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Live and breathe all aspects of vibrant Istanbul as you soak up its sights, sounds and aromas on this comprehensive tour trailing some of the best attractions around the Bosphorus Strait. Split between Europe and Asia, this sprawling metropolis is a true melting pot of cultures and is home to over 14 million people. Bisected by the mighty Bosphorus and full of history and intrigue at every turn, Istanbul is an unforgettable spectacle to behold.
Our first stop is the famous Spice Bazaar. With a strong Egyptian influence, exotic aromas of fruits, flowers and, of course, a multitude of spices fill the air and flood the senses. Be sure to purchase some for yourself - a lot of them are true regional specialties and culinary gems at that. Having savoured this immersive experience, we will hop on to a boat and cruise leisurely down the shimmering water of the Bosphorus past the marble palaces and ancient wooden villas, all of which date back to the Ottoman Empire.
Glide past the imposing Rumeli Fortress, built in the 15th century by Sultan Mehmed II as he prepared to conquer Constantinople. Don’t forget to get your camera and get all those shots for the Gram! We will stop shortly for lunch (at your own expense), post which we will drive along the coastline to the majestic Dolmabahçe Palace, former royal residence of the Ottoman Empire and featuring an incredible 4.5 ton chandelier. Continuing over to the Asian side of Istanbul, we will place one foot in each continent - a truly inspirational and humbling feeling, before climbing the Çamlica Hill to relish some spectacular views over the city and the Bosphorus.
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