MORNING BOSPHORUS CRUISE 

A morning tour to visit the aromatic Spice Bazaar from 1663 with its domed and vaulted shops selling spices and herbs along with a wide variety of commodities, also known as Egyptian Bazaar as it was once endowed with the Cairo imposts. Then proceed to the pier so as to embark the public boat. Sailing through the waterway separating the two continents - Asia and Europe - with a possibility to take pictures of the marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials. During this trip Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridges will be visible from the sea. Disembark the boat and end of our services.

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HISTORICAL ISTANBUL TOUR 

A full day walking* tour with Topkapi Palace - Harem section is excluded - (Closed on Tuesdays); built in 1468 on one of the seven hills of Istanbul by Mehmet the Conqueror, the seat of the Ottoman sultans for 400 years and a huge complex serving as a museum today facing superb views of the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. The palace houses the treasures of the Sultans including the extravagant Treasury with its magnificent jewels, and the priceless Chinese porcelain, one of the best collections in the world, weapons, calligraphy section, and more. Then on to Sultan Tombs, located behind St. Sophia Museum. In the afternoon, St. Sophia (Closed on Mondays during winter months. If still closed on the tour date, it will be replaced with the Underground Cistern – only on the PRIVATE tours), one of the great architectural marvels of the ancient world, constructed as a basilica in 536 AD by Emperor Justinian, turned into a mosque in 1453 and now into a museum, takes the breath away with the sheer size of its interior and its magnificent dome. Continue to Blue Mosque (Closed on Friday mornings and the last minute occasions beyond our control and therefore no responsibility is assumed), famous for its mosaics with some 20.000 blue Iznik tiles and its six minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet in the 17th century, one of the best examples of classical Turkish art. Cross through the Hippodrome, the scene of Byzantine chariot races, athletic events, victory celebrations and political activities of the old city where one can also see the “Obelisk of Egypt”, “Serpent Column” from Delphi, the “German Fountain of Wilhelm II” and the “Colossus”. Thereafter proceed to Grand Covered Bazaar (Closed on Sundays), which is the biggest “souk” in the world with nearly 4000 shops of antiques, jewelry, gold, carpets, ceramics and leatherwear.

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BOSPHORUS & ASIA TOUR

A full day tour to visit the aromatic Spice Bazaar from 1663 with its domed and vaulted shops selling spices and herbs along with a wide variety of commodities, also known as Egyptian Bazaar as it was once endowed with the Cairo imposts. Then proceed to the pier so as to embark the public boat. Sailing through the waterway separating the two continents - Asia and Europe - with a possibility to take pictures of the marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials. During this trip Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridges as well as Rumelian Fortress, historical armament built by the Conqueror in 1452 to control and protect Bosphorus, will be visible from the sea. Disembark the boat. In the afternoon, cross to the Asian side to visit the Beylerbeyi Palace (Closed on Mondays and Thursdays), the summer residence of the Ottoman Sultans, with its original furniture and magnificent gardens. Then proceed to Camlica Hill (or Nakkastepe) to observe one of the lovely panoramic views of Istanbul. Drive back to the hotel.

*Please note that public transportation (taxi, subway, tram, funicular or ferry) may be used on this tour to avoid the traffic congestion and loss of unnecessary time.

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DINNER CRUISE ON BOSPHORUS

After being picked up from the hotel proceed to the pier (Kabataş) where the boat is to boarded. Enjoy your food with the accompanying oriental show performed by famous belly dancers, folk groups from different regions of Anatolia and Turkish singers while you cruise the Bosphorus and pass by the illuminated venues like Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Ortakoy, Rumelian Fortress, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Brdige, Beylerbeyi Palace and Maiden’s Tower. Late night back to the hotel (D).

*Operated between 01 Apr-31 Oct
*First drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are inclusive
*The program below which some instances are represented are subject to change

 

BOSPHORUS YACHT CRUISE
2 Hours on PRIVATE basis

After being picked up from the hotel proceed to the pier where the boat is to be boarded. Enjoy the Bosphous on a luxurious private yacht while you cruise and pass by the venues like Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Ortakoy, Rumelian Fortress, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Brdige, Beylerbeyi Palace and Maiden’s Tower. On arrival back to the pier transfer to the hotel.

*Operated throughout the year with maximum 10 persons
*Complimentary tea, coffee, cookies and fruits are served on the board
*No guidance service is inclusive. Please advise, if required.

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FULL DAY GALLIPOLI (ANZAC) TOUR

Pick up between 06:30-07:00 from Sultanahmet (Pick-up time for Taksim / Sisli hotels is 06:00-06:30) and then depart to visit Gallipoli, the site of battles involving the Allied Forces including Australians and New Zealanders during World War I (Breakfast en route - at your own expense). After lunch (inclusive only on REGULAR tours) in Eceabat drive on to visit Kabatepe War Museum, Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, Arıburnu Cemetery, ANZAC Commemoration Site, Lone Pine-Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly (Turkish & Allied trenches and tunnels), 57th Regiment Turkish Memorial, the Nek and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. Drive back to Istanbul at around 18:30 (Dinner en route - at your own expense). Arrive in Istanbul around midnight.

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