Best Overlooking Views of Istanbul
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Çamlıca Hill – View of Birds The tour begins with Çamlıca Hill, which is located within the borders of Üsküdar district, on the Asian Side of Istanbul, near the first suspension bridge. Çamlıca, a place with two hills overlooking the Bosphorus and the Marmara Sea, is one of the highest and most charming spots in the city. The Hill is also one of the best locations in Istanbul where the migrating birds can be observed. Bird-watchers from all around the worldwide come here, especially in September and October, to watch the birds. Galata Tower – Flight of Man The next spot is the famous Galata Tower, one of the oldest and the highest towers of Istanbul. It was built in the 14th century by the Genoese colony as part of the defense wall surrounding their district at Galata directly opposite ancient Constantinople. The Genoese were involved in trade with The Byzantines and the tower was used for the surveillance of the harbor in the Golden Horn. Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi copied bird wings and studied air flows, and he jumped from the Tower and overflew the Bosphorus finally landed at Üsküdar on the Asian side, around 6 kilometers in distance. Suleymaniye Mosque – Serenity of the Ruler Suleymaniye Mosque is a great location that one should visit while in Istanbul. It was built on the order of Sultan Süleyman and constructed by the great Ottoman architect Sinan in the 16th century. During the Ottoman era, Thé imperial mosques were built as mosque complexes and functioned as a foundation for the district, to serve both religious and cultural needs. In the garden behind the mosque is a terrace offering lovely views of the Golden Horn. Topkapı Palace – Seat of the Sultan The last stop will be Topkapı Palace, home of the Ottoman Sultan as well as the center of administration. It is now a museum and one of the most visited places in Istanbul. The Palace is a complex that consists of four main courtyards and many smaller buildings. It contained mosques, bakeries, royal kitchens, and summer gardens. Now, therefore, are several exhibition areas where you can see the treasury, armory, Harem, holy relics, and imperial council Chamber. The fourth courtyard of Topkapı Palace has one of the best panoramic views of Istanbul. It is the summer courtyard and consists of gardens and summer pavilions that overlook the Bosphorus, the Golden Horn, and the Asian side of Istanbul.
Enjoy breathtaking views and bird-watching at Çamlıca Hill.
Visit the historic Galata Tower and learn about its fascinating history.
Experience the serenity of Suleymaniye Mosque and its beautiful garden terrace views.
Explore the seat of the Sultan and enjoy panoramic views of Istanbul from the summer courtyard.
Children between the ages 2 and 10 receive a 50% discount.
Included in the Package
- Transportation from/to your address via a proper, comfortable vehicle.
- Professional tour guide experience in various languages
Not Included in the Package
- Drinks and all personal expenses.
- Admission fees
- Cancellation for tours can be made 36 hours before for full-day excursions outside of İstanbul without paying the penalty. Otherwise, you will be charged the full tour price.