Itinerary for Pre-Cruise Passangers
Day 1 - Istanbul
Arrive Istanbul at any time of the day. We will meet you at the airport or cruise ship port and transfer you to your hotel.
Day 2 - Istanbul
After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel by your private guide and starts your tour. This is a full day walking tour, as all the places are less than 5 minutes walking distance from each other. The tour starts at the Hippodrome, a center for sport activities and ceremonies and it is also famous for the chariot races during the Roman and the Byzantine era.
After the Hippodrome we will visit Blue Mosque. The Blue Mosque is the second largest mosque in Istanbul and it was built during the Ottoman Period. It is known for its blue Iznik tiles and being the only Ottoman mosque with 6 minarets.
Then we will visit Topkapi Palace, which was the main palace of the Ottoman Sultans untill 1856. Many famous exhibitions are housed in the palace. The Imperial Treasury is another part of the palace and it has an 86 carat diamond on display. We will have a splendid view of the Bosporus and the Golden Horn from the palace.
After here we will have a lunch break and continue to Hagia Sophia, one of the most important buildings in the history of world architecture. Built as a church by the Byzantines and decorated with mosaic tile icons, it then served as a mosque during the Ottoman era. You will definitely be impressed by being in a 1500 years old museum.
The last place we will visit is the Yerebatan Cistern or the Basilica Cistern, a huge water reservoir from the Byzantine period. It will surprise you with its size, its atmosphere and with the Medusa relief.
The tour ends with a visit to the grand bazaar. It is the largest bazaar in the world with its 52 small streets and more than 4000 shops. After the tour you will transfer back to your hotel.
Day 3 - Istanbul
After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel by your private guide and starts your tour. This tour will take you to a number of places that are usually not visited by most tour groups. Firstly we will walk around Tahtakale, which is a popular shopping area for local people as they are able to buy almost anything at wholesale prices. Our next destination will be the Spice Market, otherwise known as the Egyptian Bazzar, where locals have been buying herbs and spices for hundreds of years. You will have some free time to explore the Spice Market by yourself before we visit Rustern Pasa Mosque. The Rustern Pasa Mosque which was built by the Ottomons and is famous for its Iznik tiles. Then we will catch a ferry to Kadikoy, a large residential area on the Asian side of Istanbul. In Kadikoy you will get to see how the local people live and visit Kadikoy's famous fish market. We will have lunch in Kadikoy and then board another local ferry back to the European side of İstanbul. The ferry will stop at Besiktas and from there we will walk to Kabatas, passing Dolmabace Palace, where Ataturk died in 1938. At Kabatas we will catch a finicular up to Taksim, also known as Pera and is one of the main centres of Istanbul. Walking down Istiklal Street, the main street in Taksim, you will feel like you are walking down a European Street, with many famous clothing shops, such as mango and topshop as well as a number of Starbucks and more than 3,000 street cafes, pubs and restaurants. Taksim is almost the best place to experience the nightlife of Istanbul. Our walk will take us to Galata tower, one of the first towers built in the world and where you can see a 360 degree view of Istanbul from the top of the tower. We will then walk to Karakoy where we will cross the Galata Bridge, where you can see locals fishing and finish the tour in Eminonu. After the tour you will be transfer to your cruise ship port or your hotel.
- Departure Days: Daily
- Minimum 1 Participants with 50% single supplement
- Rates are in Euros €
Tour Prices: €475 Euros per person sharing a dbl room
- 2 nights Bed and Breakfast accommodation at 4 star or similar boutique hotels.
- All tours by private professional English speaking official guide.
- All transfers by private fully air-conditioned deluxe vehicle.
- Arrival transfer from the airport / cruise ship port.
- Departure transfer to the airport / cruise ship port.
- Full day private Old City Tour.
- Full day walking Istanbul tour Asia and Europe.