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Istanbul: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Istanbul: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

See all the sights of Istanbul on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Choose between flexible Classic and Premium tickets. Save money with a family ticket and take the kids to child-friendly sites such as the Dolphinarium or the Miniatürk model village, where Turkey’s most important monuments are recreated in miniature. You will have access to 2 routes. Buses come regularly and frequently on both routes. Informative recorded commentary is available in 8 different languages, including English, Turkish, Arabic, Russian, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Complimentary earphones are provided. Jump off at any of the stops on the Red Route and see architecture from the Byzantine and Ottoman eras. Cross the Bosphorus Bridge to Asia to see the Beylerbeyi Palace and watch all the activity of the Bosphorus Straits. Marvel at the old city wall of Constantinople and the Roman Aqueduct on the Golden Horn/Blue Route, which also includes the iconic Blue Mosque. The City Tour (Red) Route: • Sultanahmet Square • Galata Bridge • Tophane • Port • Dolmabahçe • Naval Museum • Beylerbeyi Palace • Akaretler / W Hotel • Taksim Square • Egyptian Spice Bazaar Golden Horn/Blue Route: • Sultanahmet Square • Galata Bridge • Patriarchate • Cable Car • Dolphinarium • Miniatürk • Transport Museum / Rahmi Koç Museum • Egyptian Spice Bazaar

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Istanbul: Madame Tussauds Entrance Ticket

2. Istanbul: Madame Tussauds Entrance Ticket

Meet world famous celebrities and cultural heroes cast in wax with an entrance ticket to Madame Tussauds in the historic city center of Istanbul. Explore the famous visitor attraction at your own pace and take memorable selfies with legendary athletes and singers.  See historical and cultural heroes from the history of Turkey, along with current celebrities from the arts, sport and politics. Stroll around the 2,000-square-meter venue set within the Grand Pera project on Istiklal Street at leisure and discover interactive environments across 6 distinct zones. Have fun spotting famous people and end with a special party finale!

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Istanbul: City Transport Card for Bus, Metro, Tram & Ferries

3. Istanbul: City Transport Card for Bus, Metro, Tram & Ferries

Experience Istanbul stress-free with a pre-charged travel card for public transport networks throughout the city. Travel on the metro, trams, buses, and ferries to experience the city like a local. Using your ticket is easy: simply swipe it at the entrance machines at each station of tram, metro, or public ferry boat. Your ticket will be validated upon each use and can be used for 5 or 10 rides depending on the option you book. Your card will be delivered before your arrival at your hotel located in the Sultanahmet or Taksim areas. After booking, the local partner will send you a separate email with a city map and an e-booklet with discounts for attractions and activities in Istanbul.

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Istanbul: Bus and Boat City Tour

4. Istanbul: Bus and Boat City Tour

Discover the best of Istanbul with a combination package that includes a panoramic city tour and a boat tour from the Bosphorus. This ticket is valid for 1 day, during which you can join the tours as often as you’d like at the available times. You are free to join the tours on the same day within the ticket time limit. Istanbul Panoramic City Tour:On the 90-minute sightseeing tour, you will witness stunning panoramic views of the city as you pass Galata Bridge, where you can see the iconic Galata Tower and the majestic Dolmabahce Palace. During the tour, listen to fascinating stories from your live guide on Byzantine and Ottoman times when you pass by Taksim Square, Golden Horn, the Historical Peninsula, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and much more. Bosphorus Boat Tour:Sit back and relax as the 90-minute boat tour takes you to the Asian and European shores. Enjoy the beautiful skyline as you pass historical sites, palaces, fortresses, and the Bosphorus bridges, becoming fully enchanted by the scenery. Witness famous sights of Istanbul from the historical waterway and cruise along the famous Bosphorus, which separates Europe and Asia.

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Private Flexible Tour Through Istanbul: Guide Only

5. Private Flexible Tour Through Istanbul: Guide Only

Hire a professional tour guide to take you where you want in Istanbul. During the full-day excursion you can discover Istanbul by visiting places from a sample itinerary, or choose your own route. Following a hotel pick-up at approximately 09:00, your guide, who will speak the language of your choice, will lead you through the city’s iconic districts to landmarks such as the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and Hagia Sophia. Along the way they will provide you with interesting facts about the landmarks you visit. You can take a relaxing cruise on the Bosphorus, the famous body of water that separates Europe from Asia. Soak up the bustling atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar and shop for some unique souvenir gifts, or take in the scents and colors of the Spice Bazaar. Explore some of the lesser known sights, such as the Little Hagia Sophia Mosque, Fethiye Mosque, and New Mosque. Or get right to the heart of Istanbul at the vibrant Taksim Square, and learn about its long and diverse history at attractions such as Galata Tower. The choice is yours, and you can tour at your own pace, avoiding the waits that can sometimes occur during organized group tours.

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Istanbul: Beyoğlu District Half-Day Walking Tour

6. Istanbul: Beyoğlu District Half-Day Walking Tour

Your tour will begin in Taksim Square, the heart of Istanbul and home to one of the oldest metro lines in the world. Marvel at the grand hotels and historic monuments. You will then continue to Istiklal Street, an elegant and vibrant pedestrian zone, filled with shops, cafes and historic buildings. See the grand European embassies, churches and mosques on this nearly two mile avenue. With your guide, explore some of the small side streets filled with bookstores, galleries and pubs. Sit down at one of the many cafés and enjoy a traditional Turkish coffee. The Beyoğlu District Walking Tour will ensure you learn about Istanbul's European influence while giving you a chance to explore one of the cities most beautiful districts

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Istanbul Night Tasting Trail: Eat & Drink Like a Local

7. Istanbul Night Tasting Trail: Eat & Drink Like a Local

Take a ride on the world’s second-oldest funicular to the heart of Istanbul’s food scene on a 3.5-hour culinary tour. Wander through back streets and hidden lanes, feasting as you go. Your local guide will offer insight into the intricacies and traditions of Turkish food culture, and tell you about the origins and ingredients of Turkey’s most popular dishes. Start your food tour off with a taste of borek, a delicious flaky pastry filled with local cheese, potato, or meat. Wash it down with a cup of ayran, a yogurt drink that is considered by many to be the national beverage of Turkey. Next you’ll take part in a true local tradition. At the end of a long working day, many of the locals sit down for some drinks, tasty food, and good conversation with friends. Pull up a seat at a traditional meyhene (tavern) and join in, sampling meze accompanied by a glass of raki. Take a post-meze break at an out-of-the-way teahouse that was a popular meeting place of the Young Turks, the political reform movement of the early 20th century that brought multi-party democracy to Turkey. Then it will be time to try some delectable treats from favorite street food carts, including içli kofte (deep-fried meat balls) and midye dolma (mussels stuffed with rice). Indulge your sweet tooth with a sample of Turkish delight in the historic Cicek Passage, followed by some of Turkey’s famed baklava and çikolata (chocolate) or Maraş ice cream. A visit to Istanbul isn’t complete until you’ve stopped at Taksim Square, the nightlife center of Istanbul, where late-night revelers flock for the delicious Islik burger. Take a stroll through the atmospheric back streets and finish your tour at an alfresco café and bar that is a popular local haunt.

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İstanbul Culinary Walks: Pera by Night

8. İstanbul Culinary Walks: Pera by Night

Meet your guide in front of the Marmara Hotel in Taksim Square and get started on your tasting adventure right away with a wet burger! This 3-hour guided walk will give you the opportunity to learn about Turkish cuisine as you sample traditional foods along the way. Antiochia Cuisine of Civilizations presents you with samples of authentic Middle Eastern dishes. Enjoy the experience of a variety of different tastes as you wander through the heart of Istanbul. You’ll continue on through the Flower Passage and Nevizade, and explore the uncharted side streets of Pera. Taste kebab wraps at Dürümzade, made famous by chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain. Visit Hazzapoulo Passage for a Turkish coffee and a traditional fortune telling session. Stop at Megusta in Nevizade for meze (Turkish side dishes) and raki.

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Istanbul: Private Customized Tour with Guide & Transport

9. Istanbul: Private Customized Tour with Guide & Transport

See Istanbul's sights and attractions on a private tour complete with a personal guide and transportation. Tailor your tour and visit popular destinations such as Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, and more. Meet your guide and driver in the lobby of your hotel to go over the day's itinerary designed by you with the guide's help. Hop in your private vehicle and set off to check out the city. Have the chance to discover Istanbul without the hassle of a strict schedule and spend the time as you like. Choose to visit Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Underground Cistern, the Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar, the Hippodrome, or the Spice Bazaar. Explore the Bosphorus, the Golden Horn and be taken to see panoramic views of Istanbul's old city from Pier Loti Hill.

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What people are saying about Taksim Square

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 562 reviews

Ideal if you live in an area where you can also have it delivered to the hotel. This card quickly becomes essential because Istanbul is built on 7 hills and even two stations can be enough to spare. Quite complicated bus system (there are a lot of them), the tram is excellent and very practical like the metro. Note that the price differs according to the mode of transport and that in addition you must repay for each connection. Tramway in extension works. The whole system is very clean, very safe, very efficient. Once the credit has been used up, the card can be recharged with tickets at metro or tram stations in particular.

Delivered to my hotel in an envelope in my name with directions to validate the card with the code hes on the internet. Easy and fast and the card is already credited. What more ! Thank you

My tour guide Mevhibe was excellent, very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. Had good tips to save us money.

Excellent delivery service directly to the hotel despite the last minute booking on the site again thank you

Amazing experience. It worked wonderfully. Thanks GYG