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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
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

More Tourist Traps in Istanbul

Roxelanne Baths

I was warned that this building was adapted to a shop, with all the limitations that it brings. Anyway, the visit was suggested, and I travelled around searching for a open door - no way! Asking...
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Tourism Is big business in Istanbul, Forbes lists it at the 6th most visited city in the world. I'm not sure how the recent protests in Taksim have affected the number of tourists, it seemed like...
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Jul 21, 2013

Bloody Taxi's

Have some note written in local language to offer taxi driver and add the distance. At least with a search already done time and distance can be noted. Twenty minute trip shouldn't be forty. Which out...
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Oct 14, 2012

Taxi's !!!!

We were driven several miles in the wrong direction taxi parked at entrance to tunnel, next to four lane speedway loudlydemanded 38 turkish lira and told us to leave the cab AFter HE TRIED TO PRETEND...
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Sep 03, 2012

Turkey is full of people eager to rip you off!

We have just returned from a cruise covering Istanbul, Ismir and the Greek Islands. There is no comparison. We are not visiting Turkey again; we will be back to Greece next year!Turkey has nice things...
Jul 23, 2012

Taxi Meters

Don't trust the taxi drivers who insist using taxi meter. I had a bad experience in my first day in Istanbul. I wanted to go from Taksim square to Olivium shopping center in Zeytinburnu district and...
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Jul 23, 2012
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Too much speech about nothing

I don’t know if it is a feature of big Istanbul or all Turkey, but “the speech about nothing” could last forever, but simply later you don’t bring it to mind and try not to chat.It is a way how locals...
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Feb 07, 2012

Weather thing

One waiter told that it is hard to trust three things in Istanbul: women, weather and water. Weather could change every minute from hot to cold, one moment it could rain, another one it is sunshine or...
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Feb 07, 2012

Taxi in Sultanahmet

Hello,You will need Turkish Lira.As an info, if you take a taxi from Sultanahmet (old city center) you will be cheated by the driver 100 %. I am sorry to mention this, but it is a solid fact.Best...
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Oct 07, 2011

Taxi Drivers

Taxis in Istanbul are the major Ripoff the prices are very expensive,so try not take one even if you are delivering a child and want to go to the hospital,so please not that the metro service and...
Aug 26, 2011


THE FERRY IS NOT A TOURIST TRAP, THE TRAP IS IF YOU BOOK A "TOUR" OF A CRUISE UP THE BOSPHORUS.Want to save yourself a heap of money, well, instead of doing a cruise up the Bosphorus, go by local...
Aug 22, 2011

Extra water in restaurants

Still in trip planning period I read the information, that restaurant service is not always could be trusted. Such example happened to me as well. When we ordered main dishes, waiter also presented us...
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Jul 25, 2011

becareful everybody

i was born in turkey grown up there,moved to australia when i was 12.when ever i went to turkey they new i was a tourist coz of the way i speak tukish and they start acting shifty.just wanted to let...
Jul 10, 2011

Taxi driver

Be aware taxi drivers will double ot triple charge you for small distance drive.Make sure you haggle it down and make fixed price before you take any the police or mention its name in case...
Jun 13, 2011

Top Hotels in Istanbul

Tevkifhane Sokak No. 1, Sultanahmet-Eminonu, Istanbul, 34110, Turkey
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Taya Hatun Sokak #5, Sirkeci, Istanbul, 34120, Turkey
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Kucuk Ayasofya Caddesi Kapiagasi Sokak 5, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, 34400, Turkey
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Ebusuud Cad. Mehmet Murat Sok. No: 4, Sirkeci, Istanbul, 34110, Turkey
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Ordu Caddesi Dibekli Cami Sokak No:19, Beyazit, Istanbul, 34400, Turkey
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Binbirdirek Mahallesi Sehit Mehmetpasa, Yokusu Sokak No:30 Sultanahmet, Istanbul, 34122, Turkey
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Top Things to Do in Istanbul

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Hagia Sophia - Ayia Sofia - Ayasofya

It is an absolutely incredible place, but for history lovers it is something really special. We had spent a lot of time researching historical stuff before we went there, but when you go knowing 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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Topkapi Palace

Plan a lot of time to explore it, because there are a lot to see and it also offers a great views on Bosphorus. A do not miss the church of Hagia Irine at the entrance, because it is unique and event...
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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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Basilica Cistern - Yerebatan Saray

This sight is also in the Sultan Ahmet area. For some reason many tourists don't visit the Yerebatan Saray. Perhaps they have not heard of it, don't notice it or think it won't be all that...
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Blue Mosque - Sultan Ahmed Mosque

I must say I am really impressed by the architecture of this mosque. You feel the peace and harmony when you step inside and isolate yourself from the outside world. I had the advantage to visit Blue...
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