Istanbul – the midst of Eurasia

Istanbul – the midst of Eurasia

Istanbul is a major city in Turkey where the two continents, Europe and Asia, straddle across the Bosphorus Strait. It is famous for its rich history, culture, stunning scenery, and magnificent structural mosques. The currency in Istanbul is the Turkish Lira (TL)


From Europe to Asia across the Bosphorus Strait

Taksim Square

Taksim Republic Monument is a commemorative sculpture to honour the foundation of the Turkish Republic in 1923 located in the heart of Istanbul. Celebrations, protests, official ceremonies, and many other activities take place here. The famous Istiklal Avenue is located here too, where many shops, restaurants, art galleries, nightclubs, bars, theatres, cinemas, and bazaars line the Avenue.

Turkish Delights at Istiklal Caddesi

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St Antoine Kilisesi (St Anthony of Padua) Church

Spice Bazaar

Built in 1664, the Spice Bazaar is one of the most colourful bazaars of Istanbul that offers unique, vividly coloured spices, saffron, Turkish delights, caviar, dried nuts, dried herbs, and dried fruits and honey.

Grand Bazaar

The Istanbul Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. It is full of colour, trinkets, jewellery, carpets and textiles. To experience authentic cuisine, you must try the abundance of Turkish delicacies and Turkish coffees! And don’t forget to visit the crowded farmer’s markets, an excellent opportunity to perfect your haggling skills!

The Blue Mosque - (Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish)​

The Blue Mosque is an active historical mosque in the Sultanahmet area of Istanbul built between 1609 and 1616.

Hagia Sofia

Hagia Sofia is a UNESCO World Heritage cathedral in Istanbul dating back to the 6th century CE (532–537)and is famous for its massive dome ceiling.

Galata Tower

A medieval stone tower erected hundreds of years ago is quite visible, with the highest point depicting a cone cap dominating the local skyline from any direction. The building has nine stories, with walls over 12 feet thick and was designed for military purposes back in the day.

Night cruise on the Bosphorus Strait

An evening dinner cruise on the Bosphorus Strait cruising along this waterway leads to the Black Sea. A great way to enjoy great authentic Turkish food, drinks, and a live show. We were invited to get up and dance with the locals and learn their traditional dance; it was so much fun!

On board the ‘Orient Bosphorus” dinner & dance cruise boat

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