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Istanbul in city tour

Istanbul in city tour

Istanbul is one although with many different faces. Because of that, probably, I really like the comparison between this cosmopolitan city and the dragon. Dragons are legendary, mythical creatures who can fly, fight, guard people and protect heaven… Don’t you recognize Istanbul here? It’s legendary and mythical, powerful, with many heads and capable of reviving. Just like a dragon. Interestingly, unlike this ancient beast, Istanbul is not a frightening place. On the contrary, it’s a place that makes you curious, excited and ready to learn and enjoy.

City tour Istanbul following the footsteps of …

During our city tour Istanbul we will follow the footsteps of Constantine the Great, Justinian the First, Theodora. Who else? Definitely, Suleyman the Magnificent or Murad IV. Or we can simply talk about the riot of Nike. Whatever footsteps our tour follows, there is a promise for a knowledgeable and fun day <a hr

Topkapi Palace

Private tours Istanbul have a bag full of stories; Once upon a time, there were many characteristic sultans of the Ottoman Empire. Each one of them with their own story. There was a former concubine who managed to become the powerful consort of Suleyman the Magnificent – the beautiful Roxelana. Also, many other girls slaves taught the arts of make-up, dress, music, dancing, reading and writing, etc. to become part of the Harem later; janissaries; a palette of sad, mad, bad, happy stories… All of these have the name with two words only – Topkapi Palace!

Mehmet II conquered the city

2140 years after the foundation of today’s Istanbul, a young sultan at the age of twenty-three – Mehmet II conquered the city. Named ‘the Conqueror’, due to his victory, 9 years after it, Sultan Mehmet started building his palace over the ruins of Constantinople’s Acropolis. The result was Topkapi Palace. Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror especially chose the pl

Heybeliada

The ‘saddlebag’ that makes a holiday perfect – walking tour Istanbul

Heybeliada, Heybeli ada or simply Heybeli is the greenest and the second biggest island of the Princes’ Islands and it can be part of customized Istanbul tours. It is in the Sea of Marmara, near Istanbul. Actually, the Princes’ Islands are only an hour away from Istanbul. Heybeliada has always been a favourite summer resort during Byzantine and Ottoman eras. During the different historical periods it had different names.

During Byzantine Period the island was known as Khalkitis or Chalki. Chalki comes from the Greek word chalkos, which means copper. Once upon a time there used to be copper mines which are no more in use nowadays, but they explain the name of the island. Turkish name – Heybeli, means ‘saddlebag’. This time the name is given because of the low place between the hills.

There are nine islands in the Princes’ Islands group and the ferry stops at four of them only

Istiklal Street Beyoglu

The busiest street of Istanbul – Customized Istanbul Tours

A walk on Istiklal Street during customized Istanbul tours, means time spent nicely. Just like to be in Ephesus with Ephesus tour guide, or anywhere in Turkey. Valuable time is guaranteed. Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue) is the heart of Beyoglu, the more modern district of Istanbul built during the 19th century.

The city’s most popular strolling, shopping and snacking street. It is now reserved for pedestrians, lined with boutiques, cafes, consulates, restaurants, galleries, cinemas and banks. That means you have many places to see here in your daily Istanbul tour. When 19th-century travellers spoke of Constantinople (Istanbul) as the Paris of the East, they were thinking of the Grande Rue de Pera (Istiklal Caddesi). Also, of its half-European, half-Asian culture. The avenue begins at Taksim Square, the hub of modern Istanbul.

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Divan Yolu

Daily Istanbul Tour – from Mese to Divan Yolu

‘The Road to the Imperial Council’ from Sultanahmet Square to Beyazit Square is an enjoyable Istanbul history lesson during Daily Istanbul Tour and one of the many Turkey sightseeing.

Divan Yolu, the “Road to the Imperial Council,” was once the imperial road from Constantinople to Rome (map). It takes its Turkish name from Ottoman times, when it was in fact the “Road to the Imperial Council” (Divan) in Topkapi Palace.

When it was laid out by Constantine the Great in the early 300s AD; Divan Yolu (dee-vahn yoh-loo) was the Mese. It was the main boulevard leading from the city centre on Seraglio Point to the Golden Gate in the city walls; where it met the road to Rome walking tours istanbul.

Do you know what the name of the main street in Ephesus was? Curetes street. Join Ephesus walking tour and you can walk on it listening to an eloquent guid

Istanbul Bazaars

Walking Tours Istanbul – Funny, relaxing and stress-taking

Another pleasant thing to do in Istanbul on Walking Tours Istanbul or sightseeing Turkey is shopping. You need patience, good sense of humour, money and some skills in bargaining

One of my favourite walking tours in Istanbul is from the Grand Bazaar north downhill on Longmarket Street (Uzuncarsi Caddesi) through the Tahtakale district to the Golden Horn and the Spice Market (Misir Carsisi).

Our first stop will be Grand Bazaar. There are more than 4000 shops there. Although you need a couple of days to see everything inside, we will only spare 2 hours to get the taste of it in your private daily shopping tour of Istanbul customized istanbul tours.

While we are leaving the Grand Bazaar we can see Tahtakale (during the week). You can see a busy street full with men with telephones. They buy and sell foreign currency, not little amounts b

Turkish Bath

Treat your skin with the delights of the oriental spa centre

Tour Guide Istanbul –customized Istanbul city tour and the joy of hamam.

“Whoever goes to the bath on forty consecutive Wednesdays will succeed at anything they do”, an old adage claims. It was believed in the past that hamams not only meant pleasure to the bather, but also brought luck.

It is unthinkable for a visitor in Istanbul to miss out on such an experience as the Turkish bath. Along with its breathtaking scenery and historical significance, Istanbul is lucky to be graced with a large number of historical Turkish baths that date back to the Ottoman Empire customized istanbul city tour.

Like many things in Turkish culture, hamam dates back to the Ottoman Empire. However, when you get a closer look at the history of Turkish baths, you would realize how much they resemble the ‘spreader of warmth’ (as hamam means in Arabic) of their predecessors, Byz

Dolmus

Customized Istanbul City Tour – Fill it up and go…

It can be really enjoyable to use dolmus for customized tour Istanbul. No privacy and space (sometimes) but definitely fun.

Just like all the rest of the world Istanbul got its share in the economic crisis at its beginning in the 1930s. By that time, people who used taxis to go to work or different places started using the public transport – trams instead, like the poorer people did. In ancient Ephesus, though, people knew no trams, cars or minibuses. Neither did richer people, nor poorer. Today, visitors to Ephesus still walk and they enjoy the informative and amusing stories of guides.

The first minibus driver – the cook Halid.. customized tour istanbul

Halid used to be a cook who changed his occupation with that of a taxi driver. His old profession stayed with him as a nickname, though. For some time, every morning and in the evening, he would take a Jewish citizen

Fish Bread

Customized Tour Istanbul – Fish in the Bread, what an attractive couple

The attractive couple, Fish and Bread, just like Bosphorus is the symbol of Istanbul. Personal Istanbul tours will introduce you to it.

The fish sandwich – an Istanbul institution. You simply need to go to the Eminonu end of Galata Bridge, then to the side of the bridge where Golden Horn is and then just follow the smell of freshly grilled fish…

For a century, maybe fishermen brought their catch from the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara to Istanbul’s Galata Bridge over the Golden Horn for sale tour guide istanbul.

Istanbullians have always made the most of the city’s seaside position. Walk along the Galata Bridge and you will always see people fishing, no matter what the weather is like. Local people know it and whenever they have the chance, they would enjoy the balik ekmek (fish and bread). For tourists, it is something they must learn and

What are the symbols of Istanbul?

When you ask locals what the symbols of Istanbul are, it’s quite possible they tell you different ones. Because Istanbul has many symbols. It’s a magical city and everything is possible here. The biggest and most significant one of all is the Bosphorus, the beauty of Istanbul, the famously beautiful stretch of water. The Bosphorus, which is a great point for Istanbul Day Trips and private Bosphorus tours, with the Golden Horn (an inlet of the Strait) and Maiden’s Tower (Kiz Kulesi) at its southern entrance, has a definite personality customized istanbul city tour.

Istanbul Day Trips – Maiden’s Tower, Grand Bazaar

Maiden’s Tower – a place of legends, the Grand Bazaar – maybe the first shopping mall of the world; the Spice Market – the second largest covered market after the Grand Bazaar, the place ‘to spice your life up’; Galata Tower with its breathtaking views of the Bosphorus, the Topkapi Palace, the Marmara Sea, the Go