Istanbul highlights walking tour

by Emiel van den Boomen on April 8, 2014


Most of Istanbuls highlights are to be found on the historic peninsula; the area of the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. How to get around? How to see the most important places if you have only 1 day to spend?

We visited Istanbul end of February. The weather was gloomy but still we had a great time experiencing the vibe of the city. A city where East literally meets West; where Europe and Asia are connected by the impressive Bosphorus bridge.

Bridge over the Bosporus in Istanbul

I would like to show you how we walked through the historic part of Istanbul, from the Galata Tower all the way to the Blue Mosque. A walking tour that will cover all the highlights, easily to manage within 1 day.

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Angkor Wat

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