Istanbul Tours – Places To Visit In Istanbul
|Once called Byzantium in the 7th century B.C., then Constantinople in 326 AD, this sparkling metropolis was named Istanbul in 1453 by Mehmet II and reigned as Turkey’s capitol until 1923. With a population of almost 9 million people, Istanbul is Turkey’s and Europe’s largest city.
The Old City of Byzantium, still surrounded on all sides by the original walls, has the harbor known as the Golden Horn on one side, the Sea of Marmara on the south, and the Bosphorus Strait to the east which separates Istanbul and Turkey into two continents: Europe and Asia. Istanbul is the only city situated on two continents. We will take a ferry trip to view the charming Ottoman palaces and wooden mansions that line the shores on both sides and the bridges that connect the two continents.
|Other highlights of our stay will be: the Topkapi Palace, which once housed the Sultan, his family, his harem and 5,000 retainers, and contains magnificent treasures and works of art; the Blue Mosque, with its 260 windows and interior of shimmering blue-patterned tiles; the St. Sophia, a masterpiece of architectural design constructed 16 centuries ago; and, of course, the Grand Bazaar, an exciting, bustling maze of more than 4,000 shops covering 50 acres along four miles of winding corridors.
Four-day tours in Istanbul will also visit the underground cistern and the Cora Church, world famous for its mosaics. Our groups stay at either the luxurious Divan hotel or Hilton hotel.
Places To Visit In Istanbul
- Aya Sofya
- Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi)
- Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii)
- Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarniçi)
- Istanbul Archaeology Museum
- Grand Bazaar (Kapali Çarsi)
- Süleymaniye Mosque
- Spice Bazaar (Misir Çarsisi)
- Dolmabahçe Palace