Here are some suggestions from an Istanbul citizen about what tours to do if you only have a limited time in this great city. You can visit all the main sites using public transport and avoid paying a tourist premium. More information at luxuryvillasturkey.com
The Rüstem Paşa Mosque is only a few steps from the bustling Spice Market but it is an oasis of calm, found up some steps joining one of the busy side alleys. Traditional Turkish music played by Göksucan AR. Copyright acknowledged.
The best way to see Istanbul at night is to take an evening ferry across the Bosphorus to somewhere like Kadıköy. Here is an introduction to what you can expect to see when you take an evening ferry across the Bosphorus. Music performed by Aziza Mustafa Zadeh. Copyright acknowledged.
Istanbul's Bosphorus ferries are world famous and a landmark of the city. It is easy to buy an 'Istanbul Kart' and take the family on a short cruise across the Bosphorus. One of the best routes is from Eminönü on the Golden Horn to Kadıköy on the Asian side. Original music performed by Aziza Mustafa Zadeh. Copyright acknowledged.