EXCEPTIONAL DAILY ISTANBUL TOURS

Daily

THE PROSPEROUS GOLDEN HORN (CODE DIST123)

Private full day tour (Lunch Inc.)

 

140

US$

An historical background of 3000 years * an imposing setting on two continents * set on a peninsula “Golden Triangle” the city was once Bizantion, Nea Roma, Constantinopolis and finally Istanbul… the city of bygone empires… A unique taste of a rich past and colorful today of the two mighty empires... The ancient Roman Walls, breathtaking Byzantine frescoes at Chora Church, refined example of Ottoman tiles at Rusthem Pasha Mosque...A joyful view over the Golden Horn from the Pantacrator Church... The ‘ISTANbreaks’ can be combined with stay-overnight at various hotels ranging from deluxe to 1st class. Please contact us for further information.

Drive along the shores of the Marmara Sea viewing the ancient City Walls. See the Castle of the Seven Towers, the work of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, was originally three-sided addition to the section of the Byzantine land walls. Stop at the Rhesium Gate to climb up the walls and have an overall view. Continue driving to Eyup, in spite of the fact that it is one of the rare neighborhoods which still retains some Ottoman characteristics. See the rarely visited Eyup Mosque, the holiest mosque in Turkey. See the Ottoman cemetery with its unique tombstones that speak from centuries past. Move to see the monastic Chora Church, which offers the best examples of the so-called Byzantine ‘Renaissance’ period. Next see the Orthodox Patriarchate, the seat of the Orthodox faith. See the Pantocrator Church, built in 12th century as the church of the monastery, which bore the same name. Enjoy Turkish coffe or at a cafe overlooking the Golden Horn. Finally, see the Rusthem Pasha Mosque with its beautiful examples of Turkish tiles.

Price includes: Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle;entrance fees throughout;a welcome kit consisting of a city map, a time-scheduled itinerary and a welcome gift; services of a professional licensed guide; tips to restaurants; luncheon; VAT 17% and service charges. 

Price does not include: Gratuities to tour guide and driver; beverages; any item of a personal nature. Remarks: Price valid year-round& based on 2pers. Tour operates daily on private basis. Please ask for prices applicable for parties from 3pers. Church of Chora closed on Tuesdays.

Daily

GALATA & BEYOGLU & ANTIQUE SHOPS (CODE DIST124)

Private full day tour (Lunch Inc.)

 

130

US$

An historical background of 3000 years * an imposing setting on two continents * set on a peninsula “Golden Triangle” the city was once Bizantion, Nea Roma, Constantinopolis and finally Istanbul…the city of the bygone empires… Explore on foot Pera & Galata part of the city with its bohemian atmosphere, churches, cafes, antique shops... Catch a glimpse of the fabolous Orient Express at the Pera Palas... The ‘ISTANbreaks’ can be combined with stay-overnight at various hotels ranging from deluxe to 1st class. Please contact us for further information.

GALATA & BEYOGLU & ANTIQUE SHOPS Walk along the Istiklal Street, the heart of the city’s cultural life with its various cafes, restaurants, shops, cinemas… See the Church of St. Antione, a red-brick neo-Gothic monument run by Franciscan monks. Stroll around the Galata part of the city, which was a semi-independent colony of the Genoese, an Italian marine-state. In the early centuries under the Ottoman rule, the district became densely populated as the ‘European quarter’. See the Galata Tower, known also as the Tower of Christ, built in 1348. Ascend the galleries for a magnificent view over the Bosphorus, Golden Horn and Marmara Sea. Continue walking to the Galata Mevlevihane, a former monastery and ceremonial hall of the Whirling Dervishes. A brief stop at Hotel Pera Palas, used as a residence by the passengers of the Orient Express, for tea or coffee.

Price includes: Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle;entrance fees throughout; a welcome kit consisting of a city map, a time-scheduled itinerary and a welcome gift;services of a professional licensed guide; tips to restaurant; luncheon;VAT 17% and service charges.

Price does not include: Gratuities to tour guide and driver; beverages;any item of a personal nature. Remarks: Price valid year-round & based on 2pers. Tour operates daily on private basis. Please aks for prices applicable for parties from 3pers.

 Daily

DISCOVER ISTANBUL WALK (CODE DIST125)

Year-round, Daily (except Sundays) 10:30AM, 2,5Hours/2Miles

15

US$

Meet: at the Kaiser Wilhelm II Fountain (Alman Cesmesi) at the Sultanahmet Square (Just close by tramway stop)

A walk, through the main sights in the old city. An excellent way to orientate yourself! Enjoy an authentic oriental atmosphere, the ambience of the mosques, bazaars, smaller unknown areas of the old Istanbul. This tour ends at the Galata Bridge. Stops include:

      Sultanahmet Square: the great square that lies between Sultan Ahmet Cami'i the "Blue Mosque" and Hagia Sophia, which was the focal point of public and cultural life in Constantinople.

      Divan Yolu, the Road of Divan and Yeniceriler Caddesi, the Avenue of Janissaries, the ancient thoroughfare which connects the summit of the First and Third Hills.

      Beyazidiye: the mosque and associated pious foundations of Sultan Beyazit  . The mosque marks the beginning of the great classical period, which continued for more than two hundred years. Sahaflar Carsisi, the ancient and still busy book market of Istanbul.

      Suleymaniye: the imperial mosque complex of Suleyman the Magnificent, a masterwork of the greatest of the Ottoman architects, the incomparable Sinan. An exquisite and as yet unspoiled district with traditional old wooden Houses.

      Eminonu Quarter: Rustem Pasa Cami'i, Yeni Cami, Spice Bazaar, Fish Market and Galata Bridge.

      Our guides can give you up-to-date advice about what to do after the tour is over.

      Children under 15 go free if accompanied by their parents.

      Museum fees  are not included.