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Ottoman Classics of Istanbul (full day)

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Another magnificent empire ruled in Istanbul is Ottoman and today you will be awed by some of Ottoman classics, like masterpiece buildings and monuments. We will start the day with a visit to Blue Mosque, the only mosque in Turkey to have 6 minarets and famous with beautiful blue tiles. Our second stop is the Museum of Islamic Heritage, where you can visit sections of carpets, handwritings, wooden artefacts, ceramics, etc. After having lunch in one of local restaurants of the region. We will then proceed to Topkapi Palace; visit inside the palace in the afternoon with less crowds than in morning. Our visits include the spacious grounds, four courtyards, treasury and you also have the option of visiting Harem (entrance fee to be paid locally). Time and weather permitting we can take a short walk in shady Gulhane Park and stop by for a tea. Next visit is to Suleymaniye Mosque, the masterpiece of Architect Sinan and we will finish the day in Grand Bazaar, the largest and oldest covered market in Istanbul with more than 3000 shops selling carpets, leather, jewellery, spices, antiques, and more.. You will test your bargaining skills while getting lost in many streets of this market.

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Things to know

    • Museum of Islamic Heritage is closed on Wednesday
    • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays
    • Closed museums will be replaced with a substitute

Do & Don't in Istanbul

  • +Get pampered with a scrub and a foam massage in a traditional Turkish Bath
  • +Enjoy a fish dinner and gypsy musicians in Cicek Pasaji (Flower Passage)
  • +Go antique and vintage shopping in Cukurcuma
  • -Do not enter the houses with shoes
  • -Don't drive in local traffic
  • -Do not forget your passport anywhere

Prices

Period 1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax
01.01.2016 31.12.2016 € 349 € 209 € 159 € 139 € 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

Testimonials

  • Hello Burcu
    I am writing from Madrid, where we arrived last night after a wonderful experience in Istanbul, thanks to you and your organization.  The tours, the guide and the chofer were magnificent, they allowed us to have a view of the city that was relaxed, care free and most of all instructive and fun.
    Many, many thanks Burcu
    Best regards
    Carlos

  • We just returned from Istanbul last night and I cannot thank you enough for arranging such a wonderful trip for me. I came away with so many great story ideas, and I've never been more excited to start writing about a place. Thank you so much for all of your help! Kate Parham - Journalist

  • Had an amazing time in Istanbul. 1 week of sightseeing and dancing ..Thank you all but especially our sweet organizer Burcu who made this a special experience. Can’t wait for the next one... Kirney

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