Lale Sürmen Aran
November 26 – Day 3: Istanbul and Ankara. Sleep in Ankara (1 night).
Official plan for the day: We’ll explore Istanbul’s more recent past and present today, beginning with the opulently-Ottoman Topkapı Palace and Harem. Then we’ll visit the New District, with its Art Nouveau façades, restaurants, and trendy boutiques, all along pedestrian-packed İstiklal Street, where you’ll have free time for lunch on your own. Afterward, we’ll board our bus for the drive to Ankara, Turkey’s bustling modern capital city, where we’ll sleep (1 night). Bus: 7 hrs. Walking: strenuous.
Watch Rick Steves video of
Istanbul for more insight into Istanbul: