Meet your guide in the lobby and enjoy another day of touring Istanbul.
Start your day with a leisurely 2 hours cruise along Bosphorus against the majestic skyline of Istanbul and watch the splendid mansions, Judas blossoms, forts and palaces.
Created by a cataclysmic flood some 7700 years ago, the Strait connects the Black Sea with the Mediterranean and is one of the busiest waterways in the world. The strategic importance of the passage has always been of enormous proportions and its feature of a long and deep harbor (‘Golden Horn’) gave reason for the creation of a city. The starting point for the sitting of the city’s monuments was primarily the effect of their appearance from the Sea. A subtle perfection was attained by clearly setting sublime domes and minarets against the sky and by unifying the urban texture with the topography of the landscape. The water that surrounds the city was regarded as a mirror, which would capture and reflect the images above, complementing the glorious buildings further. The elements of the pre-Islamic past and the unequalled silhouette of the Muslim city are surrounded by late-Roman city walls, and all of these only enrich the ultimately diversified cultural life of Istanbul.
The infinite energy of today’s city beats merely as a finite moment watching the waters that flow fast through the Bosphorus. The duality between Europe and Asia created by the Strait characterizes the identity of the city and finds its expression in countless moments. Modern Istanbul possesses an evocative panorama under the weight of her long history. Monuments of colossal cultural value are immersed in a beautiful landscape. The outcome is Istanbul’s breath-taking filigree silhouette. Disembark at the Pier on the Asian side of Istanbul.
Continue straight to coast line of Asia-Istanbul and have one hour bike ride along the shores of Marmara.
After leaving your bikes, drive along the Bagdat Street disclosing another face of Istanbul’s ‘local life’. Stop at the exceptionally vivid Kadikoy for lunch at ‘Ciya’ of presenting multi-ethnic culinary through ages.
After a walk through the market place ‘elbow to elbow’ with Istanbulites buying their daily supplies, we shall drive to EuroIstanbul via Bosphorus Bridge.
In the afternoon, explore the most dazzling of all the bazaars; the Grand Covered Bazaar, built in 1461. Along with magnificent mosques and complexes, undoubtedly, the mother of all bazaars was a monument of rise of Istanbul. It contains more than 3,500 shops and employing more than 20,000 people under same roof. Everything imaginable: gold & silver jewels, old & new rugs, antiques, tiles, leather & souvenirs. Just seeing and experiencing this venue is worth the trip. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.