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Address: Istanbul, Turkey
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Private Tour: Istanbul's Jewish Heritage
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Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise

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It blown my mind

Such and intriguing city . My favorite city so far and by far! Love the cultural mix, the beauty of the sultanament, Blue mosque and Sophia . I could go on and on about this city... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Istanbul Sightseeing Pass|Includes entry to 4 iconic attractions
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
Hagia Sophia Museu...
Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace
Bosphorus Strait
Bosphorus Strait
Golden Horn
Golden Horn
Sultanahmet District
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Such and intriguing city . My favorite city so far and by far! Love the cultural mix, the beauty of the sultanament, Blue mosque and Sophia . I could go on and on about this city , but there are no words to explain.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Pros: A lot of history and monuments, still multicultural even within the local population, a variety of choices to watch, listen and enjoy. Difficault to be bored. Friendly and polite people. Cons: Driving is an experience to be avoided, better prefer to get taxis from hotels or ask for reliable taxi drivers from restaraunts and venues.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

You have to stay Sultanahmet - have to, if you are coming to Istanbul - especially if you are a first timer. I read a random review to that effect and BEST decision I made! Beautiful beautiful place. The History is all around you and great transport links...the trams are a great feature. Colourful, bright and brilliant value. Definitely use... More 

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Istanbul is an amazing place to visit and don't expect to do everything in a day - defiantly give yourself 4 - 5 days and that's just to see the main tourist attractions. Try to find accommodation in the area near the Blue Mosque and you cant go wrong - everything is then in walking distance and if you travel... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

You can see many historical places and buildings around historcial peninsula of Istanbul. Many of them are really amazing. Especially Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Dolmabahce Palace and old houses at the bosphorus.

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Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Dear Traveler this is my second trip to Istanbul and the 2 Staying is Maya Hotel because the staff are helpful and did give u all the info that let your trip easier.i will be very thankful to Yusef.when u stay in this hotel u can reach the metro and the tram by 5 min walking.the hotel is clean and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

As tourists you can sometimes he hesitant. Of venturing out ,but after a week in Istanbul we saw no crime no trouble never felt threatened and we're always treated courteously, Never ripped off or overcharged. In fact we could not believe how reasonable prices were Buy a multi travel instanbultravel card top it up with money when required ride the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Blue mosque, Hagia Sophia and other historical churches were interesting to visit but we felt that the guides were rushed, disinterested in the history and gabbled off their Pre-learned scripts. Bospherous cruise was good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Get a 72 hour pass for the sites, much cheaper. The big bus is very good as a way of getting around with hop on and off as many times in 24 hours as you like.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Istanbul is indeed amazing !It is a journey from Greek to Roman To Ottoman to Modern times !The History of Hagia Sofia, The Grandure of Blue Mosque, The wonder collection at Topkapi palace Museum and its location, all are simply unforgettable including Golden Throne from India and Topkapi Dagger. Turkish food was tasty.

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