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Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Topkapi Palace

1. Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Topkapi Palace

See the landmark sights of Istanbul on a half-day tour by air-conditioned vehicle. You will be picked up from your hotel, port, or airport, and transferred in comfort to the historic city center. Discover the Ottoman and Byzantine history of the city at sites such as the Hagia Sophia, one of the marvels of world architecture. Constructed as an Orthodox basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian, its 4 minarets were added when it was converted to a mosque. Marvel at the Blue Mosque, facing the Hagia Sophia. Famous for its blue Iznik tiles and 6 minarets, it is the icon of Istanbul and the culmination of 2 centuries of Ottoman development. Move on to the Hippodrome, center of chariot races, athletic events, and political activities of the city when it was known as Constantinople. Next, admire the imperial residence of the Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace. See the exquisite jewels in the treasury, and a priceless collection of miniatures and medieval manuscripts

From Istanbul: 8 Days Highlights of Turkey Bus Tour with B&B

2. From Istanbul: 8 Days Highlights of Turkey Bus Tour with B&B

Meet and greet with your guide in Istanbul. Stay overnight at a hotel in Bursa. Enjoy breakfast, and visit Grand Mosque and Green Mosque with Tomb. Go shopping at Turkish Delight, and drive to Kusadasi. Overnight at a hotel in Kusadasi.  Begin the day with breakfast. Enjoy shopping and a live fashion show at Leather Outlet Center. Visit Ephesus Ancient City. After lunch, drive to Pamukkale. Tour the Antique City of Hierapolis and the fascinating travertine in the form of white terraces and basins. Overnight at a hotel in Pamukkale.  After breakfast, drive to Konya. Visit Mevlana Museum. Tour Konya City. Overnight at a hotel in Konya.  Begin the day with breakfast. Proceed to Cappadocia with its surrealistic geological creation. Stop at Caravanserai and see the Inns used by traders traveling the Silk Road. Enjoy a trekking tour in Ihlara Valley and visit an Underground City. Overnight at a hotel in Cappadocia.  Take an optional hot air balloon ride in the early morning hours. Enjoy breakfast. Explore the Cappadocia region with its highlights such as Love Valley, Uchisar village, a traditional handmade Carpet Factory, Pasabag, Goreme Panorama, Devrent Imagination Valley, and Ortahisar. Overnight at a hotel in Cappadocia.  After breakfast, drive to Ankara, then Bolu. Visit Salt Lake on the way. In Ankara, visit the magnificent Mausoleum constructed to commemorate Ataturk. Enjoy a visit to Golcuk Lake. Overnight at a hotel in Bolu.  Begin the day with breakfast before returning to Istanbul. Visit Sapanca Lake. Enjoy a stop at Masukiye and Camlıca hill for a panoramic view of Istanbul. Drop off at your hotel or airport in Istanbul.

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Nice teaser giving you a glimpse of Istanbul's highlights

We were picked up by our local guide on time directly at the port station where our cruise ship embarked. A very clean, spacious and air conditioned van brought us straight to Topkapi palace where our perfectly English speaking guide introduced us to Istanbul and the history of this important place. Besides magnificent views across all of Istanbul we also visited nearby mosques and the bazar. Too bad that the 4 hours passed by so quickly. But well worth considering that we skipped the usual waiting queues and sales events of the tours organized by the cruise ship.

Excellent experience

Our guide Aylin picked us early at our hotel. She was marvelous!!! She explained everything and even tried to help us rescue our lost luggage. Would definitely use this company again and recommend to friends. Excellent experience!!!!

Excellent guide - thoroughly recommended.

Fonda was a truly marvellous guide. Extremely knowledgeable and with a wry sense of humour. You couldn't have wished for anyone better and yet their prices undercut most of the competitors I found by some margin.

Very informative

Very nice guide, lots of information. Prompt collection from our hotel