To really enjoy Istanbul means to pass the Golden Horn and explore the old town, from the 19th century, where the locals work and spend their leisure time.
Its worth it doing a boat trip on the Bosphorus, you’ll feel great on the water and Istanbul is gorgeous seen from here. Blending East and West, old and new, you will definitely find it fascinating.
Visit the main attraction of Istanbul, the Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans and the center of imperial power for three centuries. With four courtyards, numerous halls exhibiting collections of jewellery, weapons and armors, ceramics and silverware and the harem rooms, a complete visit will occupy the most of your day.
Explore the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, two architectural masterpieces. Visit nearby Basilica Cistern, the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul, located on the way to the Grand Bazaar, where all shopping lovers can spend days, even weeks.
Explore the Egyptian Bazaar on the Golden Horn coast in search of bargains.
Cross the bridge to Galata Tower for a great view of the historic Sultanahmet.
Stop and have a drink in old Pera, near the tower, in the nineteenth century city , full of European architecture, with streets full of cafes and bars.
Take a trip with the ferry to Eminönü, a former district of Istanbul, on the Bosphorus. The standard cruise lasts 6 hours round trip, with a two-hour stop in a small village of fishermen; enough time for a lunch with fish and for a short walk before returning to Istanbul.
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