Airport Shuttle Istanbul offers private, chauffeured car services to and from many of the most frequented tourism sites in Turkey. Rather than dealing with the hassle of figuring out the ins and outs of Turkey’s public transportation timetable and destination chart, it makes much more sense to hire a private car, especially when on holiday. Doing so will allow you to kick back and enjoy watching the Turkish view while you are transported from the airport or your hotel to different areas around the country.
We pick up our customers from both of the airports in Istanbul – the Ataturk Airport and the Sabiha Gokcen Airport. A destination that we often deliver our clients to is known as Sultanahmet, or Old City Istanbul. Sultanahmet is the oldest part of the city, and is where most of Istanbul’s historical sites are located. Sultanahmet is bordered by old city walls on its western border and bordered by water on all other sides. Sultanahmet is surrounded by The Golden Horn, Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara.
This part of Istanbul used to be called Constantinople, and the rest of modern-day Istanbul was in fact not part of the city at all, but part of independent cities, towns, villages or total undeveloped wilderness. As Istanbul continues to grow more in modern times it envelopes more and more of its surrounding areas.
Old City is approximately 20 km from the Ataturk Airport and approximately 46 km from the Sabiha Gokcen Airport. Once your private transfer car has dropped you off in Sultanahmet, you can reach most of the historical sites in Old City on foot. In fact, many of the Byzantine and Ottoman monuments are located in Old City and are very close to Sultanahmet Square.
Hagia Sophia is located in Sultanahmet Square, and is a basilica that dates from the sixth century. It was built for the Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I. Guides are available to help you tour Hagia Sophia. Hagia Irene is another cathedral from the Byzantine era that is now open for tours; however, there are no guided tours through Hagia Irene at this time. The Hippodrome was actually the center of Constantinople and is a great place for tourists to visit while they are on Turkish holiday because it is a great place to ‘people watch’ and relax.
Also located in Sultanahmet is the Museum of Turkish and Islamic art. This particular museum houses calligraphy artwork, pottery work, handcrafted carpets and rugs and is in the same building as the Ethnographic Museum, which will give you some insight into the lifestyle of Turks and their ancestors.
While you are visiting Sultanahmet, be sure to stop at Sogukcesme Street, which is located between Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. This street is a great place to get a feel for what a typical Turkish street was like before concrete. Made entirely of cobblestones and deemed a car free zone, Sogukcesme Street also houses completely renovated traditional wooden homes from the Ottoman era.
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