Travellers booking one of our Turkey tours will be able to look forward to the spectacular sights of Istanbul. From the bustling bazaars to the scenic Bosphorus, this city is filled with attractions to suit every visitor, with a range of architecture unmatched by any other city in the world. Here is a small selection of what can be found there.
The Blue Mosque
Constructed in the 1600s, this historic mosque was named for the multitude of blue tiles that cover its walls, its blue stained glass windows and blue ceilings. Stepping inside is a memorable experience, with the incredible decorations inspiring a sense of awe in nearly every traveller who encounters them. The Blue Mosque is not to be missed.
The Topkapi Palace
The Topkapi Palace is often found at the top of visitor’s must-see lists, and it isn’t hard to understand why. Once the main residence of the Sultan’s court, it formed the central living quarters for several generations of royalty, as well as housing their infamous harems. Once strictly guarded, visitors may now stroll through its gorgeously green inner gardens, wonder at the priceless artefacts within the treasury and look out at unrivalled views of the gently flowing Bosphurus.
The Hagia Sophia
Also known as the Aya Sofya (or ‘holy wisdom’), this architectural wonder has gone from church to mosque to museum, and is now one of the most visited sites in the entire country. From its stunning multi-domed ceiling to the intricate mosaics adorning its famous galleries, the Hagia Sophia is truly a sight to behold. Visitors are now even allowed to see the newly opened tombs of several revered Ottoman sultans.
The Basilica Cistern
Not all of Istanbul’s stunning architecture sweeps the skies; there are hundreds of cisterns beneath the streets themselves, with the Basilica Cistern having become one of the city’s top attractions. This cistern was part of a complex network that was built in the sixth century, and then virtually forgotten until recent times. Held up by more than 336 columns – with fish dancing beneath them – the room has now been filled with lights and music, creating a magical and unforgettable experience for visitors.
Our Turkey tours of Istanbul incorporate trips to several of these sites, along with plenty of time to explore everything else that the city has to offer. For more information on our packages, have a look at our website or contact us directly.