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Pera & Golden Horn Tour (full day)

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Overlooking the sweet waters of the Golden Horn, visit the giant 16th century Suleymaniye Mosque, which crowns one of Istanbul’s seven hills – a massive complex of Sinan’s skillful architecture. Then proceed to the Church of St. Savior in Chora of 14th century origin, famous for its Byzantine artworks particularly the beautifully preserved frescoes and golden mosaics showing scenes from the lives of Jesus and Virgin Mary. Following a lunch break, we will move to the Pera Beyoglu Area to for a walking tour around its vibrant streets of downtown cosmopolitan Istanbul, with many points of historical, architectural and cultural interest – Christian, Greek and Armenian churches, picturesque shopping arcades and passages, old Ottoman Hans, bazaars and coffeehouses, bustling with shoppers, students and young professionals. Finally, we will end up at the Galata Tower, watchtower of the Genoese fortifications dating from 1349, which we will ascend to the upper public viewing balcony for a 360 degree panoramic view over the Golden Horn, Asian shores, Bosphorus and Princess Islands.

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Things to know

    • Chora Museum is closed on Wednesday
    • 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)
  • +Try “kokorec” - a very much appreciated Turkish dish (google it before trying)
  • -Don't wander in the back streets of Beyoğlu after midnight
  • -Do not enter the houses with shoes
  • -Do not trust the taxi drivers, check the meter as you are getting on

Prices

Period 1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax
01.01.2016 31.12.2016 € 329 € 189 € 139 € 119 € 109 € 99
             

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

  • 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

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    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

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

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

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    The Hidrellez Festival Tour that I attended in May 2012 was fantastic and then the November 2013 Cappadoica and Istanbul expereince was amazing too !      You have an amazing talent of providing incredible cultural learning experiences by combining excellent tours, information and fun . - your tours have made me long to discover more of Turkey and I just adore Turkey and long to come back !

    Debra Dimancesco
       

  • I am back in Japan, and already want to go back to Istanbul. Thank you so much for the wonderful memories. Sayuki Schafer

  • I would like to thank you again Gursan, you truly made this a trip of a life time and opened so many doors. Take care my friend.
    David Tallentire

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