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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 EUR32.00

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Dolmabahce Clock Tower, Istanbul, TR ...

Dolmabahçe Clock Tower (Turkish: Dolmabahçe Saat Kulesi) is a clock tower situated outside Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul ...The tower was ordered by Ottoman sultan Abdülhamid II (1842–1918) and...
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Mar 07, 2012

Sogukcesme Street Houses, Istanbul, TR

"Sogukcesme Street is a small street with "historic houses" in the Sultanahmet neighborhood of Istanbul, Turkey, sandwiched in-between the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. The car-free zone street is...
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Jul 10, 2013

French street in Istanbul.

Newly dressed up and detailed with Paris style decorations street is ready for citizens and visitors. Location: Beyoglu : underneath the tram road theres many tasty small restaurants antique shops...
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May 04, 2004

Hamamzade Ismail Dede Efendi Evi

Down the hill from Blue Mosque, towards the sea of Marmara you can visit the home of Dede Efendi, a famous composer of music for the dancing dervishes. His house is a restored turco-ottoman house from...
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Jun 25, 2004

Comodo Steps..Another Istanbul story.

Istanbul used to be the home of many Italian families like Comodos..They came to Istanbul in early 1500s , became very powerful in banking in 1800s and left their hometown in 1920s...This is the...
Mar 02, 2004


THE AFIF AHMET PASA YALI............Photo 1This mansion was built in the Neo Baroque by the architect of the Pera Palas Hotel. When AGATHA CHRISTIE visited Istanbul to write her novel “Murder on the...
Dec 05, 2009

Old houses indeed......

You will certainly see plenty of wooden houses if you wander the streets of Cankurtaran, a few minutes' walk downhill from Ayia Sofia, and in 2015 I saw plenty more in the streets around Suleymaniye...
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Oct 01, 2015


THE SADULLAH PASA YALI.........Photo 1Located in Cengelkoy, this mansion was famous for its interior decorations and for its very high value. The original owner, Sultan Abdu lhamit II, was exiled and...
Aug 04, 2009


At Yenikoy, there are beautiful 19th century yalis (mansions) that line the waterfront of this old Village. The village was invaded by the Cossacks who crossed the Black Sea in 1624.Since their...
Dec 05, 2009

Camondo Stairs, Istanbul, TR

"Camondo Stairs" in Istanbul constructed by Camondo Family circa 1870-1880.Legend has it that the family had the stairs built so that their kids could take a shortcut on their way to school. No matter...
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May 02, 2013

Aynalikavak Mansion

If you visit Istanbul, you can spare one complete day to the places on the shores of Golden Horn. You can have a trip to this mansion and afterwards Koc museum and last Miniaturk.. As all these places...
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Apr 04, 2011

Ottoman Houses

In the neighborhood behind the University you can find a quarter with those typical ottoman wooden houses. Many of them are being restoredIt traditionally has an upper gallery and an optional stair to...
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May 08, 2003
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Istanbul, as a city with over 13 million people, has a number of universities spread over the two sides of the Bosporus. While there were schools of higher learning in Byzantine Constantinople, the...
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Grand Bazaar - Kapali Çarsi

If you fall into the category of tourists who catalog attractions as must see,then you will definitely have the Grand Bazaar on your list of must see things. To me it was no big deal.Because we had...
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Galata Tower

The Galata Tower is the cylindrical tower with the pointed roof that juts out of the Galata skyline on the Karaköy side of the Golden Horn. Historically the Galata area was populated by the Venetians...
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Bebek Area

In our last year in Istanbul I was sent out to various parts of Istanbul to teach different individuals or in different companies. Once a week I had to teach in Bebek. Bebek is a pretty village on the...
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Beyazit District

"Beyazit State Library" in Istanbul is the first Ottoman state library, opened in 1884 and intended to be a national library. Beyazıt Library is one of the largest libraries in Istanbul, its...
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Fatih Camii - Conquerors' Mosque

Just to the south of the mosque itself we can find the tombs of Mehmet II and his wife Gülbahar. Both of these tombs were completely destroyed in the earthquake 1766 and reconstructed, though on the...
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