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Complete Istanbul Two Day Tour

Price: $180.00
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For a comprehensive look at Istanbul, look no further than this extensive Turkey tour. This sightseeing tour runs over two days, designed for the traveler who wants to see it all. By the end of this experience, you'll know as much about Istanbul as the locals do. Book your Istanbul tour now to immerse yourself in the wonders of this great city.

Your Istanbul city tour will take you to a number of historic sites, including the Hippodrome and St. Sophia Museum. The former was once the social and sporting center of Byzantium life, where crowds would gather to watch the chariot races and bet money. St. Sophia Museum once served as a Christian church, changing into a mosque before ultimately becoming a museum. It offers a closer look at religious relics from Turkey's storied past. Expect to see other religious structures during this adventure, such as the Mosque of Sultan Ahmed I.

The highlight of this Istanbul tour is Topkapi Palace. For over 400 years, this imposing structure was the home of sultans. Now, it's a museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The complex is made up of four different courtyards and numerous smaller buildings. Within the complex, guests will find a variety of relics, including Chinese porcelain and manuscripts.

Another important stop on this tour is the Underground Cistern. The cistern, supported by over 300 columns, is the largest in all of Istanbul and is designed to provide water to the nearby palace.

Part of this tour takes place on water. During this Istanbul tour, there's an opportunity to cruise down the Bosphorus waterway. From this vantage point, you'll get to see palaces and other surrounding structures that make for great photos. Your tour includes a visit to the Grand Bazaar, where you can navigate its two large sections on your own to pick up jewelry, clothing, and other wares. Book this Istanbul tour for a comprehensive two-day experience in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

Please Note: The length of the excursion on each day may vary. As some of the sites are closed on alternate days throughout the week, the order in which they are visited is not given. The following is a description of the average tour:

On the first day, the excursion begins approximately 30 minutes after your ship's arrival. Your tour on day 1 will be about 3 hours and 30 minutes. On the second day, the tour will begin at approximately 8:00 AM. Your tour on day 2 will be about 10 hours. Please see below for a sample itinerary.

Day 1

  • Spice Market
  • Bosphorus Cruise (1.5 hours)

Day 2

  • Hippodrome
  • Blue Mosque
  • St. Sophia
  • Topkapi Palace
  • Underground Cistern
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Lunch

Please Note: This is a sample itinerary. The order of events and the tour duration on each day may vary at the discretion of the local operator, in order to provide the best experience for your cruise schedule.

Shore Excursion Size
Standard
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration
13 Hours 30 Minutes (Serviced in two days)
Activity Level
Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Cruise ship terminal
Food/Beverage Provided
Traditional Turkish meal including: Meze platter, seasonal salad with olive oil and lemon sauce, meat and rice, seasonal fruits or traditional dessert, plus water, tea, coffee.
Recommended Dress
Comfortable lightweight seasonal clothing. Good quality sunglasses are advised, and photo-chromatic lenses for those who wear spectacles. Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered and all women must cover their head with a scarf which will be provided by Blue Mosque. Shoes must be removed to enter mosque(s). Sunscreen is suggested. Please be aware that the standard of dress throughout Turkey is conservative. We recommend modest clothing to respect this fact; clothing that covers your shoulders and knees is required. Please note that short shorts for both men and women are not acceptable nor are tank or singlet tops.
Restrictions
Must be able to get in/out of vehicle and walk about 2-3 miles. Not handicap accessible.
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5 StarsTerrific tour!May 29, 2016

Reviewer: Larry from Vegas
Guide was very knowledgeable and tour was well organized. He did a great job of accommodating everyone's needs.

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