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  • Kariye (Chora) Museum

    The Church of the Holy Savior of Chora, called in Turkish, KariyeCamii, is, after Hagia Sophia, the most interesting Byzantine church in the city. Not so much for the building itself, pretty as it is, but because of the superb series of mosaics and frescoes which it preserves and which have been magnificently restored and […]

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  • Pierre Loti Hill

    You take a cable-lift up to the summit of the hill where you can look down on the Golden Horn and  the beautiful mosques of the Old City and surrounds.  Pierre Loti (born Louis Marie JulienViaud (b. 14 Jan 1850 – d. 10 June 1923), was a French writer who lived in Istanbul at the […]

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  • Eyup Mosque

    Eyup Mosque was the first mosque built after the Turks conquered Constantinople. One of the first Muslims, EbuEyup El-Sari was killed in the Arab army’s battle in the year 668 AC in this location. Sultan Fatih Mehmet’s religious tutor is said to have discovered his tomb. Fatih built a large tomb, a mosque and a […]

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  • Golden Horn

    Situated at the mouth of the Bosphorus this bay separates the old city from new Istanbul. This is where the first colonies settled during the founding of Istanbul in pre-Byzantine times. This was the residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-Muslim minorities. Drive along the traces of history at Balattasking time out […]

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  • Çamlıca Hill

    On the Asian shores of the Bosphorus there is high pine covered hill which has a restaurant situate at its apex. From here one can inhale the fresh Black Sea air, and obtain the best views of the sprawling metropolis of Istanbul. The best time for pictures is in the morning, but late afternoon offers […]

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  • Beylerbeyi Palace

    Beylerbeyi Palace is on the Asiatic shore and was built by Abdulaziz between the years 1861-1865. The architect was SarkisBalyan, one member of the famous Balyan family, which gave nine renowned palaces to The Ottoman Empire over nearly a century. Serving under the six sultans, they were responsible for the westernization of the city’s architecture. […]

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  • Spice (Egyptian) Bazaar

    It was built in 1660 by the architect Kasim Aga for the mother of Sultan Murat IV, HaticeTurhan Sultan. The Egyptian Bazaar is Istanbul’s second covered bazaar. It is L shaped in plan, a building that borders two sides of the park beside YeniCami. The structure was restored in 1943. There are eighty eight vaulted […]

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  • Dolmabahce Palace

    This beautiful Ottoman Palace, magnificently situated at the European side of the Bosphorus strait, was built by the son of Mahmut II, Sultan Abdulmecit 1839-1861, who ascended the throne at the age 16. His decision to have a new fashionable residence similar to European palaces started the construction of the Dolmabahce Palace in 1843. After […]

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  • Cappadocia Tour – Hot-Air Balloon Ride

    (Istanbul – Capadoccia by plane) Visits: Zelve Open Air Museum, Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar, Pigeon Valley, Red Valley, Cavusin, Kaymakli Underground city Day 1 – Flight to Cappadocia Transfer from your hotel in Istanbul to the airport in the late afternoon. Fly from Istanbul to Kayseri or Nevsehir. Transfer to Urgup. Overnight in Cappadocia […]

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  • Istanbul – Cappadocia One Day

    Transfer from your hotel in Istanbul to the airport. Morning flight from Istanbul to Kayseri. Transfer from the airport to Cappadocia. Begin the tour by visiting both Devrent Valley and Pasabağ (Monk Valley), to see the extraordinary mushroom-shaped rock pinnacles or ‘fairy chimneys’. Continue on to the small village of Avanos by the Red River, […]

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