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Sultanahmet - Take the ferry up the Bosphorus

Take the public ferry up the Bosphorus. It stops for lunch at the end where you hike up the hill for a view of the Black Sea.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Take the public ferry up the Bosphorus. It stops for lunch at the end where you hike up the hill for a view of the Black Sea.

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Riyadh, Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia
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Istanbul is full of history, calm n quiet soothing place especially the Fatih/ Sultanahmet areas. So many countless sites throughout the city, including Hagia Sophia Mosque/ Blue Mosque. Felt sorry that we were there only for 4 days!

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Busy, bustling areas of trade alongside awe-inspiring ancient monuments all teaming with people both local & international - not to be missed.

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Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagai Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Spice Market and Turk ve Islam Muzesi plus a combination city and water tour were all we had time for in 3 days. If you take a taxi, find out (ask hotel concierge) how much you should pay, have your cash in hand and do not pay more. Every taxi driver we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

منطقه السلطان احمد مليئه بالتاريخ العمراني. تاكد ان تاخذ خارطة الموقع للتتمكن من زياره كل الاماكن التاريخية Make sure to get the area map to cover all histroic spots .

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In an ancient city with over fourteen million residents there is bound to be quite a variety of attractions. The historic areas are too numerous to list and require some planning to maximize your time and minimize wasted steps.

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Istanbul is such an historic city, literally multiple civilizations have left lasting impressions on the crossroads of civilization. You simply need to use your two feet and walk around the city, so much history, so many little places to stop and eat, shop, have a cocktail. Listen to the call to prayer, take a ferry to the Asian side and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lasting memories: The visual images-mosques, bazaars, shops, restaurants. The sounds-traffic, horns, chanting over loud speakers The cultural diversity of the people Kebabs, salads, fresh fruits The incredible density-18 million people with constant traffic backups and overcrowded sidewalks

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There are so many sites throughout the city its hard to pinpoint. From the "must see" early Christian Hagia Sophia Basilica, to the Roman arenas, turn around where the Egyptian obelisk stands, to the "Underground Basilica Cisterns" where it seems a whole city is, including a restaurant called the Cistern Restaurant, Istanbul has it all. Access to the Mediterranean as... More 

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Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This beautiful and amazing historic area can be an indoor or outdoor activity. with just one tram ride, you could already get to know a considerable amount of Istanbul gems. Best partnered with Istanbul Museum card if you are a history buff: 85TL for Hagia Sofia, Topkapi palace, chora museum, istanbul archaeological museum, turkish & islamic art, mosaic museum, hagia... More 

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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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