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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

Toy Museum Tips (4)

Istanbul Toy Museum.

Take a trip back in time and see all those toys you once had.
Well maybe not all but a great many from not just Turkey but around the world.
Open every Tuesday to Friday 09.30-18.00,Saturday and Sunday 09.30-19.00
Closed Mondays,entrance 6Ytl for grown-ups,4Ytl for students.
Cafe downstairs.
Can get train from Haydarpasa station to Goztepe,then it's around the corner or get bus numbers 10,10B,10S,14CK,14KS,17,17L,19F,19K,19M,19S,GZ1 or GZ2 from Kadikoy to Goztepe,then it's a bit further to walk.
You can't miss the 3 giraffes outside.

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Tdiver
Apr 04, 2011

Istanbul Toy Museum

Istanbul Toy museum is a new museum and it is not known by many. This private museum was opened at 23 April 2005 (on the national children's day). A well-known poet Sunay Akin founded the museum. His collection of more than 2000 toys are being exhibited at a renovated old mansion in Kadikoy, Goztepe. The building is the only old house at that area rescued from being demolished and built a tall apartment instead.

I enjoyed the museum a lot. They have old and new toys (some of them more than 100 years old) from different places of the world, but mostly from Turkey. What i liked most is the way the toys are being exhibited. There is a room for trains and the room itself is decorated like a train compartment, the submarine toys are exhibited at the basement in a room decorated like a submairine, etc.

The museum is open between 9:00-18:00 except Mondays.

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basak
Apr 04, 2011

The Sunay Akin Toy Museum

A recently opened (in 23th April 2005)museum in Asian side of the city.Very symphatic and joyfull place to wisit many tinplate wooden and antique toys are displaying in a 19th century mansion.aA cafeteria is also located here.
The founder of museum is Mr Sunay akin who is also a famous author and a poet.A must see place.....

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hokomoko
Apr 04, 2011

Things to do for kids in Istanbul

Hi Aziz,

Recently my Finnish frends with 3 sweet kids (2, 4 and 6) visited me and they loved Toy Museum in Göztepe, feeding seagulls with simit from boat, taking a horsecar in Büyükada.

Be aware of that Turkish people love to dandle kids on public and it is a well accepted behaviour. My Finnish friends were quite shocked to see people holding, caressing their 3 kids, giving them candies on street, bus stop, bus, boat etc. But maybe it will not seem too strange for you to get attention of affectionate stranger people as a person who is probably from a more similar culture :)

Miniatürk, Rahmi Koç Museum and Gülhane are also very right opinions.

Please feel free to ask any questions or help which can make your family trip easier and better.

Cheers.
Alper

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AlperIst
Dec 03, 2010
 
 
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