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1 Big Bus Tours Istanbul
Big Bus Tours Istanbul

fr £25pp

Providing magnificent views aboard an open-top bus, Big Bus Tours Istanbul is the perfect introduction to a city that crosses two continents - Europe and Asia. Choose from of our 2 tickets designed to give you a great overview of this fantastic city, on both continents, as well as added extras in order for you to make the most of your visit to Istanbul. You will see all the major landmarks and highlights on both continents which is brought to life with fun and entertaining commentary in a choice of languages. There are two routes for you to explore, the City Tour and the Golden Horn Tour which means there are plenty of stops along the way for you to take a more in depth look at major landmarks and also whatever catches your eye! Simply hop back on at your leisure. The City Tour route provides an introduction to the city centre and the most popular attractions in both Europe and Asia . Discover Istanbul's incredible history and diverse culture from the Roman's to the Ottoman and finally to the modern day. Travel across the Bosporus Bridge that connects Europe and Asia which is one of the highlights of the city tour route. The Golden Horn Tour route enables you explore a number of the city's most popular attractions as well as its suburbs. Travel through the historic old town of Sultanahmet and around the Golden Horn. Hop off at places such as Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia , the old great wall of Constantinople and the 4th century Roman Aqueduct and much much more! The Hop-on, hop-off function enables you get on and off all around the city so you can visit the exciting places at your leisure and then re-join the tour when you are finished.

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1 Big Bus Tours Istanbul

Big Bus Tours Istanbul

2 Asiatic Coast & Beylerbeyi Palace
Asiatic Coast & Beylerbeyi Palace

Head for the coast fr £30pp

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. Note: Beylerbeyi Palace (closed each Thursday and Monday and replaced with St Chora Museum).

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2 Asiatic Coast & Beylerbeyi Palace

Asiatic Coast & Beylerbeyi Palace

3 Byzantine and Ottoman Wonders
Byzantine and Ottoman Wonders

Jewels in the crown fr £34pp

Enjoy an afternoon wondering at these Turkish delights! Visit the Topkapi Palace, the imperial residence of Ottoman sultans, were you'll see fine examples of Chinese porcelain, calligraphy, imperial treasury, weapons and some holy relics including the Sword of King David, the staff of Moses and relics of St John the baptist.

After this enchanting visit to Topkapi it is on to the monumental tombs of the Sultans before heading back to your hotels. Note: Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and replaced with tour to the Bosphorus and Spice Market.

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3 Byzantine and Ottoman Wonders

Byzantine and Ottoman Wonders

4 Istanbul Classics - Byzantine and Ottoman Marvels
Istanbul Classics - Byzantine and Ottoman Marvels

fr £34pp

Enjoy a morning exploring the ancient marvels of Turkey and shopping in the Grand Bazaar.Your first stop will be at the Blue Mosque, one of the best examples of classical Turkish art. This 17th century Ottoman mosque is famed for being the only mosque in the world with six minarets built in the name of the Sultan Ahmet. Next you'll visit the Hippodrome, which was the centre for sporting events (chariot racing etc) and political activities in the old city.Your next stop will be at magnificent St Sophia, an architectural marvel constructed as a basilica in the 6th century and referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World today. You will also see the Suleymaniye Mosque, the masterpiece of famous architect Sinan, built in the name of Suleyman the Magnificent during the 16th century. Finally, it's on to the Grand Bazaar, a most attractive shopping centre containing the biggest souk in the world. The Grand Bazaar contains nearly 4000 shops selling a variety of goods including antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets and leatherwear.Highlights of the Tour: Blue Mosque Hippodrome St. Sophia (is closed on Mondays and replaced with Underground Cistern) Suleymaniye Mosque (this is only included between 1 April - 31 Oct) Grand Bazaar (closed on Sundays and replaced with authentic shops around Grand Bazaar)

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4 Istanbul Classics - Byzantine and Ottoman Marvels

Istanbul Classics - Byzantine and Ottoman Marvels

5 Turkish Night
Turkish Night

fr £42pp

This Turkish Night tour is the perfect way to enjoy a first class meal with traditional Turkish entertainment.Once you have been collected from your hotel you will be taken over to a first class Turkish restaurant. Here you will enjoy a set dinner menu and two local alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks of your choice.While you enjoy your dinner and drinks you will watch a floorshow of famous belly dancers, typical Anatolian folklore and a Turkish singer.This is an excellent tour for enjoying some amazing Turkish food and entertainment!Please Note: Dress code is smart casualTour Highlights: Set dinner menu Two local drinks of your choice Famous belly dancers Anatolian folklore Turkish singer

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5 Turkish Night

Turkish Night

6 Whirling Dervish Tour
Whirling Dervish Tour

fr £46pp

This is the perfect tour for witnessing a sema whirling ceremony, a form of entertainment which is a well-recognized symbol of Turkey.At the historic Galata Mevlevihanesi you will witness a sema whirling ceremony which represents a mystical journey of man's spiritual ascent, accompanied by the haunting, mournful music of the traditional ney reed flute.Not only are Whirling Dervishes a well-recognised symbol of Turkey, they are also members of the Sufi Order of Islam, or the Mevlevi-followers of the 13th century poet and mystic Mevlana Celaddin Rumi.This is a great tour to soak up some traditional Turkish culture.Tour Highlights: Whirling Dervish Ceremony Traditional ney reed flute Transfers

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6 Whirling Dervish Tour

Whirling Dervish Tour

7 Bosphorus Cruise & Beylerbeyi Palace
Bosphorus Cruise & Beylerbeyi Palace

fr £55pp

Enjoy a full day visiting the most important sights in this millenary City by road and water.On this full day excursion you will have the opportunity to visit the following sites:Camlica Hill: This is the hill to which visitors and Istanbullites alike flock to enjoy the breath-taking views of the city and its Bosphorus Strait.Beylerbeyi Palace: The lavishly appointed 19th century summer palace of the last of the Ottoman sultans is located in a small Bosporus shore village called Beylerbeyi.Baghdad Street (Bagdat Caddesi): Located on the Asian (Anatolian) side of the city and running almost parallel to the Marmara Sea shore, this 14 km (8.7 mile) avenue ranks as Istanbul's trendiest street. Lined with chic cafes, restaurants and shops selling the world's best known brand names, Istanbul residents come here to see and to be seen, as much as they come to shop. Young people promenade (often in attempts to attract the opposite sex) and in the night-time hours some of the city's wilder youth keep the traffic police busy by using the broad avenue as a race track to show off the technical skills of Daddy's expensive car.Bosporus by Boat: This cruise along the waterway separating the two continents of Asia and Europe offers front-door views of marble palaces, ancient wooden Ottoman villas, green vistas, and modern residences and luxurious apartments/buildings.

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7 Bosphorus Cruise & Beylerbeyi Palace

Bosphorus Cruise & Beylerbeyi Palace

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

Visit the pleasure island fr £55pp

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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8 Princes Island with Cruise and Lunch

Princes Island with Cruise and Lunch

9 Istanbul Grand Tour
Istanbul Grand Tour

Take the grand tour fr £59pp

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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9 Istanbul Grand Tour

Istanbul Grand Tour

10 Indulge in a Turkish Bath
Indulge in a Turkish Bath

Real Turkish delight fr £64pp

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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10 Indulge in a Turkish Bath

Indulge in a Turkish Bath