One Day Istanbul Discovery Tour
Best of Istanbul Tour to History & Nature
08:30 am – We will be collected you right from your hotels and taken to the meeting point.
Once meeting with the group and your Istanbul local tour guide start to the full day Istanbul discovery tour. In the morning part of the trip, we will visit Byzantine and Ottoman remains in old Istanbul included Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and pass ourselves in 4000 shops of historical Grand Covered Bazaar. After lunch, we will watch the city from Pierre Loti Hill, ride down the hill with a Cable Car and continue on a boat sightseeing cruise on the uniquely Bosphorus in the world. While continuing to watch Istanbul from Bosphorus strait, our professional guide will give you historical information about the old pasha villas, palaces, and mansions. We are going back to the hotels after the insatiable boat cruise between Asia and Europe continents.
17:00 pm – At the end of best of Istanbul city tour, drive back to your hotel.
Brief Info about the sites in the day tour:
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.
Santa Sophia (Hagia 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.
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.
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, onyx are 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 gathers 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.
Pick up and drop off at your Hotel (From Central Hotels)
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
Optional Istanbul Day Tours
Haghia Sophia Museum is closed on Monday; replaced with Underground Cistern in winter period.
Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sunday.
Blue Mosque closed on Friday due to Prayer.
Exact pickup time will be given at the time of booking
You are kindly requested to present yourself at the pickup point 15 minutes prior the pre-advised pickup time
Comfortable shoes and a hat is recommended as shade is limited in summer time
The order of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion