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Historic Areas of Istanbul

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Unforgetable visit to ISTANBUL

I spent week in ISTANBUL with my wife and my kid. 01 day visit to historic area was insufficient. persons they want to enjoy min 03 days for historic places and museum.

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Tipasa, Algeria
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Tipasa, Algeria
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I spent week in ISTANBUL with my wife and my kid. 01 day visit to historic area was insufficient. persons they want to enjoy min 03 days for historic places and museum.

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Untied States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Only if I had more time to spend in Istanbul. This historical site just has so much to offer beside the two grand mosques. Suggest one day each at the Mosque, one full day at the grand bazaar(you'll love it), half day to take the river cruise, at least one dinner at the tower and get to view the entire... More 

Thank TSAI9586
Tehran, Iran
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I think Istanbul is one of the greatest cities! I really miss this beautiful city! I went there 2 times this year and I think I will choose Istanbul again as there are lots of places which I didn't have time to go to!

Thank Simiya S
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If in Istanbul you must go to the spice bazaar the prices are comparably cheaper then the Grand Bazaar although the grand bazaar is much much bigger and full of jewellery shops along with all te other shops you can see in the spice Bazaar. Spice Bazaar is full of locals whereas the grand bazaar is full of tourists. The... More 

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Evansville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Staying at a hotel in the center of Istanbul insures a remarkable stay. It is possible to visit all sites by walking if advance planning is made, based on areas of the city and the times sites are open. The tram makes traveling easy if walking is not a good option.

Thank Marcia S
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nowhere else can you be in Europe and Asia within one step!! So much to do 7 days was not enough good restaurants but if you don't like strong coffee stick to the tea!! Mosques were amazing and the Sulanhamet area great to visit. A must to go to the Grand Bazaar but if you want to be less overwhelmed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is very beautiful and interesting historic and beautiful new Experience. beautiful garden and yard nice view of the sea interesting Museum ..

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Waldoboro, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Step back in time. A history buffs dream. Ancient ruins, historical buildings and modern comforts. And affordable.

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mt pleasant, wi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There are so many fascinating places to see and visit in this area -- Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Archaeological Museum, the cistern, the Spice Bazaar, and so forth. If time is limited and weather permitting. be selective. Be aware of particular days when an attraction is closed, and check for admission fees.

Thank wisconsinite2013
Palm Coast, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing old city. The mosque and Haj were very impressive. Everyone friendly there were no problems in the least. We really enjoyed our visit

Thank jschipper2014

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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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