The dollar is 14 percent stronger than it was last year, when compared to the lira, making the increasingly expensive city of Istanbul as affordable as it used to be. Take advantage of the lower rates and explore this historic bridge between Asia and Europe to discover what it looks like to have one foot in the East and the other in the West. Use the extra lira to splurge on a trip to a Turkish bathhouse and a lavish meal of endless meze or take a tour of Istanbul’s fantastic assortment of Byzantine churches and Ottoman mosques.
- 45 lira bottle of wine Cost in March 2014: $20 / Cost in March 2015: $17
- 110 lira dinner for two Cost in March 2014: $50 / Cost in March 2015: $42
- 330 lira hotel room Cost in March 2014: $150 / Cost in March 2015: $126