While you were having your holiday in Istanbul we strongly recommend you that take some more days before leaving from Istanbul. A stay in Istanbul is not complete without the traditional and unforgettable excursion by boat along the Istanbul Bogazi (Bosphorus), the winding strait separating Europe and Asia. Along its shores is a delightfully surprising mixture of past and present, grand splendor and simple beauty. The shore is lined with modern hotels, 'yali' (old wooden Villas), palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. The best way to see the Bosphorus is to board one of the cruise boat that departs as a zigzag lines along the shores. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Palace of Dolmabahce, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the edge of this park, on the coast, is Ciragan Palace, now restored as a grand Hotel (Ciragan Palace Kempinski). This palace was refurnished in 1874 by Sultan Abdulaziz is one of the Bosphorus most beautiful palaces. Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of is marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries. At Ortaköy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street.
Did you know Turkey that Has the most valuable silk carpet, in the world, in the Mevlana Museum,Konya with 144 knots per sq. cm. In the 13th century, Marco Polo wrote "The best and handsomest of rugs are woven here, and also silks of crimson and other rich colors".
The Gulet that you arranged us, sailing was wonderful. Yacht was A+ in every way. Captain and staff were great. "Cookies" was very good and even responded to menu requests. The deck hands went out of their way to be helpful.
Thank you very much.
Ralph G. Rosenberg
Certified Management Consultant
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Aurora, Colorado 80016