Istanbul Turkey Istanbul tours and vacation
Istanbul is the city of innumerate attractions, the bridge between East and West and unique cultural entity, merging customs and lifestyles of many ethnic groups. The sightseeing possibilities of the city include various Roman, Byzantine and Turkish antiquities, natural wonders and many entertainments.
The Bosphorus Tour includes Spice (Egyptian) Bazaar, an attractive L-shaped building to the southwest of Yeni Cami, where the visitors can buy traditional spices, herbs, essences and medicinal plants. The tour continues to boat cruise on Bosphorus, the waterway between two continents. The visitors can admire finest and richest examples of the Ottoman architecture on the shores. A great example of military architecture is the Rumeli fortress, built by Mehmet the Conqueror to control and protect Bosphorus.
Dolmabahce and Asia Tour passes through the area which was originalyy the harbour for the Ottoman navy. In 17th century it was filled with numerous timber buildings. Magnificent Dolmabahce palace served as residence for many Turkish politicians, including Ataturk. Bosphorus Bridge is an unique construction connecting Europe and Asia, the 7th longest suspension bridge in the world. Camlica Hill has a wonderful panorama of the Sea of Marmara and islands.
The major highlight of the Marmara Sea Cruise is Buyuk Ada Island, a popular summer resort with sandy beaches and pinewoods, which once was the resort for Byzantine princes. The guests can enjoy a ride on horse-drawn carriage, visit the historical village and suntan on a golden beach. Its decent counterpart is Kilyos Beach Tour, which includes sightseeing in Buyukdere and Sariyer, Egrikemer, the "Bent Aqueduct", built by Mahmut I, Belgrade Forests, and continues to golden beaches of Kilyos.
Golden Horn Tour is especially enchanting in spring, when tulip fields decorate old city districts. Golden Horn is one of the best natural harbours, having a long history of Byzantine and ottoman naval trade. Historical neighbourhoods of fener and Balat are full of historic wooden houses, churches and pilgrimage places. The Orthodox Patriarchy resides here. The Church of St. Savior in Chora (Kariye) Museum is decorated with genuine Byzantine frescoes and mosaics. Miniaturk showcases the models of over 100 architectural works representing the rich historic and cultural heritage of Turkey, made in 1/25 scale. Bedesten is the traditional silk bazaar with luxurious textiles and carpets. The guests can watch traditional silk weaving courses and taste Turkish coffee, prepared according to the time-tested recipes.
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