Honeymoon Travel: Turkey

Lovebirds and the Hagia Sophia
Lovebirds and the Hagia Sophia

I have wanted to visit Turkey for a long time. When we started thinking about our honeymoon, I really thought we should go to Turkey and Greece. They are close to one another, it would be a great blend of history and culture but also beach and relaxation.

However, when I started to look into the actual travel execution, it turned out it was pretty expensive to travel to Greece, and there wasn’t a great method for getting around.

It seemed like it would be easiest to just get to one of the islands and stay put unless we wanted to spend a lot of time figuring out where we needed to be each day, which I did not think my husband would enjoy.

That led to our looking into cruises that would port in both Greece and Turkey, which would cover the transportation between. I had never booked a cruise before and had no clue how many cruise lines, ships, itineraries, ports, etc. you had to take into consideration, or how often each ship left.

Just picking one that left in line with our arrival following our wedding narrowed done a ton of options I would have considered. But we needed some mechanism for paring down our list, so it worked out in the end.

We ended up with MSC cruise line and a ship named the MSC Divinia that left from several locations. I loved that we could see which port was the cheapest and most convenient to travel to and then determine where we would initiate the cruise.

It turned out Istanbul was the cheapest ($850/person round-trip airfare) and it was also where we wanted to spend most of our time before and after the cruise.

Turkey was as incredible as I had hoped, and I would love to go back and discover more of the country. Below are a few snapshots from our time in Istanbul pre-cruise, the waterfront during our layover before heading to Romania post-cruise, and then our final days exploring the Old Town.

My and one of the many friendly cats on beautifully chalked stairs
Me and one of the many friendly cats on beautifully chalked stairs
First night's dinner from the rooftop overlooking the Bosphorus and Asia
First night’s dinner from the rooftop overlooking the Bosphorus and Asia
Early morning visit to the Dolmabahce Palace
Early morning visit to the Dolmabahce Palace
Husband capturing a few shots in the bird sanctuary
Husband capturing a few shots in the bird sanctuary
Post-cruise adventures along the Bosphorus
Post-cruise adventures along the Bosphorus
Riverboat rides were not tempting in the rain and wind
Riverboat rides were not tempting in the rain and wind
We trekked to the top of the Galata Tower for awesome views of the city
We trekked to the top of the Galata Tower for awesome views of the city
Cloudy with a chance of mosques
Cloudy with a chance of mosques
One of my favorites of the hubby, ready for the Spice Market and a chance to get out of the wet
One of my favorites of the hubby, ready for the Spice Market and a chance to get out of the wet
Great time walking through the stalls buying figs, bowls and gifts
Great time walking through the stalls buying figs, bowls and gifts
I wanted to take it all home with me
I wanted to take it all home with me
Our hotel, the Kybele
Our hotel, the Kybele
The hotel lobby, restaurant and rooms were covered in beautiful lanterns
The hotel lobby, restaurant and rooms were covered in beautiful lanterns
Our walking tour took us to the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blur Mosque, Underground Cistern, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
Our walking tour took us to the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blur Mosque, Underground Cistern, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
Honeymooning in front of the Blue Mosque
Honeymooning in front of the Blue Mosque
Ancient Hagia Sophia
Ancient Hagia Sophia
Wandering around the Cistern before lunch
Wandering around the Cistern before lunch
We ate at the Pudding Shop and wandered the square
We ate at the Pudding Shop and wandered the square
Tried roasted chestnuts, bread and nutella crepes from the street vendors
Everything aglow at night

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