East and West, History and Modernity
On Your Way
Brimming with art galleries, restaurants and cafés, family-run shops and traditional Turkish bakeries, Karaköy is an up-and-coming harbourside neighbourhood just outside the city. Explore the iconic Ottoman-era buildings whose textures have been preserved for more than 500 years.
9 minutes from Istanbul
Istiklal Street is one of the most famous and brightly coloured avenues in Istanbul’s Pera district. Walk along the main street to discover narrow side streets along the way, or venture by tram for a sneak peek at unfrequented historic buildings. And you might spot a well-known musician or performer on the way to a sold-out show elsewhere in the city.
14 minutes from Istanbul
Once You’ve Arrived
- Stroll Along the Shoreline
A popular route on foot or by boat in Istanbul is between Ortakoy and Bebek, about 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) apart along the “Bosphorus Riviera.” Or you can just stroll along Bebek’s waterfront, dipping into shops and cafés. Ortakoy boasts museums, grand architecture and Ortakoy Square, with its mosque and the Bosphorus Bridge – a notable spot for selfies.
- Cruise Along the Bosphorus
Board a private yacht and take to the Bosphorus, which separates Asia and Europe, to marvel at the historic monuments and modern architecture that line its shores. Ships and ferries glide back and forth across the waters, fishing boats frequent the docks with the daily catch, and dolphins have been known to swim alongside vessels.
- Watch the Sun Set From Galata Tower
Once the highest point in the city, the 14th-century Galata Tower is where Ottoman scientist Hezârfen Ahmet Çelebi, in the 1600s, is said to have taken off on artificial wings to fly across the Bosphorus. Today, you’ll be greeted by 360-degree views from 62 metres (205 feet) above ground. Stand at the spot where Çelebi began his legendary flight, and soak in the colours as the sun sets.
- Take a Tour Through History in Sultanahmet
Start your journey back in time at Hagia Sophia, the Byzantine era’s largest cathedral, to discover hidden mosaics. Go back 1,000 years to The Blue Mosque and encounter 50 shades of blue at the iconic Ottoman structure. Dive into the largest freshwater source in Istanbul, the Basilica Cistern, and feel the ambience created by its imposing columns. End your visit with a tour of Topkapı Palace, the 15th-century center of Ottoman imperial government.
Take off from Istanbul, a multilayered city on the crossroads of cultures. You’ll be bewildered by the diversity – and yet your day trip has just started.Sevla Şener Senior Director of Sales
Day Trip Highlight
Experience Coastal Comfort in Urla and Ephesus
- Discover two history-rich towns by the Aegean. Stroll along the cobblestone streets of Urla, check out the market and local crafts, and be sure to sample its well-known wines. Visit Ephesus (today’s Selcuk), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see some of the world’s finest Greco-Roman ruins and places that stand out in early Christian history. 5 hours 46 minutes from Istanbul
More About Istanbul
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Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
Proudly standing on the shore of the scenic Bosphorus – the storied strait that links Europe and Asia – our lovingly restored 19th-century Ottoman palace brings together Istanbul’s ancient architecture, warm Turkish hospitality and contemporary accommodations.
Start each day with a signature Four Seasons breakfast.
- Valid for Selected Dates Between Mar 30 2023 – Mar 31 2024
Offers are subject to availability at time of booking. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.
- Daily buffet breakfast in Aqua restaurant or American breakfast through In-Room Dining for up to two guests