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TRAVEL ISTANBUL

“If the whole world was a state, Istanbul would be the capital of it.” Napoleon BONEPART

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Sounds of the Ezans melts in the first lights of the sun every morning and a day starts with the screams of seagulls chasing the public ferries sailing from Asian to European side carrying students, workers or young lovers… Blowing its horn to salute the other ferries, Bosphorus Ferry slowly leaves its port to the legendry shores adorned with old wooden houses and palaces. This ferry might have taken a place in the photo of Bosphorus taken by a tourist in the balcony of Galata Tower. Then tourist moves his camera to the right for taking the picture of the Hagia Sophia’s Huge Dome and at the same time, tens of people will take the photo of the dome from inside. Tourist will thrill with the courage of the architecture of Hagia Sophia and get more curious about another architect lived in 16th century in Ottoman period, Mimar Sinan the Great. Tourist moves his eyes to the left and watches the balanced portions of the Suleymaniye mosque which reminds him the interior decorations and start thinking about the best tiles. Whicdh mosque has the bests, Blue Mosque, Rustempasa Mosque or Sokollu Mosque? Maybe the tiles in circumcision room of Topkapi Palace? On the other hand, tourist start thinking about mosaics, kind a different variation of tiles and can’t decide if the mosaics or the frescoes are the more interesting and fascinating in Chora Museum. With the last lights of the sun, seagulls stop chasing the public ferries and fly to their special dance around the minarets with the sound of ezan…

Istanbul is the cultural, economic and financial centre of Turkey with a rich cultural heritage and long history. It is the only metropolis in the world that connects two continents and has served as the capital of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Latin Empire and the Ottoman Empire. There are too many places to see and unlimited things to do depending on your interests.

Seven million foreign visitors arrived in Istanbul in 2010, when it was named a European Capital of Culture, making it the world's 10th most popular tourist destination.

Culture, history, arts, leisure, adventure, whichever is the motto of your trip, you will find such many things in Istanbul..

 

DID YOU KNOW ABOUT ISTANBUL?
» UNESCO declares Istanbul as a World Heritage Site.
» Hagia Sophia was the biggest cathedral on the world for thousands years and it’s still the 4th biggest one.
» The 4 Bronze Horses of San Marco Cathedral welcoming the guests today in Venice, were taken from Istanbul.
» In the Middle Age, Istanbul had more than 1400 public toilets in the city meanwhile there weren't any in European cities.
» Jason & The Argonauts passed through Bosphorus while looking for The Golden Fleece…
» Tomb of Hannibal is very close to Istanbul, in Gebze…
» Green columns of Hagia Sophia were brought from Artemision, one of the Seven Wonders of ancient world…

Cappadocia Tours HIGHLIGHTS OF ISTANBUL

HAGIA SOPHIA

This is the only building that has an imperial title for both Byzantine and Ottoman Empire. It is the first example of this mixed architectural plan and considering its monumental size, it’s absolutely one of the most important edifices not only in Turkey but also in the world. . >>For more...

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BOSPHORUS

Also known as the Istanbul Strait, Bosphorus is a strait that forms one part of the boundary between Europe and Asia and known worlwide as a symbol of Istanbul.
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SULEYMANIYE MOSQUE

It is absolutely the best example of Classic Ottoman Architecture of 16th century, dedicated to Suleyman the Magnificent. Dance of the domes, delicate figures of the minarets and the calm in the decoration represent us the owner of mosque, Suleiman the Magnificent (Kanuni Sultan Suleyman).   >>For more...

 

TOPKAPI PALACE

The biggest Ottoman building complex, Topkapi Palace stands on the first hill of Constantinople. The palace has been home to Ottoman Empire for more than 500 years and the remnants of old glory are waiting to be seen. >>For more...

 

   

BASILICA (UNDERGROUND) CISTERN (YEREBATAN)

There are hundreds of ancient cisterns hidden underneath the streets of Istanbul. The Basilica Cistern is the largest and Istanbul’s most unusual tourist attraction.
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CHORA CHURCH/KARIYE MUSEUM

Near the Byzantine city walls, The Church of the Holy Savior in Chora is the most interesting Byzantine church in Istanbul with sapper facade and high drum little domes.
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DOLMABAHCE PALACE

Ottoman Empire lost its vision after 17th Century and this was the beginning of their decline period. By the end of the 18th Century, Ottoman Sultan and statesmen tried to catch the century and imported foreign teachers for their princes’ education.  
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GRAND BAZAAR AND SPICE MARKET

Bazaars are the highlights of daily local life and reflects city culture. Grand Bzaar and Spice Markets are two most popular bazaars identified with Istanbul.
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Could you say “No, thank you?” to sunset cruise for watching the beauties of Istanbul in your private boat and then step in one of the chic restaurant along the Bosphorus for dinner?

 

   

 

 

 

FAVORITE ISTANBUL TOUR PROGRAMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOME HOTELS, WE "LOVE" TO USE

 

 

Please do not hesitate to contact with Matiana Travel Advisors and Concierge for the best room suggestions, other hotel alternatives and upgrade possibilities.

         
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CIRAGAN PALACE KEMPINSKI

King of the Bosphorus, Ciragan Palace lets it guests to experience the life of palaces with their high quality services, great view and incomparable view…

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FOUR SEASONS HOTELS

World recognized brand of luxury, Four Seasons located in Old city and Bosphorus parts of the city providing “private to guest” services.

         
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PARK HYATT HOTEL

Elite, well-located, stylish, home-like… Those four words are the most commons about this special Hotel. You will be in the middle of Nisantasi district, surrounded with well-known shops & restaurants & cafés.

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SHANGRI-LA HOTEL

Perfect blend of delicate lines of the Chinese art & magnetizing view of Bosphorus let this hotel be one of the best in the city and service quality is as flawless as the view…

         
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PERA PALACE HOTEL

Would you like to stay where the Agatha CHRISTIE, Alfred HITCHCOCK or Greta GARBO stayed? It was the official hotel for Orient Express and today, it is offer you better comfort as well as good service quality…

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GEZİ HOTEL BOSPHORUS

In the heart of Taksim Square, Gezi Hotel provides unforgettable accommodation with its special design rooms & suites overlooking the Bosphorus. Once you step in, step out will be very difficult…

         
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HOUSE HOTELS

As a Luxury-design hotel of House group provides special accommodation in Bosphorus, Nisantasi and Galatasaray. Their service quality is always same and perfect but the feelings of hotels are totally different then each other…

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OLD CITY HAGIA SOPHIA

A minute away from Hagia Sophia & Underground cistern, this hotel provides perfect accommodation who wants to feel the history. Perfect location, comfortable rooms and great feeling…

 

RESTAURANTS, WE "LOVE" TO TASTE

Please fill out our "Customize Your Own Trip Questionnaire" or e-mail us to live a unique wedding experience that fits your special interests.  

 
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SUNSET GRILL & BAR

Since it opened 15 years ago, Sunset Grill & Bar has lost none of its appeal or popularity. It offers exceptional, highquality service and serves international cuisine by a stunning view of the Bosphorus.

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LACIVERT RESTAURANT & BAR

This is the perfect location to admire the beauty of Bosphorus as well as its fresh fishes. In this restaurant you can enjoy with your fresh fish along with small appetizers with stunning view of Bosphorus.

         
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ULUS 29 RESTAURANT CLUB BAR

It has one of the best Bosphorus views and service quality in Istanbul. They serve the best samples of international cuisine, but their classical Stone oven tastes are so unique.

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VOGUE

It has been serving delicacies of world cuisine against the atmospheric backdrop of Istanbul’s most exquisite city-views. With its panoramic view of the Bosphorus and incomparable atmosphere, Vogue has been among Istanbul’s one of the most selected and cherished venues since the day of its opening.

 
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360

In the heart of Istiklal Street, this is the only place where you can taste the best modernized, mouth-watering foods and each course is a feast in this place…

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LE FUMOIR

On the top of Georges Hotel, Le Fumoir provides French Home Cuisine with perfect ambiance... If you want to taste their delicious foods & watch the great view, you should definitely need reservation.

 

Please contact us for the best table reservations and suggestion of other restaurant alternatives.

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