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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
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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

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Shoe Shiners, Istanbul, TR

"Shoe Shiners" are traditional and very popular all over the country, summer and winter, you can see them at each and every corner of the city and country.

Most of them have a specific area given by the Municipality, but besides, there are younger guys who carry their shoeshine boxes with them all thru the day to several spots of the city, especially to more touristic areas as like "Old City" or so ...

The traditional shoe shiners serve not just for shining your shoes, but besides also changing the color of your shoe, repair a broken part as like heel of the shoe, change the laces, fix the sole and many more ...

Eventhough you are a visitor / tourist in the city, feel free to leave your shoes with them in the morning and you can get back in the same evening as fixed like brandnew ... :)

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Jun 17, 2013

Shoe Shine "Boys"

Getting your shoes polished won't be a problem. On the major street you will find men that handle their antique tools with great enthousiasm. My advice is to pick out a seasoned shoe shiner and not get fooled by some passing charlatan (read: crook).

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Jun 08, 2011

The Shoes of Nisantasi

Berlin has its bears, New York City had its horses, and now Istanbul's Nisantasi district has its stilettos created and decorated by local advertisers predominantly clothing establishments. The signs and credits have long since vanished but the inventive decorations persist all through the neighborhood - think photo ops.

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May 16, 2009

Get a shoe shine

You'll see a lot of shoe shine stands, sometimes in groups. The one pair of shoes I brought were a pair of comfortable black leather shoes. They were trashed when I brought them and the rain on Friday and walking through puddles and muck over the next couple of days had taken their toll. I finally broke down and grabbed an open chair in the small square opposite the ferry station in Kadikoy. A very nice and colorful older gentleman gave my shoes an expert shine in 5 minutes for all of 3 YTL. What a deal! And a great way to interact with the local culture.

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Apr 27, 2008
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Shoe Shine Boys

On my first visit to Istanbul I was surprised to see sooooo many youngsters (mostly boys) from around 6 years old upwards, shining shoes on the city streets. They work long hours to bring much needed income to their families. He didn't shine my shoes (or those of anyone in my party) but I did give him something for letting me take his photo.

Feb 22, 2006

Clean shoes are a helping hand

Little urchins starting to hustle their way up the economic ladder with a box of polishes, a rag, and a cheeky call - "Shoeshine mister?" One day, maybe they will become a taxi driver, with their own car.

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Jan 14, 2006

No Shoes Indoors!

It is the custom in Turkey, when entering a private house, to remove ones shoes. Having been in the Middle East previously, I know this, and even at home in England I don't wear shoes indoors. So, if you are staying with Turkish friends remember this, and take some slippers wth you.

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Mar 17, 2004

Before entering a home, school...

Before entering a home, school or mosque in Turkey, it is customary for shoes to be removed. In a home visitors will be offered a pair of slippers to wear. Before entering a mosque, you will be given a plastic sack to carry your shoes in.

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Sep 02, 2002

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Shoe Shine

Get your shoes shine like new one from the royal cobbler sitting out side the Aksaray bus stand, sitting in a queue with brightly dcorated boxes.

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Oct 22, 2004

Shoe cleaning

You can just seat and wait for your shoes to be cleaned. Of course in the streets it is not so luxurus!

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Apr 15, 2004

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Galata Tower

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Bebek Area

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Beyazit District

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