ISTANBUL DAILY TOURS

Daily

BYZANTIAN RELICS (CODE DIST111)

Half day tour

 

30

US$

ST. SOPHIA This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed  by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time.
SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue İznik tiles.
HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.

TURKISH & ISLAMIC ARTS MUSEUM

GRAND COVERED BAZAAR. In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes.

- CLOSED -
St. Sophia - Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum on Monday 

 Replaced with Underground Cistern. 

Daily

OTTOMAN RELICS (CODE DIST112)

Half day tour

 30

US$

TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
SULEYMANIYE MOSQUE The mosque of  Süleyman the Magnificent was built between 1550 and 1557 by the famous architect Sinan whose wish was to surpass the builders of  St. Sophia which is conspicuous from its great size, emphasized by the four minarets rising one from each corner of the courtyard.

- CLOSED -

Topkapı Palace on Tuesday / Replaced with Beylerbeyi Palace

Daily

BYZANTIAN & OTTOMAN RELICS (CODE DIST113)

Full day tour ( Lunch Inc.)

 50

US$

PROGRAM

ST.SOPHIA
BLUE MOSQUE
HIPPODROME
GRAND COVERED BAZAAR
LUNCH
TOPKAPI PALACE
SULEYMANİYE MOSQUE

Also visioned during the tours:
Aquaduct of Valens, Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column, German Fountain of Wilhelm II, Galata Bridge, Golden Horn

Daily

BOSPHORUS ON PRIVATE BOAT (CODE DIST114)

Half day tour

4

US$

BOSPHORUS ON BOAT A traditional excursion by boat along the waterway seperating Europe and Asia.The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavillions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of is marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.

SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar)
The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other concievable herb and spice.

BEDESTEN exhibits the traditional silk weaving courses carpet weaving courses authorised by the Ministry of National Education. Possibility to see jewellery, handicrafts center and leatherware show. Free time provided for shopping.

RUMELI FORTRESS Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul, was completed in only four months to control and protect Bosphorus. It is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture anywhere in the world

Daily

TWO CONTINENTS ( ASIA & EUROPE ) (CODE DIST115)

Half day tour

30

US$

BEYLERBEYI PALACE The summer residence of Ottoman Sultans with its original furniture and magnificent gardens with the HAREM on the ASIAN.
BOSPHORUS BRIDGE Unique chance to step from one continent (ASIA) to another (EUROPE)
CAMLICA HILL The highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosphorus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional style.

SHOPPING POSSIBILITY AT BEDESTEN exhibits the traditional silk weaving girls at the carpet weaving courses authorised by the Ministry of National Education Possibility to see jewellery, handicrafts center and leatherware show. Free time provided for shopping.

- CLOSED -
Spice Bazaar on Sunday / Beylerbeyi Palace on Monday & Thursday 

 Replaced with Chora Church and Eyüp Mosque. / Rumeli Fortress on Wednesday

Daily

BOSPHORUS & TWO CONTINENTS (CODE DIST116)

Full day tour ( Lunch Inc.)

50

US$

SPICE BAZAAR
BOSPHORUS ON BOAT
RUMELI FORTRESS
BEYLERBEYİ PALACE
BOSPHORUS BRIDGE

CAMLICA HILL
SHOPPING - BEDESTEN

Daily

JEWISH HERITAGE (PRIVATE) (CODE DIST117)

Half day tour

30

US$

Departure from the hotel. Visit the Galata Tower in the Galata section, which was the center of the old Jewish community. See the Neve Shalom Synagogue and Askenazy Synagogue. Then continue to Balat, visit the Jewish cemetery. Return to the hotel.

* The passports of the clients are needed to join the tour.

Daily

DOLMABAHCE PALACE & ORTAKOY (CODE DIST118)

Half day tour

30

US$

Commencing with a visit to the Dolmabahce Palace, built in the 19th centry and was the last residence of the Ottoman Sultans, with its elaborate decoration and ornaments, and an impressive 600 meters frontage on the banks of the Bosphorus. The tour will continue with a drive to Ortakoy, a small typical area of Istanbul on the Bosphorus, which has kept its original character, offering numerous handicrafts stalls, beautiful antique shops and restaurant / cafes. Return to hotel.

Daily

 PRINCESS' ISLANDS (CODE DIST119)

Full day tour ( Lunch Inc.)

50

US$

Cruise in MARMARA SEA to PRINCES' ISLANDS, An hour's boat ride from the city center, this group of islands take their name from Byzantine times when the princes were sent there on exile. There are nine islands, five small and four relatively large. No motorboat is permitted, transport being provided by horse-drawn carriages. On the islands there are many glorious 19th century mansions with characteristic overhanging balconies, most of which are inhabited only during the summer. The tour starts with a drive to the pier. On board the private deluxe motorboat, refreshments are served. Upon arrival on the largest of the islands, Buyukada, horse-drawn carriages take the guests on a tour of the island through the pine forest, riding next to picturesque bays and along the old villas. Lunch is served at a sea-side restaurant. Time is left to enjoy the cheerful local life on the village square. While cruising back to the city center, guitarists entertain on the motorboat.

Daily

BOSPHORUS & PRINCES' ISLANDS ON PRIVATE YACHT 

(CODE DIST120) Full day tour ( Lunch Inc.)

50

US$

Departure by private boat from Golden Horn and cruise through Bosphorus seeing the architectural masterpieces from different times of history and natural beauties of the Asiatic and European shores. Cruise continues passing under the Bosphorus Bridge and by the Leander's Tower for Buyukada, most popular amongst the Princes Islands where lunch will be served at a fish restaurant.
Swimming possibility depending on the weather condition. Evening cruise back to Istanbul transfer to hotels.

ALSO VISIONED DURING THE TOUR
Topkapı Palace - Leander's tower - Uskudar from Bosphorus

Daily

BOSPHORUS & TURKISH BATH (CODE DIST121)

Full day tour ( Lunch Inc.)

50

US$

SPICE BAZAAR, BOSPHORUS ON BOAT, RUMELI FORTRESS & TURKISH BATH

In Istanbul, if you want to live a part of your holiday which is full of unforgetable memories in a public bath, to satisfy your longing for a good massage in a authentic public bath with a history longer than 400 years, to live the history in the marble basins under the faucet in the bath through which the water flows with the memories of history, join us.
The Turkish bath has tree areas:
1) An area for undressing; you an take off your clothes in the rooms in this area and keep your clothes and valuables locked in those rooms.
2) The cool room; Skin-rubbing area
3) Heated marble platform; this area has a part with a heated marble platform in the center and parts with washing areas around the platform.
The first thing to do is to lie on the heated marble platform sweating and to have a massage, after the massage is over you can lie down, if you wish, on the marble platform, or you can rest in your own changing room with your towel.

Mon.

&

Thu.

GOLDEN HORN (CODE DIST122)

Half day tour

30

US$

Chora Church (Kariye Museum) A beautiful example of the beginning of Byzantine renaissance with its mosaics and frescoes depicting the scenes from the lives of the mother of god and christ.

Eyup Mosque The holiest mosque of Istanbul dedicated to the memory of prophet mohammed's Standard-Bearer Eyüp Ensari. Behing the mosque, there is the Türbe (Burial Site) of the standard-bearer which has the most beautiful samples İznic tiles.
Cafe Pierre Lotti Wonderful view of Golden Horn and Istanbul. Famous French author Pierre Loti (1850-1923) came to this place and wrote a lot of poems about Istanbul, the Golden Horn and Life in the Harem, here.

Kariye Museum is closed on Wednesday.