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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
 
Private Istanbul Walking tour
"This walking tour of Istanbul provides a perfect introduction to the city that straddles Europe and Asia.When Istanbul was known as Constantinople it was the capital of the Roman Empire and the wealthiest metropolis in Europe. On this city tour you’ll visit Istanbul’s 4 most important historic sites with a local guide.The Blue Mosque is an iconic monument in both the Turkish and Islamic wor and features 6 towering minarets and 260 windows that provide illumination for its vast inner chamber that is lined with more than 20000 Iznik tiles.In the 6th century the Hagia Sophia was built by the Emperor Justinian. After the Ottoman conquest it was converted to a mosque and later converted into a museum featuring many beautiful Byzantine mosaics.One of the largest and oldest palaces in the world
From $59.00

Tugra

We were invited (read: lured) to Turga on our way to check out the Arasta Bazaar by a very nice and friendly man, Mehmet. I think I'll save the details for a travelogue. But rest assured if you want...
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Hopkid
Apr 04, 2011

carpets

Hi Try to find the nuruosmaniye door of the grand bazaar on the way to the entrance you can find many reputable carpet shops all you need is to ask the certificate and this shops are able to provide a...
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traveloturc
Mar 19, 2008

carpets

Any carpet shop near the Arasta Bazaar will have someone standing outside to lure you in with an offer of tea or even wine. If you aren't interested don't be afraid to politely turn them down. On the...
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authoress
Jan 05, 2008

carpets

The most important tip I cold give is to take your time. There are so many carpets and shops, that you should look around before you buy. It is worth to talk to the sellers, and compare what they tell...
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PierreZA
May 06, 2007
 
 
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University

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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