Combination of Istanbul Classics and Highlights & Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahçe Palace & Dining Out In A Turkish Way
This tour is a must in Istanbul. You will begin the day with the Roman Hippodrome, where the chariot races were organized by the Romans and Byzantines. Blue Mosque-the only mosque with six minarets and its surroundings will be our next place to visit. Next, you will see the German Fountain - a gift of Kaiser Wilhelm 2. and listen the stories of his liaison with the orient. Hagia Sophia - The Church of Divine Wisdom is the highlight of this day. Following the visits your guide will take you the Grand Bazaar for demonstration of Turkish Handicrafts. Topkapı Museum is the big one...the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. It is an incomparably rich treasure-chest, brimming with things of historical importance. First, second, third and fourth courtyards; the Audience Hall, Divan-the High Court, Historical Kitchens, Royal Stables, the Treasury, gardens, kiosks… Probably the best commentary on Ottoman History, art and its culture is simply to come direct to the First Courtyard of this amazing Palace. Next place to see is Hagia Irene Church (from outside). Our final places of interest are Caferağa Medrese and Soğukçeşme Street. To see these things with a great guide...well, you will never be quite the same again.
From the awe-inspiring Dolmabahce Palace to the ancient Walls of Constantine and onto the Topkapi Palace, experience the best views the city has to offer while enjoying a wonderfull cruise along the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. A journey along
the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn with Istanbul Cruise will give you a unique insight into the great city’s history. Our cruise and tour ends in Eminönü Pier where the cruise started. Passengers willing to continue our full day tour will disembark in Üsküdar.
The tour starts at your hotel where you will take your vehicle. You will drive over the first INTERCONTINENTAL BRIDGE that connects Europe and Asia. Bosphorus Bridge was built in1973 and its lenght between two legs is 1074 meters and the time of construction was the fourth longest suspension bridge of the world. Çamlıca Hill is the highest peak of Istanbul. Following a short drive after the suspension bridge we will reach the 268 meters hill. Here we will see the splendid panorama of the Bosphorus Strait. Following a photo stop we continue to drive over the suspension bridge and than arrive to Dolmabahçe Palace where you will have a unique experience of this magnificent 19th century building with excellent guide!
No touristic places - but you will see much more than that! We will take you where ‘real people’ go to dine in a ‘Turkish Way’. You will see and have a chance to meet local people having fun with their friends. We start the evening in a traditional ‘Simit Bakery’. Simit is a bread roll, which is covered with grape molasses and sesame seeds. We take our simits and visit one of the local kıraathane’- which literally means reading rooms-but-in reality is a coffee shop with lots of men with mustaches playing cards or backgammon! After having traditional Turkish tea in a traditional tea glasses we visit another traditional place: Ocakbaşı-which is a traditional self-service barbecue restaurant where you sit by the fire and grill your kebabs, along with glass of Turkish Raki of course! We continue our gourmet journey passing, seeing and sniffing by some Turkish Restaurants. Finally, we end up in a Meyhane – a traditional Tavern where you taste ‘Meze’, drink ‘Rakı’ and listen to live Turkish Music performed by Gipsy Musicians. Well if you think that is it for the night, you are wrong! We will offer you a traditional ‘İşkembe Çorbası’, which is a ‘Tripe Soup’- the same way Turks complete their evening after being sated with ‘Turkish Rakı’… And of course no Turkish Night is ‘a complete’ without tasting the ‘Türk Kahvesi’-Turkish Coffee. Sounds tasty huh! And to give it quality, you will be escorted by a Professional guide who will explain to you everything that you will need to know.
- Hotel pickup and drop off
- 2 Lunches
- Entrance Fees
- Boat Cruise
- Limited Local Alcholic Beverage
- Gratuities (optional)
- Beverages during lunch
- Dolmabahçe Palace is closed on Monday and Thursdays. It replaces with Chora Museum.
- Topkapı Palace is closed on Tuesdays. It replaces with Chora Museum.
- Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
- Please choose the 1. day on calendar while booking.
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Departure point: Pick up from centrally located hotels in Istanbul
Departure time: 08:30 am
Duration: 21 hours (approx.)
Return details: Returns to original departure point at approximately 11:30 pm (After Dining Out In A Turkish Way Tour)
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