Photography Trip in Istanbul with Local - 📸 Street, Architecture, Food, Culture, City and Seascape

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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. 😏 Hey 👋, I'm Enes. I’ve been a photographer with a passionate soul for 6 years. I love exploring new places with my camera 📸 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 🐱 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 📸. Ready to capture Istanbul's true soul 😉? 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. If you’re not into photography check out my profile for the culture trip to Istanbul! Included in the price: - 6 nights accommodation - Private driver and car (me 😎 and my car 🚗) - Automotive fuel ⛽️ - Parking fees - 1.5 hour Bosphorus tour - Public transportation - You can always find tea, coffee ☕️, water, fruit 🍊 and snacks 😋 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 😜) Excluded in the price: - Flight tickets ✈️ - Transportation between the airport to accommodation (from / to) - 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 right next to Galata Tower, the visual symbol of Istanbul, witnessing different times from Byzantium to the Ottoman Empire. - This tower is an important part of the city's memory. If you want to breathe the soul of Istanbul in the shadow of the Galata Tower, you are in the right place. 😏 - There are 3 double rooms and 1 single room with tower view in the house. Travel Information ✈️: - 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 🌞: - November – Temps: 58/56 F | 14.3/13.5 C - Sunrise 7:50 | Sunset 5:45 (17:45) Requirements and Difficulty - Open to all photography 📸 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. 👟 - Bring your laptop 💻 as well to upload and edit your photos. - Come prepared for a rainy fall season. 🍂 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 trip itinerary part. ⬇️ You can ask me any question from the section below. RESERVE YOUR SPOT before it's too late!
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1

İstanbul

Day 1-2
I will be waiting for you with a warm welcome 🤗 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 opportunity to get to know each other better. 😉 I will give a short brief about our one week trip. If there's anything you want to add or remove, the trip is open for planning together since this is our trip!!
2

Grand Mecidiye Mosque (Ortaköy Mosque)

Day 2
We begin our day before sunrise with the starting point of our photography walk, which is Ortaköy. If the weather is clear you may have bunch of great sunrise photos. This morning, I will share with you a little surprise 🤫 that I think will add fun and excitement to our trip. I can't wait to see your reactions!!
3

Dolmabahçe Palace

Day 2
Then we visit Dolmabahçe Palace, which will impress you with its symmetry, magnificence 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. It is forbidden to take photos inside, but you can capture many photos from the garden of the palace without tripod. We will go to our next stop after enjoying our tea or Turkish coffee with the sea view in a nostalgic cafe inside the palace.
4

Galata Tower

Day 2
We will return to Galata Tower, where our Airbnb is located, both to park our car and continue our photo walk after having a brunch. We can have a traditional Turkish breakfast in a sweet place or make a quick start with simit and ayran / tea as locals do. 😜 After taking photos of Galata Tower and its surroundings from different angles, we will go to Istiklal Street. Relax! I didn't skip anything. We can climb to the tower to see the city from a bird's eye view whenever we want since our Airbnb is right next to it. 😉
5

İstiklal Caddesi

Day 2-3
We go to Istiklal Street which is the heart of modern Istanbul. On this street, where we walk towards Taksim Square, you will have the opportunity to take photos of various sights of people, street vendors, street performers, cafes and the famous red tram. 🚋 Here you will have the chance to try a few street food that you may crave. 😋 This street and the area around Galata are also worth photographing at night, but if our batteries are dead, it's time to relieve the sweet tiredness of the second day at home. 😴
6

Galata Bridge

Day 3
In the first light of the morning 🌞, 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 🐟 of the day. The fish we're going to eat at dinner. 😋
7

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. 😋
8

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. 😜
9

Balat

Day 3
We will walk in a very cute neighborhood with colorful buildings, ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 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.
10

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".
11

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.
12

Belgrad Forest

Day 5-6
In the early hours of the morning, we will hit a little road with our car 🚗 and go for a walk to the Belgrad Forest 🌲 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 🍂🍁.
13

Büyükada

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 🚴 or go for a walk. You will enjoy traveling on this sweet island with its wooden houses, historical churches, quiet and calm surroundings and electric vehicles. After returning from the island, we will relax in traditional Turkish Bath, relieve all our tiredness and be ready for the journey home for the next day. :)
WHAT’S INCLUDED
Accommodation
Apartments
7 days trip
İstanbul, Grand Mecidiye Mosque (Ortaköy Mosque) & 11 more
Transportation
Car, Trekking, Train, Boat
Questions and Answers

Hey Enes, thanks for putting up the plan. Do you intend to visit the underground city?

Hello, if you are talking about Basilica Cistern, yes. It was under restoration while I was planning the trip. We can see there when we visit the historical peninsula on the 3rd day.

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