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Asian Discovery – Istanbul (full day)

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Pick up from your hotel or your cruise ship. Visit the exotic Egyptian Spice Market on the Golden Horn, then cross the bridge over the Bosphorus to Camlica Hill for a magnificent view of Istanbul. We visit Beylerbeyi Palace, which was the summer residence of the Ottoman Sultans and Kuzguncuk; one of the most beautiful of the old neighborhoods in Asian Istanbul, with its quaint wooden houses. You can see tailors, shoemakers, small farms etc. Drive through Uskudar town and take a short boat ride to the Maiden’s Tower on an island in the Bosphorus. We then follow the coast to Kadikoy, which was known as Chalcedon in ancient times. Here are very colorful flower shops, antique dealers, delicatessens, and herb and spice sellers. You may visit some old Armenian or Greek Orthodox churches such as the Holy Trinity Church and the fashionable district of Moda, with its pedestrian zone. You will see a mix of old and new where old Ottoman houses and modern architecture stand side by side. We may also take a walk near the Bosphorus and stop in a teahouse, visit the historical Moda wharf and an underground holy spring dedicated to St. Catherine, visit the beautiful bays of Kalamis and Fenerbahce. You will have wonderful views of the Princess Islands and Bosphorus. We will also stop at the historic Haydarpasa Train Station and return to the European side by ferry. Drop off to the hotel or cruise ship port.

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Things to know

    • Beylerbeyi Palace is closed on Mondays & Thursdays
    • Maiden's Tower is closed on Mondays
    • Closed museums will be replaced with a substitute

Do & Don't in Istanbul

  • +Try “kokorec” - a very much appreciated Turkish dish (google it before trying)
  • +Watch a belly dancing show
  • +Get pampered with a scrub and a foam massage in a traditional Turkish Bath
  • -Do not stick to one type of cuisine
  • -Do not be shy with locals
  • -Do not forget your passport anywhere


Period 1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax
01.01.2016 31.12.2016 € 345 € 187 € 149 € 129 € 119 € 109

Tour Includes:

Pick-up & drop-off from/to your hotel or cruise ship

Entrance fees as per itinerary

Air-conditioned vehicle

Professional English speaking tour guide, fully licensed under the Tourism Ministry


  • Gulay: We would like to Thank you for a dream two days! You were most professional and personable! Your knowledge of Istanbul is excellent. Please stay in touch with us...If you find yourself coming to New York...let us know. Again...thank you! I will defintely suggest you to friends and family when touring Istanbul...along with Unison Turkey. Charles T. Forthofer Preston t. Phillips

  • Oriental Istanbul is a wonderful company. They are welcoming, helpful, knowledgeable and very accommodating. I would recommend them without hesitation! - Artemis Mourat / 2013, Teacher

    Wonderful and unforgettable experience, loved every moment! Will definitely return to Istanbul! hoping to see you all again! - Itsumi Suganuma / 2012, Student


    If you are a dancer at heart that appreciates beauty, history and colorful culture this is the perfect trip to embark on.  With knowledgeable and kind hosts that will take care of you and welcome you to their home town you will be delighted by what they have planned for you.  A beautiful trip to bring a friend along and to make new ones!  I would return in a heartbeat. - Bozenka / 2013, Teacher

    I always have a great time with Oriental Istanbul tours as guest teacher, knowing my students will be hosted very well in stunning parts of Turkey and its makes my work so easy and pleasureful.. One of the best and warmest  organizers I ever worked internationally. Strongly Recommended! - Ozgen / 2011, 2012, 2013 Teacher

    THE perfect tour: very rare & unique - detailed instruction by Ozgen, real roman by Reyhan + local festival in Edirne. How can be better than that! Really appreciate the flexibility about stay & activities. All people in the tour are nice, friendly and helpful - pleasurable all the time. Most of all Burcu and Yoko did such a great job organizing & leading us - easy going yet professional, they know tourism and dancing well. Plus, Ozgen is the great instructor as well as our travel buddy - fun & positive energy, multi tasking (waiter, guide, entertainer etc.. ;) ) Can't wait for the next year! - Akiko Tanikawa / 2012 & 2013, Student

  • Thank you for the specutacular workshop which you had organized.  It was
    magnificent.  I never had such a wonderful time.  Never a dull moment.  Days
     filled with the joy and happiness.  Each  experience was memorable, especially
    the  Turkish Bath (my first)=-O.  The group was a match made in heaven.  A perfect blend. I did not know what to expect.  Turkey is a beautiful peaceful country.  Ozgen made it perfect.

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