|Duration||Best of Istanbul City Tour|
|Visiting Sights||Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Bosphorus Cruise, Golden Horn, Pierre Loti Hill, Cable Car|
|Tour Price||79 Euro|
Best of Istanbul City Tour
You will have a chance to explore Istanbul a day with best of Istanbul city tour programme. You will have fully guided tour of old town and cruise on the Bosphorus, drive to the Golden Horn and Pierre Loti Hill for a lovely view. You will have a memorable day in Istanbul on your Turkey vacation.
Best of Istanbul City Tour Details:
08:30 am – You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the meeting point.
After meeting with the group and your Istanbul tour guide, you will start to tour by visiting Santa Sophia. After visiting the interior of Hagia Sophia walk to Hippodrome. While you are walking in the Hippodrome, you see the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the column of Constantine. Afterwards, walk to the Blue Mosque, visiting inside of the Blue Mosque, Then visit Grand Covered Bazaar which is known as Big Bazaar. There are 4000 shops in Grand Bazaar. The tour guide will inform you about the Grand Bazaar and give you time to discover the bazaar. After that we will have lunch at a local restaurant then we drive along the Golden Horn to Eyyup to take the Cable car on the Pierre Lotti Hill. You will enjoy by climbing up to Pierre Lotti Hill. You will have free time to take pictures at top of the hill then drive to the port where you will embark the boat for lovely Bosphorus Cruise. You will sail between two continents Europe & Asia around 1hr 45 min. While you are sailing, you will see the old ottoman villas and mansions on the Asia and Europe Side.
17:00 pm – At the end of best of Istanbul city tour, drive back to your hotel.
Brief Info about the sites in Best of Istanbul City Tour :
Santa 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.
Blue Mosque: Across from St. Sophia built in the 17th century by the architect Mehmet, this is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
Hippodrome: The scene of ancient chariot races, the ancient Hippodrome, with its four monuments; the GERMAN FOUNTAIN OF WILHELM II, the OBELISK OF THEODOSIUS, the bronze SERPENTINE COLUMN and the COLUMN OF CONSTANTINE.
Grand Covered Bazaar: In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 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, onnyxware and meerschaum pipers.
Golden Horn (from the bus): The arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbor of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of İstanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantine. 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, 21 km. long City Walls(from the bus), the strongest fortification of the middle age.
Bosphorus Cruise by Boat: A traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion, you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavillions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of is marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.
Pierre Lotti Hill & Cable Car: It was named after the famous French writer, you will enjoy the magnificent scenery of Golden Horn and the city after you take a cable car drive for the hill.
Transportation by air-conditioned non-smoking tour coaches
Professional Guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
Lunch at local restaurant (drinks extra)
All entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museums in the tour program
Parking and Road tolls
Drinks at the Lunch
Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sunday
Blue Mosque closed on Friday due to Prayer
You are kindly requested to present your self at the pickup point 15 minutes prior the pre-advised pick up time
30% discount for children below the age 7, free for the ages 0-2