A CITY TOUR OF ISTANBUL
Istanbul is an amazing city it bridges east and west. It is the geographical point where the European and Asian continents meet. On the west side of the Bosphorus is ‘European’ Istanbul. On the east side of the water is the ‘Asian’ side of the city. The map below shows the key places of interest in the city of Istanbul.
I’d suggest Sultanahmet (The Old City) including a visit to the amazing Hagia Sofia, once a Christian Church, then a Mosque and now a Museum – just incredible. I’d also include a drive past The Blue Mosque – a very holy place for devout Muslims.
In terms of colour, scents and exotic flavour I’d go for The Egyptian Market (or The Spice Market). Watch out for the incredible little cafes above the market stalls in each corner of the building. Then for a wonderful panoramic view of the city I’d go up to Pierre Loti – a charming café and tea room, something of an institution in Istanbul.
Crossing the Galata Bridge, usually lined with fishermen, you enter into the hustle and bustle of the commercial part of the city, dominated by the 14th century Galata Tower. This circular, medieval tower looks as if it has come straight out of a children’s fairy tale. It was originally a watch tower and part of the fortifications of the city.
On the waterfront are several palaces, now luxury hotels and the fantastic Dolmabache Palace, once home to Ataturk, Turkey’s heroic military leader and visionary politician who created the secular state of Turkey in the 1920s. Ataturk became the First President of the Republic of Turkey, a position he held from 1923 – 1938. The Dolmabache Palace is also a fascinating place to visit, it is a microcosm of Turkish history, located on the waterfront with exceptional views across the Bosphorus.
Proposal – A half day tour of Istanbul with local guide and driver:
- Half Day Tour – Monday, 09 May, 2022
- Departure time: 10.00 am (4 hours duration)
- English speaking tour guide and driver for a half day tour
- The cost is Euros € 600 – including local taxes.
If you have several days in Istanbul contact us for more detailed and extensive itineraries. Agatha Christie loved Istanbul and wrote about the city several times in her novels. She used to stay at the Pera Palace Hotel. You can stay at the Pera Palace too or visit for afternoon tea, it’s the perfect way to tread in her footsteps!
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