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Peter Wise's Port Reviews of Santorini, Kusadasi, Istanbul, Rhodes, Mykonos
Seven Seas Voyager cruise in April 2012
Member Name: Peter Wise
Cruise Date: April 2012
Embarkation: other
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Member Review: Peter Wise's Seven Seas Voyager Review
Oia Village Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
This was a "highlights" tour through beautiful villages and scenery and finishing in Thira. If you like expensive jewellery this is the tour for you.

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Celsus Library Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
This was a fascinating tour. Astonishing to see what had been accomplished since the excavations started in 1960.

Ephesus Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Only seen from a distance at the end of our walk. Impressive.This was on a windy day and the site is big so there is quite a bit of walking involved.

Terrace Houses Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Remarkable. You'll have to be fit though. There are lots of steps to climb

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Blue Mosque Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Fascinating to see this. Again very busy, but at least you were given a bag for your shoes instead of having to leave them outside. Not able to spend a great deal of time inside because of the long queues of people waiting to get in. I'm glad I went, but wouldn't want to repeat the visit

Spice Market Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
This is a wonderfully colourful and aromatic experience, but not for those who are uncomfortable in extremely crowded and confined spaces. The building is high but narrow and the day we went (Sunday) it was choc a bloc. The main entrance is also the main exit so people jostle to get in and out. Once in, it can be difficult to be a tourist i.e. to stand and look - because you get carried along. Like the rest of the Istanbul visit, it's not one I would have wanted to miss, but not one I'd care to repeat. According to our guide it's like that every day.

Topkapi Walking Tour Rating: Not Rated
This was a Sunday visit the day before a public holiday. You'd have been forgiven for thinking that all 16 million of Istanbul's inhabitants were out visiting its historical sights, together with its 5000 persistent and often aggressive street vendors. The palace and museum were overcrowded and it was difficult trying to see the exhibits. We did spend a few fleeting seconds looking at the famous jewel encrusted dagger and the 82 carat diamond and that was about it. You couldn't stand still and linger. Glad I had the opportunity to see it nonetheless.

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City Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
The City Tour included The Palace of the Grand Masters, The Street of Knights, Rhodes Old Town and the Archaeological Museum. This was a useful taster and Rhodes is one place I'd consider re-visiting. We skipped the museum - there's only so much historical information you can take in, so we went to explore the old town and had a leisurely coffee and pastry instead. Try to ignore the invitations of the bar and restaurant owners in the main square to eat and drink there. See a price list first. They can be expensive.

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Little Venice Rating: 5+ out of 5+
This gets 5+ chiefly because of the beauty of the area and the engaging nature of our guide. The beautiful weather did a lot to help as well and the sea food platter we enjoyed in one of the restaurants. The shopkeepers and the restaurant owners were all very friendly without being pushy. This is a place to visit again and one in which you can sit and let the world pass by.

Panagia Tourliani Monastery Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
A wonderful monastery which does a lot to support its community. Well worth the visit.

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