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“Fabulous sights, ugly crowds”

Sultanahmet District
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Istanbul Small-Group, 1-Day Walking Tour including Hagia Sophia
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$39.30*
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Morning Tour of Istanbul Old Town
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Classic Walking Tour of Old Istanbul
Ranked #4 of 1,058 things to do in Istanbul
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Owner description: The old section of Istanbul where you can find many attractions including Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.
Washington state
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194 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Fabulous sights, ugly crowds”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

Can the Turkish government figure a way to crowd one more cruise ship into this port. These areas were doubtlessly incredible 12-15 years ago. Now absolutely spoiled by impenetrable crowds and endless lines. Be prepared to be jostled by tour groups with their rude guides.

Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Lovely to wander around”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

A lovely characterful district, with the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and plenty of cafes and restaurants.

Visited June 2012
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Winsford, United Kingdom
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“Tourist central”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

This area is very much tourist central with many eating places and shops targeting the visitor. It is a lively and bustling area reflecting Turkey's thriving economy.

Visited May 2013
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Bologna, Italy
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75 reviews
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“Has to be seen!”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

so many culture and so many people living peacefully togheter! The bazaar is huge, the mosques beautiful, in the middle of the "normal" houses. Very nice the other part of the Blu Mosque, near the train station.

Visited May 2013
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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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“Walked for miles, Always felt safe”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

If you are a shopper and like the thrill of bargaining this is the place. The Grand Bazaar and the adjoining area leaves thousands of shops unseen after several days of trekking around. If you see your prize in another shop, don't ask the price because it is usually less. Be happy and keep going.

Visited May 2013
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