Istanbul is without a doubt one of the most unique places I have ever visited. I had an incredible time seeing sights such as the Blue Mosque and appreciating such a unique culture in Europe.
Blue Mosque - it is a must see for a reason. They will provide scarves if you are not appropriately dressed which is very helpful!
Hagia Sofia - amazing former Christian church / mosque that has been secularized and turned into a breathtaking museum
Basilica Cistern - such a unique site. It's a series of underwater tunnels that form a really old water storage facility. Must see the Medusa heads!
The official currency is the Turkish lira.
I used a bus provider to go to/from the airport and a taxi to go to/from the bus to my hotel. Within the heart of the city walking is easiest.
I flew Pegasus Airlines from London (STN) to Istanbul (SAW). I flew Pegasus Airlines again from Istanbul (SAW) to Bishkek (FRU).
I was unable to try much Turkish food on such a short schedule but be sure to try the apple tea and of course Turkish delight!
PLUGS / ADAPTERS
Turkey uses European plug types C and F.
E-visa that costs under $20 USD and you recieve instantaneously. There has been some instability with US citizens having trouble recieving visas so check with the State Department for the latest information.
I felt very safe in the tourist areas of Istanbul and walking near my hotel in Sultanahmet. I wouldn't walk alone late at night but during the day I felt fine.
SHOULD YOU VISIT?
Yes! Turkey is such a unique place so close to Europe that you definitely need to see. It offers a really interesting look at a culture that is much different from most of Europe. You are able to see one of the most impressive mosques in the world in the Blue Mosque and I learned a lot throughout my visit!