İSTANBUL TOURS
 

Tour 1 - Istanbul Classics (Half Day Morning Tour)


Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled.

Hagia Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. 

Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue İznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. 

Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome. 

Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir. (Art demonstration of handmade Turkish carpets upon request)

THIS TOUR TERMINATES AT GRAND COVERED BAZAAR


Tour 2 - Ottoman Relics
(Half Day Afternoon Tour)



 

 

 


Topkapı Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. Live guide commentary is not allowed in special sections. (Harem is not included in the program)

Rüstem Paşa Mosque, designed by the court architect Sinan for the Grand Vizier of Süleyman The Manificent. A typical sample of Islamic architecture amidst the rows of shops near Spice Bazaar, famed with its exquisite and colorful tiles set in floral and geometric designs.

 

Tour 3 (Combo of Tours 1 & 2) Byzantine & Ottoman Relics
(Full Day Tour)

Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled.

Hagia Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian.

Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue İznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.

Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome.

Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir. (Art demonstration of handmade Turkish carpets upon request)
Lunch at a Turkish Restaurant.
Topkapı Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. Live guide commentary is not allowed in special sections. (Harem is not included in the program)
Rüstem Paşa Mosque, designed by the court architect Sinan for the Grand Vizier of SüleymanThe Magnificent. A typical sample of Islamic architecture amidst the rows of shops near the Spice Bazaar, famed with its exquisite and colorful tiles set in floral and geometric designs.
 
also visioned during the tour
GALATA BRIDGE | GOLDEN HORN | LEANDER' S TOWER

This tour ends approximately at 17:00
 


Tour 4A - Bosphorus Cruise On Private Boat
(Half Day Afternoon Tour)

Golden Horn & Cable Car to Pierre Loti Café
 
Bosphorus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials and luxurious apartments.
 
Rumeli Fortress (from the boat - no interior visit), historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect the Bosphorus. A unique example of military architecture.

Golden Horn (from the bus), the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbour of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of İstanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantines. The residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-muslim minorities. Drive along the traces of history at Balatviewing Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), Fener Orthodox Patriarchate and 22 kms. long Byzantine City Walls, strongest fortification of the middle age.

Cable car (teleferique) to Pierre Loti Coffee House.
 

also visioned during the tour
IMPERIAL GARDENS OF ROYAL YILDIZ PALACE 
BOSPHORUS BRIDGE connecting EUROPE & ASIA continents *
BEYLERBEYİ PALACE
from the boat

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Bosphorus Tours are practiced with regular boat if minimum number of attendants is not provided for the private boat


Tour 4M - Bosphorus Cruise On Private Boat

(Half Day Morning Tour)


Golden Horn (from the bus), the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbour of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of İstanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantines. The residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-muslim minorities. Drive along the traces of history at Balat viewing Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), Fener Orthodox Patriarchate and 22 kms. long Byzantine City Walls, strongest fortification of the middle age.

Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers etc.  

Bosphorus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials and luxurious apartments. 

Rumeli Fortress (from the boat - no interior visit), historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect the Bosphorus. A unique example of military architecture.

(Visit to a leather showroom if time permits)

also visioned during the tour
 IMPERIAL GARDENS OF ROYAL YILDIZ PALACE 
BOSPHORUS BRIDGE
 connecting EUROPE & ASIA continents * BEYLERBEYİ PALACE
from the boat
THIS TOUR TERMINATES AT TAKSİM SQUARE
IMPORTANT NOTICE
Bosphorus Tours are practiced with regular boat if minimum number of attendants is not provided for the private boat
 


Tour 5 - Dolmabahçe Palace & Two Continents
(Half Day Afternoon Tour)

Dolmabahçe Palace, recent residence for Ottoman Sultans built by two Ottoman architects Karabet and Nikogos Balyan on a 110.000 m² area and served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire. Famous with great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier, the palace has 285 rooms and 46 halls.
Bosphorus Bridge, unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes. 
 
Çamlıca Hill or Yeditepe, panoramic view of İstanbul and Bosphorus from one of the highest and most appealing place of the city.
 
 
Tour 6 (Combo of Tours 4M & 5) - Bosphorus Cruise

(Full Day Tour) | Dolmabahçe Palace & Two Continents

Golden Horn (from the bus), the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbour of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of İstanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantines. The residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-muslim minorities. Drive along the traces of history at Balat viewing Metal Church of St. Stephen the BulgarianJewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), Fener Orthodox Patriarchate and 22 kms. long Byzantine City Walls, strongest fortification of the middle age. 
Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers etc. Bosphorus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials and luxurious apartments. Rumeli Fortress (from the boat – no interior visit), historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect the Bosphorus. A unique example of military architecture.
(Visit to a leather showroom if time permits) 
Lunch at a Turkish Restaurant. 
Dolmabahçe Palace, recent residence for Ottoman Sultans built by two Ottoman architects Karabet and Nikogos Balyan on a 110.000 m² area and served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire. Famous with great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier, the palace has 285 rooms and 46 halls. 
Bosphorus Bridge, unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes.
Çamlıca Hill or Yeditepe, panoramic view of İstanbul and Bosphorus from one of the highest and most appealing place of the city.

also visioned during the tour
 
IMPERIAL GARDENS OF ROYAL YILDIZ PALACE 
BOSPHORUS BRIDGE
 connecting EUROPE & ASIA continents * BEYLERBEYİ PALACE
  
from the boat
 
This tour ends approximately at 17:00 

IMPORTANT NOTICE
Bosphorus Tours are practiced with regular boat if minimum number of attendants
is not provided for the private boat


Tour 7 - Princes' Islands Full Day Tour | (minimum 2 guests)

Cruise in the Marmara Sea to Princes' Islands by boat. Stop at Büyükada, the popular summer resort with pinewood scenery and wooden mansions, once the pleasure island of Byzantine Princes.
 
Tour of the island by horse-drawn carriages before lunch at a fish restaurant.
Evening return to İstanbul and transfer to hotels. 
 
also visioned during the tour  
TOPKAPI PALACE * LEANDER’ S TOWER * ÜSKÜDAR
from the boat

 

Tour 8 - Dinner Cruise  Night Tour (operates all year round)



Watching one of the best silhouettes in the world with Topkapı Palace, Blue Mosque and the Leander' s Tower will be your exceptional experience to enjoy this imperial elegance and the unique panoramic view of the Bosphorus waterway which brings the two continents Europe and Asia, face to face. 
 
UNFORGETTABLE BOSPHORUS CRUISE... DINNER... UNLIMITED LOCAL DRINKS...
BELLY DANCERS... FOLKLORE SHOW...
 
Dinner with a rich variety of specialities from the Turkish and international cuisine including unlimited local drinks on board of a Bosphorus yacht.

Tour 9 - 1001 Nights Night Tour (every night) | 4 Course Dinner & Wine

Dinner at a first class restaurant with limited local drinks included, watching spectacular floorshow of famous belly dancers  and typical Anatolian Folk Dances. Turkish singer and groups featuring popular musical instruments.
 
 
Tour GH - Golden Horn
Half Day Afternoon Tour (min. 6 guests) Guaranteed Dep. every Monday & Thursday afternoon
 
“To embrace sharp harmony and historic curiosities in the most sacred site of İstanbul”
 
Eyüp Sultan Mosque and his Tomb are the most sacred sites in İstanbul after Mecca and Jerusalem where thousands of faithful people visit everday. 
 
Eyüp El-Ensari was the flagbearer of Prophet Mohammed and died here during the Arabic siege of the city in the 7th century. The old trees, pigeons, praying believers and the visiting crowd create a mystical and colorful atmosphere around the mosque. 
Teleferique to Pierre Loti Coffee House among the green which is located on a hill with beautiful trees where you can enjoy the wonderful panorama of the Golden Horn. 
Bird’ s eye view of the Golden Horn with the teleferique (cable car) while climbing to the café, 550 beeline meters in 115 seconds. The coffee house takes its name from Pierre Loti, the French author and poet who was very fond of İstanbul and wrote as he sat in this coffee house enjoying the view. 
 
Miniatürk, “a story land”, the most influencing open field miniature park exhibiting scaled models of the most known masterpieces which create a fairy tale environment of İstanbul, Anatolia and the former Ottoman territories. It reflects the revival of Turkish culture and history in all its magnificence. Countless human figure models situated throughout the park such as a railroad worker, Muslims in a mosque courtyard, Jews praying in a synagogue, flower seller etc., portray lifestyle of the society through ages. 
 
You will mostly enjoy the colorful shopping center where you may find the best souvenirs from İstanbul.
 
 
TTB | advance reservation required - Tour To Byzantium
Half Day Morning Tour (min. 6 guests) | Guaranteed Departure every Tuesday afternoon
 
Walk back into the history
 
Natural naval harbour of the Byzantines named as Golden Horn because of its hornlike shape and golden reflection of the glittering waves under sunshine when viewed from the hill tops. 
 
Visit the Patriarchate at Fener which is the seat of Orthodox Christianity since Constantine The Great’ s declaration of Christianity as the religion of Roman Empire. 
 
Church of Panagia of Blachernae, the best known and most celebrated shrine of the Holy Virgin famed with the “Hagiasma” (holy water) and the “Hagion Lousma” (sacred bath). 
 
St. Savior in Chora (Kariye Museum), originally a Byzantine monastery with fantastic mosaics and frescoes portraying scenes from the bible, the life and miracles of Jesus.
 
Anemas Dungeons (from outside) were part of the Blachernae Palace, unique in the world with its historical and architectural structure. It consists of 14 separate dungeons, each having 2 basements below sea-level with cells for the prisoners and two towers. It was used as a prison for high ranked statesmen. 
 
Tekfur Palace (from outside) built in the 12th century adjacent to the city walls. The only surviving pavillion of the Blachernae Palace. 
Byzantine City Walls surrounded the acropolis of Byzantium with 22 kms. long fortification with 96 towers and 9 main gates dating back to the 5thcentury. 
 
THIS TOUR TERMINATES AT SULTANAHMET AREA
 
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