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Istanbul: Too crowded in late June?

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I've been wanting to visit Istanbul for several years and just booked a cruise that leaves Istanbul on 6/23 and travels up the Dalmation Coast, over to Venice and back to Istanbul. I was all set to spend 4 days prior to the cruise in Istanbul and have done lots of research on this website, plus guidebooks. Based on all I've read, I get the impression that the "top 10" sites (Topkapi, Blue Mosque, Cisterns, etc.) will be mobbed with tourists - I'm picturing a scene similar to Times Square on summer weekends. (There will be at least one, if not two, cruise ships in port each of those days.) I usually travel in the off-season so avoid the crowds and am not sure I can "go with the flow" of crowds - it can be hard to see past them to the beauty of the site.

So, I have two questions for Fodorites: how crowded are these sites and their surrounding areas? And, would Dubrovnik be less crowded? The cruise doesn't go there, so I could fly to Dubrovnik for 3 days, then fly to Istanbul and board the ship. I could go to Istanbul in late January 2016. Thanks for any input!

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