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pink845 06-07-2010 01:29 PM

HI All,

Can we walk to St. Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar from the pier or should we take tram? Any advice on what else to visit. Princess ship there all day 8 to 6 pm.

f-mattox 06-07-2010 02:08 PM

It's been a while since I was there but I don't remember anything being within walking distance. And quite frankly, right now, I wouldn't want to even if I could.

alexandra cruiser 06-08-2010 12:21 PM

We docked about 20min.taxi ride from center of city, so you ll have to take the ships excursion or book taxi to go to those sites....each one will take 1 hr.or mo to see it all,,unless you just want a quick run thru...or good google Istanbul tourism and book private tour....we felt safe wandering around on on and stayed 3 extra days there...but this was before current conditions....check out all options and go with what feels right to you..It s a wonderful city and many attempt to speak English to you...Good luck.....

pink845 06-09-2010 12:46 PM

Wow, a 20 minute cab ride. I read something about a tram not far from the pier of Karakoy which from maps appears at the end of the Galati (sp) bridge. Perhaps there is more than one spot where the ships dock. I see there is strife in Istanbul now because of some big Security conference / meeting, but we are not going until Oct 17 so I will keep my fingers crossed that things go back to normal. Might just have to take a ship tour after all.

Jim C. 06-22-2010 01:51 PM

its a long walk from where the ships dock. however our cruise line provide a shuttle bus from the ship to the grand bazaar area and then the walk is MUCH shorter. We didn't need a taxi from there. So if your ship does the same you can avoid the taxi.


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