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  • Michael Diamond

    Recognized by the Travel + Leisure "A-List" of the world's top travel agents, 10-year tour veteran Michael Diamond specializes in crafting non-stan... More
  • Noah’s Ark

    The sheer number of carpet stores in Istanbul, particularly in the Sultanahmet area, can be overwhelming, but Noah’s Ark has an excellent reputatio... More
  • Old Bazaar

    Designed to look like Istanbul’s huge, centuries-old, labyrinthine Grand Bazaar with its colorful carnival of domed buildings, arches, and pillars,... More
  • Pallavi Shah

    Indian-born travel agent Pallavi Shah has more than 20 years of experience organizing customized trips to her home country. Founder of Our Personal... More
  • Parisli Cemil Hair Salon

    This is not a luxury spa—don’t expect aromatherapy or an oxygen facial—but it’s a perfectly serviceable salon for basic freshening-up if you’re in ... More
  • Pera Museum

    Set in a lavish 19th-century mansion overlooking the Golden Horn, the privately funded museum stages exhibitions such as a show of Kutahya pottery ... More
  • Polisajci Brothers Antique Show

    Located in the Grand Bazaar, home to more than 4,400 shops, the Polisajci Brothers Antique Show is a small operation selling antique metalware once... More
  • Prayer Rooms

    For a peaceful place to get right with God—or to get away from the PA system—prayer rooms, called masjids, are available throughout the airport (5 ... More
  • Priene and Didyma

    Classical-history buffs should make the trip to Priene to see the ruins of the well-preserved ancient Greek city; and to the wondrous Didyma, a 120... More
  • Primeclass VIP Lounge

    Compared to the Turkish Airlines Lounge, this airport-operated lounge is somewhat spartan, but it offers wireless Internet access, massage recliner... More
  • Railway Steam Engine Museum

    Trainspotters will appreciate the 30-odd steam engines on display at this private museum, which is run by the son of the former stationmaster of Se... More
  • Reina

    The massive, flashy complex right on the Bosporus is packed with open-air restaurants, but the real draw is the nightlife, which lures millionaires... More
  • Robinson Crusoe Books

    Towards the south end of the city’s main commercial drag, Istiklal Caddesi, Robinson Crusoe bookshop often teems with intellectuals, expatriates, a... More
  • Rumeli Hisari

    In the stranglehold that eventually throttled Constantinople in 1453, the Rumeli Hisar (castle) served as the lynch pin. Constructed on the narrowe... More
  • Rüstem Pasha Camii

    Visitors often overlook this spectacular but small mosque next to the Spice Market. Don't be among them. The inside walls are dramatically sheathed... More

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