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You will enjoy the unique sights and sounds of Istanbul. Dive into history as you walk through the historic sections of Istanbul. People are friendly and helpful. This is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

You will enjoy the unique sights and sounds of Istanbul. Dive into history as you walk through the historic sections of Istanbul. People are friendly and helpful. This is a true experience of the senses.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Just came back from a wonderful week in Istanbul. The city was full of amazing flavors, colors, and an energy that I loved. We decided to stay a week in the city instead of going to other places to get a full taste of what this great place had to offer. I do not regret that. A week was perfect... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Sofia Hagia, the Hippodrome are all great places to visit. The cruises of the Bosporous while touristy are a part of it - well worth the price.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Come on, you're in Istanbul, how can you not be amazed? But the street hawkers are absolutely relentless. Prepare to have to be rude to get them off your backs. And watch for pickpockets...especially little kids ready to snatch anything easy to grab.

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Trondheim, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Istanbul is a fantastic place to visit for all who are just a little interested in history. The Topkapi palace, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia is a must see.

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Blacksburg, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

There are so many beautiful buildings mosques, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace. Looking at the skyline beside Bosphorus is dazzling.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

It was a great pleasure visiting Istanbul. Endless wonderful places to see. The weather is fantastic. Despite the heat, we didn't feel tired at all. Luckily I have an energetic daughter who was keen in the long walks along sultanahmed and grand Bazar. There are small market like within the main street. I got some silk scarfs ( haggling is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Historic Istanbul (Old City) has to be one of the "Top 10" places to see for those who want to see the world. A little something for everyone. The city is lively and cosmopolitan, the people generally calm and friendly. Don't go to the Covered Bazaar without honing your haggling skills. It's more than half the fun.

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Johns Creek, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Spend a day here. For first time visitors, you have to do this. St. Sophia , Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and Basilica Cistern. These are must sees. You could spend a day at Topkapi Palace so if you have more than a day or so in Istanbul plan on spending a 1/2 day here where the largest diamond in Europe... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We spent three days in Istanbul upon arrival in Turkey and it did not disappoint. I believe that Istanbul is the city that deserves the title "the city that never sleeps" in that there is always something going on. We hit the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya, and the Basilica Cistern the day we arrived (we got in around 10ish in... More 

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Address: Istanbul, Turkey
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet

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Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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