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Mar09

When travelling, have you ever thought about what you can do to travel more responsibly?

Traveling responsibly will provide you with a richer holiday experience, and allow you to actively contribute to the places you visit, and the people who live there. So the next time you visit Lavanta Hotel – Best Budget Hotel in Taksim – or any other destination on your bucket list, think about how you can travel more sustainably. 

What exactly do we mean by sustainable and responsible traveling? What can I do?

For example, ordering the local dish which is readily available, rather than a dish you usually eat at home. Not only will you have the opportunity to try something new and tasty… this dish will also have a lower carbon footprint, because local food will have travelled less distances to reach your plate. The best example is fish; it may have been caught by someone local, who benefits from you buying it.

Traveling responsibly simply means becoming a conscious traveller. It’s not supposed to be a chore, but includes simple, sensible actions:

  • Buying locally made craft 
  • Purchasing products from an array of locally run shops and restaurants
  • Turning off lights and air conditioning when leaving your room
  • Using water carefully and not leaving taps running
  • Re-using your towels when possible
  • Disposing of your waste appropriately and not leaving it for someone to pick up on the street
  • Packing light and for a purpose. Be smart about what you really need. Packaging like the plastic wrapping of a new toothbrush just uses up unnecessary space in your bag and can create excess waste for the destination to deal with 
  • Explore your transport options – wherever possible, try to minimize your pollution and impact on the environment by looking to alternative transportation (like walking :)) Luckily Lavanta Hotel is located very centrally so you can practically walk nearly everywhere!) 

Always remember, you have a definite influence on the places you visit.  Wishing everyone happy and responsible travels! 


If you have further questions about Istanbul, or are looking for a place to stay, let us know!

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Lavanta Hotel – Best Budget Hotel in Taksim


Topkapi Palace
May23

We have compiled a list of opening times & entry fees to Palaces, museums and Stadiums in Istanbul. For more information please visit individual websites, and for directions on how to visit these venues from Lavanta Hotel, please contact us! Our staff will be more than happy to assist you.

Museums

Hagia Sophia Museum – Entry Fee: 40 TL Openings Days: Everyday
Opening Times: 09:00 – 19:00

Topkapı Palace – Entry: 40 TL + Harem 25 TL Openings Days: Everyday, except Tuesdays Opening Times: 08:00 – 18:00

Hagia Irene – Entry Fee: 20TL Openings Days: Everyday, except Tuesdays
Opening Times: 09:00 – 18:45

İstanbul Archaeological Museums – Entry Fee: 20TL Openings Days: Everyday, except Mondays Opening Times: 09:00 – 19:00

Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts – Entry Fee: 25TL Openings Day: Everyday Opening Times: 09:00 – 19:00

İstanbul Mosaic Museum – Entry Fee: 15TL Openings Days: Everyday
Opening Times: 09:00 – 19:00

Museum for the History of Science and Technology in İslam
Entry Fee: 10TL Openings Days: Everyday Opening Times: 09:00-18:30

Chora Museum – Entry Fee: 30TL Openings Days: Everyday Opening Times: 09:00 – 19:00

Fethiye Museum – Entry Fee: 5TL Openings Days: Everyday Opening Times: 09:00 – 19:00

Galata Mevlevi House – Entry Fee: 10TL Openings Days: Everyday, except Mondays Opening Times: 09:00 – 17:00

Rumeli Hisar Museum – Entry Fee: 10TL Openings Days: Everyday, except Wednesdays Opening Times: 09:00 – 19:00

Basilica Cistern Museum – Entry Fee: 20TL (yerli 10TL) Openings Days: Everyday Opening Times: 09:00 – 18:30

Miniatürk Museum – Entry Fee: 20 TL (yerli 10TL) Openings Days: Everyday
Opening Times: 09:00 – 19:00

Panorama 1453 History Museum – Entry Fee: 15 TL (yerli 7,50 TL) Openings Days: Everyday Opening Times: 08:00 – 18:00

Turkish Culture Museum HomesAzerbaycan, Kazakistan, Özbekistan, Türkmenistan, KKTC ve Tataristan Culture Homes Entry Fee: Free

Openings Days: Everyday Opening Times: 08:00 – 17:00 Galata Tower – Entry Fee:25 TL (yerli 25TL) Openings Days: Everyday Opening Times: 09:00 – 19:00

Sakıp Sabancı Museum -Entry Fee: 30 TL (Wednesdays FREE) Openings Days and Times: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 10:00 – 18:00
Wednesdays: 10:00-20:00 (Mondays closed

Rahmi M.Koç Museum – Entry Fee: 16TL Openings Days and Times: Tuesdays – Fridays: 10:00 – 17:00 Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00-18:00 Mondays closed

Türvak Cinema and Theatre Museum – Entry Fee: 10 TL Openings Days: Everday, except Mondays Opening Times: 10:00 – 18:00 Turkish Jewish Museum – Entry Fee: FREE

Openings Days and Times: Mondays – Thursdays 10:00 – 16:00
Fridays 10:00 – 13:00, Sundays 10:00 – 14:00, Saturdays closed

Santral Istanbul – Entry Fee: FREE Openings Days: Everday
Opening Times: 09:00 – 18:00

Mehmet Naci Aköz Kite Museum (Uçurtma Müzesi) – Entry Fee: FREE (uçurtma yapmak 18 TL) Openings Days: Mondays – Fridays
Opening Times: 09:00 – 17:00

Poet Sait Faik Abasıyanık Museum – Entry Fee: FREE Openings Days: Wednesdays – Sundays Opening Times: 10:30 – 17:30

Stadiums

Beşiktaş Stadium and Museum – Entry Fee: 25 TL Opening Days: Everyday, except match days Opening Times: 10:00 – 17:00

Galatasaray Stadium and Museum – Entry Fee: 30 TL Opening Days: Everyday, except match days Opening Times: 10:00 – 17:00

Fenerbahçe Stadium and Museum Entry Fee: 30 TL Opening Days: Everyday, except match days Opening Times: 10:00 – 17:00

Palaces

Dolmabahçe Palace – Entry Fee: 40 TL (yerli 30TL) Openings Days: Everyday, except Mondays and Thursdays Opening Times: 09:00 – 16:00

Beylerbeyi Palace – Entry Fee: 30 TL (yerli 15TL) Openings Days: Everyday, except Mondays and Thursdays Opening Times: 09:00 – 17:00

Yıldız Şale Palace – Entry Fee: 10 TL (yerli 5TL)

Ihlamur Mansion (Ihlamur Kasrı) – Entry Fee: 10 TL (yerli 5 TL)

Openings Days: Everyday, except Mondays and Thursdays
Opening Times: 09:00 – 17:00

Maslak Mansion (Maslak Kasırları) – Entry Fee: 10 TL (yerli 5TL) Openings Days: Everyday, except Mondays and Thursdays
Opening Times: 09:00 – 17:00

Küçüksu Mansion (Küçüksu Kasrı) -Entry Fee: 10 TL (yerli 5TL) Openings Days: Everyday, except Mondays and Thursdays Opening Times: 09:00 – 17:00

Aynalı Kavak Mansion (Aynalı Kavak Kasrı) – Entry Fee: 60 TL (yerli 40TL) Openings Days: Everyday, except Mondays and Thursdays
Opening Times: 09:00 – 17:00

Beykoz Mecidiye Mansion (Beykoz Mecidiye Kasrı) – Entry Fee:60 TL (yerli 40 TL) Openings Days: Everyday, except Mondays and Thursdays Opening Times: 09:00 – 17:00

Yalova Atatürk Mansion (Yalova Atatürk Köşkü) – Entry Fee: 10 TL (yerli 5TL) Openings Days: Everyday, except Mondays and Thursdays
Opening Times: 09:00 – 17:00

Florya Atatürk Mansion (Florya Atatürk Köşkü) – Entry Fee: 10 TL (yerli 5TL) Openings Days and Times: Şu an kapalı

Palace Collections Museum (Saray Koleksiyonları Müzesi) – Entry Fee:60 TL (yerli 40 TL) Openings Days: Everyday, except Mondays and Thursdays
Opening Times: 09:00 – 17:00

Picture Museum (Resim Müzesi) – Entry Fee: 15 TL (yerli 7,50TL) Openings Days: Everyday,except Mondays and Thursdays Opening Times: 09:00 – 17:00MUSEUM OPENING TIMES & ENTRY FEES

Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts – Entry Fee: 25TL Openings Day: Everyday Opening Times: 09:00 – 19:00

İstanbul Mosaic Museum – Entry Fee: 15TL Openings Days: Everyday
Opening Times: 09:00 – 19:00

Museum for the History of Science and Technology in İslam Entry Fee: 10TL Openings Days: Everyday Opening Times: 09:00-18:30

Chora Museum – Entry Fee: 30TL Openings Days: Everyday
Opening Times: 09:00 – 19:00

Fethiye Museum – Entry Fee: 5TL Openings Days: Everyday
Opening Times: 09:00 – 19:00

Galata Mevlevi House – Entry Fee: 10TL Openings Days: Everyday, except Mondays Opening Times: 09:00 – 17:00

Rumeli Hisar Museum – Entry Fee: 10TL Openings Days: Everyday, except Wednesdays Opening Times: 09:00 – 19:00

Basilica Cistern Museum – Entry Fee: 20TL (yerli 10TL)
Openings Days: Everyday
Opening Times: 09:00 – 18:30

Miniatürk Museum – Entry Fee: 20 TL (yerli 10TL)
Openings Days: Everyday
Opening Times: 09:00 – 19:00

Panorama 1453 History Museum – Entry Fee: 15 TL (yerli 7,50 TL)
Openings Days: Everyday
Opening Times: 08:00 – 18:00

Turkish Culture Museum Homes Azerbaycan, Kazakistan, Özbekistan, Türkmenistan, KKTC ve Tataristan Culture Homes Entry Fee: Free   Openings Days: Everyday Opening Times: 08:00 – 17:00

Galata Tower – Entry Fee:25 TL (yerli 25TL) Openings Days: Everyday
Opening Times: 09:00 – 19:00

Sakıp Sabancı Museum -Entry Fee: 30 TL (Wednesdays FREE) Openings Days and Times: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 10:00 – 18:00
Wednesdays: 10:00-20:00 Mondays closed

Rahmi M.Koç Museum – Entry Fee: 16TL Openings Days and Times: Tuesdays – Fridays: 10:00 – 17:00 Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00-18:00 Mondays closed

Türvak Cinema and Theatre Museum – Entry Fee: 10 TL Openings Days: Everday, except Mondays Opening Times: 10:00 – 18:00 Turkish Jewish Museum – Entry Fee: FREE

Openings Days and Times: Mondays – Thursdays 10:00 – 16:00
Fridays 10:00 – 13:00 Sundays 10:00 – 14:00 Saturdays closed

Santral Istanbul – Entry Fee: FREE Openings Days: Everday
Opening Times: 09:00 – 18:00

Mehmet Naci Aköz Kite Museum (Uçurtma Müzesi) – Entry Fee: FREE (uçurtma yapmak 18 TL)
Openings Days: Mondays – Fridays
Opening Times: 09:00 – 17:00

Poet Sait Faik Abasıyanık Museum Entry Fee: FREE Openings Days: Wednesdays – Sundays Opening Times: 10:30 – 17:30

Beşiktaş Stadium and Museum – Entry Fee: 25 TL Opening Days: Everyday, except match days Opening Times: 10:00 – 17:00

Galatasaray Stadium and Museum – Entry Fee: 30 TL Opening Days: Everyday, except match days Opening Times: 10:00 – 17:00

Fenerbahçe Stadium and Museum Entry Fee: 30 TL Opening Days: Everyday, except match days Opening Times: 10:00 – 17:00


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