Tag Archives: Istanbul

Meet Private Tour Guide Cem Balsun in Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul private tour guide

Meet Cem Balsun, one of Viator’s local experts in Istanbul, Turkey with a license to provide private tours to those interested in learning more about this fascinating region of the world.

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September 18, 2012 by | Comments Off on Meet Private Tour Guide Cem Balsun in Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul Insider Tips from a Local Expert

Licensed tour guide Cem Balsun has been leading tours in Istanbul, Bursa, and Canakkale for five years, offering personalized tours and transportation around his home and showing visitors the effusive hospitality found in Turkey. Offering insight into the culture, history, religion, and economy of Istanbul and Turkey, he also loves to help tourists to discover […]

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July 5, 2012 by | 2 Comments

Team Europe Update: Ryan & Asha in Istanbul

Istanbul belly dance show

The fun continues! Last time we checked in, Ryan and Asha were in Vienna enjoying music and ferris wheel rides. Next they traveled to Istanbul to tour beautiful mosques and make new Turkish friends. Read on to see what they did during their five days in Istanbul…

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May 30, 2012 by | Comments Off on Team Europe Update: Ryan & Asha in Istanbul

Best Bets for Europe Shoulder Season Travel

Istanbul Hagia Sofia

Imagine… visiting Europe when the weather is nice, the crowds are thin and the prices are slashed. Don’t think it exists? It does. Europe’s shoulder seasons – that gorgeous time of year when the temperatures begin their climb upwards or slow descent down, windows are flung open, the water is that perfect temperature and the […]

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March 19, 2012 by | Comments Off on Best Bets for Europe Shoulder Season Travel

Visiting a Turkish Hammam in Istanbul

It was my first visit to Turkey, to Istanbul. I had been to a hammam before, and places claiming to be hammams, but this was the real deal. Visiting a a Turkish Hammam in Istanbul where people have been bathing for over 500 years. It was my first visit to Turkey, to Istanbul. I had […]

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March 11, 2012 by | 11 Comments

Europe’s Top 6 Eating Experiences

High Tea in London

Try this with your friends: say the name of a city they’ve been to and most likely they’ll come up with a one-word, sensory delight that sums the place up for them. For example, Lisbon – ‘oh, the fish; Munich – ‘ah, the beer’; Paris – ‘ooh, the croissants’. Well here are a few of […]

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October 19, 2011 by | 7 Comments

Viator’s European Shore Excursions: A Big Hit!

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Back in February I wrote about Viator’s new focus on shore excursions for cruise passengers, pointing out the numerous good reasons to look further than your cruise line’s own offerings. Since then we’ve added a range of new excursions around popular European ports that are already proving to be big hits.

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July 28, 2011 by | Comments Off on Viator’s European Shore Excursions: A Big Hit!

Istanbul Expert Nesrin Reports: Shopping Fest starts in Istanbul

Istanbul is ready for shopping! From March 18 to April 26, 2011, Istanbul will be the global capital of shopping and entertainment during the Istanbul Shopping Fest. Find out more about the shopping festival in Istanbul in the complete article Shopping Fest starts in Istanbul from Nesrin Ulupinar.

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March 22, 2011 by | Comments Off on Istanbul Expert Nesrin Reports: Shopping Fest starts in Istanbul

Istanbul Expert Nesrin Reports: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Istanbul

Don’t miss the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibition now showing at the Gelman Collection until March 20,2011. A must-see for art lovers, this exhibition displays some of the most outstanding pieces of the most renowned Mexican figures of 20th century art. Find out more about Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Istanbul in the […]

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March 2, 2011 by | Comments Off on Istanbul Expert Nesrin Reports: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Istanbul

Istanbul Expert Nesrin Reports: Süleymaniye Mosque re-opened to visitors

Our Istanbul Expert Nesrin reports that the beautiful Süleymaniye Mosque has finally re-opened to visitors end of 2010. The most beautiful and largest imperial mosque of Istanbul, Süleymaniye Mosque stands on a hilltop of the ancient city over the Golden Horn.

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February 22, 2011 by | Comments Off on Istanbul Expert Nesrin Reports: Süleymaniye Mosque re-opened to visitors