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Best of Istanbul - Where East Meets West and the Past is Seamlessly Intertwined with the Present

Discover the former capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires where the past is seamlessly interwoven with the present.
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9 km
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With this audio guide we will take you to the most important sights in Istanbul.

With the help of our map, you will always know where you are. Since you will certainly want to take a closer look at some of the sights without any time pressure, you should take a full day for the tour. Of course, it's entirely up to you to skip any of the points if you don't have the time or inclination to see a certain point. On this tour you are the boss and determine the duration and pace yourself! You will discover the miraculous highlights of Istanbul where east meets west and past seamlessly weaves with the present.

Istanbul is situated on the Bosphorus Strait and is the only city in the world to straddle two continents, both Europe and Asia. It is Turkey’s most populous city and was once the capital of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, and the Ottoman Empire. Today we will explore the highlights of this grand city that has been continuously inhabited since 685BC. It has always been an important trading center due to its strategic location at the Black Sea's only entrance. Throughout its long history, Istanbul has acquired a reputation for being a cultural and ethnic melting pot. You will come across the impressiveness of the Byzantine Empire in the Hagia Sophia, the Basilica Cistern, the Hippodrome and the Ottoman Empire at Topkapı Palace, Gülhane Park, Sultan Ahmet Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar.

You will be able to immerse yourself in the area where famous authors have proclaimed at the place where east meets west on the magnificent İstiklal Caddesi, Pera Palace Hotel, the last stop on the Orient Express train route, and the Çiçek Pasajı.

Ride on the world's second oldest underground metro, Tünel, discover a traditional Turkish street food, Balık Ekmek and indulge your senses with Turkish sweets and spices in the Spice Bazaar.

As we take you along to the most interesting sites, you will also pass some places whose admission is not free of charge. It is the best to listen to the informative audio commentary beforehand and decide for yourself whether a stroll from the outside will satisfy your curiosity or whether you would like to take a closer peek inside.

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