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Istanbul Classics (Half Day Morning)

HIGHLIGHTS: HAGIA SOPHIA, GERMAN FOUNTAIN, HIPPODROME, BLUE MOSQUE, GRAND BAZAAR
Meet the guide at the lobby of your hotel.
Price includes: Guiding, transportation and entrance fees.
Special Note: Hagia Sophia Museum is closed on Mondays.It will be replaced with the Chora Museum.
Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and it will be replaced with Spice Bazaar,Blue Mosque is closed on Fridays until 2 pm; Petite Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque will switch places on Fridays.
This tour is a must in Istanbul. You will begin the day with the Roman Hippodrome, where the chariot races were organized by the Romans and Byzantines. Blue Mosque-the only mosque with six minarets and its surroundings will be our next place to visit. Next, you will see the German Fountain - a gift of Kaiser Wilhelm 2. and listen to the stories of his liaison with the orient. Hagia Sophia - The Church of Divine Wisdom is the highlight of this day. Following the visits your guide will take you the Grand Bazaar for demonstration of Turkish Handicrafts.

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Istanbul Highlights(Half Day Afternoon)

HIGHLIGHTS: TOPKAPI PALACE, HAGIA IRENE CHURCH (FROM OUTSIDE), PETITE HAGIA SOPHIA.
Meet the guide at the lobby of your hotel.
Price includes: Guiding, transportation and entrance fees.
Special Note: Topkapi Palace Museum is closed on Tuesdays. It will be replaced with Chora Museum.
Petite Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque will switch places on Fridays.
Topkapi Museum is the big one...the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. It is an incomparably rich treasure-chest, brimming with things of historical importance. First, second, third and fourth courtyards; the Audience Hall, Divan-the High Court, Historical Kitchens, Royal Stables, the Treasury, gardens, kiosks...Probably the best commentary on Ottoman History, art and its culture is simply to come direct to the First Courtyard of this amazing Palace. Next place to see is Hagia Irene Church (from outside). Our final place of interest is Church of Sergius and Bacchus,today known as “Petite Hagia Sophia Mosque”. Seeing these things with a great guide...well, you will never be quite the same again.

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ISTANBUL CLASSICS AND HIGHLIGHTS(FULL DAY WITH LUNCH)

Meet the guide at the lobby of your hotel.
Price includes: Guiding, transportation and entrance fees and lunch.
Special Note: Hagia Sophia Museum is closed on Mondays and Topkapi Palace Museum is closed on Tuesdays .They will be replaced with the Chora Museum. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and it will be replaced with Spice Bazaar.
HIPPODROME
BLUE MOSQUE
GERMAN FOUNTAIN
HAGIA SOPHIA
GRAND BAZAAR
HAGIA IRENE CHURCH (FROM OUTSIDE)
TOPKAPI PALACE
PETITE HAGIA SOPHIA

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ISTANBUL CRUISE WITH PRIVATE BOAT:GOLDEN HORN&BOSPHORUS (HALF DAY MORNING)

HIGHLIGHTS: GOLDEN HORN&BOSPHORUS CRUISE(150 MINS.),RUSTEMPASHA MOSQUE,SPICE BAZAAR
Meet the guide at the lobby of your hotel.
Price includes: Guiding, transportation and Cruise with Private Boat.
From the awe-inspiring Dolmabahce Palace to the ancient Walls of Constantine and onto the Topkapi Palace, experience the best views of the city has to offer,while enjoying a wonderful cruise along the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. A journey along the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn with Istanbul Cruise will give you a unique insight into the great city’s history. Our cruise and tour ends in Eminonu Pier where the cruise started. Passengers willing to continue our full day tour will disembark in Uskudar.

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CRUISE TO PRINCESS ISLAND:WALK IN BUYUKADA(FULL DAY WITH LUNCH)

HIGHLIGHTS:PHAETON RIDE,SPLENDID HOTEL,WOODEN HOUSES,THREE HOURS BOAT TRIP
Meet the guide at the lobby of your hotel.
Price includes: Guiding, transportation,return boat tickets,45-minutes of phaeton ride and lunch.
Special Note:This tour departs with minimum 2 participants.
Buyukada, literally “Big Island” in Turkish, is the original Princess Island which is the largest and most populated of the Princess Islands. Buyukada was used as an exile destination and as a monastery region during the Byzantine Christian period. During the Byzantium history the island was also used as a prison for those who were opposing the Emperor. It was Buyukada where the Byzantine empresses Irene, Zoe and Anna Dalassena were sent on exile. After his deportation from the Soviet Union in February 1929, Leon Trotsky also stayed for four years on Buyukada. We see mansions, palaces, churches, convents and much more... At the end of the tour we will take the ferry and be back to the city and then drive back to your hotel.

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FENER THE GREEK DISTRICT (HALF DAY MORNING)

HIGHLIGHTS:GREEK ORTHODOX PATRIARCHATE,RED SCHOOL,BYZANTINE CHURCH OF MUHLIOTISSA,OLD HOUSES
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Price includes: Guiding, transportation and entrance fees.
Fener is derived from a Greek word ‘Fanari’ meaning ‘lantern’ or ‘lighthouse’ in Turkish. It was a district of prominent and predominantly Romaic (Greek Orthodox) families up to the beginning of the 20th century. It is the part of Istanbul where the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is situated. Did you know that Phanariotes dominated the administration of the Patriarchate? Listen to the story of Phanariotes who served as dragomans to the Ottoman government and to foreign embassies. If you are interested in visiting a Byzantine Church in use or seeing the only church made of iron and steel in the world, do not miss this walk. Get ready to see houses, pavements, palaces and other structures of the area, which are being protected by a UNESCO project,successfully implemented over the last decade.

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BALAT TO TEKFUR:MYSTERY WALK IN THE OLD TOWN(HALF DAY AFTERNOON)

HIGHLIGHTS:BULGARIAN CHURCH, AYAZMA OF BLACHERNA, SYNAGOGUES
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Price includes: Guiding, transportation and entrance fees.
Balat is located on the southern shores of the Golden Horn. It is one of the Jewish districts where Jews were re-settled during the time of the Ottoman Empire. We walk in Balat and find ourselves in intriguing streets with amazingly colorful life. Synagogues, Armenian churches, Romaic churches, Byzantine remnants and Ayazma’s Blacherna are part of today’s adventure. Although once it had seven synagogues,today it has only two in good condition : Ahrida and Yambol Synagogues. The cast-iron Bulgarian Orthodox Church of St. Stephen of the Bulgars, the city walls and the ruins of the Byzantine palace known as Tekfur Sarayi, the Armenian Church of Surp Hrejdagabet are among many other places we visit during this tour.

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ASIAN SIDE OF ISTANBUL:USKUDAR&KADIKOY TOUR WITH MARMARAY TUNNEL (FULL DAY WITH LUNCH)

HIGHLIGHTS:MARMARAY, BOAT RIDE, MIHRIMAH SULTAN MOSQUE,BIRD HOUSE OF VALIDE SULTAN MOSQUE,TEKKE OF AZIZ MAHMUD HUDAI,AYAZMA MOSQUE,JANNISARY GRAVE STONES,SEMSI PASHA MOSQUE,FISH MARKET,MODA BAY
Meet the guide at the lobby of your hotel.
Price includes: Guiding, transportation and entrance fees,lunch,Marmaray Tunnel and 20 minutes of cruise on a ferryboat.
This tour will begin with hotel pick up from your hotels and drop you to one of the stations of MARMARAY in the European side of Istanbul. You will travel with your guide on this modern train. You will arrive in Uskudar MARMARAY Station and have a walking tour of these charming Ottoman district, full of with historic mosques and complexes. Following the walk - which takes about three hours - you will have lunch at a local restaurant and then take MARMARAY to continue to Kadikoy. Kadikoy is historically known as Chalcedon literally meaning ‘City of the Blind’. Our tour will begin with the historical harbour buildings of Kadikoy and will continue in the narrow streets of famous fish market and decent quarter of Moda. Visits to churches, mosques and mansions are also part of this tour. Following the tour you will take 20 minutes boat ride to cross the Bosphorus. At the European side our transfer coaches will take you back to your hotel.

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