Historical Istanbul
Historical Istanbul
Historical Istanbul
Historical Istanbul
Historical Istanbul
Historical Istanbul
Historical Istanbul
Historical Istanbul
Historical Istanbul
Historical Istanbul
Historical Istanbul
Historical Istanbul
Historical Istanbul
Historical Istanbul
Historical Istanbul
Historical Istanbul
Historical Istanbul
Historical Istanbul
Historical Istanbul
Historical Istanbul

Istanbul

Historical Istanbul

$75

Per Person

Highlights

Explore the diverse cultural and historical landmarks of Istanbul.
Visit centuries-old churches, mosques, and monasteries.
Enjoy a ferry ride

Description

Dive into the rich history of Istanbul, from ancient churches to bustling mosques, and experience the vibrant local culture. This journey through time includes a beach break, ferry ride, and optional sunset dinner.

Who This Experience Is Good For

History buffs, culture enthusiasts, and anyone looking to explore the authentic side of Istanbul.

Meet Our Local Host 

Hey, I’m Akay! I started as an engineer in Ankara, then got an MBA in the USA. I spent five years at HomeDepot in Atlanta, mastering DIY and finding the perfect lightbulb. In Istanbul for almost 20 years, I've worked in management at Turkey’s biggest food retail company and now as the energy director. My real passion is traveling and guiding. I got my tourist guide license in Turkey in 2020 and now share Turkey’s gems with adventurers. If you're up for epic spots and experiencing Istanbul like a local, let's make unforgettable memories together!

Itinerary 

8:45 AM – Meet in Kadıköy*
Meet-Up: Begin your adventure at the Kadıköy pier. Explore the lively local market and absorb the unique ambiance of this dynamic district. Your guide will provide a brief introduction to the day’s itinerary.
9:00 AM – Ferry Ride to the Old City
Scenic Ferry Ride:Enjoy a picturesque ferry ride across the Bosphorus. Capture stunning views of Istanbul's skyline and iconic landmarks. This 30-minute journey offers a perfect start to your day.
9:30 AM – Explore the Old City
Hagia Sophia: Your first stop is the magnificent Hagia Sophia. Experience the grandeur of this architectural wonder, from its massive domes to its intricate mosaics, as your guide narrates its rich history and transformation through the ages.
Blue Mosque:* Next, visit the iconic Blue Mosque. Admire its stunning blue tiles and learn about its importance in Islamic culture. Remember to dress modestly, as this is an active place of worship.
Hippodrome: Walk through the historic Hippodrome, once the center of Byzantine social life and chariot races. Discover the ancient monuments that still stand here, including the Egyptian Obelisk and the Serpent Column.
1:00 PM – Lunch Break
Local Lunch at Galeyan Restaurant: Take a break and enjoy a delicious lunch at Galeyan Restaurant, where you can savor traditional Turkish cuisine. This is the perfect time to relax and recharge before continuing your tour. (lunch not included).
2:00 PM – Basilica Cistern:  Descend into the mystical Basilica Cistern, an ancient underground reservoir with a captivating atmosphere. Marvel at the forest of columns and the mysterious Medusa heads that guard this subterranean marvel.
3:20 PM – Return Ferry to Kadıköy
3:50 PM – Wrap-Up in Kadıköy*
4:00 PM: Arrive back at Kadıköy by. Your guide will conclude the tour here.

What’s Included

Professional English-speaking guide

What’s Not Included

Ferry ride
Meals and drinks (unless stated)
Personal expenses
Entrance Fees

Know Before You Go

Minimum Needed: 4 people
Maximum Capacity: 10 people
Booking Deadline: 10 days before start date
Weather Dependent: Yes & No - Although weather is unpredictable in this region of the world, if there is a disruption due to weather we reserve the right to adjust the itinerary as needed and will always keep the experience and customer safety first priority.
Difficulty Level: Easy - some walking involved
Special Clothing Required: Yes - Modest attire for religious sites and clothing that covers shoulders and legs. Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
Special Dietary Restrictions: No food is included
Extra Cash: Needed for tipping (Not mandatory: you liked the service Tip! You did not? Is ok not to Tip. 10% is good), additional services & souvenirs.
Ground Transportation: Not Included
Additional Information: N/A
Liabilities: Participants are responsible for their personal belongings and well-being during the trip

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