You can surely explore Istanbul by yourself, however some places could also be visited with a professional tour guide, to really learn about the rich history and culture of the city. We have compiled a list of historic landmarks that also offer guided tours that you might want to consider when visiting. For more information on how to arrange a tour, our Babu House staff will be more than happy to assist you. Please note that pick-up and drop-off at the hotel can be arranged.
Haghia Sophia: Haghia Sophia was former Christian partriarchal basilica after which it become an imperial mosque and is now a museum. It is most well known for its massive dome and is said to have impacted and changed the history of architechture significantly.
Sultanahmet Mosque: This mosque is also known as the Blue Mosque because of the blue tile design adorning the walls of its interior.
Hippodrome: The Hippodrome is famous for it’s four main monuments namely, the German Foundation of Wilhelm II, Obselisk of Thedosius, the Bronze Serpentine Columb and the Column of Constantine.
Grand Bazaar: The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest covered markets in the world. With its 61 streets and over 4,000 shops, it is one of the most-visited tourist attractions in the world.
City Walls: The stone-walls once fully surrounded and protected Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople. Led by the Fourth Crusade, the first breach was in 1204, followed by the second led by Sultan Mehmet the conquerer in 1453.
Golden Horn: The harbor is an inlet of the Bosphorus which separates Istanbul into two and connects Asia with Europe.
Egyptian Spice Bazaar: The spice bazaar is the center of spice trade in Istanbul and one of the most popular tourist attractions. The bazaar is home to an array of spices, jewellry, souvenirs, nuts, dried fruit and turkish delight.
Boat-Trip on the Bosphorus: As we cruise along the Bosphorus, you will be able to enjoy an incredible view of Dolmabahce, Beylerbeyi Palace and the Rumeli Fortress.
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