We got up early and took a cab to the airport. The flight to Turkey from Amsterdam is about equivalent of a trip from Rochester to Denver - a 3 hour hop. We flew on KLM and the service was first class. Clearing customs was not bad and we remembered to obtain a Visa (some people did not and had to go back and then stand in the passport line all over again!). After a long cab ride from the airport that faced many stops and then very fast treks (to the next bottleneck), we got to the Hotel Rixos where we checked in and then chose a restaurant at the top of the hotel for a sumptuous meal and a beautiful sunset.
The next day we ventured out and walked down a pedestrian-only street to get the feel of our new surroundings in Istanbul. Our Classic Journeys tour begins at 2:30. We are excited.