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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Turkish Dinner and Show

Turkish Dinner and Show

$74/Adult

Turkish Dinner and ShowExplore the magnificent city of Istanbul at night on this Turkish night tour....

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Hidden Istanbul Tour

Hidden Istanbul Tour

$39/Adult

Hidden Istanbul TourGet the most out of Istanbul in the company of an expert local guide. As you tou...

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Street Food of Istanbul Picnic Tour

Street Food of Istanbul Picnic Tour

$50/Adult

Street Food of Istanbul Picnic TourExperience Turkey's flavorful cuisine on this half day guided foo...

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Complete Istanbul Two Day Tour

Complete Istanbul Two Day Tour

$180/Adult

Complete Istanbul Two Day TourFor a comprehensive look at Istanbul, look no further than this extens...

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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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3

by leecarr

Istanbul was beautiful and unlike any other port we visited however, it was one of our least favorites. There were just so many people that we didn't enjoy getting shuffled everywhere.

Visited: Aug 01, 2015

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3

by moweaqua

We did the Capitol of Two Empires tour. Fast paced and long. Mosques are by their nature not very ornate on the inside so the photo ops are mostly on the outside. City is crowded and a tad dirty. Could have saved money in Istanbul by staying on board the ship.

Visited: Aug 25, 2015

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