Discover the best of Istanbul on a full-day tour that covers the city by land and boat on both European and Asian sides of the Bosphorus. On this tour you'll visit the following sites and participate to the following activities:
City Walls: The Walls of Constantinople are a series of defensive stone walls that have surrounded and protected the city of Constantinople (today Istanbul in Turkey) since its founding as the new capital of the Roman Empire by Constantine the Great. With numerous additions and modifications during their history, they were the last great fortification system of antiquity, and one of the most complex and elaborate systems ever built.
Golden Horn: The Golden Horn (Keras) forms a deep natural harbor at the side of the peninsula in the Sea of Marmara. The Byzantine Empire had its naval headquarters there, and walls were built along the shoreline to protect the city of Constantinople from naval attacks. At the entrance to the Horn on the northern side, a large chain was pulled across from Constantinople to the old Tower of Galata to prevent unwanted ships from entering. Known among the Byzantines as the Megàlos Pyrgos (meaning "Great Tower" in Greek), this tower was largely destroyed by the Latin Crusaders during the Fourth Crusade in 1204. In 1348 the Genoese built a new tower nearby which they called Christea Turris (Tower of Christ), now called Galata Tower.
Spice Bazaar: The Spice Bazaar (Turkish: Mısır Çarşısı, meaning Egyptian Bazaar) is one of the largest bazaars in the city. Located in the Eminönü quarter of the Fatih district, it is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar.
Bosphorus Boat Cruise
Beylerbeyi Palace: The Beylerbeyi Palace (Turkish: Beylerbeyi Sarayı, Beylerbeyi meaning "Lord of Lords") is located in the Beylerbeyi neighbourhood in Istanbul, on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. An Imperial Ottoman summer residence built in the 1860s, it is now situated immediately north of the 1973 Bosphorus Bridge.
Çamlica Hill: Çamlıca Hill is a favorite picnic area in Istanbul. Domestic and foreign tourists are attracted to it. Due to its beauty, the hill has inspired many writers to compose songs and poems about it.