06-06-2021 - Tips & Guides

Explore Istanbul with Istanbul Tourist Pass

Whether you are visiting Istanbul for the first or the 10th time, you probably know that the city amazes its visitors every time. The cosmopolitan metropol offers tens of historical sites, cultural spots and museums you can choose from. The magic not only comes from Istanbul’s historical spots, but also from its people and breathing culture. When you visit Istanbul, you will want to experience the heart of culture in the most efficient way possible. For this reason, we advise you to have your Istanbul trip with Istanbul Tourist Pass. This way, you are going to see everything the city can offer, and you will do it in a cost-efficient way.


Istanbul Tourist Pass grants access to more than 40+ attractions, including Istanbul’s most important tourist spots such as the famous Hagia Sophia Mosque, glamorous Topkapi Palace, the mythological Basilica Cistern and many more. However, Istanbul Tourist Pass does not confine itself to these only. It also offers many amazing services such as a beautiful dinner in a Bosphorus cruise. You will be amazed by the night look of the city while you are eating some of the best foods in the city. Moreover, the Pass includes a one-day trip to Bursa, a city 2 hours away from Istanbul with beautiful landmarks and historical sites. There is also a daily trip to Sapanca lake. Sapanca is famous for the beautiful natural habitat and the beautiful lake. With Istanbul Tourist Pass, all of these Istanbul attractions are included in the price. The best thing is, you can save up to 80% in your Istanbul visit with the Pass! If you were to visit all of the attractions included in the Istanbul Tourist Pass, you would pay 80% more than what you pay for the Pass. Now, let’s take a look two attractions included with Istanbul Tourist Pass:


Whirling Dervishes Show

Most people are familiar with Turkey's Whirling Dervishes show, but few are aware of their long past or the meaning of their whirling. As a member of Sufism and the Mevlevi Order, they have a tradition dating back over 700 years.

As a kind of dhikr, the Dervishes ‘whirl' in these 7th-century performances. These performances started as a weekly remembrance of God, attended by the entire Mevlevi communities. The dervishes' white robe represents the funeral robe, and their turban represents the human ego's tombstone. They arrive on stage wearing black cardigans, which represent the crypt, which they remove before beginning to whirl. All of these reflect a person's regeneration on the road to being the "ideal human being." They open their arms to the heavens while whirling, signaling to God that they are happy to accept his love and gift.


Dolmabahce Palace


Dolmabahce Palace, which attracts both domestic and international visitors in Istanbul, is a must-see destination. There is a lot to discover about the Dolmabahce Palace. You can first hear about Dolmabahce Palace's past. Dolmabahce Palace is one of the most beautiful buildings of the 19th century, attracting visitors from all over the world. If you want to read more about Dolmabahce Palace's past, you might have a few questions.


Abdülmecit was the first person to reside in Dolmabahce Palace and to conduct official business there. Abdülaziz, Abdulmecit's brother, lived in this palace after him. Dolmabahce Palace is significant for the Turkish nation since it is where Mustafa Kemal Ataturk died. In Istanbul, it was also used as Ataturk's presidential residence. The Harem, Mabeyn, Clock Tower, and Dolmabahce Mosque are among the structures found inside Dolmabahce Palace. The palace has 285 rooms and 46 lounges, as well as 6 baths and 68 bathrooms, and is spread over 110 thousand square meters.


Are Istanbul Tourist Pass attractions covid-safe?


Yes! Museums in Istanbul take covid cautions seriously. In comparison to other cities, Istanbul is a low-risk travel destination. During museum tours, social distance is always preserved, and masks are required. Furthermore, since the Istanbul Tourist Pass is entirely digital, there is a lower risk of transmission when registering or visiting Istanbul's museums and palaces such as Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.


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