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 Istanbul Day Tours
 

Istanbul Day Tours

 

Byzantine Visions
(Half-day morning tour – departs daily 1 April – 31 October)

Morning sightseeing of Istanbul: visit St. Sophia, the magnificent Byzantine Church which is now a Museum. Continue to the Blue Mosque, one of the biggest mosques in Istanbul, famous for its blue tiles and six minarets. Proceed to the Hippodrome, the former centre of sportive and political activities of Constantinople. Visit the Grand Bazaar which will tempt even non-shoppers with its collection of handmade carpets, jewellery, leather and souvenirs.  

NOTE:
Grand Bazaar closed Sundays
St. Sophia closed Mondays from 22nd May, to be replaced with a visit to St. Saviour in Chora.

Ottoman Visions
(Half-day afternoon tour – departs daily except Tuesdays 1 April – 31 October)

Afternoon sightseeing in Istanbul: Visit the Topkapi Palace, the former imperial residence from where the Great Ottoman Empire was once ruled. Today, it is a spectacular museum that has one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelains and the famous treasury of the Royal Family. Continue the tour with a visit to the New Mosque, an imperial mosque and one of Istanbul’s most famous landmarks. Originally the mosque was known as the Valide Sultan Mosque which means queen mother as the mosque had been commissioned by Safiye Sultan the mother of the sultan at the time of its completion.

NOTE:
Topkapi Palace closed Tuesdays

Byzantine & Ottoman Visions
(Full-day tour – departs daily 1 April – 31 October except Tuesdays)

Full day sightseeing of Istanbul: visit St. Sophia, the magnificent Byzantine Church which is now a Museum. Continue to the Blue Mosque, one of the biggest mosques in Istanbul, famous for its blue tiles and six minarets. Proceed to the Hippodrome, the former centre of sportive and political activities of Constantinople. Visit the Grand Bazaar which will tempt even non-shoppers with its collection of handmade carpets, jewellery, leather and souvenirs. After lunch, visit the Topkapi Palace, the former imperial residence from where the Great Ottoman Empire was once ruled. Today, it is a spectacular museum that has one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelains and the famous treasury of the Royal Family. Continue the tour with a visit to the New Mosque, an imperial mosque and one of Istanbul’s most famous landmarks. Originally the mosque was known as the Valide Sultan Mosque which means queen mother as the mosque had been commissioned by Safiye Sultan the mother of the sultan at the time of its completion. (L)

NOTE:
Grand Bazaar closed Sundays
St. Sophia closed Mondays from 22nd May, to be replaced with a visit to St. Saviour in Chora.
Topkapi Palace closed Tuesdays

Bosphorus and Egyptian Spice Bazaar
(Half-day morning tour – departs daily 1 April – 31 October)

A morning tour: Start with a short visit to the famous Egyptian Spice Bazaar with its mystical smells of different aromas of spices, as well as shops selling fruit, vegetables, flowers and fish. Cruise along the Bosphorus, the strait that separates Europe from Asia, as it winds its way from the Aegean (Sea of Marmara) to the Black Sea. See modern hotels, old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses and small fishing villages.

Asiatic Visions
(Half-day afternoon tour – departs daily except Mondays and Thursdays 1 April – 31 October)

Start with a pleasant drive to the Asian part of Istanbul over the Intercontinental Bosphorus Bridge. First stop will be at the Camlica Hill, the highest point of Istanbul for panoramic views of the city. Continue with a short drive to a small village along the Bosphorus, called Beylerbeyi, to visit the Beylerbeyi Palace. This was the 19th century summer palace of the Ottoman Sultans.


Bosphorus & Asiatic Visions
(Full-day tour – departs daily except Mondays and Thursdays 1 April – 31 October)

Start with a short visit to the famous Egyptian Spice Bazaar with its mystical smells of different aromas of spices, as well as shops selling fruit, vegetables, flowers and fish. Cruise along the Bosphorus, the strait that separates Europe from Asia, as it winds its way from the Aegean (Sea of Marmara) to the Black Sea. See modern hotels, old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses and small fishing villages. After lunch, take a pleasant drive to the Asian part of Istanbul over the Intercontinental Bosphorus Bridge. First stop will be at the Camlica Hill, the highest point of Istanbul for panoramic views of the city. Continue with a short drive to a small village along the Bosphorus, called Beylerbeyi, to visit the Beylerbeyi Palace. This was the 19th century summer palace of the Ottoman Sultans. (L)

Istanbul by Night
(Evening tour – departs daily 1 April – 31 October)

Transfer to an exclusive night club where you will taste the specialties of the rich Turkish cuisine. During the dinner (set menu along with limited local drinks), a spectacular oriental show will be performed. Return to your hotel.  (D)

NOTE:
Includes dinner show

Princes’ Island Tour
(Full-day tour – departs daily 1 April – 31 October 2015 – min. 2 pax)

You will be collected at your hotel and transferred to the ferry departure point. Take a boat trip across the Marmara Sea to Buyukada (Grand Island). Lunch at a local fish restaurant. After lunch, a “phaeton” (horse carriage) tour of the island and time at leisure before returning to Istanbul and your hotel.  (L)

Bosphorus cruise dinner and show
(Evening tour – departs daily 1 April – 31 October)

In the evening, you will be collected at your hotel and transferred to the pier. Depart at 20h30, cruise on the Bosphorus and enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Istanbul at night. Cruise under the illuminated suspension bridges and view the Ottoman summer palaces, waterside mansions and modern villas which line the European and Asian coasts. Your cruise includes dinner (set menu), limited local drinks and a Turkish dance show including belly dancing. Return to the pier at approximately 24h00 and transfer to your hotel.  (D)

NOTE:
Includes dinner show
 

DAY TOURS – ISTANBUL

Duration

Currency

Per person

Byzantine Visions

Half day morning

EUR

36

Ottoman Visions

Half day afternoon

EUR

38

Byzantine & Ottoman Visions (incl lunch)

Full day

EUR

69

Bosphorus & Egyptian Spice Bazaar

Half day morning

EUR

28

Asiatic Visions

Half day afternoon

EUR

34

Bosphorus & Asiatic Visions (incl lunch)

Full day

EUR

60

Istanbul by Night (incl dinner)

Evening

EUR

63

Princes’ Island Tour (incl lunch)

Full day

EUR

58

Bosphorus cruise dinner and show (incl dinner)

Evening

EUR

46

All rates will be converted at time of final payment according to our Bank’s selling rates.  Please double check the final ZAR amount with us on day of payment.  All services are subject to availability at time of booking and subject to the General Terms and Conditions of ITT Inspirations Travel & Tours (PTY) LTD.