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ISTANBUL TOUR A & B

TOUR A: CLASSIC OLD CITY

A “must see” if You are the first time here in Istanbul. Main attractions in this walking excursion are the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace, Sultans Tombs, German Fountain, Hippodrome & Egyptian Obelisk, Grand Bazaar. The tour starts in the Hippodrome and is ideal for people who like history and culture, but may bore children due to high historic content.

BLUE MOSQUE

Most famous mosque after the Kaaba. Built by the order of Sultan Ahmet I, the mosque is known for its 20000 blue tiles, hence called Blue Mosque.

HAGIA SOPHIA

Church, mosque, museum, and mosque again in the year 2020. This 1500 year old monument and masterpiece was a model for many buildings since its erection.

TOPKAPI PALACE

This palace was the residence and center of power for many Sultans, including Suleyman the Magnificent. 70 hectars and interesting expositions.

GRAND BAZAAR

The whole hill is a Bazaar. You can get lost in the labyrinth of 4000 shops. Ultimate shopping experience, with optional tiles & rug presentations.

OLD CITY TOUR A:

Walking through the old city and other than the highlights (Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace and Grand Bazaar) which we will enter, we will pass by the Turkish-Islamic Art Museum, that used to be the residence of the Grand Vizier Ibrahim Pasha. Also the Million Stone, which was used as a starting point to measure distances to other cities, Sultans Tombs, German Fountain, Hippodrome & Egyptian Obelisk, and the Basilica Cistern. 
* A walking pace of 50 meters per minute (3 km/h) on the average is essential to keep up with the timing of this full program. Elder or handicapped might need support for this.
** In winter period the Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays. The Topkapı Palace is closed every Tuesday. These will be replaced with the Underground Basilica Cistern visit accordingly.

BOSPHORUS TOUR & ASIAN SIDE

In order to see the beauty of this city, sail alongside the european and asian coasts of the Bosphorus Strait by Boat. Old palaces and modern bridges. It’s just breathtaking. Visit the colorful Spice Bazaar for a degustation of Turkish Delights. The asian side offers an amazing view from the top of Çamlıca Hill to see the sheer size of Istanbul. Beylerbeyi Palace sums up all the beauties a palace can host.

BOSPHORUS BOAT TOUR

Old fortresses and cute residences, beautiful mosques stand next to Sultans palaces, intercontinental bridges soar above affluent neighborhoods of Istanbul.

SPICE BAZAAR

Next to the Golden Horn, the natural harbour of the ancient city, was the last stop of the Silk and Spice Roads. See and smell the Silk, Spices and Golden Saffron in a degustation.

BEYLERBEYI PALACE

Beylerbeyi Palace was used by the Sultans only a few months in summer . A constant breeze from north makes life here more bearable on hot summer days & nights.

ÇAMLICA HILL

Look over to Europe from Asia, and see not only the beauty of the Bosphorus, but also the Prince’s island in the Marmara Sea, and the enormous asian side of the city.

BEAUTIFUL BOSPHORUS & ASIA TOUR – B:

The SPICE BAZAAR (also called Egyptian Bazaar) is located right at the Golden Horn, which is an arm of the Bosphorus, and is a good starting point for this excursion. You have the opportunity to make colorful photos and a degustation of diverse sorts of the famous Turkish Delight.
During the BOSPHORUS BOAT TOUR all beauties of this city are unveiled. See the palaces, mosques and churches, residences and bridges, all fascinating sights, that will become an unforgetable event in your memory, while you listen to the pertaining commentary.
BEYLERBEYI PALACE was a summer residence of the Sultans, used only a few months in year. It was also used as a state guest house, welcoming many european royals. Today it serves as a museum with two sections, the official-administrative and the Harem section, both of which will be visited.
ÇAMLICA HILL on the asian side offers an amazing view from the top, not only to see the beauty, but also the sheer size of Istanbul. On clear days, you can look to see the Prince’s Island in the Marmara Sea, and even discern the top of Mount Olympos in Bursa.
* The Beylerbeyi Palace is closed every Monday and will be replaced with the Chora Church Museum. Accordingly on mondays the asian side will not be visited as the Çamlıca Hill will be replaced with the Pierre Loti Hill over the Golden Horn.

ISTANBUL TOUR A:  Old City Tour 

Hagia Sophia

Blue Mosque,

Grand Bazaar,

Egyptian Obelisk in the Hippodrome,

Topkapı Palace

Hagia Sophia closed Mondays, Topkapı Palace Tuesdays. Replaced by the Basilica Cistern.

 

ISTANBUL TOUR B:  Bosphorus and Asia 

Bosphorus by Boat

Spice Bazaar

Çamlıca Hill

Beylerbeyi Palace

Beylerbeyi closed on Mondays, will be replaced by the Suleymaniye Mosque.

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  • Professional Tourist Guide
  • Includes all Entrance Tickets of the itinerary
  • Prepaid tickets, no waiting in ticket lines
  • Transportation depending on size and traffic
  • We evade traffic whenever possible
  • No loss of tour time due to long pick-up/drop-offs
  • The tours start/end in the Hippodrome/Old City
  • Optional turkish handicrafts demonstration

Beylerbeyi Palace

 

Spice Bazaar

 

Topkapı Palace

 

Turkish Night

Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Belly dance, turkish folklore and entertainment

Turkish Bath

The “Hamam”: One of the hundred things do in life. Experience a body scrub, oil and foam massages.

Whirling Dervish

A humanistic approach of Islam, the motto of the Sufi convent is “Come, whoever you are, come”

WARNING: Prince’s Island

Horse carriage ride is popular here. We don’t do this tour, because the horses are exploitet, treated badly.