Viaport Istanbul Mall:
The mall is considered one of the largest outlet complexes in Istanbul, featuring both Turkish and international brands for ready-to-wear clothing. It is among the entertainment malls that attract visitors from all over the world to enjoy various entertainment options for both adults and children. Viaport Istanbul Shopping Complex houses one of the largest amusement parks in Istanbul, along with its breathtaking view of an artificial lake and a beautifully landscaped garden.
• Opening hours: Daily: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Emaar Mall Istanbul:
Emaar Mall Istanbul is one of the best Asian side malls for shopping and entertainment, located in the famous Üsküdar. neighborhood in Istanbul. The mall stands out for its diverse shopping options that attract tourists, along with entertainment choices and gaming centers, making it one of the top tourist destinations in Istanbul, where many visitors to the city make sure to visit.
• Opening hours: Daily: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Çamlıca is considered a special place in Istanbul for nature enthusiasts, and tourists can stroll through the gardens of the area, where dedicated paths are available. Situated in the eastern part of Istanbul and overlooking the city, thousands of foreign tourists line up daily on wooden benches and iron railings in Çamlıca to capture memorable photos from the highest peak in the city, with its enchanting panoramic view.
Located on the highest peak of the Asian side of Istanbul and spread across a vast area, Çamlıca Mosque in Asian Istanbul is the largest mosque in Turkey. It is classified as a “giant mosque,” as it is built on an area of 57.5 thousand square meters, while the total area of the mosque, its surroundings, and its courtyard is about 350 thousand square meters. The mosque is divided into 10 closed buildings and 5 open sections for prayer, with several internal areas:
• A section designated as a museum for Ottoman Islamic artifacts, covering an area of about 11 thousand square meters.
• A section serving as an art exhibition with an area of 3.5 thousand square meters.
• A library within the mosque that houses a vast collection of valuable Islamic books, covering an area of 3 thousand square meters.
Here in Üsküdar, buildings, churches, mosques, cafes, and restaurants all come together, embracing history. The famous Maiden’s Tower (Kız Kulesi) in Istanbul with its many intriguing stories stands proudly in Üsküdar. Additionally, the Beylerbeyi Palace is an impressive historical landmark, narrating tales of ancient history and showcasing unmatched architectural beauty.
One of the significant attractions in Üsküdar is the Sultanah Mosque (Mihrimah Sultan Mosque), located on the Asian side of Istanbul. It is one of the most prominent landmarks worth visiting. The name “Mihrimah” is of Persian origin, where “Mihr” means the sun, and “mah” means the moon in the Persian language. Also known as “Camii-i Kebir” (The Great Mosque), it was built in the 16th century by the renowned architect Sinan. Legend has it that Mihrimah Sultan was in love with Ahmed Pasha, the governor of Diyarbakir, and also with the architect Sinan Pasha. In the end, she married Ahmed Pasha and requested Sinan Pasha to build a mosque for her. Thus, he constructed the beautiful and splendid Mihrimah Sultan Mosque in Üsküdar in 1548. He also built another mosque named after her in the European part of Istanbul, in the area of Adenekapı, between 1562 and 1565. Both mosques share the same name, and the secret behind these two mosques is that every year on the 21st of March, the day of her birth, as the sun sets behind the minaret of the Mihrimah Mosque in the European part, the moon rises above the minaret of the Mihrimah Mosque on the Asian side. Just like the sun and moon never meet, Sinan Pasha and his beloved never united, so he built each mosque in a different part, one in Europe and the other in Asia.
The driver will pick you up from your hotel
Our first destination will be the Beylerbeyi Palace. Then, we'll visit Sultanah Mosque (Mihrimah Sultan Mosque) and head to the Üsküdar coast, where you can enjoy the popular cafes with a view of the Maiden's Tower. You also have the option to pay for a boat ticket to visit the tower.
Next, we'll go to Viaport Istanbul for shopping and then to Emaar Mall Istanbul.
After shopping, the driver will take you to the grand Çamlıca Mosque for taking memorable photos. Finally, we'll end our tour at a beautiful café with a view of the Bosphorus to enjoy tea or coffee at Çamlıca.
After the tour ends, the driver will take you back to your accommodation, wishing you a pleasant evening and looking forward to another tour.