Istanbul originally Constantinople, ancient Byzantium’s largest city and main seaport, is Turkey’s largest city and main seaport. It served as the seat of both the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Istanbul, the old walled city, is located on a triangular peninsula that connects Europe and Asia. Istanbul has stood amid clashing surges of religion, culture, and imperial power for over 2,500 years, sometimes as a bridge, sometimes as a barrier. For the most of those years, it was one of the world’s most sought cities.
Best Istanbul Guided Tours
This Istanbul sightseeing trip provides the ideal introduction to this famous city that straddles Asia and Europe. Istanbul, once known as Constantinople, was the Roman Empire’s capital and Europe’s wealthiest metropolis, and is currently Turkey’s largest city. As you visit Istanbul’s “must-see” historical landmarks on this one-day sightseeing tour, you’ll observe how old meets new.
Highlights of Istanbul Old City Area
Hagia Sophia Museum (Santa Sophia), Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Galata Tower, Taxim Square, Galata Bridge, Suleymaniye Mosque, Hippodrome, Little Hagia Sophia Mosque, Islamic Art Museum, Carpet Museum, Marmaray Metro, Avrasya tunnel, Fish Market, Kumkapi fish resteurant, Gulhane park, Eminonu fish sandwiches, Bosphorus ferrys, Kadikoy ferrys, Uskudar ferrys, Karakoy Art Museum, best Baklava Karakoy, Hasırcılar street, Rustem Pasha Mosque, Kabataş ferryport, Mahmutpasa Bazaar, Taktakale Bazaar, Chora church, Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Mosque…
♦ Istanbul Guided Tours: Day 1
Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, the German Fountain, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Irene Church, Sogukcesme Street, and the Grand Bazaar
♦ Istanbul Guided Tours: Day 2
Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal Street, Cicek Passage, Galata Tower, Day 2 (from outside)
♦ Istanbul Guided Tours: Day 3
Suleymaniye Mosque, Fener and Balat Districts, St. Stephen Church (Iron Church), and Pierre Lotti Panorama on Day 3.