The Bosphorus is way more than you might expect. A jewel of nature that lies delicately between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea, it has, for centuries, played a considerable role in Turkey’s life.
On the way, you can admire the huge bridges that span the Bosphorus, and also several buildings and relics of ancient cultures full of history, which stand side by side with modern culture.
The Bosphorus Plus tour is a great option if you are short of time!
We will cruise on the Bosphorus to view the fine palaces, pavilions, Ottoman houses, and seaside neighborhoods along the shores of this famous and historic waterway connecting the Black Sea and the Maramara Sea.
It provides a unique chance to make a link between the European and Asian continents by train in a sub-sea tunnel (resting upon the sea floor beneath the waters of the Bosphorus Strait). This engineering feat was first conceived by a legendary Ottoman sultan in 1860. Designed to withstand earthquakes, this is the world’s first underwater tunnel that connects two continents. In theory, it brings closer the day when it will be possible to travel from London to Beijing via Istanbul by train!
The giant rail system of Istanbul’s Marmaray Project was inaugurated and opened on October 29, 2013 following four years of construction delays that were largely due to the discovery of ruins dating from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods.
The largest fortification for the protection of Istanbul. Built by Sultan Mehmet II in 1451 before his conquest of the city, this garrison is well preserved and its towers and walls can be seen clearly as our boat passes by.
Enjoy the beautiful view from the cable car as you climb the hill to the cafe named for the famous French writer and naval officer, Louis Marie Julien Viaud a.k.a. Pierre Loti (1850 -1923), who wrote fiction based on his experiences in Istanbul.
A majestic and surprising little mosque, designed by Mimar Sinan the most famous of Ottoman architects, for the Grand Vizier Rustem Pasha married to Princess Mihrimah, one of Sultan “Suleyman the Magnificent”, daughters. Its construction took place from 1561 to 1563. The mosque is famous for its exquisite tiles from Iznik that are set in beautiful floral and geometric arrangements and which cover not only the facade of the porch but also the mihrab, minbar, walls, and columns of the interior.
After the tour, back to your hotel or you may part from your guide at the Spice Bazaar, the tour’s last visited sight.
Please note that the order in which sights are visited may vary.