Sinan Sökmen

Sinan Sökmen

Co-founder and Managing Director of Istanbul Tour Studio, Born and raised in Istanbul, Fluent in English and Spanish

Is Istanbul safe for tourists? Should we refrain from travelling?

Is Istanbul Safe

On the evening of June 28th, Istanbul’s main airport (Atatürk International Airport) was hit by a suicide bombing attack which resulted in – official numbers – 41 dead and 239 injuries. This has been a real tragedy for our country. As Istanbul Tour Studio, we would like to extend our deepest condolences for the victims and their families. In the past few months, the world has witnessed such terror attacks more than ever and we stand together with our friends in Paris, Ivory Coast, Brussels, Beirut and Orlando. As terror globally targets our livelihood and every day life, we all ask similar questions: where is safe nowadays? Should we refrain from travelling?

The Past and Present of Istanbul’s Water Transport

It’s impossible to think of Istanbul without thinking of the Bosphorus. The Bosphorus defines the city and is the place of fantastic views, waterside neighbourhoods, opulent palaces, ornate Ottoman mosques, wooden yalı mansions, fish restaurants, charming tea gardens, walking routes, green parks, cross-continental vapurs (ferries) and much more. It literally connects the two sides of Istanbul – in more than one way.

New hotel openings in Istanbul

Soho House Istanbul
We always travel for a reason. Sometimes it’s the journey or the road trip that makes it attractive; or the tv shows and series that motive us to travel to new destinations. And for some it’s the pleasure of spending couple of nights in an unknown/new hotel room. Each hotel has it’s own charm, smell and of course character. In this blog post, we wanted to share some of the brand new hotels in Istanbul.

Plan your perfect day in the city: 12 hours in Istanbul


You have 12 hours in Istanbul. Where would you go? Its a hard decision to make. There are plenty of choices and alternatives.

Would you go see the old city and visit the most famous temples of Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque or Suleymaniye Mosque or do you fancy having a private cruise along the Bosphorus Strait and afterwards sit down for a relaxed lunch at one of those nice fish restaurants?

Which boutique hotels do you recommend in Istanbul?

Adahan Istanbul Hotel

There are some very nice boutique hotels opened lately in Istanbul. Other than 5 star chain hotels such as Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus, Swissotel Bosphorus, Ritz Carlton Istanbul, Fourseasons Istanbul Bosphorus or Ciragan Palace Kempinski you can always consider staying at a small and outspoken boutique hotel. We will be suggesting you our favourite small hotels depending on our past experiences.

According to our previous experiences and feedbacks received by our clients, we are happy to recommend the some of the boutique hotels in Istanbul.