Turkey is an amazing country and it’s even more amazing how much you can get for so little.
DAILY BUDGET $75
Using secret recipes from the lesser-known provinces, Musa Dagdeviren’s restaurant is both authentic and delicious. Sip on a fresh tamarind juice and chew on candied pumpkin.
Nestled into a quaint backstreet, Hotel Eklektik lives up to its name. The roof terrace and glass walled hammam are extra perks.
Tour the lush gardens of Beylerbeyi Palace. The grounds make for a pleasant walk and the interior, with its no-holds barred extravagance, is a must see.
DAILY BUDGET $150
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Street food with a twist, Komsu turns kebabs into a gourmet delicacy. Try the Sogan (topped with pomegranate).
Hotel Ibrahim Pasha
Close to the Blue Mosque, this affordable hotel is simple and stylish. Bedrooms are small but have TVs, fruit and wine.
Drink mint tea in the marble and porphry adorned public rooms of Pera Palas. This is the terminus hotel of the legenday Orient Express.