Istanbul (once known as Constantinople) gives you a chance to have an amazing experience. It offers the best of both worlds as it is spread over two continents, Asia and Europe. Whatever you are looking for you will find it here for sure. It has the charm of the old world, the modern facilities, great food and a wonderful spiritual experience.

Must See:

Blue Mosque:  you can’t leave Turkey without visiting the Blue Mosque. It is the same as visiting the pyramids in Egypt and the TajMahal in India. Its great history and amazing architecture will leave with a wonderful spiritual feeling. It can be closed at times so make sure you get the right visiting hours. Entrance is for free.

Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya): Lonely Planet counts it amongst the most beautiful places in the world. Hagia Sophia or “Holy Wisdom” gives you an experience of a lifetime. The magnificent interiors are a fascinating blend of Christianity and Islam.

Istanbul Aquarium: This big Thematic Aquarium is a great place for families, children, and nature lovers. Do not miss the Fish Feeding Hours and the 5D simulation.

Sufi Music Concert & Whirling Dervishes Ceremony: It is a religious ritual not recommended for kids as you need to be respectful and not to leave your seats. It is not a usual theatre performance as you need to keep you flash camera off and keep silent till the end of the ceremony.

Tip: Getting a private tour or a tour guide in the historic sites is a great idea.

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