (just a preference). We had no problem exchanging small sums at the hotels (yep we ran out of Lira's towards the end of the trip) and while the exchange rate wasn't great, it was convenient. I split the cash between a money belt and what I plan for the day carried in an inside pocket of a SCOTTeVest. Never leave anything of value in the hotel room safe.
Also agree that all the optional tours (we did all except the Balloon ride - signed up for it but it was cancelled due to snow - we also went in March) add to the entire experience. Weather spanned everything from warm/sunny to wet and snow. Layer up.
Still one of the most interesting trips we've taken. Happy travels.




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