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

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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! 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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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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