Istanbul

Istanbul is the city of the past, the present and the future. It not only joins continents, it also joins cultures and people. Istanbul, a fascinating city built on two Continents, divided by the Bosphorus Strait. This is one of the greatest cities in the world where you can see a modern western city combined with a traditional eastern city, it’s a melting pot of many civilizations and different people. It is one of the most visited and important places in the world, a central hub connecting Asia and Europe, blending the past and the future, bringing together cultures and people from all over the world. Istanbul has been the capital city of some of the most powerful nations and empires of the history since it’s foundation; capital Byzantium, capital Constantinople of the Byzantine Empire, and capital Istanbul of the Ottoman Empire. Therefore, one can find many sites in Istanbul belonging to these empires who left they remarks in this magnificent city.


Best Of Istanbul

  • Topkapı Palace, Dolmabahçe Palace, Yıldız Palace
  • Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet), Hagia Sophia, Süleymaniye Mosque, Ortaköy (Mecidiye Mosque), Yeni (New) Mosque
  • Istanbul Archaeological Museums, Haghia Sophia (Aya Sofya) Museum, St. Savior in Chora (Kariye) Museum, Calligraphy Museum, Istanbul Modern Arts Museum, Carpet & Kilim Museum, Turkish & Islamic Art Museum (Ibrahim Pasha Palace), Rahmi Koç Museum, Sabancı Museum and many more to visit.
  • Maiden’s Tower and Galata Tower
  • The Golden Horn and Pierre Loti Hill 
  • Princess Islands
  • Çamlıca Hill
  • The Grand Bazaar - one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world
  • The Bosphorus
  • Ortaköy Pier Square
  • Taksim Square and Istiklal Street (Beyoğlu)
  • Cevahir, Olivium, Akasya, Venezia, Zorlu and İstinye Park Shopping Malls
  • Dessert and sweet shops such as Güllüoğlu, Hacı Bekir, etc…


GALLERY




Daily Sightseeing Tours ( at an additional cost)

ISTANBUL CITY TOUR 

We start our tour with Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Then, we visit the Topkapı Palace, where Imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place.

Free time in Grand Bazaar with its 3.500 shops.

Return to the hotel and overnight.

BOSPHORUS TOUR

Bosphorus Cruise through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residences and luxurious apartments.

In the afternoon, Çamlıca Hill and Akasya Shopping Mall. We finish our tour with leather shopping at Zeytinburnu.

Return to the hotel and overnight.

PRINCESS ISLANDS TOUR 

After gathering all guests, we arrive at the Kabataş Pier. Departure is from European side and across the Bosphorus by boat to Princess Islands. Landing at Büyükada which is the largest and the most famous of this Islands chain. After a small tour in the town center and listening to the history of this lovely island, you’ll have time to enjoy the beautiful island shores. As there is no car allowed in the island, this promenade would be an unforgettable memory for you.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Free time in island until evening return time.

PS: Phaeton tour is not included due to our sensitivity to animal rights. A lunch will be served instead. However, passengers can purchase phaeton tour at an additional cost.

Return to the hotel and overnight.

ARABIC NIGHT TOUR BY BOAT ( NO-ALCOHOL & BELLY DANCER )

Return transfers from Hotel to Cruise Boat. A Dinner Cruise that presents you the beauty and history of the Bosphorus. You will meet Arabic and Turkish dance shows. You will feel and live the civilizations of the Bosphorus. Gala Dinner and Show is included.

ISTANBUL GOLDEN HORN TOUR

After leaving the hotel we will be visiting Eyüp Sultan Mosque which was the first constructed building after the conquest of Istanbul. The mosque was used to be the coronation place for Ottoman sultans. It contains some of the personal belongings of the Prophet Mohammed (S.A.V.). Then we will get to Pierre Loti hill which has a good panoramic view of golden horn using a small cable car line (if operational). Lastly, we will visit Miniature Park that contains miniatures of most of the significant buildings in Turkey.

BOSPHORUS DINNER BY BOAT TOUR

Return transfers from Hotel to Cruise Boat. A Dinner Cruise that presents you the beauty and history of the Bosphorus. You will meet Ottoman lovers proud swashbucklers, the bride henna ceremony. Romany girls, a funny show Aşuk Maşuk, the belly dancer , as beautiful as the Bosphorus. You will feel and live the civilizations of the Bosphorus. Gala Dinner and Show is included.

ISFANBUL THEME PARK TOUR ( FORMARLY VIALAND ) 

Pick up from hotel and transfer to ISFANBUL that is spread over an area equal to 100 football fields, provides affordable alternatives which appeal to every age and interest group with the wide range of brands it targets with 110 thousand square meters of leasable commercial space on its shopping streets. The Isfanbul Castle, rising majestically in the 2000 meter square area at the entrance to the Isfanbul Theme Park, opens the gates to a storybook world for guests. The 100 thousand square meter exhibition centre has a 15 thousand person capacity concert area, a lake and many activity areas to appeal to a wide range of audiences. Then transfer to hotels.

FLORYA AQUARIUM & MALL TOUR

In comparison to other aquariums of its class containing fish species living in the world’s seas, it is the newest with its travel route, thematization, interactivity, rainforest and cutting-edge technology. Istanbul Aquarium holds a leading position among worldwide aquariums thanks to its volume, variety of fish species, and the activities on travel routes. It is a project which makes ‘firsts’ and ‘mosts’ in its field. 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 thematization 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 thematization. Istanbul Aquarium is managed by specialists in their field and in compliance with international standards in every sense. All living creatures in Istanbul Aquarium continue to live in the conditions as nearest as possible to those of their habitat.

FULL DAY BURSA CITY & MOUNTAIN TOUR 

Climb to Uludag, the legendary Mount Olympos, by Teleferik (Cable Car), lunch at the mountain and return to Bursa and visit to Ulucami (Grand Mosque),the Green Mosque and the Green Mausoleum, the old Silk Market in the Covered Bazaar.   

BURSA WATERFALLS TOUR

The tour will start by visiting 600 years old Tree. It is the oldest tree of the BURSA which is 35 m. heigh. Then drive to Cumalikizik old village in Bursa. It seems old houses handmade foods, straight streets and old atmosphere like movie scene. Then we will drive to Waterfalls where we will have our lunch in local restaurant near the river. After the lunch, we drive to shopping centre.

FULL DAY SAPANCA TOUR 

After leaving Istanbul in the morning, we will be driving to Darıca Zoo which is the biggest one in the region, enjoying the lovely countryside view drive to Sapanca. Then we will be driving to Sapanca Lake to spend time around the lake. After having free time around the lake we will be driving to Masukiye for lunch. Various activities are available here like riding, ATV tour etc. Finally,  we will return back to Istanbul in evening