Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul
Istanbul the pearl of the East and the jewel of the West. Istanbul stands on the divide between two very different cultures, religions, and social views. Historically and geographically this great city has the weight of a nation behind it and a country that still claims several of the wonders of the world. Accepting and fascinating Istanbul is a city not to be taken lightly. Every street corner has a story every building has a past. Istanbul is an amalgamation of east meats west and the divide between the two. Istanbul is the starting point for Tourism in Turkey the crossing point from Europe to Asia all bundled together elegantly by its founder Ataturk. The history of this man and the love from his nation is truly defining. 

 

Istanbul Shopping

GRAND COVER BAZAAR In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes.

 

Bosphorous Cruise
A traditional excursion by boat along the waterway seperating 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 Dolmabahçe Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavillions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Çiragan Palace, 300 meters of is marble facade faces the shore. At Ortaköy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortaköy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.

 

Popular Treats - 1001 Nights
Drive through illuminated Istanbul and tour the Bosphorus coastline. Dinner at a first class restaurant with bottle of wine or a soft drink included. Watching a spectacular floorshow, famous Belly Dancers, Typical Anatolian Folklore groups featuring popular musical instruments and Turkish singer.