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Daily Tours

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Explore Istanbul; Misir Carsisi, Bosphorus, Topkapi Palace, Golden Horn, St. Sophia, Dolmabahce Palace, Hamam...

 

 IST #1 Half-day without lunch - CRUISE ON THE BOSPHORUS / Morning w/Regular Ferry

Departure from the hotel. Visit the Misir Carsisi or Spice Bazaar, at Eminonu, transports you to fantasies from the mystical East. The enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice fill the air. Then Cruise on the Bosphorus, the winding strait that separates Europe from Asia. Enjoy the view of the old wooden villas, marble palaces and the ancient fortresses. Disembark on the European side. Then return to the hotel.

IST #2 Half-day without lunch - OTTOMAN ART / Afternoon

Departure from the hotel. Visit the legendary Museum of Topkapi Palace to visit the dazzling displays of the treasures of the Ottoman Sultans. Later visit the Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent. Then drive along the coast of the Golden Horn overlooking the historical walls and churches of the Byzantine period. Return to the hotel.
* Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. Topkapi Palace will be replaced by the Dolmabahce Palace.

IST #3 Half-day without lunch - BYZANTIAN ART / Morning

Departure from the hotel. Visit the Museum of St. Sophia, the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, Hippodrome, where chariot races and athletic events took place during the Roman period. The Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets and magnificent interior with blue tiles, continue to the Sts. Sergius and Bachus Church, originally constructed in the sixth century as the church of Sts. Sergius and Bacchus and was located within the confines of the Hormisdas Palace on the Sea of Marmara, south of the Hippodrome. Grand Bazaar. You will have shopping opportunities for carpets, leather goods, jewellery, copper-ware etc. and return to the hotel.
* The Museum of St. Sophia is closed on Mondays. Museum of St. Sophia will be replaced by the Museum of “St. Saviour” of Chora.
* The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.

IST #4 Half-day without lunch - ISTANBUL IN ASIA / Morning

Departure from the hotel. Drive over the intercontinental Bosphorus Bridge to Camlica Hill (Pine Hill) on the Asian Side to see the beautiful panoramic view of Istanbul, then visit the Beylerbeyi Palace, the summer residence of the Ottoman Sultans with its original furniture and magnificent gardens. Then visit a typical fisherman’s village along the Bosphorus with shopping possibilities. Return to the hotel.
Beylerbeyi Palace is closed on Mondays & Thursdays.

IST #5 Half-day without lunch - SULTAN’S PALACES / Morning & Afternoon

Departure from the hotel. Visit the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace; a 19th century palace built in the rococo style. Then visit another palace, the Chalet Pavilion, surrounded by beautiful gardens and return to the hotel.

Dolmabahce Palace and the Chalet Pavilion are closed on Mondays & Thursdays.

IST #6 Half-day without lunch - ARCHAEOLOGY / Morning

Departure from the hotel to visit the Cinili Kosk or Pavilion (the Museum of Turkish Tiles) built by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in the 15th century where there are fine examples of Seljuk and Ottoman tiles & ceramics. Then visit the famous Archeological Museum with a very rich collection of classical antiquities including the celebrated Alexander Sacrophage and the Temple of Athena. After seeing different displays of antiquities from the Sumerian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Hatti and Hittite civilizations. Return to the hotel.
* Cinili Kosk - Archaeological Museum are closed on Mondays.

IST #7 Full-day with lunch - PRINCE’S ISLANDS

Departure from the hotel. Embark the local ferry for a cruise to the largest of the Prince’s Islands; “Buyukada”, an island on the Marmara Sea, which is a beautiful summer resort. After lunch, have a tour around the island by horse driven carriages. Then return to Istanbul by boat and transfer to the Hotel.

IST #8 Half-day without lunch - TURKISH BATH "HAMMAM" EXPERIENCE

Departure from the hotel for the Turkish Bath. The baths or 'hamams' as they are named, are for many aspects of health, not just for external cleanliness. The bather enters the dry heat of a sweating area. Afterwards, the bather begins to perspire heavily because of a wet steam. The skin is then washed with soap and warm water and the muscles massaged. After being scoured and washed, the bather's body temperature returns to normal from swimming in cold water. Return to the Hotel. Necessities are provided. We suggest that you bring your own moisturize, shampoo etc. Return to the Hotel.

IST #9 Half-day without lunch - CONTRAST OF ISTANBUL

Departure from the hotel. Visit the Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarchate at Phanar. Continue to Eyup Mosque situated outside the city walls, near the Golden Horn. It is the first mosque built after the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul. Last stop will be the Rahmi Koc Industrial Museum, which is the first major museum in Turkey dedicated to the history of Transport, Industry and Communications. On the shore of the historic Golden Horn, the collection contains thousands of items from gramophone needles to full size ships and aircrafts. Return to the Hotel.
Rahmi Koc Industrial Museum is closed on Mondays.

IST #10 Full-day without lunch - "PERA" RELIGION & HISTORY & ART

Departure from the Hotel. Visit Nusretiye and Kilic Ali Pasha Mosque, Tophane Fountain, Turkish Orthodox Patriarchate, Surp Krikor Lusorovich, the oldest Armenian Church, St. Andrea Russian Church, taking the world's third oldest train tunnel, to go to "Pera". Visit the lodge of the Whirling Dervishes, Galata Mevlevihanesi. Walking tour from Pera to Taxim square, visit Galata Tower. Return to the Hotel.

IST #11 Night tour - DINNER & SHOW

Departure from the hotel. Dinner and oriental floor show including belly dancers, folklore dancers, singers and other attractions at a “Night Club”. Return to the hotel. 4-courses set menu and half bottle of wine are included. Return to the Hotel.

IST #12 Full-day with lunch

Any 2 half day tours, plus lunch.

IST #13 Full-day with lunch - CRUISE FROM BOSPHORUS TO PRINCES' ISLANDS

Departure from the Hotel. Embark on a Private Boat for a Cruise on the Bosphorus, the winding strait that separates Europe from Asia. Enjoy the view of the old wooden villas, marble palaces and the ancient fortresses. Disembark at the largest of the Prince’s Islands; “Buyukada”, an island on the Marmara Sea, which is a beautiful summer resort. Lunch at the Fish Restaurant. Depending on the whether condition, swimming possibility at the crystal clear waters. Cruise back to Istanbul and transfer to the Hotel.

• Not operating in winter, pls ask for summer.

IST #14 Full-day with lunch - BYZANTINE MARVELS OF ART

Morning visit the site of the famous Hippodrome, where chariot races and athletic events took during the Roman period. Begun in 203 AD, it was continually enlarged until it could seat 100,000. Nearby is the Underground Cistern, which was the water source for both the Grand Palace of the Byzantine Emperors and for the Ottomans' Topkapi Palace. Contunie to the St. Sophia Museum, the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. Lunch. Afternoon visit to the Kariye Museum, the old church of St. Saviour in Chora treasuring the marvelous mosaics and frescoes which represent scenes drawn from, the cycle of the life of the Virgin and of Christ which have been restored under the guidance of the Byzantine Institute of Boston. Visit the Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarchate at Phanar. Return to the Hotel.

• St. Sophia Museum is closed on Mondays.
• Kariye Museum is closed on Wednesdays.

IST #15 Full-day with lunch - OTTOMAN HERITAGE

Breakfast at the Hotel. Morning visit to the Topkapi Palace Museum with Treasury and Harem Sections to enjoy the dazzling displays of the Treasures of Ottoman Sultans, and the porcelain collection, which is unique in the world. Nearby is the Blue Mosque; the most splendid mosque in the city, built in the early 18th century, distinguished by six slender minarets and walls covered with blue Iznik tiles. After lunch, continue to the Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent. This is the largest mosque and was built for Suleyman the Magnificent in the 1550's by the great architect Sinan. The Sultan and his wife are buried in exquisitely tiled toms here. Continue to the Grand Bazaar, by the 18th century, the Grand Covered Bazaar held more than 3.000 shops supplied by 30 major warehouses or hans. Return to the Hotel.

• Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. Topkapı Palace will be replaced by the Dolmabahce Palace.
• Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.

IST #16 Full-day with lunch - JEWISH HERITAGE

Departure from the hotel. Visit the Galata Tower in the Galata section, which was the center of the old Jewish community. See the Neve Shalom Synagogue, the Askenazy Synagogue, and the Zulfaris Jewish Museum - once a synagogue. Free time allowed for lunch. Afternoon visit to the Balat section, where the star of David appears on the facade of some of the buildings, then visit the Ahrida Synagogue, built in 1412, the Yanbol Synagogue, a Jewish home for the aged, and the Jewish Cemetery. Return to the hotel.

IST #17 Full-day with lunch - BURSA “First Capital of the Ottoman Empire

Departure from the hotel in Istanbul, cross to Yalova by ferryboat then drive to Bursa 1,5 hours. Arrival in Bursa around noon. Lunch to taste the famous kebab at a typical restaurant. Then visit the Green Mosque, the Ulu Mosque and the Mausoleum of the Ottoman Sultans. Time and weather permitting tele-elevator to the top of the Mt. Uludag (Mt. Olympus). Return to Istanbul, to the hotel, by late afternoon.

IST #18 Full-day with lunch - IZNIK (Nicea)

Departure from the hotel to Iznik (125 miles - 200 km.), “Nicea”, site of the first and 7th Ecumenical Councils. Visit the Church of St. Sophia and the unique museum of Iznik tiles. Lunch. Return to Istanbul by ferry via Yalova in the evening. Return to the hotel.

IST #19 Full-day with lunch - TROY

Early morning drive to Gallipoli by private car or minibus (295 km.- 184 miles). Visit the Anzac Bay and the excursion of the ancient city of Troy, the legendary city of beautiful Helen and the Wooden Horse. After lunch, drive back to Istanbul and return to the hotel.

IST #20 Two days, full board - TROY / GALLIPOLI

Day 1 - Early morning drive to Canakkale by private car or minibus (184 miles - 295 km). Visit the Anzac Bay and the Memorials of Gallipoli, the place where one of the fiercest battles of history was fought during the World War I. After lunch, cross the Dardanelles. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Canakkale (Lunch & Dinner).

Day 2 - After breakfast at the hotel, departure for the excursion of the ancient city of Troy, the legendary city of beautiful Helen and the Wooden Horse. After lunch, drive back to Istanbul and return to the hotel (Breakfast & Lunch).

IST #21 Full-day with lunch - EPHESUS BY PLANE

Morning transfer to the airport, fly to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport and leave Izmir for Ephesus (106 miles - 170 km.), the city dedicated to Artemis. Visit the ruins from the period of St. Paul, Odeon, the Monumental fountain, Temples, the Library, the Great Theatre and the Double Church. Lunch. Visit the Archaeological Museum and St. John’s Basilica and his Tomb, the Temple of Diana one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the Shrine of Virgin Mary, where she spent the last years of her life. Return to Izmir and fly back to Istanbul. Transfer to the hotel.

IST #22 Full-day with lunch - HITTITE CAPITAL “HATTUSAS”

Morning transfer to the airport for your one hour flight to Ankara. Arrival in Ankara and departure for Hattusas (103 miles - 164 km.), the capital of the proud and warlike Hittites from the year 2000 B.C. to the year 1180 B.C. Their empire stretched from the Black Sea to Syria. This visit will include the capital city itself and its gates and walls. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon visit the outdoor shrine of Yazilikaya, where the Hittite’s gods march across the cliff face. Return to Ankara and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Transfer to the hotel.

• Operated only on Sundays

IST #23 Two days, full board - MARVELS OF CAPPADOCIA

Day 1 - Morning transfer to the airport, fly to Kayseri Airport. Arrival in Kayseri. Meeting and assistance at the airport. Drive to Cappadocia. First stop at the wonderful Dervent Valley where the weather has eroded the stone into peaks, cones and obelisks called fairy chimneys. Paşabağı, a three-capped chimney in the middle of valley was the retreat to the monk Simeon. Visit Avanos, experience pottery making. After Lunch, drive to Göreme National Park which is like an open-air museum. There are 15 churches large and small, seven refectories, and various tombs and cellars including wine cellars. Visit the Citadel of Uchisar and Guvercinlik Valley also called Pigeon Valley for the hundreds of holes perforating the rock face whose droppings provided valuable fertilizer to the neighboring farmers. Last stop will be at Esentepe. Check in to the Hotel. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Cappadocia (Lunch & Dinner).

Day 2 - Buffet breakfast. Full day tour of Cappadocia, Drive to “Derinkuyu the Underground City” an extremely complex underground city consisting of seven layers, rooms for grain storage, the stabling of animals, aging of wine and every possible necessity of rural life. Continue to Kizilcukur Valley and Cavusin. After Lunch, visit Ortahisar Valley, (throughout to come from the 50 year period in the 11th century when bureaucrats had effectively ousted the army). fly back to Istanbul. Transfer to the hotel (Breakfast & Lunch).