Istanbul is a unique city in the world because it is located on two continents, Europe and Asia, serving as a bridge between them. This geographical location gives it the characteristics of both East and West at the same time. Bosphorus, that divides Europe and Asia, is one of the world’s busiest waterways connecting the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea.
Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country's economic, cultural and historical heart. Its commercial and historical center lies in Europe, while a third of its population lives in Asia. Founded on the Sarayburnu heights around 660 BC as Byzantium, it became one of the most significant cities in history. For nearly 16 centuries following its re-establishment as Constantinople in 330 AD, it served as the capital of four empires: the Roman Empire (330–395), the Byzantine Empire (395–1204 and 1261–1453), the Latin Empire (1204–1261), and the Ottoman Empire (1453–1922). Constantinople was also very important in the advancement of Christianity during Roman and Byzantine times, before the Ottomans conquered the city in 1453 and transformed it into an Islamic stronghold and the seat of the last caliphate. Although the Republic of Turkey moved its capital to Ankara, palaces and imperial mosques still line Istanbul's hills as visible reminders of the city's previous central role.
The best way to get acquianted with the historical heart of Istanbul is going on a guided walking tour
with our expert guide. You not only see all the famous sights but also learn a lot about their colourful history.
When you get tired of the crowds and noise of the city, you can escape it by taking our Bosphorus cruise
to admire the beauty of Istanbul from water. Another wonderful getaway is a day tour to the beautiful Princes’ islands
, which takes you to another world with no cars, no traffic.
All our tours start with pickup from your hotel. After the tour you are taken back to your hotel again.