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“Beware of taking a taxi from the port!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Istanbul City Port

Istanbul City Port
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Istanbul Port Departure Transfer: Central Istanbul to Cruise Port
Ranked #210 of 1,033 things to do in Istanbul
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“Beware of taking a taxi from the port!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2013

The only bad experience we had in this lovely city was upon first arriving by cruise ship we took one of the taxis located right where you leave the ship. We were promised 1. an English speaking driver - he had very little English 2. a 4 hour driving tour around the city with stops where we wanted for E100 or 250 Turkish lira - we got a half hour drive then were taken to the cathedral. OK on that - but afterward, the "cousin" of the driver who acted as our guide to the Hagia Sophia, (a guide to walk us up the street? it is open to the public and in a huge area, stupid us) asked us in to where he also worked for a drink of tea " as is our custom." It happens that he also worked in a rug store. What that custom consists of is SELLING you a rug. This took nearly 2 hours before we got out of there without ( miraculously) buying. Then the cab took us back to the ship since we were out of time and demanded 270 Lira instead of 250! He knew very well what had been agreed upon but since we did not buy a rug, he did not get his commission! I did not have any other money so he said he would take the $20 I had left in my wallet. Very bad feelings were left after this episode. DO NOT agree to any free tea or drinks anywhere unless you are prepared to sit through a sales pitch of some kind. And always negociate every cab fare. Our hotel manager told us that NO fare in the city should ever be more than 25 lira.

Visited August 2013
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“where east meets west”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2012

We arrived in Istanbul as part of a week long cruise around the Aegean sea - additional points of docking were, Izmir, Mykonos and Rhodes before returning to the host port of Marmaris. The skyline as you approach the Bosporus from the sea of marmara is very impressive, and a totally diff pic at night. The city is vast - up to 13.8 million population, and a fleet of some 18000 yellow dacia / kia taxi cabs hurtle you around this vibrant metropolis...must visits are The legendary blue mosque - stinks to high heaven of sweaty feet! - the grand bazaar - make meadowhall seem like the corner shop and the topkapi palace...we went in auust and even at 10am the temps were up in the mid 40's - thank god for chilled EFES beer!

The bosporus is extreemly busty with variable sized ferries whizzing left to right constantly and when the mosques call the faithful to prayer - haunting wailing voices appear to come from all points of this wonderful place...

Visited August 2012
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