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Whirlwind Visit to Istanbul

wiselindag | Oct 24, 2009 11:30 AM

I wish we had more time in Istanbul, but for this visit we will arrive around 1:30 p.m. and leave the next day at 2. I plan to spend the first afternoon (Friday) in the Sultanahmet area where we will probably want a quick and inexpensive lunch. The evening is wide open, but I'd love to
take my group of friends to Ciya Sofrasi, if this is still the best foodie destination or else visit a fish place with excellent mezes and maybe even a view. Saturday morning we'll head over to the Bazaar and Spice Market and grab an early lunch before heading back to the ship. I don't think we have time for a Bosporus cruise (although if the 90 minute one is running in November, that's a possibility, so perhaps a ferry ride will have to suffice. (Does anyone know if the yuryol 90 minute cruise runs at sunset?)

As you can see, I'm trying to take my friends on a whirlwind tour of the major tourist sites and manage to eat well in the process. I've read through all the posts, but it's sometimes difficult to tell where the places are in relation to our itinerary or how to get there from wherever the Celebrity Solstice will be docked. Any recommendations would be great and specific tips or advice on how to find the places you are recommending would be very helpful since we won't have much time to wander around and get lost.

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