Set among two continents and many cultures, at the crossroad of civilizations, ancient roads, and spiritual beliefs, Istanbul is a city that will amaze even the most avid travelers. There is something to see and do for everyone.
At first, a lifetime seems to not suffice in order to discover all the wonders and treasures of this magnificent city. Come and dive into a unique experience of cultural discovery, filled with the touch of the Orient. Like in the old stories and legends, there are 1001 things to do and see in Istanbul. This Istanbul tour of discovery will take you through some of the most interesting sights of the city and give you the chance to see the city differently, from the sea. This morning tour is the perfect start for a perfect day in Istanbul.
Rustem Pasha Mosque
Cruise on the Bosphorus
Our professional tour guide will come to pick you up from your hotel in Istanbul about 08:30. He will give you a brief information about sights that you will visit today. You will be transferred by luxury touristic vehicles.
Our first stop will be the Rustem Pasha Mosque. You will take information about the mosque while you are visiting. Our second stop will be the Egyptian Bazaar (known as Spice Market or Misir Carsisi). You can find almost everything in the Egyptian Bazaar. Then you will be transferred to the cruise boat in Eminonu. While you are sailing through to the Bosphorus, you will be informed by our tour guide.
Cruise on the Bosphorus will be the end of our Istanbul tour. You will be transferred back to your hotel about 12:00.
You will be picked up from your hotel at 8:30 and start this charming Istanbul tour with a visit to Rustem Pasa Mosque, a unique landmark, famous for its beautifully decorated interior. The exquisite mosaic tiles are set in charming floral and geometric designs, covering most of the inside. The exterior shows over 500 years of history, with an elevated location and pleasantly proportioned dimensions. A visit to this mosque will take you back in time when the sultans of the Ottoman Empire commissioned some of the most beautiful works of art.
Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market)
Next, we will take a walk through the enticing Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market), where you will have the chance to see a fragment of the daily life in a Turkish market. One of the most beautiful spectacles of life, a delight of color, smell and sound, this visit will revigorate you. The bazaar was built back in 1664 and now serves as spice market, with spices, dried fruits, delicacies and an impressive array of fragrances that will reward your senses.
One of the most exciting experiences while visiting Istanbul is a cruise through the Bosporus straight, admiring the magnificent sights of the city from the sea. There are few places on earth that look as charming as Istanbul from the sea. The domes and minarets rise above the palaces and residences. The 1.5-hour cruise will show you the impressive shores of the Bosporus, with unforgettable sights, including Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Maiden’s Tower, Bosphorus Bridges, Rumeli and Anadolu Fortresses and Ottoman Residences. You will be transferred back to your hotel at about 12:00.
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