I flew to Istanbul many times and it feels to me like I am in my hometown. Since I visited the city the first time I took the modern public transport instead of taxis. But because the tram and the buses are often overcrowded I began to walk long distances. I found out that this is the best way to come in contact with citicens.
In winter this year I was in Istanbul again and I think I am up to date to know if in Istanbul are some changes in common life. This time I will be back in Istanbul in June.
If you like to see the widest bridge of the world near the BLACK SEA, if you like to hike along the Bosphorus in the evening. (About 20km) or if you like to hike up the Camlica Hill to have a wonderful fiew over this large city I will be happy to show you all this and much more.
This jouney is arranged for 3 up to 10 friends and it is up to you if you would like to stay 4,5,6 or 7 days.
Important to know:
Although Istanbul is a city, THIS CITY!!! is already within the centre very hilly and a small street can be partially suddenly very steep. I am used to this kind of streets but if you visit the city first time or you traveled only once to the city with a European Tourist-Group, to see the famous monuments in the centre you haven't seen Istanbul. (This was for sure a journey for elderly people.) You shoudn't have problems to hike on cobblestones and you should watch out if we pass in a hiking speed a shopping-street. Many shops are in basements and their entrances reach very often the middle of the side walk without special warning + the marble stones surrounding the shops in the centre are also often higher than the side walk itself. SOMETIMES ALSO THE CURB OF THE WALKWAY IS HIGHER AS IN TYPICAL EUROPEAN CITIES + the walkway behind is deeper. THIS IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW AS SOON AS WE NEED TO RUN ACROSS A STREET AND WE NEED TO LIFT UP OUR LEGS TO REACH THE SIDEWALK. SO IF YOU KNOW ALREADY IN ADVANCE THAT YOUR SUFFER FROM HIP AND/OR KNEE PAIN YOU SHOULD NOT JOIN THIS JOURNEY!