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Combo: Topkapi Palace + Blue Mosque Guided Tours with Skip-the-Line Tickets
Combo: Topkapi Palace + Blue Mosque Guided Tours with Skip-the-Line Tickets

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$69.58

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Save loads with these combo tickets to 2 iconic attractions of Istanbul, and get 2 days to visit them. Witness the wonders of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Blue Mosque with a guide, and enjoy skip-the-line access for a guided tour of Topkapi Palace. Ottoman Royalty at Topkapi Palace Topkapi Palace, built in the 15th century, was the official residence of the Ottoman sultans for over 400 years. With skip-the-line tickets, bypass the long queues and explore the vast palace with your guide. Explore different areas like the Treasury, which houses some of the most valuable artifacts from the Ottoman Empire. The Imperial Council Chamber, with distinctive Ottoman domes and intricately designed Kütahya tiles lining the walls, is another must-see attraction. Spectacular views of the Bosphorus Strait and the city of Istanbul from the palace's gardens and courtyards make for a picture-perfect scenery. Enveloped in a Dreamy Blue Glow As you enter the spacious courtyard of the mosque, you will be greeted by a beautiful fountain and a special area for ablution. The lower levels and interior walls of the mosque are adorned with over 20,000 handmade İznik-style blue ceramic tiles. The mosque is steeped in the rich history and secrets of the Ottoman Empire, dating back to its opening in 1616. Marvel at the stunning crystal chandeliers and observe the clever use of ostrich eggs within them. These eggs serve the purpose of keeping away spiders and preventing cobwebs from forming inside the mosque.
Combo (Save 5%): Galata Tower Tickets + Basilica Cistern Skip-the-Line Tickets
Combo (Save 5%): Galata Tower Tickets + Basilica Cistern Skip-the-Line Tickets

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$70.51

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Experience the magnificence of Istanbul's skyline with a fast-access visit to the legendary Galata Tower. Standing tall for over six centuries at its prominent location, this towering landmark has etched itself as an enduring symbol of the city. Ascend to its terrace and see a panoramic vista that captures the essence of Istanbul's beauty: the historic peninsula, the majestic silhouette of the Topkapı Palace and Hagia Sophia, the meandering Bosphorus Strait, the iconic Bosphorus Bridge, the tranquil waters of the Marmara Sea, and the juxtaposition of the European and Asian quarters. Let the audio guide share fun tower facts, enlightening your visit with engaging narration and interesting tidbits along the way. Basilica Cistern From Dan Brown's widely acclaimed novel "Inferno" to the iconic 1963 James Bond film "From Russia With Love," the Basilica Cistern has long been embedded in popular culture. Gain skip-the-line access to this vast subterranean wonder, where you'll be welcomed by a subdued golden radiance reflecting off the water's surface. As you traverse the elevated wooden walkways amidst the 336 imposing columns upholding the structure, brace yourself to be mesmerized by the soft patter of water droplets trickling from the arched ceiling and the ethereal silhouettes of carp gliding through the water. Utilize the multilingual audio guide for an enriched experience.
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About Bosphorus

The Bosphorus is more than just a strait dividing two continents; it's a mesmerizing blend of history, culture, and stunning landscapes that captures the essence of Istanbul. Spanning between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea, the Bosphorus has been a significant waterway for centuries, offering breathtaking views and a unique mix of Asian and European influences. Visitors are taken on a journey through time, where majestic palaces and ancient fortresses stand guard over the bustling city. The vibrancy of life along the Bosphorus, with its fishermen, ferryboats, and seaside communities, offers an unparalleled urban adventure filled with delightful culinary experiences, historical exploration, and scenic cruises that reveal the heart and soul of Istanbul.



Travel Tips for Bosphorus

Experiencing the Bosphorus starts with some practical tips to navigate this vibrant area. Public ferries provide a scenic and cost-effective way to explore, offering routes that cover different parts of the strait and its many attractions. For those wishing to delve into the cultural nuances, understanding a bit of Turkish hospitality and etiquette can enhance your interactions with locals. Be prepared for generous servings of tea and a warm welcome. Nearby attractions include the majestic Dolmabahçe Palace, the serene Yıldız Park, and the historic Galata Tower, each offering a unique glimpse into Istanbul's rich tapestry. Utilizing Istanbul's extensive transportation network, including buses and trams, can help you explore efficiently. Always have some Turkish Lira on hand for small vendors and remember to respect local customs for a harmonious visit.



Things to Do in Bosphorus

  • Embark on a Bosphorus Cruise for a panoramic view of Istanbul's skyline, where East meets West. Witness historical monuments, grand palaces, and ancient ruins come to life along the shores.
  • Explore the lush gardens of Emirgan Park, a perfect spot for a leisurely walk or a picnic with breathtaking views of the Bosphorus.
  • Visit the Ortaköy Mosque, an architectural gem sitting right on the water's edge, offering a stunning backdrop for photos and serene moments of contemplation.
  • Discover the Fortress of Europe (Rumeli Hisarı) and the Fortress of Asia (Anadolu Hisarı), historic military structures that offer a glimpse into Istanbul's strategic importance through the ages.
  • Dine at waterfront restaurants, where you can savor delicious Turkish seafood and meze with the Bosphorus's sparkling waters as your view.


FAQs About Bosphorus

When is the best time to visit Bosphorus?

Spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) are ideal, offering pleasant weather and thinner crowds, perfect for enjoying outdoor activities and sightseeing along the Bosphorus.

What is Bosphorus best known for?

The Bosphorus is celebrated for its strategic geographic location, stunning views, rich history, and the unique blend of cultures it presents, bridging the continents of Europe and Asia.

The best tours in Bosphorus are:

Bosphorus Sunset Cruises, Bosphorus Dinner Cruises, and Private Boat Tours offer immersive experiences to witness the beauty and historical sites along the strait.

What are the best day trips and excursions from Bosphorus?

Day trips to the Princes' Islands, exploring the Asian side of Istanbul, and visiting the Black Sea villages like Sile and Agva are popular excursions.

What are the best tours to do in Bosphorus with kids?

Family-friendly Bosphorus cruises, visiting the Istanbul Aquarium, and exploring the parks along the strait like Göztepe 60th Year Park offer engaging experiences for children.

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