|Ancient Villages: Living Neighbourhoods|
“…a place on the Bosphorus
When feet touch the land
The lips felt the earth..” Beki L. Bahar
This is a day to stroll through the narrow winding streets of old Istanbul neighbourhooods that line both sides of the Bosphorus. The former fishing and farming villages that are inherently different in their nature from the rest of the city. They were composed of waterside residences or yalis built by the Ottomans. Some of them have been well preserved in terms of architecture or restored, repainted and turned into restaurants and cafes. While walking and visiting the remarkable historical and modern places, we also experience the warmth and vitality of the Turkish people. Moreover, we get a chance to take a ferry to sail up to some of the villages on the Asian shore to drink a glass of Turkish tea at a traditional coffee house or taste a fresh local fish of the day.
Our itinerary may include Rumelihisari (ancient Phoneus-Hermion), Bebek (Khallae), Arnavutkoy (Histiae), Anadoluhisari (Nova Castrum), Kurucesme (Isis cove) and Ortakoy (Arkheion)