Old Istanbul Tour

This tour will be around the oldest neighbourhoods of Istanbul; Galata,Fener,Eminonu .

Galata;The origin of the name is uncertain but Evliya Celebi says it comes from ''Milk'' which is '' Gala'' in Greek.It seems that there used to be lots of shepherds and their dairies around this part of the city.And today the most significant monument to see is the Galata Tower,a 67 meters tall watch tower built by the Genoese in 1348 as part of the fortification walls . And today there is a restaurant at the top whose main attraction is its amazing view of Istanbul,especially at night.It is one of the finest vantage points for photographers with the views across to Uskudar (Asian part of the city), up the Bosphorus, the Golden Horn, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia,Sultan Ahmet Camii (The Blue Mosque), and all the other major mosques in Istanbul.And the first human flied with artificial wings,an Ottoman aviator,jumped off the tower , passed the Bosphorus and landed on Asian side of the city; Uskudar ,in 1630.

Fener; after the Conquest the surroundings of the area became a Greek state,subservient to the Ottomans but controlled by its own members under the rule of Greek Orthodox Patriarch.They had some religious restrictions; no new churches, no repairs to the old ones, no bells but they could practice their religions without interruption.When compared with the Spain of 1490s ,it must have been like Heaven.Remember The Spanish gave two options to the Jewish people in Spain; convert or die !

 

Eminonu;One of the most attractive places in Istanbul with its mosques,bazaars and the fishermen on Galata bridge.The famous Iznik tiles of Rustem Pasha Mosque, a small but intricate mosque built by legendary Turkish Architect Sinan, many kinds of Turkish Delights and spices in The Egyptian Spice Bazaar worth seeing.

 

 

Tour Duration:About 8 hours

Tour price excludes: Lunch and other personal expenses.

Tour Price:100 USD per person*

What is included in the price: Guiding services,picking up from your hotel/airport or cruise port and transport to your hotel after the tour(Only European side of the city).

*For 4 people.  For larger or smaller groups price will differ.

 

 

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