Istanbul or Venice with Greek Islands?

May 20th, 2008, 01:59 PM
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Istanbul or Venice with Greek Islands?

I am thinking of taking a cruise next year with the new Seabourn Odyssey to the Greek Islands. One of the cruises disembarks in Venice, another disembarks in Istanbul. Since I plan on staying at a hotel for few days after the cruise, which is a better choice - Venice or Istanbul?
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May 20th, 2008, 02:32 PM
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Sorry, never been to Istanbul, but I loooove Venice. It is such a unique city; no land vehicles! Love the canals & atmosphere. But I would want more than 1 day. And of course, I would want to take the train (4.5 hrs) to Rome! Ahhhh, Roma!

What time of year? You might consider the weather issue.

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May 20th, 2008, 03:00 PM
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I am thinking of August or September.
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May 20th, 2008, 03:12 PM
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Don't know without checking the weather stats, but we are going to Turkey in November & we have been warned that it can still be very hot. Was told that during the summer one can get sick while sitting & resting in the shade. So sounds like Venice would be better heat-wize.

If going alone, I would feel safe in Venice, but not in Turkey.
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May 20th, 2008, 06:32 PM
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Been to both places last year and my vote is for Venice

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May 20th, 2008, 07:26 PM
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Been to both (as a solo) and I'd vote Istanbul. But, face it, you can't go wrong here. Either would be great.
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May 20th, 2008, 09:38 PM
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Also been to both - both are wonderful - but I'd vote Istanbul... Facinating place.....
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May 21st, 2008, 07:04 AM
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I love them both but I'd vote for Istanbul. I think there is much more to see there and since they're not on the Euro it is much more affordable than Venice (which is VERY expensive). Istanbul is a fabulous city and the people are so warm and nice.
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May 21st, 2008, 07:27 AM
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One more vote for Istanbul.

Adore Venice too, but so expensive right now!
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May 21st, 2008, 07:34 AM
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I have been to both and much prefer Istanbul to Venice. We stayed at the Conrad and it was terrific.

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May 21st, 2008, 07:45 AM
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bfsr9- I was considering the same cruise, but was concerned about a cruise because it is difficult to get a round trip flight back to the states. Did you find this easier? Are you flying in and out of athens? And then taking a short flight back to Athens from either Venice or Istanbul? What will you do?
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May 21st, 2008, 09:14 AM
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I have only looked at flight going to Athens. Perhaps some fodor's readers can comment on the flights.
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May 22nd, 2008, 11:49 AM
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booking an open jaw ticket is not any more expensive than booking a round trip flight; unless one spot is a much greater distance; such as Rome RT vs London RT. Go to the airline sites, click "multi-city" & set up your itinerary. We are doing an open jaw for our Nov. cruise; IND to LON & VCE to IND.

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May 23rd, 2008, 02:30 AM
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Been to both and loved both. It is hard for me to say which is better choice, I think both are good.
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May 25th, 2008, 02:49 AM
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Another vote for Istanbul. I was there last September and it was HOT (actual dates Sept 23-October 7th).

The food and accommodation was much cheaper than that of Venice.
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May 25th, 2008, 05:53 PM
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To solve this problem I would try to take a cruise that covers both places.

My cruise last year started in Venice ..so I came to Venice 3 days earlier..had a private tour guide and saw I wanted to see.

Yes the hotel rooms were expensive ..but much cheaper than doing another cruise later just because I missed Venice or Istanbul.

I did Istanbul also with a private tour guide as I wanted to maximize my time there...once again I saw everything I had on my list.

Try to look for a cruise that covers both places..if this fits into your schedule.

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May 26th, 2008, 05:49 PM
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My vote goes to Istanbul. Venice was overpriced, crowded and one day was enough for me. Istanbul was great and want to return. Venice, not so much.
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May 30th, 2008, 09:07 AM
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I vote Istanbul. The cultural difference is profound, but the heart of the people, very friendly.
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Percy, What was the name and info of the private tour guide you used in Istanbul
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