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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 EUR32.00

Women's Safety Tips (24)

apartment break-ins

To all travelers, you can never be too careful in big cities. I'm not singling out Istanbul as a crime ridden place but I have been traveling there back and forth there for nearly 10 years for work...
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Jun 09, 2015

Be careful "Don`t trust anybody"

Hello community,I would like to advise you not to visit Istanbul as a female alone. It is to dangerous, especially the men are very intrusive,loud and can be aggressive. You don`t have to flirt...
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Apr 14, 2015

Grand Bazaar - Go with a male friend

While on my second trip in Istanbul I decided to go to the grand bazaar by myself, while I was shopping around, this guy ask me if I wanted to purchase leather bags and I said no, but he would not...
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Oct 05, 2012

Sexual and verbal Harassments

For a solo female traveler be careful especially walking alone at night in an area like Istiqlal street at Taxim square. It can get very dangerous for both men and women. I've witnessed very bad...
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Sep 02, 2012

European looking women

First of all, I would like to say that my visit to Istanbul was lovely. It is the most beautiful city I have ever seen. I would love to go again for the shopping and sightseeing. A week long visit was...
Jul 01, 2012

Solo Woman Traveller

I am a blonde haired, green-eyed female who has travelled to Istanbul many times ALONE and have never been scammed or in danger! I am like others who have written in amazement of the naivete of...
Dec 28, 2011

Solo woman who went to Turkey with no problem

I spent ten days in Turkey alone--part in Central Turkey and part in Istanbul--and had no problems anywhere. I am a 35-year-old American woman with light eyes and long dark blonde hair. Living in...
Dec 08, 2011

Major scam targeting woman of ALL ages in Istanbul

4 months ago while staying in a hostel in Istanbul I met a dozen young girls and middle aged woman tourist that fell victim to a really terrible scam in Istanbul.The first tragic tale was from a girl...
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Oct 12, 2011

Women traveling in Istanbul

I traveled to Istanbul alone 2 years ago. As a young woman, off course I had men saying I was beautiful, asking if I had a bf etc etc, but they never hounded me, as soon as I walked away, it stopped....
Sep 19, 2011

Women travellers in Istanbul

Hi,As a local I have to say that Jetgirly's experience and advices are true. There are millions of street vagrants who bother girls in Turkey. But the formula is SIMPLY IGNORE them. Saying "no,...
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May 16, 2011

Guys using legit hotel jobs to reel in rich women

I've found several of the remarks from women here to be spot on, but there is something missing: the way they gain your trust and can get you feeling like you're the only female tourist they are in a...
Jul 19, 2010

not a romantic destination

We were traveling to Istanbul as 2 married couple from Europe. We enjoyed markets and bargain until we experienced it outside markets - in almost every shop you will be overcharged and it is annoying...
Jul 10, 2010
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Gencturk Agayokusu Cad No 7 Laleli, Istanbul, 34470, Turkey
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Kumbaraci Yokusu No 66, Beyoglu, 34435
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Gencturk Agayokusu Cad No 12, ?ehzadeba?, Istanbul, 34600, Turkey
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Demirci Resit Sokak 28, 34400 Kucukayasofya Caddesi, 34470
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Yerebatan Cad. Cami Cikmazi No:36-40, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, 34410, Turkey
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Akbiyik Cad. Adliye Sok. No:10, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, 34400, Turkey
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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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Levent District

The business and financial district of Levent, located away from most tourist attractions in Istanbul, is located in the Besiktas district, north of the Bosphorus Bridge. It is an important area of...
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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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