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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Many thousand reviewers on Tripadvisor have written down their impressions of the historic quarters of Istanbul. I came here, and it was love at first sight. The famous bolt from the blue that caught me completely unawares. A city that has got me under its...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Departure811861
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved this City I had such a great time exploring and learning all about the cultures of the people of Turkey I totally recommend exploring Turkey!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Charles M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful but very extremely crowded! Walking distance to Galata Tower and within reach from most places. There were many to see, shop and fun around!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jcwlg
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ride one of the commuter ferries or a tour boat and you'll find yourself traveling from one continent to the other in any direction, Minor Asia to/from Europe, in matter of minutes. Feel the breeze thousand is sailors and fighting armies have felt for centuries...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ciegutierrez
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Need to visit more then one time to understand details of history. So much opportuny to have fun in city center.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank gokhancoo
Reviewed 1 week ago

easy to reach, everything is walking distance; enjoy it in the morning, enjoy it in the night time; don't forget to read the obelisks with description for each objective

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ConstantaWalkingTour
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was my fourth visit to Istanbul but first time I had opportunity to see the City. It is beautiful and Historic and fascinating to walk through the historic areas. Lots of great things to do and see. One bit of advice. WATCH OUT FOR...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Istanbul is the best mix of East and West. I would recommend all to visit Istanbul at least once in your life!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank AakilaAyman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are more attractions than most cities could dream of. One of the oldest cities on our planet and boast of several cultures including the Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank B2749NHdavidg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved everything about walking around in Istanbul. I think it is a relatively undiscovered tourist destination.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Laurie L
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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
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7 August 2018|
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Response from Bruno M | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend you to get a guide once w/ the guides you can skip the lines. The highlights are Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Cisterns and the Hippodrome ( Those four are all at the same area, as the Blue Mosque... More
Irfan C
17 July 2018|
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Response from garypC6769XK | Reviewed this property |
Depends on where you are staying, you could spend at least a day in Sultanahmet, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Place, Cisterns, Aye Sofia, Archaeological National Museum. There are some great places to eat, Green Corner and on the... More
Scott B
11 July 2018|
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Response from annabellc | Reviewed this property |
I’m so sorry I didn’t reply sooner. I’ve only just seen your question. If you want a genuine Turkish bath when in Turkey ask your hotel where the best local hammam is? I’ve had a few and they are just wonderful... More