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Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul
"Our tour begins at the ancient Hippodrome where thousands of spectators were entertained and kept happy by the chariot races. The historic Sultanhamet Mosque or now known as the Blue Mosque due to its magnificent interior filled with blue Iznik tiles is we will navigate through the labyrinth of streets and passages that are home to more than 3000 shops known as the Grand Bazaar. Make sure you have practiced your bartering skills. After looking Grand Bazaar you will have a chance to rest and you will get to experience traditional Turkish tea or coffee and a popular Turkish pastry called borek all while enjoying the ancient practice of hookah at a favorite local hangout. You will then make your way to one of immediately you feel the energy in the air. Your senses will be filled with bright colors and powerful aromas of the exotic spices that will surround you. Istanbul is a city that has a rich religious history and now is composed of many different religion this church has been the location of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and is recognized as the spiritual leader of the Eastern Orthodox Religion. Your day concludes with an old world cultural experience like no other city has to offer. Your churches and synagogues that date back to the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. Further to witnessing the local's life thereYou end the tour with a ferry back to Eminonu
From EUR70.00
 
Dinner Cruise On The Bosphorus
"Start your evening with pick up from your hotel before heading to the port to embark on our 3.5-hour evening Bosphorus cruise from Istanbul. Watch the sun set over the Bosphorus Strait and cruise under Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. See Istanbul’s illuminat your experience finishes with drop off at your Istanbul hotel.""""Spend your evening in Istanbul cruising around the beautiful Bosphorus Strait while enjoying dinner and an Anatolian folklore show with belly dancing. Gliding through the water your boat follows a route that includes views of Istanbul’s top attractions – all enchantingly illuminated at night. Cruise past the Blue Mosque and Faith Sultan Mehmet Bridge while eating drinking and enjoying the show!"title=Highlights&1=Enjoy+a+romantic+night+including+dinner&2=Dinner+included&3=Free+drinks+included&4=Hotel+pickup+included
From $50.00
 
"Istanbul Sightseeing Tour Including Grand Bazaar
"Istanbul Uncovered with Grand Bazaar Suleymaniye Mosque Sultanahmet backstreets and great views of the city""Get the most out of Istanbul in the company of an expert local guide. As we tour Istanbul your guide will point out places to get the best local snacks and coffee as well as show you the main points of interest along the way.You'll start this Istanbul walking tour by exploring Istanbul’s ancient Hippodrome. Following this we’ll make our way to Divanyolu
From EUR27.00

Asian Side Tips (3)

Two continents

Favorite thing I had to visit the Asian side, and, in a quick look, tried to find any difference - I didn't. As a matter of fact that continental separation is only a convention, without any differences in landscape, people or construction.

The bridges that connect them have that special meaning - only a few meters of water separating two parts of the same country, the same people, the same city.

Only one difference - history and tourism are mainly in European side.

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solopes
Apr 19, 2016

Fresh Fish Straight off the Boat.

Favorite thing You could be forgiven for thinking Istanbul's attractions all centre around historical sights, but for me a lot of them centred around - fish.

We frequently went to Kadıköy which means Judges Village. This is an area on the Asian side of the Bosphorus and it has some excellent restaurants. We would walk along the front where rows of fishing boats would sell their wares to passers by. My favourite fish was palamut. This translates into English as bonito when I look it up. In my opinion it looks and tastes very much like mackerel.

Once we had selected our fish the fishermen would top and tail it, gut it and cut it into fillets or pieces for us. I would bake my palamut in my little mini-oven with a little butter and black pepper. It was delicious.

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IreneMcKay
Oct 02, 2014

Is this the oldest part of Istanbul?

Favorite thing Current name of the town is Kadikoy.Ancient name is Khalkedon.There is nothing left from ancient Khalkedon now.You can see a crowded conquiret modern city.Kadikoys best place to visit town market.Take a public boat from Eminonu (Port number 2) after 20min you will be at Kadýkoy.There isnt any ancient thing to see but you can see the old Kadýkoy Fruit Hall (Now it is art school) also there is old municipality building.Cross the street and go to Kadikoy Carsisi.You can find fast food shops ,A greek church,an armenian church,old style buildings and smell of the fruits ,fish,cheese and turkish coffee.

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neodue
Oct 04, 2006
 
 
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"STROLLING THROUGH ISTANBUL"
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