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Istanbul on a Budget Part 2

So here’s the part two of my travels in Turkey!

In this post I wanted to share some of my favorite things to do for free or things that are at the very least cheap. As I said in the previous post, I do a lot of budget travel and this trip was no exception.

Free Things to Do in Istanbul

  • Exploring the harbor area (and the different sites there)
  • Visiting the mosques, e.g. the famous Blue Mosque
  • Spending a day in a park, e.g. in the area near the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia or in the Gulhane Park (former Royal Gardens of Topkapi Palace)
  • The Museum of Painting and Sculpture has free admission on the days its open and the Modern art museum also has free admission on one day of the week (Thursdays)

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And Some Cheap Things to Do

  • Taking a cruise on the Bosphorus (the short 1,5 hour cruises that are also used by locals are quite affordable)
  • Haggling your way to a good deal on souvenirs at the bazaars (prices are cheap to begin with but you can really strike a bargain there)
  • Eat food from food stands instead of restaurants right in the center (because they will have higher prices)

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If you go to Istanbul, enjoy the scenery – the city is gorgeous – and pet the friendly cats, enjoy some apple tea and walk along the river. I guarantee you’ll love it! Also, as a bonus, I really recommend visiting the Topkapi palace which is a bit pricier but well worth the money! You could spend an entire day roaming the grounds of the huge, gorgeous palace. And there’s a restaurant and great view of the ocean. What more could you ask for?

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