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    ISTANBUL TOURS
    Istanbul (Turkish: Istanbul; historically Byzantium and Constantinople; see the other names of Istanbul) is the largest city in Turkey, largest city proper and second largest metropolitan area in Europe, and fifth largest city proper in the world with a population of 12.6 million. Istanbul is also a megacity, as well as the cultural and financial centre of Turkey. The city covers 27 districts of the Istanbul province. It is located on the Bosphorus Strait and encompasses the natural harbour known as the Golden Horn, in the northwest of the country.
    DISCOVER ISTANBUL AT BEST WESTERN EMPIRE PALACE HOTEL

    ISTANBUL BOSPHORUS TOUR

    Tour including all taxes, museum entrances, transportation from and to hotels, professinal tourist guides, lunch. After breakfast from hotel, you'll be picked for a full day tour of Spice Bazaar, Cruise on the Bosphorus, Rumeli Fortress, Lunch, Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge and Camlica Hill with the best view of the city.(free airport arrival shuttle)
    *Cruise on the Bosphorus
    *Cruise on the Golden Horn
    *Cable Car to Pierre Loti
    *City Walls
    *Dolmabahce Palace
    *Bosphorus Bridge
    *Camlica Hill
    65 EUROS PER PERSON

    Cruise on the Bosphorus
    The Cruise on the bosphorus which will give you the best chance to view the finest palaces and pavilions along the shores.

    Cruise on the Golden Horn
    Cruise along the golden Horn and see the historical heart of the city and principal harbor of Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul for over 2.000 years.According to Greek legend, the Golden Horn derives its name from Keroessa, the mother of Byzas the Megarian, who named it after her. It forms a deep natural harbor for the pensinsula it encloses together with the Sea of Marmara. The Byzantine Empire had its naval headquarters there, and walls were built along the shoreline to protect the city of Constantinople from naval attacks. At the entrance to the Horn, there was a large chain pulled across from Constantinople to the old Tower of Galata (which was known as the Megalos Pyrgos (Great Tower) among the Byzantines) on the northern side, preventing unwanted ships from entering.

    Cable Car to Pierre Loti
    Enjoy the beautiful from the cable car as you climb the hill to the cafe named after the famous French writer Pierre Loti, birth name Louis Marie Julien Viaud (1850-1923)

    City Walls
    Constantinople's great city walls were breached only twice in 1600 years.The first breach occured in 1204 during the fourth Crusade ; the second breach was led by "Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror" in 1453 with cannons and troops.
    Before having lunch at our restaurant there will be an optional shopping opportunity.

    Dolmabahce Palace
    Dolmabahçe Palace was the first European-style palace in Istanbul and was built by Sultan Abdülmecid between 1842 and 1853, at a cost of five million Ottoman gold pounds, the equivalent of 35 tons of gold. Fourteen tons of gold in the form of gold leaf were used to gild the ceilings of the palace. The world's largest Bohemian crystal chandelier, a gift from Queen Victoria, is at the center hall. The chandelier has 750 lamps and weighs 4.5 tons. Dolmabahçe has the largest collection of Bohemian and Baccarat crystal chandeliers in the world, and one of the great staircases has bannisters of Baccarat crystal.

    Bosphorus Bridge
    The Bosphorus Bridge, also called the First Bosphorus Bridge (Turkish: Bogaziçi Köprüsü or 1. Bogaziçi Köprüsü) is a bridge in Istanbul, Turkey spanning the Bosphorus strait (Turkish: Bogaziçi). The bridge is located between Ortaköy (European side) and Beylerbeyi (Asian side). It is a gravity anchored suspension bridge with steel pylons and inclined hangers. The aerodynamic deck is hanging on zigzag steel cables. It is 1,510 m long with a deck width of 39 m. The distance between the towers (main span) is 1,074 m (World rank: 15th) and their height over road level is 105 m. The clearance of the bridge from sea level is 64 m. It is the 14th longest suspension bridge span in the world.

    Camlica Hill
    The highest peak in the Istanbul vicinity is the 288 m Camlica Hill. It commands a magnificent view that embraces the mouth of the Bosphorus, old Istanbul Galata, Beyoglu and lets you understand the magnificence and beauty of the city.

    65 EUROS PER PERSON

     
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