1 - CHURCH OF CHRIST IN THE CHOIR (KARIYE MUSEUM): Church of Christ the Saviour, since 1948, is open to tourists as the Kariye Museum, is a Byzantine church in Istanbul, the best that preserved its original appearance. The facility was built by the efforts of Maria Duca in 1077-1081 years. During its existence, the church was hit by an earthquake and was severely damaged. In the years 1315-1321 the church was rebuilt after the power Poleologs came to reign.
2 - MINIATURK (PLACES OF TURKEY IN COPIES): Miniaturk is an open-air museum of miniature copies of the attractions of Turkey. The museum "Miniaturk" is located in the historical part of Istanbul, on the shores of the Golden Horn, in the region of Sutluce. The park has an area more than 60 thousand square meters, where famous architectural models of Turkey are exhibited. There are more than 100 miniature attractions such as the Hagia Sophia, the Bosphorus Bridge, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Galata Tower, the historic walls of Constantinople, the Maiden Tower and others. The museum was founded in May 2, 2003.
3 - DOLMABAHCE PALACE: Dolmabahce Palace literally means "the bulk garden" - the palace of the sultans during the Ottoman Empire, located in the Besiktas district of Istanbul. Dolmabahçe Palace was built for the Sultan Abdul-Majid I in the years 1843-1856, after which he moved here from the Sultan's Topkapi Palace. Palace area is about 45 thousand sq. meters. After the fall of the monarchy, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk moved to palace and lived here. He died in November 10, 1938. The palace was a museum until 2007, when in September it again was given a political function which turned Dolmabahce Palace to official residence of the Prime Minister in Istanbul.
4 - DOLMABAHCE PALACE - SELAMLIK GATES: The main gate of the Dolmabahce Palace. The main gate leads to the courtyard of Dolmabahce Palace with garden and fountains, where the palace itself is situated. Through the main gate high-ranking officials and VIP persons were entering the palace. The gates are decorated with ornaments of Ottoman and modern periods.
5 - DOLMABAHCE PALACE - HAREM: Harem is located in the interior of the Dolmabahce Palace. It is worth emphasizing that in the history of the Ottoman Empire harem was located in the same building as the male half. In the harem were the private quarters of the Sultan, the wives of the room, a room for the ceremony of circumcision, a room for mother of the Sultan - Walid and common rooms, where they saw and interacted with other inhabitants of the harem.
6 - HISTORICAL ISTANBUL TRADE CENTER (EMINONU DISTRICT): District Eminonu is located on the peninsula in the historic part of Istanbul, where Bosphorus connects to the Sea of Marmara. There is also the Golden Horn nearby. Eminonu during the tenure of Constantinople by Venetians played an important role, where they developed their own waterfront and built ports. In the days of the Ottoman Empire, Eminonu was an important commercial and industrial center, which was controlled from the Topkapi Palace. In Eminonu area there are such attractions such as the New Mosque, the Egyptian market and the Galata Bridge.
6 - EMINONU ''NEW MOSQUE'': New Mosque, also known as Valide Sultan Mosque is located in the historic district of Eminonu, in the old part of the city. The construction of mosque was started in 1597 by order of Safiye Sultan, the wife of Sultan Murad III. The architect of the mosque was Davud Aga, a pupil of the architect Mimar Sinan. After the death of Davud Aga, construction was continued by architect Dalgich Ahmet Aga. Construction of the mosque was completed in 1663. The new mosque is decorated with 66 domes and two minarets. The mosque has five gates, some of which come to the front yard of the mosque.
7 - EGIPTIAN BAZAAR: Egyptian Bazaar is located in the old part of Istanbul, in the historic industrial and commercial district of Eminonu. The bazaar was built in 1664 for the purpose of financing the construction of the New Mosque. It is the second largest market in Istanbul, after the Grand Bazaar. Egyptian Bazaar was built in the shape of an inverted letter T and has 6 gates. There are about 80 stores, which are mainly sell sweets, herbs, spices and milk products. Egyptian Bazaar got its name because the bulk herbs and spices were shipped here from India through Egypt.
9 - WALKING THROUGH THE GALATA BRIDGE, VIEW OF THE BOSPHORUS: The Galata Bridge was built in 1992 - 1994 by Turkish company called STFA. This is the fifth in a row a bridge across the Golden Horn. Prior to that, other bridges were built, the very first of which was built during the reign of Bezmialem Valide Sultan in 1845. The bridge is a two-tier structure on the lower floor is a walking area, and restaurants, and on the upper tier there is road for cars and tram lines, as well as pedestrians. The bridge is 484 meters length and its width is 42 meters.
THIS EXCURSION IS ORGANIZED WITH A CAR
The average duration of excursion is from 6 to 8 hours (you can adjust the time as you wish).
The tour can be done every day.
What will be included in the tour price:
- English-speaking guide
What will not be included in the tour price:
- Entrance fees to all attractions and visited museums
- The cost of transport for excursions