Istanbul

The Topkapı Palace
The massive Blue Mosque
The largest covered bazaar in the world

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Istanbul

The happy meeting point between East and West

A shore excursion on your MSC Mediterranean cruise can be the opportunity to discover İstanbul which stands astride two continents, Europe and Asia.

As if its spectacular geographical location were not enough, it can also boast of being the only city to have played capital to consecutive Christian and Islamic empires, a role that has shaped the region’s history for more than 2500 years and bequeathed to İstanbul a staggering wealth of attractions.

Most cruise visitors spend all their holiday time in Sultanahmet, home to İstanbul’s main sightseeing attractions: the church of Aya Sofya, the greatest legacy of the Byzantine Empire; the Topkapı Palace, heart of the Ottoman Empire; and the massive Sultanahmet Camii (Blue Mosque). Here also are the ancient Hippodrome, the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art (housed in the former Palace of İbrahim Paşa), the eerily lit Yerebatan Sarnıcı, a fascinating Byzantine underground cistern, and the Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı), the largest covered bazaar in the world.

The monumental architecture, attractive parks and gardens, street-side cafés, and the benefits of a relatively traffic-free main road combine to make this area pleasant for both sightseeing and staying on an MSC Mediterranean cruise excursion. İstanbul’s Ottoman-era Grand Bazaar gets more than its fair share of souvenir-hungry visitors.

The area around it, however, is relatively little explored, which is a shame as it holds some very worthwhile attractions, from the historic Cembirlitaş Hamamı, one of the best Turkish baths in the country, to the city’s very best mosque, the hilltop Süleymaniye Camii. The best single reason to head across to the Asian shore of the city is to experience a Bosphorus cruise. The views from the Bosphorus are superb, with domes and minarets dominating the skyline of the Old City, and skyscrapers the business districts beyond Beyoğlu.

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    Istanbul

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    Cruise Terminal:

    Istanbul / Salipazari / Karaköy
    Ömer Avni Mh., Meclis-İ Mebusan Caddesi, No:52

    Kako doći do luke

    • Automobil

      Dolazak s "europskog" dijela:

      Izađite na O-3/E-80 i skrenite na E-5 i potom ponovno skrenite na križanju za Besiktas, koji vas vodi do Barbaros Boulevard. Držite se desno do kraja bulevara, vozite ravno oko 10 minuta. Nakon što stignete do ulice Meclis-i Mebusan vidjet ćete luku na lijevo. 

      Dolazak s "azijskog" dijela:

      Nastavite po E-5 preko mosta i izađite na prvom izlazu pored znaka Besiktas, koji vas vodi do Barbaros Boulevard. Držite se desno do kraja bulevara, vozite ravno oko 10 minuta. Nakon što stignete do ulice Meclis-i Mebusan vidjet ćete luku na lijevo. 

      Automobil
    • Zrakoplov

      Zračna luka Atatürk udaljena je oko 24 km od Salıpazarı luke. 24- satna tramvajska linija vodi vas od zračne luke Atatürk do Salıpazarı luke.

      Stanica Findikli nalazi se neposredno pored luke, 3 minute hoda.
      Taxi služba nalazi se odmah izvan zgrade zračne luke.

      Zračna luka Sabiha Gökçen udaljena je oko 45 km od Salıpazarı luke.
      Taxi služba nalazi se odmah izvan zgrade zračne luke.

      Zrakoplov

    Turkey

    Greek ruins and Ottoman mosques
    Greek ruins and Ottoman mosques

    A cruise to western Turkey will show you the most economically developed, and most visited, part of the country.

    It would take weeks even to scratch the surface of the old imperial capital, İstanbul, straddling the straits linking the Black and Marmara seas, and still Turkey’s cultural and commercial hub. 


    Flanking it on opposite sides of the Sea of Marmara, the two prior seats of the Ottoman Empire, Bursa and Edirne, abound in monumental attractions and regal atmosphere. 


    Beyond the Dardanelles and its World War I battlefields lie Turkey’s two Mediterranean islands, Gökçeada and Bozcaada, popular for their excellent beaches, lingering Greek-ethnic identity and tranquillity. 

    Further south, the olive-swathed landscapes around Bergama and Ayvalık epitomize the classical character of the North Aegean. Ancient Sardis, and the old Ottoman princely training ground of Manisa, also make a fine pair, although İzmir serves merely as a functional introduction to the central and southern Aegean. 


    A holiday to Turkey will show you amazing ancient cities too. Celebrated Ephesus tends to overshadow the equally deserving Ionian sites of Priene and Didyma, or the intriguing ruins of Aphrodisias and Labranda – and don’t overlook evocative hill towns like Şirince or Birgi.