03 December 2016

 

Amazing things to do in
Istanbul

Istanbul

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Asiatic Coast & Beylerbeyi Palace
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Asiatic Coast & Beylerbeyi Palace

Head for the coast

See more of Turkey on this half day tour of the delights of the beautiful Asiatic coast. Your first stop will be at Beylerbeyi Palace, a lavishly furnished Sultan's summer palace. Then it's on to Camlca Hill from where you can enjoy breathtaking views over Istanbul and the Bosphorus. The last stop of the tour is Bagdat Street, the most popular shopping street on the Asian side of Istanbul.

This area is filled with elegant boutiques, shops and restaurants and is a great place to spend time. It can be hard to tear yourself away from the brilliant city of Istanbul when you are visiting because there are so many iconic places to visit and things to do. But this tour out to the coast and the Beylerbeyi palace is one of the most popular excursions.

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Home Cooked Istanbul
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Home Cooked Istanbul

Meet the locals

Enjoy Turkish hospitality at its best, visit a local family in Sultanahmet and enjoy some delicious home cooking. And afterwards take a stroll through the backstreets with a local, sip tea and play backgammon in an authentic teahouse with locals. An expert bilingual guide will meet you and escort you on this fascinating tour during which you will experience the Turkish people’s great sense of hospitality.

Chat informally with all members of the family and hear what it’s like to live in today’s Turkey. Sharing a meal with the family is a great privilege and an opportunity to get a real insight into local life. Then take a stroll through the backstreets and see the picturesque wooden houses. Later head to a popular local hangout to join in a game of backgammon, drink tea and smoke a Narglie (waterpipe).

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Byzantine and Ottoman Wonders
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Byzantine and Ottoman Wonders

Jewels in the crown

Enjoy an afternoon wondering at these Turkish delights! First enjoy a visit to the Rustem Pasa Mosque, a 16th century Ottoman mosque known to have the best examples of handmade Iznik tiles, laid both inside and outside the mosque. You then visit the Topkapi Palace, the imperial residence of Ottoman sultans and the jewel in the city's crown.

In this famous and beautiful palace, which is a must visit during any stay in Istanbul, you will see fine examples of Chinese porcelain, calligraphy and much more. Then it’s on to the spice market, an oriental shopping area filled with colourful spices, herbs, fruit, vegetables and leatherware where you can shop to your heart's content.

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Princes Island with Cruise and Lunch
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Princes Island with Cruise and Lunch

Visit the pleasure island

While staying in Istanbul, don't miss this opportunity for a full day sightseeing tour to the Princes Islands by public boat. Cruise the Marmara sea to the Princes Islands, with a stop at Buyukada, a popular resort with sandy beaches and lush pinewood scenery, once known as the pleasure island of Byzantine princes.

Here you will be taken on a tour of the island by horse drawn carriage, then enjoy a spot of lunch by the Sea of Marmara. In the afternoon there will be some free time for you to sight-see and shop before returning to Istanbul. It can be hard to tear yourself away from the city because there are so many iconic places to visit and things to do, but this relaxing cruise is well worth taking.

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Istanbul Grand Tour
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Istanbul Grand Tour

Take the grand tour

Enjoy this full day guided excursion which will take you on a tour of the Sultan Ahmet Centre and to the heart of the "Old City," from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were once ruled. You visit
St Sophie, the Church of Divine Wisdom. One of the greatest marvels of architecture, this monument was constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian.

Then visit the Hippodrome and see the remains of the giant arena, the exquisite and unique Blue Mosque with its six minarets, the Grand Bazaar, an historical shopping center that ranks as the biggest souk in the world, and the magnificent Topkapi Palace, a huge museum exhibiting the imperial treasury, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy and much more.

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Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace
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Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace

Spice up your visit

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of all the must-see sights in Istanbul, including a cruise from one continent to another. On this full day tour, you'll first visit Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar spice market, full of the exotic scents of an incredible variety of colourful spices. This will be followed by a private motor yacht cruise on the 20 mile-long Bosphorus Straits.

After lunch, which is included in the price, you'll learn about the lifestyle of the sultans at Dolmabahce Palace, royal residence of the Ottomans after they left Topkapi Palace. Next, you’ll have the unmissable opportunity to journey from one continent to another on a two minute drive across the Bosphorus Bridge, one of the world’s longest suspension bridges, for spectacular views of Istanbul and the Bosphorus.

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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise
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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise

Strait to dinner!

Enjoy a marvellous evening of Turkish cuisine, unlimited local drinks and wonderful views as the sun sets on Istanbul. You’ll be treated to an open buffet with a rich variety of specialties from Turkish and international cuisine accompanied by unlimited local drinks. And you can enjoy your meal in the saloon designed for fine dining or on the open deck.

To cruise through the Bosphorus Straits, the waterway separating the two continents of Europe and Asia, is a truly exceptional experience and you will be able to view architectural masterpieces from different eras in history - marble palaces and ancient Ottoman style villas standing beside modern residences all beautifully lit under a brilliant night sky.

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Green Bursa - Ottoman Capital Tour
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Green Bursa - Ottoman Capital Tour

Mosques and Bazaars

Take this full-day tour of the most important sights in the former Ottoman capital of Bursa. You leave the city on a ferryboat via Yalova, enjoying the lovely countryside views. Then drive to Bursa, former Ottoman capital and enjoy lunch. Then travel up to Uludag, the legendary Mount Olympos, by cable car to visit the Grand Mosque, Green Mosque and the Green Mausoleum.

Last stop is at the old silk market in the Covered Bazaar where you can haggle for souvenirs before returning to Istanbul in the late evening. It can be hard to tear yourself away from the city when visiting Istanbul because there are so many iconic places to visit and things to do, but this relaxing trip to Bursa is well worth taking.

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Old and New Istanbul Small Group Tour
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Old and New Istanbul Small Group Tour

The past and present

Get to know both the old and new of modern Istanbul on this popular tour. Take a stroll through exciting Taksim and Beyoglu, check out the latest in fashion, art and food and explore the back streets and passages to secret courtyards in the other side known as Pera. Discover the secrets of Galata and enjoy Turkish coffee and the local tradition of having your fortune told.

On this tour you zig-zag across the Grande Rue, a popular pedestrian boulevard affectionately known as Paris of the east. This was the final destination for passengers on the Orient Express and the architecture is reminiscent of 1800s Europe. Explore the back streets and see funky cafes before having your fortune told. Finish with a ride on the Tunel funicular and catch a tram back to Sultanahmet.

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Turkish Bath
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Turkish Bath

Real Turkish delight

The Turkish Bath has been part of Turkish custom for many years and you simply cannot visit Turkey without partaking in one of its oldest traditions. This visit to the baths includes a full body scrub and soap massage and it's a good idea to have a Turkish Bath at the beginning of your holiday to scrub away any dead skin to help prepare yourself for a sun tan.

This thoroughly relaxing and very enjoyable pamper lasts for 90 minutes and is available any day. It includes a pick up from your hotel by a guide who will leave you in the capable hands of the Turkish Baths staff. Everything will be explained to you before the massage and afterwards you will be relaxed and ready for some more sightseeing.

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