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Address: Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
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Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Description: The old section of Istanbul where you can find many attractions including...
The old section of Istanbul where you can find many attractions including Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.
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For the tourists visiting Istanbul for the first time, visiting Sultanahmet District is a must as many historical mosques and museums are located in this area. However beware of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 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
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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98 reviews 98 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

For the tourists visiting Istanbul for the first time, visiting Sultanahmet District is a must as many historical mosques and museums are located in this area. However beware of heaving traffic and if you can don't drive or take a taxi to Sultanahmet as you will end up in the car for a long time and will lose time. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Sultanahmet - you must stay in this district for at least 1 night. It'll be a crime not to. Try to get onto local rates if you can...it's a tourist heartland so I think food (i.e. restaurants) can be really expensive if you don't shop around. Use local transport, shop at one of the many local markets and you'll be... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

What an amazing district - everywhere you turn there are sounds and sights to enthrall The area has historic sites, shops, cafes, restaurants - everything! You could spend days exploring - it's so walk-able and you can't get lost in the maze as the water always serves as a reference along with the mosques!

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Emirate of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

I would recommend visitors to stay here if you're a first timer in Istanbul to easily visit the must-see sights. Mostly walking distances.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Good place to begin exploration of the tourist attractions in Istanbul. The Basilica Cistern is right there and do venture just a little further down the road to find restaurants where they make and bake their own bread on the premises.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Found it a little intimidating walking around as a single woman - the shop keepers can become a bit over whelming. I did purchase a lot of Turkish delight in the market, but very little else.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Throngs of people . The tulips were beautiful at the park. Many historic sites. Travel there by tram, very easy.

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Lahore, Pakistan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Apart from religious part ... Sultanahmet is a place of multicultural polarization with extensive colorful tourists in peace and relax environment at the edge of an intersection of east and west The Bosphorous

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

what a truly beautiful place and with the different colors striking the buildings from dawn to dusk it's like going back in time Best and most interesting place I have ever visited with so many things to see within walking distance

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

History, religion, culture, architecture, food, arts and crafts, and shopping. All in walking distance. Plan to be the explorer of this area for three days and you will still be missing a good part and want to come back.

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