TOUR DESCRIPTION

Begin the tour with a stroll around the Egyptian Spice Bazaar and take in the magical scents of spices, fruits, and flowers. The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.

Drive by Bus to Golden Horn. As a natural and extremely secure harbor, the Golden Horn has played an important role in the development of Istanbul. The inlet separates the European shore into two. It is approximately 8 km long, and the widest part is the entrance from the Bosphorus. Two streams drain into this inlet at its far end.

The Rumeli Fortress (From the Sea. Not interior visit) Istanbul 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.

See the Old City Walls.  The first breach of the walls was by the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the second by the cannons and troops of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453.

Continue with the Bosphorus Cruise and pass through the waterway separating the European and Asian continents. Marvel at the marble palaces and the ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture alongside modern luxury apartments and houses. An amazing cruise between the two continents, EUROPE and ASIA, along the Bosphorus by the Dolmabahçe and Beylerbeyi Palaces, wooden villas and mansions up to the Rumeli Fortress.

The Dolmabahçe Palace, a blend of various European architectural styles, was built between 1843 – 1856 by Karabet Balyan, the court architect of Sultan Abdulmecid. The three –storied palace built on a symmetrical plan has 285 rooms and 43 halls. The palace has survived intact with its original decorations, furniture, and the silk carpets and curtains. Its surpasses all other palaces in the world in wealth and magnificence. (Harem is not included)

BEZM-İ ALEM VALİDE SULTAN MOSQUEThe mosque’s construction was originally backed by Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan. After she died, Sultan Abdülmecid, her son, continued to support the construction of the mosque. Upon completion in 1855, it was opened for prayer services

Step from one continent into another within 2 minutes as you pass along the Bosphorus Bridge connecting Europe and Asia. Then head up onto the Camlica Hill and take in the panoramic view over Istanbul and Bosphorus, before returning to your Cruise Ship. Camlica Hill one of the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosphorus from the beautiful gardens, landscape in traditional style, as you sip your drinks in a cafeteria.

Regular group tour days : Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunda