Istanbul, Turkey overview

Once called Constantinople, the former capital of the Byzantine Empire is the only city in the world to straddle two continents: Europe and Asia. This is the Golden Horn, the door between East and West, and your first vision of its domes and minarets is unforgetable. Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Sultan treasures in Topkapi Palace await - as does the Grand Bazaar, laden with carpets, beaten brass and spices from afar.

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Best of the Asian Side

Best of the Asian Side

$21/Adult

Best of the Asian Side Take a look at the Asian side of Istanbul on this unique sightseeing tour. D...

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Explore Istanbul's Byzantium Side

Explore Istanbul's Byzantium Side

$30/Adult

Explore Istanbul's Byzantium SideExperience Istanbul's incredible scenery and rich history on this c...

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Full Day Byzantine and Ottoman Marvels with Lunch

Full Day Byzantine and Ottoman Marvels with Lunch

$118/Adult

Full Day Byzantine and Ottoman Marvels with LunchIf you want to experience the marvels of Istanbul,...

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Private Jewish Heritage of Istanbul

Private Jewish Heritage of Istanbul

$33/Adult

Private Jewish Heritage of IstanbulCurrently, only two percent of Istanbul's population is Jewish. T...

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185 Istanbul, Turkey Port Reviews

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by stl4

Must see the Palace, Spice Bazaar and Hagia Sophia. Beware of carpet/scarf salesmen, although they were pushy, they were also very nice at the same time.

Visited: Jun 12, 2015

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5

by dennisjleciejew

Sail into Istanbul was a little later in the morning so everyone could enjoy the view. Ship docked in a great location. Took tram to historical area. Visited Hagia Sofia, Cisterns, Grand Bazaar, Spice Market and Blue Mosque. Fantastic day. Highlight of the trip!

Visited: Sep 06, 2015

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