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Istanbul: Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht

1. Istanbul: Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht

Take a sunset cruise on the Bosphorus Strait to see the European as well as Asian half of Istanbul. Jump aboard a luxury yacht from Kabatas and keep your cameras ready as you cross mosques, palaces, and seafront villas. Learn about the city’s centuries-long history through your guide. Start the tour at Kabatas Pier aboard an elegant yacht, drinking traditional Turkish drinks, and nibbling on canapés and fruit from tastefully arranged platters. Glide by palaces and minarets as you sail along the Bosphorus.  When dusk sets in, feel the soothing breeze from the Sea of Marmara on your skin as the sky puts on a colorful show, tinted with shades of orange and rose. Few places in the world are as mesmerizing as Istanbul in the setting sun. Hear the muezzin's call from a towering minaret. Cruise past majestic palaces and villas along the strait’s banks. Breathe in the legacy of ancient Byzantium, Constantinople, and the mighty Ottoman Empire with each breath of fresh salty air. Kick back and ride gentle waves in the comfort of a yacht. Watch the city and its iconic landmarks pass by, which is the perfect way to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing. End the experience at Karakoy Pier.

Istanbul: Fener/Balat Walking Tour, Pierre Loti Hill & Ferry

2. Istanbul: Fener/Balat Walking Tour, Pierre Loti Hill & Ferry

Meet your guide at the Itimat Fabrika Satis yero/magazasi at the the entry gate of the Spice Market in the heart of Istanbul. From here you’ll take the local bus to Fener to discover Istanbul’s heritage. Travel by public bus to the colorful Fener/Balat district, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and at one time home to Istanbul’s Ottoman Orthodox and Jewish residents. See traces of Ottoman life, including wooden houses, mosques, churches, and synagogues, standing together and demonstrating the multicultural and religious ways of the Ottoman Empire. After walking along the cobblestoned streets of the Fener/Balat World Heritage area, you’ll continue along the historic Byzantine city walls that date to the 4th century A.D. and the time of Constantine the Great. See the exterior of the historic Eyüp mosque complex, a sacred area where pilgrims come to visit the mosques and the tombs of Muslim saints. From here you’ll take a short cable car ride up to the famous Pierre Loti Café, a popular meeting point for locals. Enjoy stunning panoramic views of Istanbul while sipping a drink in one of the cafés where French Poet Pierre Loti was inspired to write Aziyade, part biography and part love story about his escapades in Istanbul in the late 1800s. Walk back down to Eyüp to catch the local ferry for a cruise on the blue waters of the Golden Horn. See Ottoman houses, shipyards, the old and new Galata bridges, Ataturk Bridge, ancient city walls, mosques, churches, and other historic and modern sites. You’ll disembark at Karaköy Harbor, where the tour ends.

Istanbul: Highlights of Istanbul- Include Entry Fees&Lunch

3. Istanbul: Highlights of Istanbul- Include Entry Fees&Lunch

This is a fully guided tour inside the Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya), Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Roman Hippodrome, Orient Exprés Train Station and Spice Bazaar. Along the way, stop to hear the stories of the Roman Hippodrome (including the Egyptian Obelisk and Serpent Column German Fountain) This tour starts from our meeting point which is located in the heart of Istanbul. Your guide will meet you and you will start with the Hagia sofia which hosted two religions over 1500 years. The tour will follow by Blue mosque which is the most popular mosque in Istanbul. It willl foloow by under ground Basicila Cistern with heads of Medusa turned upside down in the water. After this, the tour wil follow with the walk in Gulhane park which was the back yard of the Topkapı palace. We will follow to look at the station of the famous Orient Express, tasting the Turkish delights, nuts and spices at the Spice Bazaar. Take a break for lunch and enjoy traditional Turkish cuisine in a friendly setting at a non-touristy restaurant where your gourmet guide will choose some memorable food for you. 

Secrets of Istanbul: 5-Hour Walking Tour with Lunch

4. Secrets of Istanbul: 5-Hour Walking Tour with Lunch

Your 5-hour guided walk begins in Sultanhamet, in the heart of the main tourist area of Istanbul. From here you’ll head to the Blue Mosque, where you’ll admire the 6 minarets and stunning tiles that were made in Iznik, the birthplace of the Ottoman Empire. Next your guide will tell you about Hagia Sophia and the Roxana Baths before continuing on to the ancient Hippodrome. Hear about the famous obelisk that was shipped from Egypt to the Byzantine Emperor Theodosius in 6th century A.D. Walk along the ancient roadway past the Ottoman Parliament House and then make your way to the Grand Bazaar. Marvel at the labyrinth of streets lined with textiles and most every other kind of product as well! You can learn the local art of bargaining here. Enjoy a stroll to the nearby Sahaflar Book Market, where books were printed for the first time during the Ottoman era. Learn about Islam and its holy book, the Koran. On the way to the Suleymaniye complex you’ll pass by the spectacular façade of Istanbul University and enter the Cagaloglu district, which is a shopping hub for locals that’s far from the main tourist attractions. Once you reach the Suleymaniye complex you’ll see the Turkish bath, the library, the madrasah, eateries, and the grand Suleymaniye Mosque that dominates the skyline along the Golden Horn. Learn about the history of the Mosque, named after the most famous and powerful of sultans, Suleyman the Magnificent. Your guide knows a great hidden teahouse here where you can drink çay (tea) and try a nargile (water pipe) with its intoxicating aroma and fruity flavors. After the break, you’ll continue on through the hidden streets of Istanbul. See local markets where products are made on site. Visit the hidden Rustem Pasha Mosque and admire its lovely tiles. Then it will be time to taste some baklava, a delicious Turkish dessert. Explore the spice market and see a mountain of Turkish spices, Turkish delight, and local handicrafts. From the Spice Bazaar you’ll take a walk so that you can appreciate the views of the picturesque Galata Bridge. Finally it’s time to relax for a delicious lunch of local specialties. After lunch your guide can tell you how to get back to your hotel and give you some advice on other things to do in your free time.

Istanbul: Galata District Walking Tour with Tower Entry

5. Istanbul: Galata District Walking Tour with Tower Entry

Join a guided walking tour to explore the best of Galata, the European zone of Istanbul, lined with chic bars restaurants and small shops. Go up the Galata Tower for expansive views of the city, visit the SALT gallery, pass by the Camondo Stairs, and cross the Bosphorus through the Galata Bridge. Start your guided tour at the bustling Taksim Square, the central hub of Galata, dotted with old-school restaurants, shops, and hotels. Then walk through Istiklal Avenue, historically known as the Grand Avenue of Pera Ottoman. Wander through the busy streets from Taksim to Galata and soak up the sights, sounds, and smells. See vendors selling their wares, locals going about on their daily commute, and witness the energetic atmosphere of the neighborhood. Next, head to Galata Tower the area’s focal point and one of the city's important symbols. Learn why this historic monument was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Temporary List in 2013 and is considered to be one of the oldest towers in the world, dating back to 500 AD. Next, pass by the Camondo Stairs, an Art Deco style pedestrian stairwell known for its ribbon-like design. Snap some photos by the stylish steps before moving to the Salt Galata Art Gallery, a former bank building turned modern institution with rotational exhibitions of contemporary art pieces. Continue to the Galata Bridge that spans the Golden Horn and is featured in Turkish literature, poetry, theater, and novels. Cross the bridge to soak in a beautiful view of the city. Take photos of the Bosphorus and the local fishermen standing on the bridge before ending the tour in Eminonu.

Istanbul: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

6. Istanbul: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. After downloading the app, start your tour at the Obelisk of Theodosius, which marked the beginning of the Hippodrome. Be enchanted by the beauty of the iconic Blue Mosque and the architecture of Hagia Sophia. Continue towards the Topkapı Palace Museum, Vilayet Mosque, and New Queen Mother Mosque. Marvel at the stunning architecture and history of these places. Your next step will be the Galata Bridge, the most photographed landmark of Istanbul. The icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Galata Tower, one of the oldest towers in the world. During the tour, choose to pause the app at any time to take a break or spend some more time seeing the sights. Learn about stories and urban legends associated with the city or monuments of the city. Enjoy the tour with your friends and family and learn about the city as you wander around.

Istanbul: Highlights Self Guided Scavenger Hunt & Audio Tour

7. Istanbul: Highlights Self Guided Scavenger Hunt & Audio Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour through Istanbul. Using a tour app on your phone, explore Istanbul at your own pace, starting and stopping whenever you want.  Start your journey by downloading your app and following the maps to find your way to all the top attractions along the tour route (download instructions received via after booking). Begin your tour at the Obelisk of Theodosius a place that marked the beginning of the hippodrome. Be enchanted by the Blue Mosque. The Hagia Sophia will amaze you with its architecture, acoustics, and fascinating history. Stop outside the Topkapı Palace Museum. See the Vilayet Mosque that will enchant you with its peculiar color. Learn about the Mausoleum of Sultan Mahmud II. Admire the much photographed Galata Bridge crossing the Bosphorus Strait. Also, see the nearby Galata Tower, one of the oldest towers in the world. At each attraction, solve a location-based riddle to unlock the following location. Work as a team and use logic, imagination, observation, and problem-solving to make your way around the city. Along the way, you can stop for a coffee and lunch or a break at any time.  Discover the real Istanbul on this fun tour. The cliche goes, Istanbul is where east meets west. However, this unique city, a combination of history and different cultural backgrounds, makes this city a true melting pot.

Istanbul: Walking Tour of Grand Bazaar & Spice Market

8. Istanbul: Walking Tour of Grand Bazaar & Spice Market

Discover Istanbul like a local alongside a local expert guide. Visit markets and learn to haggle, and taste regional delicacies like Turkish delight. Learn about the culture and history of the area, and visit a Dervish Lodge. Meet your Istanbul Welcome Card guide, at the Hürrem Sultan Hamam. Immediately dive into the beautiful world of colorful and skilled Turkish handcrafts. Enjoy ample opportunities to capture unbelievable pictures from rooftops, a visit to a local food market to try spices, and herbs and shop for local delicacies. Stop by the Spice Bazaar to taste local dishes including Turkish delight. If you're feeling energized to keep exploring, continue with your guide. The next stops lead to Taksim and the Galata area, on your way, passing by the fishermen of Galata Bridge. The bridge stretches over the Golden Horn and Bosphorus and is an ideal place to capture amazing pictures. In the Galata neighborhood, follow in the footsteps of the Italian, Greek, Jewish, Austrian, Russian, and German cosmopolitan cultures which once resided here and discover famous sites such as the Galata Tower, Dervish Lodge, and Tunnel Square.

Istanbul: 4-Hour Evening Walk & Light Food Tasting Tour

9. Istanbul: 4-Hour Evening Walk & Light Food Tasting Tour

Sample some of Istanbul’s favorite foods on a relaxed 4-hour evening walking tour. Meet an expert local guide and visit four much loved food stops as you stroll through historical Sultanahmet to Taksim Square across the Golden Horn. Absorb the evening bustle and sights of Sultanahmet. Enjoy sunset views of the city from the Galata Bridge and try staples such as fried mussels and baklava, the seductively sweet honey-soaked filo parcels that are a Turkish favorite, along the way. Numbers are limited to 14, ensuring personalized attention from your guide. Start your 4-hour evening tour with a pick-up from your central Istanbul hotel, and head into the heart of historical Sultanahmet. As you walk, hear from your guide about Istanbul’s history and how it has left its legacy on the city’s cuisine. Wander through the bustling streets, passing some of Sultanahmet’s landmarks, and get insider tips from your guide on great places to eat and must try delicacies. While you talk and absorb the evening ambience, make your way to Taksim Square and enjoy four food stops to sample some classic local dishes. Samples may vary, but expect to taste favorites such as a mouth-watering lamb shish kebab, a juicy meatball and a fried mussel kebab; a string of lightly battered mussels threaded onto a skewer. As dusk falls, enjoy the magical sunset views over Sultanahmet’s minarets from the Galata Bridge, and take in the sight of the Galata Tower on the opposite bank. Drink in the buzz around the food vendors and restaurants, and make a final stop to taste some classic Turkish baklava. Sink your teeth into these super sweet honey and nut filo parcels that were much loved by the Ottoman sultans. After approximately 4-hours later, finish with a drop-off at your hotel.

Istanbul: Guided Sightseeing Tour With Lunch

10. Istanbul: Guided Sightseeing Tour With Lunch

Experience the perfect immersion to the wonderful history and culture of Istanbul with this comprehensive sightseeing tour of the busy city. In the morning, get picked up at your hotel by an air-conditioned vehicle, then immediately head off to the Blue Mosque, which is also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and check out the blue tiles of the interior that gave the mosque its current name. Next, spend some time shopping for memorable souvenirs at the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s largest covered markets, before you rest and recharge with a delicious lunch at an authentic Turkish restaurant. In the afternoon, explore famous sites that were preserved from the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and learn fascinating facts and stories from your English-speaking guide. Stop by the Topkapi Palace, the largest and oldest palace in the world, along with the Tombs of the Sultans in Hagia Sofia. See several small buildings that look like miniature mosques and contain lavishly decorated tombs of five different sultans and their extended families. Next, cross the busy Galata Bridge, which has restaurants and cafes underneath it open all day and night, to get to the Golden Horn, a magnificent inlet bordered by city's domes and mosques. Finally, stop at Leander's Tower, one of the most iconic images of Istanbul, before you get dropped off back at your accommodation.

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Excelente experiencia, el yate estaba súper bonito y aunque había más personas, podías tener tu espacio privado, nosotros nos acomodamos en la popa y estuvo excelente, las vistas son bellísimas, las bebidas complementarias y los snacks son buenos

Very much enjoyed the small/ cosy boat (fits maybe 15 people), knowledgeable and vivacious guide, watching the sunset while seated on the cushions at the front of the boat. Ideal October weather also helped.

Beautiful sunset cruise on the yacht . The ambience was good . Food served with drinks as well. Overall a nice experience

Was with one passionate guide lead me entire walking tour, much appreciated

Very knowledgeable guide Onder, good tour, enjoy it very much