My family and I are taking a trip to Greece in July. Because of the way our air miles worked out, we have to fly through Istanbul to get there. So we decided to tack on a few days to the trip so we can see Istanbul as well. My main question is, how long should we spend there? We could do 2 or 3 days is all we have time for. We are only interested in Istanbul for this trip, we won't have time or money to go outside of the area. I have looked at the list of "must sees" on Rick's site here and there does seem to be a lot. But I am wondering if they are all fairly close together? Do they take a lot of time at each place to see? That kind of thing. We will be doing this part of the trip last, so jet lag will not be an issue as we will have been in Greece for 9-10 days prior. Suggestions for good places to stay that are close to sights so we don't have to spend a lot of our time getting back and forth would be great. Also, we will be flying into Istanbul from the west coast (Oregon) at the beginning of our trip. We will be arriving at midnight and the earliest flight we can get back out is 10:30 am. So we will need a hotel near the airport for just getting 4-5 hours of sleep that first night...recommendations?
Anything I am missing??
Thanks in advance!