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“huge city needs help to see the sites”

Historic Areas of Istanbul
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Istanbul Small-Group Walking Tour: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace...
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Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise
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Private Tour: Istanbul's Jewish Heritage
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Lake Arrowhead,CA
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“huge city needs help to see the sites”
Reviewed 10 May 2014

Be very careful with belongings here, loved the Grand Bazaar, the Topkapii Palace, the Blue Mosque. The Grand Bazaar has every thing you could want to purchase, and terrific Turkish coffee shops. Coffee was served on silver platter with amareto and water in tiny cups elegantly placed.

Visited May 2014
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Bangalore, India
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“Loved the Historic sites, Energy and People”
Reviewed 10 May 2014

We had spent all the 5 days of our Istanbul stay in the Sultanahmet area which has the maximum concentration of the famous historic sites in Istanbul – Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and next door Archeological museum, Basilica Cistern and many more. You can also take the tram from there to Kabattas station to visit Dolmabahce palace – a truly ‘don’t miss’ attraction. Few tips about Sultanahmet area if you are planning to take accommodation – the hotels behind Blue Mosque though are in quieter area but the Prayers from the Mosque will penetrate through the walls of the hotel rooms very easily and multiple times in the day, evening and night. We had spent the 1st four nights there and experienced it, we were on the other side of Sultanhamet square towards Grand Bazar on our last day ( for reference check this address - Rast Hotel - Binbirdirek Mah. Klodfarer Cad. No:4 Sultanahmet ) and that location is much better , every attraction of Sultanahmet is easy to reach from there besides you are steps away from the Tram lines, main street, local food options and the shopping options including the Mega hub of Grand Bazar. Loved the energy and people of Sultanahmet area. One more thing: the queue to the major sites such as Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace is always a very long one – you will save a lot of time if you buy a Museum pass (available right in front of Hagis Sophia or you can buy online and get it delivered to your hotel in Istanbul ahead of your arrival as I did) . Suleymaniye mosque is another attraction around that location that you should not miss if you are in Sultanhamet , plan to cover this mosque when you are visiting Grand Bazar because it is somewhere close – we asked people and found our way though we had to walk for about 20-25 minutes. Another historic site worth visiting is the Chora Church ( or Kariye Museum ) – the Church of the Holy Saviour – we took a cab to reach there for about 15 Lira – be careful about the Taxi drivers – they can really take you for a ride unless you negotiate a fixed price before you get it. That’s it from now….. I just shared my experience from our very recent trip to Istanbul – hope you find it useful.

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Ujjwal Mukherjee
Bangalore, India

Visited April 2014
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York, United Kingdom
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“Visit to friends”
Reviewed 9 May 2014

My visit is many years ago, but the city impressed me. The hustle and bustle combined with e friendliness of the people. Fortunately, having Turkish friends there I was taken to the main places of interest and given a local's insight into its varied past. Topkapi, the Blue Mosque were fascinating, but the market with its carpet and jewel leery stalls really caught the imagination.

Visited June 2013
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Cork, Ireland
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“Weekend in Istanbul”
Reviewed 9 May 2014

Wonderful city. Lots to see. Easy to get around.Best value was the Bosphorus cruise which cost only 12 Turkish Lira!

Visited May 2014
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Staten Island, New York
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“Wonderful Treasures of Awesome Sites”
Reviewed 9 May 2014

Istanbul is a wonderful city with lots of rich history. All the sites were beautiful! However, be preapred for long lines and aggressive sales tactics (which is customary for this region). Plan your site seeing strategy, entrance fees and take a lot of patience with you. It is all worth it in the long!

Sites of interest are the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, The Cistern,

Visited April 2014
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