Day 11
July 6, 2011
Istanbul - Turkey

Part 1

We spent two wonderful days in Istanbul. 
We had contracted a local tourist agency who picked us up at the pier. The ten of us left the pier in a private mini bus with a very pleasant young private English speaking Turkish Tour Guide who did a fantastic job during both days.

The itinerary for the first day was as follows:
Day 1: (Full Day - Part 1) 

1. DOLMABAHCE  PALACE: the 19th century lavish Ottoman residence On theBosphorus. 

     2. GRAND  BAZAAR: The largest covered market in the world with more than 60 streets, 4,000 shops, where you may find in an authentic oriental atmosphere all kind of gifts, leather clothing, rugs and kilims, antiques, jewellery, hand-woven fabrics etc.

3.HIPPODROME: It was a horse-racing track and also the sporting and social center of the Byzantine Empire; the German Fountain, the Obelisk of Emperor Theodosius and the bronze Serpentine Column are the monuments embellishing the Hippodrome. 

Waiting for the private van to arrive.
Lunch Time

Day 1 - Part 2