After returning to our hotel, exhausted from a busy day 3, we decided to book a tour and a cruise of the Bosporus for the next day. On day 4 we were picked up from our hotel by the tour company; first stop: The spice market. A bit smaller than the Grand Bazaar, the spice market was still bustling with activity. Here are the photos from another busy day.
The Bosporus cruise was absolutely amazing. The weather was perfect, and the views were breathtaking, probably my favorite part of trip.
Next our tour took us to the amazing Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora (Turkish: Kariye Müzesi, Kariye Camii, or Kariye Kilisesi). This is considered to be one of the most beautiful surviving examples of a Byzantine church. It is quite far from where all the other sights in Istanbul are but well worth the visit. I enjoyed it even more than many other churches and mosques we visited. Here are some photos:
With that our tour came to an end. In the evening we visited the area under the Galata bridge (also well worth the visit) and returned, once again, exhausted to our hotel. Another day had passed……
On day 5 we visited the Dolmabahce Palace. The palace in which the last sultans of Turkey lived and, later, also Ataturk, the founder of the republic and father of modern Turkey.
Day 5 came to an end with a party at our hotel.
We didn’t do much on day 6 because we needed to get ourselves to the airport. An amazing week in Istanbul had come to an end…… This city had entered my top 5.