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Historic Areas of Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
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Ranked #1 of 646 Attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites
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Melbourne
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88 reviews 88 reviews
35 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

You need metal tokens for the ferries; plastic tokens for the trams; a ticket for the train - these are all 4 TL. The bus requires a multi-trip card. As a tourist there was always someone willing to use their card on the bus and I would pay them. The token dispensers for the tram and ferry looked the same... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

Loved the architecture and the general vibe of the city , some much to see and do . A must is to spend time on the Bosporus , doing that gets you to sea another prospective of the this beautiful city

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

We went there on Saturday, so crowded. It is a little bit stretchy if you want to see all of these in one weekend day. Suggest go to old palace and blue mosque in the early morning by 9am or late afternoon by 4:45. There is another one you can not miss. The museum next to the old palace, a... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Istanbul is a great city with so much energy. It is like a great organized chaos where modernity stands next to historic areas. Walk around, in the small street, you'll love it.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

We liked everything we saw, we disliked the queues, crowds & heat which with Suzette's help we avoided the worst of it.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

You can spend two days enjoying old Istanbul by walking to nearly every site. The Blue Mosque is a highlight as was Haga Sofia.

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Mirboo North
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

To do all of these in one day was a bit much, but each one is wonderful. Try doing them over three days if you have the time. Also, don't miss the underground cistern, in the same square.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Istanbul is rich with history and plays a big role in mapping civilization which are generously found and preserved in the city. Very interesting.

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Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Blue Mosque is located in the heart of Sultan Ahmet market place. Well connected by surface tram and taxis along with Big Bus. Worth visiting place to all travelers visitng Istanbul

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Benicia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

We stayed in the Sirkeci district, and found it to be very easy to walk to all of the important sites in the Sultahnamet. Just follow the tram rails, but watch out for traffic! It appears that the pedestrian lights are only used as a guideline, so be sure that you have a clear path before you cross the street.... More

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