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Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Show with Private Table

1. Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Show with Private Table

Enjoy magical views of Istanbul from the Bosphorus on this dinner cruise. Sail on a yacht and view a show which includes traditional Turkish Folk Dancing. Sip on unlimited soft drinks while seeing sights like the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Galata Tower, and the Bosphorus Bridge.  Have the option to choose from a tour with hotel pickup and drop-off from select locations in Istanbul. With this option, enjoy being transported to the boat in an air-conditioned van. Select from tour options with or without unlimited alcoholic drinks. Savor an appetizer plate with options like a seasonal salad or hot starters. Choose a main course like mixed grilled meat, seasonal fish, or a vegetarian menu. Savor fruit and finish your meal with a sweet dessert.  Dine on your tasty food while watching live entertainment like Turkish folk dancing, Latin flamenco dancing, and a DJ. Gaze out the window at the Maiden's Tower, which has stood since the medieval Byzantine period and the imposing Galata Tower.  Capture pictures of the stunning Baroque Revival architecture or Dolmabahçe Palace and Ortaköy Mosque. Admire the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridges which span the Bosphorus strait. Take in the waterside Ottoman architecture of the Beylerbeyi Palace.

Istanbul: City Transport Card for Bus, Metro, Tram & Ferries

2. Istanbul: City Transport Card for Bus, Metro, Tram & Ferries

Experience Istanbul stress-free with a pre-charged travel card for public transport networks throughout the city. Travel on the metro, trams, buses, and ferries to experience the city like a local. Using your ticket is easy: simply swipe it at the entrance machines at each station of tram, metro, or public ferry boat. Your ticket will be validated upon each use and can be used for 5 or 10 rides depending on the option you book. Your card will be delivered before your arrival at your hotel located in the Sultanahmet or Taksim areas. After booking, the local partner will send you a separate email with a city map and an e-booklet with discounts for attractions and activities in Istanbul.

Istanbul: Tastes of Istanbul Private Food Tour

3. Istanbul: Tastes of Istanbul Private Food Tour

After being picked up from your hotel, begin your tour with a walk around the Spice market. See where locals have been buying their spices for hundreds of years. Walk from Galata bridge to Karakoy and enjoy a Turkish breakfast which includes Turkish menemen, sucuklu omlet, kaymak, and honey. Catch a metro up to Pera and walk along the famous Istiklal street. Make a tea stop at a local tea house. In the afternoon, catch a ferry from the European side of Istanbul to the Asian side in Kadikoy. Taste Mersin's tantuni or if you are feeling adventurous maybe try a liver wrap. Continue to the fish market and sample stuffed or fried mussels as well as pickles. Visit a shop that only sells pickles. Complete your tour by sampling Turkish coffee and desserts. After indulging, catch the ferry back to the European side of Istanbul where the tour will conclude.

Istanbul: City by Night Tour with Golden Horn Ferry

4. Istanbul: City by Night Tour with Golden Horn Ferry

Admire Istanbul after dark with this unique van, ferry, and walking tour. Watch the city lights come on as you take a ferry past sights like Galata Tower, St. Stephen Church, and St. George's Cathedral. Take a stroll down Istiklal street to soak in the atmosphere of Istanbul's nightlife. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your centrally located hotel in Istanbul at 6:00 PM. Relax on the short drive to Karakoy. Board a ferry that cruises along the Golden Horn estuary. Look out from the boat for sweeping views of Istanbul's lights. See Galata Tower, St. Stephen Church, St. George's Cathedral, the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and the Rahmi Koc Museum. After your ferry cruise, disembark at Sutluce and make your way to Taksim square to begin your walking tour of Istiklal street. Stroll down a busy street that is packed with shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs and cinemas. Finish your tour at Galata Tower where you have the option to purchase a ticket to admire the Romanesque architecture from the inside. Return to your accommodation or a centrally located restaurant at the end of your tour.

Istanbul: Contemporary Art Walk

5. Istanbul: Contemporary Art Walk

Get off the usual museum trail and explore the exciting contemporary art scene of Istanbul. The 4-hour morning walking tour takes you to some of the cutting-edge galleries of the Tophane and Karaköy neighborhoods, and ends at the 1st museum to organize modern art exhibitions in the city. Your guide will describe how the contemporary art world is changing rapidly as a result of the political and economic shift towards the East. Istanbul straddles 2 continents and is often considered one of the leading cultural hot spots of Europe. But the galleries you will visit exhibit art by exciting artists from Turkey and beyond. Starting at Galtasaray High School, you will walk along Istiklal Street to visit some of the city’s leading art institutions. Continue through the narrow streets of Beyoğlu, before discovering the hidden galleries of Tophane and Karaköy.

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based on 24 reviews

Delivered to my hotel in an envelope in my name with directions to validate the card with the code hes on the internet. Easy and fast and the card is already credited. What more ! Thank you

Excellent delivery service directly to the hotel despite the last minute booking on the site again thank you

This makes it possible to move without self-limitation even in the islands of the Marmara Sea.

Charming, informative, well planned your! We had fun talking about and looking at art.

They were super efficient in delivering the card, which worked quite well