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Take a Cruise on the Bosphorus with Şehir Hatları in Istanbul, Turkey

We had already seen all of Istanbul’s major sites so we wanted to do something that was still fun but a little more relaxed on our fifth and final day. Going on a scenic all-day cruise of the Bosphorus — an experience that some say is one of Istanbul’s greatest pleasures — was exactly that.

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Chora Church (Kariye Museum): Home to the Most Beautiful Mosaics in Istanbul, Turkey

Despite being out of the way, this tiny museum that’s just a fraction of the size of its more celebrated counterparts was my favorite historic site in Istanbul. The mosaics and frescoes adorning its walls and ceilings are drop dead stunning.

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Dürümzade: Home to Some of the Best Wraps in Istanbul, Turkey (As Seen on No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain)

We ate many delicious things in Turkey, but if I had to eat just one dish for the entire two weeks, then I would happily choose dürüm. And not just any dürüm, but the dürüm from Dürümzade, hailed by Anthony Bourdain as some of the best wraps in Istanbul.

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