Duration: Full day (08:30 to 17:30)
Price: 70 Euro (per person)
After pick up from hotel or Istanbul cruise port, you will start the full day guided tour of Istanbul, for the visits to:
Golden Horn: The leg of the Bosphorus and a natural harbour of the historical peninsula making seperation both the old and new parts of Istanbul where the first colonies lived during Byzantine. The accomodation area of Byzantines Jews, Italian traders and other non-muslim minoririties. Visit to the historical traces at balat viewing Metal Church of St Stephen the Bulgarian, Fener Orthodox Patriarchate, Eyup Sultan Moswue, Ahrida Synagougecalled after the one who carried the flag of Prophet Muhammed, a place to pray and pilgrimage for religious visitors. 21kms long City Walls of Istanbul will be also seen on this journey.
Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market): This market is an attractive L-shaped builts, famous for selling the most well-konwn spices in Istanbul and Turkey. In the Bazaar you will find an lots selection of spices like saffron,mint, oreganon, henna for the hair,cinnamon, special traditional Turkish spices for meat,many kinds of pepper... There are orginal Turkish sweets such as "baklava" (a sweet cake made from honey and filled with nuts - chestnuts, pistachios, almonds...), "lokum" is also called Turkish Delight that is a sweet made out of sugar, flour and again delicious nuts, almonds pistachios, and cut into small square pieces.
Boat Cruise on Bosphorus: The Bosphorus is a narrow, available for boat trip between Europe and Asia connection the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea. It is approximately 31 km/20 miles long and changes between 1 and 2.5 km/ 0.5 and 1.5 miles in width. We will have a trip by Bosphorous ferry both European and Asian sides of the city. Alongside million dollar villas we will have a look at the two bridges connecting Europe and Asia by road, as well as the seaside summer places and unique houses from wood not to mind the natural beauty of the forests.
Rumeli Fortress (From the Sea): Mehmet the Conqueror built it in 1452 former to the conquest of Istanbul, was completed in only four months to have the control and protect Bosphorus. It is among the most pleasant works of military architecture anywhere in the world.
Dolmabahce Palace: It was built in the rule of Sultan I Abdulmecit in the 19th century, this imposing palace goes along the European coast of the Bosphorus. Dolmabahce Palace was built between 1843 and 1856, making combination of different European artistic features and constructed by Abdulmecit’s architect, Karabet Balya. The building was completed in three levels, and well planned, with 285 rooms and 43 halls. There is a 600m long pier along the river, with two huge enormous entries. There are well-maintained and impeccable gardens, with an tremendous 56-columned hall for wellcomes, with 750 lights lighted from 4.5 tones of crystal luster. The meeting and greeting Sultans was being done in the enterance, and the harem wasopposite the ceremonial hall. The decoration of inside, silk carpets, furniture, and curtains all remain with little defect. The level of luxury of the palace with walls and ceilings decorated with gold, is from European art period.
Bosphorus Bridge: Unique chance to jump from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes.
Camlica Hill: A great view of Istanbul and Bosphorus from the best point of view.
After the tour, you will be transferred back to the hotel or Istanbul cruise port.
Please take note of the following:
* 30% discount for children below the age 7, free for the ages 0-2
* Spice(Egyptian) Bazaar is closed on Sunday
* Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Monday and Thursday, replaced with Kariye (St. Savior in Chora) Museum
* The order of visiting sights, may vary slightly from time to time
* You are kindly requested to present your self at the pick up point 15 minutes prior the pre advised pick up time
* Smoking is not permitted but all tours make frequent stops
* Pick up and drop off at your Hotel or Cruise Port
* Transportation by air-conditioned non-smoking tour coaches
* Professional Guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
* All entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museums, parking and road tolls
* Lunch at local restaurant (drinks extra)
* Local taxes