Istanbul tour on the Bitcoin bus, is an opportunity to visit most spectacular places of this city with crypto enthusiasts and make great, unforgettable time during two days in one of the greatest metropolises located in both Europe and Asia.
The tour package includes:
The tour will start on February 18, 2020 at 02:00 PM local time. The comfortable bus will pick up “Bitcoin bus tourists” from Pullman Istanbul Hotel.
The city was founded around 1000 BC as a capital of Great Byzantine Empire and was named Constantinople. After the Ottoman conquest the city became a heart of the whole Empire. The city (officially renamed Istanbul after the founding of the Turkish Republic) is liberally scattered with glorious remnants of its long and illustrious history, and the sightseeing here will impress even the most monument-weary visitor.
A great architectural beauty and an important monument both for Byzantine and for Ottoman Empires. Once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum at the Turkish Republic, Hagia Sophia has always been the precious of its time. The mystical city Istanbul hosted many civilizations since centuries, of which Byzantium and Ottoman Empires were both the most famous ones. The city today carries the characteristics of these two different cultures and surely Hagia Sophia is a perfect synthesis where one can observe both Ottoman and Byzantium effects under one great dome.
The Topkapi palace- is the biggest and one of the most popular sites to visit in Istanbul. It was built in between 1466 and 1478 by the sultan Mehmet II on top of a hill in a small peninsula, dominating the Golden Horn to the north, the Sea of Marmara to the south, and the Bosphorus strait to the north east, with great views of the Asian side as well. The palace was the political center of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries, until they built Dolmabahce Palace by the waterside. During the 400 hundred years of reign at Topkapi, each sultan added a different section or hall to the palace, depending on his taste or on the needs of the time. Therefore the palace is formed by a maze of buildings centered around a series of courtyards protected by different gates. Its architecture is predominantly Middle Eastern in character.
The Blue Mosque- is an historical mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design. Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 years, during the rule of Ahmed I. just like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasa and a hospice. Besides still used as a mosque, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque has also become a popular tourist attraction in Istanbul.
The Basilica cistern- One of the magnificent ancient buildings of Istanbul, is located in the southwest of Hagia Sophia. The cistern was constructed during the reign of Justinianus I, the Byzantium Emperor (527-565). This big underground water reservoir is called as “Yerebatan Cistern” among the public because of the underground marble columns. As there used to be a basilica in the place of the cistern, it is also called Basilica Cistern. With a 140 m length and 70 m width, cistern covers a rectangular area as a giant structure. Accessible with 52-step staircase, the Cistern shelters 336 columns, each of which is 9 m high. During the rule of Byzantium, the Basilica Cistern used to meet the water needs and requirements of the great palace that covered a wide area where the emperor resided, as well as the other denizens in the region.
The Grand Bazaar- One of the largest and oldest covered bazaars in the world, the Grand Bazaar is 30,700 square meters with over 60 streets and alleys and 4,000 shops. The original historical core of the bazaar, İç Bedesten, was completed by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1461. A “bedesten” refers to an indoor arcade with shops and there are several areas within the bazaar referred to by this name. Grand Bazaar is a place where tourists can buy traditional souvenirs
Eminonu coast- is one of the most visited places in Istanbul. This coast, which served as a harbor from Byzantine period to 1950s, was one of the most important areas for the daily life of the city, where the shops of the Ottoman Istanbul were the food stores.
Hippodrome of Constantinople, located in Sultanahmet/Istanbul, was a public arena mainly for chariot races. The word hippodrome comes from the Greek hippos (horse) and dromos (way). The Hippodrome of Constantinople was also home to gladiatorial games, official ceremonies, celebrations, protests, torture to the convicts and so on. Hippodrome functioned all in Roman (203-330 CE), Byzantine (330-1453 CE), and Ottoman (1453-1922) periods. Baths, shrines, religious, cultural, administrative and social centers were settled in this neighborhood. The most important monuments of Istanbul the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, and the Basilica Cistern, are located around the Hippodrome.
The shimmering expanse of the Bosphorus strait divides Istanbul’s European and Asian sides. Viewing this mesmerising city from one of the many ferries and tour boats that continually cross the Bosphorus offers a new dimension to this destination. Spanned by three awe-inspiring suspension bridges and linking the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara, the vibrant Bosphorus waterway is a busy commercial shipping route, yet one that is also crossed constantly by passenger ferries and tourist vessels. Viewing Istanbul from the water offers arguably the finest panorama of this amazing city, bringing to life Asian and European vistas and a shore that is lined with fabulous palaces, stunning mosques and imposing public buildings, as well as small inlets and fishing villages as you head further away from the metropolis.