Combine a half-day morning tour of Bosphorus with another half-day afternoon tour to track secret treasures. Explore The history of the Sultan whose reign was the longest, one of the greatest rulers of the Ottoman Empire, Suleiman the Magnificent.
Pick-up at around 08:30 from either your hotel or the Istanbul cruise port. An experienced and licensed professional guide will take you on a pleasant tour of the following sights:
Cable Car to Pierre Loti:
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.
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.
Rumeli Fortress (From the sea):
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.
Rustem Pasha Mosque:
This majestic and surprising little mosque was designed by the most famous Ottoman architect, Mimar Sinan, for the Grand Vizier Rustem Pasha married to Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent daughter’s, Princess Mihrimah. 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 cover not only the facade of the porch but also the mihrab, minbar, walls, and columns of the interior.
A nice lunch break in a quaint local restaurant.
City Walls Constantinople:
Initially built by Constantine the Great, surrounded the new city, protecting it against attack from both sea and land. As the city grew, the famous double line of the Theodosian Walls was built in the 5th century. Ultimately, the city fell from the sheer force of Ottoman forces on 29 May 1453 after a 6-week siege.
The Chora Church: ( Kariye Muzesi ), was originally built as part of a monastery complex outside the walls of Constantinople, to the south of the Golden Horn. Its fabulous Byzantine mosaics are set apart from the other major sights in the north-western corner of Old Istanbul.
Built under the order of Sultan Süleyman (Süleyman the Magnificent), drawn on the talents of the architectural genius of Mimar Sinan. The construction began in 1550 and finished in 1558.
This vast religious complex, called the Süleymaniye, Stands unmissably proud on the Istanbul skyline. The 16th-century Süleymaniye Mosque is one of the city’s largest and most beautiful mosque complexes, and the burial place of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent and his wife Roxelena.
Please note that the order in which sights are visited may vary, and this tour is also available as two separated half-day tours
Please make note of the following:
• There is a 30% discount for children under the age of 7 and children aged 2 and younger are free
• Haghia Sophia Museum is closed on Monday, replaced with Topkapi Palace Museum
• There are no shopping stops made during our tour but if our guests would like to do some shopping following the conclusion of the tour we can be of assistance
• It is advised to wear conservative clothing when visiting mosques and churches
• You are kindly requested to present yourself at the pick-up point 15 minutes before the preadvised pick-up time
• Smoking is not permitted in vehicles or museums