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half day city highlights (am only)

Depart from your hotel in the morning. Visit ancient Byzantine Hippodrome with the Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column, and the Stone Obelisk. Then you visit the Blue Mosque famous for its six minarets and beautiful Iznik tiles. You'll also visit Hagia Sophia Church from the Byzantine Empire housing magnificent gold-leafed mosaics. At the end you'll visit the Grand Bazaar for your shopping. (this tour is arranged on private or on group basis everyday)

full day city highlights

Depart from your hotel in the morning. Visit ancient Byzantine Hippodrome with the Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column, and the Stone Obelisk. Then you visit the Blue Mosque famous for its six minarets and beautiful Iznik tiles. You'll also visit Hagia Sophia Church from the Byzantine Empire housing magnificent gold-leafed mosaics. After lunch, you'll visit Topkapi Palace from the Ottoman period with precious displays of porcelains, crystals, sultan's costumes, books, portraits, and diamonds. At the end you'll visit the Grand Bazaar for your shopping. Transfer back to your hotel at the end of the day. (this tour is arranged on private or on group basis everyday)

full day bosphorus & asia

Depart from your hotel in the morning. Visit the Egyptian Bazaar known as Spice Market for its lively colored spices. Then take a ferry to start your cruise on the Bosphorus Strait sailing along the European and Asian shores. After lunch, take the suspension bridge going on the Asian Continent with a pleasant panoramic drive. Visit here Beylerbeyi Palace which was the summer residence of the last Ottoman Sultans. Transfer back to your hotel at the end of the day. (this tour is arranged on private or on group basis everyday)

full day princess islands

Depart from your hotel in the morning. After a pleasant boat ride to Buyukada (Grand Island), visit the island by horse-drawn carriages viewing beautiful wooden houses and the wonderful views of the Islands. You'll visit an orthodox churche on foot as well. After lunch at a fish restaurant, return to Istanbul by boat again and transfer back to your hotel. (this tour is arranged on private basis everyday or on group basis with minimum 8 participants)

full day jewish heritage

Depart from your hotel in the morning. Visit Galata neighborhood and its famous tower built by Genovese. Visit nearby the Neve Shalom Synagogue and then the Jewish Museum of Turkey, known as Zulfaris Synagogue, where you'll see the history of 700 years of friendship between Turks and Jews. Drive to Balat district along the Golden Horn to see another old Jewish district with the Ahrida Synagogue built over 500 years ago. After wondering in the old neighborhood where the Star of David appears on some of the buildings, return back to your hotel. (this tour is arranged on private basis only and requires special permissions for synagogue visits, not available on Saturdays or during Jewish religious holidays)

full day bursa

Depart from your hotel early in the morning and take a ferry-boat to Yalova, then drive to Bursa to visit the Green (Yesil) Mosque, Green Mausoleum, and the Grand (Ulu) Mosque in the city center. After lunch, visit the covered Bazaar and the old silk market. Return to Istanbul and transfer back to your hotel. (this tour is arranged on private basis everyday or on group basis with minimum 8 participants)

belly dancing dinner show

Depart from your hotel in the evening for a famous Turkish show in a well known nightclub. You'll enjoy Turkish folk dances from various regions, belly dancers, music and singers. Half bottle of local wine per person will be included with your dinner. Transfer back to your hotel around midnight. (this tour is arranged everyday)

IMPORTANT NOTES
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays; St. Sophia is closed on Mondays; Beylerbeyi is closed on Mondays & Thursdays; Grand Bazaar & Spice Market are closed on Sundays & Turkish holidays. On these specific days, above mentioned museums or sites will be replaced with others
  • Order of the visits may be changed for technical reasons or because of closure of the sites or museums
  • For groups of over 30 people, there will be a private boat for the Bosphorus cruise
  • All tours include pick-up & drop-off from/to hotels, A/C car/van/bus depending on the size of the group
  • All tours exclude beverages (except for the Belly Dancing night as described in the itinerary)
  • All travel services are arranged by a government licensed & reliable travel agency

Please contact me for costs and details of the tour you prefer.

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