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We arrived in Istanbul at around 3 in the afternoon and were met at the airport by our tour guide, Cem (pronounced "Gem"). The airport is a short drive from the old part of Istanbul, south west along there Sea of Marmara. Our hotel is in the middle of the old district, very close to the Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, and various other famous " …
... we all wanted to follow him! So we all bonded over a traditional Turkish meal at a restaurant Oscar often visits. Although it is no secret that I am a ridiculously picky eater, I have been trying all sorts of new things! Not everything was good, to be honest, but some things are definitely Sam-approved. The gyros there were very different that gyros you'll get in America, most specifically, the meat is very different. Most of us felt like it ...
... Cistern. I have heard that this place is eerie and it does not disappoint. The famous Blue Mosque is to the west and the famous Hagla Sophia Mosque is to the East while the famous Topkapi Palace is northeast but it is the Cistern that I want to see. Constructed in the 6th century during the Roman Empire's height, this subterrainian "room" is 230 feet wide and 460 feet long with a roof supported 12 rows of 28 columns each. The place ...
... photos and looked at the ciy. The main port where we dock is right in the city and there are commuter ferries zipping around everywhere.
Outside the port gates there was only one hop on/off bus company waiting and they told us €20 each, then €15 each. But we wanted to pay in Turkish Lira as there had been eftpos machines in the port so we were quoted TL 200 for 5 of us and the tickets would last for 2 days, so we accepted this. Later when we worked out ...
... Sea with. We were a little skeptical but it interesting to see.
While we were in Istanbul we also took a day tour to Gallipoli. It shouldn't have been a surprise but everyone on the tour was Australian. After an early morning it was a 5 hour bus ride to the Dardanelles. Our guide was quite knowledgable and we got to visit ANZAC Cove, Line Pine, the Nek as well as the Turkish memorial. Then it was another 5 hour bus ride back to our hotel. A very long ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service