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    Best time to Visit Istanbul: Whole Year

    Category : History/heritage: History & Heritage
    Solo Traveler: Solo Traveller

    Duration(days) : 3 Days

    Description

    Istanbul is the only city in the world located on two continents - Europe and Asia.
    This strategically positioned city has a rich blend of cultures and history well.

    During its almost 2,000 year's of history, Istanbul has been the capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. And you can witness this rich history through the city's beautiful monuments.

    The most iconic structure of Istanbul - The Blue Mosque, is one of most photographed structure of the city.

     

    Shopping:
    It is a unique experience to shop at Istanbul's Grand Bazaar - which is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. It has over 5,000 shops making it one of the largest indoor marketplaces in the world.
    Spice Bazaar is another popular shopping area in the city, which is famous with variety of spices, dried fruit, nuts, herbs.  


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    The Blue Mosque

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    The Blue Mosque is the iconic structure of Istanbul. It which was constructed between 1609 and 1616 with 6 minarets. The magnificent hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosques interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque from all directions. The mosque is still used as place of worship, hence it is closed for sightseeing during the five daily prayer times.
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      Grand Bazaar

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      Grand Bazaar which constructed at 1455, is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 5,000 shops making it one of the largest indoor marketplaces in the world. It is often regarded as one of the first shopping malls of the world.
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        Hagia Sophia / Aya Sofya

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        St Sophia Museum (Hagia Sophia), which was constructed in 537 AD and was the biggest worshiping center of the world between 6th century and 13th centuries.
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          Topkapi Palace

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          Topkapi Palace which was biggest Palace and one of the major residences of the Ottoman sultans. It is now a museum and contains important relics. This palace is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the popular attractions in Istanbul.
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            Basilica Cistern

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            Basilica Cistern is a huge, palace-like underground hall, supported by 336 columns in 12 rows, once stored the imperial water supply for the Byzantine emperors.
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              Hippodrome

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              Hippodrome was not only used for chariot races, court ceremonies, coronations and parades during the Byzantine Empire. It was the sporting and social center of Byzantine life for over 1000 years.
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                Istanbul Archaeological Museum

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                Istanbul Archaeological Museum is a combination of 3 museums and it houses in total more than 1 million interesting objects from all parts of the world.
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                  Sultanahmet area

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                  Sultanahmet area is the prime area in Istanbul. It is the place where many tourist attractions are located. The attractions like Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace - all are part of the Sultanahmet area.
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                    Bosphorus cruise / Bosphours strait

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                    Bosphours strait is internationally significant waterway. It forms part of the continental boundary between Europe and Asia, and it separates Asian Turkey from European Turkey. The Bosphorus cruise tour is popular among the tourist and it is a unique way to experience floating on two continents waters.
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                      Dolmabahce Palace

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                      Dolmabahce Palace is the recent residence for Ottoman Sultans and one of the most glamorous palaces in the world. It is built on a 110.000 m² area and is famous for its great collection of European antiquity, furnitures and a 4.5 tons chandelier. The palace has 285 rooms and 46 halls and is set along the Bosphorus coastline.
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                        Golden Horn

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                        The Golden Horn (Haliç in Turkish), is a horn-shaped fyord on the European side of Istanbul. Its name comes from the color of the water when at sunset it shines with a gold color because of the reflection of the sun.
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                          Balat Street / Fener

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                          Balat Street is a colorful street best explored through walk. The narrow streets are surrounded with authentic colorful houses, frequent up and down roads. This part of the city, is best way to experience the old Istanbul.
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                            St. Stephen the Bulgarian, Metal Church

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                            Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, famous for being made of cast iron.
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                              Spice Bazaar

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                              Spice Bazaar is popular shopping area in the city, which is famous with variety of spices, dried fruit, nuts, herbs. The market is filled with rich aroma and bright colors.
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                                Galata Tower

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                                Galata Tower is 67 meters (219 feet) in height and offers great views of the old city and its surroundings. This tall ancient stone tower, houses cafe, restaurant, night club and is a unique get away spot.
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                                  Camlica Hill

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                                  Camlica Hill is a popular tourist spot. It provides breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding and is the best place to see the setting sun.
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                                    Princes islands day tour with Buyukada / Büyükada

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                                    Princes islands day tour is the popular one day tour from Istanbul. It is located in the Sea of Marmara, near Istanbul. You will have to reach this beautiful island by ferry. Tourists usually take the horse carriage tour around the island and get the real "Princess / Prince" on this serene island. Büyükada means "Big Island" in Turkish. Buyukada is the largest of the nine so-called Princes' Islands. Büyükada has many historic churches, monasteries and mansions that tourists can visit.
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                                      Bursa day tour / Green Bursa & Uludag mountain

                                      Entry Fees :₹ Time To Visit :08:00 - 23:00

                                      Bursa is the former Ottoman Capital. It is also refered as Green Bursa, as it is filled with beautiful parks and gardens. It is popularly visited through One day Bursa Tour starting from 08:00 - 23:00. The highlights of the tour are Cable Car ride to Uludag, Barbeque Lunch, visit to Ulucami (Grand Mosque), the Green Mosque and the Green Mausoleum, the old Silk Market in the Covered Bazaar. Bursa also has many thermal baths. One needs to take a ferry ride from Eskihisar port to reach Bursa
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                                        Istanbul is well connected with any where in the world by Air.
                                        Internally with the rest of the Europe it is well connected by air and bus.

                                        VISA information
                                        Turkey doesnot support visa on arrival. You need to acquire e-visa before the visit.
                                        Reference site: www.evisa.gov.tr/en