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Istanbul: Fener/Balat Walking Tour, Pierre Loti Hill & Ferry

1. Istanbul: Fener/Balat Walking Tour, Pierre Loti Hill & Ferry

Meet your guide at the "Balık Pazarı " the entry gate of the Spice Market in the heart of Istanbul. From here you’ll take the local bus to Fener to discover Istanbul’s heritage. Travel by public bus to the colorful Fener/Balat district, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and at one time home to Istanbul’s Ottoman Orthodox and Jewish residents. See traces of Ottoman life, including wooden houses, mosques, churches, and synagogues, standing together and demonstrating the multicultural and religious ways of the Ottoman Empire. After walking along the cobblestoned streets of the Fener/Balat World Heritage area, you’ll continue along the historic Byzantine city walls that date to the 4th century A.D. and the time of Constantine the Great. See the exterior of the historic Eyüp mosque complex, a sacred area where pilgrims come to visit the mosques and the tombs of Muslim saints. From here you’ll take a short cable car ride up to the famous Pierre Loti Café, a popular meeting point for locals. Enjoy stunning panoramic views of Istanbul while sipping a drink in one of the cafés where French Poet Pierre Loti was inspired to write Aziyade, part biography and part love story about his escapades in Istanbul in the late 1800s. Walk back down to Eyüp to catch the local ferry for a cruise on the blue waters of the Golden Horn. See Ottoman houses, shipyards, the old and new Galata bridges, Ataturk Bridge, ancient city walls, mosques, churches, and other historic and modern sites. You’ll disembark at Karaköy Harbor, where the tour ends.

Istanbul: Half-Day Cruise and Cable Car to Pierre Loti Hill

2. Istanbul: Half-Day Cruise and Cable Car to Pierre Loti Hill

Explore Istanbul in 3 fascinating ways on this action-packed, 3.5- to 4-hour sightseeing tour by boat, then the magnificent view of Istanbul from Pierre Loti Hill by cable car. Take an amazing cruise between the 2 continents of Europe and Asia. Enjoy a 1.5-hour Bosphorus cruise and pass by the Dolmabahçe and Beylerbeyi Palaces, wooden villas and mansions, all the way up to the Rumeli Fortress near the Black Sea. See imposing Rumeli Fortress, Yildiz Palace, and wooden Ottoman houses. Then head back to shore to wonder at the ancient City Walls, iron-paneled St Stephen's Church, and colorful former-Jewish district on a bus tour to the Golden Horn. Finish with a memorable experience in Istanbul's iconic old city, Sultanahmet.

Istanbul: Full-Day Tour with Dolmabahce & Bosphorus Cruise

3. Istanbul: Full-Day Tour with Dolmabahce & Bosphorus Cruise

Get a comprehensive overview of Istanbul on this full-day tour of the city by coach, boat, and cable car. Perfect for those who aim to get a sense of what makes Istanbul unique, this full-day exploration gives a varied tour of the city. It will reveal a mixture of Eastern and European influences that makes the city so unique. First, get picked up from your hotel by bus and driven along the length of the Golden Horn, the historic water that divides Istanbul. Take in the sites of the historic city center and the main port, dating back to the Ottoman and Byzantine empires. Then, travel to the top of Pierre Loti Hill by cable car, and admire panoramic views of the city as you drink coffee at the famous Pierre Loti Café, named after the French novelist who spent much of his time there.  Next, experience the splendor of Istanbul from the water. In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Bosphorus and take in the grand spectacle of the city’s houses and palaces from the river. Finally, enjoy a tour of Dolmabahce Palace, home to the last of the Ottoman Sultans. Admire one of the most glamorous palaces in the world, once the administrative heart of the Ottoman Empire.

Istanbul: Golden Horn, Pier Loti Hill, and Bosphorus Cruise

4. Istanbul: Golden Horn, Pier Loti Hill, and Bosphorus Cruise

Your tour begins with a pick-up at your hotel and the drive to Pierre Loti Hill, where you’ll take a cable car to the top. Next you’ll see the highlights of Istanbul on a panoramic Golden Horn bus tour. Follow this with a 90-minute Bosphorus cruise, following along the shores and taking in many of Istanbul’s iconic sights. A guide on board will provide full commentary. Admire the views of Dolmabahçe Palace, Leanders Tower, the city’s 2 suspension bridges, Rumeli Hisarı Fortress, and the stunning mansions on the Bosphorus shores. Disembark near Istanbul’s famous Spice Bazaar for the transfer back to your hotel.

Istanbul Scenic Half-Day Bosphorus Cruise

5. Istanbul Scenic Half-Day Bosphorus Cruise

Explore the spice bazaar, located next to New Mosque (Yeni Camii) in Eminonu. The unique bazaar evokes fantasies of the mystical East and is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and many other herbs and spices. Be driven along the Golden Horn and gaze at the historical heart of Istanbul and the principal harbor of the Byzantium and Ottoman periods for hundreds of years. Enjoy snacks and refreshments at Cafe Pierre Loti, a quaint cafe at the end of the Bosphorus with a beautiful view of the Golden Horn that was named after the famous French writer Pierre Loti. After this you will gain an entirely different perspective of the Golden Horn whilst driving down from the nearby hill with the Cable Car. Relax on a cruise along the great Bosphorus river which separates Asia and Europe. This voyage enables you to see the delightfully surprising mixture of past and present, Asian and European influences, grand splendor and simple beauty.

Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise and Golden Horn Bus Tour

6. Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise and Golden Horn Bus Tour

Enjoy a Bosphorus cruise through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces and ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residential and luxurious apartments. See the Rumeli Fortress from the boat, a historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect the Bosphorus. It is a unique example of military architecture. Visit the Golden Horn by bus, the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbor of the historical peninsula separating the old and new parts of Istanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantine Empire. This was a residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders, and other non-Muslim minorities. Drive along the traces of history in Balat and view the Bulgarian St Stephen Church, the Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), the Fener Orthodox Patriarchate, and the 22-kilometer Byzantine City Wall, the strongest fortification of the Middle Ages. You then take a cable car ride to Pierre Loti coffee house.

Istanbul: Full-Day Golden Horn & Bosphorus Tour

7. Istanbul: Full-Day Golden Horn & Bosphorus Tour

Begin this full-day excursion with a stroll around Pierre Loti Hill. Hop-on a cable car and let it take you to another world where the ancient Byzantine walls of Constantinople, Tekfur Palace and the Castle of Seven Towers await. Learn about the history of this centuries-old metropolis and how it functioned as both the capital of the eastern Roman Empire and as the head of the Ottoman Empire.  Then, board the boat and cruise around the Bosphorus Strait which connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea and separates Europe and Asia, making Istanbul one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the only one built astride two continents. This romantic cruise along the Bosphorus will allow you to admire the Dolmabahce Palace, the Beylerbeyi Palace, the Ciragan Palace and the Rumeli Fortress, ancient wooden villas, bridges and all the wonderful and unique maritime landscapes.

Istanbul's Golden Horn, Eyüp, Miniatürk & Pierre Loti Tour

8. Istanbul's Golden Horn, Eyüp, Miniatürk & Pierre Loti Tour

This half-day tour of Istanbul’s Golden Horn visits the city’s most sacred site and the 3rd most sacred site in the world after Mecca and Jerusalem. The Eyüp Sultan Mosque is visited by thousands of faithful people every day and you will join in as you explore the Mosque of Eyüp-El-Ensari, flagbearer of the Prophet Mohammed. Eyüp-El-Ensari died in Istanbul during the Arabic siege of the city in the 7th-Century. The old trees, pigeons, praying believers and the large crowd create a mystical and colorful atmosphere around the mosque. Continue via the Teleferique to the Pierre Loti Coffee House, located on a hill with beautiful trees. Enjoy the wonderful panorama of the Golden Horn and the bird’s eye view of the Horn from the cable car as you ascend 1,800 feet (550 meters) in less than 2 minutes. The coffee house takes its name from Pierre Loti, the French author and poet who was extremely fond of İstanbul and wrote as he sat in the coffee house while enjoying the views. Next visit Miniatürk, an open field of miniature scaled models of the best known masterpieces of Turkey that create a fairy-tale environment of İstanbul, Anatolia and the former Ottoman territories. It reflects the revival of Turkish culture and history in all its magnificence. Countless human models, situated throughout the park, such as a railroad worker, Muslims in a mosque courtyard, Jews praying in a synagogue, and flower sellers, portray the lifestyle of Turkish society through ages. Spend some time exploring the colorful shopping center, where you can find some of the best souvenirs in İstanbul, before the tour concludes.

Bursa Full Day Sightseeing Tour from Istanbul

9. Bursa Full Day Sightseeing Tour from Istanbul

Your 12-hour tour to the 1st capital of the Ottoman Empire starts with a hotel pick-up in central Istanbul before crossing the Sea of Marmara by ferryboat to Yalova. You will then drive across country for approximately 1-hour, arriving at Bursa to climb its most famous site, Mount Uludağ. The ascent of the legendary mountain, also referred to as Mount Olympos, is by Teleferik. On the rare occasions when the cable car isn’t working due to the weather, or if there are long queues, we will drive to a 600 year old Inkaya Plane Tree and stop for a coffee break on the way to Uludağ. Touring the city of Bursa, you will visit the Great Mosque of Ulu Camii, a landmark of early Ottoman architecture, with monumental Islamic calligraphy. Move on to the decorative Green Mosque, officially known as Yeşil Mosque, and the Green Mausoleum, which can be viewed from the outside only. You will pause during the day to try an "Alexander the Great" kebab, and to wonder through the old Silk Market of the Covered Bazaar. Bursa was the largest center for the silk trade during the Byzantine Empire and a major point along the legendary Silk Road trade route. Still boasting a large textile industry, you can try out your bargaining skills, before boarding the bus back to Istanbul. You will travel through a lovely landscape of lush forests, which help give Bursa its nickname of “Green Bursa”

Istanbul: Bosporus and Dolmabahce Palace Shore Excursion

10. Istanbul: Bosporus and Dolmabahce Palace Shore Excursion

Discover the only city on 2 continents on a full-day guided tour of Istanbul. Cruise along the Bosporus Strait and see the vast suspension bridge that links Asia and Europe. Go to the former residence of the Ottoman sultans and Dolmabahçe Palace, and more. Following a pick-up from your hotel from 08:30, transfer to the Bosporus, and cruise through the Golden Horn, the historical heart of the city and the principal harbor of Byzantium, Constantinople, and Istanbul for over 2,000 years. Admire Rumeli Fortress, Istanbul’s biggest fortification, from the sea. Pass Pierre Loti Hill, named after the French novelist and naval officer, Pierre Loti, who spent many years in Istanbul. Then, take the cable car to see Istanbul from a different perspective. Marvel at the city walls of Constantinople, and learn how they were only breached twice in 1600 years. Enjoy some free shopping time, before lunch at a Turkish restaurant. Continue in the afternoon with a visit to Dolmabahçe Palace, home to 6 sultans from 1856 until the abolition of the Caliphate in 1924. Go to the Bosporus Bridge (one of the world's largest suspension bridges) linking Europe and Asia. Next, ascend one of Istanbul’s hills by bus for a commanding view of the Bosporus and old Istanbul.

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Amazing experience! Highly recommended tour for everyone who wants to “meet” bit of real Istanbul! Fener is absolutely beautiful and rides on public transport makes the tour interesting! My only regret is that we did not take cable car ride to the Pierre Loti Café due to the long queue but on the other hand walking through the cemetery was historically interesting! Thanks to our amazing guide Salih we will not forget this day! Thanks

Off the beaten path for those who are interested. Got to see a lot more about Istanbul which I didn’t see before. Highly recommend this.

Salih was a great guide, he showed me and girlfriend around and told us about the history of various neighbourhoods.

Brilliant guide, very enjoyable, lots of information, paced just right.

Beautiful experience, and good our guide, I recommend it