Taste of Istanbul in a Day
Taste Of Istanbul in a day tour is the best option for you to explore bosphorus and ottoman relics in a day. Your tour covers part of old city walls, Spice bazaar, boat cruise on the Bosphorus, Topkapi Palace Museum and Sultans Toms.
Taste Of Istanbul In A Day Tour
08:30 am – You will be picked up from your hotel for guided taste of Istanbul in a day tour. (Hotel pick up times are chaning according the Istanbul towns. Please inform us your hotel details on your request) We drive from part the City Wall and Golden Horn and stop Spice Bazaar. Visiting the old Spice Bazaar and continue to boat. Embark to the boat and cruise on the Bosphorus untill second bridge and sail back to departure point. Disembark from the boat and have lunch at the restaurant. After lunch, we will visit Topkapi Palace Museum and Little Hagia Sophia Mosque.
17:00 pm – At the end of the tour, transfer you back to hotel. End of the taste of Istanbul in a day tour.
Little history of the Taste Of Istanbul In A Day tour sights:
Golden Horn (from the bus) : The arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbour 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 kms. long City Walls, the strongest fortification of the middle age.
Spice Bazaar : It is located at Eminonu behind the New Mosque(Valide Sultan Mosque).It was constructed by Turhan Sultan in 1660 as a pious foundation attached to New Mosque.
Cruise on the Bosphorus : A traditional excursion by boat along the waterway seperating 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 gather 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.
Rumeli Fortress (from the sea/no interior visit) : Historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect Bosphorus. A unique example of military architecture. The fabled capital of three great empires – Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman, Istanbul is steeped in almost 3,000 years of history. The greatest concentration of landmarks is found in Istanbul’s oldest district, Sultanahmet, an awe-inspiring expanse of leafy parks, Byzantine cathedrals, Greek statuary, bustling bazaars and imposing mosques with towering, slender minarets.
Topkapi Palace Museum : Imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans, the maze of buildings that was the focal point of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centruies. In these opulent surroundings the sultans and their court lived and governed. A magnificent wooded garden fills the outer, or first, court. In the second court, on the right, shaded by cyprees and plane trees,stand the palace kitchens, which now serve as galleries exhibiting the imperial collections of crystal, silver and Chinese porcelain. Today the third court holds the Hall of Audience, the Library of Ahmet III, an exhibition of imperial costumes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the treasury and a priceless collection of miniatures from medieval manuscripts. In the center of this innermost sanctuary, the Prophet Muhammet (S.A.V) brought to Istanbul when the Ottomans assumed the caliphaten of Islam.
Sultans Tombs : there are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at St. Sophia. The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, green, blue, and red flower motives. Prince robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses. Taste Of Istanbul in a day tour is available everyday in Istanbul. Please check the important notes sites of taste Of Istanbul in a day tour.
- 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 programme
- Parking and Road tolls
- Local taxes
- Tips to Driver and Guide
- Personal Expenses
- Drinks at the Lunch
Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday; replaced with Beylerbeyi Palace
Harem is not including in Topkapi Palace
Sultans Tombs closed on Monday; replaced with Little Hagia Sophia Mosque
You are kindly requested to present your self at the pick up point 15 minutes prior the pre advised pick up time.
30% discount for children below the age 7, free for the ages 0-2.