ISTANBUL : Istanbul, the queen of the cities, is the only city on the world to spread across two continents (Asia and Europe).
Istanbul, with its historical peninsula, numerous scenic and historical beauties is a magnificently unique city that has been capital to many civilizations from past to present and still continues to be home to residents from all over the world. This rooted city, with a history dating back to 300 thousand years before, constitutes a mosaic of many civilizations and cultures combined.
One may come across legacies and monuments of thousands of years behind any door or around any corner in Istanbul. Whether you take a round tour in Istanbul or visit any of the 39 districts nearby, you will catch hold of various historical and natural wonders any minute.
You may begin your Istanbul tour at the Grand Bazaar that will enchant you with its bright and pleasant environment while a sense of peace and security will wrap you tightly in Hagia Sophia. A tour of the pearl of the Bosporus, Ortaköy, Beşiktaş and Kabataş will let you enjoy the delightful views along the deep blue coast.
With the Black Sea in the north, the Marmara Sea in the south and the Istanbul Strait running in all its glory through the middle of the city, you will experience great moments in Istanbul and witness the unique combination of the Mediterranean and Black Sea climates. You may encounter a hot and humid weather in the summer and a cold and snowy weather in the winter.
Watching the flying seagulls at Eminönü by the time the rising sun illuminates the city, you will notice the docked boats rocking gently as if to greet you. What’s more, you won’t be able to resist the fresh scent of the city when the first ray of lights illuminate the shimmering fishes swimming around the fishing twines.
The setting sun illuminates the city like a painting every evening. The candle- like silhouettes of the mosques rise above the historical peninsula to greet the city while the sun and the moon salute each other as the day turns into night. Right at that moment you will feel like a sultan in the cradle of civilizations.
Bridging two continents, this unique city, where one can encounter people from different countries and witness diverse cultures merging in harmony, will awaken completely different feelings in you.
There is a lot to experience and share in Istanbul. Are you ready to explore this magic city?
Being the capital of Ottoman Imperial and home of numerous Islamic heritage such as Sahaba Tombs, Aya Sofya mosque ( currently served as a museum), holy Relics of Probhet Mohammed (Pbuh), Blue Mosque, Tombs of Ertugrul Ghazi, Osman and Orhan Ghazi, Tomb of Sheikh Edibali, Islamic Art Museum etc. Istanbul is one of the most important touristical destination for Muslim travellers.
Istanbul is also a trustworthy place for Muslim travellers due to almost all restaurants ( even global brands like Burger King, Mc. Donalds etc. serving Halal Food.
MUST DO IN ISTANBUL
BLUE MOSQUE; The majestic Sultan Ahmed Mosque is among one of the two mosques in Istanbul to have 6 minarets. It's also called the Blue Mosque because it is adorned with aquatic blue tiles on the inside.
HAGIA SOPHIA ( AYA SOFYA MOSQUE – MUSEUM ); Hagia Sophia was the biggest cathedral in the world for thousands years and still it is the 4th biggest one. The seemingly unsupported dome of Aya Sofya is one of the architectural marvels of the world. First served as a church and following the capture of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks in 1453, and the subsequent pillaging that ensued, Mehmet the Conqueror declared the Hagia Sophia a mosque, and said his prayers there the very next Friday. As a mosque, it was considered as one of the holiest Islamic temples of the world. It also served as Istanbul's principal mosque for nearly 500 years and was used as a model for many others including the Sultan Ahmet Mosque , the Suleymaniye Mosque and the Rustem Pasha Mosque. Under the order of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and the Council of Ministers the Hagia Sophia converted as a museum in 1935. You can visit this monument with our daily Ottoman and Byzantine Relics sightseeing tour with experted government licenced guides.
TOPKAPI PALACE; Step into the era of Ottoman Turks and Sultans at the Topkapı Palace, laden with more intriguing stories from the past than most of the world's museums put together. The Kasikci Diamond (86 carats) one of the greatest examples of the world and is exhibited in the Palace.. Indeed the greatest treasures of Topkapi Imperial Palace are the Holy Relics of Prophet Muhammed (pbuh). Islam's sacred relics, which have a spiritual value and belonged to key figures in Islam history are kep under the protection of Turkish state and kept in Hirka-i Saadet section of Topkapi Palace.
SULTANAHMET DISTRICT; Sultanahmet is the heart of historic Old Istanbul. A UNESCO site, you can witness the sheer diversity from the world heritage attractions to the small side streets. The Million Stone in the Square, Istanbul was the zero point of the world once upon a time..
WHIRLING DERVISHES; Your trip to Turkey is incomplete without watching the religious Whirling Dervishes performed on Sufi music at The Galata Mevlevihanesi or Hodjapasha lodge. We strongly recommend you to join and watch Whirling Derwish performance in your Istanbul visit.
GRAND BAZAAR; Haggle for exciting Turkish delights at hundreds of years old market called the Grand Bazaar. Best known for it's Turkish Rugs, you must also look for silk scarves, local spices, antique kilims and Turkish tea.
BOSPHORUS CRUISE TOUR ; Cruise on Bosphorus Strait to admire the vast expanse and the twinkling lights of the Bosphorus Bridge that connects the Asian and European sides. You can book our full day Bosphorus cruise and Asian side tour also covers visits of Spice bazaar, Camlica Hills and Beylerbeyi palace.