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Istanbul reviews


Average Rating based on 3 Reviews:
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klb saw things this way:

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Stunning combination of east meets west; exotic and metropolitan, August 12, 2013
Reviewer: klb

Pros: Historic sites, mosques, the harbor

Cons: Lines at most popular sites are long

A beautiful port and stunning to sail into. The sail into Istanbul is not to be missed. So much to do. You could come back time and time again and never see the same thing twice. Women, be prepared to cover your head, shoulders and knees in some of the mosques. Wraps are available for borrowing, but it's nice to have your own to wear. Lines are long and plenty of crowds in summer time. Arrive early in the morning and get going quickly to see as much as possible. Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are among the best. Topkapi Palace is okay, but not like the other two. Grand Bazaar is an experience, but you might just stay for 20 minutes unless you're really into bargaining!


LillianA saw things this way:

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A remarkable city, rich in history, good food, fine museums and so much more, July 28, 2011
Reviewer: LillianA

Pros: No matter how many times you visit, there is always more to see

Cons: After several visits, few major complaints




geekguy1 saw things this way:

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Wonderful city, December 13, 2010
Reviewer: geekguy1

Pros: How easy it is to get to all the major sites

Cons: How little time we had there

We were to Istanbul a year before this cruise, and it is a very easy city in which to get around on your own, so we took the tram to the Sultanahmet stop (the heart of the city) and toured the Basilica cistern (okay, but not as good as we expected); the Grand Bazaar (shopping on steroids, with haggling over price the thing to do); and the Sulemaniye mosque (not as impressive as last year’s stop at the Blue Mosque, but worth seeing in its own right). For a city that is relatively inexpensive, though, we found it easy to spend way too much money for what you get at lunch. Grabbing something on the go is a better idea here. This review doesn't talk about the Blue Mosque, Topkapi, or Hagia Sophia, because we did that last year on a land tour, but all of those sites should be on your MUST SEE list.

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