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Istanbul Tours

Istanbul city tours & shore excursions:


Take 4 days touring all the main highlights of Istanbul - with private guided tours and cruise ship shore excursions of the Old City, Topkapi & Dolmabahce Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Bosphorus Cruise, Golden Horn, Pera and the Prince's Islands.

Day 1 - Istanbul Tour of the Old City
Tour of the old city of Istanbul. Visit the Hagia Sophia, the famous church from the 6th century, the Blue Mosque, a mosque from the 17th century famous for its blue Iznik tiles, Topkapi Palace - the main residence of the Ottoman Sultans till the 19th century, the Underground Bascilica Cistern from the 6th century and the world famous Grand Bazaar.

Day 2 - Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Market, Dolmabache Palace Tour
Boat tour of the Bosphorus straight. Start the tour in the Egyptian Spice Market from the 17th century. Then visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque. Take the boat to cruise along the Bosphorus straight. In the afternoon visit Dolmabahce or Beylerbeyi Palace and Ortakoy Village, a small fisherman village.

Day 3 - Golden Horn, Galata & Pera Tour
Tour of the Golden Horn, Galata and Pera. Visit the Suleymaniye Mosque which was built by Sinan in the 16th century, then the Church of St. Stephen (a Bulgarian church made of steel), then visit the Church of Chora to see the mosaics and frescoes of Christian history. After lunch, visit Pera/Beyoglu to see the modern cosmopolitan side of town and architecture from the 19th century. Finish the tour at Galata Tower.

Day 4 - Princes' Islands Tour
Tour of the Princes' Islands. Take the ferry to the Princes' Islands which are in the Sea of Marmara. This can be a very relaxing day as no vehicle traffic is permitted on the islands and there are pretty wooden facade Ottoman mansions to see around the island. Take a tour by horse carriage and have lunch in a cozy sea side fish restaurant.

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