9 Wheelchair Accessible Travel Tips For Your Disabled Trip to Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul has noticeably more accessibility challenges than many popular tourist destinations in Europe. From cobblestones to hills to steep ramps, wheelchair travellers to Istanbul are likely to encounter challenges on their trip. Sage Traveling provides list of 9 Istanbul Wheelchair Accessible Travel Tips that tell you how to do it. With these handicapped travel tips you'll travel like a pro by avoiding problems, saving time and money, and doing more than you thought was possible!
The 9 Accessible Travel Tips for Istanbul Turkey below will help minimize the challenging experiences while in Istanbul..
1. Double and triple check accessibility at your hotel before you arrive
Every European city has some hotels that claim to be accessible but really are not. Istanbul has more of these than any other city. Many of the 'accessible' hotels have no ramp at the hotel entrance or a ramp that is so steep no wheelchair user could get up it without assistance. In room accessibility also varies greatly. Double and triple check the accessibility at your hotel before you arrive or you risk having a serious complication on your trip.
2. Avoid trying to approach the New District by walking or rolling
The Taksim square in the New District is a 2.2 km (1.5 mile) uphill journey from the Galata Bridge that spans the Golden Horn. Wheelchair users should hail a taxi rather than wear themselves out pushing up the hill.
3. Accessible bathroom location
Many of the bathrooms in Istanbul are not wheelchair accessible. When looking for accessible toilets during the day, your best bets are to try modern hotels, restaurant chains, and museums.
4. The Basilica Cistern is accessible from the exit
Although not well advertised, Istanbul wheelchair travellers are actually able to visit the Basilica Cistern. The exit is locate 2 blocks downhill from the entrance and has a wheelchair lift.
5. Group the sights by proximity
The Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and Hagia Sophia are within 1 km of each other. It may be a stretch on your time to see them all in a day, but if you only have 1 day in Istanbul, make sure that you visit these three attractions.
6. Start each day at the high spots
The advice is both figurative and literal. Visit the can't-miss items in the morning when your energy is high. If you get tired and need to end your sightseeing early, you can cut out some of the lesser sights. You should also literally start your day in the high spots and roll downhill during the rest of your day.
7. Accessible transportation from the Istanbul airport
A combination of trains and trams can bring wheelchair users from the Istanbul airport to the Old Town. Unfortunately, nearly all of the accessible hotels are located in the New District, and the tram does not cross the bridge over the Golden Horn to get up there. Istanbul disabled tourists should use a normal taxi or arrange for accessible private transportation to get from the airport to their accessible hotel in Istanbul.
8. The Topkapi Palace and National Archaeological Museum are next to each other but worlds apart
That is, at least for wheelchair users. Although when you look at a map they look right next to each other, there is actually steep cobblestone street that connects the two of them.
9. Choose your wheelchair accessible seat on the Bosporus cruise carefully
Sit on the left-hand (western) side on the way up the Bosporus and the sun will be at your back making for much better pictures. On the way back to Istanbul, sit on the right-hand (eastern) side to get good pictures of the Asian side. On the way you will see both ancient and modern sights.
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