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Istanbul is a very crowded city, that's so true but without doubt, it is one of the most beautiful cities ever. The bosphorus, whole history that the city has, the atmosphere and the views. This is a city, everyone should visit.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank phillosophicum
Reviewed 2 days ago

I came to Istanbul for a month - this is my fifth visit - and I wanted to see more of it. It's simply enthralling - everywhere. There are so many little alleys and back streets and shops and cafes - if you like to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SeeingTHEworld2012
Reviewed 3 days ago

There are so many ‘suburbs’ in Istanbul, after my 12 visits I still have not been to hundreds of them, but each and everyone has a story, whether it’s architecture or local markets you are after you are going to find your passions in Istanbul,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank istanbul455
Reviewed 3 days ago

nice place to visit but crowded and a lot of merchants on the road trying to sell you stuff.and not so clean area

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ShakeC11
Reviewed 4 days ago

The historic centre of Istanbul is extremely charming with lots of shops, restaurants and historical buildings. Do not miss the area around the grand bazar and Hagia Sophia.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank magnamagn
Reviewed 4 days ago

You should spare min 1 or 2 days to visit properly all touristic highlights. Never miss Hagia Sophia, Blue mosque, Topkapi palace, Karie Church

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank rasko08
Reviewed 4 days ago

Have been living in Istanbul for nearly 50 years but I never ever get fed up with visiting this place over and over again. Of course many things have chaned in 50. Years but this areanof Istanbul kept its charm Please spend not a few...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Gerritdina S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Must visit the Galata Tower and the surrounding areas. Beautiful scenery and the view will leave you breathless.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Paradise551252
Reviewed 1 week ago

Istanbul carries history on every corner. Place where many civilizations have come and left its trace. Before your first visit you should start planning for the next one, because you will most certainly come back

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank BosnjakSTL
Reviewed 1 week ago

Istanbul is a city alive with history literally on every corner......the problem sometimes is interpreting what you see......this city is a feast for the eyes and every corner,alleyway or courtyard has something to offer.....Istanbul is truly a fascinating city

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Mathew M
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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