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... route to get to the Sultanahmet district which houses the city's most famous sites (Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern, etc.). I don't recommend our route because we were walking up steep hills in the back alleys of Istanbul. Every five minutes we would review our exit plan and where we would meet if we got separated. We also stopped at every hill to do what we called an "asset check" to make sure we still had our money, book and camera. Jason and I needed ...
... and Grand Bazaar. Our first stop was the Hippodrome which is the location of the old Roman chariot races but the Ottomans tore it down to make way for the Blue Mosque. All that's there now are three monuments. One is an obelisk from Egypt that an Ottoman emperor brought back after conquering Egypt, one is a serpentine brass pillar from the Greeks and the last was another obelisk built by the Romans as the turn around point for the chariots. After the Hippodrome we went next door ...
... visit the house of Virgin Mary. Continue to Ephesus the Capital of Asia Minor. Visit the ruins of Odeon, herculas gate, the temple of Hadrian, the magnificent library, Agora and fantastic Greco Roman theatre. Overnight in Kusadasi or Selcuk. (Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Breakfast, tour to Pamukkale; visit the ancient city of Hierepolis, a city that gained importance in the Roman times because of its thermal springs ...
Next we hit up the Spice Market again and Jessy bought an intricate arm bracelet but I just couldn't find one that I really liked and decided to wait until Fethiye. We wandered through the streets again back up towards out hostel, wanting to go to the Topkapi Palace. We were told it would take a good 3 hours to see everything inside and the line was so large we had to miss out on it.
Back at the hostel ...
... to lay on a very large, heated marble slab with a lot of other men in only linen towels. Next the masseuse washes you down with buckets of water and scrubs you with a loofa. Then you lay back down on the marble slab. Next they take your towel off and lay it only on the most necessary areas. I think I was naked for a few seconds on the slab and I'm pretty sure everyone saw it. Keegan, Jarad and I all saw more of each other than ever before. We are all that little ...
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Other places to stay in Istanbul
Vi?nezade, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $236
- Wonderful Hotel in a wonderful city
- Best in Istanbul
- Great Choice
Gümüssuyu, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $218
- Fantastic views from the top floor! :)
- Splendid as always
- A great choice for a luxurious Istanbul base
Sisli, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $196
- Just great...
- Fantastic haven in the bustle of Istanbul
- High marks for the Hyatt
Beyoglu, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $250
- Great spot in Istanbul
- Worst 5 star Hotel we ever stayed.
- Our honeymoon hotel
Küçükçekmece, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $134
Esentepe, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $176
Fatih, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $117
- Mix feelings
- Bien situado al lado del tranvía moderno que recorre la ciudad
- A bit far from the sights
Cihannuma, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $179
- Very Nice
- Service very patchy
- Very nice
Buyuk Cekmece Mah. E-5 Oto Yolu Hadimkoy Sok. Kaya Ramada Plaza , Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $126
Bakirköy, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $171
Harbiye Ergenekon, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $216
- Beware lost reservations, rude staff, expensive extra fees
- Clean and spacious rooms
- The good and the bad
Besiktas, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $154
Bakirköy, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $135
Halkal? Merkez, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $119
Ümraniye, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $123
Kocatepe, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $168
Kocatepe, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $160
Sisli, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $323
- 5 star experience
- Room for improvement.
Besiktas, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $156
Yildiz, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $424
- The best hotel I have ever stayed at!
- Stunning view but very expensive
Fatih, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $131
- No problems!
- Very good location
- OK for a 4 star hotel
Asmali Mescit, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $150
Zeytinburnu, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $128
Kocatepe, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $181
- Probablemente el mejor hotel donde jamás he tenido el placer de descansar mi cabeza
- Planeando un viaje
- Wahrscheinlich das beste Hotel, in dem ich je geschlafen habe
Ataköy 1 Mahalle, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $189
Sariyer, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $109