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Photography Trip in Istanbul with Local - ๐Ÿ“ธ Street, Architecture, Food, Culture, City and Seascape

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Enes will take the lead and plan your journey for you. Just sit back and enjoy the adventure.

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Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. The western half of the city is located in Europe while the eastern half is located in Asia. Interesting, right? East meets west and old meets new in Istanbul, like you and I will meet one day. ๐Ÿ˜ Hey ๐Ÿ‘‹, I'm Enes. Iโ€™ve been a photographer with a passionate soul for 6 years. I love exploring new places with my camera ๐Ÿ“ธ in hand in this timeless city where I was raised. Join me and let's get lost together while I show you the photogenic side of Istanbul. Walking with your camera through the streets of this city full of amazing places which is perfect for photography will be a unique experience. Enter an old bazaar where you can feel the smell of spices, see the bird's eye view of the city from the Galata Tower, take a tour of the Bosphorus accompanied by seagulls, walk in the backstreets where you can find murals and play with all kinds of cats ๐Ÿฑ watching you curiously at every corner or drink a glass of tea with the locals. Wherever we go, you will find yourself in an adventure. This trip is the perfect combination of urban discovery and photography ๐Ÿ“ธ. Ready to capture Istanbul's true soul ๐Ÿ˜‰? No matter your experience, join my trip to Istanbul to take photo walks in a beautiful place with like-minded people who have the same passion as you. Included in the price: - 6 nights accommodation (shared or private) - Private driver and car (me ๐Ÿ˜Ž and my car ๐Ÿš—) - 1.5 hour Bosphorus tour - Public transportation (I'll prepare the cards you will use for transportation in advance for you.) - You can always find tea, coffee โ˜•๏ธ, water, fruit ๐ŸŠ and snacks ๐Ÿ˜‹ at home. - Experience Istanbul with a local and like-minded friends - Best locations to photograph iconic buildings & landmarks - Chance to see non-touristy hidden gems and to communicate with locals - TripLeader fee (since I put lots of effort for the organization ๐Ÿ˜œ) Excluded in the price: - Flight tickets โœˆ๏ธ - Transportation between the airport to accommodation (from / to) - Automotive fuel โ›ฝ๏ธ - Parking fees - Personal expenses (Food and drinks, souvenirs, tickets for museums, travel and equipment insurance, visa fees, etc.) - For common expenses, we will use SplitWise, an app that would allow us to track our shared expenses. Accommodation: - We will be in an Airbnb where you can feel Istanbul in your soul. Travel Information โœˆ๏ธ: - Arrival & Departure Airport: Note that Istanbul has 2 airports, fly to Istanbul Airport (IST) to be closer to the accommodation. - From the airport you can take a taxi to our accommodation or you can take a shuttle bus to Taksim Square. Weather | Sun ๐ŸŒž: - November โ€“ Temps: 58/56 F | 14.3/13.5 C - Sunrise 7:50 | Sunset 5:45 (17:45) Requirements and Difficulty - Open to all photography ๐Ÿ“ธ levels - Mobile photographers are welcome - Busy schedule - Travel by car, bus, metro, tram, boat - We will take walks. You need to be fit for that. Bring comfortable shoes. ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ - Bring your laptop ๐Ÿ’ป as well to upload and edit your photos. - Come prepared for a rainy fall season. ๐Ÿ‚ Note: This is not a CoLearning trip with an instructor. However, we talk about photography and discuss the photos we take, so you still may learn a lot. For a detailed trip description, check the stops part. โฌ‡๏ธ Contact me, if you have questions.
Trip Itinerary
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Day 1-2

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ฤฐstanbul

Day 1-2

I will be waiting for you with a warm welcome ๐Ÿค— at our accommodation where you can feel Istanbul in your soul. We will take a short walk to get to know our neighborhood when everybody joins us. In the meantime, we can also do grocery shopping for the next days. Welcome dinner will provide a good o...

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Day 2

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Grand Mecidiye Mosque (Ortakรถy Mosque)

Day 2

We begin our day before sunrise with the starting point of our photography walk, which is Ortakรถy. If the weather is clear you may have bunch of great sunrise photos. This morning, I will share with you a little surprise ๐Ÿคซ that I think will add fun and excitement to our trip. I can't wait to see your reactions. ๐Ÿ˜‡

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Day 2

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Dolmabahรงe Palace

Day 2

Then we visit Dolmabahรงe Palace, which will impress you with its symmetry and wonderful view of the Bosphorus. Although now a museum, it was once home to Ottoman Sultans and the first president of the Republic of Turkey.

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Day 2

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ฤฐstiklal Caddesi

Day 2

After traditional and rich Turkish breakfast we go uphill to Istiklal Street which is the heart of modern Istanbul. On this street, where we walk towards Galata Tower, you will have the opportunity to take photos of various sights of people, street vendors, street performers, cafes and the famous red tram. ๐Ÿš‹ Here you will have the chance to try a few street food that you may crave. ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Day 2-3

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Galata Tower

Day 2-3

In the end, we will uphill Galata Tower at sunset time to see the city from a bird's eye view. After taking photos of the tower from different angles, we will have a nice dinner and relieve the tiredness of the second day at home.

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Day 3

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Galata Bridge

Day 3

In the first light of the morning ๐ŸŒž, we start the day by photographing the fishermen throwing their fishing rods into the sea on the Galata Bridge. We will share the joy of the fishermen who catch the first fish ๐ŸŸ of the day. The fish we're going to eat at dinner. ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Day 3

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Sultanahmet Square

Day 3

We will continue from Galata Bridge to Sultanahmet Square by tram. We view the amazing Blue Mosque whose interior walls are covered with 20,000 blue Iznik tiles. We visit Hagia Sophia which is right across Blue Mosque. After we will visit the magnificent Topkapi Palace, once home to the great Sultans. We can taste the famous Sultanahmet meatballs when all this hustle and bustle has made you hungry. ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Day 3

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Grand Bazaar

Day 3

We continue to explore Grand Bazaar, built in 1457. The biggest and oldest bazaar where you can feel the smell of hundreds of spices. This bazaar is really huge and it's like labyrinth garden. You better follow me like a duckling. ๐Ÿ˜œ

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Day 3

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Balat

Day 3

We will walk in a very cute neighborhood with colorful buildings, โค๏ธ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ each one different from the other. But that's not all, local people here are as colorful as the buildings. We also will visit historical and religious Greek structures.

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Day 3-4

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Bosphorus

Day 3-4

We are going to enjoy 1.5 hour Bosphorus tour with the seagulls accompanying us at sunset time. We will see once again the signature structures of the city we have seen so far. Sit back and enjoy the tour while feeding the seagulls with "simit".

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Day 4-5

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Anatolian Side

Day 4-5

We will visit photogenic places along the coast on the Anatolian side, such as Kuzguncuk which is a neighborhood as sweet as Balat, Beylerbeyi Palace, Kuleli Military High School. The sunset should be watched from the Anatolian side. We are going to look at the night of Istanbul from the Camlica hill. We will spend the day by car to save time.

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Day 5-6

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Belgrad Forest

Day 5-6

In the early hours of the morning, we will hit a little road with our car ๐Ÿš— and go for a walk to the Belgrad Forest ๐ŸŒฒ which is far from the city. After a few busy days, you will have the opportunity to relax and renew here. It's a great spot for fall photos ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ.

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Day 6-7

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Bรผyรผkada

Day 6-7

We will take a day trip to the largest island of the Princes Islands. After one hour boat ride from the city center to the island in the eary morning, we will start to explore the island. If you want, we can explore the whole island by bike ๐Ÿšด or go for a walk. You will enjoy traveling on this swee...

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TripLeader

Enes

26 years old

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Merhaba! It's me Enes ๐Ÿ‘‹ I'm 26 years old visual storyteller struggling to create inspiring and engaging contents for the digital landscape. To those who ask where I am, I say: ๐ŸŽถ I'm lost in Istanbul uh nananana ๐ŸŽถ I love exploring new places with my camera ๐Ÿ“ธ in hand to communicate with new people, to freeze beautiful moments, not just to look but also to be able to see the details and I enjoy the planning process almost as much. Trying new flavors wherever I go is my favorite. I describe myself as a trashcan that thinks it's a gourmet. ๐Ÿ˜› By the way, how much I love to drive might drive you crazy, so take a sit and please fasten your seatbelts! ๐Ÿš— Let's go travel the world together :)

Profile description: Merhaba! It's me Enes ๐Ÿ‘‹ I'm 26 years old visual storyteller struggling to create inspiring and engaging contents for the digital landscape. To those who ask where I am, I say: ๐ŸŽถ I'm lost in Istanbul uh nananana ๐ŸŽถ I love exploring new places with my camera ๐Ÿ“ธ in hand to communicate with new people, to freeze beautiful moments, not just to look but also to be able to see the details and I enjoy the planning process almost as much. Trying new flavors wherever I go is my favorite. I describe myself as a trashcan that thinks it's a gourmet. ๐Ÿ˜› By the way, how much I love to drive might drive you crazy, so take a sit and please fasten your seatbelts! ๐Ÿš— Let's go travel the world together :)

What is included

Accommodation
Apartments
7 days trip
ฤฐstanbul, Grand Mecidiye Mosque (Ortakรถy Mosque) & 11 more
Transportation
Trekking, Car, Train, Boat

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