Weave a fabric of silver, gold, silk and satin threads with designs of the very ancient together with ultra modern patters... that’s Istanbul. Anyone interested in history, culture and architecture can feed their appetite for knowledge of same. The ancient architecture of Istanbul seems to have this perpetual appeal, beauty and charm as if time hasn’t managed to get its wicked way. Museums, Christian churches, palaces, mosques and suspension bridges all appear on the horizon. As you go over the Bosphorus bridge you may not realise whether you’re in Asia or Europe but one thing you’ll know for sure is that you’re on a high! Looking down below at the winking blinking lights of Istanbul you could be under the illusion that the milky way came down to earth! It is utopia for people who were born to shop... If you can’t buy exactly what you want it can be made to order. The Egyptian bazaar is an experience of delightful aromas and scents of oils, spices and herbs, which waft through the air.
Turkish cuisine, comparable only to French and Chinese in its appeal has to be sampled and savoured in the numerous restaurants. For the night owl there’s endless places to enjoy oneself ranging from Turkish restaurants with live folk music to jazz clubs and traditional old and modern bars.
There everything ...along side the hustle and bustle, vim and vigour of a lively city there’s the serenity and
tranquillity of the old world. It’s easy to understand why people chose to settle here and so begin the foundations for a glorious city. If you get tired of Istanbul you’re tired of life!
Topkapı: Imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section, and the Harem. Saint Sophia: Now called the Ayasofya Museum, is unquestionably one of the finest buildings of all times. Built by Constantine the Great in the 6th century as a basilica, its immense dome rises 55 meters above the ground and its diameter spans 31 meters. Blue Mosque: Facing St. Sophia, stands the supremely elegant, with six minarets, imperial Sultanahmet Mosque. So called its interior gleams with a magnificent panelling of blue and white Iznik tiles. Bosphours: The winding straight that separates Europe and Asia. Its shores offer a delightful mixture of past and present, grand splendour and simple beauty. Süleymaniye Mosque: Considered the most beautiful of all imperial mosques in Istanbul, built in 16th century, by Sinan, the renowned architect of the Ottoman golden age, in the name of Süleyman the Magnificent. Grand Bazaar: This labyrinth of streets and passages houses more than 4,000 shops. Still the commercial centre of the old city, the bazaar is the original shopping mall with something to suit every taste and pocket.
1- Byzantian Relics (half day morning tour) ST.SOPHIA, BLUE MOSQUE, HIPPODROME, GRAND BAZAAR.
2- Ottoman Relics (half day afternoon tour) TOPKAPI PALACE, SÜLEYMANİYE MOSQUE.
3- Byzantian and Ottoman Relics (full day tour lunch included) ST.SOPHIA, BLUE MOSQUE, HIPPODROME, GRAD BAZAAR, LUNCH, TOPKAPI PALACE, SÜLEYMANİYE MOSQUE.
Combination of tours 1 & 2 Also visioned during the tour Aquaduct of Valens, Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column, German Fountain of Wilhelm II, Galata Bridge, Golden Horn. CLOSED: St.Sophia, Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum on MONDAYS / replaced with Kariye (Chora) Museum, City Walls and Yedikule Dungeon.
4- Cruise Morning (half day tour) Topkapi Palace on TUESDAYS / replaced with Archeological Museum. SPICE BAZAAR, (Egyptian Bazaar) mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish etc...
5- Cruise Afternoon (half day tour) BEDESTEN, BOSPHORUS, RUMELİ FORTRESS.
6- Two Continents (Asia and Europe) (half day afternoon tour) BEYLERBEYİ PALACE, BOSPHORUS BRIDGE, ÇAMLICA HILL, BAZAAR ASIATIC, CLOSED: Spice Bazaar on SUNDAYS. Beylerbeyi Palace on MONDAYS and THURSDAYS / replaced with Chora Church and Eyüp Mosque / Rumeli Fortress on MONDAY