Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 1 Day Edirne City Tour - Private
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Edirne is a border city near the countries of Greece and Bulgaria with a population 150,000. The city was founded as Hadrianapolis, named for the Roman Emperor Hadrian today and is still called by the modern version of its Roman name, Edirne. This historic city became the capital of the Ottoman Empire after the city of Bursa and until the conquest of Constantinople when the capital was moved to present-day Istanbul. Edirne remained an important city with logistic and strategic importance especially for the Ottoman army. Since it was the capital for almost one hundred years there are many important historical places from this period remaining.
The renowned Ottoman architect Sinan, completed his masterpiece the Selimiye Mosque (recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site) which is visited on this tour along with Europe’s 3rd largest synagogue, the clock tower, castle ruins and the fascinating Beyazid II Health Complex which consists of a mosque, hospital building, imaret and madrasah. This award winning Museum of Health exhibits beautiful statutes made of wax and some artifacts from Ottoman medical history.
Before returning to Istanbul there will be time for some shopping, with traditional soaps, brooms, and cheeses making perfect souvenirs to take back home with.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up in hotels located in Sultanahmet, Aksaray, Sirkeci, Beyazt and Taksim areas.
Pick-up time: At 7am.
Drop-off time: At 9pm.
Others: The tour includes lunch at a typical Turkish restaurant (drinks not included).

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 10 Days/9 Nights Eco Tourism Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: The Western Black Sea is a treasure of beautiful countryside and rural life which this tour explores, visiting the wondrous Abant and its many lakes, Safranbolu which is one of the oldest cities in Turkey and Pinarbasi which is well known for hiking and horse safaris.
Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
(Dinner included)
Meet at Istanbul Ataturk airport and transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Dinner in hotel and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour
(Breakfast and dinner included)
We depart at 9am for the Istanbul City Tour. We will begin with the ancient Hippodrome, which was the scene of chariot races; the three monuments - the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. We will then continue with Sultanahmet Mosque built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet an also known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. We will then arrive at our last stop which is the famous Hagia Sophia. This ancient basilica was built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century. Return to hotel approx. 5pm. Dinner in hotel and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 - Seven Lakes and Abant Lake Tour
(Breakfast and dinner included)
Visiting 7 lakes which are found to be diffirent height points from each other and at the same time connected on foot. These small lakes are in a valley formed as the result of a landslide and form a part of a large National Park known for trekking. Deer and trout production farms are also in the area. We will then have some lunch and depart for Abant Lake. A seven-kilometre walk around the lake offers a great opportunity to enjoy the area. Those who don't wish to walk can ride horseback or complete the tour in a horse cart. Later, we will have free time for shopping at the bazaar in the village. Overnight near Abant in traditional village house.
Day 4 - Safranbolu
(Breakfast and dinner included)
After breakfast, we have a walk to the historical Safranbolu Bazaar. Once an important stop-over on the major trade routes between Europe and Asia, we visit local places of interest such as Cinci Hodja Caravanserai, Cici Hodja Bath, Kaymakamlar House (Museum) and Izzet Mehmet Pasha mosque. Continue to Kastamonu, we visit government house, Kaya tomb, Seyh Saban-i Veli Mausoleum, Nasrullah Seyh Mosque and more historical sites. Overnight in authentic wooden houses in Safranbolu.
Day 5 - Ilgarini Cave Pinarbasi
(Breakfast and dinner included)
Today we will depart for Ilgarini Cave, which is in the region of Pinarbasi (northwest of Kastamonu), it is one of the largest caves in Turkey. It is a wonderful place for trekking and exploration off the beaten path. The cave is an active one and the stalactite and stalagmite activity still continues. A chapel and a burial ground was found in this cave. Ilgarini Cave was chosen as the 4th biggest cave in the world. There are no roads to IIgarini Cave so we will be trekking to the cave so suitable footwear is advised. Overnight in Pinarbasi.
Day 6 - Ilisu Waterfall & Varla Canyon
(Breakfast and dinner included)
After breakfast we will visit Ilisu Waterfall which is at Kure National Park, near Pinarbasi, which is in the town and district of the Kastamonu Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. After lunch you can either relax in the surroundings of this beautiful natural Turkish village or you can take a walk to the Varla Canyon. The walk to the Canyon is about 4km. Overnight in Pinarbasi.
Day 7 - Comlekciler Village Horse Riding
(Breakfast and dinner included)
After breakfast depart for Comlekciler Koyu. This village has fantastic horse riding facilities which you can do as an optional activity. Horse riding is not only for the advanced riders they have lessons and treks for beginners also. The village is rich in natural beauty. All meals are homemade farm produce including their own vegetables, butter and milk. Overnight in Comlekciler Village.
Day 8 - Halacoglu Valley Tour
(Breakfast and dinner included)
After breakfast we depart for Halacoglu Valley. We will visit this valley by different methods of transport such as horses or tractors and a little bit of walking. This is one of the best valleys in this area where you can smell and breathe in the fresh mountain air. A fantastic BBQ lunch is set in lushous green surrondings. On the way you will get to see many farms and shepherds who still work in this area. Overnight in Comlekciler Village.
Day 9 - Amasra - Akcakoca Tour
(Breakfast and dinner included)
After breakfast, you will depart from your hotel to the ancient city of Amasra, a beautiful one hour scenic drive through the mountains, canyons and little villages, where we will stop along the way so you can take pictures of this beautiful region. Once you get there you will have free time to discover Amasra. Visit Ceneviz Castle and the historical streets and houses of Akcakoca. Akcakoca is one of the most beautiful places on the Western Black Sea coast, famous for its’ fish and over 20 different Turkish vegetable dishes. Make sure you sample the local dishes before you leave. Akcakoca is the last stop of the tour before we depart back to Istanbul we will meet for one last get together at one of the restaurants. Overnight in Akcakoca.
Day 10 - Istanbul - End of Tour
(Breakfast included)
After breakfast depart for Istanbul arriving at Ataturk airport mid-afternoon where the tour ends.
Meeting/pick-up point: Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please note there is an extra charge.
Duration: 10 days/9 nights.
Start/opening time: Pick-up time on first and last day depends on client's flight times.
Languages: Private tour: English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese. Shared tour: English.
Included:
• Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
• Accommodation in 4 Star hotels, village houses, bungalows and boutique hotels
• 2 nights hotel in Istanbul
• 1 night hotel in Abant
• 1 night hotel in Safranbolu
• 2 nights hotel in Pinarpasi
• 2 nights hotel in Comlekciler
• 1 night hotel in Akcakoca
• Guided tours as mentioned in the itinerary
• All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
• Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach

Available until 15 March 2018
Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 10 day Anatolia tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city. Visit to TOPKAPI PALACE, SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE, BLUE MOSQUE, HIPPODROME. Lunch break at 13:00pm after the lunch Murtis Tour will then take you to the GRAND COVERED BAZAAR. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 - Istanbul to Izmir and Kusadasi
After breakfast depart for Bosphorus Cruise tour. Enjoy a magical Istanbul Bosphorus Boat Cruise and Spice Market Tour starting at 08:30. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat including: SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar). BOSPHORUS BY BOAT a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. . Lunh break at the Turkish restaurant. After the lunch depart for Istanbul Ataturk airport for domestic flight to Izmir. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel in Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 4 - Kusadasi - Ephesus Tour - Turkish Village Sirince
08:30 Departure from hotel fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world en - route, visiting the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library, Grand theatre and House of the Virgin Mary. Lunch break around 13:00pm. After the lunch, we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre. After Lunch we will do a Turkish Village Tour. Sirinces construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all Orginal with their white paints. Sirince Village also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey - especially fruit wines. We will visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine. On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region, where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5 - Kusadasi - Pamukkale Tour
At 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale. We will check at the hotel around 12.00 and we have a lunch break until 13.30. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 6 - Pamukkale to Antalya
After breakfast, we depart for Antalya. After 2 hour we will have coffee break, After coffee break then continue to Antalya. Free time to explore this coastal Mediterranean city. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 7 - Antalya Old City Tour and Waterfalls.
After breakfast at 08:30 we drive to Antalya’s old quarter, Kaleici and visit the Marina, Clock Tower, Hadrian's Gate, Broken Minaret and Hidirlik Tower. Kaleici was once the sprawling modern Roman town, then later inhabited by the Byzantines, Seljuks and finally the Ottomans. Hadrian's Gate is a triumphal arch which was built in the name of the Roman emperor Hadrian. Antalya's broken wonder is the Broken Minaret of the Korkut Mosque, which was built originally as a Roman temple in the 2nd century AD, and thus did not have a minaret at all. Hidirlik Tower is a landmark tower of tawny stone. After lunch the tour moves on to the Duden waterfalls, which is where all the streams from the Taurus Mountains find their way into the Mediterranean Sea by pouring over Antalya’s cliffs in a spectacular display. The rest of day is free time. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 8 - Antalya - Konya - Cappadocia
After breakfast early in the morning at 08:00 drive to Konya. 2.5 hour later we have break for coffee and after some rest drive to Konya for lunch at 13:00pm and after the lunch visit the imposing green - tiled Mausoleum of Mevlana, the mystic founder of the Sufi sect (Whirling Dervishes). After the Konya Mevlana tour drive to Cappadocia. Arrival to Cappadocia around 18:30pm and check into your hotel. If you wish to join our optional activity of Ballooning for tomorrow, please contact with your guide and register because it will take place early the next morning. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 9 - Cappadocia Tour
Today we will get to know the Cappadocia region, a volcanic area in which the geological formation started 10 million years ago. You will be picked up approximately 09:30 from your hotel to join our regular tour. We will drive you to Derinkuyu underground city, one of the best preserved and deepest underground cities in the region, reaching depths of up to 55m and having 8 levels open to visitors. The tour then moves on to Uchisar, the highest point of Cappadocia.
After Uchisar, you visit Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. After Cavusin you go to the restaurant in Avanos to have lunch. After lunch, you visit a pottery work shop, to see how to make potteries. Then you go Pasabagi where you can see three - headed fairy chimneys. After Pasabagi you visit another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. Next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals. Then you head to a wineshop in Urgup for wine tasting. Last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end approximately 18:00 and you will be returned back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 10 - Cappadocia to Istanbul - End of Tour
After breakfast you will have free time shopping in Cappadocia. Today we depart for Kayseri airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up from airport on the first day.
Duration: Ten days.
Start/opening time: Available Friday, Sunday and Tuesday.
End/closing time: Day 10 at 5pm.
Languages: Shared tour: English. Private tour: English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic and Chinese.
Others: Please Note: Hagia Sophia is closed on mondays, Topkapi Palace closed on tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on sundays. If your tour is on one of these days we would offer you to visit Underground Cistern instead of Hagia Sophia and Topkapi palace museum, instead of Grand Baazar you will visit Spice Bazaar.
There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from city center and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center. Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please contact us for transfer rates.
Included: Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk airport. Domestic flight from Istanbul to Izmir. Domestic flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul. 2 nights hotel in Istanbul. 2 nights hotel in Kusadasi. 1 night hotel in Pamukkale. 2 nights hotel in Antalya. 2 nights hotel in Cappadocia. 9 open buffet breakfasts, 7 lunches and 9 dinners. Guided Istanbul city tour. Guided Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise. Guided Ephesus tour. Guided Sirince village tour and wine tasting. Guided Pamukkale tour. Guided Antalya Old City tour. Guided Cappadocia tour. All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary. Transportation in a fully air - conditioned, non - smoking coach.
Not included: International flights. Arrival and departure transfer from Sabiha Gokcen airport in stanbul. Insurance: All types. Turkey entry visa. Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry. Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section.
Please note: For infants under the age of 2 there is a flight ticket insurance charge for the domestic flight which will appear during your booking process.

Available until 13 March 2018
Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 12 Days/11 Nights Special Turkey Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: This extensive, special tour by road provides first class service and guided transportation through some of Turkey’s most spectacular sights. Visiting Istanbul, the battlefields of Gallipoli, the Trojan Horse of Troy, Pergamon, the ancient city of Ephesus, the white calcium hot pools of Pamukkale, the beautiful views of the Mediterranean coast in Antalya, the city of Konya and Mausoleum of Mevlana, the underground cities of Cappadocia and the Capital of Turkey, Ankara.
Day 1 you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Istanbul – overnight.
Day 2 includes a tour of the major sights of old Istanbul, visiting Topkapi Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman sultans which boasts exquisite collections of jewels, crystal, the robes of the Sultans’ and their families as well as many other artifacts; the impressive Blue Mosque with its’ magnificent blue Iznik tiles; the Hippodrome, scene of chariot races; lunch, followed by a walk around the Spice Bazaar where the air is filled with the enticing aromas of herbs and spices. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 - Gallipoli Tour 07:30am we depart for Gallipoli to visit the battle fields. Two hours later there will be a 20 minute comfort stop before arriving at Gallipoli around 12pm. After lunch the tour departs for the battle fields, where we visit Gabatepe Museum, Ariburnu Cemetery and Anzac Cove. This is then followed by a visit to the Beach Cemetery, Shrapnel Valley and Plugges Plateau. After the tour drive to the hotel and overnight in Canakkale.
Day 4 - Troy - Pergamon – Kusadasi Tour We depart at 08:30am and drive 30 minutes to Troy, the famous archeological and mythological site, home of the Trojan Horse. After Troy there is a 3 hour drive to Pergamon and a lunch break around 1pm. This ancient Greek city was a renowned cultural and political centre and has some impressive ruins including the magnificent Acropolis, impressive temples and a library. It was also famous for its jewellery, precious stones and silver, so on the way, we will visit a jewellery centre. Arrival to Kusadasi around 6pm. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5 - Kusadasi - Ephesus Tour - Village of Sirince 08:30am departure from hotel for a full guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world and en - route, visiting the site of the Temple of Artemis. Sights to see in Ephesus include Curetes street, the Roman baths, Celsus Library and the impressive amphitheatre. The tour then moves on to the reputed final destination of the Virgin Mary, on the summit of a nearby mountain. Lunch break around 1pm. After lunch, you will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey, a carpet weaving centre and then follow this with a drive into the hills behind the town of Selcuk to the picturesque village of Sirince. Here the houses are built in the style of the Anatolian Greeks who used to inhabit the village. Known for its fruit wines, you will visit some vineyards and learn how to make wine with the local wine makers. In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine. On the way you will also visit a leather production centre, where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate. Return to Kusadasi and overnight.
Day 6 - Kusadasi - Pamukkale Tour At 08:30am the tour departs for Pamukkale. After checking into the hotel around 12.00 there is a lunch break until 1.30pm then the tour moves on to visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis. There’s an opportunity to walk around this natural phenomenon and explore the ancient city. Overnight in Pamukkale
Day 7 - Pamukkale to Antalya After breakfast at 10am the tour departs for Antalya with a refreshment stop on the way. Arrive in Antalya at lunchtime and check-in to the hotel. Free time for the rest of the day. Overnight in Antalya
Day 8 - Antalya Old City Tour and Waterfalls After breakfast at 08:30am the tour sets off to Antalya’s old quarter, Kaleici to see the old Marina, Clock Tower, Hadrian's Gate, the Broken Minaret and Hidirlik Tower. Hadrian's Gate is a triumphal arch which was built in the name of the Roman emperor Hadrian. Antalya's broken wonder is the Broken Minaret of the Korkut Mosque, which itself was built originally as a Roman temple in the 2nd century AD, and thus did not have a minaret at all. Hidirlik Tower is a landmark tower of tawny stone where Kaleici meets Karaalioglu Park. After lunch you depart for Duden waterfalls where streams from the Taurus Mountains pour down the slopes reaching their destination at the edge of the cliffs in Antalya and cascade into the Mediterranean Sea. After this you return to the hotel for free time to shop, rest or explore the rest of the city. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 9 - Antalya - Konya – Cappadocia After breakfast early in the morning the tour departs at 8am to drive to Konya, arriving around 1pm for lunch before visiting the imposing green tiled Mausoleum of Mevlana, the mystic founder of the Sufi sect (Whirling Dervishes). Following this you will continue to Cappadocia, arriving around 6:30pm and check into your hotel. (Optional extra hot air ballon tour available early next morning). Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 10 - Cappadocia Tour with Underground City and Goreme Open Air Museum Departing approximately 09:30am the tour begins with a drive to Derinkuyu underground city, one of the best preserved and deepest underground cities in the region reaching up to 55m deep and having 8 levels open to visitors. Following this you will visit Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia before moving on to Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme is famous for frescoes dating back to the 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and christianity. Next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old houses built out of caves. After Cavusin the tour goes to Avanos to have lunch. The area is famous for its pottery and so after lunch, you will visit a pottery work shop. The tour then moves on to Pasabagi where you can see three - headed fairy chimneys. Afterwards there’s a visit to another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. Next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where there are natural rock formations looking like animals before continuing to a wineshop in Urgup for wine tasting. Last stop is the Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end approximately 6pm and you will return back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 11 - Cappadocia to Ankara City Tour – Istanbul Depart at 8am for Ankara approximately 4 hour drive. On the way, the tour stops at Salt Lake, a natural salt lake and the second biggest lake in Turkey. Arrival to Ankara around 12:30pm and have lunch. After lunch, visit Ataturk Museum at the Ataturk Mausoleum (Ataturk is the founder of the Turkish Republic). Then depart for Istanbul (approximately a 5 hour drive) with refreshment break enroute. Arrive Istanbul around 7pm and check into hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 12 - Istanbul - End of the Tour After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer back to Istanbul Ataturk airport.
Meeting/pick-up point: At Istanbul Ataturk airport (included) and Sabiha Gokcen airport (not included; please contact your supplier to know the transfer rates).
Duration: 12 days.
Start/opening time: at 8:30am on the 2nd day.
End/closing time: After breakfast on the final day.
Languages: Private Tour: English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese. Shared tour: English
Others: Includes: 3 nights hotel in Istanbul, 1 night hotel in Canakkale, 2 nights hotel in Kusadasi, 1 night hotel in Pamukkale, 2 nights hotel in Antalya, 2 nights hotel in Cappadocia, 11 open-buffet breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners, and all entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary.
All accommodations are in 4 and 5 stars hotels.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 2 Day/1 Night: Cappadocia - the Heart of Anatolian Civilization
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: DAY 1: ISTANBUL - KAYSERI - CAPPADOCIA
Your vehicle will be waiting for you for an early morning transfer to the airport. Following the flight to Kayseri city, you will travel to Cappadocia region by driving within the escort of the English speaking guide.
After check in at your hotel, the first step will be Derinkuyu Underground City which is the biggest of the region with its 12 stations under the ground.
On the way to Ihlara Valley, the Crater Lake, Nar Golu, will greet you with its magnificent scenery. Upon arrival at Ihlara Valley, 14 Km long and in some places 140 m deep with 4000 carved caves, start exploring the deep canyon by walking through the valley ( 4 km. ) reach Belisirma village for lunch in a local restaurant.
After lunch we will drive to the end of Ihlara Valley to admire the magnificent view and visit Selime Rock-Cut Monastery. Then leave Ihlara Valley behind and drive to your hotel via Selime village. An elegant dinner and a magical night’s rest at your hotel in Cappadocia will help you to absorb the day’s marvels.
DAY 2: CAPPADOCIA - KAYSERI - ISTANBUL
Breakfast will be served at the hotel, before leaving for the Goreme Valley. Turks have a legend that explains the etymology of the name as: “Gör, Emi (see it for sure)”. This is not without reason, for this is the most important site of the region. The valley is home to rock churches and monasteries, which dates back to 2nd century AD and are richly decorated with colorful frescoes by exiled Christians in the Roman era.
The wonders will then continue with the amazing panoramic view that you will enjoy at the natural citadel of Uchisar. You will witness the poetry, written through the ages on the soft volcanic rock by the none other than the elements of nature. The wind and the rain have worked together to create a surreal, almost lunar landscape; a scene of pillars and cones and, of course, the unique fairy chimneys.
After having lunch at an authentic restaurant, you will take a short walk throughout Zelve - Pasabag where you will find the most interesting fairy chimneys and see the first example of a monk’s chapel.
Visit to Avanos for traditional handicraft and pottery manufacturing by the Hittite technique. Then head to Devrent Valley (Fairy Valley) for a closer look at the fairy chimneys.
Taste delicious Cappadocian wines during a wine factory visit than stop for a look at characteristic fairy chimneys in Urgup. Afterwards transfer to the Kayseri Airport to fly back to Istanbul and transfer to your hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: At the airport.
Duration: 2 days and 1 night.
Start/opening time: According to your flight time.
End/closing time: According to your flight time.
Languages: English.
Includes: Transportation by air conditioned vehicles, airport transfers, BB accommodations in a 4 star hotel and domestic flight tickets.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 2 Days / 1 Night - The trenches of the Gallipoli and Trojan Wars Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Visit the places where some of the most ferocious displays of bravery in the history of mankind were made. Your tour will take you to the site of the Trojan war, as well as the site of the Anzac war, also called as the “Gentlemen’s War”. It was referred to as this because, while shots were traded among trenches that were only 40 foot apart in some places, amazingly, a kind of camaraderie developed between the Allied soldiers and the Turks, they swapped cigarettes and other supplies and formed a mutual respect that lasts even to this day.
DAY 1: ISTANBUL > GALLIPOLI > CANAKKALE
Your tour will start with an early morning departure from the hotel. You will drive along the European shore of the Marmara Sea, seeing some lovely summer houses on the sea side, with vast sun flower fields on the land side. You will also travel by the shores of the Dardanelles, as you will pass by Gallipoli, land of the famous “Gentlemen’s War”. In addition, Canakkale and this part of the Dardanelles, is where the Ottoman Navy and artillery force made the last stand against the allied armada, not letting a single ship pass by. Hence, Churchill’s words: “Canakkale is impassable!”
As you cross the Dardanelles by ferry, you will arrive to Canakkale city, and visit the Kabatepe war museum, Brighton beach, Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial and cemetery, the original tunnels and trenches at Johnston's Jolly (Turkish and Allied), The Nek cemetery, Chunuk-Bair New Zealander Memorial and cemetery. You will spend the night at Canakkale, with an option to taste delicious sea food.
DAY 2: TROY > ASSOS > ISTANBUL
The next morning, you will visit Troy, the city in Homer’s Iliad. You will become a part of Homer’s legends; seeing the symbolic Trojan horse, the city walls, The Athena Temple and the Odeon. Following the visit of the Trojan site, you will be driven to Assos, to see the Athena Temple. Assos is a quite little town, perfect for a light lunch and a small stroll, before the journey back to Istanbul. You may wish to follow a sailors’ tradition on the way back, by buying bread, and throw it to the waters of Dardenelles, as you cross by ferry, to feed the souls of the brave soldiers who lost their lives in battles.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 2 days.
Start/opening time: At 6am on day 1.
End/closing time: At 8:30pm on day 2.
Languages: English.
Included: Transportation by air conditioned vehicles, tour guide, airport transfers, domestic flight tickets and accommodation in a 4 star hotel.
Not included: Drinks, personal expenses, admission fees and lunch.
Others: The overnight stay includes BB accommodation in a 4 star hotel. Rates are per person with double occupancy and upgrades are available upon request for an additional fee.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 2 Days / 1 Night Cappadocia Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: DAY 1: ISTANBUL - KAYSERI > CAPPADOCIA
Your private vehicle will be waiting for you for an early morning transfer to the airport. Following the flight to Kayseri city, you will travel to the Cappadocia region by car. The first days visit will include the Citadel of Uchisar, Zelve Valley and Avanos, the pottery village; as well as the Goreme Open-air Museum with its churches carved out of rock and one of a kind frescoes; and the Karanlik Church, which has recently been restored and announced as one of the World’s treasures by UNESCO. You may enjoy an optional lunch in a local restaurant with a selection of local wines. An elegant dinner and a magical night’s rest at the authentic Cappadocia Lodge Hotel which will help you to absorb the day’s marvels. (Optional tours to a simple wine house or to a local folkloric performance after dinner are available).
DAY 2: CAPPADOCIA > KAYSERI - ISTANBUL
Breakfast will be served at the hotel, before leaving for the Pancarlik Valley and the Underground City of Derinkuyu. You will also see the Soganli Valley and the Cavusin Village. You may opt for another lunch, before leaving Cappadocia at noon and drive to Kayseri for the flight to Istanbul.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Start/opening time: 1st day – 6am.
End/closing time: 2rd day – 9pm.
Drop-off location: Hotel.
Includes: Acommodation in a 4 star hotel.
Others: Lunch should be paid by guest.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 2 Days/ 1 Night - Two Milenia Tour with Pamukkale
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Opting for this two-day tour, you would be fitting the cultural legacy of millennia into 48 hours, visiting the ancient Cities of Ephesus and Hierapolis (Pamukkale). DAY 1: Istanbul, Ephesus and Pamukkale. Private early morning transfer to the airport. Upon your arrival at Izmir airport, your car will be ready for you for a drive to Ephesus.
Opting for this two-day tour, you would be fitting the cultural legacy of millennia into 48 hours, visiting the ancient Cities of Ephesus and Hierapolis (Pamukkale).
DAY 1: Istanbul, Ephesus and Pamukkale
Private early morning transfer to the airport. Upon your arrival at Izmir airport, your car will be ready for you for a drive to Ephesus. The tour of this Roman capital of Asia Minor includes the Odeon, the Marble Street, the Hadrian Temple, the Celcius Library and the Great Theatre. You may opt for lunch in a local restaurant, before paying a pilgrimage visit to the House of Virgin Mary. This Christian and Muslim shrine is located in the vicinity of Ephesus; and it is believed by many that Virgin Mary, was taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived there. After the tour of Ephesus, you will be driven to Pamukkale town for dinner and overnight stay (the thermal bath always at your disposal).
DAY 2: Pamukkale, Izmir and Istanbul
A “White” day begins; as you will visit the famous “cotton castle” and witness the amazing level of mastery the skilled sculptors of Aphrodisias have demonstrated while creating marble statues. You will visit Pamukkale, the ancient Hierapolis, the Necropolis, the Roman Baths and the Theatre. After an optional lunch, you will drive to another land of dreams; this time to Aphrodisias. The ancient city of Aphrodisias was an autonomous city during the time of the Roman Empire. The city was especially well known with the temple dedicated to its protecting Goddess Aphrodite and its sculptures. Your tour of the ancient city will includes the Theater, the Basilica, the Roman Baths; and the biggest stadium of the ancient time. Aphrodisias museum with its magnificent marble statues will be visited as well. Your car will then take you back to Izmir Airport for the flight to Istanbul. The tour will end with a private transfer to your hotel.
Languages: English.
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Location
Starting point:
Dokuz Eylül Mh. , Gaziemir/Provincia de Esmirna - 35425 - zmir - TR
Customers will be picked up at the airport.
End point: You will be dropped off at the airport.
Schedule
Opening dates
Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday, 06:00 - 21:00
Duration: 2 days
Guiding options
Guiding type: Guide
Tips type: Optional
Group type: Shared

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 2 Days/ 1 Night - Two Milenia Tour with Pergamon
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Opting for this two-day tour, you would be able to experience the cultural legacy of millennia in 48 hours, visiting the ancient Cities of Ephesus and Pergamum.
DAY 1: Istanbul, Ephesus and Izmir
Private early morning transfer to the airport. Upon your arrival at Izmir airport, your car will be ready for you for a drive to Ephesus. The tour of this Roman capital of Asia Minor includes the Odeon, the Marble Street, the Hadrian Temple, the Celcius Library and the Great Theatre. You may opt for lunch in a local restaurant, before paying a pilgrimage visit to the House of Virgin Mary. This Christian and Muslim shrine is located in the vicinity of Ephesus; and it is believed by many that Virgin Mary was taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived there. You will spend the night in Izmir, one of Turkey’s most beautiful cities, reckoned for its unique character.
DAY 2: Izmir, Pergamum and Istanbul
After breakfast, an hour´s drive will take you to another ancient city, The Pergamum. You will once again walk through the ages, visiting the Acropolis and the Asklepion, which indeed has been an inspiration, as well as a prototype for the modern healthcare center of our day. You may opt for having lunch at a local restaurant during your tour. Your car will then take you back to Izmir Airport for the flight to Istanbul. The tour will end with a private transfer to your hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: At the airport.
Duration: 2 days.
Start/opening time: 6am on the first day.
End/closing time: 9pm, depending on the flight.
Languages: English.
Not included: Drinks and all personal expenses, admission fees and lunch. Others: Included: Transportation by air conditioned vehicles, airport transfers, accommodation in a 4-star hotel with breakfast included, domestic flight tickets.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 2 Days/ 1 Night Amazing Cappadocia
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Day 1: Istanbul, Kayseri and Cappadocia
Your private vehicle will be waiting for you for an early morning transfer to the airport. Following the flight to Kayseri city, you will travel to the Cappadocia region by car. The first day visits will include the Citadel of Uchisar, Valleys of Zelve, Avcilar and Pigeon, then Avanos, the pottery village; as well as the Göreme Open-air Museum with its churches carved out of rock and one of a kind frescoes; and the Karanlik Church, which has recently been restored and announced as one of the World’s treasures by UNESCO. You may then opt for lunch, either in a fish or meat restaurant with a selection of local Cappadocia wines. The afternoon will be a great time to see the magnificent views offered the unique nature of the region, capture moments in pictures or videos. An elegant dinner and a magical night’s rest at the authentic Cappadocia Lodge Hotel which will help you to absorb the day’s marvels. (Optional tours to a simple wine house or to a local folkloric performance after dinner are available).
Day 2: Cappadocia, Ankara and Istanbul
Breakfast will be served at the hotel, before leaving for the Pancarlik Valley and the Underground City of Derinkuyu. You will leave Cappadocia at noon and drive to Ankara via the famous Salt Lake, a vast ocean of white. The drive takes almost 4 hours, with optional lunch on the way, at the 13th Century Azikarahan Caravanserai of Selçuks. Upon arrival in Ankara, you will take an evening flight to Istanbul, where you will be transferred to your hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: At the airport.
Duration: 2 days.
Start/opening time: At 6am (1st day).
End/closing time: At 9pm (2nd day).
Languages: English.
Not included: Drinks and all personal expenses, admission fees and lunch. Others: Included: Transportation by air conditioned vehicles, airport transfers, accommodation in a 4-star hotel with breakfast included, domestic flight tickets.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 2 days / 1 night - The Provinces of the Roman Empire
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: 1: ISTANBUL - IZMIR > PERGAMUM
Private early morning transfer to the airport.
Upon your arrival at Izmir airport, your private car and guide will be ready for you for a drive to Pergamum. An hour long drive will take you to an ancient city, The Pergamum. You will walk through the ages, visiting the Acropolis and the Asklepion, which indeed has been an inspiration, as well as a prototype for the modern healthcare center of our day. You may opt for having lunch at a local restaurant during your tour. You will spend the night in Izmir, one of Turkey’s most beautiful cities, reckoned for its unique character.
DAY 2: IZMIR > EPHESUS - ISTANBUL
After breakfast, an hour drive will take you to another ancient city, Ephesus. You will once again walk through the ages the tour of this The Roman capital of Asia Minor includes the Odeon, the Marble Street, the Hadrian Temple, the Celcius Library and the Great Theatre.
You may opt for lunch in a local restaurant, before paying a pilgrimage visit to the House of Virgin Mary. This Christian and Muslim shrine is located in the vicinity of Ephesus; and it is believed by many that Virgin Mary was taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived there.
Your car will then take you back to Izmir Airport for the flight to Istanbul. The tour will end with a private transfer to your hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick up.
Duration: 2 days
Start/opening time: At 6am.
End/closing time: At 6:30pm.
Includes: Transportation by air conditioned vehicles, fully escorted by an English speaking tour guide, airport transfers, domestic flight tickets and accommodation in a 4 star hotel.
Excludes: Drinks, all personal expenses, admission fees and lunch. Others: Rates for tours out of Istanbul that has overnight stay include BB accommodations in a 4 star hotel. Rates are per person with double occupancy. Upgrades are available upon request for an additional fee.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 3 Days / 2 Nights - Nemrud: The Mountain-monument of Ancient Gods
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: The Nemrud Mountain stands in Southeastern Turkey, and it is a 7.000 feet tall memorial for Kings and Gods of the ancient world; for its summit is decorated with a number of large statues that were erected in 62 BC, by King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene.
The statues flank the tomb-sanctuary; and they are built after the images, apart from the King himself, lions, eagles and various ancient gods, such as Hercules - Vahagn, Zeus-Aramaz or Oromasdes (associated with the Iranic god Ahura Mazda), Tyche and Apollo-Mithras. The same statues and ancestors found throughout the site can also be found on the tumulus at the site, which is 49 m (161 ft) tall and 152 m (499 ft) in diameter. The statues appear to have Greek-style facial features, but Persian clothing and hairstyling. Meanwhile, the western terrace contains a large slab with a lion, showing the arrangement of stars and the planets Jupiter, Mercury and Mars on 7 July 62 BC; believed to be an indication of when construction began on this monument.
In 1987, Mount Nemrut was made a World heritage site by UNESCO.
Day 1: Istanbul, Malatya, Nemrud.
Your tour will start with a transfer to Istanbul Airport for your flight to Malatya, also known as the city of apricots. Your guide will welcome you at the Malatya airport and will accompany you during your transfer to the mountain hotel.
Day 2: Nemrud.
After the breakfast, you will visit the 14th century castle at Eski Kale (Arsameia of Nymphaios) and a magnificent 3rd century Roman Bridge at Cendere. Pass through the plains of Mesopotamia and the giant Ataturk Dam that tames the Euphrates River and climb up the mountain, see the gigantic funerary sanctuary erected in the first century AD. Following an amazing display of the setting sun, you will return to the mountain hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Nemrud, Urfa, Istanbul.
You will leave the hotel very early in the morning, to witness the spectacular sunrise over the stone heads and god statues form the time of King Antiochus. You will return to the hotel for breakfast and checkout. You will leave the hotel and Mount Nemrud after breakfast; and depart for the biblical town of anl›urfa to visit the city’s Sacred Carp Pools of Abraham, the fortress and Turkey’s most traditional covered bazaar. You will then proceed to Harran to visit the ruins of Islam’s first university, dated from the 8th century. You will spend the night in Urfa, and will have an early check-out for the transfer Malatya airport, for the flight to Istanbul. (Or transfer to Urfa airport depending on the flight day and flight time).
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Start/opening time: At 8am on day 1.
End/closing time: At 6pm on day 3.
Languages: English.
Included: Transportation by air conditioned vehicles, tour guide, accommodation in a 4* hotel and domestic flight tickets.
Not included: Drinks, personal expenses, admission fees and lunch.
Others: The overnight stay includes BB accommodation in a 4 star hotel. Rates are per person with double occupancy and upgrades are available upon request for an additional fee.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 3 Days / 2 Nights Istanbul Gourmet Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Combining Turkish food and a cooking class with a sight-seeing tour of some of this city’s spectacular historical attractions, this short break in Istanbul offers a special itinerary particularly interesting to lovers of food and history.
Day 1: arrival day and welcome dinner.
Welcome to Turkey, arrival into Istanbul. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel. A welcome drink and chat with gourmet experts in Turkish cuisine is available after your arrival. Tonight you will have a welcome dinner, be introduced to our friendly crew and other travellers while enjoying traditional Turkish food and the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Turkish cooking lesson in Istanbul.
After a morning orientation sightseeing tour of Istanbul, you participate in your first Turkish cooking lesson, preparing lunch and getting to taste the various delicious flavours of Turkey’s cuisine from different regions. After lunch we visit Topkpai Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries and housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Moving on to the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, it is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. After this we visit the Hippodrome, scene of chariot races, with the three monuments, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Ending at approximately 5pm we return to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: end of the tour.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and return transfer to Ataturk Airport.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from Istanbul Ataturk Airport.
Duration: 3 days.
Start/opening time: According to client's flight arrival time.
End/closing time: According to client's flight arrival time.
Languages: Private tour: English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, and Chinese. Shared tour: English.
Others: There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20km away from city centre and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55km away. Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, but if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen an extra charge will be applied.
Included: 1 cooking class, 2 nights in 5*hotel in Istanbul, 3 breakfasts, 1 welcome dinner, all entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary, transportation in a fully air-conditioned and non-smoking coach, professional tour guides, return airport transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.
Not included: international flights, all types of insurance, Turkey entry visa, items of personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks and laundry, any others expenses not mentioned at the included section.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 3 Days / 2 Nights Istanbul Islam Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: A 3 day / 2 nights special fully guided Umrah tour package in Istanbul Turkey with a full day’s sightseeing of the great Islamic sights in Istanbul.
Day 1: Istanbul.
Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul Islamic and Sahabe Tour.
After breakfast, fully guided Istanbul walking tour of the Old City visiting Topkapi Palace (closed on Tuesdays), Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Suleymaniye Mosque, Eyup Sultan Mosque (1458) the first grand mosque built in the city. Next to Eyup Sultan Mosque we will visit the tombs of the Sahabe, which is very famous in Turkey as they were the first generation of Muslims who had come as far as Istanbul and besieged the city. Tour finishes at the Grand Bazaar with a return transfer to hotels at 17.30pm (closed on Sundays). Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to airport.
Meeting/pick-up point: Istanbul airport.
Duration: 3 days.
Start/opening time: According to guest's flight arrival.
Languages: Private tour: English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic and Chinese. Join tour: English.
Others: There are two airports in Istanbul, Istanbul Atatuk Airport is 20 km away from city centre and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city centre. Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, and if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please note there is an extra charge.
Included: pick up and drop off airport transfer to and from Istanbul Ataturk Airport, 2 nights in 5* hotel accommodation, 2 breakfasts, guided Istanbul Islamic tour, professional tour guides, all entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary, transportation in fully air-conditioned and non-smoking luxury buses.
International flights, all types of insurance, Turkey entry visa, items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, and any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section.
Please note that there are two airports in Istanbul: Istanbul Atatuk Airport is 20km away from city centre and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55km away from city centre. Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, but if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport there is an extra charge.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 3 Days / 2 Nights The Land of Myth, Beauty and History Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Day 1: Istanbul, Troy and Pergamum.
On the first day of your journey, you will visit Troy, the site of the Trojan War and Pergamum, the birthplace of parchment. Your tour will start with an early morning departure from the hotel at 6am. You will drive along the European shore of the Marmara Sea, seeing some lovely summer houses on the sea side, with vast sun flower fields on the land side.
As you cross the Dardanelles by ferry, and drive the last 25 minutes to the site of Troy; you will become a part of Homer’s legends; seeing the symbolic Trojan horse, the city walls, The Athena Temple and the Odeon. After the visit, you may opt for lunch in a local restaurant. Then you will follow the route taken by those who have escaped the fall of Troy, fleeing from the wrath of Agamemnon, to the city of Pergamum.
It is believed that the word parchment is a derivative of Pergamum. According to Pliny the parchment was invented under the patronage of Eumenes of Pergamum, as a substitute for papyrus. Pergamum had hosted one of the biggest libraries of ancient ages, before it was destroyed. Pergamum is also the original home for the The Great Altar of Pergamon, on display in the Pergamon museum in Berlin, Germany. Still in its original site, is the base of the altar, believed to have been dedicated to Zeus, and the "Satan's Throne" as referred by John of Patmos in his Book of Revelation.
You will once again walk through the ages at this site; visiting the Acropolis and the Asklepion, which indeed has been an inspiration, as well as a prototype for the modern healthcare center of our day.
Dinner and overnight in one of the best hotels in modern Pergamum.
Day 2: Pergamum, Ephesus and Pamukkale.
The second day of your tour will start with a drive, via the Aegean city of Izmir, to Selcuk area. You will then visit the ancient city of Ephesus, the Roman capital of Asia Minor. Your tour will include the Odeon, the Marble Street, the Hadrian Temple, the Celcius Library and the Great Theatre. You may opt for lunch in a local restaurant, before paying a pilgrimage visit to the House of Virgin Mary. This Christian and Muslim shrine is located in the vicinity of Ephesus; and it is believed by many that Virgin Mary, was taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived there.
After a drive to Pamukkale town, you may wash the fatigue of the day (actually, the millenia) away, by taking a quick swim in a thermal bath before dinner .
Day 3: Pamukkale, Izmir and Istanbul.
“White” will be the dominating color of the third day of your journey; as you will visit the famous “cotton castle” and witness the amazing level of mastery the skilled sculptors of Aphrodisias have demonstrated while creating marble statues.
Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a natural site that is created by hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white "castle" which is nearly 9 thousand feet long and more than 500 feet wide. This amazing sight can be seen even from miles away on a clear day.
You will visit the Cotton Castle itself (feel free too dip your feet in the small lakes along the way!), the ancient Hierapolis, the Necropolis, the Roman Baths and the Theatre. After an optional lunch, you will drive to another land of dreams; this time to Aphrodisias. The ancient city of Aphrodisias was an autonomous city during the time of the Roman Empire. The city was especially well – known with the temple dedicated to its protecting Goddess Aphrodite and its sculptors. Its level of welfare, during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, had brought the city to a unique position in architecture and the art of sculpting. Aphrodisias witnessed the cultural interaction between Anatolian and Greek identities, the structure and running of the Empire and many historical secrets of passage from the ancient to middle age. Your tour of the ancient city will include the Theater, the Basilica, the Roman Baths; and the biggest stadium of the ancient time. You will also see the museum and its magnificent marble statues.
Your car will then take you back to Izmir Airport for the flight to Istanbul. The tour will end with a private transfer to your hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 3 days.
Start/opening time: At 6am on day 1. At 9pm on the last day, depending on the flight.
End/closing time:
Languages: English.
Others: Rates for tours out of Istanbul that has overnight stay include half board accommodations in a 4* hotel. Rates are per person with double occupancy. Upgrades are available upon request for an additional fee.
Included: transportation by air conditioned vehicles, English-speaking tour guide, airport transfers, accommodation (4* hotel), domestic flight tickets.
Not included: drinks and all personal expenses, admission fees, lunches.
Please note that, despite being clean, welcoming and having friendly staff, the service offerings of the hotels in the area are bound to 3* standards.
All passengers must bring their own passport.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 3 Days / 2 nights -  Marvels
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: This tour enables you to experience two of the most precious cultural sites Turkey has to offer, over a period of three days. You will be able to see the ancient Ephesus, as well as Cappadocia, which has always been an object of desire to men, even before it was mentioned in the Holy Bible. Also, by opting for this tour, you will have a chance to see the night life of Izmir and Cappadocia.
DAY 1: ISTANBUL - IZMIR > EPHESUS
Private early morning transfer to the airport. Upon your arrival at Izmir airport, your car will be ready for you for the drive to Ephesus. The tour of this Roman capital of Asia Minor includes the Odeon, the Marble Street, the Hadrian Temple, the Celcius Library and the the Great Theatre. You may opt for lunch in a local restaurant, before paying a pilgrimage visit to the House of Virgin Mary. This Christian and Muslim shrine is located in the vicinity of Ephesus; and it is believed by many that Virgin Mary, was taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived there. You will spend the night in Izmir, one of Turkey’s most beautiful cities, reckoned for its unique character.
DAY 2: IZMIR - ANKARA > CAPPADOCIA
Followinglunch, you will travel on the famous Silk Road, on the way to the underground city of either Kaymakl or Derinkuyu. Carved out of stone, these cities have been sanctuaries for early Christians evading their persecutors.
The afternoon’s wonders will then continue with the amazing panoramic view that you will enjoy at the natural citadel of Uçhisar. You will witness the poetry, written through the ages on the soft volcanic rock by none other than the elements of nature. The wind and the rain have worked together to create a surreal, almost lunar landscape; a scene of pillars and cones and, of course, the unique fairy chimneys. You will also have the chance to see Pigeon Valley, Avclar Valley, Zelve Valley and Avanos - the pottery village. An elegant dinner and a magical night’s rest at your hotel in Cappadocia will help you to absorb the day’s marvels. (Optional tours to a simple wine house or to a local folkloric performance after dinner are available).
DAY 3: CAPPADOCIA - KAYSERI > ISTANBUL
Breakfast will be served at the hotel, before leaving for the Göreme Valley. Turks have a legend that explains the etymology of the name as: “Gör, Emi (see it for sure)”. This is not without areason, for this is the most important site of the region. The valley is home to rock churches and monastaries, going back to the 2nd century AD, which are richly decorated with colorful frescoes. You will also see the Soganli Valley, Cavusin Village and Paabag Valley with Fairy Chimneys; as well as the Karanlik Church which has recently been restored and presented as a treasure to the world. You may opt for lunch in a local restaurant with selections of local wines. You will then be transferred to the airport at Kayseri, the hometown of Turkey’s hereditary merchants! After the return flight to Istanbul, there will be another private transfer, back to your hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Start/opening time: 1st day – 6am.
End/closing time: 3rd day – 9pm.
Drop-off location: Hotel.
Included: Transportation by air conditioned vehicles, accommodation in a 4 stars hotel and domestic flight tickets.
Not included: Drinks and all personal expenses, admissions fee and lunch.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 4 Days / 3 Nights Istambul and Cappadocia Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Day 1: arrival to Istanbul.
Arrival in Istanbul and meeting at the airport, transfer to the hotel, and check- in. Leisure afternoon. Possibility of arranging Bosphorus Cruise Tour if you arrive early and time permits. It can be arranged even last minute on arrival in Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul.
Meeting at the hotel reception at 9am. Visit to Topkapi Palace, which was used by the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to 19th centuries. We will also see the impressive collection of priceless jewels, crystal, silver and porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and relics of the prophet Mohammed. After lunch break we will see the Blue Mosque, built for Sultan Ahmet I, which is a unique piece of architecture with its six minarets and features 20,000 beautiful Iznik tiles. Visit the ancient Hippodrome with Obelisk of Theodosius, Snake Pillar and German Fountain of Wilhelm II. Walk through the back streets of Old Istanbul and visit the Yerebatan underground Cistern. At the end of the tour we will have time to see the Grand Bazaar (except Sundays). Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: Cappadocia.
Pick-up from hotel 2 hours before flight departure. Take the early morning flight from Istanbul airport to Cappadocia. Arrival at the airport and meeting just outside the arrival’s gate with a sign bearing your name with your driver. Transfer to Cappadocia and starting our tour to Kaymakl Underground City, one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia. Continue to the lunar landscape of Cappadocia: rock formations beyond belief in Devrent valley; a journey in the past with its troglodyte houses, continue to Pasabag “fairy chimneys” where the voice of wind mixes with the “songs of fairies” near Zelve. Lunch break in Avanos, centre of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC. and a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. We will end our tour visiting the highest point of Cappadocia, Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 4: Cappadocia.
Meeting in the hotel reception at 9:30am. We will start our day with visiting Göreme Open air Museum , the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings (10th to 13th century) where you can see several churches built into caves by Christians between the 10th and 13th centuries. In the museum you have a chance to visit several different churches and chapels: Sakl Church, Kllar Church, St Basil Church, Ylanl (Onuphrius) Church, St Catherine’s Chapel and Çarkl (Sandal) Church and the monks’ refectory, tombs, cellars and larders.
After the museum tour, our crew will guide you to the airport for your flight back to Istanbul.
Meeting/pick-up point: Istanbul airport.
Duration: 4 days.
Start/opening time: according to the flight arrival time.
End/closing time: museum tour on last days finishes at 5pm approx.
Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation in a 4* hotel, hotel rooms standard doubles, breakfast, Istanbul – Cappadocia flight ticket (return), comfortable transportation and professional driver, professional tour guide, all parking and road taxes.
Exclusions: lunches and dinners.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 4 Days/3 Nights in Istanbul and Cappadocia with Balloon Ride
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Day 1 – Arrival to Istanbul
Arrival in Istanbul and meeting at the airport, transfer to the hotel, check- in. Leisure afternoon.
Optional: Possibility of arranging Bosphorus Cruise Tour if you arrive early and time permits. It can be arranged even last minute on arrival in Istanbul.
Overnight Istanbul.
Day 2 - Istanbul
Meeting at the hotel reception at 09:00am
Visit to Topkapi Palace, which was used by the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to 19th centuries. We will also see the impressive collection of priceless jewels, crystal, silver and porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and relics of the prophet Mohammed. After lunch break we will see the Blue Mosque, built for Sultan Ahmet I, which is a unique piece of architecture with its six minarets and features 20,000 beautiful Iznik tiles. Visit the ancient Hippodrome with Obelisk of Theodosius, Snake Pillar and German Fountain of Wilhelm II. Walk through the back streets of Old Istanbul and visit the Yerebatan underground Cistern. At the end of the tour we will have time to see the Grand Bazaar (except Sundays). Overnight Istanbul.
Day 3- Cappadocia
Pick-up from hotel 2 hours before flight departure.
Take the early morning flight from Istanbul airport to Cappadocia. Arrival at the airport and meeting just outside the arrival’s gate with a sign bearing your name with your driver. Transfer to Cappadocia. Check in to your hotel having a little rest before starting our tour. We will start our day with visiting Göreme Open air Museum , the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings (10th to 13th century) where you can see several churches built into caves by Christians between the 10th and 13th centuries. Continue to the lunar landscape of Cappadocia: rock formations beyond belief in Devrent valley; a journey in the past with its troglodyte houses, continue to Pasabag “fairy chimneys” where the voice of wind mixes with the “songs of fairies” near Zelve. Lunch break in Avanos, centre of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC. and a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. After lunch we will visit Özkonak Underground city and we will end our tour visiting the highest point of Cappadocia, Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Overnight Cappadocia.
Day 4 – Cappadocia – Hot air Balloon Tour
We will start our day in Cappadocia with the fantastic hot air Balloon tour as the sun is rising. Our driver will pick you up from the hotel ealy morning 5 am ( summmer time )*, go to balloon departure area for breakfast and briefing, balloon flight duration is one hour, after the balloon tour we will finish with celebration and champaigne before returning to the hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast and having a rest, our crew will guide you to the airport for your flight back to Istanbul.
Meeting/pick-up point: At the airport.
Duration: 4 days/3 nights.
Start/opening time: Arrival in Istanbul and meeting at the airport, transfer to the hotel, check- in. Leisure afternoon.
End/closing time: After breakfast and having a rest, our crew will guide you to the airport for your flight back to Istanbul.
Tour Includes: Accommodation ( 3 night ) in 4* hotels, breakfast, Istanbul – Cappadocia Flight Ticket (Return), hot air balloon tour, comfortable transportation and professional driver, all parking and road taxes.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 4 Days/3 Nights: The Aegean Way
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: DAY 1: ISTANBUL > TROY > ÇANAKKALE
The first day features a visit of Troy, and you will spend the night at Çanakkale city, which is located along the Dardanelles. Your tour will start with an early morning departure from the hotel. You will drive along the European shore of the Marmara Sea, seeing some lovely summer houses on the sea side, with vast sun flower fields on the land side.
As you cross the Dardanelles by ferry, and drive the last 25 minutes to the site of Troy; you will become a part of Homer’s legends; seeing the symbolic Trojan horse, the city walls, The Athena Temple and the Odeon. After the visit, you will relax in Çanakkale, a pleasant small town with exceptional fish restaurants.
DAY 2: TROY > PERGAMUM > IZMIR
On the second day, you will follow the route taken by those who have escaped the fall of Troy, to the city of Pergamum. You will visit the Acropolis and the Asklepion, which indeed has been an inspiration, as well as a prototype for the modern healthcare center of our day.
After the Pergamum visit, you will be driven to Izmir (this trip takes about an hour). You will have a tour of interesting sights that this unique city offers. Our recommendation is the panoramic view of the city from the Kadifekale (The Velvet Castle); and a large glass of “Efes” Beer, which is best enjoyed at a sea side café on the “Kordon”, at sunset. Izmir too, is famous for its exceptional fish restaurants.
DAY 3: IZMIR > EPHESUS > PAMUKKALE
Feel free to spoil yourself with a little extra sleep this morning (as long as you don’t overdo it!); as this morning’s drive will a relatively short one. You will visit the ancient city of Ephesus, the Roman capital of Asia Minor. Your tour will include the Odeon, the Marble Street, the Hadrian Temple, the Celcius Library and the Great Theatre.
You may opt for lunch in a local restaurant, before paying a pilgrimage visit to the House of Virgin Mary. This Christian and Muslim shrine is located in the vicinity of Ephesus; and it is believed by many that Virgin Mary, was taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived there.
After the tour of Ephesus, you will be driven to Pamukkale town for dinner and overnight (the thermal bath always at your disposal).
DAY 4: PAMUKKALE > IZMIR • ISTANBUL
“White” will be the dominating color of the fourth day of your journey; as you will visit the famous “cotton castle” and witness the amazing level of mastery the skilled sculptors of Aphrodisias have demonstrated while creating marble statues.
Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a natural site that is created by hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water.
The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white "castle" which is nearly 9 thousand feet long and more than 500 feet wide. This amazing sight can be seen even from miles away on a clear day.
You will visit the Cotton Castle itself (Feel free to dip your feet in the small lakes along the way!), the ancient Hierapolis, the Necropolis, the Roman Baths and the Theatre.
After an optional lunch, you will drive to another land of dreams; this time to Aphrodisias.
The ancient city of Aphrodisias was an autonomous city during the time of Roman Empire. The city was especially well – known with the temple dedicated to its protecting Goddess Aphrodite and its sculptors.
Its level of welfare, during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, had brought the city to a unique position in architecture and the art of sculpting. Aphrodisias is an ancient city that has traces of civilizations from ancient to middle age.
Your tour of the ancient city will include the Theater, the Basilica, the Roman Baths; and the biggest stadium of the ancient time. Aphrodisias museum with its magnificent marble statues will be visited as well.
Your car will then take you back to Izmir Airport for the flight to Istanbul. The tour will end with a private transfer to your hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: At the hotel.
Duration: 4 days and 3 nights.
Start/opening time: At 6am.
End/closing time: 9pm, depending on the flight.
Languages: English.
Includes: Transportation by air conditioned vehicles, airport transfers, half board accommodations in a 4 star hotel and Domestic flight tickets. Others: Rates are per person with double occupancy. Upgrades are available upon request for an additional fee.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 5 Days / 4 Nights - Cappadocia by Private Car and Balloon
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: DAY 1: ISTANBUL > ANKARA
Early departure from Istanbul, for a drive to Ankara, the Turkish capital. Your half day tour in Ankara will include the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the Mausoleum of Atatürk, the founder and the first president of Turkish Republic. You will have dinner and spend the first night in Ankara.
DAY 2: ANKARA > CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast, you will leave the hotel to travel to the Cappadocia region. Cappadocia was an object of desire to men, even before it was mentioned in the Holy Bible. Once the capital of the powerful Hittite empire, later a refuge for early Christians; it is a land of magic, a region of exceptional natural wonders (in particular characterized by fairy chimneys) and a unique historical and cultural heritage. Prepare yourself to travel back in time, and prepare your mind to wander between the images of ancient people and the breath taking beauty of the landscape. The drive to Cappadocia will take you to the shores of the picturesque Salt Lake, a vast ocean of white. Have a chance to see the Turkish village lifestyle at short stops at the villages of Yaprakhisar and Selime. The first spot to visit in Cappadocia will be the Ihlara Valley, which was formed by volcanic eruptions; and where the scenery is fascinating. You will also visit the rock chapels with amazing frescoes. Then visit the Derinkuyu Underground City, where the early Christians seek refuge as they fled the wrath of none-believers. This long day’s journey will end at Nevsehir, the center of the Cappadocia region; where you will have dinner and stay for the night.
DAY 3: CAPPADOCIA
Your day of wonders will begin early, even before breakfast. You will be picked up from the hotel to watch the sun rise over this magnificent land, from a hot air balloon. You will have a unique, fairy tale-like experience, dipping down to pick fresh from the tree tops, or soaring above the landscape, picking out landmarks never before noticed. You will then return to the hotel for breakfast; before continuing to explore Cappadocia; Climb up to the citadel of Uchisar, which was used as a watch tower. See the Pigeon Valley with pigeon houses on slopes of the valleys. You will enjoy the amazing panorama from Esentepe and Cevizlibag. Visit the Göreme Open Air Museum. The area is populated by chapels, with awe-inspiring paintings made by exiled Christians during the Roman era. Take a short walk to Zelve – Pasabag where you will find the most interesting rock formations, called “fairy chimneys”; as well as the first examples of a monk’s chapel. Then visit Avanos, the pottery village, where tiles and plates are crafted, using the millennia-old Hittite technique. At the end return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay. Optional tours to a simple wine house or to a local folkloric performance after dinner are available).
DAY 4: CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for Soganli Valley to enjoy a little trekking and visit the churches. You will then stop at Sahinefendi, a unique village, where you will find an opportunity to visit Sobesos, an ancient Roman city, which was very recently discovered. You will explore the Keslik Monastery and the ancient Greeek village of Mustafapasa. On your way back to the hotel, you will visit the Saruhan Caravansarai, which was a pit stop for the travellers of the Silk Road and their camels, as well as a local wine factory, to taste the delicious Cappadocia wines.
DAY 5: CAPPADOCIA > ISTANBUL
You will leave the hotel after breakfast, and proceed to Istanbul by land.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Start/opening time: At 5am (first day).
Duration: 5 days.
Includes: Transportation by air conditioned vehicles, fully escorted by an English speaking tour guide and accommodation in a 4* Hotel.
Excludes: Drinks, all personal expenses, admission fees and lunch.
Others: Rates for tours out of Istanbul that has overnight stay include BB accommodations in a 4 star hotel. Rates are per person with double occupancy. Upgrades are available upon request for an additional fee.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 5 Days / 4 Nights Istanbul and Cappadocia Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Day 1.
Arrival in Istanbul and meeting at the airport, transfer to the hotel, check- in. Leisure afternoon. Optional: Possibility of arranging Bosphorus Cruise Tour if you arrive early and time permits. It can be arranged even last minute on arrival in Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Sultanahmet – Old Istanbul.
Meeting at the hotel reception at 9am. Visit to Topkapi Palace, which was used by the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to 19th centuries. We will also see the impressive collection of priceless jewels, crystal, silver and porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and relics of the prophet Mohammed. After lunch break we will see the Blue Mosque, built for Sultan Ahmet I, which is a unique piece of architecture with its six minarets and features 20,000 beautiful Iznik tiles. Visit the ancient Hippodrome with Obelisk of Theodosius, Snake Pillar and German Fountain of Wilhelm II. Walk through the back streets of Old Istanbul and visit the Yerebatan underground Cistern. At the end of the tour we will have time to see the Grand Bazaar (except Sundays). Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: Istanbul- Cappadocia.
Pick-up from hotel 2 hours before flight departure. Take the early morning flight from Istanbul airport to Cappadocia. Arrival at the airport and meeting just outside the arrival’s gate with a sign bearing your name with your driver. Transfer to Cappadocia and starting our tour to Kaymakl Underground City, one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia. Continue to Sahinefendi ( Sobesos ) - Sobessos is newly discovered (01 May 2002) mosaic houses & Archaeological excavation site. Villages in the valleys, surrounded by the “table top” mountains, are spectacular. Continue with Keslik Monastery near Cemil, that hides it’s frescoes behind a very thin smoke layer which we can only see by torch light. Lunch break. Visit to Mustafapaa (Sinasos), an old Greek town with its spectacular old Greek houses; very fine examples of late Greek settlements and architecture. Visit to Saruhan Caravanserai, a roadside inn where travellers could rest and recover from the day’s journey. Caravanserais supported the flow of commerce, information and people across a network of trade routes of Asia, North Africa and South-Eastern Europe on the legendary Silk Road and the Spice road. Continue with panorama of the Red Valley, with its fabulous volcanic rock formations in the heart of Cappadocia but away from the tourist crowds. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 4: Cappadocia.
Meeting at the hotel reception at 9:30am. In the morning, begin with the lunar landscape of Cappadocia: rock formations beyond belief in Devrent valley; a journey in the past with its troglodyte houses, continue to Pasabag “fairy chimneys” where the voice of wind mixes with the “songs of fairies” near Zelve. Lunch break in Avanos, centre of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC. and a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. Afternoon, visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum and see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings (10th to 13th century). Continue to Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia. Day 5: Cappadocia.
Take the morning flight to Istanbul. Pick-up from hotel 2 hours before flight departure.
Meeting/pick-up point: Istanbul airport.
Duration: 5 days.
Start/opening time: according to flight arrival time.
End/closing time: return flight is at lunchtime.
Inclusions: Included: 4 nights accommodation in a 4* hotel, standard double rooms, breakfast, Istanbul – Cappadocia flight ticket (return), comfortable transportation and professional driver, professional tour guide, all parking and road taxes.
Exclusions: lunches and dinners.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 5 Days/4 Nights Art Tour in Istanbul for Women
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: A unique opportunity to explore and experience the delights of this fascinating city in the company of like-minded people who share an interest in culture, the arts and cuisine.
Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
(Welcome dinner included)
Welcome to Turkey, arrival into Istanbul. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel and have some rest. Tonight you will have a welcome dinner, be introduced to our friendly crew and other travelers while enjoying traditional Turkish food and the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 - Turkish Cooking Lesson Istanbul
(Breakfast included)
Depart 08:30am. After a morning orientation sightseeing tour of Istanbul, you participate in your first Turkish cooking lesson - preparing lunch which you can then enjoy! After lunch we visit Topkpai Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries and housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Moving on to the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, it is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
After this we visit the Hippodrome, scene of chariot races, with the three monuments, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. We then visit the Grand Bazaar, a labyrinth of streets and passages with more than 4,000 shops, each trade having its own area; the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts etc. Ending at approximately 5pm we return to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 - Istanbul Borsphorus Cruise - Belly Dancing and Folklore Class
(Breakfast and dinner included)
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia, then visit the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. After the Tour return to hotel for a rest. In the evening at approximately 6pm we depart for your Belly dancing and folklore class. This will be a very memorable class learning belly dancing techniques and folklore dance.
You will learn the special moves and how to get the attention of the audience. We have dinner at the Restaurant and return to the hotel at approximately 11pm. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4 - Istanbul City Tour - Ceramics Lesson
(Breakfast included)
Pick up at 8:30am from your hotel for a day tour of old Istanbul city and a ceramics lesson. You will be assisted in your lesson by professional ceramic artists to make your own ceramic piece that you can take home as a memory and souvenir of your trip to Turkey. Following the lesson there will be free time for lunch before continuing the city tour where we visit St. Sophia, an ancient basilica built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century; it is one of the architectural marvels of all time. Tour finished approx. 4:30pm and then you are free for the rest of the day. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 5 - Istanbul - End of Tour
(Breakfast included)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and return airport transfer.
Meeting/pick-up point: Transfer from Ataturk Airport to your hotel is included; if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen Airport there is an extra charge.
Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights.
Start/opening time: Pick-up and drop-off on first and last day are according to client's flight times.
Languages: Private Tour: English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese. Shared Tour: English.
Others: Please Note: Topkapi Palace closed on Tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on Sundays.
INCLUDED:
• Turkish Cooking Lesson
• Turkish Belly Dancing and Folklore Class with dinner
• Turkish Ceramics Lesson (approx. 1.5 to 2 hours)
• 2 different Istanbul City Tours
• Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise
• 4 nights in 5* hotel in Istanbul
• 1 Welcome Dinner
• 4 breakfasts
• All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
• Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 6 Days / 5 Nights Cooking Tour of Western Turkey
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: If you like cooking or want to learn how to cook, we offer you a very special itinerary to learn delicious Turkish cuisine while travelling through some of Turkey’s best historical sites and beautiful countryside. Places we visit include Istanbul, the Gallipoli Battlefields, the ancient site of Pergamon where one of the Seven Churches of St John is located, the ancient ruins of Ephesus close to Turkey’s Aegean coast and the beautifull hilltop village of Sirince.
Day 1 - Istanbul Tour- Arrival Day – Welcome Dinner (included)
Welcome to Turkey, arrival into Istanbul. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel. A welcome drink and chat with gourmet experts in Turkish cuisine is available after your arrival. Tonight you will have a welcome dinner, be introduced to our friendly crew and other travellers while enjoying traditional Turkish food and the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night. Overnight in Istanbul. (There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from city centre and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away. Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included; if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen there is an extra charge).
Day 2 - Turkish Cooking Lesson Istanbul (Breakfast included)
After a morning orientation sightseeing tour of Istanbul, you participate in your first Turkish cooking lesson, preparing lunch and getting to taste the various delicious flavours of Turkey’s cuisine from different regions. After lunch we visit Topkpai Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries and housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Moving on to the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, it is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. After this we visit the Hippodrome, scene of chariot races, with the three monuments, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Ending at approximately 5pm we return to the hotel.
Day 3 - Gallipoli Tour - Cooking Lesson Canakkale (Breakfast, Local Lunch and Local Dinner included)
At 6:30am we depart for Gallipoli to visit the battle fields. Two hours later we will give you 20 minutes for relax in a restaurant area. We arrive Gallipoli around 12:00pm and have lunch and relax a little before departing for the battle fields and Gabatepe Museum. We begin with the Ariburnu Cemetery and Anzac Cove where the Gallipoli battle during WW1 began, then we visit Beach Cemetery, Shrapnel Valley and Plugges Plateau. We return to the hotel at approximately 5pm. Dinner in the hotel. Today you will taste the delicious cousins of Western Turkey, the area is famous for pide and lahmacun with cheese and vegetables. Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 4 - Troy Tour – Pergamon Tour - Kusadasi (Breakfast, Local Lunch and Local Dinner included)
We depart at 8:30am and drive 30 minutes to Troy, the famous archeological and mythological site, home of the Trojan horse and Helen of Troy. After Troy we have a 3 hour drive to Pergamon and stop for lunch around 1pm before visiting the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon. This ancient city’s impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political centre while it was also famous for its’ jewellery, precious stones and silver. Arrival to Kusadasi around 6pm and overnight. Dinner in hotel.
Day 5 - Ephesus Tour and Making Wine (Breakfast and dinner included)
At 8:30am departure from hotel. Guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world en-route visiting the site of the Temple of Artemis befire reaching the city itself. There are many marveloous sights to enjoy at Ephesus such as Curetes street, the Roman baths, the beautiful Celsus Library and the amphitheatre. We will have a lunch break at a small Turkish restaurant and then drive on to Sirince, a picturesque hilltop village once inhabited by Greeks. The village is renowned for producing wine - especially fruit wines so we will visit the vineyards and learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. On the way to the hotel, we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey, a carpet weaving centre. Return to hotel approximately 5pm. Dinner in hotel and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 6 - Kusadasi Tour- Izmir to Istanbul - End of Tour (Breakfast included)
Today we depart for Izmir airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and the end of the tour.
Meeting/pick-up point: At the hotel.
Duration: 6 days.
Start/opening time: According to client's flight times.
End/closing time: According to client's flight times.
Languages: English. For private tours, other languages are available such as: German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese. br /> Others: Included : All airport transfers mentioned in the itinerary, domestic flight from Izmir to Istanbul, 1 wine tasting, 2 nights in 5* hotel in Istanbul, 1 night in 5* hotel in Canakkale, 2 nights in 5* hotel in Kusadasi, 5 breakfasts, 3 dinners, all entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary.
Please Note: Hagia Sophia closed on Mondays, Topkapi Palace closed on Tuesdays, and Grand Bazaar closed on Sundays. Not included: International flights, Insurance: all types, Turkey entry visa, Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 6 Days / 5 Nights Student Tour of Turkey
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Suitable for groups of all ages ranging from college, university to high school, this 6 day program will take you through the historical and picturesque sites of Istanbul, the battlefields of Gallipoli, the Trojan Horse of Troy, Pergamon, site of one of the Seven Churches of St John from the Bible before reaching the ancient city of Ephesus and back to Istanbul by domestic flight.
Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day (Dinner included)
Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. (There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from city centre and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away. Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included; if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen there is an extra charge).
Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour (Open buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for a day tour of the Sultanahmet historical district of Istanbul. Visit St. Sophia Museum, an ancient basilica built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century BC and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century – it is one of the architectural marvels of all time. Topkapi Palace comes next; the palace of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, it houses an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle, enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Across from St. Sophia is the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet and known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Afterwards we visit the ancient Hippodrome, scene of chariot races, with three monuments, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Free time is given for a lunch break at 1pm followed by a visit to the Grand Bazaar. This labyrinth of streets and passageways contains more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its’ own area. Return to hotel approximately 5pm and overnight.
Day 3 - Gallipoli Tour (Open buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
At 06:30am we depart for Gallipoli to visit the battle fields. Two hours later we will give you 20 minutes for relax in a restaurant area. We arrive at Gallipoli around 12pm and have lunch and relax a little before departing for the battle fields and Gabatepe Museum. We begin with the Ariburnu Cemetery and Anzac Cove where the Gallipoli battle during WW1 began and then we visit Beach Cemetery, Shrapnel Valley and Plugges Plateau. We return to the hotel at approximately 17:00pm. Dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 4 - Troy Tour - Pergamon – Kusadasi (Open buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
We depart at 08:30am and drive 30 minutes to Troy, the famous archeological and mythological site, home of the Trojan horse and Helen of Troy. After Troy we have a 3 hour drive to Pergamon and stop for lunch around 13:00pm before visiting the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon. This ancient city’s impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political centre while it was also famous for its jewellery, precious stones and silver. Arrival to Kusadasi around 6pm and overnight. Dinner in hotel.
Day 5 - Kusadasi - Ephesus Tour - Turkish Village Sirince (Open buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
At 08:30am departure from hotel. Guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world en-route visiting the site of the Temple of Artemis befire reaching the city itself. There are many marvelous sights to enjoy at Ephesus such as Curetes street, the Roman baths, the beautiful Celsus Library and the amphitheatre. We will have a lunch break at a small Turkish restaurant and then drive on to Sirince, a picturesque hilltop village once inhabited by Greeks. The village is renowned for producing wine - especially fruit wines so we will visit the vineyards and learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. On the way to the hotel, we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey, a carpet weaving centre. Return to hotel approximately 17:00pm. Dinner in hotel and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 6 - Kusadasi - Izmir to Istanbul - End of Tour (Open buffet breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
Today we depart for Izmir airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and the end of the tour.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from the airports in Istanbul.
Duration: 6 days/5 nights.
Start/opening time: Pick-up time on first and last day depends on client's flight times.
Languages: English. Other languages available for the private tour: German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic and Chinese.
Others: Included : Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk airport, domestic flight ticket from Izmir to Istanbul, 2 nights in 4*hotel in Istanbul, 1 night in 4* hotel in Canakkale, 2 nights in 4* hotel in Kusadasi, 5 open buffet breakfasts, 5 local dinners, 4 lunches, all entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary, return airport transfer.
Please Note: Hagia Sofia is closed on Mondey, Topkapi Palace closed on Tuesdays, and Grand Bazaar closed on Sundays. If your tour is on one of these days we would offer you to visit Underground Cistern instead of Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace museum and the Spice Bazaar instead of Grand Bazaar.
Not included: International flights; all other types of insurance; Turkey entry visa; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry; any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 6 days/5 nights Istanbul and Bursa City Package
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: 1st day: Transfer from airport to Istanbul Hotel.
Second Day: Istanbul Princes Island Tour. There is no better way to escape the bustle of Istanbul for a day than with a visit to the Idyllic Princes ‘ Islands. Enjoy cool breezes and charming sights along the way to Büyükada, the largest Island in the chain. Famous for their mild climates, lush vegetation, and ornate Ottoman Houses, all the islands are unspoiled by traffic. Instead of cars there are carriages , called phaetons, which we will use to tour the island and its beautiful scenery studded with elegant mansions draped with purple bougainvillea , reminiscent of a more leisured and graceful era. Gazing across the Asian shore of stanbul, so close-though it feels world away.
Third Day: Istanbul museums and Castles Tour. Sultan Ahmet Mosque: We will start our historical journey in stanbul from here. The mosque often called the Blue Mosque. Hippodrome: which contains Byztantium obelisk, Egyptian obelisk, the three headed serpent column and the German foundation.
Topkap Palace: The primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for approximately 400 years. The palace includes many fine examples of Ottoman architecture. It contains large collections of porcelain, robes, weapons, shields, armor, Ottoman miniatures, Islamic calligraphic manuscripts and murals, as well as a display of Ottoman treasures and jewellery.
Hagia Sophia: Is a former Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica (church), later and imperial mosque , and now a museum.
Fourth day: Transfer from Istanbul to Bursa.
Fifth day: Bursa Uludag Mountain Tour. Green Mosque & Silk House: Firstly we will go to one of the main things you must see in Bursa The Green Mosque which takes its name from the green-blue tiles also known as Mosque of Mehmed I , is a part of the largest complex located on the east side of Bursa.
The complex consists of a mosque, tomb, madrasah, kitchen and bath. The path is used nowadays as market that sells silk which is one of the most famous products in Bursa.
Great Mountain (Uluda): The ancient Mysian Olympus, is a mountain in Bursa province, with an altitude of 2543m. It is a popular center for winter sports such as skiing and national park of rich flora and fauna. Summer activities such as trekking and camping also popular. (available with cable car if its working ).
Big Tree (600 years old):We will visit the old tree and enjoy its amazing view and atmosphere. We can also enjoy drinking Turkish tea under the tree.
Krclar leather factory & Show room: The most famous leather producer in Bursa.
Munira sweet factory: Explore the taste of Turkish delights , spices , Turkish tea and coffee and many different gifts.
Sixth day: Transfer from Bursa to airport.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Start/opening time: At 9am – first day.
End/closing time: At 4pm – last day.
Languages: English and Arabic.
Others: Lunch for the second day is not included.
Accomodation : nights in 5-star hotels (standard double rooms) with bed and breakfast.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 7 Days/ 6 Nights Special Honeymoon Tour of Turkey
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: This special honeymoon package offers a great introduction to some of Turkey’s top highlights including the fascinating city of Istanbul, the Mediterranean city of Antalya and the romantic, lunar landscape which is Cappadocia.
Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. (There are two airports in Istanbul, Istanbul Atatuk Airport is 20 km away from city centre and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city centre. Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please note there is an extra charge).
Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour (Breakfast included)
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for a day tour of the Sultanahmet historical district of Istanbul. Visit St. Sophia Museum, an ancient basilica built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century BC and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century – it is one of the architectural marvels of all time. Topkapi Palace comes next; the palace of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, it houses an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle, enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Across from St. Sophia is the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet and known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Afterwards we visit the ancient Hippodrome, scene of chariot races, with three monuments, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Free time is given for a lunch break at 1pm followed by a visit to the Grand Bazaar. This labyrinth of streets and passageways contains more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its’ own area. Return to hotel approximately 5pm and overnight.
Day 3 - Istanbul to Antalya (Breakfast, Local dinner included)
After breakfast and check-out we depart at 8:30am for the Bosphorus Cruise tour. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat while sailing between the European and Asian shores of this important waterway. After the tour we depart for Istanbul Ataturk airport for the domestic flight to Antalya (approx. 1 hour flight). Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel in Antalya late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Antalya.
Day 4 - Antalya Aspendos and Perge Tour (Breakfast, Local Lunch and Local dinner included)
After breakfast we will depart for Perge and Aspendos. These ancient cities date from before Christianity and played key roles during their time. St. Paul started his campaign in Anatolia from Perge in 46 AD and Aspendos has a beautiful Roman amphitheatre where outdoor concerts are still held. A lunch break is given between the two cities at approximately 13:00pm. Dinner in the hotel and overnight in Antalya.
Day 5 - Antalya to Cappadocia by flight (Breakfast and Local dinner included)
After breakfast, at 12pm check out and there is free time till departure for Antalya airport early afternoon for our domestic flight to Cappadocia (approximately one hour). Transfer from Kayseri airport to your hotel, arriving approx. 5pm. The rest of the day is free to explore Cappadocia. Dinner in the hotel and overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 6 - Cappadocia Tour (Breakfast, Local Lunch and Local dinner included)
Departing at 9:30am we will get to know the Cappadocia region, a volcanic area in which the geological formation started 10 million years ago. As a result of these formations phallic like pillars have come to life. The beautiful horse country Katpatuka, (as the Persians called her) is an unbelievable strip of land, enchanting and mysterious. Cappadocia region is also famous for its’ arts, including ceramics and carpets. Tour starts with Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia then we move on to Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating from 10th century AD describing religious life and the life of Jesus Christ. Next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. After Cavusin we have lunch in Avanos followed by a visit to a pottery work shop, to see how to make pottery. Then we visit Pasabagi where you can see three - headed fairy chimneys and a workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. Next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals before going on to a wineshop in Urgup for wine tasting. The tour finishes with the Three Beauties, beautiful fairy chimneys, which are the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end approximately 6pm and you will be returned back to your hotel. Dinner in hotel and overnight Cappadocia.
Day 7 - Cappadocia to Istanbul - End of Tour (Breakfast included)
After breakfast you will have free time for shopping in Cappadocia. Mid-afternoon we depart for Kayseri airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and here the tour ends (approx. 5pm).
Meeting/pick-up point: At the hotel.
Duration: 7 days.
Start/opening time: According to client's flight times.
End/closing time: According to client's flight times.
Languages: English. For private tours, other languages are available such as: German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese. br /> Others: Included : All airport transfers mentioned in the itinerary, domestic flight from Istanbul to Antalya, domestic flight from Antalya to Cappadocia, domestic flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul, 2 nights in 5* hotel in Istanbul, 2 nights in 5* hotel in Antalya, 2 nights in 5* cave hotel in Cappadocia , 7 open buffet breakfasts, 2 local lunches at restaurants during the tours, 4 local dinners at the hotel, all entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary.
Please Note: Hagia Sofia is closed on Mondey, Topkapi Palace closed on Tuesdays, and Grand Bazaar closed on Sundays. If your tour is on one of these days we would offer you to visit Underground Cistern instead of Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace museum and the Spice Bazaar instead of Grand Bazaar.
Not included: International flights, Insurance: all types, Turkey entry visa, Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 7 Days/6 Nights Gourmet Tour of Turkey
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Combining Turkish food and three cooking classes with a sight-seeing tour of Istanbul, Antalya and Cappadocia, this six night package includes no long bus rides, just domestic flights so, less time is spent on travelling and more on appreciating the beauty of the landscape and the delicious flavors of Turkish cuisine.
Day 1 - Istanbul Tour- Arrival Day – Welcome Dinner
(Welcome dinner included)
Arrival into Istanbul and transfer from the airport to your hotel. A welcome drink and chat with gourmet experts in Turkish cuisine is available after your arrival. Tonight you will have a welcome dinner, be introduced to our friendly crew and other travelers while enjoying traditional Turkish food and the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 – Istanbul City Tour - Turkish Cooking Lesson Istanbul
(Breakfast included)
After a morning orientation sightseeing tour of Istanbul, you participate in your first Turkish cooking lesson, preparing lunch and tasting various flavours of Turkey from different regions. After lunch we visit Topkpai Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries and housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Moving on to the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, it is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
After this we visit the Hippodrome, scene of chariot races, with the three monuments, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Ending at approximately 5pm we return to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 - Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise - Istanbul fly to Antalya
(Breakfast, Local dinner included)
After breakfast and check-out we depart at 8:30am for the Bosphorus Cruise tour. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat while sailing between the European and Asian shores of this important waterway. After the tour we depart for Istanbul Ataturk airport for the domestic flight to Antalya (approx. 1 hour flight). Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel in Antalya late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Antalya.
Day 4 - Antalya Duden waterfalls Tour - Cooking Lesson
(Breakfast and dinner included)
After breakfast we visit the Duden Waterfalls, a short journey from the centre of Antalya and a beautiful spot where the Duden River extends from the Taurus Mountains all the way to the Mediterranean and creates two cascades known as the Upper and Lower Duden Waterfalls. This is followed by lunch before we return to the hotel for the cooking lesson. Today we will taste the Mediterranean flavours; the Mediterranean kitchen is famous for its salads and mezzes. Finish approx. 4pm. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 5 - Antalya to Cappadocia by flight
(Breakfast and Local dinner included)
After breakfast at 12pm check out and free time till departure. Then we depart for Antalya airport for our domestic flight to Cappadocia late afternoon. Transfer from Kayseri airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Cappadocia. Dinner and Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 6 - Cooking Lesson and Cappadocia Tour
(Breakfast and dinner included)
After having had breakfast, participants will take part in another cooking lesson in Cappadocia. You will have the opportunity to taste the delicious food of Central Turkey, including pancakes and kebabs. In the afternoon we visit Goreme Open Air Museum, the heart of Cappadocia. Famous for frescoes dating from around 10th century AD describing the life of Jesus Christ. Next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave houses once inhabited by Greeks. We also visit a pottery work shop to see how the ceramics are made before finishing with Pasabagi where you can see three - headed fairy chimney rock formations. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 7 - Cappadocia to Istanbul - End of Tour
(Breakfast included)
After breakfast you will have free time for shopping in Cappadocia. Then we depart for Kayseri airport for the domestic flight to Istanbul. The tour ends at Kayseri airport.
Meeting/pick-up point: Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included; if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport there is an extra charge.
Duration: 7 days/6 nights.
Start/opening time: Pick-up time on first and last day depends on client's flight times.
Languages: Private tour: English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese. Shared tour: English.
Included:
• All Airport transfers mentioned in the Itinerary
• Domestic flight from Istanbul to Antalya
• Domestic flight from Antalya to Cappadocia
• Domestic flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul
• 3 different cooking classes
• 2 nights in 5* hotel in Istanbul
• 2 nights in 5* hotel in Antalya
• 2 nights in 5* cave hotel in Cappadocia
• 7 open buffet breakfasts
• 2 local lunches at restaurants during the tours
• 4 local dinners at the hotel
• Guided Istanbul city tour
• Guided Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise
• Guided Antalya Duden Waterfalls Tour
• Guided Cappadocia tour
• All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
• Transportation in a fully air - conditioned, non - smoking coach

Available until 25 March 2018
Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 8 Days / 7 Nights - Eyes of Turkey Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: If you are looking for something special and extraordinary then look no further. The best package for a short visit to Turkey, including Istanbul – Antalya, Konya, Cappadocia, Ankara and back to Istanbul. This is an exquisite tour with all the bells and whistles. Incorporating a domestic flight and comfortable coach travel, you will be able to see Istanbul, the Mediterranean Region and Central Anatolia. An ideal tour for those who love history and culture which also includes a visit to the Mediterranean Coast.
On day 1 you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Istanbul – overnight. (There are two airports in Istanbul, Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from the city centre and Sabiha Gokcen which is 55 km away. The transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included; if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please contact us for transfer rates).
Day 2 includes a tour of the fascinating city of the major sights of old Istanbul, visiting the ancient basilica of St Sophia built originally in the 4th century AD; the impressive Blue Mosque; Hippodrome, scene of chariot races and finishing with a must-do exploring the labyrinth of streets which make up the Grand Bazaar, which houses more than 4,000 shops. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 there is a magical boat tour along the Bosphorous which separates Europe and Asia followed by a visit to the Spice Bazaar. After lunch the tour departs to Ataturk airport for the domestic flight to Antalya.
Day 4 is spent exploring the delights of this Mediterranean city, visiting the old quarter known as Kaleici and after lunch, Duden waterfalls where the mountain streams from the Taurus Mountains pour off the cliffs into the sea. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 5 at approximately 8.00 the tour departs for Konya, a two and a half hour coach journey. At Konya we visit the green-tiled Mausoleum of Mevlana, founder of the Sufi sect and home of the Whirling Dervishes. In the afternoon, the tour then moves on by coach to the spectacular region of Cappadocia in central Anatolia, arriving around 18.30. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 6 is a full day visiting the many wonderful sights in the area, beginning with a trip to Derinkuyu underground city. One of the best preserved, this city is 55m deep and was inhabited by up to 20,000 people and was fully formed during the Byzantine area as protection from invading Arab armies. Also visited is Goreme Open-air Museum where there are religious frescoes from the 10th century AD. The distinctively formed fairy chimneys, now the symbol of Cappadocia are also visited and there are visits to carpet and pottery workshops as well as a chance to taste some of the region’s famous wine. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 7 departing at 8.00 the tour drives to Turkey’s capital, Ankara (approximately 4 hour journey). On the way there is a stop at Salt Lake, the second biggest lake in the country. After lunch we visit Ataturk Museum at the Mausoleum (Ataturk was the founder of modern day Turkey). In the afternoon, there is a coach journey back to Istanbul arriving around 19.00. Overnight.
Day 8 after breakfast there is the transfer back to Ataturk Airport. Includes:
All Airport transfers as per itinerary (except Sabiha Gokcen Airport)
Domestic flight from Istanbul to Antalya
3 nights hotel in Istanbul
2 nights hotel in Antalya
2 nights hotel in Cappadocia
7 open buffet breakfasts
6 lunches at restaurants during to tours
7 dinners
Guided Istanbul city tour
Guided Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise
Guided Antalya Old City tour with waterfalls
Guided Konya tour
Guided Cappadocia Tour with Underground City and Goreme Open Air Museum
Guided Ankara tour
All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
Transportation in a fully air - conditioned, non - smoking coach
Professional English - speaking tour guides
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up from Istanbul Ataturk Airport on the first day.
Duration: 8 days.
Start/opening time: At 8:30am on day 2.
End/closing time: After breakfast on day 8.
Languages: English.
For private tours : English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese.
Includes: Accommodation is in 4 and 5 star hotels.
Please note: For infants under the age of 2 there is a flight ticket insurance charge for the domestic flight which will appear during your booking process.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 8 Days / 7 Nights Luxury Tour of Western Turkey
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Enjoy first class service and guided transportation through the historical and picturesque sites of Istanbul, the ancient ruins of Ephesus, the hot springs of Pamukkale and beautiful views of the Aegean coast in Bodrum.
Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
Meet at Istanbul Ataturk airport and transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. (There are two airports in Istanbul, Istanbul Atatuk Airport is 20 km away from city centre and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city centre. Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please note there is an extra charge).
Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour (Breakfast included)
After breakfast we depart at 8:30am for your guided Istanbul city tour visiting the major sites in the historic Sultanahmet area of the city, including the fabulous Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman Sultans for centuries, the Blue Mosque dating from the early 17th century, the Hippodrome which marks the area of an old chariot race track and finishing with a trip to the spice or Egyptian Bazaar, full of aromatic aromas and a great place to buy herbs and spices to take back home. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 - Istanbul to Izmir by Flight – Kusadasi (Breakfast and Local dinner included)
After breakfast and check-out, at 08:30am depart for a Bosphorus Cruise tour on a luxury private boat. Enjoy the array of sites you can see along this important waterway which separates the two continents of Asia and Europe. Around mid-day we depart for Istanbul Ataturk airport for domestic flight to Izmir. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel in Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 4 - Kusadasi - Ephesus Tour - Turkish Village Sirince (Breakfast, Local Lunch and Local dinner included)
A fully guided Ephesus Tour starts at 08:30am to one of the best preserved ancient ruins in the world. A visit to Ephesus - once the commercial center of the ancient world - is a highlight of any visit to Turkey. The tour of the ruins includes a theatre, gymnasium, agora and baths, as well as the Library of Celsius and the final abode of the Virgin Mary where she spent her last years. Lunch is approx. 1pm followed by a visit to a carpet weaving centre before reaching the picturesque hilltop village of Sirince. Known for producing fruit wines, the tour visits a vineyard. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5 - Kusadasi to Pamukkale Tour (Breakfast, Local lunch and Local dinner included)
At 08am we depart for Pamukkale (approx. 3 hour drive) and on arrival check into the hotel and have a lunch break. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (meaning ‘cotton castle’) and the ruins of Hierapolis and walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs (extra charge). Tour ends approx. 5pm. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 6 - Pamukkale to Bodrum (Breakfast and dinner included)
After breakfast we will drive to Bodrum, stopping on the way for a coffee break (5 hour drive). Dinner in hotel and overnight in Bodrum.
Day 7 – Bodrum Free Day (Breakfast and dinner included)
Today is free to enjoy the sunshine and explore this popular, cosmopolitan resort. There are narrow shopping streets with an abundance of great things to buy, lovely street side cafes to sit and watch the world passing by and the magnificent Crusader Castle of St Peter’s nestling in Bodrum Bay. Dinner in hotel and overnight in Bodrum. Day 8 – Bodrum to Istanbul - End of Tour (Breakfast included)
After breakfast we depart for Bodrum airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul Ataturk airport (approx. 1hr10mins flight) and the end of the tour.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from Istanbul Ataturk airport.
Duration: 8 days.
Start/opening time: According to the customer's flight time.
End/closing time: According to the customer's flight time.
Languages: English. For private tours, other languages are available such as: German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese.
Others: Included: arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk airport, domestic flight from Istanbul to Izmir, domestic flight from Bodrum to Istanbul, 2 nights in luxury hotel in Istanbul, 2 nights in 5* hotel in Kusadasi, 1 night in 5* hotel in Pamukkale, 2 nights in luxury hotel in Bodrum, 7 open buffet breakfasts, 2 local lunches during the tours, 5 local dinners at hotels, all entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary, return airport transfer.
Please Note: Hagia Sofia is closed on Monday, Topkapi Palace closed on Tuesdays, and Grand Bazaar closed on Sundays. If your tour is on one of these days we would offer you to visit Underground Cistern instead of Hagia Sophia and Topkapi palace museum, instead of Grand Bazaar you will visit Spice Bazaar. Not included: International flights; all other types of insurance; Turkey entry visa; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry; any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 8 Days / 7 Nights Tour of The Seven Churches
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Visit the seven biblical churches that paved a religion and centuries of Christianity, now resting in the heart of Islamic Turkey. Istanbul - Smyrna (Izmir) - Pergamon - Sardis - Philadelphia - Pamukkale / Hierapolis - Laodicea - Ephesus - Istanbul.
Day 1: arrival day.
Welcome to Turkey. Arrive in Istanbul airport, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul (breakfast included).
Our journey begins in Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two continents. We will visit the Topkapi Palace, St. Sophia, The Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: Smyrna and Pergamon (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
Depart approx 08:30am for transfer from hotel to Istanbul airport for flight to Izmir. Arrival in Izmir. Drive to ancient Smyrna where the second one of the seven Christian churches in Asia Minor existed and to which St. John the Divine wrote (Revelation l - 11). In the afternoon proceed to Thyatira, another one of the Seven Churches. See the remains of a Basilica and other ruins from the Roman Period. Dinner in hotel and overnight in Izmir.
Day 4: Pergamon (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
Depart approximately 08:30am to drive to Pergamon (1.5 hours). Visit the Acropolis with its pagan temples and Altar of Zeus. Continue to the healing centre, Aesculapius. Return to Izmir 17:00pm, dinner in hotel and overnight in Izmir.
Day 5: Sardis, Philadelphia and Pamukkale (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
After breakfast depart for Sardis, just over an hour’s drive from Izmir and place of another one of the Seven Churches mentioned by St. John. Continue to Philadelphia to another one of the Christian congregations, and a city built in 2 BC by King Eumenos. Lunch break at 13:00pm the move on to Pamukkale and the ancient site of Hierapolis. Watch the sunset over the petrified waterfalls. Dinner in hotel and overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 6: Laodicea and Ephesus (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
Depart approximately 08:30am to visit Hierapolis and then Laodicea, whose church was mentioned in the Book of Revelations for not being effective, before continuing to Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary. Said to be the final abode of the Virgin Mary, located on Mount Nightingale above Ephesus, this is a beautiful spot sanctified by the Catholic Church. The tour continues to the ancient city of Ephesus to see the spectacular ruins of an old synagogue, the 24,000 seater amphitheatre where St. Paul preached (Acts 10), the Library of Celsus and Hadrian’s Yemple amongst many other sights. Finish approximately 17:00pm after short drive to hotel in Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Istanbul (breakfast included).
Transfer to Izmir airport after breakfast for the flight to Istanbul. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Free time to explore the city and shop for souvenirs. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 8: end of the tour (breakfast included).
After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.
Meeting/pick-up point: Istanbul Airport.
Duration: 8 days.
Start/opening time: According to client's flight times.
End/closing time: According to client's flight times.
Languages: Private tour: English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, and Chinese. Shared tour: English.
Others: Included: arrival airport transfer from Ataturk airport, domestic flight tickets from Istanbul to Izmir, domestic Flight tickets from Izmir to Istanbul, 3 nights in 5* hotel in Istanbul, 2 nights in 5* hotel in Izmir, 1 night in 5* hotel in Pamukkale, 1 night in 5* hotel in Kusadasi, 7 open buffet breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, all entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary, transportation in a fully air - conditioned and non - smoking coach, return airport transfer.
Not included: international flights, all types of insurance, Turkey entry visa, items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, and laundry, any others expenses which are not mentioned at the "included" section.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 8 days / 7 nights Pearls of Anatolia Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours:
DAY 1: ISTANBUL
Your guide will meet you and, as is customary, will present you with a welcome gift. You will then start your Istanbul city tour. You will visit;
The Hippodrome:
The Hippodrome has been a center for sports and entertainment in the old Constantinople, the Roman capital; as well as a very important political center for politics, as sports and politics were closely knit during these times.
Sultan Ahmet Camii / The Blue Mosque:
It was the dying wish of Sultan Ahmet, who perished at a young age in the 17th century, due to a disease, to finish the mosque so that his name would live forever. It is called the Blue Mosque by visitors who felt in the awe of the delicate designs of Ottoman tiles that decorate the walls of the shrine. A group photo will be taken in front of the Blue Mosque and given as a present of the sweet memories of Turkey.
DAY 2: ISTANBUL > GALLIPOLI > TROY > ASSOS
The second day will be a journey to the land of gallantry, as you will travel to Homer’s Troy.
Your tour will start with an early morning departure from the hotel at 06:00 am. You will drive along the European shore of the Marmara Sea. You will also travel by the shores of the Dardanelles, as you will pass by Gallipoli, and other land of gallantry where the famous “Gentlemen’s War” was fought between the Ottoman and Anzac troops during the WW1.
As you cross the Dardanelles by ferry, and drive the last 25 minutes to the site of Troy; you will become a part of Homer’s legends; seeing the symbolic Trojan horse, the city walls, The Athena Temple and the Odeon. Your journey will then take you to Assos the ancient Greek city of philosophers and scholar. You will be transferred to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 3: PERGAMUM > IZMIR > KUSADASI
You will have another early breakfast, before leaving early towards Kuadasi via Izmir, the 3rd largest city in Turkey.
On this trip, you will follow the route taken by those who have escaped the fall of Troy, fleeing from the wrath of Agamemnon, and stop for lunch at Bergama, or Pergamum, the birth place of parchments.
Once, Pergamum hosted one of the biggest libraries of ancient ages, before it was destroyed. Pergamum is also the original home for the Great Altar of Pergamon, on display in the Pergamon museum in Berlin, Germany.
You will again walk through the ages at this site; visiting the Acropolis and the Asklepion, the Pre-Roman temple that was consecrated in honor of Asclepius, god of medicine; and which indeed has been an inspiration, as well as a prototype for the modern healthcare center of our day.
You will then be transferred to the coastal town of Kuadasi for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 4: KUSADASI > EPHESUS > PAMUKKALE
Feel free to spoil yourself with a little extra sleep this morning (as long as you don’t overdo it!); as this morning’s drive will be a relatively short one.
You will visit the ancient city of Ephesus, the Roman capital of Asia Minor. Your tour will include the Odeon, the Marble Street, the Hadrian Temple, the Celcius Library and the Great Theatre.
You may opt for lunch in a local restaurant, before paying a pilgrimage visit to the House of Virgin Mary. This Christian and Muslim shrine is located in the vicinity of Ephesus.
After the tour of Ephesus, you will be driven to Pamukkale town, where white will be the color of order for the afternoon. You will visit the Cotton Castle itself, the ancient Hierapolis, the Necropolis, the Roman Baths and the Theatre. You will have dinner and spend the night at your hotel in in Pamukkale.
DAY 5: PAMUKKALE > KONYA > CAPPADOCIA
You will have an early morning breakfast, as the day’s trip will take you to Cappadocia, via Konya.
This will be very special day, as you will visit Konya, home town of Jellaleddin Al Rumi, the great philosopher, mystic and the founder of the Whirling Dervishes’ order who lived in Konya. His poems, teaching love among mankind and good manners, have been widely translated into many of the world's languages.
You will visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana; as well as the 13th century theological schools of Karatay and Ince Minare.
You will have lunch at Konya.
DAY 6: CAPPADOCIA
After your breakfast at the hotel you will start your discovery of Cappadocia. You will first visit the town of Urgup, built at the foot of sloping plateau. Prepare yourself to travel back in time, and prepare your mind to wander between the images of ancient people and the breath taking beauty of the landscape.
You will visit the Goreme valley. The valley is home to rock churches and monasteries, going back as far as the 2nd century AD, which are richly decorated with colorful frescoes. You will then visit the Zelve valley. After the lunch, you will visit the underground city of Kaymakli; the complex comprises several floors, sometimes connected by steep air shafts terminating in cisterns. The following visit, to the town of Avanos will be a trip to the the Bronze Age. You will then visit Ortahisar, which is distinguished by a series of buildings which are picturesque in their simplicity; before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay. (Optional tours to a simple wine house or to a local folkloric performance after dinner are available).
DAY 7: CAPPADOCIA > ANKARA> ISTANBUL
Breakfast will be served at the hotel; and then you will leave Cappadocia for Istanbul, via Ankara, the capital of modern Turkey. During the trip you will see the Salt Lake, a vast ocean of white. Your half day tour in Ankara will include the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the Mausoleum of Atatürk, the founder and the first president of Turkish Republic. You will have lunch in Ankara and drive to Istanbul. Upon arrival to Istanbul, you will check in to your hotel and have a rest. You will have a farewell dinner; in one of Istanbul’s famous seafood restaurants with the magnificent view of the Bosphorus; and the return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
DAY 8: ISTANBUL
After breakfast and the check-out processes, you will have free time until transfer to the airport for the flight back home.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 5 days.
Pick-up time: According to the flight time on day 1.
End/closing time: According to the flight time on day 8.
Languages: English.
Included: Transportation by air conditioned vehicles, tour guide, airport transfers, accommodation in 4 star hotel, domestic flight tickets, breakfasts and dinners.
Not included: Drinks, all personal expenses, admission fees, lunch.
Others: The overnights include BB accommodations in a 4 star hotel with double occupancy.
Upgrades are available upon request for an additional fee.

Available until 16 March 2018
Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 9 Days/ 8 Nights Legendary Turkey Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: A comprehensive tour of some of the top attractions around Turkey’s Marmara, Aegean and Mediterranean regions, including legendary Troy, the WW1 battlefields of Gallipoli, the ancient cities of Ephesus and Pergamon, the spectacular white travertines of Pamukkale and the Mediterranean city of Antalya.
Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
(Dinner included)
Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. (There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from city centre and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km. Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport there will be an extra charge).
Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
After breakfast we depart at 8:30am for your guided Istanbul city tour visiting the major sites in the historic Sultanahmet area of the city, including the fabulous Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman Sultans for centuries, the Blue Mosque dating from the early 17th century, the Hippodrome which marks the area of an old chariot race track and finishing with a trip to the spice or Egyptian Bazaar, full of aromatic aromas and a great place to buy herbs and spices to take back home.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 - Gallipoli Tour
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
06:30am we depart for Gallipoli to visit the battle fields. Two hours later we will give you 20 minutes for relax in a restaurant area. We arrive Gallipoli around 12:00pm and have lunch and relax a little before departing for the battle fields and Gabatepe Museum. We begin with the Ariburnu Cemetery and Anzac Cove where the Gallipoli battle during WW1 began, then we visit Beach Cemetery, Shrapnel Valley and Plugges Plateau. We return to the hotel at approximately 5pm. Dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 4 - Troy Tour - Pergamon – Kusadasi
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
We depart at 08:30 and drive 30 minutes to Troy, the famous archeological and mythological site, home of the Trojan horse and Helen of Troy. After Troy we have a 3 hour drive to Pergamon and stop for lunch around 13:00pm before visiting the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon. This ancient city’s impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political centre while it was also famous for its jewellery, precious stones and silver. Arrival to Kusadasi around 6pm and overnight. Dinner in hotel.
Day 5 - Kusadasi - Ephesus Tour - Turkish Village Sirince
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
A fully guided Ephesus Tour starts at 8:30am to one of the best preserved ancient ruins in the world. A visit to Ephesus - once the commercial centre of the ancient world - is a highlight of any visit to Turkey. The tour of the ruins includes a theatre, gymnasium, agora and baths, as well as the Library of Celsius and the final abode of the Virgin Mary where she spent her last years. Lunch is approx. 1pm followed by a visit to a carpet weaving centre before reaching the picturesque hilltop village of Sirince. Known forproducing fruit wines, the tour visits a vineyard.
Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 6 - Kusadasi - Pamukkale Tour
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
At 08:30am we depart for Pamukkale (approx. 3 hour drive) and on arrival check into the hotel and have a lunch break. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (meaning ‘cotton castle’) and the ruins of Hierapolis and walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs (extra charge). Tour ends approx. 17:00pm. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 7 - Pamukkale to Antalya
(Breakfast and Dinner included)
After breakfast, at 10am we depart for Antalya. After 2 hours we will have coffee break then continue to Antalya arriving mid-afternoon, with free time until dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Antalya
Day 8 - Antalya Old City Tour and Waterfalls
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
After breakfast at 08:30 am drive to Antalya old City (Kaleiçi) to explore the many delights of this area such as the old Marina, Clock Tower, Hadrian's Gate, the Broken Minaret and Hidirlik Tower. We then have lunch and afterwards depart for Duden waterfalls where the streams from the Taurus Mountains find their way into the Mediterranean, resulting in lovely waterfalls. After tour, return to the hotel and rest of the day is free.
Overnight in Antalya.
Day 9 - Antalya to Istanbul - End of Tour
(Breakfast included)
Today we depart for Antalya airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul Ataturk airport and the end of the tour.
INCLUDED :
* Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk airport
* Domestic flight ticket from Antalya to Istanbul
*Accommodation in 4* & 5* hotels
* 2 nights hotel in Istanbul
* 1 night hotel in Canakkale
* 2 nights hotel in Kusadasi
* 1 night in hotel in Pamukkale
* 2 nights hotel in Antalya
* 7 open buffet breakfasts
* 8 local dinners at hotels
* 6 local lunches during tours
* Guided tours as mentioned in the itinerary
* All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
* Transportation in a fully air - conditioned, non - smoking coach
* Professional English - speaking tour guides
* Return airport transfer
NOT INCLUDED :
* International flights
* Insurance: All types
* Turkey entry visa
* Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
* Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
Meeting/pick-up point: Istanbul Ataturk Airport.
Duration: 9 days/ 8 nights
Start/opening time: depending on arrival flight time.
End/closing time: Once you arrive back in Istanbul airport on the 9th day.
Languages: Shared tour: English. Private tour: English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic and Chinese.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - 9 Days/8 Nights Biblical Tour of Turkey
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: A comprehensive tour of north western and western Turkey, with a particular interest in the important Biblical sites as well as other places of interest in Istanbul and the legendary city of Troy.
Day 1: arrival day.
Welcome to Turkey. Arrive in Istanbul Ataturk airport, meet your guide and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul (breakfast included).
Discover the Byzantine and Ottoman treasures of Istanbul. We visit St. Sofia, the (church of the sacred wisdom), converted to a mosque from a Christian basilica after the fall of Constantinople in 1453. We see the Hippodrome and the Obelisk brought from Egypt. Then our next visit is the Blue Mosque with its six minarets. Afternoon We will visit the Topkapi Palace which was the residence of the Ottoman sultans, with its fabulous treasure chambers. Continue with the Grand Covered Bazaar. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Istanbul (breakfast included).
Morning private Bosphorus cruise in Istanbul, sailing along this important waterway which divides the continents of Asia and Europe. This is followed by a visit to the Egyptian Bazaar or Spice Market where you have free time to enjoy the aromatic herbs and spices and a break for lunch before returning to the hotel. Free time in the evening and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4: Istanbul, Troy and Canakkale (breakfast and dinner included).
After breakfast we depart for Gallipoli, through the European lands of Turkey crossing the Dardanelles Strait by ferry - boat. Lunch en route. Visit ancient Troy, see the legendary walls and the replica of the wooden horse. Drive to Canakkale, that lends its name to the Straits of the Dardanelles (in antiquity it was called Hellespont) and faces the WW! battlefields of Gallipoli. Check in at the hotel followed by dinner. Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 5: Pergamon, Thyatira and Izmir (breakfast and dinner included).
After breakfast at our hotel in Canakkale, we drive to Pergamon, one of the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 2:12]. Here we explore the impressive Acropolis, the steepest theatre in the world, the Asklepieion, famous medical centre of classical times, see the Altar of Zeus which is mentioned as the «Throne of Satan» in the book of Revelation, the marble columns of the Temple of Trajan and the Library which is once said to have held over 200, 000 volumes of books. We also visit the Red Basilica (St. Johns Church). Buffet lunch is provided at a local restaurant. Then we continue our visit to Thyatira, now called Akhisar, another one of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 2:18 - 24; Acts 16:14]. It was a city famous for purple dyes. We visit the remains of a basilica and some architectural fragments from the Roman period. Lydia, the seller of purple in Philippi, was from Thyatira. Before we check in at the hotel in Izmir, we enjoy a panoramic ride of Smyrna, the third largest city in Turkey and one of the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 2:12 - 17]. We ascend to Mount Pagus where we visit the Citadel of Lysimachos, commander of Alexander the Great, erected in the 4th century BC. We will also see the Clock Tower. Check in at the hotel for dinner. Overnight in Izmir.
Day 6: Izmir, Sardis, Philadelphia and Hierapolis (breakfast and dinner included).
Today we depart early in the morning to one of the most picturesque areas of any of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 3:1 - 4], Sardis. Here we visit the great Temple of Artemis and the Temple of Cybele, which became a Byzantine Church. We will also visit the restored gymnasium and reconstructed Synagogue. Lunch en route. Then we continue our journey to Philadelphia, nowadays called Alasehir, another church of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 3:7], and the only church not censured. There we see the remains of a Byzantine basilica built of brick, with a bit of high arch and some 11th century frescoes. Following this we drive to the healing city of Hierapolis, actually Pamukkale, the white «cotton fortress» where hot mineral water bursts from the earth and cascades over steep cliffs forming calcium rock pools. In Hierapolis we visit the Martyrium of the Apostle Philip. Dinner in hotel and overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 7: Laodicea, Aphrodisias and Kusadasi (breakfast and dinner included).
We depart for Laodicea (present name Denizli) yet another of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor [Rev. 1:11; 3:14; Col. 2:1; 4:13 - 16]. We see the ancient theatre, the remains of the basilica and ancient stone water pipes. Aphrodisias is our next stop. We visit the best - preserved ancient stadium ever excavated where the seating capacity was 30, 000. We see the odeon with its extraordinary blue marble stage, the Temple of Aphrodite that marks the site of ancient veneration, Hadrian’s Bath and the Bishop’s Palace. Afterwards we drive to Kusadasi on the Aegean coast (approx 3 hours) where we will have supper and spend the night at the hotel.
Day 8: Ephesus and Kusadasi (breakfast and dinner included).
Today we enjoy a visit to the ancient city of Ephesus including the Basilica of St. John. The Apostle Paul preached to the Ephesians and lived here for three years. This church also received an epistle from him. We tour the spectacular ruins where excavations still continue in this once great and important city, which was founded in the 10th century BC. We also visit the Basilica of St. John. Free time for lunch at a selected restaurant. Return to hotel in Kusadasi approx 17:00pm. Dinner in hotel and overnight.
Day 9: Izmir and end of the tour (breakfast included).
After breakfast, check out and transfer to Izmir airport for flight back to Istanbul Ataturk airport and the end of the tour.
Meeting/pick-up point: Istanbul Airport.
Duration: 9 days.
Start/opening time: According to the clients flight time. Each day tour starts approximately at 8:30am.
End/closing time: According to the clients flight time. Approximately at 5pm.
Languages: Private tour: English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese and English. Shared tour: English.
Others: Included: arrival and return airport transfers in Istanbul, 3 nights hotel in Istanbul, 1 nightin 5* hotel in Canakkale, 1 night in 5* hotel in Izmir, 1 night in 5* hotel in Pamukkale, 2 nights in 5* hotel in Kusadasi, 8 open buffet breakfasts, 5 dinners, guided tours as mentioned in the itinerary, all entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary, transportation in a fully air - conditioned and non - smoking coach, domestic flight from Izmir to istanbul Ataturk airport. Not included: international flights, all types of insurance, Turkey entry visa, items of personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks or laundry, any others expenses which are not mentioned at the “included” section.
Arrivals and departures from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport incur an extra charge.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - A Cruise on the Bosphorous
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Available in the afternoon, this is a great way to capture the ‘essence’ of this amazing city. The cruise of the Bosphorous will start at Kabatas pier and while cruising along the Asian and European shores, you will be surprised to see the harmony of Ottoman and modern architecture, as well as having an opportunity to see the major highlights of the city’s fairy tale-like skyline from the sea.
A poet once described the Bosphorous as “God’s beautiful calligraphy written by an ink made of sapphires”. This strait, separating (and connecting) two continents that form the two faces of the city, takes its name from a mythological legend. Ever since those ancient times, it has marvelled people with its beauty.
Along the cruise, you will pass by the Rumeli Fortress, built by Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror; Ortakoy, a very famous area for handicrafts and nightlife; Bebek, a popular wealthy residential district under the Ottoman rule, and continues to be so today; Besiktas, a commercial district of the new city; Dolmabahce, the magnificent 19th century palace, which was the home to the Ottoman Sultans in the last century of the Empire; Ciragan Palace, a magnificent marble palace built by Sultan Abdulaziz and designed and constructed by the Balyan family between 1863 and 1867; today it serves as luxury suites for the five star Kempinski hotel; Kizkulesi (Maiden’s Tower), an ancient lighthouse which has inspired many legends; Yali (wooden wealthy houses) constructed by the water’s edge of the Bosphorous and usually built with an architectural concept that takes into account the characteristics of the coastal location, mostly dating from the 19th century; Beylerbeyi Palace, one of the largest, lavishly furnished 19th century summer residences of the Ottoman Sultans.
A short visit to the Spice Market is the surprise of the tour. In this oriental shopping area, where you experience the vibrant pulse of Istanbul at its best, rare spices, herbs, vegetables, fruits, live animals, flowers are sold. (Aphrodisiacs are available too!)
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 4 horas.
Start/opening time: At 12:45pm.
End/closing time: 4:45pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Please note that the Spice Market is closed on Sundays.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - A Day on Prince's Island
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: The car-free Princes' Islands are only a short ferry ride from Istanbul, and provide a welcome break from the city heat and bustle. The morning begins when you are picked from your hotel at 8am and you are transferred to the ferry terminal for a cruise on the Sea of Marmara heading for Büyükada, the largest of the nine islands making up the archipelago. On the way you'll be able to enjoy great views of the Topkapi Palace, Leander's Tower and Üsküdar on Istanbul's Asian shore. Büyükada is a popular resort for the locals in the summer with its white sandy beaches and fragrant pine forests, but it was once a place of exile for Byzantine Emperors (and Leon Trotsky) as well as a popular retreat for wealthy Istanbulites in the first half of the 20th Century.
You'll be enchanted by this small slice of traffic-free paradise. When you explore some of the islands' quiet back streets, you will feel as if you have found your way back to the late 19th century and an Istanbul that no longer exists on the mainland. Tour the island in a horse-drawn carriage before having lunch in one of the island's many pleasant restaurants if you fancy it.
We will return to Istanbul in the afternoon arriving back at your hotel at around 5pm. This full-day tour includes a return boat ride to the island of Büyükada with a guided tour.
Meeting point/ Pick-up location: Pick-up from the hotel lobby.
Pick-up time: Between 8am and 8.30am.
Drop-off time: Between 5pm and 5.30pm.
Drop-off location: Drop-off at the hotel.
Others: A ride in a horse-drawn carriage and lunch in a local restaurant are not included in the price.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - A Journey to Ancient Ephesus
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: The Ancient City of Ephesus is one of the crown jewels of mankind’s greatest cultural and historical heritage.
Ephesus is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC and destroyed in 401 BC by a mob led by St. John Chrysostom); as well as being one the of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation, and the supposed site of writing of the Gospel of John.
You will take a walk in the ancient streets, as well as seeing hints of wealthy urban lifestyle at the height of Roman and Greek civilizations. You will take an early morning- flight to Izmir and then transfer to Ephesus. On the way, you will pay a pilgrimage visit to the House of Mother Mary. This Christian and Muslim shrine is located in the vicinity of Ephesus; and it is believed by many that Mother Mary, was taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived her last days there. Her final resting place is also nearby.
You will then visit the ancient city of Ephesus, the Roman capital of Asia Minor. Your tour will include the Odeon, the Marble Street, the Hadrian Temple, the Celcius Library and the Great Theatre.
After lunch, the tour will take you to the Basilica of St. John. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to Izmir airport and take a return flight to Istanbul. You will be met at Istanbul Ataturk Airport and transferred back to your hotel, to end your journey.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Start/opening time: 6am.
End/closing time: 9pm.
Included: Transportation by air conditioned vehicles, domestic flight tickets airport transfers.
Not included: Drinks, all personal expenses, admission fees and lunch.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - A Quick Look to Cappadocia
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Your private vehicle will be waiting for you for an early morning transfer to the airport. Following the flight to Kayseri city, you will travel to the Cappadocia region by car.
Your tour will include the Zelve Valley and the Goreme Open-air Museum with its churches carved out of rock and one of kind frescoes; as well as the Kaymakli underground city, where early Christians found refuge.
You may opt for a local lunch, before leaving Cappadocia and driving to Kayseri for the flight to Istanbul.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Start/opening time: At 6am.
End/closing time: At 9pm.
Languages: English.
Included: Transportation by air conditioned vehicles, English speaking tour guide, transfers to/from the airport, domestic flight tickets.
Not included: Drinks and all personal expenses, admission fees, lunch.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - A Seat at the Council of Nicea: Iznik and Bursa
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: First council of Nicea (Iznik) was held here under the reign of Constantine that defined the clearer concept of Holy Trinity in 325 AD. The doctrine of the Trinity was then finalized at the Council of Constantinople in 381 AD, which expressly included the Holy Ghost as equal to the Father and the Son. It was also at Iznik that the Second Council of Nicaea met in 787 to discuss the issues of iconography.
The city was conquered and incorporated into the Ottoman Empire in the 14th century. The town later became a major center for the creation of a local faience pottery (known as the Iznik Çini, Çin meaning China – Chinese porcelain stood in great favor with the Sultans. ) Iznik tiles were used to decorate many of the mosques in Istanbul designed by Sinan. Iznik, apart from its biblical legacy, holds a beautiful heritage of Ottoman civil and administrative architecture.
Your tour starts with an early departure from the hotel. The ferry trip to the nearby town of Yalova will be followed by a 45 minute drive to Iznik (Nicea), passing by beautiful countryside. In Iznik, you will see the ruins of the Haghia Sophia of Nicea and the City Walls as well as the Green Mosque. After the visit to Iznik, your tour will continue with a visit to Bursa.
Settled on the northwestern slopes of Mount Uludag in the southern Marmara Region, Bursa is frequently cited as "Green Bursa", in reference to the parks and gardens located across its urban tissue, as well as to the vast forests in rich variety that extend in its surroundings. The first major capital city in the early years of the Ottoman Empire; Bursa kept its importance as a commercial centre, especially as the source of most royal silk products during the Ottoman period.
Thus, Bursa has traditionally been a pole of attraction and was a major centre for refugees from various ethnic backgrounds; and it holds an immaculate heritage of Ottoman civil architecture. Places to visit are The Green Mosque, The Green Tomb, The Grand Mosque, The Covered Bazaar and The Old Silk Market. You may also taste the world famous “Iskender Kebap”. The return to Istanbul follows the same route.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Start/opening time: At 7am.
End/closing time: At 8pm.
Drop-off location: Hotel drop-off.
Languages: English.
Includes: Ferry trip.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - A cruise on Bosphorus in the Afternoon
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Discover two fascinating sides of Istanbul with a cruise along the Bosphorous and a bus trip exploring the roots of the city. Immerse yourself in a rich, vibrant history and landscape while exploring this wondrous cultural landscape.
Make your way to the shores of the Bosporus, board a boat, and head out into the waters. Cruising along the shoreline, gaze at the views of the opulent Dolmabahce Palace and the simplicity of the solitary Leanders Tower. Remark at the expansive suspension bridges connecting the city, the grandeur of the Rumeli Fortress, and the many fine seaside mansions. Afterwards, climb Pierre Loti Hill by cable car and enjoy the fantastic panoramic views of the city below, before boarding a bus and heading into the streets. The northern bank of the Golden Horn, dive into a dynamic immigrant district with a long-standing history. Settled long ago by Byzantine Jews and Italian traders, drive through history in Balat, viewing the extravagance of the Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian. Visit the stately Jewish Hospital and the picturesque facade of the Fener Orthodox Patriarchate. See the long Byzantine City Walls, the strongest fortification of the middle age.
An opportunity to experience two unique sides of this captivating city on the sea, be drawn into the allure of Istanbul from the amazing scenery along the water's edge of the Bosporus, by ground through Balat, and from the soaring heights of the cable car.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start/opening time: Between 1pm and 1:30pm.
Drop-off location: No transfer back to hotels, last stop is Taksim area.
Others: Spice Bazaar is closed on Sundays.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - A cruise on Bosphorus in the Morning
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Explore the most awe-inspiring areas of Istanbul, one of the single most beautiful cities in both Europe and the Middle East – for it is the city that bridges these two contrasting continents. Start by becoming acquainted with your knowledgeable guide, who will accompany you throughout the duration of this exciting tour and tell you all about the interesting history and fun facts behind every Istanbul landmark you come across. Your first destination is the Egyptian Spice Bazaar, where your senses will discover pleasures unbeknownst to them until that moment. Admire the staggering abundance and variety of not only spices, but also fruits, vegetables and flowers that line the exotic stores.
Afterwards, join a relaxing cruise along the Bosphorus, the magnificent river that splits Istanbul into a Western and a Middle Eastern half. Contemplate the breath-taking marble palaces and ancient wooden villas of beautiful Ottoman architecture. These elegant old buildings stand in stark contrast with the more modern residential luxury apartments erected alongside them, so that Istanbul’s wealthy can relax while enjoying the views of the shimmering waterway.
Then, it is time see from the outside Rumeli Fortress, a historical armament erected to keep a watchful eye over the appreciated river, a hub of international commerce back in the day. This fortress is a grand example of military architecture and it can be seen from the sea during the tour. This trip will make you fall in love with this bewildering, multicultural city while you discover its more historical side.
Meeting/pick-up point: Client’s hotel.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start/opening time: 8am and 8:30am.
Others: Spice Bazaar is closed on Sundays. No transfer back to hotels, last stop is Taksim area.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - A day in Gallipoli
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Gallipoli was the site of the ill-fated Allied World War I campaign to seize control of the Dardanelles straits where thousands of soldiers lost their lives. This one day excursion from Istanbul is an ideal option for those visiting to pay a visit to this famous battlefield, now a strangely poignant and peaceful spot.
We'll leave our hotel at around 06.30 for the five hour drive southwards to Gallipoli as your tour leader tells you all about harrowing history of the campaign and battles. Once there we'll visit Anzac Cove the site of the first bloody battle between Australian and New Zealand troops and the Turkish defenders. We'll visit the carefully preserved Turkish and Allied trenches at Johnston's Jolly and the site of the Battle of the Nek, where hundreds of Australian troops were slaughtered. We will then visit the Australian War Memorial at Lone Pine named after the solitary pine tree that once grew here where you will find the names of 4221 Australian and 709 New Zealand soldiers who have no known grave. We will also visit the Memorials to the New Zealand and Turkish dead at Chunuk Bair. The beautiful landscape and quiet atmosphere of these sites belie their horrific past. After the tour and a visit to the Gallipoli Museum we will return to Istanbul, arriving late in the evening.
This full day tour includes hotel pick up and drop off, all transfers and admission fees, lunch as well as the services of a knowledgeable English-speaking guide throughout.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Hotel Lobby.
Start or opening time: 6.30am.
End or closing time: 10.30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - A day in Troy
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Discover the ancient city of Troy, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and scene of the famous siege.
After an early start we'll drive southwards towards Troy, making a brief halt for breakfast before stopping for lunch at the coastal town of Eceabat. Then we'll take a 20-minute ferry ride across the Dardanelles to Canakkale where we'll board the bus for the drive to the Unesco World Heritage Site of Troy.
On the one hour walking tour of the site, you'll learn all about the fascinating history of the area, one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the area, how it started up as a small hamlet in neolithic times before growing to become one of the most powerful Bronze Age cities in the world. You'll hear how it was successively invaded, conquered, destroyed and rebuilt by all the usual suspects including Hittites, Greeks, Romans and Byzantines before finally falling into obscurity and ruin. It was then rediscovered by pioneering German archaeologist Schliemann in the 19th Century. The learn all about the Trojan Wars, immortalised by Homer, with beautiful Helen, impetuous Paris, brave Achilles and the wooden horse that has now become the symbol of the site. After the tour we will return to Canakkale to take the ferry back across the Dardanelles, arriving at Istanbul at about 11pm.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Hotel lobby.
Start or opening time: 6.30am.
Languages: Includes services of an English-speaking guide.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Abant Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Lake Abant is a freshwater lake in Turkey's Bolu Province in northwest Anatolia, formed as a result of a great landslide. It is a favorite vacation and excursion spot for both Turkish and foreign travelers thanks to the natural beauty of its surroundings, which are covered with dense forests, and easy access by car.
Lake Abant is a natural park. The lake area has two large hotels in the immediate vicinity of the shores. The lake is inhabited by the Abant trout (Salmo abanticus), a (sub) species of trout which is strictly endemic to this lake only.
Drive in the morning for about 3hrs to the famous, romantic Abant Lake surrounded by pine trees and beautiful countryside. Making a Small trip around the beatiful Abant lake. Then having barbecue party in our corporative restaurant where is near the lake. We can provide special guide for our guests who wants a little tour lasts for 2 hours. Depending on the weather conditions you can make ski with village skates. We enjoy the panoramic scenes and its breath-taking shores, having time for a walk or optional pedaling on the lake or taking a horse drawn carriage tour around the lake’s shores in complete silence, followed by a visit to a Discount shopping centre on the way back. Evening arrival in Istanbul.
Meeting/pick-up point: At the hotel.
Duration: 12 hours.
Start/opening time: At 8am
End/closing time: At 8pm.
Others: Optional extra activities such as the BBQ party, ice-skating, a ride on the lake or a horse drawn carriage tour, are not included but can be paid for locally.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Afternoon tour of Asian side and Beylerbeyi Palace
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Enjoy a half day guided group tour of the Asian Side of Istanbul which is the most charming part of the city of Istanbul and visit the most popular Beylerbeyi Palace.
Upon our pick up from the hotel firstly we drive across the Bosphorus Bridge which is the first intercontinental one of the world to connect EUROPE to ASIA. We head for the summit of Camlica Hill on the Asian side to enjoy an amazing panoramic view of the city of Istanbul.
We visit the Beylerbeyi Palace on the shore from the 19th century. With its marble exterior facade and mixture of European and Ottoman baroque interior decorations; curtains carpets furniture and chandeliers it is a reminder of the formidable Ottoman Empire. Our guide gives us an explanative tour in the corridors saloons the HAREM and administrative halls and the whole visit makes us aware of one of magnific.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Duration: 5 hours.
Start/opening time: 12:30pm.
Others: Admission fees forBosphorus Bridge and Beylerbeyi Palace or Chora Church are included.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - An Afternoon at the Ottoman Court
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: This afternoon tour explores the magnificent Topkapi Palace, the Imperial residence of the Ottoman Sultans and the tombs of five sultans in the graveyard of Hagia Sophia.
The Ottoman Sultans lived in Topkapi Palace from the 15th to the 19th century. Its design, initially devised by Sultan Mehmed himself and then enhanced by the architect Sinan, hides clues of the rituals of the structure of Ottoman hierarchy and the running of state affairs.
Home to the imperial treasury and the cabinet, as well as being the site of the barracks for the Janissaries, the elite of the army, every corner of the palace tells about the splendour of the Ottomans. Apart from the priceless treasury, a distinguished collection of Chinese porcelains, holy relics, sultan’s costumes and imperial weaponry are exhibited in different sections of the palace.
There are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at Hagia Sophia. Each of the five tombs actually houses the sultan as well as his family. Each one is individually designed with different decorations, including works by Mimar Sinan. The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, red, green and blue flower motives.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start/opening time: At 12:45pm.
End/closing time: 4:45pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Please note that Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Another Quick Look to Cappadocia
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Your private vehicle will be waiting for you for an early morning transfer to the airport. Following the flight to Kayseri city, you will travel to the Cappadocia region by car. The visit will include Zelve Valley and the Göreme Open-air Museum with its churches carved out of rock and one of kind frescoes; as well as the Kaymakl› underground city, where early Christians found refuge.
You may enjoy an optional lunch in a local restaurant with a selection of local wines; before leaving Cappadocia at noon and driving to Ankara via the famous Salt Lake, a vast ocean of white. The drive takes almost 4 hours, with optional lunch on the way, at the 13th Century Agz›karahan Caravanserai of Selçuks. Upon arrival in Ankara, you will take an evening flight to ‹stanbul, where you will be transferred to your hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Duration: 12 hours.
Start/opening time: 5:30am.
Includes: Transportation by air conditioned vehicles, fully escorted by an English speaking tour guide, airport transfers and domestic flight tickets.
Excludes: Drinks, all personal expenses, admission fees and lunch. Others: Rates for tours out of Istanbul that has overnight stay include BB accommodations in a 4 star hotel. Rates are per person with double occupancy. Upgrades are available upon request for an additional fee.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Aquarium and Shopping Mall
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Istanbul Aquarium has all kinds of fish species living in the world's seas and it is the newest aquarium in the world. Visitors have a chance to travel from Black Sea Region to The Pacific by following a thematic route that hosts 16 themes and 1 rainforest. Decorative equipment’s, interactive games and visual graphics provide visitors a fully entertainment.
Compared to the other aquariums of its kinds including all fish species living in the world's seas, it is the newest one in the world with its travel route, latest technology of thematization, rainforest, interactivity and innovation.
Thanks to its volume, variety of fish species and the several activities on the travel route, Istanbul Aquarium has a top position among the worldwide aquarium. In its field, it is a project of '' the first ones and the best ones '' By following a geographical route, visitors of Istanbul Aquarium travel along a route that hosts 16 themes and 1 rainforest starting from Black-sea Region to The Pacific.
During the thematic route, there appears geographical, historical, cultural and architectural features of each place with fit decorative equipment’s, interactive games and visual graphics supported by the details about the each region. Sounding and lighting of this thematization is also designed accordingly.
stanbul Aquarium is run by specialists in their fields and international standards.
All living creatures in Istanbul Akvaryum maintain living in the conditions as nearest as possible to their habitats.
After visiting the aquarium we will have approximately 2 hours of free time for shopping. Meeting/pick-up point: At the Hotel.
Pick-up time: At 10am.
Drop-off time: At 5:30pm.
Duration: 6 hours. Aquarium: 2-2.5 hours. Free time for shopping: 2-2.5 hours.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Archeology museum - Treasures of ancient civilizations
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Learn more about the fascinating and ever changing history of Turkey with this exciting visit to the Archaeological Museum of Istanbul. This building was Turkey’s very first museum and it has been bestowed with the museum of the year prize by the Council of Europe, such is the importance of the legacy it contains. The construction is in fact so large it has divided its collection into four different buildings.
Begin by meeting your splendid guide. His history savvy is guaranteed to entertain you throughout the duration of the visit, as he narrates myths and legends, and even some more piquant tales from ages past. Discover inside the renowned Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great, the young king of Macedon who conquered half the known world. Alongside it, you are able to lay eyes on a grandiose collection of priceless artefacts from a variety of historical periods: souvenirs of the archaic era mix with those of the Classical, the Hellenistic, the Roman and many more. There is even a spectacular collection of coins.
The New Building was inaugurated as recently as 1998 and it contains a magnificent exhibition on the Trojan and Anatolian cultures. There is also a whole fascinating section dedicated to the most beautiful of Turkish cities, Istanbul, former capital of the Byzantine Empire. The third building has great Mesopotamian works of art and gizmos dating back thousands of years. Discover al the civilisations that ever lived in Turkey: the Sumerians, Hittites, Arcadians, Babylonians and many more.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel.
Start/opening time: 8-8:30am.
End or closing time: 12-12.30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Drop off point at entrance of the Archaeology museum. For groups of 10 to 15 pax, audiguide is available.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Archeology museum and Galata
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Enjoy a day of history with this two-headed tour, first to the extraordinary Archaeological Museum of Istanbul, and then to the beautiful remains of the ancient city of Galata.
The Council of Europe bestowed this museum with the museum of the year prize for its vast array of different epochs that all contributed to develop European history. See up close the famous Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great and a wonderful collection of objects from the Archaic, Hellenistic, Classical and Roman periods. The New Building, which opened its doors to the general public in 1998, contains exhibitions of Trojan and Anatolian culture, plus a section on the city of Istanbul. Another building contains artworks from Mesopotamia and millenary artefacts. Delve into the fascinating history of Turkey’s civilisations: Sumerians, Hittites, Arcadians, Babylonians… All converge under this roof.
After setting the scene by learning about Turkey’s background, it is time to see history in a different entourage. Visit the magnificent ruins of Galata. Located on the slopes near the beautiful Golden Horn, a river that branches out of the Bosphorus, this former orchard adopted the name of Galata when the Byzantine Emperor Theodosius II erected a huge fortress in this area. Enjoy wandering dreamingly around the magnificent Galata Tower and the manifold constructions that still remain on these slopes, from the bygone days of the Byzantine Empire; churches, synagogues, hospitals, banks and schools. Your guide will ever be telling you the incredible stories behind these buildings, seemingly bringing their ghosts back to life.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel.
Start/opening time: 8-8:30am.
End or closing time: 5-5.30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: For groups of 10-15 pax, headphones will be provided.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Artisans and Rooftops Tour: Behind The Scenes at the Grand Bazaar
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: There’s the Grand Bazaar that visitors see, then there’s the real Grand Bazaar: A warren of streets and hans filled with buzzing workshops unchanged for hundreds of years.
HIGHLIGHTS:
* Explore the most interesting and authentic corners of the Grand Bazaar. Led by an expert local guide you’ll get away from the shopping strip & explore the hidden nerve center of the Grand Bazaar!
* Meet some of the finest artisans in Turkey, including metal workers, jewelers, and carpet designers - and see them at work.
* Take amazing pictures at three secret rooftop view points unknown to normal visitors - including the area featured in the James Bond ‘Skyfall’ motorcycle scene.
* Enjoy the services of an expert, English-speaking guide, who will double as an interpreter so you can chat with the fascinating artisans you meet.
This tour will take you behind the scenes at the greatest market in the world to meet some of the artisans that make it unique and see some of Istanbul’s most stunning views from the rooftops of the Bazaar Led by a local guide, you’ll slip away from the teeming tourist trail and wind through the less frequented warrens of the market until you find the traditional artisans’ workshops. There you’ll meet a variety of craftsmen and women including a jeweler, a fabric maker, Iznik ceramic makers, a silver polisher and a small carpet-making factory, home to the last loom in the Grand Bazaar.
We’re making a donation to every studio you visit and working with only the most passionate craftsmen, who will be delighted to chat with you and answer any questions you may have – all of which will be interpreted by your expert, English speaking guide. Through conversation and observation of their work you’ll share in their love for their craft and learn how much care and attention goes into the creation of each product.
But this tour isn’t all back rooms and narrow passageways. The Bazaar is full of rooftop exits that, if you know where to find them, will afford you some of the most unique views of Istanbul. Remember that incredible chase scene from James Bond “Skyfall”? We’ll take you to those rooftops as well as at least two other stunning viewpoints. These places are virtually unknown to tourists (and even most locals) so there is no better way to really get a feel for what the Grand Bazaar is really like.
Meeting/pick-up point: Cemberlitas tram stop at the column of Constantine (opposite Cemberlitas Hamam), Fatih District.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start/opening time: 9:30am.
End/closing time: 1:30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Artistic walks tour in Istanbul
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Come and see an emerging world of contemporary art on this five hour walking tour showcasing Istanbul's talented scene. Often referred to a gateway between the East and West, take an opportunity to explore the works of some of the most exciting artists from Turkey and beyond.
A journey that will take you through some of the trendiest neighbourhoods of the city, prepare for a morning filled with fun and creativity. You'll begin your walk through the city on the vibrant and bustling Istiklal Street, where you'll visit some of the leading art institutions of Istanbul. Discover a booming local contemporary art scene, as you continue touring through the narrow streets of Beyo?lu.
At the hands of an educated, local art professional, make your way to the hidden art galleries of Tophane and Karaköy neighbourhoods. Admire the skill and ingenuity of the various artists exhibited in the underbelly of Istanbul's artistic community. Finish the tour at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Turkey’s first private museum to organize modern and contemporary art exhibitions. Spend some time in this large museum, situated on the shores of the Bosphorous, to examine the modern works of the many unique artists on display.
Let this new and exciting world of contemporary and modern art come alive as you tour the streets of Istanbul. Allow your own imagination and creativity to be sparked by the inspiration found in the fantastic landscape of this up-and-coming scene.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start/opening time: 8am - 8:30am.
End/closing time: 12pm - 12:30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Asian Istanbul - Private tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Istanbul straddles two continents and in this 5 hour tour you’ll cross to the Asian shore and discover the sumptuous Beylerbeyi Palace, summer residence of the Ottoman sultans before climbing to the summit of Camlica Hill for some unforgettable views over the Bosphorus and Istanbul. A knowledgeable guide will provide you with plenty of local insight into the fascinating history of the different attractions.
After being picked up from your hotel we’ll head straight for the Asian shore of the straits, crossing the impressive Bosphorus suspension bridge. Here we'll explore Beylerbeyi Palace, situated right on the shoreline. This opulent palace was built in the 19th century as a summer residence for the Ottoman sultans and as place to entertain visiting heads of state. The Palace was designed in the Second Empire style and is somewhat more restrained in comparison to earlier Ottoman palaces. You will tour the reception rooms, harem and the men's and women's bathing areas.
If you feel like some fresh air then nearby Camlica Hill is ideal. This is one of the highest points in the city making for an ideal vantage point over Istanbul and the Bosphorus. Popular with Sunday strollers, lovers and children, Camlica Hill is a dearly loved refuge from the stresses of everyday life. Stroll around the beautifully landscaped gardens or sip on a Turkish coffee in a traditional Ottoman-style pavilion as you admire the views and watch the world go by. Then we'll cross back into Europe, taking you back to your point of departure.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Start/opening time: At 8am - 8.30am.
Duration: Five hours.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Asian side of Istanbul: Uskudar and Kadikoy
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Discover the wonders of Orient that lie just on the other side of the magnificent Bosphorus River. The grand city of Istanbul is divided into two by this iconic waterway, splicing it into a Westernized half resembling Europe and an Eastern half which has all the exotic feel of the Middle East. This tour mixes and matches different landmarks of the Asian side of the city with a relaxing boat trip to ensure an unforgettable Oriental experience.
Hop aboard a ferry that will glide across the river and take you to the Asian side of town. Disembark in the fascinating district of Uskudar where it might take you a while to recover from the shock of how much the city changes just by crossing a river. The tour then takes you on a leisurely two hour walking tour of the charming Ottoman districts that bring an air of melancholy and mystery to this part of the city. Explore the many historic mosques and complexes that clutter this district.
After the walk, make your way to Kadikoy, which is known throughout history as Chalcedon or, in other words, the City of the Blind. See first of all the historical buildings at the harbour of Kadikoy and then delve into the serpentine narrow streets of its infamous fish market, Moda. Throughout this part of the tour, you will discover a variety of churches, mosques and mansions that will all leave a lasting impression of the area.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel.
Start/opening time: 8-8:30am.
End or closing time: 5-5.30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: As mosques are closed on Fridays, there will only be external visits on that day. For groups of 10-15 pax, headphones will be provided.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Back and Forth in Ancient History
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Private early morning transfer to the airport. Upon your arrival at Izmir Airport, your private car and guide will be ready for you for a drive to Ephesus. The tour of this Roman capital of Asia Minor includes the Odeon, the Marble Street, the Hadrian Temple, the Celcius Library and the the Great Theatre.
You may opt for lunch in a local restaurant, before paying a pilgrimage visit to the House of Virgin Mary. This Christian and Muslim shrine is located in the vicinity of Ephesus; and it is believed by many that Virgin Mary was taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived there. Your car will then take you back to Izmir Airport for the flight to Istanbul. The tour will end with a private transfer to your hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: At the hotel.
Duration: 12 hours.
Start/opening time: At 6am.
Languages: English.
Not included: Drinks and all personal expenses, admission fees and lunch.
Others: Included: transportation by air conditioned vehicles, domestic flight tickets, airport transfers.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Balat to Tekfur: mystery walk in the old town
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Lose yourself in the colourful and vibrant streets of Balat, a traditional Jewish quarter located on the European side of Istanbul by the western bank of the Golden Horn. The photogenic old streets of Balat, one of Istanbul’s Jewish districts, await participants in this stimulating four-hour walking tour.
Get away from the tourist crowds and some of the city’s more congested zones to explore an authentic Turkish neighbourhood, which is home not only to a well-established Jewish community but also thriving populations of Greeks and Armenians. Synagogues, Armenian churches, Romaic churches, Byzantine remnants and holy springs, known as ‘ayazmas’, all vie for the visitor’s attention.
Although it could once boast seven synagogues, Balat now has only two in good condition. These are Ahrida Synagogue, one of the oldest in Istanbul, and the Yanbol Synagogue, first built by Jews from Yanbol in Bulgaria. The Bulgarian Orthodox church of St. Stephen of the Bulgars, also known as the Bulgarian Iron Church, is famous for being one of the few churches in the world to be made of cast iron. The prefabricated parts, weighing 500 tons, were produced in Vienna and transported to Istanbul by ship through the Danube and the Black Sea.
See the ruins of the Byzantine palace known as Tekfur Saray, a 13th-century monument and one of the few major surviving examples of Byzantine secular architecture anywhere in the world. Discover a melting pot of cultures and religions on this intriguing tour of modern-day Balat.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel reception.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start/opening time: Between 1pm and 1.30pm.
End/closing time: Between 5pm and 5.30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Best fish restaurant in Istanbul
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Treat yourself to a feast at Istanbul’s finest fish restaurant, where the service is impeccable and the food is out of this world. If it’s seafood you’re after in Istanbul then look no further than Sur Balik Restaurant in Besiktas, a perennially highly-rated venue that is popular with locals and visitors alike.
For starters, try the beautifully prepared mezze dishes or such local classics as tomato salad. For your main course there is a selection of deliciously cooked fish to choose from. The restaurant is especially renowned for its sea bass baked with tomato, garlic and onion.
Helpful staff are on hand to offer recommendations or you could simple go with the flow and try some of the tasty dishes being eaten by the mainly Turkish clientele. Fresh, local ingredients are used to in a cuisine that combines the best of Greek, Balkan and Anatolian influences all fused together to create something truly special. So sit back, relax and let the soft breezes of the Bosphorus beguile you as you savour the best seafood in town.
For its authentic Turkish ambience and the quality of its mouth-watering food, Sur Balik is hard to beat. A memorable night out is in store at Sur Balik, Istanbul’s top fish restaurant. Menu 1
Cold appetizers
Marinated Seabass
Aubergine Salad
Red Beans in Tomato Sauce
Feta Cheese
Charleston Peppers
Green Salad
Hot appetizers
Fried Squid
Fish Balls
Main dish
Grilled Seabass or Bream
Mixed Dessert or Fruits
Menu 2
Cold appetizers
Marinated Seabass
Fish Pastrami
Feta Cheese
Aubergine Salad
Charleston Peppers
Chili Paste
Green Salad
Hot appetizers
Fried prawns with Soy Sauce
Fried Squid
Fish Balls
Main dish
Seabass
Sea bream
Sole fish
Mixed Dessert or Fruits
Menu 3
Cold appetizers
Marinated Seabass
Aubergine Salad
Mackerel with Soy Sauce
Marinated Salmon
Sea Food in Chard Leaf Rolls
Fish Pastrami
Salad with prawns
Hot appetizers
Fried Squid or Grilled Squid
Sea food Stir-fry
Fish pie
Fried prawns with Soy Sauce
Main dish
Seasonal fresh fish – Grilled, Steamed, Bread coated or Salt coated
Mixed Dessert or Fruits
Meeting/pick-up point: Revma Balik Restaurant arnavutkoy bebek caddesi N. 07 Besiktas, Istanbul.
Start/opening time: 7pm.
End/closing time: 11.30pm.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Best kebab restaurant in Istanbul
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Indulge your taste buds at Develi Restaurant in Samatya, home of authentic Turkish cuisine, and while you eat soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the fine sea views from the terrace. Listed by the Observer newspaper in London among The Best 100 Restaurants, Develi has a well-deserved reputation for consistently delivering the finest in Turkish cuisine.
It’s magnificent location in Samatya, with spectacular views over the Marmara Sea, and its newly refurbished terraces combine to assure its popularity with visitors, who have been flocking here since 1966. It is also popular however with locals and it is a good place to see the indigenous inhabitants savouring some of the national dishes. Try the kebabs, available with a range of delicious fillings and renowned in Istanbul as among the best in the city. Other local classics include hummus, stuffed meatballs and shish kebab. Be sure not to miss the homemade baklava, a Develi speciality created only from the finest local ingredients. Prompt and attentive service rounds off an exceptional dining experience.
So when in Istanbul, do as the locals do and make your way to Develi in Samatya. You are assured not only of a wholesome and delicious meal, but also the ambience of a genuine Turkish restaurant in an unbeatable setting.
The best of Turkish food, excellent service and spectacular views all await the discerning diner at Develi Restaurant in Samatya.
Meeting/pick-up point: Develi Restaurant Gümü?yüzük sokak no: 7 Samatya, Istanbul.
Start/opening time: Open daily from 12 noon.
End/closing time: Midnight.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Big Bus Instanbul Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: With magnificent views from an open top bus, Big Bus Tours Istanbul is the perfect introduction to a city that is set across two continents: Europe and Asia.
HIGHLIGHTS:
* Set your eyes on the most well-known marvellous mosques and pretty palaces
* Reap the benefits of two routes and get to know more about the Turkish culture
* Jump on and off the bus as much as you like for 24 or 48 hours
This carefully designed tour takes you to the major landmarks and historic sights on both continents, while your personal recorded commentary explains the history and culture of this beautiful city.
From the moment the bus sets off, you will experience a real mix of culture where east meets west. Tour highlights include the journey from Europe to Asia across the Bosporus Bridge, the Blue Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace, Galata Tower and much more.
Don't forget your camera to help capture some memorable moments. The hop-on, hop-off feature enables you to get on and off the bus at a number of exciting places to explore at your own pace. You can take a break from your tour whenever you wish to visit attractions and landmarks and later re-join the tour at your convenience.
CLASSIC TICKET:
1 Day Ticket which will be valid until the same time on the following day during the tour operation hours, Both Red Route Istanbul City Tour & Blue Route Golden Horn Tour, Hop on Hop off and optional 7D Cinema ticket.
PREMIUM TICKET:
2 Day Ticket which will be valid until the same time on the next following day during the tour operation hours, Both Red Route Istanbul City Tour & Blue Route Golden Horn Tour, Hop on Hop off, 7D cinema and Miniaturk admission.
ROUTE DESCRIPTIONS
THE CITY TOUR - RED ROUTE: The City Tour gives the perfect introduction to Istanbul city centre, taking you to a number of the city’s most popular attractions in both Europe and Asia. This carefully designed tour also takes you to the major landmarks and places of interest giving you an insight into Istanbul’s incredible history and diverse culture.
It provides the opportunity to discover the reminiscence of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires as well as the modern Republic of Turkey we see today. You will discover Istanbul’s distinctive blend of European and Middle Eastern cultures.
The tour also journeys across the famous Bosporus Bridge; a suspension bridge connecting Europe and Asia and one of the prominent and most important landmarks of the city. Crossing the bridge provides spectacular views of the Bosporus estuary, Europe and Asia, and is certainly one of the highlights of the city tour!
Our Red Route is also the only hop-on hop-off route in the world that allows you to cross between two continents (Europe and Asia). The red route also offers the following magnificent attraction sites: 1. Sultanahmet Square, 2. Galata Bridge, 3. Tophane, 4. Port, 5. Dolmabahçe, 6. Naval Museum, 7. Beylerbeyi Palace, 8. W Hotel (Akaretler), 9. Taksim Square, 10. Hard Rock Café and 11. Egyptian Spice Bazaar.
GOLDEN HORN TOUR - BLUE ROUTE:
The Golden Horn Tour is the best way to explore Istanbul’s famous Golden Horn, it takes you to a number of the city’s most popular places of interest around this sea inlet in the shape of a horn. The blue route takes you through the historic old town of Sultanahmet into the quaint suburbs of Istanbul and around the Golden Horn.
Along the tour you will learn about the strategic importance the Horn had to the city, as well as seeing the sights and key surrounding landmarks that date back as far as two thousand years ago. Along the route you can use the hop-on hop-off feature to explore Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sohpia, the old great wall of Constantinople, Aynalkavak Palace and a 4th century Roman Aqueduct.
There is also a cable car, a miniature town, a Dolphinarium, the Rahmi Koc Museum and the Egyptian Spice Bazaar. Stop Numbers: 20. Sultanahmet Square, 21. Galata Bridge, 22. Patriarchate, 23. Cable Car, 24. Dolphinarium, 25. Miniatürk, 26. Rahmi Koç Museum and 27. Egyptian-Spice Bazaar.
Redeem address: Customers must redeem their voucher at Sultanahmet Square at stop numbers 1 / 20.
Meeting/pick-up point: The first stop is Sultan Ahmet square (between Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia next to the main road), but customers can join the tour from any stop.
Duration: Red route: 2 hours. Blue route: 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Start/opening time: Red route: at 9am. Blue route: at 9:45am.
End/closing time: Red route: at 5pm. Blue route: at 4.15pm.
Frequency: Red route: every 30 minutes. Blue route: every 1 hour.
Languages: Pre-recorded commentary available in English, Turkish, Arabic, Russian, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Included: Free Wi-Fi available on all buses.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Blue Mosque area and Orient Express trail
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Journey to a place where the past meets the present and the city meets the sea as you explore the final destination point of the Orient Express. On this full-day tour, experience the history of this famous port of call, its long-standing religious roots, and the dynamic urban life of present-day Istanbul.
Delve dinto the city's history as your tour begins in the area of the city in and around the Blue mosque. Learn about the convergence of many groups of people and their respective influences on this great city. Visit the Sultanahmet Prison, and listen to the outstanding true story of beheaded Hüseyin Ada and Cinci Hoca. Gaze upon unique wooden Turkish houses and mansions of Ottoman Aristocracy. Enjoy the Baths of Haseki Sultan and the splendour of Hagia Sophia.
Imagine a world of long ago, as you make your way to the hSirkeci Train Station. Take in the understated grandeur of this wondrous arrival point. Admire the subdued facade as you ponder about the days of yesteryears. Take in the muted colours of the city, as you stroll past old shops and outdoor markets, mosques, and churches. Listen to the elaborate tales of life on the Orient Express, as the passage of people from Paris to Istanbul became synonymous with luxury and intrigue.
Hop aboard a boat and cruise the water to explore the Golden Horn. Be awed by the panoramic views of the cityscape that span the vast shoreline. Back on solid ground, continue walking the streets of the old neighbourhoods of Galata & Beyoglu. Appreciate the stone facades and the pulse of the city as you take a trip through history.
The final destination of the former Orient Express, this unique city has a rich and vivid past and present. Experience both on this tour of Istanbul.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 9 hours.
Start/opening time: 8am - 8:30am.
End/closing time: 5pm - 5:30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Bosphorous Cruise & Dolmabahce Palace Tour with Lunch & Dinner
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: In the morning :Golden Horn (from the bus), the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbour of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of stanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantines. The residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-muslim minorities.
Drive along the traces of history at Balat viewing Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), Fener Orthodox Patriarchate and 22 kms. long Byzantine City Walls, strongest fortification of the middle age. Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers etc. Bosphorus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials and luxurious apartments.
Rumeli Fortress (from the boat – no interior visit), historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect the Bosphorus. A unique example of military architecture. (Visit to a leather showroom if time permits)Lunch at a Turkish Restaurant. Dolmabahçe Palace, recent residence for Ottoman Sultans built by two Ottoman architects Karabet and Nikogos Balyan on a 110.000 m² area and served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire.
Famous with great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier, the palace has 285 rooms and 46 halls. Bosphorus Bridge, unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes. Çamlca Hill, famous for its beautiful sunset and the widest bird’s eye panoramic view of stanbul from Marmara Sea to the Black Sea, gives a chance to see the Bosphorus and Golden Horn from one of the highest and most appealing places of the city.
Evening :Watching one of the best silhouettes in the world with Topkap Palace, Blue Mosque and the Leander' s Tower will be your exceptional experience to enjoy this imperial elegance and the unique panoramic view of the Bosphorus waterway which brings the two continents Europe and Asia, face to face. Dinner with the Turkish and international cuisine including unlimited local drinks on board of a Bosphorus yacht.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotels.
Duration: Eight hours for city tour (including 1,5 hours of guided boat tour) 3,5 hours dinner cruise.
Start/opening time: At 8.25am for day tour and at 7pm - 7.30pm for dinner cruise.
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic(please inform in which language do you want to join).
Others: : Dolmabahçe Palace on is closed on Monday and Thursday and replaced with Eyüp + Pierre Loti Coffee House + Miniatürk.
Includes: Free pick up and drop off from/to city center hotels, entrance fees, lunch during the city tour, guiding services during the city tour, dinner, unlimited local drinks + belly dance and folklore shows during dinner, A/C transportation, parking.
Excludes : Drinks during lunch and tips.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Bosphorus Cruise
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Make the most of your time in Istanbul and set eyes upon one of the most stunning rivers in the world: the Bosphorus. It takes but a minute of contemplating this river for its image to stay in your mind forever. This time-friendly tour is the ideal option if you are only staying in Istanbul for a short period of time.
Begin by hopping onto an exciting cable car that will take you to visit the Pierre Loti Hill. Once on top of this idyllic space, a comfortable bus will be waiting for you to take you on the romantic Panoramic Golden Horn Tour.
The bus will drop you off on the shores of the infamous river, where you will embark on the third phase of your compact adventure: a relaxing 90 minute cruise down the Bosphorus. As you see the beauty of Istanbul slowly gliding along the horizon, a charming and knowledgeable guide who knows this river like the palm of his hand will let you in on all of the most interesting stories that its waters contain.
From this privileged vantage point you will set eye upon some of Istanbul’s most iconic landmarks, such as Dolmabahce Palace, Leanders Tower, two large suspension bridges, Rumeli Hisari Fortress and a series of magnificent mansions by the shores of the Bosphorus. Finally, as you disembark near the Spice Bazaar, you will be whisked back to your hotel, as if waking from a dream.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Duration: Four hours.
Start/opening time: At 1pm-1:30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Bosphorus Private Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: We begin with a coach tour along the Golden Horn, the inlet that has been the city’s natural harbour since it was settled in Roman times. We’ll pass through the former non-Muslim districts, seeing traces of the their rich past such as the Bulgarian Orthodox metal Church of St. Stephen, the Jewish Hospital and 22km-long Byzantine defensive walls. Discovering the sensuous smells and assorted aromas of the Spice Bazaar before embarking on a boat.
At the Spice Bazaar you will experience every gamut of emotions as you navigate through the stalls selling both fresh and dried fruits, vegetables, flowers and, of course, spices. From aniseed to zedoary, you will find every imaginable spice under the sun. Naturally, vast amounts of Turkish delight, coffee and tea are also on sale. A big part of the fun is haggling with the garrulous stallholders, who will either amuse you or convince into purchasing something.
After this sensory feast, it’s time to sit back and relax with a pleasant cruise along the Bosphorus. You’ll pass the elegant waterfront villas that were the weekend and summer retreats of the Ottoman elites and the imposing Rumeli Fortress.
Some of these waterfront residences, yal? in Turkish, are centuries old and made of wood. Others are veritable marble palaces of a less distant vintage. The range of colours and architectural styles is truly vast, ranging from the intrinsically Ottoman to Western neo-classical. Make sure to have your camera at the ready because along the Bosphorus there are more than 600 of these homes dotted about.
From the boat you’ll also see the hulking Rumeli Fortress, which was built more than 560 years ago by the Ottomans to prepare their attack on Constantinople and to control the Bosphorus.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Hotel Lobby.
Start or opening time: 8am.
End or closing time: 1pm.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Bosphorus Tour with Private C-Nem Yacht
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Take the trip of a lifetime as you enjoy an unforgettable private cruise aboard a modern yacht along the Bosphorus, Istanbul’s main artery and lifeline to the rest of the world. You’ll get privileged views of the many sights and landmarks lining the straits. Admire the domed mosques and towering minarets of Istanbul, the Golden Horn, massive fortresses, sumptuous Ottoman palaces and picturesque hunting lodges as well as one of the world’s longest suspension bridges. Choose from a variety of modern yachts for the ultimate in relaxation elegance, luxury and comfort aboard a state of the art yacht.
After being welcomed aboard the yacht, we’ll set out into the Bosphorus, the historic waterway separating Europe from Asia. There’s so much to see that you won’t know where to look. On the European side watch out for the massive dome of Hagia Sophia, the minarets of the Blue Mosque and the conical roof of the Tower of Galata dominating the skyline of the ancient harbour of the Golden Horn. Have your camera at the ready to capture some of Istanbul’s top attractions including the sumptuous Topkapi Palace and the magnificent Rumeli Fortress and the Imperial Gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace.
Then after passing beneath the impressive Bosphorus Bridge, watch out for a series of splendid marble palaces together with the 19th century mansions and hunting lodges of the Ottoman elite on both sides of the water. Then as we return to the harbour, let yourself be entranced by the sheer colour and vibrancy of everyday life on the banks of this ancient waterway. Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Pick-up time: Please call 1 day before to confirm pick up time. Cruise available from 9am to 5pm.
Includes: Tea and coffee.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Bosphorus Tour with private "Bosphorus Princes" Yacht
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Take the trip of a lifetime as you enjoy an unforgettable private cruise aboard a modern yacht along the Bosphorus, Istanbul’s main artery and lifeline to the rest of the world. You’ll get privileged views of the many sights and landmarks lining the straits. Admire the domed mosques and towering minarets of Istanbul, the Golden Horn, massive fortresses, sumptuous Ottoman palaces and picturesque hunting lodges as well as one of the world’s longest suspension bridges. Choose from a variety of modern yachts for the ultimate in relaxation elegance, luxury and comfort aboard a state of the art yacht.
After being welcomed aboard the yacht, we’ll set out into the Bosphorus, the historic waterway separating Europe from Asia. There’s so much to see that you won’t know where to look. On the European side watch out for the massive dome of Hagia Sophia, the minarets of the Blue Mosque and the conical roof of the Tower of Galata dominating the skyline of the ancient harbour of the Golden Horn.
Have your camera at the ready to capture some of Istanbul’s top attractions including the sumptuous Topkapi Palace and the magnificent Rumeli Fortress and the Imperial Gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace.
Then after passing beneath the impressive Bosphorus Bridge, watch out for a series of splendid marble palaces together with the 19th century mansions and hunting lodges of the Ottoman elite on both sides of the water. Then as we return to the harbour, let yourself be entranced by the sheer colour and vibrancy of everyday life on the banks of this ancient waterway.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: Depends on the option chosen.
Start/opening time: From 9am to 5pm. Please contact with the number on the voucher one day before to check possible hours.
Languages: English.
Includes: Tea and Coffee.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Bosphorus Tour with private "The Bosphorus" Yacht
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Take the trip of a lifetime as you enjoy an unforgettable private cruise aboard a modern yacht along the Bosphorus, Istanbul’s main artery and lifeline to the rest of the world. You’ll get privileged views of the many sights and landmarks lining the straits. Admire the domed mosques and towering minarets of Istanbul, the Golden Horn, massive fortresses, sumptuous Ottoman palaces and picturesque hunting lodges as well as one of the world’s longest suspension bridges. Choose from a variety of modern yachts for the ultimate in relaxation elegance, luxury and comfort aboard a state of the art yacht.
After being welcomed aboard the yacht, we’ll set out into the Bosphorus, the historic waterway separating Europe from Asia. There’s so much to see that you won’t know where to look. On the European side watch out for the massive dome of Hagia Sophia, the minarets of the Blue Mosque and the conical roof of the Tower of Galata dominating the skyline of the ancient harbour of the Golden Horn.
Have your camera at the ready to capture some of Istanbul’s top attractions including the sumptuous Topkapi Palace and the magnificent Rumeli Fortress and the Imperial Gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace.
Then after passing beneath the impressive Bosphorus Bridge, watch out for a series of splendid marble palaces together with the 19th century mansions and hunting lodges of the Ottoman elite on both sides of the water. Then as we return to the harbour, let yourself be entranced by the sheer colour and vibrancy of everyday life on the banks of this ancient waterway.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Start/opening time: From 9am to 5pm. Please call up to confirm the start time one day beforehand.
Languages: The yacht crew can only speak English.
Includes: Tea and coffe.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Bosphorus and Asia drive - vintage cars
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: In this comprehensive coach tour, you’ll discover the very best of Istanbul, the city that straddles two continents. Drive around the historic old city, seeing all the main sights and attractions and then cross the Bosphorus into Asia. Learn all about the different quarters of this fascinating city that straddles two continents. A knowledgeable guide will provide a running commentary as you go, with plenty of local insight.
First stop is Sirkeci, located to the north of the mouth of the Golden Horn, near the Topkapi Palace complex. It is here that famous Sirkeci Station is situated, terminus for the romantic Orient Express. We’ll also stop to admire the romantic promontory of Sarayburnu separating the Golden Horn from the Sea of Marmara where the renowned Topkapi Palace and lush Gulhane Park stand.
From we’ll cross the Golden Horn by the impressive Ataturk Bridge, entering the modern neighbourhoods of Ortakoy and Besiktasi with their many nightclubs, art galleries cafés, bars, and restaurants. Keep a look out for the beautiful Neo-Baroque Ortakoy Mosque on the waterfront.
Nearby is the charming old quarter of Arnavutkoy, famous for its wooden Ottoman mansions and fish restaurants. We’ll stop here for a refreshing cup of Turkish tea or coffee and a deli-cious snack, before crossing into Asia via the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world and an impressive splendid feat of engineering.
We’ll pass through several residential neighbourhoods on the Asian shore, dotted with the summer residences of the Ottoman elite. We’ll also pass the sumptuous Beylerbeyi Palace before crossing back into Europe again via the Bosphorus Suspension Bridge. Before returning to Sultanahmet we’ll pass through the old industrial district of Tophane.
Pick up/Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: Four hours.
Start/opening time: At 8am - 8.30am.
End/closing time: 12 - 12.30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Bosphorus and Golden Horn tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Live the very essence of Istanbul, the city that bonds and conciliates the East and the West. This tour takes you to a variety of sights that are sure to leave a lasting impression.
Begin by visiting the Spice Bazaar, where the manifold aromas and colours of spices, fruits and flowers are sure to bewilder your senses. Then, head for the famous Bosphorus River for a cruise along the waterway that separates Europe and Asia. Admire the Ottoman palaces and wooden villas that line both shores.
After that, get to know the Rumeli Fortress, an ancient defensive construction erected to control the Bosphorus. After lunch at a typical Turkish restaurant, move on to the magnificent Eyup Sultan Mosque and his Tomb. Eyup el-Ensari was the flag bearer of the Prophet Mohammed and the mosque and his tomb are the two most sacred sites of Islam after Mecca and Jerusalem.
Ascend to the top of a green hill on a breath-taking cable car ride. There, enjoy the vantage point of the Golden Horn from the quaint Pierre Loti Coffee House. The cafe is named after renowned French poet Pierre Loti who, very fond of Istanbul, used to sit here to write about the city.
Last but not least, visit the curious Miniaturk, a site that compacts all of Turkish culture into a miniature city. The most famous landmarks of Istanbul, Anatolia and the former Ottoman territories can all be seen here alongside an array of miniature Turks, like something out of a fairy tale.
Meeting/ pick-up point: Hotel pick up.
Start/opening time: 8am.
End/closing time: 5pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Bosphorus and two continents
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: This comprehensive full day tour is a perfect introduction to this magical city that straddles two continents. You'll visit Ottoman palaces, Roman fortresses, vibrant bazaars and cruise down the Bosphorous.
After being picked up from your hotel between 08.00 and 08.30 we'll head straight for the impressive Byzantine City Walls, finally breached by Sultan Mehmet II the Conqueror in 1453. Next we'll head for the Golden Horn. This natural and extremely secure harbour played an important role in the development of Istanbul. Then we'll pay a visit to the 17th Century Egyptian Bazaar where the air is filled with the enticing aromas of every conceivable herb and spice.
Now it's time to a board the boat for an invigorating cruise along the Bosphorous, Istabul's lifeline, gliding past the Dolmabahçe and Beylerbeyi Palaces, the impressive Rumeli Fortress, the Hotel Kempinski and the Ortakoy Mosque. We'll cross to the Anatolian shore on the impressive Bosphorous suppression bridge, heading for the magnificent Beylerbehi Palace, the sumptuous summer residence of the Ottoman sultans. We'll climb to the summit of Camlica Hill, for unforgettable views over Istanbul and Bosphorous. Finally we'll stop off at a top leatherware outlet where you will have the opportunity pick up some great bargains before returning to your hotel between 17.00 and 17.30.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Hotel Lobby.
Start or opening time: 8-8.30am.
End or closing time: 5-5.30pm.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Bosphorus boat and bus tour with cable car
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Discover two fascinating sides of Istanbul with a cruise along the Bosphorous and a bus trip exploring the roots of the city. Immerse yourself in a rich, vibrant history and landscape while exploring this wondrous cultural landscape.
Make your way to the shores of the Bosphorous, board a boat, and head out into the waters. cruising along the shoreline, gaze at the views of the opulent Dolmabahce Palace and the simplicity of the solitary Leanders Tower. Remark at the expansive suspension bridges connecting the city, the grandeur of the Rumeli Fortress, and the many fine seaside mansions. Afterwards, climb Pierre Loti Hill by cable car and enjoy the fantastic panoramic views of the city below, before boarding a bus and heading into the streets.
the northern bank of the Golden Horn, dive into a dynamic immigrant district with a long-standing history. Settled long ago by Byzantine Jews and Italian traders, drive through history in Balat, viewing the extravagance of the Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian. Visit the stately Jewish Hospital and the picturesque facade of the Fener Orthodox Patriarchate. See the long Byzantine City Walls, the strongest fortification of the middle age.
An opportunity to experience two unique sides of this captivating city on the sea, be drawn into the allure of Istanbul from the amazing scenery along the water's edge of the Bosphorous, by ground through Balat, and from the soaring heights of the cable car.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: Four hours.
Start/opening time: 1-1.30pm.
End/closing time: 5.30pm.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Bosphorus cruise and Dolmabahçe Palace visit
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: This is an alternative Bosphorus cruise for travellers with limited time to spend in Istanbul. On this guided tour you will learn all about the role of this waterway in this magical city's rich history, visiting the Egyptian Bazaar before boarding a river cruiser for an exhilarating cruise along the Bosphorus. Then visit the Dolmabahçe Palace, the residence of the last sultan, and behold the timeless grandeur of this window on Asia.
After meeting your guide you’ll head straight for the 17th century Egyptian Bazaar. This amazing market is the second largest covered shopping complex in Istanbul after the Grand Bazaar. The bazaar was (and still is) the centre for spice trade in Istanbul and the air is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.
After a brief visit to Rustem Pasa Mosque, head to the embankment to board a river cruiser and head out into the Bosphorus. Admire the stunning views as you glide past the Dolmabahçe and Beylerbeyi Palaces as well as the wooden villas and mansions of the rich and powerful, past and present, and the imposing Rumeli Fortress.
The highlight of this tour is the guided visit to Dolmabahçe Palace. This jewel of Ottoman architecture was built by Sultan Abdulmecid between 1843 and 1856. The sumptuous taste and splendour of the time can be seen in every corner and detail of the lavish furnishings and décor; the Bohemian crystal chandeliers, the Crystal Staircase or the magnificent handmade Hereke carpet in the Great Ceremonial Hall.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel reception.
Duration: Eight hours.
Start/opening time: 8-8:30am.
End/closing time: 5-5:30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Mosques are closed on friday but can be visited from outside.

Available from 1 September 2017
Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Bosphorus cruise and Ottoman relics
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Golden Horn (from the bus), the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbour of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of stanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantines. The residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-muslim minorities. Drive along the traces of history at Balat viewing Metal Church of St. Stephen, the Bulgarian, Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), Fener Orthodox Patriarchate and 22 kms. long Byzantine City Walls, strongest fortification of the middle age.
Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers etc. Bosphorus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials and luxurious apartments.
Rumeli Fortress (from the boat - no interior visit), historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect the Bosphorus. A unique example of military architecture. (Visit to a leather showroom if time permits). Lunch at a typical Turkish Restaurant. Topkap Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. Live guide commentary is not allowed in special sections. (Harem is not included in the program).
Sultan Tombs, there are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at Hagia Sophia. The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, red, green and blue flower motives. Prince robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Duration: Eight hours.
Start/opening time: At 8.25am.
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian and German. Please inform in which language do you want to join.
Others: Topkap Palace is closed on Tuesdays and replaced with Tour to Byzantium.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Bosphorus cruise tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: The wide, winding and beautiful Bosphorus is a turquoise Turkish jewel that’s yours to cruise, even if you’re tight on time.
Before you embark on our excursion on the mighty blue, breathe in the aromas and be dazzled by colour at the Spice Bazaar. Here you your knowledgeable local guide will explain the many miracles contained within the many potent herbs and spices! Observe the cavernous beauty and intricate detail of Rüstem Pa?a Mosque, an Ottoman structure in Istanbul’s Fatih district that was designed by the imperial architect Mimar Sinan and is famous for its beautiful intricate tiles. Finally we will set sail and take to the serenity of the meandering river.
Cruise by the shores of the picturesque Bosphorus while your guide, an expert on this river, will explain the scene en route as it drifts serenely past you. Take in stunning close-up views of important landmarks such as the imposing Dolmabahce Palace, Maiden's Tower (also known as Leander's Tower) on its island perch and glide past two impressive suspension bridges. Float beneath the staunch stone structure that is Rumeli Hisari Fortress, built for Mehmet the conqueror to guard against invaders. Marvel at the beautiful mansions inhabited by the region’s wealthy, before we disembark near the Spice Bazaar, once again in the bustling hearth of the city.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel reception.
Duration: Four hours.
Start/opening time: At 8 - 8.30am.
End/closing time: At 12 - 12.30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Bosphorus discovery Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: The Bosphorus, the narrow straits separating Europe from Asia, is Istanbul’s main artery and lifeline of the city to the rest of the world. On this guided morning tour you will learn all about the role of this waterway in this magical city's rich history, visiting the exotic spice market before boarding a sightseeing boat for an exhilarating cruise on the Bosphorus. A knowledgeable local guide will provide plenty of fascinating historical and cultural insight as you pass some of the main landmarks of this beautiful city.
After being picked up from your hotel we'll pay a visit to the 17th century Egyptian Bazaar. Located in the neighbourhood of Eminonu, it is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar. The bazaar was (and still is) the centre for the spice trade in Istanbul and the air is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.
Now it's time to a board a river cruiser for a sightseeing cruise along the Bosphorus. You’ll glide past some of Istanbul’s more impressive sights, including the magnificent Dolmabahçe Palace, the 15th-century Rumeli Hisari Fortress built by Mehmet the Conqueror and Beylerbeyi Palace, the summer palace of the Ottoman sultans. You’ll also get to see both the European and Asian shores, passing mosques, fortresses, palaces and the wooden villas and mansions of the rich and powerful. Then after returning to land you’ll rejoin the coach for the journey back to your hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick up.
Start/opening time: At 1pm - 1:30pm.
Duration: Five hours.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Bosphorus on boat
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Istanbul is a city that spans two continents and the Bosphorous, the narrow straits separating Europe from Asia can be said to be the city's main artery and lifeline to the rest of the world. On this guided morning tour you will learn all the role of this waterway in this magical city's rich history, visitng the city's main sights before boarding a river cruiser for an exhilarating cruise on the Bosphorous.
After being picked up from your hotel between 08.00 and 08.30 we'll head straight for the impressive Byzantine City Walls, finally breached by the powerful cannon of Sultan Mehmet II the Conqueror during the siege of Constantinople in 1453. Next we'll head for the Golden Horn. This natural and extremely secure harbour was vital for the development of Istanbul. Then we'll pay a visit to the 17th Century Egyptian Bazaar where the air is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.
Now it's time to a board ta river cruiser for a cruise along the Bosphorous, gliding past the Dolmabahçe and Beylerbeyi Palaces, the wooden villas and mansions of the rich and powerful as far as the Rumeli Fortress, built by Mehmet the Conqueror before returning to the hotel at 17.00.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Hotel Lobby.
Start or opening time: 8-8.30am.
End or closing time: 1-1.30pm.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Bosphorus sunset cruise
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: An enchanted evening cruise starts while you sip your welcome drink and enjoy the marvelous scenery as the sun sets on the Bosphorus. Chance to view and photograph the precious relics of three world dominating Empires: Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman. The royal Dolmabahçe Palace, the late residence of the Ottoman Sultans; Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridges connecting the two continents Asia and Europe; Rumeli Fortress, the historical armament built by the Conqueror Sultan, marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman style besides modern residentials.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Duration: Two hours.
Start/opening time: 6.30pm-. 8.30pm. .
Languages: English.
Others: min pax number is 6 to run the tour, less than 6 pax tour will be cancelled

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Bosphorus tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Explore the most awe-inspiring areas of Istanbul, one of the single most beautiful cities in both Europe and the Middle East – for it is the city that bridges these two contrasting continents.
Start by becoming acquainted with your knowledgeable guide, who will accompany you throughout the duration of this exciting tour and tell you all about the interesting history and fun facts behind every Istanbul landmark you come across. Your first destination is the Egyptian Spice Bazaar, where your senses will discover pleasures unbeknownst to them until that moment. Admire the staggering abundance and variety of not only spices, but also fruits, vegetables and flowers that line the exotic stores.
Afterwards, join a relaxing cruise along the Bosphorus, the magnificent river that splits Istanbul into a Western and a Middle Eastern half. Contemplate the breath-taking marble palaces and ancient wooden villas of beautiful Ottoman architecture. These elegant old buildings stand in stark contrast with the more modern residential luxury apartments erected alongside them, so that Istanbul’s wealthy can relax while enjoying the views of the shimmering waterway.
Then, it is time see from the outside Rumeli Fortress, a historical armament erected to keep a watchful eye over the appreciated river, a hub of international commerce back in the day. This fortress is a grand example of military architecture and it can be seen from the sea during the tour. This trip will make you fall in love with this bewildering, multicultural city while you discover its more historical side.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from the hotels.
Start/opening time: At 8-8.30am.
Duration: Four hours approx.
Others: Spice Bazaar is closed on Sundays. No transfer back to hotels, last stop Taksim area.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Bosphorus tour - Private
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Join us for a full-day Bosphorus tour by land and sea that will take you all the way back to Byzantium and Constantinople. At the crossroads between East and West, this channel is the setting for some of the most impressive landmarks in Istanbul as well as its fair share of hidden gems. We begin with a coach tour along the Golden Horn, the inlet that has been the city’s natural harbour since it was settled in Roman times. We’ll pass through the former non-Muslim districts, seeing traces of the their rich past such as the Bulgarian Orthodox metal Church of St. Stephen, the Jewish Hospital and 22km-long Byzantine defensive walls.
At the Egyptian Bazaar you will experience every culinary fragrance imaginable as you navigate through the stalls selling fresh and dried fruits, vegetables, flowers and spices.
Then we’ll hop on a boat for a romantic Bosphorus cruise, with Europe and Asia on either side. Take photos of marble palaces and ancient wooden villas perched side by side with modern mansions and luxury apartments. You’ll see the impressive Rumeli Fortress, which dates from before the Ottoman conquest and, if time permits, we’ll visit a leather showroom.
We’ll break for a traditional Turkish lunch to replenish our energies for the busy afternoon ahead.
And what an afternoon it is! We’ll head for the Beylerbeyi Palace, a summer residence for the sultans, and then to the Bosphorus Bridge. Here you can step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in two minutes.
From there we’ll continue in Asia up to either Çamlca Hill or Yeditepe for panoramic views of the city and bosphorus. You will also see the imperial gardens of the Yldz Palace.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Start/opening time: Between 8am and 8.30am.
End/closing time: From 5pm onwards.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Bursa - The Green City
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Settled on the northwestern slopes of Mount Uludag in the southern Marmara Region, Bursa is frequently cited as "Green Bursa", in reference to the parks and gardens located across its urban tissue, as well as to the vast forests in rich variety that extend in its surroundings.
The first major capital city in the early years of the Ottoman Empire; Bursa kept its importance as a commercial center, especially as the source of most royal silk products during the Ottoman period. Thus, Bursa has traditionally been a pole of attraction, and was a major center for refugees from various ethnic backgrounds; and it holds an immaculate heritage of Ottoman civil architecture.
The tour starts with an early departure from the hotel. The ferry trip to the nearby city of Yalova is followed by a 45-minute drive to Bursa. Places to visit are The Green Mosque, the Green Tomb, the Grand Mosque, the Covered Bazaar and the Old Silk Market. You may also taste the world famous “Iskender Kebap”. The return to Istanbul follows the same route.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Start/opening time: At 7:30am.
End/closing time: At 8pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Included: ferryboat.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Bursa City
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Come and discover Bursa, the heartland of modern Turkish culture, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire and the birthplace of the doner kebab. We'll visit romantic mediaeval mosques and mausoleums, bustling bazaars, try the local specialities in a traditional restaurant and take a cable car up Mount Uludag for unforgettable views.
After being picked up from your hotel at around 07.30 we'll take the ferry across to Yavlova where the tour bus will be waiting to take you to Bursa. This large city, also known as Green Bursa in reference to its many parks and gardens and the vast forests in its surrounding region was the first capital of the Ottoman Empire between 1326 and 1365. It became a major centre for silk manufacture, supplying the Ottoman palaces with silk products until the 17th Century.
We will visit the Green Mosque and the Mausoleum of Sultan Mehmet I dating from the 15th Century, renowned for their exquisite decoration with Iznik tiles. Then we'll continue to the magnificent Great Mosque with its myriad minarets and towers. After stopping for lunch in a traditional restaurant where you will have the chance to try some of the mouth-watering local specialities (try the kebabs) we'll head to the historic Covered Bazaar and Koza Han, the impressive mediaeval silk market where merchants have met for centuries to trade silk and gossip. Then we'll take a cable car up mythical Mount Uludag for magnificent panoramic views before returning to Istanbul in the late evening.
This full day tour includes hotel pick up and drop off, all transfer and lunch as well as the services of an English-speaking guide throughout.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Hotel Lobby.
Start or opening time: Between 6.30am and 7am.
End or closing time: 6.30-7pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Bursa Full Day Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Our Bursa tour is one of the most demanded tours. You will find the opportunity to get to know Ottoman motifs, Ottoman bazaars and today's urbanization very closely during our tour of Bursa, which is 28th among the cities to live in the world and 1st in Turkey.
After the breakfast at the hotel, We arrive at the Eskihisar Ferry Pier which is 1,5 hours away from Istanbul by our vehicles waiting for you at the hotel. After arriving to Bursa province, we climb to Uluda known as Olympos Mountain via cable car in company with Arabic and English speaking professional guides and give you, our esteemed guests, free time at the altitude of 1600 m.
After this tour, we have our lunch at the restaurants we chose for you and we continue our tour to visit Grand Mosque, Green Mosque and city centre. Our Bursa tour, which you can think of as a long-term tour, will continue with setting off to Istanbul after our shopping tours in Bursa. We finish our tour wishing to see you in our other tours specially prepared for you by leaving you to your hotel in Istanbul.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 10 hours (without transfer time).
Pick-up time: At 7am.
Drop-off time: At 10pm.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Bursa, the first Ottoman capital
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Discover the historic city of Bursa, original capital of the Ottoman Empire and the fourth most populous city in modern-day Turkey. See its most important monuments, including ornate mosques and mausoleums, and enjoy the fine views of Uludag, the mountain that looms over the city, one of Turkey’s highest peaks and the country’s main winter sports venue.
Famous for its peaches, chestnuts and fine silks – all of which are widely available in the markets and shops – Bursa’s chief claim to fame is the fact that it was once the capital of the mighty Ottoman Empire. Largely because of this it can boast a higher than usual number of fine buildings and outstanding examples of Ottoman architecture such as the Grand Mosque and the Green Mosque are among the undoubted highlights of the tour.
The city is also renowned for its hot mineral waters, which have attracted visitors drawn by their therapeutic properties since at least Roman times. Fed by thermal springs rich in magnesium, calcium and sulphur, the ancient baths have been in continuous use for approximately 700 years.
Visit the Covered Bazaar, famous for its Silk Market, and enjoy authentic Bursa cuisine at one of the traditional restaurants in the old town. Bursa has acquired the affectionate soubriquet of Green Bursa, a reflection of the many beautiful parks and gardens that are scattered throughout the city and the spectacular Mount Uludag that forms a constant backdrop.
Discover the delightful and historic city of Bursa with this full-day tour from Istanbul.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel reception.
Duration: Full day.
Start/opening time: Between 6am and 6:30am.
End/closing time: Between 8pm and 8:30pm. .
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Byzantine Istanbul heritage tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Discover the splendour of Istanbul in this half day excursion covering the main sights of this fabled city that straddles Asia and Europe.
After we pick you up from your hotel between 08.00 and 08.30, our first stop will be the Hippodrome, a circus dating from Roman times that became the social and cultural heart of Constantinople, the scene of riots, palace intrigues, love affairs and horse races throughout Byzantine history. It is now a city park, an oasis of calm in this bustling city. One of the main attractions is the 3500-year-old Egyptian granite Obelisk, brought to Constantinople by Emperor Theodosius in 390 AD.
Next we'll visit the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque due to its decoration with more than 20,000 blue Iznik tiles. The Mosque is just a stone's throw away from the sublime Basilica of Hagia Sophia, built in the 6th century by the Emperor Justinian. After the Ottoman conquest, it was converted to a mosque and is today considered one of the most magnificent buildings in the world.
Our final visit will be to the Grand Bazaar, a labyrinth of streets and narrow passages where you will find over 4000 shops and stalls with separate areas for the different crafts. This is an ideal place to stock up on traditional Turkish handicrafts such as colourful hand-painted earthenware and hand-burnished copperware, brassware and onyxware before returning to the hotel at around 12.30.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Hotel Lobby.
Start or opening time: 8-8.30am.
End or closing time: 12-12.30pm.
Others: As mosques are closed on Fridays, there will only be external visits on that day.

Available from 1 September 2017
Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Byzantine and Ottaman Relics
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Hagia Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue znik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.
MORNING :
Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Hagia Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue znik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.
Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome. Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir. (Art demonstration of handmade Turkish carpets upon request). Lunch at a Turkish Restaurant
Topkap Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. Live guide commentary is not allowed in special sections. (Harem is not included in the program). Sultan Tombs, there are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at Hagia Sophia. The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, red, green and blue flower motives. Prince robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses.
EVENING :
Watching one of the best silhouettes in the world with Topkap Palace, Blue Mosque and the Leander' s Tower will be your exceptional experience to enjoy this imperial elegance and the unique panoramic view of the Bosphorus waterway which brings the two continents Europe and Asia, face to face…
Meeting/pick-up point: City tour: At 8:25am. Dinner cruise: At 7:30pm.
Duration: City tour: 8 hours. Dinner cruise: 3.5 hours.
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Arabic.
Others: You will pop along to a number of quaint boutiques which surround the Grand Bazaar on Sundays as the Bazaar itself is closed on that day. The tour will make its way along to Byzantium on Tuesdays as an alternative because the Topkap Palace is closed on Tuesdays.
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Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Byzantine and Ottoman Relics tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Delve into the heart of the Old City of Istanbul on this exciting tour of some of the most beautiful landmarks and sites in the area. Istanbul always causes a striking impression and then leaves a dear lasting memory for its unparalleled mix of Western and Middle Eastern culture, being the city that bridges the European and the Asian continents.
Begin by being driven to the nucleus of the Old City: Sultanahmet Square. You are then taken to explore the thrilling Hippodrome, which used to host chariot races in the days of the Byzantine Empire. Then head over to the sprawling and awe-inspiring construction of the Blue Mosque, one of the most impressive sights in the city. After the Blue Mosque, head over to another colossal god-fearing construction: the Hagia Sophia, one of the finest examples of Ottoman architecture.
Enjoy a traditional Turkish lunch before continuing to the Topkapi Palace, one of the single most popular attractions in the whole of Istanbul. It stands on Seraglio Point, also known as Sultanahmet. This 15th century palace was the residence of many of the wealthiest sultans and their respective harems. Later on, visit the tombs of these very sultans in one of the most beautiful examples of 16th century Ottoman architecture; its red, green, purple and blue flower motives will fill you with awe.
Round the day off with a visit to one of the largest covered markets in the world, the Grand Bazaar and its more than 4,000 shops; a true Istanbul experience.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from hotels.
Start/opening time: Between 8am and 8.30am.
End/closing time: Between 5pm and 5.30 pm.
Others: Grand Bazar is closed on Sundays; Topkapi palace Museum closed on Tuesdays; visit replaced with Basilica Cistern. Blue Mosque closed on Fridays morning.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Byzantine and Ottoman heritage - Private tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: See three cities in one day with this guided tour of some of the most interesting Byzantine and Ottoman landmarks in Istanbul.
We’ll pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the Hippodrome, where chariot races were held right up to the Ottoman conquest. Among the attractions here is the Serpent Column, a 2,500-year-old ancient Greek relic.
Then we’ll make our way to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque because of the decorative tiles covering the interior.
A relaxing stroll across the serene Sultanahmet Square brings us to Hagia Sophia, which for a millennium was the largest church in the world. Here you can admire some of the most beautiful mosaics you will ever see. Afterwards, lunch will be served at a traditional Turkish restaurant.
In the afternoon we’ll head to the Topkap? Palace, the vast complex from where the Ottoman sultans ruled an empire and kept concubines in the harem. The exuberance of the lifestyles enjoyed by the sultans is everywhere to be seen as you wander this beautiful Unesco World heritage Site.
In the afternoon we’ll head to Sokullu Mehmet Paa. It is located in the neighborhood of Kadirga. It was built on an inclined slope, where the Aya Anastasia Church had already been placed during the Byzantine period.
The tour ends at the Grand Bazaar, where every day up 400,000 shoppers scour the more than 3,000 shops in 61 covered streets in search of bargains.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Hotel Lobby.
Start or opening time: 8am.
End or closing time: 5pm.
Others: When Hagia Sophia (Monday) or the Topkapi (tuesdays) are closed, the underground Basilica Cistern will be visited. Grand bazaar is closed on Sundays. Transfers, admission and lunch are all included. Please dress respectfully for the mosques. As mosques are closed on Fridays, there will only be external visits on that day.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Byzantine heritage tour - Private
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Discover some of the lesser known gems of Istanbul in this 4 hour tour. You’ll learn all about the Byzantine heritage of this great city, visiting the Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora with its exquisite frescoes and mosaics, the impressive underground Basilica Cistern and the magnificent Theodosian Walls. A knowledgeable guide will provide you with plenty of fascinating background to the history and culture of this great city.
The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora is considered to be one of the most beautiful surviving examples of Byzantine religious architecture in Istanbul. This 5th century jewel of Byzantine architecture is situated just outside the historic centre and was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest before becoming a museum in 1948. Do not miss the mind-blowingly colourful frescoes and mosaics that cover the interior of the building.
Next stop is the Basilica Cistern, the largest and most impressive of the several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city. The cistern, located 150m southwest of Hagia Sophia on the historical peninsula of Sarayburnu, was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian in order to ensure a supply of fresh drinking water.
Our final visit is to the magnificent Theodosian Walls. This series of extensively restored stone walls have surrounded and protected the city of Constantinople ever since its foundation as the new capital of the Byzantine Empire by Constantine the Great. They were the last great fortification system of antiquity, and one of the most complex and elaborate defensive systems ever built.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Duration: Four hours.
Start/opening time: At 8am - 8.30am.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Byzantine monasteries of Istanbul
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Become a true expert on the thrilling history of the Byzantine Empire. What nowadays is Turkey and, before that, the core of the Ottoman Empire, centuries ago used to be the eastern half of the Roman Empire. With Istanbul (then, Constantinople) as its capital, it became an empire of its own after it survived the fall of the original Western Roman Empire, thus outliving it. This tour takes you to all of the most interesting remains of this splendid age. Learn about the day to day life of the common folk and the ruling classes of this former empire that, as its ubiquitous ruins testify, won’t give up the ghost.
Travel through the magnificent city of Istanbul to learn all about the past art and civilization of the former capital of the Byzantine Empire, a cultural centre from the fourth to the 15th century. This extraordinary tour takes you on a trail of ancient monasteries, churches in ruins, age-old stone houses, even columns and cisterns. If you dare, venture too into the deep creepy dungeons where rich and poor perished alike; these vaults are eerily well preserved and the chill of death lingers within.
The highlight of the day is a visit to the Holy Saviour in Chora, an astounding church that used to be a monastery in Byzantine times. Nowadays, it has been reconverted into a museum, to let the world admire the magnificent mosaics and frescoes that adorn its every wall.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel lobby.
Start/opening time: 8am - 8.30am.
End/closing time: 5pm - 5.30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: As mosques are closed on Fridays, there will only be external visits on that day.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Byzantium and Ottoman relics
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: This comprehensive one day sightseeing tour of Istanbul provides the perfect introduction to this magical city straddling Asia and Europe. You will see some of the main sights as you learn the fascinating history of this eternal city, in a tour covering almost 2000 years of history.
After being picked up from your hotel between 08.00 and 08.30 our first stop will be the Hippodrome, a circus dating from Roman times that was to become the social and cultural heart of Constantinople, Next we'll visit the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, sumptuously decorated with more than 20,000 blue Iznik tiles. The mosque is just a stone's throw from the sublime Basilica of Hagia Sophia, built in the 6th century by the Emperor Justinian. After the Ottoman conquest, it was converted to a mosque and is today considered one of the most magnificent buildings in the world.
We'll then visit the Grand Bazaar, one of the world's largest covered markets, renowned for its jewellery, leather, pottery, spices and carpets. Next stop is the Mosque of Little Hagia Sophia, one the oldest early Byzantine buildings in Istanbul that is believed to have served as a model for the Basilica of Hagia Sophia. Our next visit will be to the impressive Topkapi Palce, residence of the Ottoman sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries, housing an exquisite art collection.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel.
Others: As mosques are closed on Fridays, there will only be external visits on that day.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Cable car and Bosphorus on boat
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: In this afternoon tour you can discover Istanbul from the sea as well as from above as you take an invigorating cruise on the Bosphorous and then climb high above the city in a cable car. Explore an exotic spice market and discover the heart of Istanbul as you watch its most famous sights glide by from the deck of a river cruiser.
After being picked up from your hotel between 13.00 and 13,30, we'll head straight for the waterfront and board a river cruiser for a cruise along the Bosphorous between two continents. We'll pass the sumptuous Dolmabahçe and Beylerbeyi Palaces, the impressive Rumeli Fortress, built by Sultan Mehmet II the Conqueror during the siege of Constantinople in 1453 and Leander's Tower, one of the symbols of Istanbul.
Then we'll climb to the top of Pierre Loti Hill by cable car where you can enjoy amazing panoramic views over the Bosphorous, the Golden Horn and the city. Next we'll reboard the bus and head for the Golden Horn. This natural and extremely secure harbour has played an important role in the development of Istanbul. Our final stop will be a visit to the 17th Century Egyptian Bazaar where the air is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel.
End/closing time: Between 5pm and 5.30pm.
Languages: Includes services of an English-speaking guide.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Canakkale: The Land of Brave Souls
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Visit the places where some of the most ferocious displays of bravery in the history of mankind were made. Canakkale and this part of the Dardanelles, is where the Ottoman Navy and artillery force made the last stand against the allied armada, not letting a single ship pass by. Hence, Churchill’s words: “Canakkale is impassable!”
Your tour will start with an early morning departure from the hotel. You will drive along the European shore of the Marmara Sea, seeing some lovely summer houses on the sea side, with vast sun flower fields on the land side. You will also travel by the shores of the Dardanelles, as you will pass by Gallipoli, land of the famous “Gentlemen’s War”.
As you cross the Dardanelles by ferry, you will arrive to Canakkale city, and visit the Kabatepe war museum, Brighton beach, Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial and cemetery, the original tunnels and trenches at Johnston's Jolly (Turkish and Allied), The Nek cemetery, Chunuk-Bair New Zealander Memorial and cemetery.
You will then be driven to Assos, the see the Athena Temple. Assos is a quite little town, perfect for a light lunch and a small stroll, before the journey back to Istanbul.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 14 hours.
Start/opening time: At 6am.
End/closing time: At 8:30pm.
Languages: English.
Included: Transportation by air conditioned vehicles, tour guide.
Not included: Drinks, personal expenses, admission fees and lunch.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Capadoccia in 1 day
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Early morning flight to Kayseri or night before bus to Ürgüp. Walk through the “Fairy Chimneys” in Devrent Valley, Paaba (Monks’) Valley, practice pottery production with the ancient technique in Avanos. Visit to Göreme, the "open-air museum“ holding the earliest churches and chapels carved in fairy chimneys presenting finest examples of frescoes. Uçhisar Castle, the highest point in the region.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Duration: 15 hours.
Languages: English.
Others: Tour rates include round trip plane or bus tickets, lunch. Exclude drinks and transfer from the bus station to the hotel (in the bus package) in stanbul at the end of the tour.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Capadoccia in 2 days
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Day 1 Walk through the “Fairy Chimneys” in Devrent Valley, Paaba (Monks’) Valley, practice pottery production with the ancient technique in Avanos. Visit to Göreme, the "open-air museum“ holding the earliest churches and chapels carved in fairy chimneys presenting finest examples of frescoes. Uçhisar Castle, the highest point in the region. Dinner at hotel and overnight.
Day 2 Panoramic view of the Hospital Monastery. Walk into the “wonderland” at Kzlçukur (Red Valley) and the village of Çavuin with rock-cut dwellings. Underground City of Kaymakl, rock-cut city beneath the earth up to 8-9 levels where early Christians used to hide from Roman and Byzantine persecution. Explore the rock formations in Çatalkaya. A fantastic overview of the fairy chimneys from Esentepe. Pigeon Valley, greatest collection of pigeon nests in the world.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Duration: 2 days.
Languages: English.
Others: Tour rates include round trip plane tickets and half-board accommodation at a 4* or boutique cave hotel (breakfast & dinner).

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Classic Istanbul - Private Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Glide through the ages with this half-day guided tour of four fantastic Istanbul landmarks. You will visit the Hippodrome, the fabled Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar. A fascinating itinerary that will take your breath away in just four hours.
We’ll pick you up from your hotel and drive you right into the heart of old Byzantium, to the Hippodrome. Now called Sultanahmet Square, this was where fiercely competitive chariot races took place during the periods of the Roman and Byzantine empires. Three famous attractions adorn the Hippodrome: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Walled Obelisk and the Serpent Column, which believe to be 2,500 years old.
From the Hippodrome it’s a short journey to the Blue Mosque, the name by which the Sultan Ahmed Mosque is affectionately known. A sight to behold from the outside, the blue-tiled interior is mesmerising. Look up and admire the elaborate domes. The mosque is considered a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture.
Across the square from the mosque is Hagia Sophia, the former basilica of the Holy Wisdom. It is the ultimate example of Byzantine architecture and dominated the Constantinople skyline for more than 1,000 years. The Blue Mosque is consciously modelled on it. This vast and imposing church was turned into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest but has been a museum since the 1930s. Among the wealth of treasure you will see will be some awe-inspiring golden mosaics.
We’ll end the tour at the vibrant and exotic Grand Bazaar, the largest covered market in the world. Wander its 61 streets and peruse the more than 3,000 outlets selling every imaginable product.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Hotel Lobby.
Start or opening time: 8am
End or closing time: 1pm.
Others: When the Grand Bazaar and Hagia Sophia are closed, Sunday and Monday respectively, we will instead visit the Basilica Cistern, a vast underground chamber supported by 336 marble columns that featured in the Bond movie, From Russia With Love.
Others: As mosques are closed on Fridays, there will only be external visits on that day.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Classic Istanbul and tour to Byzantium
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Come along and discover why so many regard Istanbul to be one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in the world. This comprehensive tour takes you to all of its most famous landmarks.
Begin with a drive to the beautiful Sultanahmet Square, in the Old City, from where you will reach the Hippodrome. This exciting site used to stage chariot races during the Byzantine Period. Later on, visit two of the most iconic constructions in Turkey: the sprawling, magnificent and complex Blue Mosque and the equally stunning Hagia Sophia, two extraordinary masterpieces of Ottoman architecture.
After a traditional Turkish lunch, move on to one of the most awe-inspiring sites in the city: the Golden Horn, a natural naval harbour in Byzantine times named like that for its hornlike shape and its golden colour under the sun. Continue then to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the nucleus of Turkish Orthodox Christianity since Christianity became a must in the East Roman Empire.
Next stop is the church of St Mary of Blachernae, renowned for its holy waters and baths. Then onto another church, the Holy Saviour in Chora, today a museum containing marvellous mosaics and frescoes.
Discover the uncanny Prison of Anemas, where they used to incarcerate high-ranked statesmen. Finally, see the Palace of the Porphyrogenitus, one of the few parts of the Blachernae Palace that remains standing to this day. See, too, in the vicinity, the ruins of the acropolis of Byzantium. All these sites will convince you of the magnetic power of Istanbul.
Meeting/ pick-up point: Hotel pick up.
Start/opening time: 8am.
End/closing time: 5pm.
Languages: English, Spanish, German and French.
Others: As mosques are closed on Fridays, there will only be external visits on that day.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Classic Istanbul tour from Ataturk Airport for connecting passengers
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Hagia Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue znik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. (Visit is not possible on Friday because of crowded noon prayer). Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome. Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir. (Art demonstration of handmade Turkish carpets upon request).
Lunch at a Turkish Restaurant. Topkap Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. Live guide commentary is not allowed in special sections. (Harem is not included in the program). Sultan Tombs, there are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at Hagia sophia. The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, red, green and blue flower motives. Prince robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses. Tour ends around 17:00 and transfer back to stanbul Atatürk Airport.
Meeting/pick-up point: In front of the information desk at the International Arrival hall.
Duration: Eight hours.
Start/opening time: At 8 am - 8.30am.
Languages: English, Spanish, German, Arabic , French.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Classic Istanbul tour from Ataturk Airport for connecting passengers - private
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Enjoy stanbul, the World capital with your private car and guide instead of wasting your time at the airport. The program will be designed to your interest with your guide; our guides will help you to customise your private program which gives you complete freedom to explore the city. Visits, photo-stops and breaks at your wish. Your guide is eligible to recommend the best restaurants to your choice. Your entrance tickets may be provided to avoid waiting in long queues in front of museums, if you advise so in advance.
Meeting/pick-up point: In front of the information desk at the International Arrival hall.
Duration: Eight hours (full day).
Start/opening time: Everyday upon request.
Languages: English, Spanish, German, Arabic , French.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Cooking Class
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Cooking in Turkey is proud to be Istanbul’s most popular cooking class. Located in the iconic Istanbul location, Sultanahmet, join us on a culinary adventure with our Expert Chef. Classes range for two hours catering for kitchen novices to cooking enthusiasts. Our Professional chef has unrivaled experience working in a traditional Turkish kitchen and his expert knowledge has influenced the fantastic range of cooking classes in Istanbul. Our cooking class is suitable for cooks of all abilities and have been carefully crafted to give you the know – how and confidence you need to cook in Turkish food again at home.
Here is how the tour will be operated: Our guide will pick you from your hotel (so you do not worry how to find us!) and then will drive you to Deraliye Restaurant, the venue of your cooking class. Following your class that will last about two hours, you will join a delicious lunch or dinner prepared by the Chef from Ottoman Palace recipes. So please do come and be part of this exciting food adventure that will enrich your Turkish Culinary Odyssey!
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Duration: 2 hours cooking class.
Start/opening time: 09:30am – 10:30am or 3:30pm – 4:30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: 1-way transfer only.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Cooking Class and Turkish Coffee Trail
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Istanbul is proud to have the most popular cooking class. Located in the iconic Istanbul location, Sultanahmet, join us on a culinary adventure with our Expert Chef. Classes range for two hours catering for kitchen novices to cooking enthusiasts. Our Professional chef has unrivalled experience working in a traditional Turkish kitchen and his expert knowledge has influenced the fantastic range of cooking classes in Istanbul. Our cooking class is suitable for cooks of all abilities and have been carefully crafted to give you the ‘know–how’ and confidence you need to cook Turkish food again at home.
Coffee is a national drink of Turkey that has a long historical tradition starting from when the Ottomans brought the first coffee beans to Istanbul in 1519. The tour begins with a “Coffee Route” – where we will have coffee tasting in historical venues passing tiny streets, historical walkways, intriguing old bazaars and Ottoman coffee storages. On route we will visit Hac Bekir, Confectioner, specialised in traditional sweets such as Turkish delight, hard candy. The Tour finishes with a Turkish coffee making course where participants will get a certificate at the end.
MENU:
Appetisers
Vineli Yaprak Sarma - Stuffed Vine Leaves with Sour Cherries
Ball Gemici Börei - Sailor’s Roll – Rolled pastry with cheese and peas served with honey Main Courses
Kirde Kebab Diced beef and vegetables on flat bread croutons with yoghurt
Dessert
Traditional Turkish Dessert.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Pick-up time: Morning tour between 9:30am and 10:30am. Afternoon tour between 12:30pm and 1:30pm.
Start/opening time: Morning tour at 10:30am. Afternoon tour at 1:30pm.
End/closing time: Morning tour - transfer back to hotel at 4:30-5pm. Afternoon tour at 6:30-7:30pm approx.
Languages: English.
Not included: Beverages during lunch.
Others: Turkish coffee route includes coffee tasting and workshop. Includes cooking course, coffee making course, coffee tastings, a glass of wine during course and lunch/dinner.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Cooking school
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Considered home to one of the richest cuisines in the world, the Turkish kitchen opens its doors for you. Our top-class cooking school is conveniently located next to the British Embassy near Galatasaray. Established in 2012 by three food fanatics and cooking enthusiasts, our aim is to teach how to cook tasty and healthy Turkish fare the right way, especially catering for tourists and foreigners living in Istanbul. Our courses are designed to perfectly compliment the growing global trend of healthy living, with a Turkish twist.
Our workshop begins on Istiklal Street amidst the beating heart of Istanbul buzzing social scene. Begin with a pleasant stroll surrounded by culinary curiosities at a traditional Turkish market. Sniff exotic spices at local merchants and browse the offerings at pickle shops, mussel stands, raw meatball makers and one of the oldest producers of Turkish delights in the country. Our workshop begins in this fabulous culinary environment.
Our introduction to the taste of Turkey complete, we return to our school to sip Turkish tea, and to chat about the theory, history, geography and social aspects of Turkish food, before the real fun begins!
Get creative in true Turkish style as you try your hand at five different classic dishes. Our carefully crafted menu encompasses a range of cooking techniques, using spices, vegetables and including different tastes from different regions and subcategories of Turkish cuisine. Keep a copy of the recipes you create to perfect them at home and impress your family and friends.
Finally its time to taste your creations, share your experience and enjoy the company of your international classmates.
Meeting point: The clients meet in front of galatasaray lisesi and making shopping for cooking with small tour on walk than reach the place of cooking class.
Duration: Between four and five hours.
Languages: English and German.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Cruise by Night on Bosphorus with a Traditional Show
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Bosphorus Cruise The best way to see the Bosphorus in all its beauty is to take a boat trip. This is the waterway connecting the Black sea to the Marmara, and dividing Istanbul into two continents. It’s sure to be a night you’ll remember for a lifetime. A Memorable night once in a life, between two continents. . . . Don’t forget your camera!
Your tour will start from your hotel. You will be transferred from your hotel to our boat by our non-smoking and air-conditioned shuttle buses.
You will be welcomed by our staff and will be directed to your table. Also Turkish delight will be presented you as you welcome so that you can taste it. Our staff escorts you to your seat.
When you sit your table appetizers will be brought and you will commence your wonderful night with it. And then smiling our waiters will take your order. Main course contains from 3 different options such as grilled sea bass, grilled meatballs and grilled chicken.
Highlights;
Have dinner between 2 continents
Watch Turkish Folk team performances from different region of Turkey
Dance with international Dj Musics
Drink Unlimited Local Drinks and Alcohol
Taste Turkish Tradational Baklava and Turkish coffee
By the time dinner is over, the show will start with dance of tambourine and will be followed by Asuk Masuk (Asuk Masuk is an imitation Play of Dwarfs)
Naz Eyleme ( A Traditional Turkish Melody Musical Performance)
Belly Dancer
Henna Ceremony (Bride ceremony before wedding)
Folk Team (Mixed show from different regions of Tukey)
Live Dj Performance
DINNER MENU
Turkish Meze (Turkish hors d'oeuvres dish)
Fresh seasonal salad
Main Course (Grilled Fish, Chicken Steak or Meatball )
Dessert ( Fruite or Sweet)
Turkish coffe
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Duration: 4 hours.
Pick-up time: At 7-7:30pm.
Drop-off time: At 11-11:30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Cruise to Princes' islands: walk in Büyükada
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Come and explore the idyllic island of Buyukada, a place where time has stood still. Formerly a place of exile and retreat, the island prohibits the use of motorised vehicles, meaning that visitors can enjoy its natural beauty and magnificent panoramic landscapes in blissful peace. Take a horse-drawn phaeton to ride around and appreciate the charm that has been attracting prosperous Turkish, Greek, Jewish and Armenian visitors for generations.
Buyukada, literally meaning Big Island in Turkish, is the largest of the nine so-called Princes’ Islands in the Sea of Marmara, near Istanbul, with an area of about 5 square kilometres. It is home to a number of important historical buildings, such as the Agia Yorgi Church and Monastery dating back to the 6th century. A convent on the island was the place to which Byzantine empresses were exiled; after his deportation from the Soviet Union in 1929, it was also the place where Leon Trotsky stayed for four years, and the house where he lived still stands today.
As you ride around the island on your horse-drawn phaeton you will see churches, palaces, Ottoman-era mansions, convents and many other places of interest. The aptly named Splendid Palace Hotel, dating from 1908, still stands near the port as a reminder of the island’s enduring appeal as a destination for discerning travellers.
Your expert guide will ensure you learn about Buyukada’s rich history and notable residents. Prepare to be enchanted by the special charms of this beautiful island.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel reception.
Duration: 9.5 hours.
Start/opening time: 8am , 8.30am.
End/closing time: 5pm , 5.30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Culinary night walks in Pera
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Meeting in front of Starbucks next to The Marmara Hotel at Taksim Square. First taste “Wet Burger”. Antiochia Cuisine of Civilizations presenting authentic middle eastern taste samples. Experiencing different tastes and wander through Flower Passage and Nevizade. Explore the uncharted side-streets of Pera, Cultural heart of stanbul. Tasting kebab wraps at Dürümzade famed by world famous chef Anthony Bourdain. Hazzapoulo Passage for Turkish Coffee and fortune telling. Megusta for meze and rak.
Duration: Three hours.
Start/opening time: At 7pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Culinary walking tour through Kadikoy
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Meeting in front of famous Guüllüolu Baklava Shop at Karaköy, one of the oldest districts of stanbul, very special with variety of authentic eatery shops. Traditional breakfast at Özsüt. Ferry to Kadköy, ancient Chalcedon, where Ecumenical Council met (451 AD) to bring an end to the ecclesiastical chaos.
This will be not only a culinary walk but as well a stroll through the city's Asian side and discover its local culture. Visiting different shops at Kadköy. Fish Market and meeting new tastes of Turkish Cuisine, typical delicatessen, famed pudding or baklava. Main course at the famous Çiya Restaurant. Gossips of the day at a typical Turkish Coffee House. Ferry to Karaköy.
Duration: Three hours.
Start/opening time: At 9.30am.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Darica and Sapanca Full Day Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: We combine Darca, Sapanca and Maukiye regions in harmony and present them to you, our esteemed guests, in the form of a nature tour.
After the breakfast at the hotel, we get in our vehicles waiting for you in front of the hotel and arrive at the Darca Zoo, which is about an hour away from Istanbul and the biggest zoo in it. We complete our tour in this zoo where both adults and children can enjoy and arrive in Maukiye Natural Park which is about an hour away from Istanbul and where you can see every tone of green. Using the hiking trails in the natural park, we find the opportunity to see this unique beauty presented to us by nature and we have our lunches at the restaurants located in the Natural Park and give free time to our guests who would like to have a safari tour by quad bikes.
After completing our Maukiye program, we arrive at Lake Sapanca, which is about 5 km wide and 16 km long, after about a 10-minute trip. We give you, our valued guests, free time so that you can take a free and enjoyable tour and benefit from water activities in the lake. After the end of the free time, our return journey to Istanbul begins by our vehicles allocated for you.
We finish our delightful green tour at your hotel hoping to see you in our other tours.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 10 hours (without transfer time).
Pick-up time: At 8am.
Drop-off time: At 8pm.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Dining out in a turkish way
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Go on a gourmet spree on this fabulous night out in the restaurants of Istanbul. Forget all the Orientalist conceptions of belly dancers and any type of folkloric dancer and even drop the fear of winding up in a tourist trip – this night is the essence of fun.
The tour takes you to where the locals go to dinner, real Turkish style. Meet and mingle with gangs of friends enjoying a night out. Begin your eye-opening evening in a traditional simit bakery (simit is a bread roll covered with grape molasses and sesame seeds). After that, visit a local kiraathane, or reading room in English. These are quaint little coffee shops full of moustachioed men playing cards or backgammon. Sit, enjoy the bohemian atmosphere and sip some typical Turkish tea.
Then it’s on to another traditional establishment, the ocakbasi, where you can grill your very own kebabs by the fire while knocking back a good old glass of Turkey’s most famous savoury liqueur: raki. Your next stop is Meyhane, a tavern where you will get a chance to taste meze, drink raki and hear Turkish music performed by Gypsies.
The night is far from over. Complete your evening the same way Turks do after being sated with raki: with a hearty bowl of tripe soup. Also, you can’t go home without tasting the world famous Turkish coffee. By the time you return to your hotel, you will feel your stomach floating in food heaven.
Meeting/pick-up point: Meet the guide at your hotel.
Start/opening time: 7-7:30pm.
End/closing time: 11-11:30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Dinner cruise on the Bosphorus
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Discover Istanbul by night on this romantic evening cruise. Sip on your welcome drink as the sun sets on this most magical of cities and watch the famous monuments glide by. Then sit down to a top class dinner consisting of a incredible variety of buffet dishes, including mouth-watering Turkish specialities and a a choice selection of barbecued meats.
Enjoy a glass or two of local wine as you sit back and enjoy the spectacle of the twinkling lights on the European shore from Tarabya to Bebek. We'll cruise by Dolmabahce and Ciragan Palaces, the Golden Horn, the Rumeli Fortress and the Hotel Kempinski on the European Shore and on the Anatolian side the unforgettable spectacle of the floodlit Beylerbeyi Palace won the Bosphorous shoreline will seem like something out of a fairy tale. We'll cruise beneath the impressive Bosphorous suspension bridge, illuminated by an computerised lighting system of changing colours and patterns, as the dark waters of the Bosphorous reflect the pale moon and myriad stars. After an unforgettable evening we'll head back to the hotel where we'll arrive at around 24.00.
This evening excursion includes hotel pick up and drop off, all transfers, cruise and dinner with unlimited local drinks.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel.
Pick-up time: At 7-7:30pm.
Start/opening time: At 9pm.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Discover the Old City of Istanbul
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: This half day morning tour explores the magnificent buildings of the Old City, visiting Suleymaniye Mosque, the Hippodrome, The Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar.
Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent - Built by the master architect Sinan, Istanbul’s largest mosque represents the power and dignity of one of the greatest Ottoman sultans.
Hippodrome – Once the centre for sports and entertainment in old Constantinople, the Roman capital, it was also a very important centre for politics.
The Blue Mosque – Named after the delicate designs of the Ottoman tiles which decorate the walls of the shrine, the mosque is identifiable by its’ six minarets.
Haghia Sophia – Boasting the 4th largest dome in the world, this stunning building began as a Byzantine basilica built in the 6th century AD during the reign of Justinian and was an architectural innovation at the time. Converted to a mosque following the Ottoman conquest of the city, by the order of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror in 1453, it was converted to a museum in 1935 and is a ‘must-see’ on a visit to Istanbul.
Grand Bazaar – This world-famous covered bazaar is where people have been trading diamonds, carpets, leather, copperware, food and perfumes for centuries and is steeped in mystique. A short demonstration of Turkish rugs is included in the tour.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 4 hours approx.
Start/opening time: At 7:45am.
Languages: English.
Others: Please note that Haghia Sophia is closed on Mondays and replaced by the 6th century Basilica Cistern which provided water to the ancient city. The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Divan Yolu and Grand Bazaar walks
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Take a walk through time along Istanbul's commanding Divan Yolu , referred to as the 'Road to the Imperial Council' during Ottoman times and known as Mese Street during the Byzantine period. The Divan's main boulevard reaches from the city centre on Seraglio Point, like an outstretched arm to the Porta Auera, or 'The Golden Gate' to meet Via Ignatia; the road to Rome.
Our tour begins beneath the tall marble shaft called the Million that towers overhead at the point where Divan Yolu begins. Wander past marvelous Ottoman sultans' Mausoleums, intricate sacred Mosques, and numerous other important sights and landmarks including medreses schools, Roman forums, Çemberlitas (the Burnt Column) and other Byzantine monuments, and the remains of the Theodosian Triumphal Arch; all to be found in a single daily stroll along this road laced with history.
Finally we delve into the unknown depths of the famous Grand Bazaar, to hunt through 4,000 curious shops scattered throughout 64 narrow, meandering streets with 22 gates in what the Turkish call Kapal?çar??. Trawl the multitude of merchants selling quality handmade leather goods, delectable sweets, tasty dried fruit and pungent spices. Be tempted by delicate jewellery, glittering glassware, lovingly crafted pottery, hand-woven fabrics, belly dancing costumes and many exciting souvenirs. Watch as gold is melted before you over an open fire, in centuries-old fashion, at a hidden workshop. See expert craftsmen fix degrees onto carats and artisans engraving silver. Despite your complete disorientation, you will finally exit the Grand Bazaar - but we guarantee you will not be empty-handed!
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel reception.
Duration: Approx. Eight hours.
Start/opening time: At 8-8.30am.
End/closing time: At 5-5:30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Dolmabahce Palace - Skip the line Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Today we enjoy a prioritized guided group tour of the Dolmabahce Palace which will provide us the comfort of not waiting in the queues.
Upon our pick up from the hotel firstly we visit the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace which in the 19th century was the principle residence and the administration center of the Turkish Ottoman Empire.
With its splendor baroque exterior and mixture of traditional and European interior decorations; curtains carpets furniture and chandeliers it is a reminder of the formidable Ottoman Empire. Our guide gives us an explanative tour in the corridors saloons and administrative halls and the whole visit makes us aware of one of magnificent empires of our world which ruled Asia Africa and Europ".
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start/opening time: Between 8:30am and 9am.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Dolmabahce Palace Half Day Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: We will start the program in Beikta area to visit Dolmabahçe palace and our guide will explain and describe the history of it, then we will have a break to drink the famous Turkish tea with a very beautiful view for Bosphorus and Camlica hill. We will have free time for taking photos, after we will take our bus and move back to the hotel.
Dolmabahce is one of the most glorious palaces of the world. It was built between 1842 and 1853 as a synthesis of artistic European styles. It is a monument built by Karabet Balyan, architect of Sultan Abdulmejit. It is a 3 story building with a symmetrical design. There are 285 rooms and 44 halls. 14 tons of gold and 40 tons of silver were used in its construction. It has the largest ball room in the world. It has a chandelier in 4.5 tons weight hanging from its dome in 36 meters height.
It is one of the most rich historical palaces in the worlds as 15 ton of gold and 20 of silver used in decoration inside it also it divided to 3 parts Selamlik, Haramlik and salons also it has very magical place on the European side of Bosphorus.
The purpose of building this palace is to be a new Residence for the sultan to handle the affairs of Ottoman Empire and to welcome the kings and presidents who come to visit the sultan. Meeting/pick-up point: At the hotel.
Pick-up time: At 12pm.
Drop-off time: At 3pm.
Duration: 3 hours.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Dolmabahce Palace and Bosphorous Cruise
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: From marble palaces to ancient villas, trace the remains of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires as well as modern day architecture on this full day tour. You’ll drive along the Golden Horn, visit an ancient spice bazaar, travel by boat along the mythological Bosphorous, visit the Dolmabahce Palace and step between Asia and Europe on the Bosporus Bridge.
This full day tour begins with Dolmabahce Palace; this large, lavishly furnished building was the last official post and residence of Ottoman sultans, having 365 rooms and 22 halls. Famous for it’s great European antiquity, furniture and a 4.5 ton chandelier, the rooms are kept with their original furniture and visitors feel like being house guests to the Imperial family.
The tour then moves on to the Bosphorous Bridge, which connects the European and the Asian sides of Istanbul. This was built in built in 1973 and affords a spectacular view of Istanbul’s modern and ancient sites while travelling over 60 metres above sea level. Camlica Hill is the next stop. The highest point in Istanbul, from here we can enjoy a panoramic view over the city provided that Istanbul chooses to show its beauties and blesses the visitors with a clear day. After lunch in a local restaurant, the tour joins a private motor yacht for a cruise along the Bosphorous. A poet once described the Bosphorous as “God’s beautiful calligraphy written by an ink made of sapphires, on a canvas made of emerald”. This straight, separating (and connecting) two continents that form the two faces of a city, takes its name from a mythological love story. Ever since those ancient times, it inspired people with its beauty.
During the cruise, it will be possible to view many of Istanbul’s splendid sights as well as passing through different districts such as Tarabya with its’ own bay, Yenikoy famous for its’ luxury wooden houses, Ortakoy and Besiktas, a commercial district in the new part of the city. Additionally, the tour passes Rumeli Fortress, built by Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror and the Maiden’s Tower, Kizkulesi, an ancient lighthouse which has inspired many legends.
A short visit to the Spice Bazaar is the surprise of the tour. In this oriental shopping area, where you experience the vibrant pulse of Istanbul at its best, rare spices, herbs, vegetables, fruits, live animals, flowers are sold. (Aphrodisiacs are available too!) After the short break in Spice Market, we will take a wonderful ride through the Golden Horn, among the walls of ancient Constantinople.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 8 hours approximately.
Start/opening time: At 07:45am.
Languages: English.
Others: Please note that the Spice Market is closed on Sundays and Dolmabahce Palace on Tuesdays & Thursdays.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Dolmabahce Palace and Yildiz Royal Garden
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: This morning tour of the Ottoman Palace of Dolmabahce and the Yildiz Royal Gardens makes for a relaxing morning away from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul.
After being picked up from your hotel at around 08.30 we will head straight for the impressive Dolmabahce Palace Complex. When the Ottoman sultans wanted to update their living space, they moved from the sprawling Topkapi complex on Seraglio Point to this more classically proportioned building on the Bosphorous shoreline. This three-storied palace built on a symmetrical plan has 285 rooms and 43 halls. The palace has survived intact with its original opulent Victorian-style decorations and furniture, abounding in crystal and gilt fittings. This guided tour is the only way to see the palace as it is otherwise closed to visitors.
The Yildiz Royal Gardens were once part of the walled Imperial Gardens and were reserved for palace dwellers. Today the park is a wonderful garden complex with an exuberant collection of flowers, plants and trees gathered from all over the world. You will enjoy a stroll along one of the many pathways, maybe stopping for a Turkish coffee in one of the traditional Ottoman pavilions.
Turkey is renowned for its leather goods and we will take you to an exclusive fashion show at a shopping outlet where you will have the chance to pick up some top quality articles at great prices before returning to your hotel at 13.30.
This morning tour includes hotel pick up and drop off and all transfers as well as the services of an English-speaking guide.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Hotel Lobby.
Start or opening time: 8-8.30am.
End or closing time: 1-1.30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Dolmabahce Palace, cable car and Bosphorus on boat
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Discover the magic of this fabled city between Europe and Asia in this comprehensive full day tour taking in Ottoman Palaces, Roman Fortresses, bustling harbours, serene Imperial gardens and the Bosphorous.
After being picked up from your hotel between 08.00 and 08.30 the first stop is Dolmabahce Palace, a full-blown Victorian flight of fancy, residence of the Ottoman court in the 19th Century. We'll tour magnificent state rooms decorated in gilt and crystal. Next stop are the Yildiz Imperial Gardens. Enjoy the peace and quiet as you stroll around this wonderful park with its exuberant vegetation and traditional Ottoman pavilions.
We'll make a brief stop off at a top leatherware outlet where you may want to snap up some great bargains before we board a river cruiser for an invigorating cruise along the Bosphorous. Some of the sights you will see include the Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palaces, the Rumeli Fortress and the Tower of Leander. Then we'll climb to the top of Pierre Loti Hill by cable car where you can enjoy amazing views over the Istanbul and the Golden Horn. Afterwards we'll head for the Golden Horn itself. This natural and extremely secure harbour can be said to be the beating heart of this ancient city.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Hotel lobby.
Duration: 8 hours.
Start or opening time: 8-8.30am.
End or closing time: 5-5.30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Dolmabahce palace, Bosphorus bridge and Camlica hill tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Discover the beauty of Istanbul. Start by visiting the impressive Bosphorus Bridge, built back in 1973; fall in love with the 1,074 metre-long structure, which at the time of construction was the fourth longest suspension bridge in the world. It is a very picturesque setting where you will enjoy breath-taking views.
Continue then to Camlica Hill, the highest peak in Istanbul, just a short drive from the Bosphorus. From this beautiful 268 metre hill you can contemplate the splendid panorama of the Bosphorus Strait and of the classical Istanbul buildings. You will have the opportunity to stop and take pictures of the postcard setting during the drive over the suspension bridge.
Explore the exclusive Dolmabahce Palace, the final stop on your tour. Imagine a palace with 285 rooms, six traditional Turkish baths and 68 toilets. The regal ceiling made from 14 tons of gold will leave you agog! Learn about the history of the Dolmabahçe Palace, an architectural jewel that was built by the Ottoman Sultan Abdulmecid between the years 1843-1856. Observe the modern approach to architecture with an essentially French influence. You’ll notice the rich tastes and splendour of the era, evident in every corner and artefact in the decor. The Bohemian crystal chandeliers are something you can’t miss, as well as the breath-taking crystal staircase and the largest handmade Hereke rug in the Great Ceremonial Hall. You will be able to ask your guide questions about the history of the palace, and you will be enraptured be the tales of legends, myths and poems.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Duration: Four hours approx.
Start/opening time: Between 1pm and 1:30pm.
End/closing time: Between 5pm and 5:30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Dolmabahçe Palace Museum is closed on Mondays and Thursdays. It will be replaced with Chora Museum.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Dream of Turkey with 7D simulation
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: See all of the most important landmarks in Turkey without moving from the comfort of Istanbul thanks to this breath-taking 7D simulation system. Turkey is a large country; not only does it span over two continents, hence having many sites and attractions scattered at great distances, it also constitutes the meeting point between East and West.
Turkey is one of the best countries in the world for getting a comprehensive view of the clashing differences between Europe and Asia, and this 7D movie will give you a sweeping view of the most significant areas to appreciate it.
The simulation takes you to see more than 20 Turkish splendours in no more than 10 minutes, a true prowess of conciseness and impact. The film’s state of the art technology will make you feel like you are actually there, in the midst of all these fabulous places. The experience is as thrilling as riding a hair-rising fairground attraction.
The physical backdrop of this digital tour is the ever beautiful Istanbul. The movie will also show you the many hidden – and not so hidden – wonders of the former capital of the Byzantine Empire.
Some of the landmarks you will behold on this digital journey are the famous Bosphorus, Rumeli Fortress, Dolmabahce Palace, Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and even more distant delights such as the awe-inspiring Cappadocia, Ephesus, the Sumela Monastery, Hierapolis, the Cotton Castle, Mount Nemrut and much, much more.
Start/opening time: Cinema opens from 10am to 6pm.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Edirne Full Day Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Historically known as Adrianople or Edrene, is a city in the northwestern Turkey, in the region of East Thrace, close to Turkey's borders with Greece and Bulgaria. Edirne served as the second capital city of the Ottoman Empire from 1363 to 1453, before Constantinople (present-day Istanbul) became the empire's third and final capital.
Having so much in common with Istanbul and Bursa, Edirne has a special place in Ottoman and Turkish history. Edirne was a kind of transitional form, between traditional and modern Ottoman Empire having the most complicated buildings and traditional life at the same time as the Ottoman capital.
Bayezid Külliye(Complex), Selimiye Mosque (UNESCO's World Heritage List), Eski(Old) Mosque, Üç erefeli (3 Minarets) and Ali Paa Çarisi (Bazaar) are the most important historical places in Edirne. Selimiye Mosque was described as his masterpiece by famous Ottoman architect "Sinan" himself.
Beside its historical places Edirne offers delicious and tasty foods, too. Traditional foods-especially Cier(fried liver)-, pastry and unique desserts. . . You can find a new taste of Ottoman/Turkish cuisine which you will definitely love.
You can also see the place "Krkpnar (Fourty Springs)" where Traditional Oil Wrestling Competition is being held for 655 years (2015). Here you will have an idea about sports history and famous "Pehlivans (Wrestlers)".
The name Kirkpinar-Fourty Springs comes from the rivers and springs around place. Three main rivers, Meric, Tunca and Arda across each other in Edirne. There are many other rivers and creeks around Edirne. Inevitably, there are bridges when rivers are around. Ta Köprü, Tunca Köprüsü, Gazimihal Köprüsü and Bayezid Köprüsü are the main bridges which connect main roads of the city. There are also many old bridges around the city. Ta Köprü is the primary one to be visited!
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 14 hours.
Pick-up time: At 8am.
Drop-off time: At 10pm.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Edirne Western Gate to Turkey
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: The Greek mythology associates the founding of the city with Orestes, son of king Agamemnon of Homer’s Iliad. The city was (re)founded eponymously by the Roman Emperor Hadrian, hence the origin of its name today. Strategically located, Edirne has been in the middle of no less than 16 wars or sieges throughout its history, before it was conquered by the Ottoman Sultan Murad 1st in mid-thirteenth century. Edirne served as the capital city of the Ottoman Empire from 1365 to 1453; until the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople (Istanbul) which became the empire's new capital.
This beautiful city is famed for its many mosques, elegant domes and minarets; and it contains the ruins of the ancient palace of the Sultans. The Selimiye Mosque, built in 1575 by the master architect Sinan, his masterpiece in his own words, is located in Edirne as well. It has the highest minarets in Turkey, at 70.9 meters, of an altogether grandiose appearance, and a cupola which is four feet higher than that of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
The Edirne tour starts with an early departure from Istanbul, as you will have a nice drive ahead of you, first alongside the European Cost of the Marmara Sea, and then towards inland Thrace. You will witness the unique countryside lifestyle in this region. Major sights to visit in Edirne are; The Selimiye Mosque, the masterpiece of Architect Sinan and The Üç erefeli Mosque, as well as the The Covered Bazaar. You may also try the regional cuisine, or have some delicious sea food along the drive back to Istanbul.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 13 hours.
Start/opening time: At 7am.
End/closing time: At 8pm.
Drop-off location: Hotel drop-off.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Ephesus and Pamukkale (Hierapolis)
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Be dazzled by the jewels in Turkey’s archaeological crown with this combined visit to Ephesus and Pamukkale-Hierapolis. Ephesus is one of the most important classical sites in the world and couple this with a day at the spectacular thermal baths at Pammukkale and the ruins of Hieropolis, and you have a two day tour to remember.
After an early morning flight to Izmir (or an overnight bus to Kusadasi) we'll we'll head straight for Ephesus, set in the hills above the Aegean coast . A knowledgeable local guide will tell you all about the fascinating past of this impressive city, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Wander down marble-paved streets lined with fountains, temples and baths where mosaics and frescoes still decorate the walls of the ancient Roman houses. Then we will return to Kusadasi where you can check into your hotel and spend the evening relaxing before having dinner.
Early next morning, we'll drive on to Pammukkale. Formed by calcium-filled springs pouring down a mountainside, its glacier-white ridges and pools look like something from the Arctic. You'll have time to relax as well as to explore nearby Hierapolis. This Roman city was constructed around the original springs and features an impressive amphitheatre. Then we will return to Izmir for the evening flight back to Istabul (or to Kusadasi for the overnight bus).
This two day tour includes return flights or bus tickets, hotel transfer, half-board accommodation at a 4 star hotel in Kusadasi, lunch during tours and museum entrance fees. Please note that drinks are not included.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick up.
Start/opening time: First day: at 4.30am.
Second day: at 8am.
End/closing time: First day at 6pm.
Second day: at 11pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Ephesus and Pergamum
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: This two day tour spotlights two of the Ancient World's most important sites, taking in the ancient Roman metropolis of Ephesus and the ruins of the capital of the Kingdom of Pergamum.
After an early morning flight to Izmir (or an overnight bus to Kusadasi) we'll drive to the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Pergamum. Here we'll visit the Sanctuary of Asclepius, the god of healing where people with health problems would bathe in the water of the sacred spring, and in the patients' dreams the god himself would appear in a vision to tell them how to cure their illness. Then after lunch we'll continue to the Acropolis of Pergamum with its Temples, Gymnasiums, Libraries, Theatres and Roman Baths. We will return to Kusadasi where we will spend the night.
In the morning we will head to Ephesus, one of the world's best-preserved archaeological sites. With your guide bringing everything to life, you'll take in the highlights of this 2,000 year-old city. Walk down its Marble Street, explore the 24,000-seater Great Theatre and marvel at the Celsus Library - built facing east to capture the morning light. Big-hitters aside, you'll also see crumbling, houses, baths and the city's brothel. Then we will return to Izmir for the evening flight back to Istanbul (or to Kusadasi for the overnight bus).
This two day excursion includes return flights or bus tickets, hotel transfer, half-board accommodation at a 4 star hotel in Kusadasi, lunch during tours and museum entrance fees. Please note that drinks are not included.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick up.
Start/opening time: First day: at 4.30am.
Second day: at 8am.
End/closing time: First day at 6pm.
Second day: at 11pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Ephesus and Virgin Mary's house
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Second in size only to Rome in antiquity, Ephesus is a treasure trove of ruins that include one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the last home of the Virgin Mary. This full-day tour will allow you to explore this vast outdoor museum that has been at the crossroads of history for thousands of years.
Ephesus is in the south west of Turkey and to reach it you can choose either an early morning flight to Izmir or a coach journey to Kusadasi the night before.
At Ephesus, which was a major city in ancient Greece and rose to even greater prominence during Roman times, we will stroll along the Marble Street, the Odeon theatre, Odeon, the Bouleuterion, the Temple of Hadrian and Serapis, the Agoras, the Library of Celsus, the Great Theatre – believed to have been the largest in the ancient world - the Double Church, the Arcadian Way, the Gate of Magnesia and much more.
Then we’ll visit Mount Koressos to see the house that is believed to have been the last home of Our Lady. It is now a shrine and there is also a wishing wall where the faithful and the not-so-faithful leave requests.
We’ll take a break for lunch at Selcuk, the city close to these ancient sites, before continuing the tour at the historic Isabey Mosque and the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
Afterwards, you will return to ?zmir for an evening flight or to Kusadasi for the night bus to Istanbul.
Includes round trip plane or bus tickets, transfers to and from central hotels, English-speaking professional guide (other languages are available on request), lunch, museum entrance. Excludes drinks and transfer from the bus station to the hotel (in the bus package) in Istanbul at the end of the tour.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Start/opening time: At 4.30am.
End/closing time: At 11pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Entrance fees included.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Escape to Princes' Islands
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: It is hard to believe that one would ever be willing to escape from Istanbul but the queen of all cities of the world is not a jealous lady, and she enables her lovers to take a short time off. One of the best places to spend this time is the Princes’ Islands, once a solitary place for monks and now a vivid summer attraction.
The small cruise to Buyukada, the largest and most famous amongst the Princes’ Islands, has a short stopover at some of the smaller inhabited ones, so you have a chance to see the unique composition of each island before arriving at Buyukada. Upon arrival you will have a short guided walking tour through the streets decorated with beautiful wooden houses. Lunch is served in a local fish restaurant, with an awesome view of Istanbul’s shores.
In the afternoon guests will have the opportunity to make their own way either by renting a bike, shopping around the local stores or renting a phaeton (a comfortable carriage pulled by two horses) around the island – motor vehicles are not allowed on the island.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 8 hours approximately.
Start/opening time: At 07:45am.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Europe and Asia tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Discover the more luxurious side of Istanbul with this visit to the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, one of the city’s most popular touristic destinations – which is no small feat in an area absolutely cluttered with historical monuments and breath-taking constructions.
Begin your tour hopping aboard our comfortable bus that while drive you straight to the entrance of the Dolmabahce Palace. Along the way, enjoy the exotic views of one of the most beautiful cities in both Europe and the Middle East and admire how both Western and Eastern elements mix and mingle in one of the richest multicultural environments in the world. As you approach the building, you can almost feel the sheer outrageous value of the building’s contents emanating from the walls.
The Dolmabahce Palace was, in times of old, the very last place of residence of the world-renowned Ottoman Sultans. Inside the palace, you can get an idea of the astronomical extent of these rulers’ richness. The palace contains no less than 365 rooms – one for every day of the year! – and 22 sensational saloons, especially famous for their collections of European art and antiquity.
Top the tour off with a drive over the Bosphorus Bridge, jumping from a Westernized entourage to a more Middle Eastern one. As the bus ascends Camlica Hill, you are taken to the best vantage point of Istanbul, where you can take some beautiful photographs to take home a memory of this incredible city with you.
Meeting/ pick-up point: Hotel pick up.
Start/opening time: 1pm.
End/closing time: 5pm.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Eyüp - Ottoman district
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Delve into the fascinating layers of cultural and historical heritage to be found in Eyup, one of Istanbul’s less-visited districts and one that is full of hidden treasures.
Although Eyup lies outside the historical peninsula and the city walls, there is evidence to suggest that it actually predates larger Istanbul. Its location beyond the walls has meant that the area has long been used as a place of burial and it is the site of Christian churches as well as a large Muslim burial ground. To this day it remains a sacred place of homage for Turkey’s Muslims.
Our tour begins with a visit to the Mosque of Eyub al Ansari, the companion and standard bearer of Prophet Muhammad. This was the first major mosque to be built in Ottoman-era Constantinople and many pilgrims now come to venerate the al Ansari tomb. More mosques, schools and fountains were built in the surrounding area and since many Ottoman officials wished to be buried near al Ansari’s resting place, the cemetery became one of Istanbul’s most desirable.
See the mausoleum of Sokollu Mehmet Pasha, the man who came from a humble family of shepherds in what is now Bosnia and rose to become Grand Vizier; the mausoleum of Sutlan Resat and the Tekke (convent) of the Kalendari Sect. The walk then continues uphill through the Eyup cemetery and ends on Pier Loti Hill.
This tour is an inspiring and captivating introduction to one of Istanbul’s most evocative districts.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel reception.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start/opening time: 8-8.30am.
End/closing time: 12-12.30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Faith Mosque to Edirnekapi tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Explore the legacy of Mehmet II, one of the Ottoman Empire’s most written about sultans. History books often refer to this extraordinary figure as The Conqueror, in honour of his most precocious feat: he conquered the city of Constantinople when he was only 21 years old. The aim of this tour is to learn more about the life and feats of this sultan who could speak six languages fluently.
Mehmet II’s greatest legacy is the sprawling Fatih complex. Enjoy a leisurely wander around the many fabulous constructions that fill it. Roman columns, Byzantine churches, Gothic cisterns and some of the most beautiful mosques you will ever see all stand side by side in this eclectic time box.
Most of these constructions are shrouded in legend and myth and many have very interesting historical stories behind them. Learn about the life story of each monument thanks to your charismatic guide’s well-versed narrative. His eloquent rhapsodizing of ancient history will seemingly bring the amazing world of the Ottoman Sultans to life before your very eyes.
To top the day off, visit one the single most interesting, liveliest and most colourful of Istanbul’s street bazaars: the Casaba Paxar. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of walking through a traditional bazaar and seeing the locals haggle to get their hands on the local produce for the best prices. At the end of the day, you will feel a true connoisseur of Istanbul’s history and character.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel Lobby.
Duration: Four hours.
Start/opening time: 1pm - 1:30pm.
End/closing time: 5.30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Fener and Balat to Tekfur
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Discover the multicultural variety that lives within the thriving city of Istanbul with this double tour, first to Fener, the Greek Orthodox district, and then to Balat, the ancient Jewish district.
The name of the prominent Greek Orthodox area, Fener, is derived from the Greek word fanari, meaning 'lantern' or 'lighthouse'. Up to the beginning of the 20th century, this district was positively thriving with the Greek Orthodox community. The locals, referred to as Phanariotes, were very useful to Ottoman emperors as guides, translators, dragomans and interpreters on diplomatic journeys abroad. It is in this part of Istanbul that we find the residence of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, or the Archbishop of Constantinople. On this walk you will come across some extraordinary constructions such as a functioning Byzantine Church and the only church made of steel and iron in the world.
The second part of the trip takes you to Balat, on the shores of the magnificent Golden Horn. This is one of the districts where Jews were re-settled during the Ottoman Empire. Balat is full of intriguing little streets full of amazingly colourful life. We discover synagogues (of the seven it used to have, only two remain in good condition, Ahrida and Yambol), Armenian churches, old city walls and Romaic churches. Wrap the day up in the ancient ruins of the Byzantine palace known as Tekfur Saray. All in all, the perfect tour for getting to know Turkey’s diversity better.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel
Start/opening time: 8-8:30am.
End or closing time: 5-5.30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: For groups of 10 to 15 pax, earphones will be provided.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Fener, the Greek Orthodox district
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Join us in this eye-opening tour of a less renowned part of the magnificent Istanbul, its Greek Orthodox quarter. The name of the district, Fener, is a slight deformation of the Greek word fanari, which means 'lantern' or 'lighthouse'. Fener was a prominent part of town predominantly inhabited by Turkey’s Greek Orthodox minority, and it continued like that up to the beginning of the 20th century.
It is in this curious neighbourhood that the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople lives; he is the highest authority of the Eastern Orthodox communion. The locals are known as Phanariotes and in times of old they used to dominate the administration of the patriarchate. On this walk you will learn all about the story of the Phanariotes who served as guides, dragomans and interpreters to the stiff upper lips of the Ottoman government and foreign embassies on diplomatic trips.
This tour will take you to some fascinating corners of the district, such as a functioning Byzantine Church and the only church made entirely of iron and steel in the world – talk about a couple of sights to not miss. Every single house, pavement, palace and overall structure that you may come across in this area is currently being preserved by a Unesco project that was implemented successfully over the last decade. You will finish the day with a more complete big picture of the multicultural variety that inhabits the beautiful city of Istanbul.
Pick up point: Hotel.
Start/opening time: 8-8:30am.
End or closing time: 12-12.30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Drop off at the entrance of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate. For groups of 10 to 15 pax, headphones will be provided

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Florya Aquarium – Theme Park
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: The visitors, by following a geographical route, travel on a route that hosts 16 themes and 1 rainforest going from the Black Sea towards the Pacific.
In schematization of the spaces, there appear cultural, geographical, historical and architectural properties of each space with suitable decorative elements, interactive games, movies, and visual graphics by which details about the region are provided. Sound and lighting systems of each space have been arranged in conformity with this schematization.
Istanbul Akvaryum is managed by specialists in their field and in compliance with international standards in every sense. All living creatures in Istanbul Akvaryum continue to live in the conditions as near as possible to those of their habitat.
Water volume: 6.800 cubic meters; 64 tanks in total
A two-storey giant project with total area of 22.000 square meters on 100-decare land
Parking lot area of 32.000 square meters/1.200 vehicles belonging to Istanbul Akvaryum
Visitor area of 6.000 square meters
A special-themed, 1,2 km long travel route originating in the Black Sea towards the Pacific
Approximately 1.500 species, 15.000 land and sea creatures in total, which are different from each other.
2, 15-person, 6-axle 5D movie houses, providing the option to watch 7 separate films, an extraordinary system that makes live some effects such as wind, fog and water.
A gift shop with an area of 470 square meters within Istanbul Akvaryum
3 cafeterias on the travel route
1 restaurant having the Panama Canal view on one side and the sea view on the other
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel.
Duration: 7 hours.
Start/opening time: 10am.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Food-focused tour of Istanbul
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Sample the many pleasures of Turkish culinary culture on this food-focused tour of Istanbul. Taste delicious Turkish cuisine, experience the thriving markets, learn how to make a Turkish delight, cross continents with a ferry ride across the Bosphorus to Asia. Take a stroll along the scenic waterfront of Üsküdar. Check out a hidden view of the Maiden’s Tower while enjoying a traditional Turkish tea and Turkish delight.
Your Istanbul food tour begins in the breath-taking Spice Bazaar, where you can taste some local cheeses, sweets and a Turkish dried beef called pastirma. Don’t forget to pick up some Turkish delight from the long established sweet makers. While you ramble round the market, your guide will purchase food to sample and treats to take with us on our journey to Asia. The samples will vary depending on the season; you may get fresh nuts, pastirma, halva, olives, Turkish cheese, simit and, of course, the world famous Turkish yoghurt drink, Ayran.
After leaving the market, we’ll take the ferry to Üsküdar and enjoy a stroll along the waterfront, stopping at a local tea spot for view of the Maiden’s Tower and the Bosphorus. Enjoy tea and a Turkish delight and learn about popular foods and traditions in Turkey. Afterwards we return by metro to the port of Eminönü, where our guide will offer recommendations for the evening or assist you with getting back to your hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: Entrance to Spice bazaar (main entrance facing the port area marked ‘Fish Market gate’, in Turkish ‘Balik pazari kapisi’).
Duration: 3.5 hours.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - From University to Fndkzade and Samatya
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Walk through the history of Istanbul on a full day tour from the Bayazit District to Haseki and Samatya. Let a unique culture of a city be unveiled to you as you make your way through some of the fascinating sites of the city.
Begin at the Istanbul University, one of the oldest institutions of Europe, established by Constantine the Great. Stroll through the ancient Roman Forum Taurus, before heading into the Bayazit District, to check out the famed mosque and tower. Listen as your guide shares stories of the unlucky Sultan Mustafa III. Continue on to Haseki. An area with amazing mosques, historical hospitals, Roman ruins, and plenty of history, you'll enjoy strolling amidst these treasures and learning about their significance.
Further along, you'll head to Samatya, a traditionally Armenian enclave. Visit many of the religious sites important to the locals, and uncover a deep-seated religious tradition as you tour the Surp Kevork. Continue on to visit the churches of Hristos Analipsis and Haghios Menas of the Greek orthodox tradition. View the impressive Ramazan Efendi Camii mosque and the former Byzantine Church of St. Andrew, Kocamustafapasha Camii, before exploring other places of historical importance throughout the district.
Take in the sights and sounds of the city over a delicious cup of Turkish coffee and some lunch. Notice all the smiling faces and shops with their street side wares before calling it a day. A unique exploration of the people, culture, and religion of Istanbul, this tour is sure to delight your senses while offering you a glimpse into a glorious past.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 8.5 hours.
Start/opening time: 8-8:30am.
End/closing time: 5-5.30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Full Day Bosphorus Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: After breakfast at the hotel, we move towards the ferry pier to get aboard the boat by our vehicles waiting at the hotel for you, our valued guests. Our boat starts the tour firstly near the European coast and you will have the opportunity to see both continents and learn about them in company with our Arabic and English speaking guides. Dolmabahçe Palace, other Ottoman palaces, Ortaköy Mosque and Bosphorus mansions are just a few of the magnificent artifacts.
You will have the chance to see Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge established on Istanbul Strait very closely during the boat tour. After an hour of boat cruising, we get off the ship at Beylerbeyi Pier, go to Çamlca Hill, the highest hill of Istanbul, by our vehicle waiting for us and give you free time to enjoy the magnificent view of Istanbul.
After the free time, we take you to visit Forum Istanbul, the biggest shopping center of Istanbul, via Bosphorus Bridge. After completing the shopping center tour, we visit the leather parade, which you will enjoy very much, and complete our tour leaving you, our esteemed guests, to your hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: At the hotel.
Duration: 8 hours.
Pick-up time: At 8am.
Drop-off time: At 6pm.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Full Day Istanbul City Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: After breakfast at the hotel, we move towards the ferry pier to get aboard the boat by our vehicles waiting at the hotel for you, our valued guests. Our boat starts the tour firstly near the European coast and you will have the opportunity to see both continents and learn about them in company with our Arabic and English speaking guides.
Dolmabahçe Palace, other Ottoman palaces, Ortaköy Mosque and Bosphorus mansions are just a few of the magnificent artifacts. You will have the chance to see Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge established on Istanbul Strait very closely during the boat tour. After an hour of boat cruising, we get off the ship at Beylerbeyi Pier, go to Çamlca Hill, the highest hill of Istanbul, by our vehicle waiting for us and give you free time to enjoy the magnificent view of Istanbul.
After the free time, we take you to visit Forum Istanbul, the biggest shopping center of Istanbul, via Bosphorus Bridge. After completing the shopping center tour, we visit the leather parade, which you will enjoy very much, and complete our tour leaving you, our esteemed guests, to your hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Pick-up time: At 8:30am.
Drop-off time: At 6pm.
Duration: 8 hours.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Full Day Trip to Bursa from Istanbul
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Crossing to the Asian side of Istanbul by bus then passing the Izmit gulf by ferry boat we make our way to Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. It is known as the perfect place to enjoy nature such as waterfalls, mountains, forests and gardens.
During the day the tour visits a famous 600 year old Inkaya plane tree and we take a short ride on a cable car to enjoy spectacular views - during the winter season it's possible to play games in the snow in this mountainous region.
The lunch stop is at a restaurant in the beautiful Uludag National Park. Souvenirs can be bought during the day on visits to a small Turkish delight factory, a local honey shop and an authentic souvenir shop.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Pick-up time: At 8:15am.
Drop-off time: At 7pm.
Others: Included: admission fees for cable car and museums, ferry ticket, lunch.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Galata - Genose walk
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Head off the beaten track and discover one of the most beautiful sites around Istanbul on this tour of Galata. Where Galata now stands, many centuries ago nothing but orchards blanketed the bucolic pastoral hillside. It used to be known back then as Sykai – meaning the Fig Field – and also as Peran en Sykais – the Fig Field on the Other Side. You may ask, on the other side of what? Well, of the magnificent Golden Horn, the hornlike river that branches out of the Bosphorus and that adopts a golden hue under sunlight. When the Byzantine Empire came into being this area began to be known as Galata, and the Byzantine emperor Theodosius II erected a splendid and imposing fortress on this site. Much later, between the 6th and the 15th centuries, Galata was a Genoese colony.
On this eye-opening tour through the canals of history, you will meander around the emblematic Galata Tower that supervises the area in solemn ancient silence. Throughout this fascinating day, imagine the forlorn stories that took place in a variety of constructions which now aren’t but ruins. Visit wondrous churches, age-old synagogues pertaining to the Jewish community, hospitals, bank buildings, sturdy city walls and even schools. Alongside your knowledgeable guide, the myths and legends about all these locations come to life thanks to his enthusiastic narrations; a real bonus on a trip to an unparalleled historical site such as this one. At night, you will dream of ages past.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel.
Start/opening time: 1-1:30pm.
End or closing time: 5-5:30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: For groups of 10-15 pax, headphones will be provided.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Galata walking tour - Private
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: In this four-hour walking tour you’ll discover some of the different quarters of old Istanbul and gain some fascinating insight into the history and culture of this magical city. You’ll tour ancient fortifications, sophisticated boulevards and then visit the Mevlevi Sufi Lodge, home to the famous whirling dervishes. A knowledgeable local guide will bring the bustling historic quarters around the Golden Horn and Pera to life with a lively commentary in this unmissable tour.
After meeting your guide, the first destination is the Galata Tower. This striking stone fortification with its conical roof has dominated the Istanbul skyline ever since it was built by the Genoese in 1348. Climb 70m to the top for some unforgettable views over Istanbul and the Bosphorus.
From here we’ll continue with a stroll down one of the city’s most important commercial arteries, Istiklal Avenue This pedestrianized thoroughfare is located in the historic Pera district and is the place where Istanbulites come for their evening stroll. You’ll find exquisite boutiques, music and book stores, art galleries, cinemas, theatres, libraries, cafés, pubs, night clubs with live music, historical patisseries, chocolatiers and restaurants.
Our final visit is to the exquisitely preserved Mevlevi Sufi Lodge dating back to 1491. The original monastery was built on a ridge overlooking Galata by Divane Mehmed Dede, Sheikh of Afyon during the reign of Sultan Bayezid II. Witness the mesmerizing whirling ceremony established by the great Persian poet Rumi in the 13th century. Watch as the semazen glide around the stage in a flurry of movement, dancing in time to Persian and traditional Turkish music played by the theatre’s orchestra accompanied by the chanting of ancient Persian poems and prayers.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Duration: Four hours.
Start/opening time: At 8am - 8.30am.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Galata, the old harbour area walk tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Enjoy a fascinating walking tour of Istanbul’s historic Galata area and immerse yourself in a vibrant place steeped in history, Located on the northern shore of the Golden Horn inlet, the Galata neighbourhood has been a place of human occupation since the time of Christ. The area achieved city status during the reign of Emperor Justinian in the mid-6th century and large sea chains were laid at the entrance of the Golden Horn to prevent sudden attack by invaders: during your walk you will visit the building where these chains were tightened. Later the quarter housed the city’s Jewish community, which came to number some 2,500 people. Later still, in the 13th century, Galata was ceded to Genoa and became over time a substantial Genoese colony. Galata Tower, built in 1348, still stands at the northern apex of the Genoese citadel.
Among other highlights see the Russian, Armenian and Romaic churches perched on top of apartment buildings; visit the former crypt of the Castle of Galata, converted into an underground mosque in the 18th century; admire the mosque, medrese and hamam of the Kilic Ali Pasha Complex, a spectacular group of Ottoman-era buildings dating back to the 16th century; and discover the unusual Gothic mosque of the Arap Camii, originally a Roman Catholic church but converted to a mosque in the Ottoman era and given to Arab Muslim refugees escaping from the Spanish Inquisition.
The history of Istanbul comes alive during the course of this inspiring wander through streets and alleyways of Galata.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel reception.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start/opening time: Between 1pm and 1.30pm.
End/closing time: Between 5pm and 5.30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Gallipoli tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Visit the incredible site where one of the bloodiest battles of World War I took place: Gallipoli. Hundreds of thousands of Australians and New Zealanders fought against the Ottomans, slowly decimating each other over a period of nine months of carnage. This battle is now considered a defining moment in the histories of Australia, New Zealand and, of course, Turkey. Altogether, the Aussie and Kiwi losses added up to more than 10,000 men.
Following an early morning departure from your hotel, the tour begins with a leisurely five hour drive along the Dardanelles, the narrow water straight formerly known as the Hellespont. Enjoy the breath-taking sights from your window as you make your way towards Eceabat, where you will stop for a hearty lunch.
Once filled up, head off to Gelibolu National Park, where you get the chance to visit the Kebatepe War Museum. Also explore in that National Park the Beach Cemetery, where we find the grave of the stretcher bearer John Simpson, famous for trotting round the battlefield with his faithful donkey. Discover too the Anzac Cove, Ari Burnu, site of the first Anzac landing, the Lone Pine Cemetery, site of the Australian memorial and last but not least Johnston’s Jolly, where you will be able to take a thrilling walk in the Anzac trenches. Other sites include Shrapnel Valley, site of the Turkish memorial, the Nek and Walker’s Ridge and Chunuk Bair, where the main New Zealand memorial is located. One satiated with history, enjoy a calm ride back to Istanbul.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from hotels.
Start/opening time: 6-6:30am.
End/closing time: Approx. 10pm - 10.30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Get Your Guide - 8 hours
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Whether you are interested in history, architecture, or how to brew the perfect Turkish coffee, our official guide has you covered! We are ready to take you around Istanbul or all of Turkey, for one day or the duration of your trip.
Our official guides are just that locals who care deeply about making your trip to our beautiful country an experience you will remember for a lifetime.
Delight in the sights, sounds, and smells of Istanbul: no other city on earth straddles two continents -Europe and Asia- and has been home to three great empires (Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman). In a city like this, it's important to have a local friend who can help you to navigate, all the while ensuring you the most personal experience possible.
Our official guides will fascinate you with the story of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, will wander with you (and help you bargain!) in grand bazaars and spice markets, and host you in our favorite restaurants off the tourist track. If your interest is modern Turkish culture and politics, discovering the very best Turkish kebabs, or anything in between, we'll tailor-make a trip just for you. With our official guide, you'll get knowledgeable, experienced, and very friendly guides, all at an affordable rate.
Meeting/pick-up point: Client’s hotel.
Duration: 8 hours.
Start/opening time: 9am.
End/closing time: 5pm.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Get Your Guide and Vehicle
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Discover Istanbul at your own pace with our bespoke car hire packages. We can offer you an extensive range of services including buses, mini-buses and cars together with the services of one of our professional drivers. All our drivers are highly qualified and experienced and offer an excellent service to all our customers. Choose our services and enjoy everything that this beautiful city has to offer.
Go to the parts of Istanbul that few visitors get the chance to see. Our private guide service allows you to explore not just the main sights and attractions but all the hidden corners and secret favorites known only to the locals. The knowledgeable guides will give you the lowdown on the history, the culture, the architecture, the legends and much, much more
Meeting/pick-up point: At the hotel.
Duration: 8 hours.
Pick-up time: At 9am.
End/closing time: At 5pm.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Golden Horn tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Learn more about the holy sites of Islamwith this eye-opening visit to the Eyup Sultan Mosque and his Tomb – two of the most sacred sites in the Muslim world after Mecca and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem (or al-Quds, in Arabic), and by far the two holiest sites in Istanbul. Thousands of believers visit these sites every day.
So who was this Eyup? Eyup el-Ensari was the flag bearer of the Prophet Mohammed who died in this city when the Arab’s sieged it in the 7th century. Nowadays, the mystical atmosphere is heavily present.
Later on, hop aboard a cable car that takes you to Pierre Loti Coffee House, named after the French author and poet, Pierre Loti, who used to sit at this cafe to write while contemplating the scenario. It is located on top of a hill covered with splendid green nature. As you ascend, admire the breath-taking backdrop that slowly glides by below you. Contemplate a privileged vantage point of the Golden Horn from here.
Your next stop is the curious Miniaturk, one of the most surprising open field miniature parks. It exhibits scaled models of the most famous landmarks of Istanbul, Anatolia and in general all of the former Ottoman territories, bestowing the miniature with a fairy-tale-like nature. Admire the countless tiny human that populate this construction, from Muslims in the mosques and Jews in the synagogues, to railroad workers and flower sellers.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from hotels.
Start/opening time: Approx. 1/1.30pm.
End/closing time: Approx. 5.30pm.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Green Bursa tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Leave the hustle and the bustle of the big city behind you and head off to explore the former capital of the Ottoman Capital, the magnificent city of Bursa. Along the way you will cross many splendid landmarks that embellish the unparalleled magical feel of the Turkish landscape.
Your adventure begins by hopping aboard a ferry boat that will take you away from the hectic cosmopolitan life of Istanbul. Glide across the crystalline waters of the Marmara towards Yalova, a quaint city just south from Istanbul. From there, you will continue towards Bursa, the capital of the Ottoman Empire that has historically fallen from grace. Along the way, admire the awe-inspiring beauty of the surrounding landscapes.
Once in Bursa, the time has come for discovering the many great landmarks and constructions that fill this city. First, see a couple of wonderful mosques, namely the breath-taking sprawl of the Ulucami, or Grand Mosque; and the hulking shape of the Green Mosque. Then stroll over to the equally impressive Green Mausoleum.
Later on, delve into the manifold wonders of the Silk Market, inside the exotic Covered Bazaar, where you will be able to feel and appreciate the fine quality of the silks on sale.
After lunch at a typical kebab house, set off for one of two journeys: ascending to the top of Mount Olympos by cable car or visiting the famous Inkaya Plane Tree. After this day of thrills and emotions, you return to Istanbul with a larger experience baggage on your shoulders.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from the hotels.
Start/opening time: Between 6.30am and 7am.
Duration: Approx. 11 hours.
Languages: Operating in English, Arabic. Please specify the language that you prefer in the remark part of booking. All bookings where the language is not specified will be operated in English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Hagia Sophia and Grand Bazaar tour - skip the line
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Book your skip-the-line tour and leave the long queues behind! This is the ideal walking tour in stanbul where you can see the two “must dos” of stanbul. Hagia Sophia which is considered as one of the eight wonders of the world and the unforgettable Grand Covered Bazaar.
Stand back and enjoy the most splendid vistas in stanbul in the company of your guide who will entertain you with interesting anecdotes and facts about the Old Town and its architecture, including stories about the 3 world dominating empires Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman.
Each of our tours is custom-designed specifically for small groups, with a balanced mix of sightseeing, traveling, cultural encounters, and free time. Most important, we limit our tour membership to just 15 guests.
Meeting/pick-up point: In front of the “Information Desk” at the entrance of Hagia Sophia.
Duration: Four hours.
Start/opening time: 9.30am.
End/closing time: At 1.30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Tour cannot operate on Mondays as the Hagia Sophia is closed. Maximum group number is 15; minimum is 2 pax.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Heroes of different ages: Troy & Anzacs
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Your tour will start with an early morning. You will drive along the European shore of the Marmara Sea, seeing some lovely summer houses on the sea side, with vast sun flower fields on the land side.
You will also travel by the shores of the Dardanelles, as you will pass by Gallipoli, another land of gallantry where the famous “Gentlemen’s War” was fought between the Ottoman and Anzac troops during the WW1.
As you cross the Dardanelles by ferry, and drive the last 25 minutes to the site of Troy; you will become a part of Homer’s legends; seeing the symbolic Trojan horse, the city walls, The Athena Temple and the Odeon.
Following the visit of the Trojan site, you will cross back to the European side of the Dardanelles to get to Gallipoli. Visit all famous battlefields and the cemeteries of Gallipoli and see the tragedy and the heroism of this famous battle.
Gallipoli is amazing, a beautiful place with such a sad and tragic history. During World War I, some of the most ferocious battles were both here among the Ottomans and the Anzac soldiers, young heroes aged only 18 and 19.
It was referred to as the 'The Gentlemen's War', because while shots were traded among trenches that were only 40 foot apart in some places, amazingly, a kind of camaraderie developed between the Allied soldiers and the Turks, they swapped cigarettes and other supplies and formed a mutual respect that lasts even to this day.
Today, a special ceremony called the Anzac Day Dawn Service is held in this site every year, on April 25th, to honor the lost heroes of the Gentlemen’s War. The souls of heroes, belonging to different ages, will accompany you on your trip back to Istanbul.
Meeting/pick-up point: At the hotel.
Start/opening time: At 6am.
End/closing time: At 10pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Hidden Istanbul
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Turkey's capital is a beautiful city and it pays to know where to look to find its most memorable highlights. Join this tour to discover the iconic sights as well as the lesser known gems that make Istanbul so captivating. Discover the secrets haunts of locals in Sultanahmet and explore the back streets to find the city’s hidden highlights.
HIGHLIGHTS:
* Admire the incredible selection of goods at the Grand Bazaar
* Visit the stunning Rustem Pasa Mosque
* Learn about the Turkish bath rituals at Süleymaniye Külliyesi
Start by exploring Istanbul’s ancient Hippodrome and then Divanyolu, a historical thoroughfare originally mapped out by Emperor Constantine in the early 300s AD. Wander through some of the alleys of the Grand Bazaar, admiring an incredible array of goods in its 4,000 shops. We also stop by the book bazaar, where the first printed book in Turkey was sold in 1729.
We then take you to the magnificent Süleymaniye Külliyesi, where the original Turkish baths were built as part of the mosque complex to learn all about this ritual of times gone by. Your guide will give you a local insight into Islam before whisking you off to try Turkish tea at a tea house with amazing views of the city.
Visit the small but stunning Rustem Pasa Mosque, the first octagonal mosque built buy the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. The interior is decorated with some of the most exquisite iznik tiles ever produced. We finish the tour at a spice bazaar where your guide can give you some handy tips on how to make the most of your stay. Meeting/pick-up point: Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant, Divanyolu Caddesi No. 6 34400, Sultanahmet, Istanbul. Use the Sultanahmet tram stop as reference. The restaurant is located on the street where the tram lines runs through Sultanahmet, approximately a three minute walk from the tram stop.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start/opening time: 8:30am.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Highlights of Bosphorus
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Live and breathe all aspects of vibrant Istanbul as you soak up its sights, sounds and aromas on this comprehensive tour of its many highlights. Split between Europe and Asia, this sprawling metropolis is a true melting pot of cultures and is home to over 14 million people. Bisected by the mighty Bosphorus and full of history and intrigue at every turn, Istanbul is an unforgettable spectacle to behold.
First stop is the famous Spice Bazaar. With a strong Egyptian influence, exotic aromas of fruits, flowers and, of course, a multitude of spices fill the air and flood the senses. Be sure to purchase some for yourself. Next you will hop on a boat and cruise leisurely down the Bosphorus past the marble palaces and ancient wooden villas, which date back to the Ottoman Empire.
Glide past the imposing Rumeli Fortress, built in the 15th century by Sultan Mehmed II as he prepared to conquer Constantinople. Be sure to bring your camera to capture these impressive sights. After lunch break (lunch is not included in the price) you will drive along the coastline to the majestic Dolmabahce Palace, home to the sultans of the powerful Ottoman Empire and featuring an incredible 4.5 ton chandelier. Continue over to the Asian side of Istanbul and place one foot in each continent before climbing the Çamlica Hill for an awe-inspiring panoramic view over the city and the Bosphorus.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Duration: 9 hours.
Start/opening time: Between 8am and 8:30am.
Others: Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays and replaced with Eyüp, Pierre Loti Coffee House and Miniatürk theme park.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Highlights of Istanbul
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Delve into the heart of the Old City of Istanbul on this exciting tour of some of the most beautiful landmarks and sites in the area. Istanbul always causes a striking impression and then leaves a dear lasting memory for its unparalleled mix of Western and Middle Eastern culture, being the city that bridges the European and the Asian continents.
Begin by being driven to the nucleus of the Old City: Sultanahmet Square. You are then taken to explore the thrilling Hippodrome, which used to host chariot races in the days of the Byzantine Empire. Then head over to the sprawling and awe-inspiring construction of the Blue Mosque, one of the most impressive sights in the city. After the Blue Mosque, head over to another colossal god-fearing construction: the Hagia Sophia, one of the finest examples of Ottoman architecture.
Continuing to the Topkapi Palace, one of the single most popular attractions in the whole of Istanbul. It stands on Seraglio Point, also known as Sultanahmet. This 15th century palace was the residence of many of the wealthiest sultans and their respective harems. Later on, visit the tombs of these very sultans in one of the most beautiful examples of 16th century Ottoman architecture; its red, green, purple and blue flower motives will fill you with awe. Round the day off with a visit to one of the largest covered markets in the world, the Grand Bazaar and its more than 4,000 shops; a true Istanbul experience.
Meeting/pick-up point: At the hotel.
Duration: 9 hours.
Start/opening time: Between 8am and 8:30am.
End/closing time: Between 5pm and 5:30pm
Others: Grand Bazar is closed on Sundays; Topkapi palace Museum closed on Tuesdays; visit replaced with Basilica Cistern.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Historical Golden Horn Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Our tour of inlet in the peninsula which is known as the golden horn of Istanbul and had an important role in the sea trade throughout the history is prepared especially for you with the difference of our service, so that our guests can experience this historical texture.
After the breakfast at the hotel, we get on to our vehicles waiting to go to Pierre Loti hill in the historical Balat area, which is the first stop of our tour. We sip our morning teas in the spectacular scenery of the Golden Horn on Pierre Loti hill and then, we pass to our vehicles via telpher. We perform our trip to Eyüp, which is the first settlement place outside the city walls after the conquest of Istanbul, and Eyüp Sultan Mosque.
Because Eyüp Sultan El Ensari's tomb is also located in Eyüp Sultan Mosque, we give free time for our guests who would like to perform salaat. After this visit, we go to Rahmi Koç Museum located on the other side of the Golden Horn and perform a special tour in the museum established inside the historical inlet texture. You will have the chance to see many different sections in the museum, including the marine department, the aviation department and the antique car section.
After completing our museum tour, we go to Galata Tower, which is one of the oldest towers of the world and was built as a 70 meters high lantern tower, with our guide by our vehicle. We take photographs of this unique view where Istanbul is almost under your feet during the free time and complete our tour in the highest tower of Istanbul. We finish our tour at the hotel until the next tour Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Pick-up time: At 9am.
Drop-off time: At 6pm.
Duration: 8 hours.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Home cooked Istanbul
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Join a local Turkish family for a meal in the heart of Istanbul. What better way can there be for getting an insight into the intricacies of social customs than by joining the locals in the most common – yet special – of situations: eating. This cultural tour also teaches you the secrets of backgammon, invites you to a national beverage in a teahouse, to enjoy a water pipe and more.
Begin by enjoying the warmth and comfort of a home cooked meal with a local family at the famous Sultanahmet Square. Turkish hospitality is renowned throughout the world and here you get the chance of experiencing it first-hand. As you tuck in, you will have a bilingual translator with you so that you can communicate with the hosts. Natter with the family and find out more about what it is like to live in Turkey.
After that pleasurable experience, head back to the road to explore the fascinating backstreets. In them you come across many picturesque wooden houses. Make your way towards a popular local hangout where you can enjoy some breath-taking views of the Marmara Sea. Make yourself at home; find a spot to watch the football game or strike up a conversation with the locals. You can even learn to play backgammon, Turkey’s favourite pastime – that is, after drinking tea and smoking water pipes, both of which you will also get the chance to taste. This tour will give you a much better insight into the everyday life of Turkish folks than any book or museum.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant, Divanyolu Caddesi No. 6 34400, Sultanahmet, Istanbul. For further explanation perhaps use the Sultanahmet tram stop as reference. The restaurant is located on the street where the tram lines runs through Sultanahmet, approximately a three minute walk from the Sultanahmet tram stop.
Duration: 3.5 hours.
Start/opening time: At 6pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Please be aware that the standard of Dress through out Turkey is conservative. To respect this and for your own comfort we recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Turkish people do not wear shoes within the home so we suggest easy slip on shoes be worn. Please note that short shorts for both men and women are not acceptable nor are tank or singlet tops.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - In trace of Christianity - Private tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Join us for this pilgrimage to some of the most symbolic churches of old Constantinople, the heart of Orthodox Christianity. As the capital of the Byzantine Empire for more than 1,000 years, the city has a wealth of religious architecture.
This guided tour, available in either half or full-day formats, takes in some of the most emblematic religious buildings in Istanbul.
Start at the Church of Panagia of Blachernae, famed for its fountain of holy water, which is believed to cure ill health, and the sacred bath, which is said to cleanse soul and where emperors would go to purify themselves.
Be dazzled by the mosaics and frescoes portraying scenes from the Bible at the Church of St Saviour in Chora.
View the vast Pantocrator monastic complex, comprised of two churches, a chapel, baths, a hospital and more.
See the 11th century Church of St Mary Pammacaristos, which housed the Patriarchate after the Ottoman conquest.
Marvel at the Life-giving Spring (Zoodochos Pege) dedicated to the Mother of God, famed for its underground cistern and holy fountain.
Be impressed by the Church of St Sergius & Bacchus, which is known as the Little Hagia Sophia, and by Hagia Eirene, an ancient patriarchal church next to Hagia Sophia.
Admire Hagia Sophia, its vast height and dimensions a testament to man’s ingenuity and faith in God.
For the half-day tour, the itinerary sees visits to the Patriarchate, the Church of Panagia of Blachernae and to St Saviour in Chora. While the Pantocrator, Church of St Mary Pammacaristos, the Life-giving Spring and the Church of St Sergius & Bacchus will be seen from the outside only.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Hotel lobby.
Start or opening time: at 8-8.30am.
End or closing time: half-day tour ends at about 1.30pm and the full-day at 5pm.
Languages: English, French, German and Spanish.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Island tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: The car-free Princes' Islands are only a short boat ride from Istanbul, and provide a welcome break from the city heat and bustle.
The morning begins when you are picked from your hotel between 08.00 and 08.30 and transferred to the ferry terminal for a cruise on the Sea of Marmara heading for Buyukada, the largest of the nine islands making up the archipelago. On the way you'll be able to enjoy great views of the Topkapi Palace, Leander's Tower and Uskudar on Istanbul's Anatolian shore.
Buyukada is a popular resort for the locals in the summer with its white sandy beaches and fragrant pine forests, but it was once a place of exile for Byzantine Emperors (and Leon Trotsky) as well as a popular retreat for wealthy Istanbulites in the first half of the 20th Century. You'll be enchanted by this small slice of traffic-free paradise. When you explore some of the islands' quiet back streets, you'll feel as if you've found your way back to the late 19th century and an Istanbul that no longer exists on the mainland. Tour the island in a horse-drawn carriage before having lunch in one of the island's many pleasant restaurants. We'll return to Istanbul in the afternoon arriving back at your hotel between 17.00 and 17.30.
This full-day tour includes hotel pick up and drop off and transfer to the port, a return boat ride to the island of Buyukada with a guided tour, a ride in a horse-drawn carriage and the services of an English-speaking guide.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel.
Start/opening time: Between 8am and 8.30am
End/closing time: Between 5pm and 5.30pm
Languages: English.

Available from 1 September 2017
Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Istanbul Classics and Bosphorus Cruise
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: It’s where East meets West, and a city whose architecture and culture is as diverse as its history. Come and discover Istanbul, its sights and sounds with this combined tour by land and water.
HIGHLIGHTS:
* See the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque with the help of a guide
* Weave your way around the Grand Bazaar
* Admire the sights from the Bosphorus with a river cruise
We start in the heart of the Old City, in the Sultanahmet centre, from where our voyage into the history of Istanbul begins. The Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled from here, and no other area can compare in terms of grandness. Step into the beauty of the Hagia Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, before laying eyes on the vivid colours that define the Blue Mosque; famous for its znik tiles and unique six minarets. The historical centre also boasts the Hippodrome and Serpentine Column that your guide will point out.
Afterwards we make our way to one of the largest covered markets in the world, the incredible Grand Bazaar. Sneak a peek at artisans at work and marvel at the 4,000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets and many more things. We stop for lunch at a typical Turkish restaurant before embarking on a leisurely cruise along the mighty Bosphorus, the waterway separating two continents. Then we hop aboard the bus to see the Golden Horn and residential areas for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-Muslim minorities before driving along the traces history at Balat and taking the cable car up to Pierre Loti Coffee House.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Duration: Eight hours.
Start/opening time: At 8:25am.
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German (please inform in which language do you want to join).
Others: .
Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sundays and replaced with authentic shops around Grand Bazaar.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Istanbul Conquered Full Day tour in English
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Visit the mesmerising ancient site of Hagia Sophia and marvel at this masterpiece of Byzantium history Take in the majestic Blue Mosque and learn about the delicate, intricate work that makes up this world-famous site Listen to colourful stories of sultans at Topkapi Palace and explore all the site’s ancient treasures. Enjoy a tasty Turkish lunch with locals in a hidden café Haggle with local vendors and get lost in the labyrinth of alleys that make up the famous Grand Bazaar integral part of Turkish history. Chariot races once took place along this strip, which was also home to the notorious Nika riots — a dramatic political protest in 532 AD that led to the massacre of tens of thousands of people.
Need a break? We’ll step back to the present and join the locals as we lunch in a hidden café. You’ll enjoy friendly conversation with members of the community and learn about daily life in Istanbul. Once you’re filled with Turkish cuisine, Topkapi Palace awaits. This opulent complex overlooking the Bosphorus is a true Istanbul treasure, with many colourful stories about the rich sultans who lived there between 1453 and 1839. Lastly, you’ll seek out treasures of a different kind in Istanbul’s famed Grand Bazaar, which offers up 3,000 shops to explore along 61 streets. Meet a few of the local characters, perfect your haggling skills, have a true Turkish coffee, and shop till you drop. Note that the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, so if you choose a Sunday departure, you’ll explore the nearby vibrant Spice Market, filled with delectable and colourful Turkish spices, treats, coffees, and teas.
Either I conquer Istanbul or Istanbul conquers me. – Fatih Sultan Mehmet. Journey in the footsteps of the city’s most famous ruler and conquer Istanbul in just a day. This is the ultimate all-in-one introduction to the sites everyone must see in Istanbul, with a locals-know twist. Visit Turkey’s iconic historic spots such as the jaw-dropping Hagia Sofia, the beautiful Blue Mosque, and the pretty, tree-lined ancient Hippodrome, and learn how Istanbul has stood strong through the centuries. Eat a tasty Turkish lunch with locals at a hidden café, then listen to stories of how generations of sultans lived at the grand Topkapi Palace, overlooking the gorgeous Bosphorus Strait. Finish it all off with a backstreet tour and some good-natured haggling with local artisans in the Grand Bazaar.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant
Duration: 9 hours.
Others: Please ensure you arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Istanbul Helicopter Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Now you can witness the enthralling beauty of one of the most popular cities in the world, Istanbul, from air! Our tours offer a birds-eye view of the Turkish capital, departing daily. Our increasingly popular tours present the historical beauties of Istanbul from the safety, comfort and unbeatable view that only a helicopter can give you!
Embark on our 30-minute Tour One, to sweep high above the sights of the Bosphorus (Anatolia) area, including such exciting landmarks as the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Köprüsü Bridge, the Anatolian Fortress, Hidiv Pavilion, Kucuksu Pavilion and Beylerbeyi Palace. Hover alongside the impressive Bosphorus Bridge, fly past Uskudar and marvel at Maiden's Tower. Enjoy the sights of the historical peninsula including the famous Suleymaniye Mosque, the Beyaz?t Tower, the bustling Grand Bazaar, Hippodrome Sultanahmet Mosque, Hagia Sophia Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Get a different perspective on the Golden Horn's many highlights, like Galata Bridge, Pantokrator Church, Valens Aqueduct, Fener Patriarchate, Fatih Mosque and the Metal Church.
For those wanting more, climb aboard for 45 or even 60 minutes of action with Tour Two or Three, which hover and swoop above the impressive sights of the Black Sea Entrance such as the Rumelian and Anatolia Lighthouses, Poyraz, and the Anatolian Poplar. Glide above the beautiful blue Bosphorus high above the Anatolian Fortress, the Hidiv Pavilion, Beylerbeyi Palace, Haydarpasha Port, and the Kalamis, Fenerbahce Cape. Float freely above the Galatia Tower, the Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square and all your favourite sights of the city. And this is but a sample of the spectacular views that await!
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from the hotel. Start time of the tour could be changed according to weather conditions. Pick-up information will be informed before the service day to clients.
Duration: 30, 45 or 60 minutes.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Istanbul Highlights - Private Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: This full day tour will take you to some of the gems of Istanbul. Travel back in time and discover the story of Roman Byzantium, Byzantine Constantinople and Ottoman Istanbul as you explore the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace. A knowledgeable local guide will provide you with plenty of fascinating insight into the history and culture of this ancient city.
The first stop is the Hippodrome. This circus dating from Roman times was originally used for chariot racing and other public events and eventually became the social and cultural heart of Constantinople, the scene of riots, palace intrigues, love affairs and horse races throughout Byzantine history.
Next we'll visit the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque due to its decoration with more than 20,000 blue Iznik tiles. This splendid building with its six minarets has dominated the Istanbul skyline ever since its construction by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century. Next head to Hagia Sophia, considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture. Having been used as both a cathedral and a mosque, the vast and intricate building is now a fascinating museum.
From here we’ll head to the Grand Bazaar, a labyrinth of streets and narrow passageways where you will find over 4000 shops and stalls with separate areas for different crafts. This is an ideal place to stock up on traditional Turkish handicrafts such as colourful hand-painted earthenware and hand-burnished copper, brass and onyx.
The tour will end with a visit to the impressive Topkapi Palace, residence of the Ottoman sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries. This sumptuous building houses an exquisite collection of precious gems, jewellery, royal thrones and vestments as well as wonderful Ottoman-style miniatures. At its peak, the palace was a mysterious city within a city, home to as many as 4,000 people, covering a large area with an extensive shoreline along the Bosphorus.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Duration: 8 hrs.
Start/opening time: At 8am - 8.30am.
Others: As mosques are closed on Fridays, there will only be external visits on that day.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Istanbul Museum of Modern Art - with breakfast
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: The stanbul Museum of Modern Art, Turkey’s first private museum to organize modern and contemporary art exhibitions was founded in 2004 and occupies an 8,000 square meter site on the shores of the Bosphorus.
stanbul Modern embraces a global vision to collect, preserve, exhibit and document works of modern and contemporary art and make them accessible to art lovers.
As part of its commitment to sharing Turkey’s artistic creativity with wide audiences and promoting its cultural identity in the international art world, stanbul Modern hosts a broad array of interdisciplinary activities.
Apart from permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, a photography gallery, and spaces for educational and social programs, the museum offers an extensive library, a cinema, a restaurant and a design store.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.
End/closing time: At 1pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Istanbul Night Tasting Trail
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Eat delicious Turkish street food just like the locals do, tasting from the best food carts, street cafés, and other secret spots. Visit a traditional tavern, known as a meyhane, and sample the Turkish alcoholic drink of choice, raki. Hang out with locals in-the-know and enjoy a Turkish coffee in a backstreet café. Stroll through hidden alleyways and learn about the unique food culture of this ancient city that borders both Europe and Asia.
A short journey from Karaköy on the world’s second oldest funicular will take you to the heart of Istanbul’s food scene on this culinary city tour, where you’ll wander through back streets and hidden laneways, feasting as you go. Your local guide will offer insight into the intricacies and traditions of Turkish food culture, and explain about the ingredients and origins of Turkey’s most popular dishes.
Start your Istanbul food tour with some borek, a delicious flaky pastry consisting of several thin layers filled with local cheeses, potato, or meat. Wash it down with a cup of ayran, a yogurt drink that’s considered by many to be the national beverage of Turkey.
Next, you’ll take part in a true local tradition; at the end of a long work day, many Istanbulites sit down for some drinks, tasty food, and good conversation with friends. We’ll pull up a seat at a traditional meyhane (tavern) and join the local scene before moving on to a hidden tea house, famous as a meeting place of the Young Turks political movement from the early 20th century. Moving on, we sample delectable treats from locals’ favourite street food carts, including içli kofte (deep-fried meat balls) and midye dolma (mussels stuffed with rice).
Next, you’ll cleanse the palate with a sample of Turkish delight in the gorgeous, historic Cicek Passage, before grabbing some of Turkey’s famed baklava and çikolata (chocolate) or ice cream from Mara. The tour finishes in the famed entertainment district of Taksim Square; here you’ll stroll the atmospheric backstreets and finish at an alfresco café and bar that’s a popular local haunt with awesome street art and graffiti.
Meeting/pick-up point: The Tünel (The Tunnel) entrance, IETT building in Karaköy, opposite Nordstern Hotel (Kemeralt Cd, Arap Cami Mh. , Beyolu.
Duration: 3.30 hours.
Start/opening time: 6pm.
End/closing time: 9:30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Drop-off Point: Taksim Square, near Independent Monument and Central Metro Station.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Istanbul Trabzon package
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: First day: Transfer from airport to Istanbul.
Second day: Istanbul museums and castles tour Sultan Ahmet Mosque: We will start our historical journey in stanbul from here. The mosque often called the Blue Mosque. Hippodrome: which contains Byztantium obelisk, Egyptian obelisk, the three headed serpent column and the German foundation.
Topkap Palace: The primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for approximately 400 years, The palace includes many fine examples of Ottoman architecture. It contains large collections of porcelain, robes, weapons, shields, armo, Ottoman miniatures , Islamic calligraphic manuscripts and murals, as well as a display of Ottoman treasures and jewellery.
Hagia Sophia: Is a former Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica(church), later and imperial mosque , and now a museum.
Third day: Transfer from Istanbul hotel to airport transfer + transfer from Trabzon airport to hotel.
Fourth day: Trabzon cty tour. Zigana pass:s a mountain pass snow –covered five months a year. The Zigana Tunnel under the pass, at an elevation of 1,795 m above sea level is 1,702 m long. It is one of the longest tunnels in the country.
Karaca Cave: Is a network of caves located near the town of Torul. The cave of Karaca is rich in formation dripstones. These dripstones are in different shapes and colours. Inside the cave, there are dripstone stalactites, stalagmites, and travertines.
Hamsiköy Village: will be our last station and we will enjoy the taste of Sütlaç dessert in this historical village.
Fifth day: Uzungöl tour. Firstly we will head to Uzungöl which is 100 km away from Trabzon, on the way we will stop by a tea factory and taste the fresh produced tea which is famous in this area.
The lake’s height is 1,090 m above sea level which is located in the middle of a Valley and was formed by landslides that blocked the stream bed and surrounded by glorious forest cover.
We will have lunch on the side of the lake and after that we will have a free time to enjoy the fresh air and the beauty of the nature.
Sixth day: Transfer from Trabzon hotel to Trabzon airport + Transfer from Istanbul airport to Istanbul hotel.
Seventh day: Transfer from Istanbul hotel to airport.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Start/opening time: At 9am – first day.
End/closing time: At 4pm – last day.
Languages: English and Arabic.
Others: Lunch is not included for the fourth and fifth days.
Accomodation : nights in 4-star hotels (standard double rooms) with bed and breakfast.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Istanbul and Bursa Islam 5 Days/4 Nights Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: A 5 day/4 nights special fully guided Umrah tour package in Istanbul with 3 days sightseeing of the great Islamic sights in Istanbul and Bursa.
Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 - Istanbul Islamic and Sahabe Tour
After breakfast at 8:30am we begin the Istanbul Islamic and Sahabe Tour. Istanbul has been the centre of religion for centuries. During the Ottoman period the Islamic religion spreaded througout the city. The first mosque in Istanbul was built in Kadikoy on the Asian side of the city, which was conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1353AD. The first mosque on the European side of Istanbul was built inside the Rumeli Castle in 1452. The first grand mosque which was built in the city proper is the Eyup Sultan Mosque (1458). Next to Eyup Sultan Mosque we will visit the tombs of the Sahabe, which is very famous in Turkey for being the burial place for the first generation of Muslims, who had come as far as Istanbul and besieged the city. The tour finishes with a visit to the Suleymaniye Mosque built during the latter part of Suleyman the Magnificent’s long and prosperous reign, which stretched from 1520 to 1566. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 - Istanbul - Bursa Tour
After breakfast at 7:30am depart from the hotel and drive to Bursa for a guided tour of the city. This tour will include all the famous Islamic heritage places as well as other places of interest including the Ulucamii (Great Mosque), Cumalikizik Village, the Green Mosque, Green Tomb, Ozdilek Home Textiles Factory. Return to Istanbul at approximately 6pm. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4 - Istanbul City Tour
Pick-up at 8:30am from your hotel for a tour of the old city, known as Sultanahmet.
We begin with the St. Sophia Museum, an ancient basilica built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century AD and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, it is one of the architectural marvels of all time. We next visit Topkapi Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman Sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures and the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Moving on to the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, it is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. After this we visit the Hippodrome, scene of chariot races, with the three monuments, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Free time is given at 1pm for lunch before visiting the Grand Bazaar, a labyrinth of streets and passages with more than 4,000 shops, each trade having its own area; the goldsmiths'street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts etc. Ending at approximately 5pm we return to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 5 - Istanbul - End of Tour
After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to the airport.
Included:
* Pick-up and drop-off from the airport-hotel (Istanbul Ataturk Airport)
* 4 nights’ accommodation in 5* hotel
* 4 breakfasts
* 2 fully guided Istanbul Islamic tours
* Guided Bursa city tour
* Professional tour guides
* All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
* Transportation in fully air-conditioned, non-smoking luxury buses
Not included:
* International flights
* Insurance: All types
* Turkey entry visa
* Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
* Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
Meeting/pick-up point: At Istanbul Atatuk Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport. Transfers from Ataturk airport to your hotel are included, if you arrive at Sabiha Gokcen there is an extra charge.
Duration: 5 days and 4 nights.
Languages: Private Tour: English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic and Chinese. Shared Tour: English.
Others: Please Note: Hagia Sophia closed on Mondays, Topkapi Palace closed on Tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on Sundays.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Istanbul aquarium and shopping tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Fun for all the family is virtually guaranteed with this entertainment-packed day out that combines a vast aquarium with the largest shopping mall in Europe. Since it opened in 2009, Istanbul Aquarium has captivated millions of visitors with one of the most spectacular displays of marine life in the world, while the Forum Istanbul shopping mall can lay claim to being the biggest shopping and leisure destination on the continent.
The excursion begins at the giant Istanbul Aquarium. Covering over 8,000 square metres and displaying over 10,000 sea creatures, including sharks, giant stingrays, groupers, piranhas and octopi, it has something for everyone. Boasting 50 separate exhibits, the largest of which holds 4.5 million litres of water, it features an underwater safari that takes visitors on a moving walkway through an 80 metre-long tunnel. If you fancy diving with sharks there is the possibility of doing just that – although this involves a surcharge payable directly to the aquarium. The next port of call is an unguided visit to the Forum Istanbul shopping centre. With its 265 stores, including global brands such as H&M, Zara, Saturn, Decathlon and many more offering everything from fashion to sports, jewellery to cosmetics, electronics to toys, there is bound to be something for all the family. There is also an ample range of leisure activities available with restaurants, bowling and a cinema.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel lobby, between 10am and 10.30am.
End/closing time: At 3.00pm - 3.30pm

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Istanbul by Land and Sea
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: A full day with complimentary lunch exploring the Asian side of the city crossing the Bosphorous and visiting Camlica Hill, Beylerbeyi Palace and Baghdad street followed by a cruise of the Bosphorous, a great way to capture the ‘essence’ of this amazing city, passing by many of its’ famous sites.
Beginning with the Bosphorous Bridge, which connects the European and the Asian sides of Istanbul, this was built in built in 1973 and affords a spectacular view of Istanbul’s modern and ancient sites while travelling over 60 metres above sea level.
The highest point in Istanbul is Camlica Hill and we stop here for a panoramic view over the city provided that Istanbul chooses to show its beauties and blesses the visitors with a clear day. Moving on from here we visit Beylerbeyi Palace, one of the largest, lavishly furnished 19th century summer residences of the Ottoman sultans. The rooms are kept with their original furniture and visitors can imagine being house guests to the Imperial family.
Baghdad Street, once the grouping point for the merchants who were set to travel the ancient Silk Road, this popular street on the Asian side of Istanbul has elegant boutiques and shopping alternatives. This will be a perfect chance to see the urban lifestyle of modern Istanbul. Lunch is served at a local restaurant before the tour continues with a cruise of the Bosphorous.
Along this cruise, you will pass by the Rumeli Fortress, built by Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror; Ortakoy, a very famous area for handicrafts and nightlife; Bebek, a popular wealthy residential district under the Ottoman rule, and continues to be so today; Besiktas, a commercial district of the new city; Dolmabahce, the magnificent 19th century palace, which was the home to the Ottoman Sultans in the last century of the Empire; Ciragan Palace, a magnificent marble palace built by Sultan Abdulaziz and designed and constructed by the Balyan family between 1863 and 1867; today it serves as luxury suites for the five star Kempinski hotel; Kizkulesi (Maiden’s Tower), an ancient lighthouse which has inspired many legends; Yali (wooden wealthy houses) constructed by the water’s edge of the Bosphorous and usually built with an architectural concept that takes into account the characteristics of the coastal location, mostly dating from the 19th century; Beylerbeyi Palace, one of the largest, lavishly furnished 19th century summer residences of the Ottoman Sultans.
A short visit to the Spice Market is the surprise of the tour. In this oriental shopping area, where you experience the vibrant pulse of Istanbul at its best, rare spices, herbs, vegetables, fruits, live animals, flowers are sold. (Aphrodisiacs are available too!)
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 8 hours.
Start/opening time: At 07:45am.
Languages: English.
Others: Please note that the Spice Market is closed on Sundays and Beylerbeyi Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays and this will be replaced by the 18th century Hidiv Pavilion.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Istanbul city and Buyukada island tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: FIRST DAY
Broaden your Istanbul savvy and learn more about this city’s amazing history with this tour of some of the most iconic landmarks the area has to offer. Your first stop is a breath-taking Roman Hippodrome, where chariots used to race and clash in the faraway times of the Byzantine Empire.
Then this tour takes you to some of the most impressive constructions not only in Turkey but in the Balkan region. Set eyes upon the magnificence of the Blue Mosque, the only mosque with six minarets, and the Hagia Sophia, also known as the Church of Divine Wisdom. These two wonders are some of the most outstanding examples of Ottoman architecture. Also see the German Fountain, a gazebo-like construction that the Kaiser Wilhelm II gave as a gift to the Ottoman Empire.
After a detour into the Grand Bazaar, where you will see local vendors elaborate Turkish handicrafts, set route for the Topkapi Museum, the most impressive museum in Turkey. Filled with antique art, here you get a great insight into the life of the ruling classes of the Ottoman Empire. The amount of wealth contained in the building is tantalizing and staggering. Last but not least, follow your guide past the beautiful Hagia Irene Church and wrap up the trip at the Church of Sergius and Bacchus; for friends: the Petite Hagia Sophia Mosque. These two buildings are an excellent finishing touch to a day full of awe-inspiring architecture.
SECOND DAY
This is an alternative Bosphorus cruise for travellers with limited time to spend in Istanbul. On this guided tour you will learn all about the role of this waterway in this magical city's rich history, visiting the Egyptian Bazaar before boarding a river cruiser for an exhilarating cruise along the Bosphorus. Then visit the Dolmabahçe Palace, the residence of the last sultan, and behold the timeless grandeur of this window on Asia.
THIRD DAY Come and explore the idyllic island of Buyukada, a place where time has stood still. Formerly a place of exile and retreat, the island prohibits the use of motorised vehicles, meaning that visitors can enjoy its natural beauty and magnificent panoramic landscapes in blissful peace. Take a horse-drawn phaeton to ride around and appreciate the charm that has been attracting prosperous Turkish, Greek, Jewish and Armenian visitors for generations.
As you ride around the island on your horse-drawn phaeton you will see churches, palaces, Ottoman-era mansions, convents and many other places of interest. The aptly named Splendid Palace Hotel, dating from 1908, still stands near the port as a reminder of the island’s enduring appeal as a destination for discerning travellers.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up from the hotel on all three days.
Start/opening time: At 8.00am - 8.30am (1,2 & 3 days).
End/closing time: : At 17.00pm - 17.30pm (1,2 & 3 days).
Languages: English.
Others: Topkapi Palace Museum is closed on Tuesdays. It will be replaced with Chora Museum. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. It will be replaced with Spice Bazaar. For groups of 10 to 15 pax, headphones will be provided. As mosques are closed on Fridays, there will only be external visits on that day.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Istanbul classic and Dolmabahce palace
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Hagia Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue znik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.
Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome. Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir. (Art demonstration of handmade Turkish carpets upon request).
Lunch at a typical Turkish Restaurant. Dolmabahçe Palace, recent residence for Ottoman Sultans built by two Ottoman architects Karabet and Nikogos Balyan on a 110.000 m² area and served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire. Famous with great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier, the palace has 285 rooms and 46 halls.
Bosphorus Bridge, unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes. Çamlca Hill, famous for its beautiful sunset and the widest bird’s eye panoramic view of stanbul from Marmara Sea to the Black Sea, gives a chance to see the Bosphorus and Golden Horn from one of the highest and most appealing places of the city.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Duration: Eight hours.
Start/opening time: At 8.25am.
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian and German. Please inform in which languagae do you want to join.
Others: Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sundays and replaced with authentic shops around Grand Bazaar. Dolmabahçe Palace is closed on Monday and Thursday and replaced with Eyüp + Pierre Loti Coffee House + Miniatürk.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Istanbul classic tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Fall in love with Istanbul, the queen of Turkish cities. This tour gives you a taste of the landmarks and history contained in this city which has seen many an empire rise and fall, one after the other.
Wake up in the morning and head off for your first destination, the Roman Hippodrome. This breath-taking site, erected during the times of the East Roman Empire, was where chariot races were organized to entertain the wealthy of former Byzantium.
Your next stop will fill you with awe. Visit the iconic Blue Mosque, one of the most impressive Islamic constructions and a piece de resistance of Ottoman architecture. Being the only mosque with six minarets, the blunt size of it lies in contrast with the delicate mosaics that decorate its interior. After that, see the beautiful German Fountain, a very special gift from the Kaiser Wilhelm II to this magnificent city of the Ottoman Empire. This German Kaiser was a fervent Orientalist and admirer of all things Oriental.
And last but not least, the time arrives to admire the highlight of the day: the Hagia Sophia, also known as the Church of Divine Wisdom. Like the Blue Mosque, it is a representative building of the past magnificence of Turkish history and just the sight of it can take the breath of anyone away. After the visits, follow your guide to the Grand Bazaar to wrap up the day by watching and learning about traditional Turkish handcrafts. This tour takes you through a variety of experiences.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up from hotel and dropp of grand bazaar.
Start/opening time: 8-8:30am
End or closing time: 12-12:30pm
Languages: English
Others: Hagia Sophia Museum is closed on Mondays. It will be replaced with Chora Museum . Price includes guiding and entrances. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. It will be replaced with Spice Bazaar. If the group more than 10 pax and less than 15 pax earphone services is given. As mosques are closed on Fridays, there will only be external visits on that day.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Istanbul classics and highlights tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Broaden your Istanbul savvy and learn more about this city’s amazing history with this tour of some of the most iconic landmarks the area has to offer. Your first stop is a breath-taking Roman Hippodrome, where chariots used to race and clash in the faraway times of the Byzantine Empire.
Then this tour takes you to some of the most impressive constructions not only in Turkey but in the Balkan region. Set eyes upon the magnificence of the Blue Mosque, the only mosque with six minarets, and the Hagia Sophia, also known as the Church of Divine Wisdom. These two wonders are some of the most outstanding examples of Ottoman architecture. Also see the German Fountain, a gazebo-like construction that the Kaiser Wilhelm II gave as a gift to the Ottoman Empire.
After a detour into the Grand Bazaar, where you will see local vendors elaborate Turkish handicrafts, set route for the Topkapi Museum, the most impressive museum in Turkey. Filled with antique art, here you get a great insight into the life of the ruling classes of the Ottoman Empire. The amount of wealth contained in the building is tantalizing and staggering.
Last but not least, follow your guide past the beautiful Hagia Irene Church and wrap up the trip at the Church of Sergius and Bacchus; for friends: the Petite Hagia Sophia Mosque. These two buildings are an excellent finishing touch to a day full of awe-inspiring architecture.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel-
Start/opening time: 8-8:30am.
End or closing time: 5-5:30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Topkap? Palace Museum is closed on Tuesdays. It will be replaced with Chora Museum. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. It will be replaced with Spice Bazaar. For groups of 10 to 15 pax, headphones will be provided.
Others: As mosques are closed on Fridays, there will only be external visits on that day.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Istanbul highlights tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Complete your visit to the magnificent city of Istanbul with a trip to the Topkapi Museum, one of the most important museums not only in Turkey but in the whole of the Balkan Peninsula. Inside, feel how the mind-boggling extravagance and abundant richness of it fills you with awe. Discover another side of Turkey’s history, that of the privileged few who ruled it.
This is the big one. As you approach the Topkapi Museum, even at a distance you will begin to get an idea of the sheer opulence contained within those walls ahead. It is a treasure chest of unparalleled wealth, containing every gizmo and artefact you can imagine from a variety of historical ages. See the first, second, third and fourth sprawling courtyards. Wander in the ample space of the Audience Hall, visit the high court, the historical kitchens with their ancient pots and pans and fine cutlery. Roam towards the royal stables, where time ago magnificent steeds used to shoot the breeze while waiting to pummel the grounds in a gallop. And there is still more: the treasury, the gardens, the kiosks… It is a truly privileged insight into the life of the people who pulled the strings in the Ottoman Empire.
After that, this tour takes you to an additional two destinations: the awe-inspiring Hagia Irene Church and the Grand Bazaar. Alongside your guide, you will learn the stories behind these fabulous places and, in the bazaar, watch examples of Turkish handicrafts; all in all, a truly enlightening day.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from the hotel between 12:30 and 13:30pm.
Start/opening time: 1 -1.30pm.
End or closing time: 5pm - 5.30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Topkap Palace Museum is closed on Tuesdays. It will be replaced with Chora Museum . Drop off point: Hotel. This is walking tour.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Istanbul's Rahmi M. Koc Museum Half Day Tour - Private)
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Located on the northern shore of the Golden Horn in the Haskoy area of Beyolu, this is Turkey’s first major museum dedicated to Transport, Industry & Communications. It lies on three separate parts of around 27,000 square metres.
The Museum is part of the Rahmi M. Koç Museology and Culture Foundation, which is a private non-profit institution dedicated to the collecting, housing, researching, preserving and exhibiting of industrial and engineering objects and their documentation from all countries and periods up to the present day. The Museum uses its collections and resources to inform, inspire and delight the general public, to attract more visitors to museums as well as cultural activities in Turkey, and to support research into industrial history. Collections include a very large number of cars, motorcycles, horse-drawn carriages along with trains, boats & ships. The Museum is reserved for large scale and durable objects such as a submarine, ferry boat and aircraft as well as thousands of smaller items such as gramophone needles.
A “hands-on” gallery is perfect for kids where they can climb all over a vintage car, sit in the cockpit of a real plane and try the controls or try real-life scientific experiments.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up available only in hotels located in Sultanahmet, Aksaray, Sirkeci, Beyazt and Taksim areas.
Pick-up time: At 10am.
Drop-off time: At 2pm.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Istanbul's Sultanahmet District Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Enjoy a Full Day tour of the Sultanahmet area which is the UNESCO recognized heart of old Istanbul. Our local guide takes us to Hagia Sophia. Built in 537 AD as the world's first large dome building, it was the religious focal point of the Orthodox Church before its conversion to a Muslim Mosque. We have a look at its many unique decorations from the Byzantine and Turkish periods.
Then we enjoy a short walk to the Blue Mosque. Built in 17th century it owes its fame to the exquisite blue Iznik tiles on its walls. Following this, we move on to the Hippodrome where we can see an Egyptian Obelisk and Serpent Column where once horse chariot races of the Eastern Roman Empire took place. Next, you will see the German Fountain which was a gift of Kaiser Wilhelm 2. Listen to the stories of his liaison with the Orient.
We then go to the fascinating Grand Bazaar. Following an introduction by our guide at a recommended store we will have some free time to browse the 1,200 spice, gold, carpet and leather shops.
After lunch at a local restaurant we visit the amazing Topkapi Palace which from 15th to the 19th Century was the principle residence of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Our guide gives a tour at the gardens halls where we view a staggering collection of Imperial and religious treasury, golden thrones and emerald crowns. Next place to see is Hagia Irene Church (from outside). Our final place of interest is the Church of Sergius and Bacchus today known as “Petit Hagia Sophia Mosque”.
After the tour transfer back to the hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: Approximately 8 hours.
Start/opening time: At 8:15am.
Others: Included: admission fees for Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and lunch.
Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays. It will be replaced with Chora Museum. Topkap Palace Museum is closed on Tuesdays. It will be replaced with Chora Museum. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Istanbul's magical Blue Mosque area
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Steep yourself in the multi-layered history and cultures of Istanbul with this fascinating tour of the city’s Blue Mosque area. Bursting with extraordinary buildings and stunning views at every turn, it lies at the heart of the city and is an essential destination for any visitor.
Thracians, Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans and modern-day Turks have all left their mark on this small part of the planet where Europe meets Asia, and this four-hour tour is the ideal way to tease apart some of the traces they have bequeathed us. Visit the extraordinary Hagia Sofia, one of the city’s must-see attractions. Famous for its massive dome, it was first a cathedral, then a mosque and finally a museum. Widely considered to be the epitome of Byzantine architecture, it was for almost a thousand years the largest cathedral in the world.
Wander through lovely Sogukcesme Street, a tranquil, pedestrianised tree-lined thoroughfare with wooden, two and three-storey Ottoman houses dating back to the 19th century. This charming place is further enhanced by the tinkling fountain located towards one end.
Other highlights of the tour include the Cafer Agha Medrese, designed by the great architect Mimar Sinan and now a centre for Turkish calligraphy and crafts, the Baths of Haseki Sultan and the House of Justinian. Make history come alive in the company of a knowledgeable guide with this absorbing journey into Istanbul’s past.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel lobby.
Start/opening time: 8-8.30pm.
End/closing time: 12-12_30pm.
Duration: 4 hours.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Istanbul’s architectural wonders - Private tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Make as much as you can of your trip to Istanbul on this comprehensive tour of the city’s most spectacular sites. From the Hippodrome of Constantinople and the magnificent Blue Mosque to the awe-inspiring Grand Bazaar, this trip is sure to not leave you indifferent.
Begin by discovering the ancient Hippodrome. This impressive space used to be both a circus and the centre for sporting events in Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. Nowadays, it has been mostly reconverted into a public space, the Sultanahmet Square, although parts of the original structure survive. Back in 200AD it used to host chariot races and it held over 100.000 people. It outlived the Byzantine Empire and was a popular space even in the ensuing Ottoman Empire.
Later on, continue towards the Blue Mosque, one the most iconic constructions of not only Istanbul, but the whole of Turkey. Towering over the Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus, it is the only mosque that has six minarets. The hulking figure of the Blue Mosque is perched on top of a hill and was originally commissioned by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 1600s. It is one of the prime examples and masterpieces of Ottoman architecture.
Round this day off with a ramble through the hustle and the bustle of the Gran Bazaar. With about 4,000 shops, it is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world; all in all, the best way to merge with local life and feel the essence of Istanbul.
Meeting/pick-up point: Port.
Duration: 4 hours.
Others: As mosques are closed on Fridays, there will only be external visits on that day.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Istiklal street walk in Beyoglu
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Leave all the history and monuments behind and discover another more modern corner of the beautiful city of Istanbul. Istiklal Street is the most colourful and popular part of town, where for over 150 years Turks and foreigners alike have gathered at night to have a good time. Countless bars and clubs line the streets alongside many foreign embassies. Join the tour and discover Istan-cool.
The tour begins in the very heart of the former capital of the Byzantine Empire: Taksim Square, a large spacious square very popular among the locals, who come here to chill on weekends. Once you have met up with your smart and fun guide, who will share is well-versed city savvy with you throughout the duration of the tour, wander over to the thriving Istiklal Street.
As you meander through the little labyrinthine streets that branch out of and around Istiklal, admire the countless historical buildings, classy hotels, elegant apartment blocks, sassy theatres and trendy shops and restaurants that flank the sidewalks. Sit for a break in one of the most curious coffee shops around and enjoy a chat with your guide, who can answer any question you pose him about the surroundings.
Once rested, continue exploring the endless beauty of the area. Visit splendid churches from both the Armenian and the Christian Orthodox confessions, roam in the ancient districts and lose track of your senses on the grandiose walkways. Visiting this street guarantees you will be coming back soon for more.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel lobby.
Start/opening time: 8-8:30am.
End/closing time: 12-12.30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Istklal street walk in Beyoglu and Galata Genoses walk
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Discover the two most contrasting faces of Istanbul on this double tour, first to the trendy nightlife centre Istiklal Street, and later to the wonderful ancient ruins of Galata, a former Genoese colony that supervises the beautiful Golden Horn.
Meet up with your knowledgeable guide in the very heart of Istanbul, Taksim Square, from where he will take you to the hippest street in town. Istiklal has been the go-to place for parties and nightlife in Istanbul for more than 150 years. Tourists, locals and even diplomats mix and mingle in the areas’ many restaurants, shops, hotels and theatres. Explore the exciting side streets off Istiklal and enjoy a leisurely break at one of the most intriguing coffee shops around. Your guide will show you the district’s most amazing constructions such as the Armenian and Catholic churches, the very old quarters and the breath-taking walkways.
The second part of your tour leaves the present behind and takes you way back to the times of the Byzantine Empire. The hillside where we now find Galata was originally a large orchard known as Peran en Sykais, the Fig Field on the Other Side, meaning on the other side of the Golden Horn, one of the most beautiful rivers in Turkey. With the rise of the Byzantine Empire, it became Galata when the emperor Theodosius II constructed a huge fortress upon it. Visit the iconic Galata Tower and the many ancient buildings that date back to the Roman period. A huge change from the hectic modern-day life at Istiklal!
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel.
Start/opening time: 8-8:30am.
End or closing time: 5-5.30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: For groups of 10 to 15 pax, headphones will be provided.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Jewish District and Bosphorus Cruise
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Join us for a day combining two fascinating sides of Istanbul with a walk through the Jewish district and a cruise along the Bosphorous. Ta day to steep yourself into a rich, vibrant history and landscape while exploring this wondrous city.
On the northern bank of the Golden Horn, dive into a dynamic Jewish district with a long-standing history. Settled nearly 1000 years ago in the early days of the Ottoman Era, walk the colourful streets of Galata getting a feel for the culture and pulse of this energetic neighbourhood. Tour in and amongst beautiful sand stroll the stone streets lined with Jewish apartments. Experience the picturesque Jewish Museum and hear the amazing story of Abraham Kamondo as you make your way through the many Jewish heritage sites of Istanbul. Afterwards, make your way to the Bosphorous Sea.
First, climb Pierre Loti Hill by cable car and enjoy the fantastic panoramic views of the city below. Enjoy the splendid sprawling scenery before boarding the boat and heading into the waters. While cruising along the shoreline, gaze at the views of the opulent Dolmabahçe Palace and the simplicity of the solitude of Leanders Tower. Remark at the expansive suspension bridges connecting the city, the grandeur of the Rumelihisar? Fortress, and the many fine seaside mansions. Finally, you'll wind down the delights of your day with a trip to the city's Spice Bazaar.
An opportunity to experience two unique sides of this captivating city on the sea, be drawn into the allure of Istanbul from both the ground of Galata's Jewish district and the amazing scenes along the water's edge of the Bosphorous.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 9.5 hours.
Start/opening time: At 8am - 8:30am.
End/closing time: At 5pm - 5:30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: To be able to get permission for entrance to Synagogues you need to make reservation 4 days prior to departure, otherwise inside visits of synagogues will not be on the schedule. Passport copies are required; either bring them in or fax them to our office. This tour may not be applicable during Jewish and Muslim religious holidays.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Jewish Heritage Tour in Istanbul
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: This tour enables you to experience the Jewish culture in Istanbul. Exiled from Spain in 1492, their descendants have been living in Turkey for more than 500 years in peace & harmony. The tour starts in Galata, the centuries-old Jewish neighbourhood with its’ famous tower built by the Genoese. We then visit either Neve Shalom Synagogue or Ashkenaz Synagogue (according to availability). This is followed by a drive to Balat along the Golden Horn, a residential area of Ottoman Jews where the “Star of David” still appears on the facades of some buildings. We also visit the Ahrida Synagogue, built in the 15th century by the first generation of Seferad Jews who were granted shelter and asylum by the son and successor of Mehmet the Conqueror, Sultan Bayezid and the Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim) viewed from outside.
The tour then continues with a visit to the Zulfaris Jewish Museum of the Quincentennial Foundation and the “Oldies House” at Hasköy. Moving on we go to the Jewish Cemetery where the martyrs of a terrorist attack to Neve Shalom are resting. The penultimate stop is at Ortakoy on the Bosphorous and the very first point where the Sefarads disembarked to seek shelter from the Spanish Inquisition five centuries ago. Sultan Bayezit of the Ottoman Empire welcomed these exiles to his realm, offering a safe and peaceful life. The day’s last visit will be to the Etz-Ahayim Synagogue.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 8 hours approximately.
Start/opening time: At 07:45am.
Languages: English.
Others: Please note that Passport copies are required 5 days prior to tour day due to the permits to be taken for synagogue visits. You must also bring your passport with you on this tour.
The synagogues are closed for visitors on every Saturday and Sunday.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Jewish district
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Immerse yourself in the fascinating Jewish quarter of Istanbul with this fabulous guided tour of all the key historical sites. Highlights of the tour include visits to synagogues and the Jewish Museum.
Istanbul has had a vibrant Jewish community for more than 1,000 years. After the Turkish conquest of the city, Sultan Mehmet II deliberately fostered immigration to enable the city to be repopulated, and over half a million Jews who had been persecuted in Spain and Portugal were encouraged to establish themselves within the boundaries of the Ottoman Empire. In Istanbul, the new immigrants settled mostly near Galata – a quarter on the northern bank of the Golden Horn – where a Jewish community had existed since the early days of the Ottoman era. This tour will enable you to discover Galata at first hand by taking you through its colourful and lively streets, steeped in Jewish history and culture. During the walk you will visit synagogues, the Jewish Museum, Jewish apartments and hear about the amazing story of Abraham Kamondo and other aspects of Jewish heritage.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel lobby.
Start/opening time: At 8-8.30am.
End/closing time: At 12-12:30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: To be able to get permission for entrance to synagogues you need to make reservation four days prior to departure.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Jurassic Land and Forum shopping mall tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Spend some quality family time on this exciting tour. You will be picked up from your hotel by a member of staff who will whisk you away to Forum Istanbul Shopping mall.
Jurassic Land situated in Forum is Europe’s biggest dinosaur themed park comprising 70 life-size moving models of dinosaurs. You will explore a one-of-a-kind museum, a five-unit science centre in a themed setting, which includes a fantastic journey to the dinosaur island by the largest 4D-effect cinema in Turkey. Have fun in DinoLaser the biggest laser arena of Turkey, and browse the themed gift shop for special souvenirs. Explore the various themed indoor and greened outdoor food and beverage units for different tastes and visitor choices.
Later on, spend some fantastic hours in Forum Istanbul, the biggest shopping and leisure destination in Turkey and in Europe, boasting 270 different stores. Home to many international anchors including IKEA, C&A, Decathlon, Zara, Mango and national department stores and brands such as Boyner, LCW and YKM, this shopping centre also hosts international jewellery and watch shops such as Swarovski and Swatch as well as Turkey’s top brands, Goldas, Atasay, Altinbas and Gulayar. Forum is also home to many brands’ first store in Turkey, such as H&M and Oleg Cassini. The mall is complete with leisure-concept, making it a destination in itself. Following your visit you will have free time to explore and enjoy the mall after which you will be taken back to your hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Start/opening time: Between 10am and 10:30am.
End/closing time: Between 3pm and 3:30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Kidz mondo and trump shopping mall tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Kidzmondo is an indoor theme park, designed for children between the ages of 4 to 14 years. KidzMondo features a self-contained city built for and run by children. It has its own economy (includes its currency it’s the “Kidlar”), public services and over 40 different professionals in the park. KidzMondo is a safe, interactive and educational environment where kids wear the uniform and perform the role they are playing.
Led by highly qualified team of educators, they learn the complexities of the adult world including its infrastructure, professions and the value of Money by simulating real life conditions. If you prefer you may do your shopping at Trump Shopping Mall or have a coffee break at Trump Shopping Mall’s roof terrace “Trump Cadde” while your children are having fun at KidzMondo Trump Istanbul or you may accompany your children. In any way, it will be one of a great experience in Istanbul you may never forget.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at hotel.
Duration: Four hours.
Start/opening time: At 10-10:30am.
End/closing time: At 3-3:30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Kumburgaz Seaside - Private
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Popular with the city inhabitants of Istanbul, this beachside resort is located approximately 60 km west of the city. Ideal for those visiting Istanbul and looking for a day of relaxation including swimming, spa amenities and light games, guests can enjoy the facilities of a beachside hotel and take advantage of the nearby beach with a dip in the Marmara Sea.
The hotel in the seaside town of Kumburgaz near Istanbul is only a few minutes’ walk to the beach. It offers outdoor and indoor swimming pools, water slides, fitness center, spa, solarium, playground, billiards, table tennis, sauna, Turkish bath (massage is extra charged).
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Duration: 8 hours.
Start/opening time: 8:15am.
Others: Includes 2 way transport, beach, sauna, pool and lunch.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Lake Sapanca Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Sapanca Lake is known to be one of the weekend gateways near the busy city of Istanbul. Escape the hustle and bustle of the Istanbul city for Sapanca tour to the Sapanca Lake.
HIGHLIGHTS:
*Admire the beauty and fresh waters of the Sapanca Lake followed by a visit to the biggest zoo in Insanbul: Darica zoo.
*Drive up to the picturesque Masukiye village and entice your taste buds with local cuisine.
*Hike your way half way up the Kartepe mountain
Visit the Darica Zoo and see a variety of animals there. Afterwards, we will drive to the Masukiye village followed by climbing half of the height of Kartepe Mountain. If we have enough time, we will stop off at Viaport shopping centre where you can buy anything you fancy before heading back to Istanbul.
Our representative will warmly greet you at 9am to pick you up for the day long adventurous journey to the Sapanca Lake. They will be with you throughout your tour in Istanbul in order to ensure that you do not miss a single thing.
Sapanca tour as the name suggests is the tour to this astoundingly beautiful lake. But, in fact, it is one of those Istanbul tours that allow the tourists to enjoy seeing more than one landmark in one tour package. This Sapanca Tour enables people to come cross the natural beauty of the lake, diversity of animals, plants, fish and birds in the biggest zoo in Istanbul, enjoy mountain climbing and relax with the lake view and much more.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 13 hours.
Start/opening time: Between 8am and 8.30am.
End/closing time: Between 9pm and 9.30pm.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Madame Tussauds Istanbul
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: 200 years of Extraordinary History
Millions and millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds since they first opened over 200 years ago and it remains just as popular as it ever was. There are many reasons for this enduring success, but at the heart of it all is good, old-fashioned curiosity.
Rub Shoulders With Our Stars. Get Closer To them;
History & Leaders
Meet with world leaders at Madame Tussauds stanbul! Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Suleyman the Magnificent many others. . .
Music
Get your backstage pass to the music event of the year. Meet Justin Bieber, take to the stage with pop icons Rihanna and Lady Gaga, and moonwalk alongside Michael Jackson!
Here's just a few of the famous faces you'll meet in our Music area. . .
Culture
Encounter some of the greatest intellectuals, geniuses, writer and artists that have shaped our world. Here's just a few of the famous faces you'll meet in Madame Tussauds stanbul.
Sport
On your marks, get set, go! This is your chance to see the world's biggest sports stars up close. Feel the adrenaline rush of meeting Olympic legends! Here's just a few of the famous faces you'll meet in our Sport area. . .
VIP Party
Walk the red carpet, strike a pose for the paparazzi, and join the party to end all parties! Mingle with your favourite A-List celebrities, rub shoulders with the stars and cosy up to Hollywood's hottest hunks.
Duration: Approximately 1 and a half hours but feel free to stay as long as you like.
Start/opening time: at 10am.
End/closing time: at 8pm.

Available until 17 March 2018
Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Magic line Turkey tour - 6 days
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Istanbul - Gallipoli - Troy - Pergamon - Kusadasi – Ephesus – Istanbul
Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from city center and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center. Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please contact us.
Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour
Pick up at 8.30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city. Visit TOPKAPI PALACE. The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break at 1pm after the lunch Murtis Tour will then take you to the GRAND COVERED BAZAAR In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand - honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx - ware and meerschaum pipes. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. Please Note: Hagia Sophia is closed on mondays, Topkapi Palace closed on tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on sundays. If your tour is on one of these days we would offer you to visit Underground Cistern instead of Hagia Sophia and Topkapi palace museum, instead of Grand Baazar you will visit Spice Bazaar.
Day 3 - Gallipoli Tour
At 07.30 we depart for Gallipoli to visit the battle fields. Two hours later we will give you 20 minutes for relax in a restaurant area. We arrive Gallipoli around 12pm and we have lunch break, relax a little bit and then depart for the battle fields. Visit Gabatepe Museum. Start visiting the fields with Ariburnu Cemetery and Anzac Cove because these are the places where the war had started. Then Beach Cemetery, Shrapnel Valley and Plugges Plateau. After the tour drive to your hotel. Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 4 - Troy Tour - Pergamon - Kusadasi
We depart at 8.30 and driving 30 minutes for to Troy. Visit the famous archeological and mythological site of Troy, home of the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy. After Troy tour, 3 hour drive to Pergamon. Lunch break around 1pm and after the lunch depart for tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon. Its impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political centre at that times. Bergamon is a famous city for its jewellery, stones and silver. So on the way, we will visit a jewellery center for 30 minutes. Arrival to Kusadasi around 18:00pm. Overnight in Kusadasi. Day 5 - Kusadasi - Ephesus Tour - Turkish Village Sirince
08:30 Departure from hotel fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world en - route, visiting the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library, Grand theatre and House of the Virgin Mary. Lunch break around 13:00pm. After the lunch, we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre. This is then followed by a visit to the picturesque, hilltop village of Sirince. Sirince Village also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey - especially fruit wines. We will visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine. On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region, where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 6 - Kusadasi - Izmir to Istanbul - End of Tour
Today we depart for Izmir airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the airport on day one.
Duration: Six days.
Start/opening time: Saturday, Monday and Thursday.
Languages: Shared tour: English. Private Tour Languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic and Chinese
Others: Includes: Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk airport. Domestic flight ticket from Izmir to Istanbul. 2 nights hotel in Istanbul. 1 night hotel in Canakkale. 2 nights in Kusadasi. 5 open buffet breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners. Guided Istanbul city tour. Guided Gallipoli tour. Guided Troy tour. Guided Acropolis of Pergamon tour. Guided Ephesus tour. Guided Sirince village tour and wine tasting. All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary. Transportation in a fully air - conditioned, non - smoking coach. Professional English - speaking tour guides. Return airport transfer.
Tour does not include: International flights, arrival transfer from Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul. Insurance: All types. Turkey entry visa. Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry. Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section.
Please note: For infants under the age of 2 there is a flight ticket insurance charge for the domestic flight which will appear during your booking process.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Magnificent Istanbul Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Süleymaniye Mosque is the largest imperial mosque and one of the best-known sights of stanbul.
Built on the order of Süleyman the Magnificient by the Court Architect Sinan. The mosque crowns stanbul on a hilltop dominating Golden Horn. In the garden, there are two mausoleums: Tomb of Sultan Süleyman I and his wife Hürrem Sultan (Roxelana). Outside the walls is the Tomb of Master Architect Sinan.
Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Visit is not possible on Friday because of crowded noon prayer.
Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome.
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is housed in the former palace of brahim Paa, the grand vizier to Süleyman the Magnificient. Before being converted into a museum, palace served as a prison, a home for foreign ambassadors, a clothing factory, and barracks. Today, the museum contains beautifully displayed examples; illuminated Qurans and Turkish carpets collection which is rated as one of the best in the world, and attracts serious carpet enthusiasts. Historical Ottoman Mansion presenting a rich collection of Turkish Carpets.
Lunch served in typical Turkish restaurant.
Afternoon visit to Yldz Palace overlooking the Bosphorus which became the fourth administration center of the empire following the Old Palace, Topkap Palace and Dolmabahçe Palace. You will enjoy the gorgeous colors of the flowers of the Yldz Palace Gardens and will have the chance to experience a marvelous view of the Bosphorus through the peaceful green of this public site. Free time for a tea break at the Sale Kiosk, former Sultan’ s residence from the Ottoman Period.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel.
Pick up time: Between 8am and 8:40am.
Duration: 8 hours.
-End/closing time: Between 5pm and 5:30pm.
Inclusions: A/C transportation, entrance fees, lunch, donations to the mosque and parking.
Exclusions: Drinks at lunch and tips.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Monuments of Istanbul - Morning tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Begin your tour by driving to the very heart of old Istanbul, the Sultanahmet Square. Once the sporting and social centre of Constantinople with a huge horseracing circuit, it is now a beautiful square in the heart of the city and still contains relics of the original structure. Tour its key points and learn about the atmospheric events that would regularly take place here.
Take in the highlights of Istanbul, a truly enchanting city that is full of history, culture and intrigue at every turn. Once the seat of the powerful Ottoman Empire, today Istanbul is home to more than 14 million people and a diverse range of cultures. Take in architectural masterpieces such as the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia as your guide leads you to the city’s most spectacular landmarks before finishing the trip at Istanbul’s famous Grand Bazaar. Boasting over 4,000 shops and tiny cafés under its roof, it is believed to have the most individual stalls of any marketplace in the world.
Proceed to the Blue Mosque, one of the most striking buildings in the city and one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. With its domes, secondary domes and minarets, the mosque is a striking visual spectacle and its blue-tiled interior provides its nickname. Next head to Hagia Sophia, considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture. Having been used as both a cathedral and a mosque, the vast and intricate building is now a fascinating museum.
Finish your unforgettable city tour at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, renowned for its multitude of stores and stalls. Browse the vast array of goods on display and make sure to barter and haggle the price with the stall owners!
Meeting/pick-up point: At the client’s hotel.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start/opening time: Between 8am and 8:30am.
Drop-off location: There is no transfer back to the hotel, the last stop is Grand Bazaar.
Others: Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.
As mosques are closed on Fridays, there will only be external visits on that day.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Monuments of Istanbul in the Afternoon
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Take in the opulence and extravagance of the Topkapi Palace, residence of the Ottoman sultans for 400 years and home to some of the most important relics of the Muslim world. Sprawling across the Bosphorus shoreline, the palace is a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture and would frequently host lavish royal celebrations and state occasions within its walls. Undoubtedly one of the highlights of Istanbul, your expert guide will escort you through its many buildings and chambers on this unforgettable tour.
Explore the four main courtyards of the palace’s imperial interior and visit the Royal Treasury, home to numerous priceless objects and artefacts. Marvel at the emerald-encrusted Topkapi Dagger, the giant diamond candlesticks and the holiest Islamic relics such as the Prophet Mohammed’s footprint set in clay. Discover the vast collection of imperial robes and ancient manuscripts stored in the palace and explore the great kitchens where countless feasts were prepared.
Proceed to the stately courtyard of Hagia Sophia, home to the Sultans’ mausoleums which have recently been restored to their former glory. Mehmed III, Selim II, Murad III, Ibrahim I, Mustafa I and all their families were laid to rest here. The interiors of the tombs are adorned with some of the most beautiful ceramic panels of the 16th century with purple, red, green and blue flower motives. Prince’s robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses. The Sultans spared no expense when constructing Topkapi Palace and it is a must see when visiting Istanbul.
Meeting/pick-up point: At the hotel.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start/opening time: Between 1pm and 1:30pm.
Others: As mosques are closed on Fridays, there will only be external visits on that day.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Nemrut, Throne of Gods and Upper Mesopotamia
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Day 1: Early morning pick up for transfer to stanbul Atatürk Airport for flight to Adyaman. Meeting at Adyaman Airport and drive to Kahta. Lunch by the waterside restaurant after a short walk at the shores of Atatürk Dam. Visit the KARAKUS TUMULUS, the 35m. high monumental tomb which was built as a mausoleum for the royal family by Commagene's King Mithradates II in 36 BC, dedicated to his mother
A handful of columns, another is topped by a lion, and a third one is around the mound holding the female relatives of the king. Roman CENDERE BRIDGE 120m. long and 7m. wide, one of the oldest bridges on the world being used today, closed to the vehicles, was contructed of 92 stones, each weighing 10 tons on Cabinas stream. Continue visiting the antique city of ARSEMIA, from the beginning of 200 BC, the summer capital and management city of the Commagene Kingdom. Drive to view the world famous sunset at NEMRUT MOUNTAIN (2150 m. ) amongst the mass-stone statue-monuments unbelievably erected at the summit. Return back to hotel for dinner and a short overnight.
Day 2: Very early wake up and reach the NEMRUT summit to watch the most striking view of the sun-rise among the statues. Descent to Kahta. Breakfast at hoteland transfer to Adyaman Airport for flight back to stanbul.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel between 5am and 5.30am.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Old city drive - vintage cars
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Discover the best of Old Istanbul in this fascinating coach tour. Learn all about the different quarters in this fascinating journey of discovery into parts of the city that many visitors are unaware of. A knowledgeable guide will provide a running commentary as you go, with plenty of local insight.
First stop is Sirkeci, located to the north of the mouth of the Golden Horn, near the Topkapi Palace complex. It is here that famous Sirkeci Station is situated, terminus for the romantic Orient Express. We’ll also stop to admire the romantic promontory of Sarayburnu separating the Golden Horn from the Sea of Marmara where the renowned Topkapi Palace and lush Gulhane Park stand.
From here we’ll continue to through the old Armenian quarter of Kumkapi located along the northern shore of the Marmara Sea, heading past the Bayezid II Mosque, the ruins of the Forum of Theodosius and the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world.
The Suleymaniye Mosque is the largest mosque in the city, and one of the best-known sights of Istanbul. Nearby is the popular quarter of Zeyrek , overlooking the Golden Horn, with its many Byzantine cisterns.
We’ll continue past magnificent Yedikule Fortress and the historic Roma settlement of Sulukule. From here we’ll cross the ancient district of Edirnekapi with its ancient Muslim cemetery before returning to our starting point at Sultahment through the districts of Ayvansaray and Balat.
Pick up/Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: Four hours.
Start/opening time: At 8-8:30am.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Orient Express trail
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Appealing to the delights of the train watchers and railway buffs among you, spend an afternoon getting acquainted with everyday life of 19thCentury Istanbul with a tour that centres around the famed Orient Express. Imagine arriving to Constantinople aboard a train car of the Wagon-Lits company as it pulled into its eastern most port, and you set off on a journey through this great Ottoman city. Let this tour take you back to this bygone era.
Beginning at the historical Sirkeci Train Station, take in the understated grandeur of this fantastic arrival point. Admire the muted red facade with its ornate windows as you ponder about the days of yesteryears. Set off on foot to take in the sights of this city on the sea.
As you stroll past old shops and outdoor markets, mosques, and churches, take in the subdued colours and vibrant sights and sounds of this energetic city. Listen to the elaborate tales of life on the Orient Express, as the passage of people from Paris to Istanbul became synonymous with luxury and intrigue. Hop aboard a boat and take to the water to explore the Golden Horn. Gaze upon the panoramic views of the cityscape that spans the vast shoreline. Once back on solid ground, continue your walking tour by visiting the streets of the old neighbourhoods of Galata & Beyoglu. Appreciate the stone facades and the dynamic pulse of the city as you take a trip through history.
Aunique destination city of the former Orient Express, this exploration of the past and present of Istanbul is sure to fascinate you and offer insight into this long traveled route.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start/opening time: between 1pm and 1:30pm.
End/closing time: Between 5pm and 5:30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Ottoman Istanbul - Private tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Delve into the intricate beauties and fine architecture of Ottoman culture with this fascinating visit to Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace and the striking Suleymaniye Mosque and religious complex.
The Topkapi Palace was the chief residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years of their 624-year reign, a fact that is reflected in the magnificence of its location, overlooking the Bosphorus, and the opulence of its buildings. Famous for housing holy relics that are venerated in the Muslim world, such as what are reputed to be Muhammed’s cloak and sword, it is among the Istanbul monuments designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This city within a city, which at one time was to as many as 4,000 people, was laid out on the Byzantine model with the ruler being insulated from the common people by a series of increasingly exclusive courtyards: the first court was open to all, the second only to people on imperial business, and the third and the fourth only to VIPs, staff and the imperial family itself. Don’t miss the Treasury with its extensive collection of inscribed arms and armour.
Next we visit the Suleymaniye Mosque, a masterpiece of domes and minarets designed by the architectural genius Mimar Sinan and the largest mosque in Istanbul. Marvel at the engineering skill employed in its construction, the graceful simplicity of its lines and the stunning beauty of its decorated interiors.
Step back in time with this ideal introduction to Istanbul’s Ottoman past.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel.
Duration: 3.5 hours.
Start/opening time: At 1:30pm.
End/closing time: At 5pm.
Others: As mosques are closed on Fridays, there will only be external visits on that day.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Ottoman Relics tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Take in the opulence and extravagance of the Topkapi Palace, residence of the Ottoman sultans for 400 years and home to some of the most important relics of the Muslim world. Sprawling across the Bosphorus shoreline, the palace is a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture and would frequently host lavish royal celebrations and state occasions within its walls. Undoubtedly one of the highlights of Istanbul, your expert guide will escort you through its many buildings and chambers on this unforgettable tour.
Explore the four main courtyards of the palace’s imperial interior and visit the Royal Treasury, home to numerous priceless objects and artefacts. Marvel at the emerald-encrusted Topkapi Dagger, the giant diamond candlesticks and the holiest Islamic relics such as the Prophet Mohammed’s footprint set in clay. Discover the vast collection of imperial robes and ancient manuscripts stored in the palace and explore the great kitchens where countless feasts were prepared.
Proceed to the stately courtyard of Hagia Sophia, home to the Sultans’ mausoleums which have recently been restored to their former glory. Mehmed III, Selim II, Murad III, Ibrahim I, Mustafa I and all their families were laid to rest here. The interiors of the tombs are adorned with some of the most beautiful ceramic panels of the 16th century with purple, red, green and blue flower motives. Prince’s robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses. The Sultans spared no expense when constructing Topkapi Palace and it is a must see when visiting Istanbul.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from the hotels.
Start/opening time: At 1pm.
Duration: 4 hours.
Others: As mosques are closed on Fridays, there will only be external visits on that day.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Ottoman heritage tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: This afternoon tour will take you to two of the main attractions of this fascinating city, combining Byzantine and Ottoman cultures. Discover the Mosque of Little Hagia Sophia, believed to be the model for its larger sister, the Basilica of Hagia Sophia and the sumptuous Topkapi Palace, situated on the shores of the Bosphorous.
After meeting your guide at 13.00 we will head straight for the Mosque of Little Hagia Sophia, located in the district of Fatih, not far from the Marmara Sea. This domed Byzantine church, once dedicated to Saints Sergius and Bacchus, was erected by Emperor Justinian I in 537 and is one of the oldest early Byzantine buildings in Istanbul. It is also believed to have served as a model for the larger Basilica of Hagia Sophia. After the Ottoman conquest the building became a Mosque.
Our next visit will be to the impressive Topkapi Palace, residence of the Ottoman sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries, housing an exquisite collection of precious gems, jewellery, royal thrones and vestments as well as exquisite Ottoman-style miniatures. At its peak, the palace was a mysterious city within a city, home to as many as 4,000 people, covering a large area with an extensive shoreline along the Bosphorous. The complex was expanded over the centuries, with major renovations and contained mosques, a hospital, bakeries, and a mint.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Hotel lobby.
Start or opening time: 1pm.
End/closing time: 5pm.
Others: As mosques are closed on Fridays, there will only be external visits on that day.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Ottoman relics - Private
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: To step through Bab-? Humayun, the Imperial Gate of the Topkap? Palace, is to step into the past – a past redolent with the mysteries and exoticism of the Orient. This colossal complex taking up all of Seraglio Point was from where the Ottoman sultans ruled an empire that at its peak stretched from Budapest to Baghdad.
The vast wealth and luxury enjoyed by the sultans is evident as you wander through the complex, which is divided into four courtyards and the harem. In the first courtyard you will see the fourth century Hagia Irene church, a reminder of what the Ottomans conquered.
The second courtyard is a treasure trove of attractions such as the Imperial Divan, the Tower of Justice and the Imperial Treasury. Pass through the gilded Gate of Felicity into the third courtyard to marvel at the Conqueror’s Pavilion, which houses a dazzling collection of jewels, including the Topkap? Dagger and the 86-carat Spoonmaker’s Diamond.
Then there’s the Harem, the forbidden area where the sultans kept their wives and concubines, often in the hundreds, under the close watch of eunuchs. In the fourth courtyard and beyond you will admire the kiosks and gardens, and enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the city, the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus and Asia.
At the Rustempasa Mosque the opulence on display is of a different sort; here it is the glory of God that is celebrated. A somewhat modest exterior – it has just one minaret – hides an interior decorated with beautifully crafted tiles with floral and geometric designs.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Hotel Lobby.
Start or opening time: 8-8.30am
End or closing time: 1pm.
Others: As mosques are closed on Fridays, there will only be external visits on that day.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Pamukkale (Hierapolis)
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: For thousands of years humans have been making their way to Pamukkale and Hierapolis to take it in the rare and fascinating landscape, and to relax in the thermal springs. Join us for this full-day tour out of Istanbul to south-west Turkey and discover just why the ancients flocked here.
You can choose either an early morning flight to Izmir or a coach journey to Kusadasi the night before. Please note that this is a long journey, with Pamukkale and Hierapolis located more than 600km from Istanbul.
Pamukkale and Hierapolis combined are a Unesco World Heritage Site. Pamukkale, which in English means ‘cotton castle’, is a series of cascading calcium terraces formed as a result of thermal springs. There are just a handful of these in the planet and they have to be seen to be believed. The contrast with the surrounding landscape is particularly stark. Up the hill, at Hierapolis, there is a well-preserved Roman theatre and ancient thermal baths, which have been restored and converted into an archaeological museum. Other significant sites include the Temple of Apollo, the Necropolis and the Nymphaeum.
Afterwards, you will return to Izmir for evening flight or to Kusadasi for the night bus to Istanbul.
Includes round trip plane or bus tickets, transfers to and from central hotels, English-speaking professional guide (other languages are available on request), lunch, museum entrance. Excludes drinks and transfer from the bus station to the hotel (in the bus package) in Istanbul at the end of the tour.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Start/opening time: At 4.30am.
End/closing time: At 11pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Pergamum
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Release your inner Indiana Jones and join us for this fascinating full day tour of one of the largest and most important ancient Greek archaeological sites.
You can choose either an early morning flight to Izmir or a coach journey to Kusadasi the night before. We’ll then head to the site of the ancient Greek city of Pergamon, which was the capital of the Kingdom of Pergamon until it was absorbed by the Roman Empire.
The adventure starts at the Aesculapium, the city’s medical centre named after Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine. The learned physicians who taught here were ahead of their time and pioneered healing methods such as blood transfusions, meditation and therapy based on the sounds of music and water.
After lunch, we’ll visit the Acropolis, some 3km away. It occupies a vast site overlooking the valley of the river the ancients name Caicus. You will see the remains of temples devoted to Athena, Trajan, Zeus and Dionysus are visible. So, too, the Gymnasium of Youth, the Odeon, the Agora, the Great Theatre, the Roman baths and the Library, considered one of the greatest in the ancient world and, legend has it, was pillaged so Mark Antony could give the books to Cleopatra as a wedding present.
Afterwards, you will return to ?zmir for evening flight or to Kusadasi for the night bus to Istanbul.
Includes round trip plane or bus tickets, transfers to and from central hotels, English-speaking professional guide (other languages are available on request), lunch, museum entrance. Excludes drinks and transfer from the bus station to the hotel (in the bus package) in Istanbul at the end of the tour.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Start/opening time: At 4.30am.
End/closing time: At 11pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Pergamum and Pamukkale (Hierapolis)
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Scratch below the surface in modern Turkey and you’ll more likely than not find ancient Greece. This two-day tour will take you to Pergamon and Hierapolis, two sites dating from classical civilisation, and the breathtaking calcium terraces of Pamukkale. You can choose either an early morning flight to Izmir or a coach journey to Kusadasi the night before. We’ll then drive to the site of the ancient Greek city of Pergamon, which was the capital of the Kingdom of Pergamon until it was absorbed by the Roman Empire.
The adventure starts at the Aesculapium, the city’s medical centre named after Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine. Physicians were ahead of their time and tried healing methods such as blood transfusions, meditation and therapy based on the sounds of music and water. After lunch, we’ll visit the Acropolis, where the remains of temples devoted to Athena, Trajan, Zeus and Dionysus are visible. So, too, the Gymnasium of Youth, the Odeon, the Library, the Agora, the Great Theatre and the Roman baths.
Day two takes us first to Pamukkale and then to the nearby ruins of Hierapolis, which are a combined Unesco World Heritage Site. Pamukkale, which in English means ‘cotton castle’, is a series of cascading calcium terraces formed as a result of thermal springs. The waters were used by the ancients for therapeutic purposes.
At Hierapolis there is a well-preserved Roman theatre and ancient thermal baths, which have been restored and converted into an archaeological museum. Afterwards, return to ?zmir for an evening flight or to Kusadasi for the night bus to Istanbul.
Includes: Return plane or bus tickets, transfers to and from central hotels, half-board accommodation at a four-star hotel (breakfast and dinner) in Kusadasi, lunch during tours, museum entrance. Excludes drinks and transfer from the bus station to the hotel (in the bus package) in Istanbul at the end of the tour.
Start/opening time: First day: at 4.30am.
Second day: at 8am.
End/closing time: First day at 6pm.
Second day: at 11pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Prince's Island and Phaeton - Full Day Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: The car-free Princes' Islands are only a short ferry ride from Istanbul, and provide a welcome break from the city heat and bustle. The morning begins when you are picked from your hotel and transferred to the ferry terminal for a cruise on the Sea of Marmara heading for Büyükada, the largest of the nine islands making up the archipelago.
On the way you'll be able to enjoy great views of the Topkapi Palace, Leander's Tower and Üsküdar on Istanbul's Asian shore. Büyükada is a popular resort for the locals in the summer with its white sandy beaches and fragrant pine forests, but it was once a place of exile for Byzantine Emperors (and Leon Trotsky) as well as a popular retreat for wealthy Istanbulites in the first half of the 20th Century. You'll be enchanted by this small slice of traffic-free paradise. When you explore some of the islands' quiet back streets, you'll feel as if you've found your way back to the late 19th century and an Istanbul that no longer exists on the mainland.
Tour the island in a horse-drawn carriage before having lunch in one of the island's many pleasant restaurants. We'll return to Istanbul in the afternoon arriving back at your hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Duration: 7 hours and 30 minutes.
Start/opening time: Between 8am and 8:30am.
End/closing time: Between 4pm and 4:30pm.
Not included: Drinks.
Others: Vegetarian option on request.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Prince's Island tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: The car-free Princes' Islands are only a short ferry ride from Istanbul, and provide a welcome break from the city heat and bustle.
The morning begins when you are picked from your hotel at 08:00 and transferred to the ferry terminal for a cruise on the Sea of Marmara heading for Büyükada, the largest of the nine islands making up the archipelago. On the way you'll be able to enjoy great views of the Topkapi Palace, Leander's Tower and Üsküdar on Istanbul's Asian shore. Büyükada is a popular resort for the locals in the summer with its white sandy beaches and fragrant pine forests, but it was once a place of exile for Byzantine Emperors (and Leon Trotsky) as well as a popular retreat for wealthy Istanbulites in the first half of the 20th Century.
You'll be enchanted by this small slice of traffic-free paradise. When you explore some of the islands' quiet back streets, you'll feel as if you've found your way back to the late 19th century and an Istanbul that no longer exists on the mainland. Tour the island in a horse-drawn carriage before having lunch in one of the island's many pleasant restaurants. We'll return to Istanbul in the afternoon arriving back at your hotel at around 17:00.
This full-day tour includes hotel pick up and drop off and transfer to the port, a return boat ride to the island of Büyükada with a guided tour, a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, lunch in a local restaurant (drinks are not included, vegetarian option included on request).
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick up.
Start/opening time: Between 8am and 8.30am.
End/closing time: Between 4.30pm and 5pm.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Princes Island and Horse Carriage Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: The best way to immerse yourself in a short time is to visit the peaceful Prince’ Islands. We will enjoy a cruise accompanied by the Seagulls to “Buyukada”, the largest island among the Prince’ Islands. During the cruise, we will view the charming sights along the way and the memorable view of the old Istanbul.
On the way you'll be able to enjoy great views of the Topkapi Palace, Leander's Tower and Üsküdar on Istanbul's Asian shore. Büyükada is a popular resort for the locals in the summer with its white sandy beaches and fragrant pine forests, but it was once a place of exile for Byzantine Emperors (and Leon Trotsky) as well as a popular retreat for wealthy Istanbulites in the first half of the 20th Century. Prince’s Islands are summer places; away from the rush of the city they offer a different experience with their unique climate, vegetation and vehicle free roads.
Only horse-carriages named Phaeton are allowed on Prince’s Islands. We will take a ride around the Island with the Phaeton and enjoy the sights of the island and its elegant mansions. When you explore some of the islands' quiet back streets, you'll feel as if you've found your way back to the late 19th century and an Istanbul that no longer exists on the mainland.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Duration: 7 hours and 30 minutes.
Start/opening time: Between 8am and 8:30am.
End/closing time: Between 4:30pm and 5pm.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Private Panoramic Abant Lake Tour in Arabic
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Drive in the morning for about 3hrs to the famous, romantic Abant Lake surrounded by pine trees and beautiful countryside, where we enjoy the panoramic scenes and its breath-taking shores, having time for a walk or optional pedalling on the lake or taking a horse drawn carriage tour around the lake’s shores in complete silence, followed by a visit to a Discount shopping centre on the way back. Evening arrival in Istanbul.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Duration: 10-12 hours depending on traffic and the season.
Start/opening time: At 8:15am.
Languages: Arabic.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Private Tour on Heybeli Island With Barbeque Lunch
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: This full day tour is a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul city life and takes you to a couple of the islands which form the Princes’ Islands in the Marmara Sea. Heybeliada is the second largest island measuring just under 3km in length and a little over 1km in width. Once home to a thriving Greek community, amongst the architectural artefacts remaining from that time are three monasteries. Buyukada, is the largest of the islands covering over 5sq km in area. Home to a diverse community of Jews, Muslims and Christians, it is a popular destination for the wealthy who visit their mansions, particularly during the summer months. Free of traffic, the popular mode of transport on both islands is horse-drawn vehicles.
The tour begins with collection from your hotel and transfer to the pier to embark on the boat to Heybeliada. We cruise along the beautiful Marmara Sea arriving at Heybeliada. The guide will show you around the island and then we will take horse drawn carriages to Degirmenburnu Picnic Park where a barbeque will be at your disposal to cook your own lunch.
Following this, we walk to the pier admiring the beautiful scenery along the way. Once at the pier, we board the the ferry to Büyükada, arriving after 15 minutes. Free time is given here to explore the island by yourself. Then we take the boat back to Istanbul pier and arrive on the mainland and transfer back to the hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Pick-up time: At 9am.
Start/opening time: Embark on the boat to Heybeliada at 9:30am.
End/closing time: 5pm.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Private guide service
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Go to the parts of Istanbul that few visitors get the chance to see. Our private guide service allows you to explore not just the main sights and attractions but all the hidden corners and secret favourites known only to the locals. The knowledgeable guides will give you the lowdown on the history, the culture, the architecture, the legends and much, much more – all in the language of your choice! The guide will arrange an itinerary tailor-made to your wishes or requests. Choose a four-hour morning or evening tour, or an eight-hour full-day excursion. Choose whether to visit the Topkap? Palace, the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia or whether to check out the former Armenian, Greek and Jewish districts. Or make a pilgrimage, perhaps, to some of Istanbul’s rich heritage of Byzantine Orthodox churches such as St Saviour in Chora, St Sergius & Bacchus and Hagia Eirene.
Indulge in some retail therapy and wander the ancient and oriental riches of the Grand and Spice Bazaars before checking out the Western delights of Istinye Park and Kanyon shopping centres.
Ask for a Bosphorus cruise to see the Rumeli Fortress, to visit the Asian side or simply to admire the hundreds of waterfront residences, yal? in Turkish, that dot the shoreline. The range of colours and architectural styles is vast, ranging from the intrinsically Ottoman to Western neo-classical.
Situated on two continents and at the crossroads of East and West, with almost 2,000 years of history and with 14 million inhabitants, Istanbul is treasure trove waiting to be discovered with unlimited options for sightseeing.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Depend on guest request. Guide could meet with guest in requested place. The usual meeting point in old town in fronf of Hagia Sophia´s entrance.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Private yachting service in Bosphorus
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Take the trip of a lifetime as you enjoy an unforgettable private cruise aboard a modern yacht along the Bosphorus, Istanbul’s main artery and lifeline to the rest of the world. You’ll get privileged views of the many sights and landmarks lining the straits. Admire the domed mosques and towering minarets of Istanbul, the Golden Horn, massive fortresses, sumptuous Ottoman palaces and picturesque hunting lodges as well as one of the world’s longest suspension bridges. Choose from a variety of modern yachts for the ultimate in relaxation elegance, luxury and comfort aboard a state of the art yacht.
After being welcomed aboard the yacht, we’ll set out into the Bosphorus, the historic waterway separating Europe from Asia. There’s so much to see that you won’t know where to look. On the European side watch out for the massive dome of Hagia Sophia, the minarets of the Blue Mosque and the conical roof of the Tower of Galata dominating the skyline of the ancient harbour of the Golden Horn.
Have your camera at the ready to capture some of Istanbul’s top attractions including the sumptuous Topkapi Palace and the magnificent Rumeli Fortress and the Imperial Gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace.
Then after passing beneath the impressive Bosphorus Bridge, watch out for a series of splendid marble palaces together with the 19th century mansions and hunting lodges of the Ottoman elite on both sides of the water. Then as we return to the harbour, let yourself be entranced by the sheer colour and vibrancy of everyday life on the banks of this ancient waterway.
Pick up/Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Prnce's Island Full Day Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: After the breakfast, we get on to the vehicles waiting for you, valued guests, and move off to the ferry pier. In order to go to the Big Island, the largest and most famous one of the nine islands located in the Marmara Sea, we take the island ferry along with our guide and arrive at the Big Island pier after about an hour's journey.
The island is closed to motor vehicle traffic by the state to ensure that the aesthetic of the great island is not spoiled. If you, our esteemed guests, desire, you will have the opportunity to take a tour in this special island with the phaetons that you can find only in here. Our guests can rent bicycles from the bicycle rental points located almost everywhere in the island and enjoy cycling the island entirely. After the free time for phaeton, cycling and walking, we meet for lunch at one of the finest restaurants of the island. After breathing the air and beauty of the island all day long, we complete our tour in hope of meeting in our next tours getting on the ferry with our guide and leave you, our esteemed guests, to your hotel for rest.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: Approximately 10 hours.
Pick-up time: At 8:15am.
Drop-off time: At 6pm.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Relaxing Day with Blue Turquoise (Private)
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Black sea Coast & Greenery: Drive to one of the very well preserved natural sites in Istanbul where greenery meets with the Turquoise waters enjoying breath taking forests, and Golden Coast of the Black Sea with opportunity for walking, swimming and relaxing in unique fresh air & unforgettable scenery. With opportunity of shopping break in one selected Mall.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Duration: 8 hours.
Start/opening time: 8:45am.
End/closing time: 5pm approx. .
Languages: Arabic.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Romantic Bosphorus cruise
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: An enchanted evening cruise starts while you sip your welcome drink and enjoy the marvelous scenery as the sun sets on the Bosphorus. Chance to view and photograph the precious relics of three world dominating Empires: Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman.
The royal Dolmabahçe Palace, the late residence of the Ottoman Sultans; Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridges connecting the two continents Asia and Europe; Rumeli Fortress, the historical armament built by the Conqueror Sultan, marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman style besides modern residential.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotels.
Duration: Two hours.
Languages: English

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Samatya, the Armenian district
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Take a journey through the history of Istanbul as you take a four hour walking tour through Samatya, the traditionally Armenian district of the city. Boasting a rich and vibrant culture and deep religious ties, explore the sights and sounds before you.
Walk through Samatya, a traditionally Armenian enclave in the sprawling city of Istanbul, Turkey. Take in the areas where the traditional Fish Festival is organized and held, before visiting many of the religious sites important to the locals. A deep-rooted religious tradition becomes apparent as you tour the Surp Kevork. Often referred to as the Sulu Monastery, this stately church with the white stone facade has been here before the Ottoman conquest.
Continue on to visit the churches of Hristos Analipsis and Haghios Menas of the Greek orthodox tradition. View the impressive Ramazan Efendi Camii mosque, a modest yet important religious centre in the district. As you journey through the sites of religious importance throughout Samatya, take in the sights and sounds of the thriving community as well. With quaint residence lined streets and markets displaying their wares, you get a feel for the people who call Samatya home.
Enjoy a lunch or a Turkish coffee and have fun people watching for a moment. Continue the tour with a stop to the former Byzantine Church of St. Andrew, Kocamustafapasha Camii, before exploring other places of historical importance throughout the district.
A unique exploration of the people, culture, and religion of Samatya, this walking tour is sure to fascinate you with the Armenian history of Istanbul.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start/opening time: Between 1pm and 1.30pm.
End/closing time: Between 5pm and 5.30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Secrets of St. Sophia
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Take in the highlights of Istanbul, a truly enchanting city that is full of history, culture and intrigue at every turn. Once the seat of the powerful Ottoman Empire, today Istanbul is home to more than 14 million people and a diverse range of cultures.
Take in architectural masterpieces such as the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia as your guide leads you to the city’s most spectacular landmarks before finishing the trip at Istanbul’s famous Grand Bazaar. Boasting over 4,000 shops and tiny cafés under its roof, it is believed to have the most individual stalls of any marketplace in the world.
Begin your tour by driving to the very heart of old Istanbul, the Sultanahmet Square. Once the sporting and social centre of Constantinople with a huge horseracing circuit, it is now a beautiful square in the heart of the city and still contains relics of the original structure. Tour its key points and learn about the atmospheric events that would regularly take place here.
Proceed to the Blue Mosque, one of the most striking buildings in the city and one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. With its domes, secondary domes and minarets, the mosque is a striking visual spectacle and its blue-tiled interior provides its nickname.
Next head to Hagia Sophia, considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture. Having been used as both a cathedral and a mosque, the vast and intricate building is now a fascinating museum.
Finish your unforgettable city tour at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, renowned for its multitude of stores and stalls. Browse the vast array of goods on display and make sure to barter and haggle the price with the stall owners!
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Pick-up time: 8-8:30am.
Drop-off time: 12-12:30pm.
Others: Includes entrance fee to the museum.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Seven churches of Revelation
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: The Seven Churches of the Revelation are the seven major churches of early Christianity. The Primitive Church took shape in Asia Minor and fanned outwards from this heartland. Thus, a journey through this part of the world has something of the quality of a pilgrimage, a physical and spiritual search for the origins and realities of one’s faith.
This three day tour will take you to all seven sites. After an early morning flight to Izmir (or overnight bus to Kusadasi) we will drive to the old Greco-Roman city of Ephesus, the most important of the Seven Churches of Revelation where St. John brought Mary in fulfilment of his pledge to Jesus to protect her, and her last abode on earth before she ascended to heaven.
After lunch, we'll continue on to Laodicea before heading for Pamukkale where you can check into your hotel and spend the evening relaxing before having dinner. Early next morning we'll visit the ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis, home of Philip the Evangelist. Then we'll drive on to Philadelphia, the youngest of the Seven Churches of Revelation, visiting the still standing remains of an early church and the city walls. In the afternoon we'll visit the ruins of the church at Sardis, arriving in the evening at Thyatira, one of the main strongholds of Early Christianity. We'll spend the evening at Pergamum where we'll have dinner and spend the night. After visiting the impressive ruins here in the morning we'll head for Izmir, where St. Paul praised the early inhabitants for their strong faith. Here we'll visit the Church of St. Polycarp and go a brief tour of this ancient city before catching the evening flight (or overnight bus) to Istanbul.
This three day tour includes return flights or bus tickets, hotel transfer, English speaking guides, half-board accommodation, lunch during tours and museum entrance fees. Please note that drinks are not included.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up from hotel.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Shopping in Grand Bazaar
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Take the plunge into Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world. In the company of your expert guide you will explore some of the 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops, and soak up the atmosphere of this pulsating, exotic place.
Dating all the way back to the 15th century, the Grand Bazaar has been catering to the daily needs of local residents for generations and now sells a greater range of produce than ever - if not everything under the sun then not far short. Whether you’re after a hookah, clothes, jewellery, carpets or antiques, the chances are you’ll find it in what surely ranks as one of the world’s unbeatable retail therapy experiences.
The practical benefit of being accompanied by a guide comes from local knowledge and expertise: is your Turkish rug authentic and handmade? Is the antiquity you are thinking of buying genuine and is it legal to be taken out of Turkey? Is the jewellery you have your eye on made with real gems and to the highest standard? On all these questions your helpful guide will be able to advise you, as well as handling the tricky business of negotiating a fair price.
Depending on your interests and tastes you will be taken to the most reputable leather shop, the fairest antique’s emporium, the jewellery seller with the reputation for the highest quality or the finest place for kilims and carpets.
Shopaholics have a treat in store at the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s great shopping experiences.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel reception.
Duration: Approximately 5 hours.
Start/opening time: 8 am -8.30am (morning tour), 1 - 1.30pm (afternoon tour).
End/closing time: 12pm - 12.30pm (morning tour), 5pm 5.30pm(afternoon tour).
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Shopping tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: If you love shopping, you will love this tour!
Due to its strategic location on the Bosphorus Straits, stanbul has historically been a key trading city with goods coming all the way from the Far East. In this shopping tour, you will find the best shops and goods available.
On the stanbul Shopping Tour, you will visit the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) which has become one of the most demanding places of stanbul in years with more than 100 vendors purveying everything from spices to Turkish Delights. Chance to find the best souvenir in one of the speciality shops. A unique Turkish silk, a fine trendiest fashion fabric, famous with its softness.
Explore a unique place for art lovers! A boutique, family-owned atelier producing handmade ceramics without sacrificing quality. Along with Hittite productions of terra cotta, quartz Seljuk productions, quartz znik (Nicea)-Ottoman productions, the shop also has various examples from the Turkish culture.
Visit to the bustling Grand Covered Bazaar where you will find goods including jewelry, carpets, spices, clothes and much more. Walk along the hans (caravanserai) without ever growing bored. Last visit to a calligraphy master who is known for his works on different materials such as dried leaves.
Save money with the great deals you will find at these locations and enjoy the sights along the way of stanbul city.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up from central hotels.
Start/opening time: At 9am - 9.30am.
End/closing time: At 1pm - 1.30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Tour cannot be operated on Sundays as Grand Covered Bazaar is closed. Maximum number of guests: 15.

Available until 25 March 2018
Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Six days in Turkey
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from city center and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center. Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please contact us for transfer rates.
Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city. TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break at 13:00pm after the lunch Murtis Tour will then take you to the GRAND COVERED BAZAAR In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4, 000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand - honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx - ware and meerschaum pipes. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Please Note: Hagia Sophia is closed on mondays, Topkapi Palace closed on tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on sundays. If your tour is on one of these days we would offer you to visit Underground Cistern instead of Hagia Sophia and Topkapi palace museum, instead of Grand Baazar you will visit Spice Bazaar.
Day 3 - Istanbul to Izmir and Kusadasi
After breakfast depart for Bosphorus Cruise tour. Enjoy a magical Istanbul Bosphorus Boat Cruise and Spice Market Tour starting at 08:30. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat including: SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar). BOSPHORUS BY BOAT a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. . Lunh break at the Turkish restaurant. After the lunch depart for Istanbul Ataturk airport for domestic flight to Izmir. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel in Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 4 - Kusadasi - Ephesus Tour - Turkish Village Sirince
08:30 Departure from hotel fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world en - route, visiting the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library, Grand theatre and House of the Virgin Mary. Lunch break around 13:00pm. After the lunch, we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre. After Lunch we will do a Turkish Village Tour. Sirinces construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all Orginal with their white paints. Sirince Village also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey - especially fruit wines. We will visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine. On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region, where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5 - Kusadasi - Pamukkale Tour
At 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale. We will check at the hotel around 12.00 and we have a lunch break until 13.30. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 6 - Pamukkale - Denizli to Istanbul - End of Tour
Today we depart for Denizli airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the airport on day one.
Duration: Six days.
Start/opening time: Available on Sunday.
Languages: English. Other languages available for the private tour : German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese.
Others: Includes: Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk airport. Airport transfer to Denizli airport. Domestic flight from Istanbul to Izmir. Domestic flight from Denizli to Istanbul. 2 nights hotel in Istanbul. 2 nights hotel in Kusadasi. 1 night hotel in Pamukkale. 5 open buffet breakfasts. Guided Istanbul city tour. Guided Istanbul Bosphorus cruise. 4 lunches and 5 dinners. Guided Ephesus tour. Guided Sirince village tour and wine tasting. Guided Pamukkale tour. All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary. Transportation in a fully air - conditioned, non - smoking coach. Professional English - speaking tour guides. Return airport transfer.
Tour does not include: International flights. Arrival and departure transfer from Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul. Insurance: All types. Turkey entry visa. Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry. Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section.
Please note: For infants under the age of 2 there is a flight ticket insurance charge for the domestic flight which will appear during your booking process.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Süleymaniye and Vefa: In the trail of architect Sinan
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Get to know another side of Istanbul, known as 'the City on Seven Hills'. Each of the seven areas possesses its own distinct personality, and we invite you to join us for a closer look at the third hill of this eclectic and alluring city.
The Suleymaniye area is located on the third hill of the Turkish capital's historical peninsula, and its mosque is considered one of the best sights in Istanbul. Find yourself immersed in the ancient districts that stretch from Suleymaniye - the largest mosque complex of the Ottoman Empire and the largest in the city - to historically rich Vefa, brimming with relics of both Ottoman and Byzantine eras.
Uncover the secrets of this areas' incredible past, as your expert guide lets reveals why Süleyman was named 'The Magnificent', and why his beloved son Sinan was considered to be the greatest of all Turkish architects. Hear the harrowing tale of popular heir to the throne, _ehzade Mustafa-the Prince. Sip on a traditional refreshment known as Boza, a delicious and popular fermented beverage, as we amble at a relaxed pace in and around Vefa.
Drink in the delicate taste, the captivating relics of bygone days, and a rich local knowledge for an in-depth experience of the city's 'third hill'.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel reception.
Duration: Four hours.
Start/opening time: Between 8 and 8:30am.
End/closing time: Between 12 and 12:30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Süleymaniye, Vefa and Fatih Mosque to Edirnekap
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Delve into the wonders of Istanbul, a magnificent city that sprawls over no less than seven hills and is spliced in the middle by the astounding Bosphorus River. This tour covers the historical districts of the Suleymaniye area, located on the third hill of the historical peninsula. The mesmerizing Ottoman architecture is sure to leave a lasting memory with you by the end of the day.
Some of the historical marvels you will encounter are the largest mosque complex of the Ottoman Empire – which, incidentally, was not precisely a small empire. Learn many curious and fascinating stories about the Ottoman Empire thanks to your guide’s narratives, well-versed in the history of this country. Do you know, for instance, why the infamous sultan Suleyman was named The Magnificent? Or do you know about the Empire’s greatest architect, Sinan? This fascinating trip around Suleymaniye will give an answer to all of these questions and more.
Another sultan you will hear a lot about on this day is Mehmet II, known as The Conqueror, for his precocious conquering of the city of Constantinople when he was only 21.
Enjoy a stroll around the large faith complex and see an astonishing display of architecture, from Roman columns and Byzantine churches, to Gothic cisterns and huge mosques. Your guide’s commentaries will spring the Ottoman Empire to life in your imagination.
Last but not least comes the highlight of the tour: the most colourful of Istanbul’s many street bazaars: the stunning Casaba Paxar.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel reception.
Start/opening time: Between 8am and 8:30am.
End/closing time: Between 5pm and 5:30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Smartphone with Unlimited 4G Internet Included
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: A smartphone with 4G connection, ideal for expats, frequent visitors, or tourists so that you do not need to worry about getting your phone registered locally, or being blocked. Connect to fast and secure 4G internet AND enjoy the city with our digital companion!
• Find your way around with GPS and maps. Avoid the hassle!
• Stay connected, check tips and reviews for local restaurants, cafes, city highlights and attractions. Stay up-to-date with what’s going on in town. Enjoy the city like a local!
• Share what’s going on as it happens! Connect to your social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) accounts and share your experience and memorable holiday photos on the go!
• Unlimited 4G internet included! Includes: Carry case, wall adaptor and charging cable.
Others: Confirmation will be received at time of booking.

Available until 31 August 2017
Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Special Discount Offer: Byzantine and Ottaman Relics
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Hagia Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue znik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.
MORNING :
Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Hagia Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue znik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.
Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome. Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir. (Art demonstration of handmade Turkish carpets upon request). Lunch at a Turkish Restaurant
Topkap Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. Live guide commentary is not allowed in special sections. (Harem is not included in the program). Sultan Tombs, there are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at Hagia Sophia. The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, red, green and blue flower motives. Prince robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses.
EVENING :
Watching one of the best silhouettes in the world with Topkap Palace, Blue Mosque and the Leander' s Tower will be your exceptional experience to enjoy this imperial elegance and the unique panoramic view of the Bosphorus waterway which brings the two continents Europe and Asia, face to face…
Meeting/pick-up point: City tour: At 8:25am. Dinner cruise: At 7:30pm.
Duration: City tour: 8 hours. Dinner cruise: 3.5 hours.
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Arabic.
Others: You will pop along to a number of quaint boutiques which surround the Grand Bazaar on Sundays as the Bazaar itself is closed on that day. The tour will make its way along to Byzantium on Tuesdays as an alternative because the Topkap Palace is closed on Tuesdays.
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Available until 31 August 2017
Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Special Discount Offer: Suleyman the Magnificent Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Süleymaniye Mosque is the largest imperial mosque and one of the best-known sights of stanbul. Built on the order of Süleyman The Magnificient by the Court Architect Sinan. The mosque crowns stanbul on a hilltop dominating Golden Horn. In the garden, there are two mausoleums: Tomb of Sultan Süleyman I and his wife Hürrem Sultan (Roxelana).
Süleymaniye Mosque is the largest imperial mosque and one of the best-known sights of stanbul. Built on the order of Süleyman The Magnificient by the Court Architect Sinan. The mosque crowns stanbul on a hilltop dominating Golden Horn. In the garden, there are two mausoleums: Tomb of Sultan Süleyman I and his wife Hürrem Sultan (Roxelana). Outside the walls is the Tomb of Master Architect Sinan. Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet (the visit is not possible on Friday because of crowded noon prayer).
Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome.
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is housed in the former palace of brahim Paa, the grand vizier to Süleyman the Magnificient. Before being converted into a museum, palace served as a prison, a home for foreign ambassadors, a clothing factory, and barracks. Today, the museum contains beatifully displayed examples; illuminated Qurans and Turkish carpets collection which is rated as one of the best in the world, and attracts serious carpet enthusiasts. Historical Ottoman Mansion presenting a rich collection of Turkish Carpets.
Afternoon visit to Yldz Palace overlooking the Bosphorus which became the fourth administration center of the empire following the Old Palace, Topkap Palace and Dolmabahçe Palace. You will enjoy the georgeous colors of the flowers of the Yldz Palace Gardens and will have the chance to experience a marveleous view of the Bosphorus through the peaceful green of this public site. Freetime for a tea break at the Sale Kiosk, former Sultan’s residence from the Ottoman Period.
Start/opening time: Pick up between 8am and 8:40am.
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Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Special Offer: Complete Istanbul City Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: FIRST DAY
Broaden your Istanbul savvy and learn more about this city’s amazing history with this tour of some of the most iconic landmarks the area has to offer. Your first stop is a breath-taking Roman Hippodrome, where chariots used to race and clash in the faraway times of the Byzantine Empire.
Then this tour takes you to some of the most impressive constructions not only in Turkey but in the Balkan region. Set eyes upon the magnificence of the Blue Mosque, the only mosque with six minarets, and the Hagia Sophia, also known as the Church of Divine Wisdom. These two wonders are some of the most outstanding examples of Ottoman architecture. Also see the German Fountain, a gazebo-like construction that the Kaiser Wilhelm II gave as a gift to the Ottoman Empire.
After a detour into the Grand Bazaar, where you will see local vendors elaborate Turkish handicrafts, set route for the Topkapi Museum, the most impressive museum in Turkey. Filled with antique art, here you get a great insight into the life of the ruling classes of the Ottoman Empire. The amount of wealth contained in the building is tantalizing and staggering. Last but not least, follow your guide past the beautiful Hagia Irene Church and wrap up the trip at the Church of Sergius and Bacchus; for friends: the Petite Hagia Sophia Mosque. These two buildings are an excellent finishing touch to a day full of awe-inspiring architecture.
SECOND DAY
This is an alternative Bosphorus cruise for travellers with limited time to spend in Istanbul. On this guided tour you will learn all about the role of this waterway in this magical city's rich history, visiting the Egyptian Bazaar before boarding a river cruiser for an exhilarating cruise along the Bosphorus. Then visit the Dolmabahçe Palace, the residence of the last sultan, and behold the timeless grandeur of this window on Asia.
After meeting your guide you’ll head straight for the 17th century Egyptian Bazaar. This amazing market is the second largest covered shopping complex in Istanbul after the Grand Bazaar. The bazaar was (and still is) the centre for spice trade in Istanbul and the air is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.
After a brief visit to Rustem Pasa Mosque, head to the embankment to board a river cruiser and head out into the Bosphorus. Admire the stunning views as you glide past the Dolmabahçe and Beylerbeyi Palaces as well as the wooden villas and mansions of the rich and powerful, past and present, and the imposing Rumeli Fortress.
The highlight of this tour is the guided visit to Dolmabahçe Palace. This jewel of Ottoman architecture was built by Sultan Abdulmecid between 1843 and 1856. The sumptuous taste and splendour of the time can be seen in every corner and detail of the lavish furnishings and décor; the Bohemian crystal chandeliers, the Crystal Staircase or the magnificent handmade Hereke carpet in the Great Ceremonial Hall.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up from the hotel on both days.
Start/opening time: At 8am – 8:30am both days.
End/closing time: At 5pm – 5:30pm both days.
Languages: English.
Others: Please note: Topkapi Palace Museum is closed on Tuesdays. It will be replaced with Chora Museum. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. It will be replaced with Spice Bazaar. For groups of 10 to 15 pax, headphones will be provided. As mosques are closed on Fridays, there will only be external visits on that day.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Sufi shrines of Istanbul
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Enliven the spirit deep within as you explore a world of religious tradition with a four hour tour of the orders of Sufism in Istanbul. A rich culture marked by mysticism and the quest for the divine truth and love, journey to the dargahs, the Sufi shrines, for a glimpse into this fascinating life.
Characterized by practices which focus on self-control that enable both mental and mystical insights and the loss of self, the orders of Sufism seek to attain an ultimate goal of mystical union with God. The Sufi movement consists of fraternal orders in which leaders train and assist disciples in the mastery of Sufism’s philosophical principles and ritual practices. Through this tour, you'll have the opportunity to experience Sufi practices, philosophy, and dargahs, first-hand, as you explore the multiple orders of Istanbul. As each order performs dhikr, their own unique Islamic devotional act, at various times on varying days of the week, keep in mind that the tour will be adjusted accordingly.
See the dhikr of some of the most popular orders of Istanbul, including among them the Mevleviye, Cerrahiye, Celvetiye, and Nakshibendiye. Famous and beautiful literature of the Islamic world is attributed to the Sufis, and dhikr that you may witness include the writing and recitation of poetry and hymns. Another world renowned dhikr is the fascinating whirling dervish, where believers spin gracefully while performing rituals with the hope to unite with God.
A true world of mysticism and intrigue, this tour of the Sufi orders of Istanbul will leave you captivated. An unrivalled display of devotion, coupled with a magical spirituality, this tour is sure to leave a lasting impression on all your senses.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start/opening time: Between 1pm and 1:30pm.
End/closing time: Between 5pm and 5:30 pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Includes guide, transportation, and permission to enter the dargahs.

Available from 2 September 2017
Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Suleiman the Magnificent Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Süleymaniye Mosque is the largest imperial mosque and one of the best-known sights of stanbul. Built on the order of Süleyman The Magnificient by the Court Architect Sinan. The mosque crowns stanbul on a hilltop dominating Golden Horn. In the garden, there are two mausoleums: Tomb of Sultan Süleyman I and his wife Hürrem Sultan (Roxelana).
Süleymaniye Mosque is the largest imperial mosque and one of the best-known sights of stanbul. Built on the order of Süleyman The Magnificient by the Court Architect Sinan. The mosque crowns stanbul on a hilltop dominating Golden Horn. In the garden, there are two mausoleums: Tomb of Sultan Süleyman I and his wife Hürrem Sultan (Roxelana). Outside the walls is the Tomb of Master Architect Sinan. Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet (the visit is not possible on Friday because of crowded noon prayer).
Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome.
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is housed in the former palace of brahim Paa, the grand vizier to Süleyman the Magnificient. Before being converted into a museum, palace served as a prison, a home for foreign ambassadors, a clothing factory, and barracks. Today, the museum contains beatifully displayed examples; illuminated Qurans and Turkish carpets collection which is rated as one of the best in the world, and attracts serious carpet enthusiasts. Historical Ottoman Mansion presenting a rich collection of Turkish Carpets.
Afternoon visit to Yldz Palace overlooking the Bosphorus which became the fourth administration center of the empire following the Old Palace, Topkap Palace and Dolmabahçe Palace. You will enjoy the georgeous colors of the flowers of the Yldz Palace Gardens and will have the chance to experience a marveleous view of the Bosphorus through the peaceful green of this public site. Freetime for a tea break at the Sale Kiosk, former Sultan’s residence from the Ottoman Period.
Start/opening time: Pick up between 8am and 8:40am.
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Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Sultan's delight - historical Hamam
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Treat yourself to some serious relaxation at an authentic Turkish bath. If you have never tried this before, you are in for a bit of a surprise. It’s a serious steam clean for your body that’ll leave you feeling fresh and incredibly clean. Choose from several different treatments designed to pamper and relax you.
The Pir-i Pak is a traditional 45 minute full body scrub with a relaxing head and neck massage. Keyf-i Hamam (Pleasures of the Hamam) is a sensual 60-minute session including a full body bubble massage and aromatherapy session. Zevk-i Sefa (Extravagant Pleasures) lasts 80 minutes and includes massage, skin refining peel, moisturising body clay mask and aromatherapy massage, all with the Judas Tree essential oil. Or maybe you want to go the full hog and indulge in a full 110 minutes of pure pleasure with the Ab-? Hayat (Elixir of Life) including all of the above treatments together with fresh fruit, Turkish delight, walnuts, sherbet and tea served on traditional Ottoman trays.
Other treatments include a 50-minute aromatherapy massage with coriander oil; reflexology for relaxing the mind and re-organising the energy flow in the body; anti-stress massage, a 50-minute slow and rhythmic massage, ideal for relaxing the muscles and a back massage focusing on the back, neck and shoulders to strengthen circulation and relieve stress. Finally, for those looking to try a simple Turkish Bath there’s the 30-minute Asl-I which includes a steam in the hamam, an invigorating body scrub and relaxing foam massage, topped off with a complimentary Ottoman sherbet and Turkish tea.
All packages include bath sets consisting of an Ottoman style gold plated bathtub, silk loincloth, single use slippers, a bath-glove based on your skin type, special olive oil soap, shampoo with redbud essence, hair cream and body lotion.
Start/opening time: At 9am.
End/closing time: At 9pm.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Tablet with unlimited internet access
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Try an innovative approach to exploring Turkey and discover the wonders of the Turkey with a digital guide that’s available during your rental.
The digital guide is loaded with guides, maps, audio tours on a 7-inch tablet that’s been specifically designed for travellers visiting Turkey. The GPS navigation lets you go around the country without needing other devices, and printed maps.
The tablet comes with unlimited 3G internet access and a sharing option with other devices via Wi-Fi. You’ll easily find your way around and can check your tablet for recommended places and stay connected with your loved ones.
You’ll also find useful apps, with maps, quick information about the Turkey, and social tools. The operator’s staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have via a Viber account that’s been installed on the device, delivery will be done before one day of service date to hotel receptions, and guests will leave the tablets to reception end of the service.
Highlights:
Visit Turkey's most popular spots on your own schedule.
Enjoy on the go with digital guides and audio tours.
GPS Navigation with upto date LOI and traffic maps.
Stay connected with unlimited 3G speed internet and connect up to devices anywhere in Turkey.
Make use of all the useful applications and information at your fingertips.
Delivery and pick-up from your hotel anywhere in Turkey.
Meeting/pick-up point: Delivery one day prior to date of service and collection from customer’s hotels.
Languages: English.

Available until 28 March 2018
Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Taste of Turkey tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from city center and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center. Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please contact us for transfer rates.
Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city. Visit to ST. SOPHIA This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break at 13:00pm after the lunch Murtis Tour will then take you to the GRAND COVERED BAZAAR In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4, 000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand - honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx - ware and meerschaum pipes. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Please Note: Hagia Sophia is closed on mondays, Topkapi Palace closed on tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on sundays. If your tour is on one of these days we would offer you to visit Underground Cistern instead of Hagia Sophia and Topkapi palace museum, instead of Grand Baazar you will visit Spice Bazaar.
Day 3 - Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul to Cappadocia
After breakfast depart for Bosphorus Cruise tour. Enjoy a magical Istanbul Bosphorus Boat Cruise and Spice Market Tour starting at 08:30. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat including: SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar). BOSPHORUS BY BOAT a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. . Lunh break at the Turkish restaurant. After the lunch depart for Istanbul Ataturk airport for domestic flight to Cappadocia. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 4 - Cappadocia Tour
Today we will get to know the Cappadocia region, a volcanic area in which the geological formation started 10 million years ago. As a result of these formations phallic like pillars have come to life. The beautiful horse country Katpatuka, (as the Persians called her) is an unbelievable strip of land, enchanting and mysterious. Cappadocia region is also famous for its arts, including ceramic and carpets. You will be picked up approximatley 09:30 from your hotel to join our regular tour. Tour starts with a drive to Derinkuyu underground city, one of the best preserved and deepest underground cities in Cappadocia. Reaching depths of up to 55m and with 8 levels open to visitors, this fascinating city was inhabited by up to 20,000 people hiding from invading Arab armies around the Byzantium period. Then we visit Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. Next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. After Cavusin you go to the restaurant in Avanos to have lunch. After lunch, you visit a pottery work shop, to see how to make potteries. Then you go Pasabagi where you can see three - headed fairy chimneys. After Pasabagi you visit another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. Next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals. Then you head to a wineshop in Urgup for wine tasting. Last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end approximately 18:00 and you will be returned back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 5 - Cappadocia to Istanbul - End of Tour
After breakfast you will have free time shopping in Cappadocia. Today we depart for Kayseri airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up from airport on the first day.
Duration: Five days.
Languages: English. Other languages available for the private tour : German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese.
Others: Included: 3 lunch time meals, 4 dinners. Arrival airport transfer from Ataturk airport. Arrival airport transfer to Kayseri / Nevsehir airport. Domestic flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia. Domestic flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul. 2 nights hotel in Istanbul. 2 nights hotel in Cappadocia. 4 open buffet breakfasts. Guided Istanbul city tour. Guided Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise. Guided Cappadocia tour. All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary. Transportation in a fully air - conditioned, non - smoking coach. Professional English - speaking tour guides. Return airport transfer.
Not included: International flights. Arrival and departure transfer from Sabiha Gokcen airport in stanbul. Insurance: All types. Turkey entry visa. Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry. Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section.
Please note: For infants under the age of 2 there is a flight ticket insurance charge for the domestic flight which will appear during your booking process.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - The Asiatic Experience
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: This half day morning tour explores some of the Asian side of the city crossing the Bosphorous and visiting Camlica Hill, Beylerbeyi Palace and Baghdad street.
Beginning with the Bosphorous Bridge, which connects the European and the Asian sides of Istanbul, this was built in built in 1973 and affords a spectacular view of Istanbul’s modern and ancient sites while travelling over 60 metres above sea level.
The highest point in Istanbul is Camlica Hill and we stop here for a panoramic view over the city provided that Istanbul chooses to show its beauties and blesses the visitors with a clear day. Moving on from here we visit Beylerbeyi Palace, one of the largest, lavishly furnished 19th century summer residences of the Ottoman sultans. The rooms are kept with their original furniture and visitors can imagine being house guests to the Imperial family.
The tour culminates with a trip to Baghdad Street, once the grouping point for the merchants who were set to travel the ancient Silk Road, this popular street on the Asian side of Istanbul has elegant boutiques and shopping alternatives. This will be a perfect chance to see the urban lifestyle of modern Istanbul.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start/opening time: At 07:45am.
End/closing time: 11:45pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Please note that the Beylerbeyi Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays and that it is replaced by early 20th century (1907) Hidiv Pavilion.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - The Legacy of Istanbul
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Discovering the delights of the old city such as the Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia, the Mosque of Suleiman, the Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar, this tour is a full day with lunch in a local restaurant included and an afternoon spent exploring the Topkapi Palace and the tombs of five sultans in the graveyard at Haghia Sophia.
Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent - Built by the master architect, Sinan, Istanbul’s largest mosque represents the power and dignity of one of the greatest Ottoman sultans.
Hippodrome – Once the centre for sports and entertainment in old Constantinople, the Roman capital, it was also a very important centre for politics.
The Blue Mosque – Named after the delicate designs of the Ottoman tiles which decorate the walls of the shrine, the mosque is identifiable by its’ six minarets.
Haghia Sophia – Boasting the 4th largest dome in the world, this stunning building began as a Byzantine basilica built in the 6th century AD during the reign of Justinian and was an architectural innovation at the time. Converted to a mosque following the Ottoman conquest of the city, by the order of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror in 1453, it was converted to a museum in 1935 and is a ‘must-see’ on a visit to Istanbul.
Grand Bazaar – This world-famous covered bazaar is where people have been trading diamonds, carpets, leather, copperware, food and perfumes for centuries and is steeped in mystique. A short demonstration of Turkish rugs is included in the tour.
Topkapi Palace had been the Imperial residence of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to the 19th century. Its design, initially devised by Sultan Mehmed himself and then enhanced by the architect Sinan, hides clues of the rituals of the structure of Ottoman hierarchy and the running of state affairs. Home to the imperial treasury and the cabinet, as well as being the site of the barracks for the Janissaries, the elite of the army, every corner of the palace tells about the splendour of the Ottomans. Apart from the priceless treasury, a distinguished collection of Chinese porcelains, holy relics, sultan’s costumes and imperial weaponry are exhibited in different sections of the palace.
There are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at Hagia Sophia. Each of the five tombs actually houses the sultan as well as his family. Each one is individually designed with different decorations, including works by Mimar Sinan. The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, red, green and blue flower motives.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 8 hours.
Start/opening time: At 07:45am.
End/closing time: 3:45pm.
Languages: English.
Medical restrictions: This tour involves a lot of walking and may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties.
Others: Please note that St. Sophia is closed on Mondays replaced by the 6th century Basilica Cistern, which provided water to the ancient city. Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - The Ottoman district and walk on the city walls
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Experience two unmissable Istanbul attractions in one with this memorable journey into the great city’s rich past, walking first through the historic Eyup district and then exploring the magnificent fortified walls of old Constantinople.
Plunge yourself into Istanbul’s multilayered history by taking a guided stroll through the Eyup neighbourhood. The fact that it is beyond the city walls meant that it has long been used as a place of burial, and the tombs and cemetery included in our itinerary are testament to the way its geographical location has shaped the area. Visit the Mosque of Eyub al Ansari, reputedly the final resting place of the eponymous companion and standard bearer of Prophet Muhammad and venerated site of Muslim pilgrimage. See the mausoleum of Sokollu Mehmet Pasha, the man who came from a humble family of shepherds in what is now Bosnia and rose to become Grand Vizier; the mausoleum of Sutlan Resat and the Tekke (convent) of the Kalendari Sect. The walk then continues uphill through the Eyup cemetery and ends on Pier Loti Hill.
In the afternoon we head for the ancient city walls, starting with a visit to the Yedikule Fortress and its impregnable dungeons, which witnessed the imprisonment and execution of many who fell foul of the Ottoman regime. Best of all is the chance to walk on the top of the wall and gain a sense of the redoubtable strength of this venerable structure.
Step back into Istanbul’s past with this stimulating full-day walking tour.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel reception.
Duration: 8.5 hours.
Start/opening time: 8-8:30am.
End/closing time: 5-5.30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - The grand Bazaar walks
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Many have tried to describe the frenetic activity and indescribable atmosphere of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, and few have found the words. Even novelist Mark Twain struggled to describe it when visited in the 19th century, saying: ‘We went to the Grand Bazaar in Stamboul, of course, and I shall not describe it further than to say it is a monstrous hive of little shops - thousands. I should say - all under one roof, and cut up into innumerable little blocks by narrow streets which are arched overhead. ’
Hunt your way through 4,000 curious shops scattered throughout 64 narrow, meandering streets, crossed with 22 gates as you attempt to navigate the one and only Grand Bazaar. Kapaliçar?i, as it is in Turkish, indeed resembles a life-sized labyrinth. Therefore, this is no ordinary shopping tour! But instead, an adventurous journey of secret, surprises, and sensory overload!
Our tour progresses through a multitude of merchants selling quality handmade leather goods, delectable sweets, tasty dried fruit and pungent spices. Delicate jewellery and glassware glitter, and lovingly crafted pottery, woven fabrics, belly dancing costumes, T-shirts and all sorts of souvenirs tempt you to loosen your purse strings.
Watch as gold is melted before you over an open fire, in centuries-old fashion, at a hidden workshop. See expert craftsmen fix degrees onto carats and artisans engraving silver. Despite your complete disorientation, you will finally exit the Grand Bazaar - but we guarantee you will not be empty-handed!
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel reception.
Duration: Four hours.
Start/opening time: At 1-1.30pm.
End/closing time: At 5-5.30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - The heart of Ancient Constantinople
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Century upon century of wisdom and learning have accumulated behind the walls of Istanbul University – and this fascinating tour takes you beyond them to unearth a treasure trove of history. What makes the campus so worthy of a visit in a city so filled with architectural wonders and exotic scenarios is the fact that it is one of the oldest universities in Europe. The location dates from the time of fourth-century Roman emperor Constantine the Great –who made Christianity the dominant religion in the Roman Empire during his reign – though the university itself traces its origins to the 14th century.
Begin this enlightening tour with a leisurely stroll, starting from the Roman Forum of Taurus. A knowledgeable guide, who will accompany you throughout the duration of the trip, will ever be telling you the intriguing tales behind the many landmarks you walk past, so that you won’t only take a great visual experience from this trip, you will also take bags of knowledge with you. The stories of the unlucky sultan Mustafa II will be sure to touch your heart and the fascinating tales of the Byzantine Monks of the Myrelaion Monastery.
Discover, among other things, where the square for executions was in Byzantine Constantinople. Marvel at the breath-taking mosques, historical hospitals, hulking Romaic churches, ancient Roman remnants and other constructions in the fascinating Haseki area. All of the tales your guide will elegantly rhapsodise will bring life this historical part of Istanbul.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel reception.
Start/opening time: Between 8am and 8:30am.
End/closing time: Between 12pm and 12:30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Three Days of Marvels in a reverse order
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: DAY 1: ISTANBUL - KAYSERI > CAPPADOCIA
Your private vehicle will be waiting for you for an early morning transfer to the airport. Upon your arrival at Kayseri airport, your car will be ready for you for a drive to Cappadocia, the land of stone dwellings, rock chapels and monasteries. The first day’s tour will include the Citadel of Uchisar, Zelve Valley and Avanos, the pottery village; as well as the Göreme Open-air Museum with its churches carved out of rock and one of a kind frescoes; and the Karanlik Church, which has recently been restored and announced as one of the world’s treasures by UNESCO. You may enjoy an optional lunch in a local restaurant with a selection of local wines; before visiting the Soganl Valley, the Cavusin Village and Pasabag Valley with Fairy Chimneys. An elegant dinner and a magical night’s rest at the authentic Cappadocia Lodge Hotel which will help you to absorb the day’s marvels. Dinner (optional tours to a simple wine house or to a local folkloric performance after dinner are available).
DAY 2: CAPPADOCIA > ANKARA -IZMIR
Breakfast will be served at the hotel, before leaving for the Pancarlik Valley and the Underground City of Derinkuyu. You will leave Cappadocia at noon and drive to Ankara via the famous Salt Lake, a vast ocean of white. The drive takes almost 4 hours, with optional lunch on the way, at the 13th Century Agzkarahan Caravanserai of Selcuks. Upon arrival to Ankara, you will take an evening flight to Izmir, where you will be transferred to your hotel. You will spend the night in Izmir, one of Turkey’s most beautiful cities, reckoned for its unique character.
DAY 3: IZMIR > EPHESUS - ISTANBUL
Following the breakfast at the hotel, drive to Selcuk for the tour of Ephesus. See the Odeon, the Marble Street, the Hadrian Temple, the Celcius Library and the Great Theatre. You may opt for lunch in a local restaurant, before paying a pilgrimage visit to the House of Virgin Mary. This Christian and Muslim shrine is located in the vicinity of Ephesus; and it is believed by many that Virgin Mary was taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived there. Your car will then take you back to Izmir Airport for the flight to Istanbul. The tour will end with a private transfer from to your hotel. The same tour is available in a reverse order, with slight alterations.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Start/opening time: 1st day – 6am.
End/closing time: 3rd day – 9pm.
Drop-off location: Hotel.
Included: Transportation by air conditioned vehicles, accommodation in a 4 stars hotel and domestic flight tickets.
Not included: Drinks and all personal expenses, admissions fee and lunch.
Others: Rates for tours out of Istanbul that has overnight stay include half board accommodations in a 4 star hotel. Rates are per person with double occupancy. Upgrades are available upon request for an additional fee.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Tour of Istanbul from Ataturk Airport for connecting passengers
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled.
Hagia Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian.
Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue znik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.
Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome.
Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir. (Art demonstration of handmade Turkish carpets upon request).
Meeting/pick-up point: In front of the information desk at the International Arrival hall.
Start/opening time: At 8am - 8.30am.
End/closing time: 12:30pm -1pm.
Languages: English, Spanish, German, Arabic, French.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Tour of Istanbul from Ataturk Airport for connecting passengers - private
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Enjoy stanbul, the World capital with your private car and guide instead of wasting your time at the airport. Program will be designed to your interest with your guide; our guides will help you to customise your private program which gives you complete freedom to explore the city. Visits, photo-stops and breaks at your wish. Your guide is eligible to recommend the best restaurants to your choice. Your entrance tickets may be provided to avoid waiting in long queues in front of museums, if you advise so in advance.
Meeting/pick-up point: In front of the information desk at the International Arrival hall.
Duration: Four hours (half day).
Start/opening time: Everyday upon request.
Languages: English, Spanish, German, Arabic , French.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Tour of Princes' Islands
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Buyukada is the biggest among nine islands in the Marmara Sea called Princes' Islands. The islands are famous for their beautiful beaches, incredible houses, small villas and peaceful surroundings, especially the pine trees. Reaching the Island by boat you will enjoy Istanbul views from the sea for more than one hour. Riding in a horse drawn carriage from the bottom to the top of the island, you will experience beautiful views and pass a natural forest with a ten minute break at the top of the island.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Pick-up time: At 8.30am.
Drop-off time: At 5pm.
Others: You can choose to have lunch or not to have lunch. Lunch consists of either fish or meat balls and a soft drink.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Tour of classic Istanbul
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Take in the highlights of Istanbul, a truly enchanting city that is full of history, culture and intrigue at every turn. Once the seat of the powerful Ottoman Empire, today Istanbul is home to more than 14 million people and a diverse range of cultures. Take in architectural masterpieces such as the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia as your guide leads you to the city’s most spectacular landmarks before finishing the trip at Istanbul’s famous Grand Bazaar. Boasting over 4,000 shops and tiny cafés under its roof, it is believed to have the most individual stalls of any marketplace in the world.
Begin your tour by driving to the very heart of old Istanbul, the Sultanahmet Square. Once the sporting and social centre of Constantinople with a huge horseracing circuit, it is now a beautiful square in the heart of the city and still contains relics of the original structure. Tour its key points and learn about the atmospheric events that would regularly take place here.
Proceed to the Blue Mosque, one of the most striking buildings in the city and one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. With its domes, secondary domes and minarets, the mosque is a striking visual spectacle and its blue-tiled interior provides its nickname. Next head to Hagia Sophia, considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture. Having been used as both a cathedral and a mosque, the vast and intricate building is now a fascinating museum.
Finish your unforgettable city tour at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, renowned for its multitude of stores and stalls. Browse the vast array of goods on display and make sure to barter and haggle the price with the stall owners!
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from the hotels.
Start/opening time: Between 8-8.30am.
Duration: 5 hours.
Others: Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. There is no transfer back to the hotels, the last stop is Grand Bazaar. As mosques are closed on Fridays, there will only be external visits on that day.
IIstanbul classic tour includes St. Sophia tickets.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Tour to Byzantium
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Learn all about four of Istanbul’s most history-filled landmarks; this tour takes you to the beautiful Golden Horn harbour, the great church of St Mary of Blachernae, the church of the Holy Saviour in Chora (also known as the Kariye Museum, in Turkish) and the splendorous Palace of the Porphyrogenitus (Tekfur Palace).
Your first stop is one of the most awe-inspiring sights in Istanbul. The Golden Horn is a hornlike branch of the Bosphorus River used as a natural naval harbour in the times of the Byzantine Empire. Its name comes from both its shape and the golden hue it adopts when seen from a hilltop due to the reflection of the sun. Visit the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the seat of Orthodox Christianity in Turkey since the time when Constantine the Great declared Christianity the religion of the Roman Empire.
Continue to of St Mary of Blachernae, a magnificent church and shrine of the Mother of God famous for its holy water and sacred baths. Then see another breath-taking church, the Holy Saviour in Chora, long ago a Byzantine monastery and nowadays a very interesting museum filled with mosaics and frescoes from ages past. Also delve into the eerie Prison of Anemas, a spooky network of 14 separate dungeons.
Finally, visit the imposing 12th century Palace of the Porphyrogenitus. It is the only surviving pavilion of the Blachernae Palace and it was erected adjacent to the city walls that surround the remains of the Byzantine acropolis; a day full of history.
Meeting/pick-up point: At the hotel.
Start/opening time: Between 1pm and 1.30pm.
End/closing time: Between 5pm and 5.30pm.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Traditional Turkish Shave
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: The tradition of the Turkish shave dates far back, the Turkish Barber is not only just a place to have a shave or hair cut but also a social area. Going to the barber's shop is a ritual in Turkish culture. It is no wonder why most Turkish men have a local barber in their neighborhood whom they are devotedly loyal to. The barber shop is a place to hear the latest gossip in town, to dispute the latest word affairs, to read the daily newspaper and to relax, chat and have coffee or tea, whilst being treated one of the most exclusive in the world of hairdressing.
The tour starts with a walk through the Istiklal Street and then have a visit to a classic barber's shop located in the Galatasaray district. The Turkish barbers use a sharp open blade called "ustura" with the utmost skill, which leaves the skin soft and radiant after a close shave. The application of a rich traditonal moisturiser with hot towel precedes and follows the shave.
Then your barber treats you to a head massage with lotion, before you leave shop as soft and happy as a baby!
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 2 hours.
Start/opening time: At 9.30am.
End/closing time: At 11.30am.
Drop-off location: Hotel drop-off.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Troy and Gallipoli
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: This two-day tour of the WWI battlefields at Gallipoli and the site of the ancient city of Troy is ideal for anybody with an interest in history.
After an early morning start we'll drive southwards to Gallipoli, site of the ill-fated WWI campaign to seize control of the Dardanelles. We'll visit the main battlefields at Anzac Cove, the Nek and Johnston's Jolly as well as the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish War memorials at Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair. The beautiful landscape and quiet atmosphere of the area today belie its horrific past.
After spending the night at a hotel in Canakkale, the following morning we'll head for the site of the ancient city of Troy, one of the most important archaeological complexes in the world. On the one hour walking tour of the site, you'll learn all about the fascinating history of the area, one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the world, how it started up as a small hamlet in neolithic times before growing to become one of the most powerful Bronze Age cities in the world. You'll hear how it was successively invaded, conquered, destroyed and rebuilt before finally falling into obscurity and ruin. Learn all about the Trojan Wars, immortalised by Homer, with beautiful Helen, impetuous Paris, brave Achilles and the wooden horse that has now become the symbol of the site. After the morning tour of Troy we will return to Istanbul.
This excursión includes two lunch packs and a B&B hotel night.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Start/opening time: First day: at 6.30am. Second day: at 8am.
End/closing time: First day at 6pm. Second day: at 8pm.
Languages: English.
Others: All entrance fees included.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Turkish Bath and Shopping Mall
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Exclusive shopping mall and Turkish bath tour thought-out for you valued guests that you can enjoy different pleasures alongside seeing modern face of Istanbul and getting to know the Ottoman bath culture begins with shopping trips by our vehicles after the breakfast at the hotel.
After completing our tour in the shopping malls in different locations of Istanbul with our Arabic and English speaking professional tourist guides, our program continues in the historical Ottoman baths which are reserved for our special guests. If guests desire, they can also benefit from services such as private massage and sauna in the Ottoman bath.
After the shopping mall and Turkish bath tour which you have the opportunity to get acquainted with the Ottoman bath culture, we say goodbye to you, our esteemed guests, and leave you at your hotel for a rest. Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Pick-up time: At 9:15am.
Drop-off time: At 6pm.
Duration: 8 hours.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Turkish coffee trail
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Become an expert on Turkish coffee, and not just its history; on this enlightening Turkish coffee tour you will even learn to prepare it yourself. Despite being internationally recognized as a national symbol of Turkey nowadays, the history of Turkish coffee actually began quite late in time. The Ottomans imported the very first coffee beans into what now is Turkey from Egypt in 1519. It then took 30 more years of business struggles for the first coffee shops to open in the district of Eminonu. After that, coffee had to still wait a very long before sinking into the Ottoman zeitgeist – many sultans issued prohibition decrees against the bean… but, as time went by, they proved to be of no avail. Eventually, coffee rose to its current status of national beverage.
This tour begins with a course where you will learn how to make Turkish coffee. Once you have mastered the technique, you will even be presented with a certificate to show your friends back home. Afterwards, continue the trip on a historical Coffee Route which, of course, contains plenty of coffee breaks. Explore some historical venues that let you enjoy a taste of Turkish delight. Let the ancient atmosphere of the labyrinthine streets, historical walkways and mysterious old bazaars enchant you. Alongside your guide, well-versed in the history of the city, the stories behind each and every building you encounter will seem to come to life before your eyes.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel.
Start/opening time: 1-1.30pm.
End or closing time: 4-4:30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: For groups of 10 to 15 pax, headphones will be provided.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Turkish night on boat
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Sail along one of the most famous rivers in Europe and Asia, the hauntingly beautiful Bosphorus. This large waterway splits the city of Istanbul in half, making it the perfect nexus city between Europe and the Middle East. In fact, the European half of Istanbul is notably European whereas by simply crossing the Bosphorus to the Asian half, one feels like he has journeyed to the Middle East. The sights that you enjoy from a boat while gliding along the calm waters of this iconic river are unparalleled in beauty and, some would say, magic.
Begin by boarding our comfortable ship, relax and, as we set sail, leave all your daily worries and stress behind on the dwindling shore. Throughout the duration of the trip, you will pass under the impressive suspension bridges and get a chance to view from a privileged vantage point the awe-inspiring Ottoman summer palaces, waterside mansions and modern villas which dot both sides of the river. As night falls, the hues of the river and the lights on the shores will embellish the experience and make the night one to remember.
On board, you will enjoy a variety of pampering treats. First of all, sip a welcome cocktail on deck, then as the night goes by, feel the thrill of watching a variety of traditional Turkish theatrical performances, including Turkey’s world-renowned belly dancers, as well as a delicious traditional meal with unlimited local drinks; all you need to make this night just right.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from hotels.
Start/opening time: Pick-up times from hotel: Approx 7.00-7.30pm 9pm.
End/closing time: 12am.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Two continents tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Live and breathe all aspects of vibrant Istanbul as you soak up its sights, sounds and aromas on this comprehensive tour of its many highlights. Split between Europe and Asia, this sprawling metropolis is a true melting pot of cultures and is home to over 14 million people. Bisected by the mighty Bosphorus and full of history and intrigue at every turn, Istanbul is an unforgettable spectacle to behold.
First stop is the famous Spice Bazaar. With a strong Egyptian influence, exotic aromas of fruits, flowers and, of course, a multitude of spices fill the air and flood the senses. Be sure to purchase some for yourself. Next you will hop on a boat and cruise leisurely down the Bosphorus past the marble palaces and ancient wooden villas, which date back to the Ottoman Empire. Glide past the imposing Rumeli Fortress, built in the 15th century by Sultan Mehmed II as he prepared to conquer Constantinople. Be sure to bring your camera to capture these impressive sights.
Satisfy your hunger after the cruise with a delicious lunch at a traditional Turkish restaurant, sampling all the local delicacies that have made Istanbul famous. After lunch you will drive along the coastline to the majestic Dolmabahce Palace, home to the sultans of the powerful Ottoman Empire and featuring an incredible 4.5 ton chandelier. Continue over to the Asian side of Istanbul and place one foot in each continent before climbing the Çamlica Hill for an awe-inspiring panoramic view over the city and the Bosphorus.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from the hotels.
Start/opening time: Between 8-8.30am.
Duration: 9 hours.
Others: Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays(replaced with Eyüp + Pierre Loti Coffee House + Miniatürk. )

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Two continents: Asia and Europe
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Visit two continents on this afternoon tour of the city with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. Cross the impressive Bosphorous Bridge heading for the opulent Beylerbeyi Palace, summer residence of the Ottoman Sultans and romantic Camlica Hill, inspiration to generations of poets.
After being picked up from your hotel at around 13.00 we'll make a stop at a top leatherware outlet where after an exclusive fashion show you will have the chance to pick up some great bargains. Then we head for the Asian shore of the straits, crossing the impressive Bosphorous suspension bridge. Here we'll explore Beylerbeyi Palace, situated on the Bosphorous shoreline. This opulent palace was built in the 19th Century as a summer residence for the Ottoman sultans and as place to entertain visiting heads of state. The Palace was designed in the Second Empire style and is somewhat more restrained in comparison earlier Ottoman palaces. You will tour the reception rooms, harem and the men's and women's bathing areas.
If you're needing some fresh air then nearby Camlica Hill is ideal. This is one of the highest points in the city making for an ideal vantage point over Istanbul and the Bosphorous. Stroll around the beautifully landscaped gardens or sip Turkish coffee in a traditional Ottoman-style pavilion as you admire the views and watch the world go by. Then we'll cross back into Europe, arriving at your hotel at around 17.00.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Hotel Lobby.
Start or opening time: 1pm.
End or closing time: 5pm.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Unlimited internet access
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Why search for hotspot when you can take one with you? With our mobile hotspot devices you can easily connect your tablet, laptop, smartphone or other devices to the internet while on the go.
There’s an unlimited internet access (fair usage applies) and you do not need to worry about roaming charges. You can freely surf the internet, use favorite chat applications, stay connected with friends via social networks.
You can travel like a local, stay connected, and have more fun when you use a Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot.
The hotspot comes with unlimited 3G internet access and a sharing option with 10 other devices via Wi-Fi. Sharing with 10 devices lets you and your group all connected during the trip without worrying about getting lost or losing connection.
The operator’s staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have via a Whats-App, Viber, Telegram, or e-mail during your rental.
Highlights
Get all the benefits of fast internet access anywhere without any roaming charges.
Surf at speeds of up to 21 Mbps, download or upload as much as you like*.
Connect up to ten devices at the same time.
Use free powerbank for re-charging any device during the day.
Re-charge by USB or mobile charger.
Delivery and pick-up from your hotel anywhere in Turkey.
Meeting/pick-up point: Delivery to the customer’s hotel day before service.
Others: Customers are to leave the equipment at the hotel reception at the end of the service.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Vehicle and guide service
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Discover Istanbul at your own pace with our bespoke car hire packages. We can offer you an extensive range of services including buses, mini-buses and cars together with the services of one of our professional drivers. All our drivers are highly qualified and experienced and offer an excellent service to all our customers. Choose our services and enjoy everything that this beautiful city has to offer.
Go to the parts of Istanbul that few visitors get the chance to see. Our private guide service allows you to explore not just the main sights and attractions but all the hidden corners and secret favourites known only to the locals. The knowledgeable guides will give you the lowdown on the history, the culture, the architecture, the legends and much, much more
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Vehicles to hire with driver
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Discover Istanbul at your own pace with our bespoke car hire packages. We can offer you an extensive range of services including buses, mini-buses and cars together with the services of one of our professional drivers. All our drivers are highly qualified and experienced and offer an excellent service to all our customers. Choose our services and enjoy everything that this beautiful city has to offer.
Sedan Car 2 pax
BMW/Mercedes 2 pax
Vito 5 pax
Minibus 9 pax
Please note that extra expenses such as bridge, motorway and ferry tolls, parking fees, admission to Sultanahmet, the driver's food and accommodation expenses are not included and are to be paid by the client. There is a surcharge for usage in the Asian continent, the neighbourhoods of Kemerburgaz and Silivri and for travel outside the Istanbul metropolitan area. Petrol is included.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Vialand Theme Park Tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Start your trip with a pickup from your centrally located Istanbul hotel. Settle on your coach and drive to Vialand in the city’s Eyüp district. This fun-filled park covers the area of 100 football stadiums and brims with attractions, so you’re in for an unforgettable day out! Head through the entrance and devote the day to the countless rides, shows and other attractions, including shops, restaurants, a cinema and a bowling alley.
Ride-wise, there’s something for everyone, from high-rise rollercoasters to carousels that parents and children can enjoy together. Feeling fearless? Make for the Breath Taker rollercoaster and its soaring bends that will have your heart in your mouth. Hold tight as you reach 68 miles (110km) per hour in three seconds flat! Or ride the Adventurer coaster and climb to a breath-defying 98 feet (30m) before descending at 49 miles (80km) an hour! If water rides are your thing, take a spin on the splash-filled Viking or waterfall-lined Wild River.
Alternatively, let the Justice Tower ratchet you 164 feet (50m) in the air before plunging you down in a stomach-churning drop. If you have little ones in tow, head for the children’s attractions. Ride the carousels, cruise a lazy river, drive the mini-cars, or let them loose on the fun playgrounds. At lunchtime, perhaps grab a bite at one of the many food spots in the park (own expense). Then, hit the rides again, go bowling, see a movie or catch a show at the performance center. Perhaps end your day at Vialand’s cutting-edge shopping mall. Stroll through the Ottoman- and European-style streets to browse the many stores.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Pick-up time: At 10am.
Drop-off time: At 5pm.
Duration: 5 hours.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Vialand Theme Park and shopping mall tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Enjoy a break from the cycle of sightseeing and touring that can end up making even the best holiday tiring and stressful. This tour invites you to spend a carefree day for having family fun at the exciting Vialand Theme Park. Located in the Eyup district, this attraction park is as large as 100 football stadiums and has entertainment capacity for no less than 13 thousand people. In short, an area packed with surprises for all members of the family.
As you enter Vialand Theme Park, make sure to leave all worries and stress behind, for ahead good moods await.
People from all four corners of the world come to Vialand to ride its famous rollercoaster, the Breath Taker. Adrenalin junkies are bound to get their kicks on this ride that does honour to its name by reaching a speed of 110 kilometres in only 3 seconds – a hair-rising experience!
The Adventurer, on the other hand, is the ideal family-coaster. Catch your breath as it takes you 30 meters high at 80 kilometres an hour. And yet another fun family choice is the Viking, a water-filled splash-coaster, classed as the 4th most popular train ride in the world.
Last but not least is the Justice Tower, the famous drop tower. Take a good hard look at Vialand from a height of 28 meters as you are hung upside down!
Following your day of thrills, you will enjoy free time in a shopping mall, after which you will be driven back to the hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Duration: Eight hours approx.
Start/opening time: At 10am - 10:30am.
End/closing time: At 6pm - 6:30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Vintage cars - the Old City, Bosphorus and Asia Drive
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Explore the vibrant streets and famous sights of Istanbul, all from the comfort and luxury of a vintage 1950s American car that has been transformed into a typical Turkish Dolmus. Visit mosques, ancient Roman walls and ultra-modern suspension bridges. Discover Ottoman palaces, Armenian churches and lively Roma districts. This innovative driving tour will take you through two continents and via all the highlights of this fascinating city.
First stop is Sirkeci, located to the north of the mouth of the Golden Horn, near the Topkapi Palace complex. Stop to admire the romantic promontory of Sarayburnu where the renowned Topkapi Palace and lush Gulhane Park stand. From here you will continue to through the old Armenian quarter of Kumkapi, heading past the intricate Bayezid II Mosque, the ruins of the Forum of Theodosius and the famous Grand Bazaar-
Nearby you can admire the magnificent Suleymaniye Mosque, the largest mosque in the city, and one Istanbul’s best-loved landmarks before continuing past the magnificent Yedikule Fortress and the historic Roma settlement of Sulukule.
From here your vehicle will cross the Golden Horn by the impressive Ataturk Bridge, entering Istanbul’s modern neighbourhood. Keep a look out for the beautiful Neo-Baroque Ortakoy Mosque on the waterfront. Nearby is the charming old quarter of Arnavutkoy, famous for its wooden Ottoman mansions and fish restaurants. Stop here for a refreshing cup of Turkish tea or coffee and a delicious snack, before crossing into Asia via the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world and an impressive feat of engineering. Pass the sumptuous Beylerbeyi Palace before crossing back into Europe again via the Bosphorus Suspension Bridge.
Pick up/Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 8 hours.
Start/opening time: At 8-8:30am.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Walk along the Divan Yolu
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Step into a thrilling time warp with this tour to the Divan Yolu, which was known as the Road to the Imperial Council during the glorious times of the Ottoman Empire. Istanbul is a city full of magnificently preserved monuments from the many empires that have controlled it throughout history, from the elegant remains of the Byzantine Empire to the opulent ones of Ottoman times.
Way back in the Byzantine period, Divan Yolu was known as Mese Street, and it was connected to the imperial road that led from Constantinople to Rome, the capitals of the two halves of the split Roman Empire. Within Istanbul (back then, it was known as Constantinople), the Mese Street was a boulevard leading from the city centre on Seraglio Point to the Porta Aurea (Latin for “Golden Gate”), where it met the Via Ignatia, the road to Rome.
Your tour starts by a tall marble shaft called the Million. This monument marks the beginning of Divan Yolu and still stands proud to this day. As you enjoy a leisurely walk down the Divan Yolu, you will pass a variety of constructions, from the impressive mausoleums of the Ottoman sultans to some mosques of breathtaking beauty. See too, along the way, madrasas, schools, Roman forums and, of course, Byzantine monuments such as the splendid Cemberlitas (Turkish for ‘the Burnt Column’) or the astounding remains of the Triumphal Arch of Theodosius. All in all, walking down the Divan Yolu is like walking through the pages of a history book.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel lobby.
Duration: Four hours.
Start/opening time: 8-8.30am.
End/closing time: 12-12.30pm.
Languages: English.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Walk around the ancient city walls
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Let your mind go back in time as you experience the solid grandeur of these ancient city walls, built to protect old Constantinople from the threat of invasion both from sea and from land. Enjoy great views of Istanbul and the sea beyond while getting a real sense of the strategic importance of this fortified city, located at the crossroads between Europe and Asia.
Our stroll through history begins at the Yedikule Fortress, an impressive seven-towered bastion that in its time functioned as a treasury, archive and state prison. See the dungeons where diplomats would frequently be held when the Ottoman Empire declared war on the foreign powers they represented and where even Ottoman sultans were jailed and put to death. Visit the old city gates, the cemetery of the Orthodox Patriarchs and the reputedly miraculous fountain of holy water located in the Church of St. Mary of the Spring.
One of the highlights however is the chance to walk on the walls themselves – we cover over a kilometre of wall from the Belgrate Gate to the Silivri Gate – and marvel at the impressive engineering of these sturdy structures that have withstood the test of so much time.
This tour of the ancient walls of Constantinople provides one of the most satisfying outings in this great city, especially if you are the type of person who likes to get off the beaten track and keep moderately fit in the process. Prepare for an exciting adventure!
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel reception.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start/opening time: Between 1pm and 1:30pm.
End/closing time: Betwee 5pm and 5.30pm.
Languages: English.

Available until 26 March 2018
Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Western Turkey tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
(Dinner included) Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Ataturk Airport is 20 km away from city center and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center. Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please contact us for transfer rates.
Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included) Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city. Visit TOPKAPI PALACE. The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break at 13:00pm after the lunch Murtis Tour will then take you to the SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar). The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Please Note: Hagia Sophia is closed on mondays, Topkapi Palace closed on tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on sundays. If your tour is on one of these days we would offer you to visit Underground Cistern instead of Hagia Sophia and Topkapi palace museum, instead of Grand Baazar you will visit Spice Bazaar. Day 3 - Gallipoli Tour
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included) 07:30am we depart for Gallipoli to visit the battle fields. Two hours later we will give you 20 minutes for relax in a restaurant area. We arrive Gallipoli around 12:00am and we have lunch break, relax a little bit and then depart for the battle fields. Visit Gabatepe Museum. Start visiting the fields with Ariburnu Cemetery and Anzac Cove because these are the places where the war had started. Then Beach Cemetery, Shrapnel Valley and Plugges Plateau. After the tour drive to your hotel. Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 4 - Troy Tour - Pergamon - Kusadasi
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included) We depart at 08:30 and driving 30 minutes for to Troy. Visit the famous archeological and mythological site of Troy, home of the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy. After Troy tour, 3 hour drive to Pergamon. Lunch break around 13:00pm and after the lunch depart for tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon. Its impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political centre at that times. Bergamon is a famous city for its jewellery, stones and silver. So on the way, we will visit a jewellery center for 30 minutes. Arrival to Kusadasi around 18:00pm. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5 - Kusadasi - Ephesus Tour - Turkish Village Sirince
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included) 08:30 Departure from hotel fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world en-route, visiting the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library, Grand theatre and House of the Virgin Mary. Lunch break around 13:00pm. After the lunch, we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre. This is then followed by a visit to a Turkish village located in the hills above Selcuk, which is well known for its' attractive architecture: Sirince. Sirince Village also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey - especially fruit wines. We will visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine. On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region, where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 6 - Kusadasi - Pamukkale Tour
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included) At 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale. We will check at the hotel around 12.00 and we have a lunch break until 13.30. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 7 - Pamukkale - Denizli to Istanbul - End of Tour
(Breakfast included) Today we depart for Denizli Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up from the airport.
Duration: Seven days.
Start/opening time: Saturday, Monday and Thursday.
Languages: Shared tour: English. Private tour: English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic and Chinese.
Others: Includes: Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Return airport transfer to Denizli Airport. Domestic flight ticket from Denizli to Istanbul. 2 nights hotel in Istanbul. 1 night hotel in Canakkale. 2 nights hotel in Kusadasi. 1 night in hotel in Pamukkale. 6 breakfasts, 5 lunch and 6 dinners. Guided Istanbul City Tour. Guided Gallipoli tour. Guided Troy tour. Guided Acropolis of Pergamon tour. Guided Ephesus tour. Guided Sirince village tour and wine tasting. Guided Pamukkale tour. All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary. Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach. Professional English-speaking tour guides.
Tour does not include: International flights. Arrival and departure transfer from Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul. Insurance: All types. Turkey entry visa. Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry. Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section.
Please note: For infants under the age of 2 there is a flight ticket insurance charge for the domestic flight which will appear during your booking process.

Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Whirling Dervishes tour
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Discover the meaning of life with this extraordinary performance of the traditional sema ritual, a form of Sufi dance. You know what we are talking about; the dance where a group of dervishes twirl and twirl in a never ending spin. Sufism is a mystical branch of Islam and deals not so much with theological aspects, like religion does, as with the transcendent metaphysical aspects of existence, a study of the subtext of life, if you will. The sema ritual was originally inspired by the poems of mediaeval Persian mystic Yalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, popularly known simply as Rumi.
While performing the sema, dervishes don’t whirl, as some believe, to produce a self-induced state of trance; they are representing universal truth through movement. Everything in existence revolves: not just the planets and moons in the sky, but also the human cycle of life, the seasons of the year and even the circulation of the blood in our bodies. It is a kinetic way of expressing that we come to the earth and acknowledge we shall all eventually return to it.
Before the show begins, you are invited to beverages and Turkish delight. Then, the program begins with a Turkish music performance, interpreted by a classic Turkish orchestra – with all their traditional instruments. After that, once the music has cradled us into the right mood, the spectacle begins. For about 45 minutes, the dervishes begin to spin and spin under the mesmerising lights and mystical ambience of Hodianasha.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hocapaa Kültür Merkezi, Ankara Caddesi Hamam Sok No: 3. B Sirkeci .
Start/opening time: Program starts every evening at 7.30pm (except Tuesdays and Thursdays) Please be there 30 minutes before the show starts.
End/closing time: Approx. 8.30pm.

Available until 25 March 2018
Istanbul Excursions & Tours - Wonders of Turkey
Istanbul Excursions & Tours: Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from city center and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center. Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please contact us for transfer rates.
Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city. Visit TOPKAPI PALACE. The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break at 13:00pm after the lunch Murtis Tour will then take you to the GRAND COVERED BAZAAR In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4, 000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand - honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx - ware and meerschaum pipes. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Please Note: Hagia Sophia is closed on mondays, Topkapi Palace closed on tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on sundays. If your tour is on one of these days we would offer you to visit Underground Cistern instead of Hagia Sophia and Topkapi palace museum, instead of Grand Baazar you will visit Spice Bazaar.
Day 3 - Istanbul to Izmir and Kusadasi
After breakfast depart for Bosphorus Cruise tour. Enjoy a magical Istanbul Bosphorus Boat Cruise and Spice Market Tour starting at 08:30. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat including: SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar). BOSPHORUS BY BOAT a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. . Lunh break at the Turkish restaurant. After the lunch depart for Istanbul Ataturk airport for domestic flight to Izmir. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel in Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 4 - Kusadasi - Ephesus Tour - Turkish Village Sirince
08:30 Departure from hotel fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world en - route, visiting the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman centre. After Lunch we will do a Turkish Village Tour. Sirinces construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all Orginal with their white paints. Sirince Village also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey - especially fruit wines. We will visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine. On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region, where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5 - Kusadasi - Pamukkale Tour
At 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale. We will check at the hotel around 12.00 and we have a lunch break until 13.30. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. After Pamukkale the tour returns to Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 6 - Kusadasi - Izmir to Nevsehir / Kayseri Airport and Cappadocia.
After breakfast, we depart for Izmir airport for our domestic flight to Cappadocia. Transfer from Kayseri airport to your Cave hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Cappadocia. Overnight in Cave Hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 7 - Cappadocia Tour
Today we will get to know the Cappadocia region, a volcanic area in which the geological formation started 10 million years ago. As a result of these formations phallic like pillars have come to life. The beautiful horse country Katpatuka, (as the Persians called her) is an unbelievable strip of land, enchanting and mysterious. Cappadocia region is also famous for its arts, including ceramic and carpets. You will be picked up approximatley 09:30 from your hotel to join our regular tour. Tour starts with a drive to Derinkuyu underground city, one of the best preserved and deepest underground cities in the Cappadocia region, reaching depths of up to 55m and 8 levels open to visitors. The tour then visits Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia. After Uchisar, you visit Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. Next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. After Cavusin you go to the restaurant in Avanos to have lunch. After lunch, you visit a pottery work shop, to see how to make potteries. Then you go Pasabagi where you can see three - headed fairy chimneys. After Pasabagi you visit another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. Next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals. Then you head to a wineshop in Urgup for wine tasting. Last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end approximately 18:00 and you will be returned back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 8 - Cappadocia to Istanbul - End of Tour
After breakfast you will have free time shopping in Cappadocia. Today we depart for Kayseri airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the airport on day one.
Duration: Eight days.
Start/opening time: On Sunday.
End/closing time: At 5pm on day eight.
Languages: Shared tour: English. Private Tour Languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic and Chinese.
Others: Tour includes: Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk airport. Airport transfer to Denizli airport. Domestic flight from Istanbul to Izmir. Domestic flight from Izmir to Kayseri / Nevsehir. Domestic flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul. 2 nights hotel in Istanbul. 3 nights hotel in Kusadasi. 2 nights hotel in Cappadocia. 7 open buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners. Guided Istanbul city tour. Guided Istanbul Bosphorus cruise. Guided Ephesus tour. Guided Sirince village tour and wine tasting. Guided Pamukkale tour. Guided Cappadocia tour. All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary. Transportation in a fully air - conditioned, non - smoking coach. Professional English - speaking tour guides. Return airport transfer.
Tour does not include: International flights. Arrival and departure transfer from Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul. Insurance: All types. Turkey entry visa. Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry. Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section.
Please note: For infants under the age of 2 there is a flight ticket insurance charge for the domestic flight which will appear during your booking process.

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