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“Fun area and a breather from central Istanbul” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sultanahmet District

Sultanahmet District
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US$100.00*
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Istanbul Small-Group, 1-Day Walking Tour including Hagia Sophia
Ranked #4 of 1,033 things to do in Istanbul
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Owner description: The old section of Istanbul where you can find many attractions including Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.
Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Fun area and a breather from central Istanbul”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2013

First of all this is a faux city, a tourist enclave that doesn't get that many locals except for the better restaurants. That said it is pedestrian friendly and a nice break from the hustle and bustle found in the streets of a huge city of 19 million. I'm not a great tourist and I don't generally like being around other tourists (rude, noisy and provincial). But somehow here in Sultanahmet it was just fine with me; almost relaxing. Yes the shop keepers will badger you and they all seem to have PhD's in psychology or mind reading. Smile and ignore them without speaking. They are efficient with their time and won't bother with you. Make jokes and otherwise engage them and you are fresh meat. They are mostly very nice, earnest capitalists but you have just a few seconds to establish the terms of your relationship so do it firmly, in good humor and silently and do it QUICKLY.

Visited September 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Perfect central location to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2013

I loved how most of the iconic attractions are in this district. Best to get a hotel in this area. Everything is within walking distance. Grand Bazaar, Aya Sofia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern,,,,,, it goes on. Enjoy the quaint local cuisine, and avoid the touristy ones. You will find them, just explore. It's easy to get lost, but once you use a landmark like the Blue Mosque to locate where you are, it's easy. Transportion via the tram is direct from the airport. And trams go straight to Taksim for the nightlife as well.

Visited November 2013
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New London, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 343 helpful votes
“Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2013

Amazing History in the area! We went to a Turkish Hamam while there an it was truly an incredible experience!

Visited November 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Great Great Area!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

This is the area to stay in to see the major sights in Istanbul! We stayed @ Efendi Hotel which is the perfect location within walking distance to most everything you want to see.

Visited November 2013
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Galashiels, United Kingdom
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“Stay in this location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

This was by far the best location to stay, eat, chill out, we travelled around most of Istanbul trying different restaurant, sights, attractions but this area was by far the best.

Visited August 2013
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