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Reviewed 4 days ago

Istambul is the magical city in the world, full of history with the Bosphorus that divides the city and 2 continents.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank TortuosoTraveler
Reviewed 4 days ago

Coming to Istanbul for the second time last December was a exciting experience, this time around with my family. Thanks to the Turkish Arilines program of free sightseeing on our lay over in Istanbul. I was able to bring my kids to the historic places...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Istanbul has a very long/old history. One can explore many ancient buildings, sites and interesting museums like Hagia Sophia. Definitely must see city!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank fatpanda21
Reviewed 5 days ago

Istanbul has very unique historical places and has very different city life! There are lots of historical places that you can visit.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank marvellousmoment
Reviewed 5 days ago

Istanbul has been the capital of Eastern Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire. So, it is a cultural treasure and it has uncountable historic places and areas. Please go to Sultanahmet Square and visit Ayasofya Mosque ( It is neither a mosque nor...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Informative and educational. A week was not enough, too many places to visit and see. Interesting history

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank pila623
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our minds were blown, stepping into an entire different world. It rained when we were there, but fortunately umbrellas are sold everywhere - be sure to buy a transparent one so you don’t miss out on any of the sights

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 250antoinettev
Reviewed 1 week ago

Historic areas of Istanbul highly recommended I cant recommend it enough i felt as if i travel through time and history

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank BetteLester
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very impressed . You have to spend time at least 1-2 days for all - Blue Mosque - Hagia Sophia - Hippodrome - Topkapi Palace - Basilica Cistern - Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank supakrit_thestham
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Balat,Fener region has lots to offer.Balat is a UNESCO site.The buidings go back to the time when Greeks were living in this area.It a little bit steep,but worth the visit to see the houses that hve been restored.Kiremitçi sokak has lots of these houses.Do...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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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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raahil t
29 January 2019|
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Response from HCornell | Reviewed this property |
Once in the square for the Hagia Sophia ( expect queues so book online) the Blue Mosque is close and the basilica system, as is the oldest and most traditional place to eat Kofta Just ask. Long queue but quickly moves as... More
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