3000 passenger ship of Celebrity Silhouette of Celebrity Cruises will again be calling to Port of Kusadasi in year 2013: First call of Celebrity Silhouette to Port of Kusadasi will be May 5th during 12 Nights Eastern Med & Greek Isles Cruise. Celebrity Silhouette will stay at the Port of Kusadasi from 7am till 6pm.
Today Celebrity Silhouette is Fort Lauderdale and about to start 7 Nights W Caribbean - Holiday Cruise which wil end in Fort Lauderdale again.
We will again provide exclusive private Ephesus tours for Celebrity Silhouette passengers from Kusadasi Port.
For more information please contact us.
The 2000 passenger ship MS Eurodam of Holland America Line will make her first call to the Port of Kusadasi on May 4th 2013. This will be the inaugural call of Eurodam to Kusadasi.
For Eurodam passengers we provide exclusive private tours of Ephesus with licensed local tour guides. For more information please contact us.
New York Times had an article about Kusadasi on November 06, 1966 By ANNE LAMBTON.
I truly enjoyed reading about it. It is so funny to hear there is hardly to see someone. It is totaly different than how it is today. Writer says Kusadasi is awating an Immenent Discovery:
KUSADASI BEFORE TOURISM ARRIVES; Turkish Village on the Aegean Coast Is Awaiting Imminent 'Discovery'
KUSADASI, Turkey The Aegean coast of Turkey is one of the few remaining corners of Europe little known by tourists. It is possible to spend an entire day in this wild, unspoiled countryside without seeing another living soul, except perhaps a shepherd tending his flock, or boys fishing off the rocky coast in a boat.
The below pictures will also show you the big change:
This winter Norwegian Jade of Norwegian Cruise Line call to the Port of Izmir and Port of Istanbul. We have numerous requests from Norwegian Jade Passengers for private tours.
We provide exclusive private tours for Norwegian Jade passengers from Izmir Port and Istanbul Port.
For more information please visit the following pages of ours.
Private Ephesus Tours from Izmir Port
Istanbul Walking Tours from Istanbul Port
If your need more information please do not hesitate to contact us.
Beyoglu is a district, located at the European side of Istanbul. In the older times, the area was named as Pera. Pera, the word is derived from Greek meaning `Across`. After the foundation of rebuplic of Turkey, the district was named oficially as Beyoglu.
Altough the word Beyoglu, means son of a lord, historians believe that the word is derived from the layin word Bailo. Bailo was a title of a Venetian diplomat who served as a mediator between Venetian and Ottoman trade and political relations. The first Bailo was sent to Istanbul in the time of Suleyman the Magnificent. Most probably the Bailo had a palace in this district, therefore this area is named after himself.
First inhabitance of Beyoglu, dates back to the period of Christ. After the 4th crusade, a lot of Venetians settled in this area till 1261. In 1273, Pera was given to the Republic of Genoa and became an important trade colony. In 1348 the Genoese built the famous Galata Tower. After the Ottomans conquered the city of Constantinopolis, Genoese kept living in the area under the Turkish rule.
At this time, Venice established political and commercial ties with the Ottoman Empire, and a Venetian Bailo was sent to Pera as an ambassador, Most pobably it is the Venetian Bailo who suggested Leonardo da Vinci when the Sultan mentioned his intention to construct a bridge over the Golden Horn.
The Venetians were also the first Europeans to taste Ottoman delicacies such as coffee. Centuries before other Europeans saw coffee beans for the first time in their lives during the siege of Vienna in 1683.
During the 19th century Beyoglu was again home to many European traders, and housed many embassies, especially along the Rue de Péra (İstiklâl Street). The presence of such a prominent European population - commonly referred to as Levantines - made it the most Westernized part of İstanbul, especially when compared to the Old City at the other side of the Golden Horn.
Beyoğlu was one of the first parts of İstanbul to have telephone lines, electricity, trams, municipal government and even an underground subway. Subway in Tunel was built in 1875 as the world's second subway line (after London's Underground) to carry the people of Pera up and down from the port of Galata and the nearby business and banking district of Karaköy, where the Bankalar Caddesi (Banks Street), the financial center of the Ottoman Empire, is located. The theatre, cinema, patisserie and café culture that still remains strong in Beyoğlu dates from this late Ottoman period. Shops like İncluding famous for its delicacies still survive today.
The foreign communities also built their own schools, many of which went on to educate the elite of future generations of Turks, and still survive today as some of the best schools in Istanbul.
The rapid modernization which took place in Europe and left Ottomans behind was symbolized by the differences between Beyoğlu and the historic Turkish quarters such as Eminönü and Fatih across the Golden Horn, in the Old City. When the Ottoman sultans finally initiated a modernization program after 1839. Numerous buildings in Beyoğlu that mixed traditional Ottoman styles with newer European ones were constructed.
In addition, Sultan Abdülmecid stopped living in the Topkapı Palace and built a new palace near Beyoğlu, called the Dolmabahçe Palace, which blended the Neo-Classical, Baroque and Rococo styles. When the Ottoman Empire collapsed and the Turkish Republic was founded, Beyoğlu went into gradual decline. Much of the foreign communities left the city, and the local communities of ethnic minorities such as Greeks, Jews, Levantines and Armenians who formed the majority of the residents in Beyoğlu found it increasingly attractive to live elsewhere. The Wealth Tax of the World War II years and the Cyprus dispute in 1974 resulted many non-muslim families and business to leave Pera district. The widespread political violence between leftist and rightist groups which troubled Turkey in the late 1970s severely affected the lifestyle of the district, and accelerated its decline with the flight of the middle-class citizens to newer suburban areas.
By the late 1980s, many of the elegant apartment blocks which were once inhabited by the late Ottoman elite became home to immigrants from the countryside of Turkey. Most of the consulates are still in this area; the Italian, British, German, Greek, Russian, Dutch, and Swedish consulates are significant in terms of their history and architecture.
Higlight of the area is Istiklal Street once known as the Rue de Pera. A pedestrianised 1 mile street of shops, cafes, patisseries, restaurants, bookshops, cinemas and art galleries. Some of İstiklal has a 19th century metropolitan character, and the avenue is lined with Neoclassical and Art Nouveau buildings. The nostalgic tram which runs on Istiklal Avenue, between Taksim Square and Tunel, was also reoperated in the early 1990s with the aim of reviving the historic and nostalgic atmosphere of the district.
One of the higlights of Istiklal Avenue is Cicek Pasaji (Cité de Péra). The 19th century Cicek Pasaji (Flower Passage in Turkish or Cité de Péra in French) opened in 1876. A miniature version of the famous Galleria in Milan, Italy, The site of Cicek Pasaji was originally occupied by a theatre, which was burned during the great fire in 1870. After the fire of 1870, the theatre was purchased by a local Greek banker. Architect Kleanthis Zannos designed the current building, which was called Cité de Péra in its early years. In 1908 the Ottoman Grand Vizier purchased the building, and it became known as the Sait Pasha Passage. By the 1940s the building was mostly occupied by flower shops. The building was restored in 1988, it was reopened as a passage for fish restaurants.
In our winter private walking tours of Istanbul, I always enjoy being in Beyoglu and Istiklal Street. Let me take you to the highlights of Istanbul and show you the contasts what makes Istanbul a unique place. For more information please contact us.
Pera Palas Hotel, one of the landmarks of Istanbul located at Tepebasi by Istiklal Street. Founded in 1892. Housed many important names such as Agatha Christie, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, King Edward VIII, Queen Elizabeth II, Emperor Franz Joseph, Alfred Hitchcock, Greta Garbo, Ernest Hemingway, Ian Flemming, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and many more.
The founder Rebublic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk stayed at the Pera Palace Hotel in 1917. His room was 101. On Ataturk`s 100th birthday in 1981, the room was converted into a museum.
Ernest Hemingway stayed in Pera Palas and Grand Hotel de Londres in 1922. He came to Istanbul as a journalist while he was working for the Toronto based newspaper: Daily Star. Hemingway wrote twenty articles about the war and its politics.
Agatha Christie was a guest at Pera Palace Hotel between 1926 to 1932. She wrote one of her novels `Murder in Orient Express`. She stayed in room 411.
When the worldwide famous Orient Express chose Istanbul as its last stop in the East, Istanbul started to become a popular destination. Istanbul attracted many elite and noble travellers. Unfortunately, at that time there were no hotels in the Istanbul to meet the high standards of the Orient Express passengers. To fill this gap Pera Palace Hotel, Grand Hotel de Londres, Bristol Hotel (current Pera Museum) and Hotel M. Tokatlıyan were opened in Pera (Tepebasi/Beyoglu) district of Istanbul. Istanbul resident and Levantine architect Alexander Vallaury designed Pera Palas hotel in neo-classical, art nouveau and oriental styles.
Apart from the Ottoman Palaces, Pera Palas Hotel was the first building in Istanbul to have electricity as well as the first electric elevator. Bathrooms that provided the only running hot water in the city were also priviledges exclusive to Pera Palace Hotel guests. Tall and spacious rooms lit by magnificent chandeliers hosted many unforgettable events like tea and dance parties.
Recently Pera Palas Hotel is refurbished and today run by Jumeirah Hotel Group. Has 115 rooms, including 16 suites, having the characteristics of the 19th century elegance through historical furnitures.
For travellers who come to Istanbul we recommend staying at Pera Palas Hotel or at least enjoy a cup of Turkish Coffee or an afternoon tea at the ballroom.
During our walking tours we stop at this Istanbul Land Mark. Join us for an unforgetable tour of Istanbul. For more information please contact us.
Ceratotherium Neumayri Fossil
A 10 million year old Rhino fossil was discovered in Nevsehir, Cappadocia during a surface survey. Archaeologists think the skull fossil comes from the rare rhino type, “Ceratotherium Neumayri.” A number of other samples belonging to Proboscidea, Artiodactyla and Carnivores were also found in the same area in the Ürgüp district of Nevşehir.
Cappadocia besides being a natural wonderland and a major biblical history site is also major hub for the richest fossils of the world.
During your travel to Turkey besides Istanbul make sure you visit Ephesus and Cappadocia. If you need a private tour program or guiding services let us know.
Tokali Church in Goreme Open Air Museum went under restoration by Italians.
Tokali Church was built by the Byzantines in the 13th century to commemorate 40 Christian soldiers who were killed in the central Anatolian province of Sivas. Paintings and frescoes, which have eroded over time, are being restored by a team of experts.
Tokali, is one of the most important churches in Cappadocia.
For travellers must see sites in Turkey are Ephesus, Istanbul, Cappadocia. Let us organize you a private tour program that would perfectly fits your needs. For more information please contact us.
Snow started in Istanbul and will continue tomorrow. This will make the visits to the sites little bit difficult for the visitors.
A surprise cold snap accompanied by rain, sleet and snow arrived from the Balkans causing major traffic congestions across Istanbul.
The Village of Sirince near Ephesus has been very popular recently as the believers of the Mayan calendar travel to the village.
Believers of the Mayan calendar’s doomsday prediction of Dec. 21 have started travelling to Şirince. Some spiritualists are convinced that the Village of Sirince is the only safe haven from the impending apocalypse foretold by certain interpretations of Mayan hieroglyphs,
Along with the French village of Bugarach, superstitious sorts that believe the world will end on Dec. 21 in line with Mayan prophecies, are flocking to Sirince, is attracting members of the Blue Energy Group, that believe only Bugarach and Sirince will be spared the end of the world.
Sirince Village has become the latest apocalypse hotspot, with believers of the Mayan calendar prediction that the world will end on December 21 flooding into the area. Sirince, has around 600 inhabitants near the ancient city of Ephesus, has a positive energy according to the doomsday cultists, who say that it is close to an area where Roman Catholics believe the Virgin Mary ascended to heaven.
The Mayan prophecy has sparked a tourism boom in the village, which is now expected to host more than 60,000 visitors according to local media.
During your visit to Turkey, you can also add Sirince to your program. Let us sweep you away with tour program including Srince, Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary. For more information please contact us.
Today we had wonderful tour with Hall Family. I picked them from Istanbul Port where Norwegian Jade docked. Since the family had 2 adults and 2 kids to give us more freedom and cost effective I offered them a guide only service.
After meeting them from the Port of Istanbul we took a cab and went to Sultanahmet district. (We paid 10 Turkish Liras to the cab). Our first stop was the Hipodrome, Saw the obelisk, Serpentine column. Continued to Blue Mosque and afterwards Church of Hagia Sophia. One of the recent movies Argo was scened in this magnificent building.
After the visit to the Church of Hagia Sophia we stopped at a pastry shop. Had a liiitle rest and sampled Simit (Circle Bread with sesame seeds) and enjoyed some Turkish Tea. Walked througn some old Ottoman Royal Family cemetery and visited Grand Bazaar. Walked through the colorful shops and maze streets of Grand Bazaar.
Continued through Mahmutpasa Street. Saw where the locals shop. Showed them some of the buildings scened in the last James Bond movie: Skyfall. Visited Spice Market. Stopped at one of my high school friends shop and tasted Turkish Delight. Walked around Spice Market saw the Ottoman pet shops that has been running over 400 years. Stopped and enjoyed Baklava with wallnuts.
Crossed over Galata Bridge. Saw the boats making fish sandwiches and fisherman catching sardines. Walked through the 19th century bank neigbourhood and Jewish residential area of Karakoy. Took pictures of the narrow streets and Genoise Tower of Galata.
Reached the crowded local shopping street of Istiklal. Stopped by the Church of St. Anthony. Sampled hot halva by Koska and had lunch in Pera Diner Cafe at Nevizade. Kids were tired but they did very well. Mr. Hall wanted to continue to the tour but wanted to drop the kids back to the ship to the kids club. We took a cab back to the ship and dropped the kids to the kids club and continued to our tour.
We walked to Kabatas and took a public ferry to Uskudar. Enjoyed a 15 minute cruise on the Bosphorus passing by Dolmabahce Palace. Walked in Uskudar Market and Antique stores. Sampled Sahlep (White Chocolate Taste Hot Drink with Cinnamon). Walked by the Maiden`s Tower which is one the symbols of Istanbul and scened in James Bond World is Not Enough Movie. Had great pictures of Bosphorus, Norwegian Jade and Maidens Tower. Finally we took a public boat back to Kabatas and walked bavk to the ship.
The Hall Family enjoyed the tour very much. By walking they saw much more than their fellow passengers and by getting a guide only service they paid much less than their fellow passengers.
If you would like me to do a smillar walking tour of Istanbul for you. I will be in Istanbul till April 21, 2013. My Fullday (8 Hours) Guide only charge is 100 Euro. Please click here to contact me.
Mr Hall`s tour review on tripadvisor:
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Hemos comenzado a ofrecer tours privados y excursiones con guías de habla hispana.
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Cistern under Nuruosmaniye Mosque
Nuruosmaniye Mosque is right next to Grand Bazaar. Almost everyone who enters Grand Bazaar from the main entrance passes by this 18th century mosque.
Last year restoration projected started for this building. A 264 year-old water cistern has been discovered during the restoration. An 18-meter long cistern was built between the mosque and its foundation in order to drain rain water.
The cistern will become a place to visit. adding that the place
could be used as a display area for Turkish and Ottoman artworks.
Lonely Planet has now listed the Mısır Çarşısı (Spice Market) as number five on its Best Fresh Food Markets List. And just last July the Hagia Sophia made it on to the same organization’s list of the Ten Most Beautiful Buildings in the World.
Lonely Planet`s list for Ten Most Beautiful Buildings of the World:
1. Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa, Spain
2. Potala Palace, Tibet
3. Library of Alexandria, Egypt
4. Sagrada Família, Spain
5. Taj Mahal, India
6. Imam Mosque, Iran
7. Winter Palace, Russia
8. Crac de Chevalliers, Syria
9. Church of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
10. Museum of Oscar Niemeyer, Brazil
To see two of the above mentioned places Spice Market and Chucrh of Hagia Sophia contact us for your personalised private tour program.
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