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Cable Car to Pierre Loti

Enjoy the spectacular views from your Cable car as you ascend the Hill to the Café named after the French writer and naval officer Louis Marie Julien Viaud a.k.a Pierre Lotti (1850-1923) Pierre Lotti was famous for writing fiction novels based on his experiences in Istanbul.

pierrelotti

Bosphorus Cruise

We will Cruise the famous and historic waterway that connects the Black Sea and the Marmara known as the Bosphorus. Here you will have prime position to view the fine Palaces, Pavilions and Ottoman Houses along the shores.

bosphorus cruise

Rumeli Fortress (From the Sea)

The largest defensive wall for protection was built by Sultan Mehmet in 1451 before his conquest of the City. The Fortress is very well preserved and its Towers and walls can clearly be seen when our boat passes by.

rumeli fortress

The Marmaray

The great rail system of Istanbul was built and opened in October 2013 after 4 years of construction delays that were due to the discovery of ruins dating back to the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine and ottoman periods. It provides a link between the European and Asian continents by train in a subsea tunnel on the sea floor under the waters of the Bosphorus strait. The Engineering was conceived by a legendary Ottoman Sultan in 1860, it is designed to withstand earthquakes and is the world’s first underwater tunnel that connects two Continents.

marmaray

Rustem Pasha Mosque

This Majestic yet surprisingly small Mosque was designed by the famous ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, The construction took place from 1561 to 1563 and is famous for its exquisite Iznik tiles that are set in beautiful floral and geometric arrangements which cover the facade of the porch the Mirab, Minbar walls and the columns of the Interior.

rustem pasha mosque

Lunch

A traditional lunch will be served in a local restaurant.

City Walls

The City walls surrounded the city on all sides to protect it from attack against land and sea, the wall was built by Constantine the great and as the city expanded the Theodosian walls were built in the 5 th century.

Istanbul City Walls

Bascilica Cistern

This impressive Cistern was built to supply water for the Great Palace and nearby buildings by Justinian after 532. It was lost to memory but rediscovered in the mid sixteenth century by Petrus Gylius, he was sent to Constantinople by King Francis I to search for Byzantine Monuments and Manuscripts, Gylius noticed that the local people were lowering buckets through holes in the floors of their houses to retrieve water, he then found an entrance to this Mysterious and subterranean architectural wonder and put it back on the map, it is around 10,000 square meters of space supported by 336 Marble Columns nine meters in height.

Bascilica Cistern

Hagia Sophia Museum

The Hagia Sophia was the most important Christian church of Constantinople, its design was the first of its kind boasting the largest dome with a voluminous and well illuminated interior, and the materials were commissioned by Emperor Justinian I and bought in from all over the world, After Constantinople’s downfall to the Ottomans the Hagia Sophia was converted to a Mosque. Later during the reign of Kemel Ataturk the Turkish republics founding father and first prime minister the Hagia Sophia was transformed into a Museum first opening its doors in February 1935.

hagia sophia museum

Sultanhamet Mosque/Blue Mosque

Located in the district of the Old Istanbul the Blue Mosque is distinguished by its six minarets, the Mosque was built by Sultan Ahmet between 1609 and 1616. The name Blue Mosque arose from the intricately decorated blue green and red tiles which were produced and painted by hand in Iznik (Ancient Nicaea). There are various Quranic inscriptions throughout the Mosque made by the famous Calligrapher Seyyid Kasim Gubari.

sultanahmet mosque

Roman Hippodrome and Monuments

The Ancient Hippodrome is located in the square that is now in front of the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome was the center of the Byzantine’s social life where fierce completive charity races took place. The site boast other Relics from the glory days as the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Bronze Serpentine column and the Column of Constantine.

Roman Hippodrome and Monuments

After the tour we will return you to your hotel or you may wish be too dropped off to a location of your choice?

Please note the order of sites visited may vary.

There are no shopping stops during the tour, however any request for shopping will be assisted for after the tour.

It is advisable to wear conservative clothes when visiting Mosques and Churches.

Please present yourself at your pick up point 15 minutes prior to pick up time. Smoking is not permitted in transportation or in any of the Museums.

  • Pick up and drop off in the Sultanhamet and Taxsim area
  • Luxury A/C Non-smoking vehicles
  • Certified Professional English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to Museums
  • Lunch (Excluding drinks)
  • All Taxes

 

  • Drinks
  • Persona Expenses
  • Personal Insurance
  • Optional Extras

 

  • Children under 2 are free
  • Children from 3 to 7 are charged at 30% of the adult price
  • Children 8 and above are charged at the full adult price

1 review for Best of Istanbul

  1. 5 out of 5

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    it is best tour in istanbul which includes all popular routes in istanbul

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