Bosphorus Cruise & Ottoman Relics Tour
Bosphorus Cruise & Ottoman Relics combination day tour is the best option for you to explore Bosphorus and ottoman relics in Istanbul. Guided day tour covers Spice Bazaar, part of old city walls, boat sightseeing cruise on the Bosphorus, Topkapi Palace Museum, and Sultans Tombs.
Bosphorus Cruise & Ottoman Relics combination In A Day Tour
08:30 am – You will be collected right from your hotel for fully guided Bosphorus Cruise & Ottoman Relics tour.
(Hotel pick up times are changing to according to the Istanbul towns. Please inform us your hotel details on your request)
After the hotel pickup, we drive from part the old City Walls to the Golden Horn and stop Spice Bazaar. Visiting the old Spice Bazaar and continue to boat sightseeing cruise.
We embark on the boat and cruise on the Bosphorus between Asia and Europe continents until the second bridge and sail back to the departure point of the boat. Disembark from the boat and have lunch at the local restaurant. After the lunch, our next stop will be Topkapi Palace Museum. After the visiting Topkapi Palace, we will visit the Sultans Tombs.
17:00 pm – At the end of the tour, transfer you back to the hotel.
History of the tour sights:
Golden Horn (from the bus): The arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbor of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of İstanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantine. The residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders, and other non-Muslim minorities. Drive along the traces of history at Balat viewing Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, 21 km. long City Walls, the strongest fortification of the middle age.
Spice Bazaar: It is located at Eminonu behind the New Mosque(Valide Sultan Mosque).It was constructed by Turhan Sultan in 1660 as a pious foundation attached to New Mosque.
Cruise on the Bosphorus: A traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion, you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavillions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of is marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gathers every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.
Rumeli Fortress (from the sea/no interior visit): Historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect Bosphorus. A unique example of military architecture. The fabled capital of three great empires – Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman, Istanbul is steeped in almost 3,000 years of history. The greatest concentration of landmarks is found in Istanbul’s oldest district, Sultanahmet, an awe-inspiring expanse of leafy parks, Byzantine cathedrals, Greek statuary, bustling bazaars and imposing mosques with towering, slender minarets.
Topkapi Palace Museum: Imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans, the maze of buildings that was the focal point of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries. In these opulent surroundings, the sultans and their court lived and governed. A magnificent wooded garden fills the outer, or first, court. In the second court, on the right, shaded by cypress and plane trees, Muhammetstand the palace kitchens, which now serve as galleries exhibiting the imperial collections of crystal, silver and Chinese porcelain. Today the third court holds the Hall of Audience, the Library of Ahmet III, an exhibition of imperial costumes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the treasury and a priceless collection of miniatures from medieval manuscripts. In the center of this innermost sanctuary, the Muhammad (S.A.V) brought to Istanbul when the Ottomans assumed the caliphaten of Islam.
Sultans Tombs: there are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at St. Sophia. The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, green, blue, and red flower motives. Prince robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses.