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Immerse yourself in Istanbul’s unique culture and enjoy a cruise along the Bosphorus, visit the Spice Bazaar on Morning Bosphorus Cruise Tour. In the afternoon, visit Suleymaniye Mosque, Fener, Balat, Istanbul City Walls, Iron Church and Orthodox Patriarc
Pick up from the hotel and join the group. We will first visit Spice Bazaar, second largest covered bazaar in Istanbul after Grand Bazaar. It is well-known for its herbalists; the Egyptian Bazaar offers traditional natural medicines, spices, flower seeds, roots and shells of rare plants along with dried nuts and fruits, deli products and various Turkish Delights.
After the Spice Bazaar we will drive along the shore of Golden Horn which is an inlet of the Bosphorus and it is the natural harbor of Old Istanbul.
Then we will embark our boat for an unforgettable Cruise on the Bosphorus, the strait runs through the unique Istanbul that stands up on two different continents between Asia and Europe. During the cruise, we will have a chance to view the peerless sights ornamenting the Asian and European shores such as 19th century wooden mansions, Rumeli Fortress built only in 3 months by Mehmet the Conquerer, Anatolian Fortress, fanciful Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi palaces, and hunting lodges. After the cruise we will drive to the restaurant for our Lunch.
Lunch : Homemade Olive Oil Marinated Seasonal Vegetables, Traditional Fried Pastry Roll with Cheese "Sigara Beurreck" , Seasonal Garden Greens Salad, Traditional Grilled Meatballs "Kofte" served with rice and boiled Seasonal Vegetables, Seasonal Fresh Fruit Platter
After the lunch, we will visit The Süleymaniye Mosque, the largest and grandest of Istanbul’s imperial mosques. It dates from the 16th century heyday of the Ottoman Empire, and was designed by Sinan, the greatest architect of his day and originator of the Classical Ottoman style of architecture. Of the 2,000 structures Sinan designed, Süleymaniye Mosque and its complex of charitable institutions rank among the most important.
Next, we will continue to visit Fener and Balat Areas located on the shore of the Golden Horn. Fener and Balat are among the oldest neighborhoods of Istanbul and they are famous for their historical colorful houses located in the districts narrow streets. We are certainly sure that you have at least seen a picture from Balat once in your lifetime. During the late Ottoman Period and the first years of the Republic, these districts were mostly inhabited by the Armenian and Greek minorities of the city, as a result the Food Culture here is also very diverse and the districts are known for their delicious restaurants. We will make a stop for a small treat of T to taste our famous Traditional Turkish Tea / Turkish Coffee while listening to your guide.
During our visits, we will see the remains of the Istanbul’s City Walls; originally dating from 5 AC the walls largely remained intact until sections began to be dismantled in the 19th century, as the city outgrew its medieval boundaries. Many parts of the walls survived and are still standing today.
Another interesting point of our visit will be Iron Church of St Stephen. It is a Bulgarian Orthodox church and is famous for being made of prefabricated cast iron elements in the neo-Byzantine style. The church belongs to the Bulgarian minority in the city. We will see the Aya Nikola Greek Orthodox Church (Sightseeing) before visiting the Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate (Sightseeing) as well as St Hireşdagabet Armenian Ortodox Church (Sightseeing).
Balat is also frequented among auctioneers where relics of the pasts change ownership in open auctions and Antique shop. Antique Hunters loves to wander through these parts of the city, as one might never know what unknown values you may encounter here. At the end of the tour, we will drive back to the hotel.
(This tour is available with minimum 2 participants)
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• Egyptian Spice Bazaar
• Cruise the European & Asiatic Straits of the Bosphorus
• Golden Horn
• Rumeli& Anatolian Fortress
• Suleymaniye Mosque
• Fener and Balat Area
• Bulgarian Iron Church
• Fener Orthodox Patriarchate
• Traditional Turkish Tea / Turkish Coffee Treat
• Entrance fees mentioned on the itinerary
• Professional Guidance
• Free pick up and drop off service from your hotel
• Traditional Turkish Tea / Turkish Coffee Treat
• Transportation with A/C vehicles
• Cruise on the Bosphorus by boat
• Donations for all religious visits
• TURSAB insurance, which covers the costs of services accepted and committed by the travel agency
• Drinks at lunch
• Optional Gratuities
• We kindly ask you to be ready in the lobby of your hotel 5 minutes before your definite pick up time.
• This tour is available with minimum 2 participants
• We do not recommend this tour for the persons having walking difficulty.
• No advance payment
• You can do the payment during the tour with credit card or cash
• Accepted credit cards