|OLD CITY TOUR DETAILS
*Grant covered bazaar
HAGIA SOPHIA: This ancient basilica,built by Constantine the
Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in
the 6th century,is one of the architectural marvels of all
SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE: Across from St. Sophia built in
the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE
MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior deceration of blue
HIPPODROME: Ancient Hippodrome,the scene of chariot races,with
the three monuments;the obelisk of Theodosius,the bronze Serpentine
Column and the Column of Constantine.
GRAND COVER BAZAAR: In this labyrint of streets and passages
are more then 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area:the
goldsmits' street,the carpet sellers,Turkish arts and crafts,such
as handpainted ceramic plates,hand-honed copperware,brasware
and trays,water ewers,onyx-ware and merschaum pipes.
TOPKAPI PALACE: The great palace of the Otoman sultans from
the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exguisite collection
of cyrstal,silver,and Chinese porcelain,robes worn by the sultans
and their families,the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury,miniatures,the
holy Mante;ensrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
SÜLEYMANIYE MOSQUE; The mosque of Süleyman the Magnificent
was built between 1550 and 1557 by the fomous architect Sinan
whouse wish was to surpass the buiders of St. Sophia which
is conspicuous from its great size, emphasized by the four
minarets rising one from each corner of the courtyard.
*Bosphorus on Boath
*Drive Bosphorus Bridge
SPICE BAZAAR:(Egyptian Bazaar): The air here is filled with
the enticing aromas of cinnamon,caraway ,saffron,mint, thyme
and every other concievable herb and spice.
BOSPHORUS ON BOAT: A traditional excursion by boat along the
waterway seperating Europe and Asia.The shore is lined with
old wooden villas,palaces of marble,fortresses,and small fishig
villages.During the excursion you will pass the magnificent
Dolmabahçe Palace,and further along,the parks and imperial
pavillions of Yildiz Palace.On the coastal edge of this park, Çiragan
Palace,300 meters of is marble facede faces the shore.At Ortaköy
a great variety of artsts gather every Sunday to display their
work along the street.Ortaköy is a seymbol of tolerance
with a churc,a mosgue and a synagogue existing side by side
RUMELI FORTRESS: Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior
to the conquest of Istanbul, was completed in only four months
to control and protect Bosphorus. It is one of the most beautiful
Works of military architecture anywhere in the world.
Second part of tour Beylerbeyi Palace The summer residence
of otoman sultans with its original furniture and magnificent
gardens with the HAREM on the ASIA
BOSPHORUS BRIDGE: Unique chance to step from one continent
(ASIA) to another
(EUROPE)camlica Hill the highest point inIstanbul. At the top
of it you can rest and admir the magnifisent panorama of Istanbul.
And the bosphorus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in
traditional style. SHOPPING POSSIBILIY AT BEDESTEN exhibits
the traditional silk weaving girls at the carpet weaving courses
authorised by the Ministry of National Education posibility
to see jewelery, handicrafts center and leatherware show. Free
time provided for shopping. (BY BUS)