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Istanbul Food and Culture Walking Tour
"Your culinary adventure begins in Central Istanbul near Taksim Square. Follow your guide on a walking through the city to gain a unique insight into the local food culture and try some yummy bites (all tastings at own expense). Stroll along Istik a bustling pedestrian street that’s home to an eclectic mix of restaurants bars and clubs art galleries cinemas libraries cafes
From $35.00
 
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

Taksim Square Tips (36)

Tasksim Park

Heart of the modern part of the city built in the 1940's and housing the central station of the Istanbul Metro system. This park is full of monuments and fountains of modern Turkey and has also been...
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Jim_Eliason
Nov 13, 2016

Taksim scam in 30 min

I stepped out of intercontinental hotel near taksim square for a quick exploratory stroll to on my first evening in Istanbul. At the square a man approached me for directions in Turkish and then quite...
IstanbulTourist268
Dec 05, 2015

Beware of Thugs

There are cheats who advertise on Rentmen agree on a price come to your hotel & demand 10 times more money. They are not scared of hotel management or Police. Burkcan_Turkish is one such guy who...
jay_shah_07121980
Nov 28, 2014

Taksim Square, Istanbul, TR

"Taksim Square" is the center of Istanbul and its the "Heart" of the city ...Taksim Square is situated in the European part of Istanbul and is a major tourist and leisure district famed for its...
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TrendsetterME
Jul 28, 2014

Indipendence Monument

The Independence Monument (Istiklal Aniti) in the circle at the southern end of the square commemorates the Turkish Republic's founder, Kemal Atatürk, in both his roles, as military commander-in-chief...
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traveloturc
Jun 05, 2013

Cumhuriyet Aniti

Cumhuriyet Aniti, or the Monument to the Republic, commemorates the foundation of the Turkish Republic in 1923, after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. The foundation of the Republic is an event of...
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mikey_e
Dec 04, 2012

Monumental Spaces

Taksim Square may be impressive for its size, but I won't try to pretend that it holds a huge amount of interest for other reasons - especially given the proximity of Istiklal Caddesi and its myriad...
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mikey_e
Dec 04, 2012

Taksim Tram - Colourful & Crowded

Istikal Caddesi the 3km walking street at Taksim can get very crowded and some people may find the walk exhausting. If you arrive via the Taksim Tunel you are best to walk Isikal Caddesi downhill from...
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Mikebb
Feb 27, 2012

Independence monument

Independence monument symbolizes former Turkish president Kemal Ataturk, his companions, also the depictions of Turkish independence war and Turkish soldiers with flags.Momunent was built in 1928 by...
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Raimix
Feb 07, 2012

TAKSIM SQUARE/TAKSIM MEYDANI

Tourists might think the former Hippodrome areas west of the Blue Mosque are at the center of the city, but they would be wrong for it is here at Taksim Square the heart of modern Istanbul beats from....
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mtncorg
Nov 15, 2011

Long, Long Time Ago

I was in Istanbul in the late 1950's and early 1960's, and again, off and on, throughout the 1970's. Taksim Square was always my focal point. It was where "everything happened"! One reviewer said she...
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YusufEroglu
Sep 17, 2011

Taksim

From Ataturk airport we took Havas bus to the city center and the first thing we saw was Taksim square, a busy hub of Istanbul located at the European side, local buses and taxis passing non stop....
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mindcrime
May 09, 2011
 
 
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Things to Do Near Istanbul

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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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