Spice Market & Bosphorus Cruise

 

A short stop at historical Spice Market, built in 1664. The market also called as “Egyptian Bazaar” because the shopkeepers used to sell spices and hebs which were brought from or through Egypt. During the Ottoman period, it was known as a place where shops sold only spices. Today, there are only few, but very colorful spice and herb specialists. The rest sell dried fruit, basket work, jewelry,  haberdashery, drapery, and suchlike.

Then continue to the pier located in the same area to board a private boat for the cruise along the Bosphorus, a narrow strait between the continents of Europe and Asia connecting Black Sea in the north and the sea of Marmara in the south. The Bosphorus is one of the most exquisite water ways in the world. In Byzantine and early Ottoman days, there was little settlement on either side of Bosphorus but as of the 18th century it became a favorite place for the sultans and their entourage where they built their villas and waterside residences. Its width varies between 550 m and 3000 m; maximum depth is 118 meter and it is 31 km long.

During the 1,5 hours cruising along the Asiatic and European shores of the Bosphorus, the guests enjoy the delightfully surprising mixture of the past and the present; the beautiful Ottoman time villas (yali) and historical fortresses that have survived and the  modern villas complementing each other.

Guests can enjoy the bar service of the boat – self payment on consumption basis.