shore excursions: istanbul port

Tour code: BOE-ISE-10
Tour: Fener and Balat Tour
Itinerary: Balat, St. Stephen Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Thedosius Walls, Pierre Loti , Fener, Chora Church, Suleymaniye Mosque
Duration: 8 hours

When your cruise ship docks your professional tour guide will be awaiting you with a board where your name is written at the arrival gate of the Port. Then you will join your guide to get to the van.

Firstly, you will stop in Balat where is a neighborhood traditionally inhabited by Jews until they immigrated to Israel in the twentieth century. Bus rides with panoramic views of the walls of Theodosius: where the Byzantine Emperor Theodosius II walled the seven hills of Rome to protect the new city of Attila the Hun and the Bulgarian Orthodox Church of Saint Stephen, and their beauty is visible dominant from a distance.

It continues to Eyup district for a memorable cable car ride up the hill from Pierre Loti and relax with a delicious Turkish tea or a drink at the famous Pierre Loti coffee. This coffee, typically oriental in its architecture, is located behind the Eyup Mosque on top of the hill. Coffee was named after the famous French writer Pierre Loti (1850-1923), who came here to work and see the enchanting panorama of Istanbul.

Then after, we visit to to Chora Church which is one of the most beautiful examples of Byzantine church, date back to 14th century AD. The interior of the building is covered with mosaics and frescoes portraying the life and miracles of Christ.

Fener where is the neighborhood was once home to the Greeks and their houses are typically Greek style. The Greek Fener Rum Lisesi high school: the building of magnificent and unique red brick, Fener dominates from the top of the hill. Here we visit the St. George Orthodox Church (Patriarchate of Constantinople): The equivalent of San Pedro in Rome for Catholics. The historic and symbolic importance of this place is huge. It is one of the five main centers of Christianity. Visit Pammakaristos (Fethiye Camii): the main building continues to serve as a mosque, while the parekklesion became a museum.

Next stop is Suleymaniye Mosque which is built by order of Süleyman the Magnificent and the architect is Mimar Sinan who is known " Big Sinan " between 1550-1558. In the garden of its complex, you can see the Mausoleum of Suleyman the Magnificent and his wife Roxelana. After the tour you will be transferred back to port.

A Promise: We guarantee that you are not going to miss your cruise.

- Private Professional Licenced Guide;
- Transportation in comfortable air-conditioned and non-smoking vehicles;
- Private Professional Driver;
- Entrance fees to the sights mentioned above the itinerary;

- Any tips for Guide & Driver;
- Any kind of other personal expenses;
- Lunch

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