Full Day Tour
The capital of four great cultures İstanbul is one of the most must-see cities in the world. Today this sprawling city offers everything from exquisite Ottoman palaces and spectacular churches and mosques, to the ultimate bargain-seeker’s paradise the Grand Bazaar.
Start: Pick up from hotel (city center hotel)
Finish: Transfer back to the hotel (city center hotel)
At 07.30 am, we will pick you up from your hotel (city center hotels), then you will meet with your group and guide at meeting point and we will visit Dolmabahçe Palace, Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan Mosque. This tour is finished with transfer to the hotel.
Dolmabahçe Palace, A blend of various European architectural styles, was built between 1843 - 1856 by Karabet Balyan, the court architect of Sultan Abdulmecid. The palace has survived intact with its original decorations, furniture and the silk carpets and curtains. (Harem is not included)
Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan Mosque, as well known as Dolmabahçe Mosque was commisioned by Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan mother of Sultan Abdülmecid. After her death the construction was completed with the support of Sultan Abdülmecid and opened for prayer in 1851.
Shopping, Turkey is one of the best leather producing countries in the world. We will watch a fashion-show organised by the manufacturer presenting a selection of high quality leatherware. Great opportunity to check out reasonable priced good quality leather accessories.
Lunch (drinks are extra)
The City Walls of İstanbul, The defensive walls of Constantinople surrounding the historic city and dating back to 5th century.
Golden Horn, The natural harbour that seperates old and new part of the city. The area has been home to different religions over the history and today is a perfect introduction to city’s culture.
Spice Bazaar, The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.
Boat Trip On Bosphorus, An amazing cruise on the majestic strait that runs through İstanbul, linking Europe & Asia. From the cruise boat, you view Bosphorus wooded shores and dramatic sights such as Ciragan Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, Military High School, Rumeli Fortress.
The Rumeli Fortress (From the sea – no interior visit), İstanbul had been besieged many times before Mehmet the Conqueror took the city in 1453 but it managed to defend itself with the help of the Roman city walls.