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Exclusive Luxury News / Honeymoon In Istanbul For A Super Romantic Escapade / Jennifer Bar,Tony Bar, Sedat Karagoz / Istanbul,New York Travel,Tourism News Office / Janbolat Khanat / Almaty Travel,Tourism News Office

The words “honeymoon, Istanbul” may not be the destination you initially thought of. However, now that we’ve suggested it, you may be wondering is Turkey or, at least, Istanbul, good for a honeymoon.

It’s a shame that Istanbul doesn’t make more of the honeymoon destinations lists because there really is everything here – from beaches to history to culture. Most hotels provide honeymooners with a warm welcome because this city loves romance!

Suppose you’re planning to visit Istanbul for your honeymoon. In that case, the best season is either Spring (April-May) or Autumn (September-October). During those times, the weather in Istanbul is relatively mild, and the parks are stunning. If you visit Istanbul in the spring, you may want to arrange your trip around the Tulip Festival. 

If Istanbul is going to be your honeymoon destination, you have come to the right blog post; we have a list of romantic activities for you to really get the most out of your honeymoon in Istanbul. 

You will find 3 categories for best honeymoon ideas in Istanbul:

-Romantic things to do in Istanbul

-Best restaurants for a romantic dinner in Istanbul

-Romantic Hotels in Istanbul for honeymoon couples

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6 Best Romantic things to do in Istanbul:

1. Private cruise on the Bosphorus

Private Bosphorus cruise is one of the many great things to do for honeymoon in Istanbul

Is there a better way to spend your honeymoon than to cruise along the Golden Horn? You’ll be able to see all the lovely sights by the Bosphorus strait from the European and the Asian sides.

This may include the famous ancient city monuments in the Sultanahmet neighborhood: The Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the lovely mosques, such as the Mihrimah Sultan Mosque, on the Asian side. There’s also a chance you can get a better view of Maiden’s Tower with a cruise.

A sunset or a dinner cruise may be the most romantic options, but they aren’t the only ones. There are many different types of cruises to pick from. You catch a cruise with belly dancers, Turkish folk music, or Turkish shows.

2. Bike in Princes Islands (Büyükada)

These picturesque islands make the perfect honeymoon spot. Büyükada may be the most famous island on the Marmara sea, and there’s much to explore on it.

There are three ways to get about: horse carriage, cycling, or a stroll. If you go for a stroll, you won’t get too far as the island is pretty big. A horse carriage is lovely, but it doesn’t give you the freedom that a bike might do. You can bike your way to the historical spots from Trotsky’s house to the many Ottoman mansions to the Churches like Agia Yorgi. 

There’s peace in these islands (at least during the weekdays), where the world seems to melt away, as they are away from the crowded city of Istanbul. Take a break on any one of the hills overlooking the sea.

You’ll realize that Büyükada is like a small, meditative town outside the city. Further, the island retains Istanbul’s character over the years due to the overcrowding issue.

Prices for Bike rental are cheap but bring a water bottle – this will be hard work. Although, the beautiful views will be worth it plus it’s an excellent exercise to burn off the calories from all the food you’ll be eating.

3. Visit a Turkish bath together

There is an unforgettable mysticism in the Turkish baths that you may reflect upon when served tea. Though most of these spa-like baths separate the sexes, a few are couple-friendly, like Ağa Hamamı and Süleymaniye Hamam. 

A Turkish bath is a perfect place to get cleaned and a romantic start to your night. You’ll feel special as the masseurs give you an exfoliating treatment, throw some suds on you, and indulge you in whichever spa treatments you’ve opted in for.

Though many luxurious hotels do have a Turkish bath, and some even have it in the rooms, it would be a shame to visit Istanbul to get the real Turkish bath experience. 

Some places will host you for a few hours. Others are happy to serve you Turkish tea, dried fruits, and nuts for you to rest up for as long as you wish.

4. Day trip to Cappadocia and hot air balloon ride

Cappadocia is only an hour’s flight away from Istanbul and arranging a day trip is easy. There are several online booking opportunities for day trips.

The first thing you might want to do when you arrive at your destination is to take in the spectacular views from the hot air balloon ride. You’ll see the volcanos, fairy chimneys, cliffs, houses, churches, and other buildings carved from soft volcanic deposits. You may want to pay extra for breakfast as you have to be by the balloon in the early morning. Moreover, you can indulge in champagne if you pay for that tour. 

You can combine the balloon ride with an afternoon of exploring underground cities, staying in a cave hotel, quad biking around the UNESCO landscape, and drinking as much Turkish tea you can imagine. This will be an unforgettable treat.

For customized day tours from Istanbul to Cappadocia, please visitMade in Turkey Tours website, and don’t forget to mention “Yummy Istanbul” to get a special bonus.

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5. Taste of Two Continents Tour

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Influenced by all the countries in the world that the Ottoman Empire has been to, this country has vibrant and diverse dishes on offer. It’s always a good idea to plan a food tour at the start of your trip so that you can visit and re-visit some of the best restaurants.

Our food tour will help you discover new flavors and give you tips on how to avoid ‘tourist traps.’ The Taste of Two Continents tour isn’t just a tiny sample of food at every spot, it will be the main course meal to help you get a real sense of life in this city. This is a great way to explore the city and get an idea of Turkey.

As you move from the ancient city in Europe, by the Golden Horn, to Istanbul’s Asian side, you’ll be guided by not just the food. Still, each location will inspire stories on daily life in Istanbul and the culture of Turkey. Your guide will help you catch a ferry back to the European side when all is done.

The best part is that there’s free cancellation if you give 24 enough notice. If something goes wrong, like a flight delay, and you don’t end up at your final destination in time for the tour, you just need to give 24-hour notice. 

You’ll start the day with breakfast and end it so full that you may not need to eat for weeks. You’ll discover what the locals are the proudest of… the food! It’s the perfect way to start your honeymoon in Istanbul because you’ll have an idea of which location to explore further and how to ride a ferry.

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6. Watch the Maidens Tower and Galata Tower from Salacak

Maiden's Tower, one of the best views in Istanbul at night

You may want to go at sunset or even during the evening to see the gorgeous lights. If you didn’t know, Turkey has love stories that extend to the buildings.

There’s a little story of the two towers. As the tourists watched the Maiden’s Tower for years on the Salacak Coast, the Galata Tower took notice and fell in love. Unfortunately, they were star-crossed lovers like Romeo & Juliet or Leyla & Mejnun. The majestic, handsome Galata Tower and the dainty, sweet Maiden’s Tower couldn’t be united because of the sea between them.

The lovely Maiden’s Tower began to pine for her love in the interim. The Galata Tower responded by writing letters and poems. When scientist Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi decided to fly, he chose the Galata Tower. As he made his way up, he heard the Galata Tower’s sighs. Çelebi offered to take The Galata Tower’s letters to the Maiden’s Tower when they spoke. Unfortunately, as he flew across Istanbul to deliver the letters, the strong winds affected him. All the letters were dropped to the waters of the Bosphorus.

The Galata Tower became deeply depressed upon seeing his love letters fall into the body of water. However, the Maiden’s Tower finally understood that her love was requited, so she sang with the seagulls. Consequently, the two towers become brighter day by day in Istanbul. 

Another not-well-known romantic story surrounds the Maiden’s Tower from when Istanbul was a part of Greece. In ancient times, Leander fell in love with Aphrodite priestess, Hero, who was in the Maiden’s Tower. He swam across the Bosphorus to be with her.

She would light a lamp to guide him every night, like a lighthouse. Though they parted in the winter and agreed to resume their affair in the summer, Leander saw the lamp burning during a stormy winter night.

Thinking something terrible must’ve happened, he swam across the turbulent waters to be with his lover. Unfortunately, the waves overtook him. When Hero saw his dead body, she threw herself off the tower to be with them. When their bodies washed up, they were seen to be embracing.

Best restaurants for a romantic dinner in Istanbul:

1. Mikla

The celebrity chef, Mehmet Gürs, draws on his Finnish-Turkish to create culinary masterpieces.

Though each course is a magical surprise, the rice pudding served with sour apple sorbet will stay with you. Moreover, you can see the skyline of Istanbul. Is there anything more romantic than seeing the brilliant manner in which Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia are lit up?

Do not forget to drink a cocktail on the rooftop bar before or after your dinner.

2. Tuğra Restaurant at Çırağan Palace Kempinski

Tugra is one of the best bosphorus restaurants in Istanbul.

Known for being the restaurant for proposals and honeymooners, this romantic spot is located in the old Çırağan Palace. You’ll be dining on dishes that were once served to sultans with a perfect view. Don’t miss the creamy Chicken Topkapı.

3. Sarnıç Restaurant

Suppose you ever want to eat a romantic meal at a place as lovely as the Basilica Cistern. In that case, you may wish to visit Sarnıç restaurant. This cavern-life restaurant has a unique vibe, a quick stroll away from the beloved touristic attractions like Hagia Sophia and the Basilica Cistern.

4. Tarihi Viktor Levi Şarap Evi

A trendy wine bar with food that’ll have you reminiscing about your vacation in Turkey for years. Try the sour cherry wine with the souffle for a real treat. The fettuccine Alfredo and grilled salmon are perfect.

Romantic Hotels in Istanbul for honeymoon couples:

1. Çırağan Palace Kempinski

If you really want to create an impression in Istanbul, why not stay in a Palace the Ottoman Sultans stayed in? This is a historical building of not just Istanbul but of Turkey. Though the Dolmabahçe Palace doesn’t accept guests, the same architects built this once-palace,

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2. Régie Ottoman

Régie Ottoman is a luxury boutique hotel surrounded by touristic attractions like the Grand Bazaar. If you’re addicted to coffee, some of the rooms have an espresso machine. You don’t need to wander around the Old City to find a cafe.

3. Hotel Empress Zoe

Great location: in the old city. Aside from its fabulous location in the ancient city of Istanbul, the rooms are an escape to a new world. The Penthouse Suite has a private terrace with views of the lovely Blue Mosque, and the more extensive suites have their own fridges and kitchen area.

4. Rixos Pera Istanbul

If you decide to spend your honeymoon in Istanbul, you may want to watch the sunset from your private balcony in the Terrace Suite. You see everything in a prime location, including the romantic, lovesick Galata Tower. The huge walk-in shower is a bonus!

5. Four Seasons Bosphorus

Though you may be on your honeymoon, sometimes you may wish to unwind from a long day of walking. The Four Seasons has one of the most stunning views in Istanbul – and is in a great location if the other just wants to go for a stroll.

6. Sumahan on the Water

By the Bosphorus, this hotel has a romantic fireplace for winter and has beautiful views for the summer. A quiet, family-owned hotel, this is an escape from the hustle of Istanbul.

Final words

Whether you’re an avid traveler or a newlywed, we hope these tricks and tips help make your honeymoon in Istanbul more romantic. Have fun exploring the city together–and don’t forget to explore some of our favorite local dishes while you’re here!

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Travel Exclusive News / Istanbul / Turkey / 7 Of The Best Neighborhoods in Istanbul / By Jennifer Hattam

With its huge size and centuries of history, it would be impossible to see all of Istanbul in one trip – or perhaps even in one lifetime.

Still, its central neighborhoods are relatively compact, and each has its own distinct character and offerings. First-time visitors and those on a tight schedule will likely want to book a hotel in Sultanahmet, smack in the middle of Istanbul’s star attractions, while time spent in other districts gives insights into different aspects of local life in a city that contains multitudes.

Get to know Istanbul by each neighborhood one at a time.

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1. Sultanahmet

Best place to stay for unmissable sights 

The (seriously) historic center of Istanbul and the former seat of both the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, Sultanahmet contains the majority of the city’s most-visited sights within walking distance of each other, making it a convenient base.

For historic atmosphere, it’s certainly hard to beat: the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque face off across Sultanahmet Square, with the storied Hippodrome alongside and the grandeur of Topkapı Palace just a stone’s throw away. Even seemingly nondescript parks, plazas and parking lots are built atop or alongside ancient ruins. 

With a dense concentration of hotels, accommodation options cater to every budget, including rooms in restored Ottoman mansions and simple pansiyons (hostels) with million-dollar rooftop views over the neighborhood’s domes and minarets.

The flip side is that little local life remains in Sultanahmet, and the generally tourist-focused restaurants hardly show off Turkish cuisine at its best.

People walking on Istiklal Street in Beyoğlu, Istanbul with a tram running up the center

Get a taste of Istanbul’s contemporary culture in Beyoğlu © Boris Stroujko / Shutterstock

2. Beyoğlu

Best neighborhood for contemporary art and culture

Across the Golden Horn (and a short tram ride away) from Sultanahmet, winding streets climb past the Galata Tower to İstiklal Caddesi, the pedestrian thoroughfare that cuts through the bustling Beyoğlu district.

Known in the past as Pera and Galata, this area has historically been home to many of Istanbul’s Christian and foreign communities. Today, it retains numerous – and sometimes beautifully restored – European-style apartments from the late 19th and early 20th century. 

Important cultural institutions such as the Pera Museum, the newly opened Istanbul ModernSALT BeyoğluSALT Galata (in the former headquarters of the Ottoman Bank), the Istanbul Research Institute and numerous small galleries have established themselves in some of these buildings, making the neighborhood ideal for an afternoon of art-going.

Though no longer the nexus of the city’s dining and nightlife scene it once was, Beyoğlu still has fine contemporary restaurants as well as lively meyhanes (taverns) where the raki and conviviality flow freely.

In addition to the large hotels around Taksim Square, you can find smaller hotels and rental apartments in the Cihangir, Çukurcuma, Galata and Karaköy quarters within Beyoğlu, each of which has an attractive atmosphere of its own.

3. Fener and Balat

Best areas for antiques and Instagram shoots

Traces of history blend with a stylish present in the adjacent neighborhoods of Fener and Balat, along the banks of the Golden Horn.

The landmark “iron church” and Patriarchal Church of St George attest to the area’s more cosmopolitan past, while colorful old homes and cobbled streets have become a favorite backdrop for film crews and Instagram influencers alike. 

Antique collectors, bargain hunters and nostalgia buffs descend on the neighborhood’s many antique stores, especially when they hold lively auctions, while the cafe culture here thrives.

This area doesn’t have many hotel or nightlife options, but a tram along the water – as well as a slower but more scenic ferry on the Golden Horn – make it relatively easy to get back to Sultanahmet or Beyoğlu after a day’s leisurely wandering. 

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The ferry ride to Kadıköy is a quintessential Istanbul experience in itself © petekarici / Getty Images

4. Kadıköy

Best area for cafes and nightlife

The popularity of the Kadıköy district on the Asian side of Istanbul has exploded in recent years, creating a neighborhood that’s vibrant day and night, with third-wave coffee shops, hip boutiques, small independent art galleries, restaurants, cocktail bars, pubs and live-music venues. 

While the neighborhood has a few notable sights – a museum dedicated to a beloved Turkish rock star, a 1927 opera house, a mixed-use cultural center in a restored gasworks, a colorful street market – the main attraction is simply soaking in the scene and admiring the spectacular sunsets from the long waterfront park’s promenade.

This area has a handful of hotel options, mostly near the water, but it’s easy to hop over for the day or evening from Eminönü or Karaköy on a ferry ride – a quintessential Istanbul experience in itself. 

5. Nişantaşı and Teşvikiye

Best places to go for luxury shopping

Just north of Taksim Square, chic Nişantaşı and Teşvikiye draw a fashionable set with their leafy streets lined with designer boutiques and high-end department stores, stylish sidewalk cafes and grand apartment buildings.

This area has good restaurants and some luxurious hotels, too. The neighborhoods abut Maçka Park, one of the largest green spaces in the city center and a popular spot with picnickers, dog walkers and joggers. 

Though the area is in the central city, limited transportation links are a downside. Walking to the Osmanbey metro station or downhill to the buses and ferries of Beşiktaş are the best ways to connect to the rest of the city.

6. Kurtuluş and Bomonti

Best areas for market shopping and local life

Down-to-earth Kurtuluş and up-and-coming Bomonti are just on the opposite side of the Osmanbey metro station from Nişantaşı and Teşvikiye – but a world away in atmosphere.

Kurtuluş offers the best of traditional neighborhood life, with bustling streets and a wealth of small homestyle restaurants, bakeries, delis and other food stores. 

Anchored around the Bomontiada entertainment complex in a historic brewery building, Bomonti has a growing dining and nightlife scene, as well as some higher-end hotels. In between is Feriköy, where an open-air market is set up in a parking garage multiple times a week, with vendors selling organic produce on Saturday, antiques on Sunday and a mixed array of foodstuffs and homewares on Mondays and Thursdays.

Boats in the Bosphorus Strait near Ortaköy Mosque in Beşiktaş, Istanbul

If you want a luxury hotel on the waterfront, head for the neighborhoods of Beşiktaş and Ortaköy © Shchipkova Elena / Shutterstock

7. Beşiktaş and Ortaköy

Best places to stay for deluxe hotels with Bosphorus views 

The neighborhoods of Beşiktaş and Ortaköy along the Bosphorus are home to some of Istanbul’s most luxurious international hotels, boasting broad views across the famous strait.

Beşiktaş itself is a busy transit hub with a youthful vibe and lots of casual bars and restaurants around its lively market area. A group of restored late-19th-century Ottoman row houses in the Akaretler part of the neighborhood, near the Naval Museum, is now home to cafes and contemporary art exhibitions. 

Sitting under the first Bosphorus Bridge, Ortaköy has a beautiful baroque mosque and a popular waterfront area. Both areas have ferry docks, though Beşiktaş has more connections.

In between sits hilly, green Yıldız Park, former hunting ground to the sultan, now a popular place to have a big Turkish breakfast buffet in a century-old pavilion.

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