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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

More Tourist Traps in Istanbul

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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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Touts

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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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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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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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...
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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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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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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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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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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...
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TOURIST CRUISE UP THE BOSPHORUS

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...
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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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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...
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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 taxes.call the police or mention its name in case...
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Top Hotels in Istanbul

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Kucuk Ayasofya Caddesi Kapiagasi Sokak 5, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, 34400, Turkey
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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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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

In my second visit I didn't enter Sainte Sophie, but could appreciate the influence that it had in many constructions around it, and the justice that makes it the central point of Istanbul tourism.
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Grand Bazaar - Kapali Çarsi

In my first visit to Istanbul, I was taken to the bazaar - "this is the bazaar, let's enter, be careful not to get lost... let's go out... it's seen". Things are better when you are on your own, when...
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Topkapi Palace

The Baths of the Sultan and the Queen Mother, dating from the late 16th century, and decorated in Rococo style in the 18th, consist of multiple rooms - a caldarium, a tepidarium and a frigidarium. The...
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Blue Mosque - Sultan Ahmed Mosque

A second look at Blue mosque was a great opportunity to observe some missed aspects in the first visit. First of all, that this mosque, built in the 17Th century,was strongly inspired in Hagia...
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Galata Tower

Visible from far, this tower, built by Genoese in the 14Th century and still keeping its italian look, is now the place of a restaurant and, it seems, a "tourist trap". Going up is expensive and the...
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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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"The only city in the world build in 2 continents"
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"Istanbul not/and Constantinople"
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"My Beloved Istanbul"
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