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Istanbul: Blue Mosque and Old Town Guided Historical Tour

1. Istanbul: Blue Mosque and Old Town Guided Historical Tour

Immerse yourself in the history of Istanbul as you visit some of the most interesting sites of the city.  Begin your tour by visiting the Million Stone, built in the early 4th century AD, which is considered the origin of all roads leading to the European cities of the Byzantine Empire. Continue your walk to the German Fountain - a gift from the German Emperor Wilhelm II to Sultan Abdulhamid II from 1898. Next, see the Palace of Ibrahim Pasha, an Ottoman imperial court residence built in the 16th century. Admire the unique building and learn about its history. Then, visit the Hippodrome, which was the center of political and sporting life in Istanbul during the reign of the Roman and Ottoman Empire.  The tour ends in the courtyards of the Blue Mosque. The tour guide will inform you about all the important highlights inside the Blue Mosque. Afterward, you can discover the UNESCO World Heritage site, built-in 1616, with its 6 minarets and beautiful decor. Explore the monument at your own pace and stay inside as long as you want. Admission to the Blue Mosque is free.

Istanbul: 2-Day Historical Tour to Gallipoli and Troy

2. Istanbul: 2-Day Historical Tour to Gallipoli and Troy

Journey through some of the most momentous events in history - separated by centuries - on a 2-day tour of southwest Turkey. Visit the battlefields and war memorials of the ill-fated Anzac Campaign from World War I at Gallipoli in the Dardanelles, and then go to the historic city of Troy, site of the Trojan War and legends of Helen and Paris. Your overnight accommodation will be in the coastal town of Eceabat on a peninsula of the Aegean Sea, and the nearest town to the Gallipoli battlefields. Day 1: Istanbul - Gallipoli Meet for the 7:30 AM bus transfer to Eceabat, with a scheduled arrival at approximately 12:30 PM. Then, start your tour of the Gallipoli war museums, monuments and battlefields, traveling through the dark days of World War I at the Kabatepe War Museum in the Gallipoli Historic National Park. Learn about some of the defining moments of the ill-fated Anzac campaign by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). Continue to Beach Cemetery, site of John Simpson´s Grave, one of the best known of the ANZAC soldiers. Discover where the Australian and New Zealand troops set up base at Anzac Cove. Go to Ari Burnu, the 1st landing site of the ANZAC troops. Pay your respects to the fallen Australian soldiers at the Lone Pine Cemetery memorial, and continue to Johnston´s Jolly to walk in the trenches dug by the ANZAC troops. Take in the views of Shrapnel Valley and its Judas tree, before going to the Turkish Memorial to the many Turkish soldiers that lost their lives in the campaign. Next, visit The Nek on the Anzac battlefields. Continue to the small cemetery of Walker´s Ridge near Suvla Bay. Finally, pay your respects to the fallen soldiers of the New Zealand troops at Chunuk Bair. Transfer to your hotel in Eceabat for an evening at leisure. Day 2: Troy Following breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Troy at 8:00 AM. Explore the myths and legends behind the ancient city and Trojan War, including some of its principal players, such as Helen, Menelaus, Zeus and Paris. See the replica of the famous Trojan Horse (used in the Hollywood blockbuster "Troy") at the entrance to the archaeological site, before exploring the remains behind the city walls, including landmark monuments such as the Temple of Athena and the Scaean Gate. Learn where the Trojan Horse was taken at one of the Gates of Troy, and more. The tour of Troy ends at around 11:30 AM. You will then be transferred to the bus station to catch the 1:00 PM bus to İstanbul. Feel free to use the free shuttle to Sultanahmet Square on arrival in Istanbul.

Istanbul: Half Day Morning Walking Tour

3. Istanbul: Half Day Morning Walking Tour

Visit Hagia (St.) Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. St.Sophia has been the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years. It is considered the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. After having been the Patriarchal basilica of Constantinople, it was converted into a mosque in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet II. the Conqueror and in to a museum by Atataürk in 1935. Explore the Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. The last great imperial mosque of the classical period, its name comes from the 20,000 marvelous blue-toned Iznik tiles decorating the interior walls. Discover the Hippodrome, center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column, German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome. You will also see one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world, The Grand Bazaar.

Istanbul: Tour of Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque By Night

4. Istanbul: Tour of Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque By Night

Skip the line and enjoy an atmospheric evening visit to the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. Immerse yourself in the history and architecture of these iconic buildings. Witness these UNESCO world heritage sites away from crowds of tourists. Learn about Byzantine and Ottoman Istanbul from your professional, licensed guide. Marvel at this historic and beautiful architecture in a unique evening atmosphere.

Turkey: Istanbul & Cappadocia 6-Day Tour

5. Turkey: Istanbul & Cappadocia 6-Day Tour

Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul Welcome to Turkey. On arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, a tour representative will meet you at the airport holding a sign with your name on it. You'll have a private transfer to your hotel in Istanbul. Day 2: Full-Day Istanbul Tour After breakfast, you'll be picked up from your hotel to begin your tour of Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two continents. Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul – its three names span more than 2600 years of history. You'll visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. Visit the Grand Bazaar for shopping. Then overnight in Istanbul. Please note: The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. When day 2 falls on a Sunday, the Grand Bazaar will be visited on day 3. Day 3: Full-Day Istanbul Tour After breakfast and pick up from your hotel, you'll visit the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. Then enjoy a boat trip on the Bosphorus River. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. In the afternoon, visit an underground cistern. Overnight in Istanbul. Day 4: Fly to Cappadocia and Tour You'll be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the Istanbul airport for your flight to Cappadocia. Your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Cappadocia where you can leave your luggage. Then head out to explore. The first stop is Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys in Urgup. Then you'll head to Pigeons Valley and learn the importance of pigeons in Cappadocian culture. Finally, descend toward the center of the earth in the Kaymakli Underground City, one of the largest and the deepest of the underground cities in Cappadocia. Overnight at a cave hotel. Day 5: Cappadocia Tour and fly to Istanbul After breakfast, you'll be picked up for the drive to Devrent Valley where you'll take a walk through this lunar landscape with its unusual rock formations. You'll see some of the best examples of fairy chimneys at Pasabag Fairy Chimneys Valley, before proceeding to the town of Avanos. Avanos is famous for its tile and pottery workshops. Later visit the Goreme Open Air Museum where you will enjoy the fantastic rock churches and beautiful frescos decorating the walls. Then drive to the Uchisar Rock Castle for a breathtaking panorama view. You'll end the day visiting Esentepe Windy Hill for more panoramic views before transfer to the airport for the flight back to Istanbul. In Istanbul, you'll be transferred to the hotel for the night. Day 6: Home After breakfast check out from the hotel and enjoy your private transfer back to Istanbul Airport or to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport for your flight home.

Private Walking Tour: Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia

6. Private Walking Tour: Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia

Admire some of Istanbul’s most wondrous monuments with an expert local guide on this private, half-day walking tour. Relive the days of thrilling chariot races at the ancient Hippodrome of Constantinople. Today the Hippodrome is an open-air museum where you can see remnants of the original structure as well as the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, and the Fountain of Wilhelm II. Next, visit one of the most majestic adornments of Istanbul's skyline ̶ the Blue Mosque. Officially known as the Sultanahmet Mosque, it is the mosque’s striking blue tiles that give it its more common name and make it one of Istanbul’s most iconic attractions. The mosque also features a beautiful courtyard and six towering minarets. Then explore the ancient basilica of Hagia Sophia, one of the finest and largest architectural marvels in the world. The largest church in the world for over a thousand years, Hagia Sophia is now a museum featuring beautiful Byzantine mosaics, paintings, and sculptures.

Turkey: Istanbul & Ephesus 5-Day Tour

7. Turkey: Istanbul & Ephesus 5-Day Tour

Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul Welcome to Turkey. On arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, a tour representative will meet you at the airport holding a sign with your name on it. You'll have a private transfer to your hotel in Istanbul. Day 2: Full-Day Istanbul Tour After breakfast, you'll be picked up from your hotel to begin your tour of Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two continents. Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul – its three names span more than 2600 years of history. You'll visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. Visit the Grand Bazaar for shopping. Then overnight in Istanbul. Day 3: Full-Day Istanbul Tour After breakfast and pick up from your hotel, you'll visit the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. Then enjoy a boat trip on the Bosphorus River. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. In the afternoon, visit an underground cistern. Overnight in Istanbul. Day 4: Istanbul – Ephesus Tour – Istanbul You'll be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the Istanbul airport for your flight to Izmir. Your guide will meet you at the airport for the 45-minute drive to Ephesus. First, you'll visit the Artemis Temple, one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. Then you'll walk through history along the marble streets of Ephesus to see the State Agora, the Odeon, the Temple of Domitian, the Trajan Fountain, the Baths of Scholastica, the Gate of Mazues and Mithridates, the Grand Theatre and more. You'll enjoy lunch in the garden of a local handicrafts center where you'll see some of the traditional carpet weaving techniques still used today. After lunch, visit the House of Virgin Mary. This house is located in the Aladag Mountains near Ephesus is claimed to be where Mary lived from 37 A.D. until her death in 48 A.D. Then you'll head back to the Izmir airport for your flight back to Istanbul. A tour representative will meet you at the Istanbul airport to transfer you back to your hotel for the night. Day 5: Home After breakfast check out from the hotel and enjoy your private transfer back to the Istanbul Airport or Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport for your flight home.

Eight Day Turkey Tour: Seven Churches of Asia

8. Eight Day Turkey Tour: Seven Churches of Asia

Turkey, in antiquity known as Asia, was home to seven wondrous churches. It didn’t refer to an actual building, but rather seven Christian cities in Western Anatolia, which now lie in ruins. Visit these ancient places and walk the same steps that the world’s earliest Christians did. Before that, you’ll see all of Istanbul’s major sites, including the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and Hagia Sophia. Then you’ll travel to Izmir and start your tour of ancient Christianity, seeing many Roman ruins along the way. Soak in the thermal baths at Pamukkale, just as tourists have done for centuries – it was founded, after all, as a resort town by the Ancient Romans. Each step along the way, your expert guide will be there to provide you with context and information regarding each of these wonderful cities. Detailed Itinerary: Day 1: Arrival Arrive in Istanbul and enjoy a comfortable transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. Day 2: Istanbul Tour Explore Istanbul and visit the historic old town. Then visit the Hippodrome, Istanbul’s first sports stadium, and the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque). Then visit the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace and a traditional bazaar. Day 3: Istanbul - Izmir Visit the Grand Bazaar before touring the port of Istanbul and seeing the Cistern of Istanbul. Flight to Izmir. Day 4: Pergamon – Thyatira – Izmir Explore the Pergamum Acropolis, and visit the Ancient Roman health center of Asklepieion. See the Red Basilica and continue on to Thyatira and back to Izmir. Day 5: Izmir – Sardis – Philadelphia – Laodicea – Hierapolis Visit the Sardis Church and ruins of the Temple of Artemis, then travel to Philadelphia Church. Then to the Roman resort of Pamukkale with its therapeutic thermal baths and the Cotton Castle. Finally, head to the Gate of Domitian, and the Nymphaion. Day 6: Ephesus – Kusadasi See the Basilica of St. John the Apostle. Then head to the ancient city of Ephesus and its Archeological Museum. Day 7: Izmir to Istanbul Relax in Kusadasi and flight back to Istanbul. Day 8: Departure Airport transfer in time for your flight.

From Istanbul: Highlights of Turkey 7-day Guided Tour

9. From Istanbul: Highlights of Turkey 7-day Guided Tour

You'll explore the cultural and natural heritage of Turkey on this 7-day, 6-night guided tour. DAY 1: Arrival to Istanbul The local partner will meet you at the airport and provide private transfer to your hotel for your overnight stay in Istanbul. DAY 2: Full Day Istanbul Tour (Breakfast) After breakfast, you'll visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. In the afternoon, visit Istanbul's Grand Bazaar where you can enjoy some shopping time. Overnight in Istanbul. DAY 3: Full Day Istanbul Tour (Breakfast) After breakfast, your first stop for the day will be at the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). Then enjoy a boat trip on the Bosphorus Strait which separates the continents of Europe and Asia. In the afternoon, visit the Underground Cistern. Overnight in Istanbul. DAY 4: Istanbul – Cappadocia Tour (Breakfast) After breakfast, you'll transfer from your hotel to Istanbul Airport for your flight to Cappadocia. On arrival in Cappadocia, you'll meet your guide and transfer to your hotel where you can leave your luggage. Then head out to the famous Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys in Urgup. Next you'll visit the Pigeons Valley and learn how important pigeons have been for Cappadocians. Finally you'll descend deep into the ground at the Kaymakli Underground City, one of the largest and the deepest of Cappadocia's more than 200 underground cities. Overnight in a cave hotel. DAY 5: Cappadocia Tour - Izmir - Kusadasi (Breakfast) After breakfast, head to the Devrent Valley where you'll walk through a lunar-like landscape of fascinating rock formations. You'll also visit Pasabag Fairy Chimneys Valley to see another amazing example of these unique structures. Then visit Avanos Town, which is famous for tile and pottery workshops. In the afternoon, visit Goreme Open Air Museum where you will marvel at fantastic rock churches and the beautiful frescos covering their walls from centuries of church decorating committees. Finally you'll visit Uchisar Rock Castle before transferring to the airport for your flight to Izmir. On arrival in Izmir, transfer to Kusadasi for overnight. DAY 6: Ephesus Tour - Istanbul (Breakfast) After breakfast, your first stop is at Artemis Temple. From there you'll continue on to Ephesus, where you can walk through history along marble streets to see the State Agora, Odeon, the Memnius Monument, the Temple of Domitian, the Polio Fountain, Curetes Street, The Trajan Fountain, the Baths of Scholastica, Hadrian Temple, and the Celcus Library. In the afternoon, you'll visit the House of the Virgin Mary, before the drive back to Izmir to catch your return flight to Istanbul. On arrival in Istanbul, transfer to your hotel for overnight. DAY 7: Home (Breakfast) After breakfast, you'll check out of the hotel and enjoy a private transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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It's really worth it! I bought over the internet, presented the code to the guide (who was at the indicated time and place), without queuing and without complications! Attentive, helpful and super friendly guides! I loved it and recommend it!

There were only 3 of us but it made for an excellent intimate setting and “John Lennon/Wayne” () was brilliant and knew a lot about Istanbul’s 8500 year history. Loved it.

Great tour with all the basics. Great guide. Thanks again!! Unfortunately there are big renovations going on inside the mosque. Still worth seeing!

Excellent tour organization with skip the line tickets. Our guide thoroughly explained the history of this fascinating country. Recommended tour.

Well organised. Our tour guide was amazing. The hotel was comfortable and modern.