Day Trips from Istanbul

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  • Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht

    1. Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht

    A sunset on the water is an amazing way to end your cruise experience and an equally amazing way to start your evening. Whether it is to impress that special someone with a picture-perfect moment or just to appreciate a great time with great friends, a sunset cruise is something everyone will remember.  Few places in the world are as mesmerizing as Istanbul in the setting sun. Aboard an elegant yacht, drinking traditional Turkish drinks, and nibbling on canapés and fruit from tastefully arranged platters, glide by palaces and minarets as you sail along the Bosphorus. When dusk sets in, a soothing breeze arrives from the Sea of Marmara and the sky over the city puts on a colorful show, tinted with shades of orange and rose. The muezzin calls from a towering minaret. Majestic palaces and villas standstill along the strait’s banks, as if nothing has changed over a millennium. Breathe in t...

    Amazing experience and the snacks provided were absolutely delicious. Best tour of the Bosphorus that is available.

  • 2-Day Cappadocia Tour From Istanbul Optional Balloon Flight

    2. 2-Day Cappadocia Tour From Istanbul Optional Balloon Flight

    Start the first day by visiting Devrent Valley, also known as 'Imagination Valley', this is the most surreal-looking landscape. Your next stop will be Pashabagi also called the Monks Valley. Proceed to Avanos the pottery centre of Cappadocia, this village is set on the banks of the Red River. You will have lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to Goreme Open Air Museum. The world’s most important Byzantine cave churches are found in these once remote valleys where monks and nuns pursued monastic life from the 3rd century on. Here you can see the best preserved Byzantine cave wall paintings and frescos from the Iconoclastic period through to the end of Seljuk rule.  Then admire a spectacular view over Goreme, you can see fairy chimneys, rock formations, and cave houses. You have the option of also booking a pre-sunrise hot-air balloon flight for the next morning. While your guid...

  • From Istanbul: Full-Day Princes Island Tour with Lunch

    3. From Istanbul: Full-Day Princes Island Tour with Lunch

    Explore Büyükada, the largest of Turkey’s Princes islands, on this 9-hour excursion from Istanbul. Cruise across the Sea of Marmara, watching the sights of Istanbul slip from view. You can explore the pedestrianized island in the best possible way – by bike (not included) or spend time at leisure, perhaps relaxing on one of its beaches, before returning to Istanbul. Travel from your hotel by air-conditioned coach to the port with your guide, and board the boat that will take you to the Princes islands. The largest and most interesting of the islands is Büyükada, which is your destination for the day. From the boat you can look back on the sights of Istanbul, seeing iconic landmarks such as Topkapi Palace and the pretty Kiz Kulesi (also known as the Maiden’s Tower), which was featured in the James Bond film, The World is Not Enough. Dock in Büyükada and then take a stroll through the ...

    The tour guide was a very fun guy and helped pass the ride with lots of fun and knowledge, it was just shorter then expected and due to corona, everything was closed up.

  • Troy: Full-Day Tour from Istanbul

    4. Troy: Full-Day Tour from Istanbul

    This tour is specially designed for those visitors who want a more detailed tour with an expert guide, and who wish to walk in the footsteps of characters from Homer's Illiad and learn of how a long lost city was rediscovered. Start the tour at the door of your hotel in Istanbul, where you will be met by our driver before boarding a specially configured bus, designed to provide more space and greater leg room for your comfort. On arrival in the town of Eceabat, once the ancient city of Madytos, located on the shores of the Dardanelles Strait, stop to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, your guide will accompany you on a 25-minute ferry trip across the Dardanelles to Çanakkale, where you will board the tour bus for the drive to nearby Troy. During the tour, your guide will explain the mythology surrounding Troy, as well as the history and discoveries of the archaeological ex...

    Funds had everything arranged perfectly. The guide was great and very knowledgeable. I learned a lot from him. It was fun to have someone there to have Troy-educated discussions with. As always, GetYourGuide did a great job of making a lifelong desire to see Troy better than I imagined! Thank you to all!

  • Private Pamukkale and Hierapolis Day Tour from Istanbul

    5. Private Pamukkale and Hierapolis Day Tour from Istanbul

    Board an early morning flight from Istanbul to Pamukkale, where this day tour begins. Pamukkale, which means cotton castle, comprises a series of limestone terraces formed by the action of the hot springs that create a waterfall. The water contains a high concentration of carbonic acid and lime, and flows downhill to form stalactites, waterfalls and basins. Nearby are the ruins of Hierapolis, where the Roman baths were converted into a church during the Byzantine period. See the Roman theater and well-preserved ancient thermal baths. Bathe in the waters and visit the pool of Cleopatra (admission not included). After the tour, board a flight to return to Istanbul.

    It was truly the best part of my vacation. The arrangement was timely, the guide Ali was wonderful, gave us all the interesting facts regarding turkey and the area. He was Well versed in history to give the details of Hierapolis. Thank you so much this wonderful experience. It was worth it and it was my best day in turkey :)

  • Gallipoli Full-Day Tour from Istanbul

    6. Gallipoli Full-Day Tour from Istanbul

    Take a trip into the past on a full-day tour of Gallipoli from Istanbul, traveling by air-conditioned minibus to the battlefields and war memorials of the ANZAC campaign of the Battle of Gallipoli during World War I. Depart Istanbul early in the morning, stopping en route for refreshments. Upon arrival on the Gallipoli Peninsula, your tour will focus on the ANZAC sector of the infamous battlefields. Stop at 11 different points of interest to learn more about the fateful events of the Australian and New Zealand troops, including ANZAC Cove where the troops first landed and set up base. Go to Beach Cemetery, where many of the soldiers who died during the Battle of Gallipoli were buried. Pause to reflect at the Lone Pine Memorial, one of 5 memorials on the peninsula that commemorate servicemen of the former British Empire killed in the campaign but who have no known grave. Visit the battl...

    I had such a wonderful experience. Firstly I was picked up on time to leave for Cannakale with a stop on the way. Once arriving had a delicious light lunch and then off... I had the best guide, Bulant (forgive spelling) who gave such an incredible insight and overview of what took place back in 1914-1917. His knowledge was amazing and gave a very balanced perspective, especially being Australian there are always 2 sides and so many stories were told that showed the humanity of all countries. I would definitely recommend this tour. There was also plenty of time to have a wander and capture the whole area! Also thanks to our driver Josh!

  • From Istanbul: Bursa and Mt. Uludağ Full-Day Tour

    7. From Istanbul: Bursa and Mt. Uludağ Full-Day Tour

    Departing from your hotel in Istanbul at 08:00, head directly for the port and board a ferry-boat that will take you to the city of Bursa. The streets of Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, are filled with relics of the past, including historical buildings and artifacts that tell the story of Turkish history, culture and civilization. Often called "Green Bursa," the city is also filled with lush parks and gardens, vast forests, and orchards. Take the cable car to the Mt. Uludağ, where you will enjoy a BBQ lunch before visiting Ulu Cami (Grand Mosque). The mosque, built between 1399 and 1400, is still the largest mosque in Bursa. There, you can admire its exquisite calligraphy and the great craftsmanship. Afterwards, you may enjoy some famous local Turkish products, including roasted chestnuts and Turkish sweets. Before the day is done, pay a visit to Bursa's silk market a...

    The guide was both informative and entertaining. The driver was very good and responsible. A great trip. Highly recommended.

  • Ephesus Day Tour with Return Flights From Istanbul

    8. Ephesus Day Tour with Return Flights From Istanbul

    Explore an historical gem of the eastern Mediterranean on a full-day tour of Ephesus from Istanbul, with round-trip flights, and walk in the footsteps of Cleopatra, Mark Antony, the Virgin Mary, and John the Apostle. The largest open-air museum in Turkey, Ephesus contains more than 30 buildings and structures linked together by streets that still bear the marks of chariot wheels. Your guide will show you the awe-inspiring Great Theater, where St. Paul preached against the pagans and gladiators once engaged in battle. Walk along Marble Street to the Library of Celsus and be dazzled by its restored façade. Visit the Temple of Hadrian, Roman baths, and other remarkable ruins. Continue to the Church of the Virgin Mary. According to Christian tradition, Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the Resurrection of Christ. The church was erected on the foundation of the house whe...

    What an experience! Spending the day with my fantastic guide Nafia was more than I could ask for. Sine it was only the two of us, She showed me sites within Ephesus which she isn’t normally able to do with large groups. Her knowledge of this ancient city was impressive and I learned so many interesting facts throughout the day.

  • Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Highlights Tour

    9. Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Highlights Tour

    Explore Istanbul according to your own interests on a tailor-made sightseeing tour. A licensed guide will meet you in your hotel or port and work with you to create an itinerary that suits you best, leaving you satisfied that you have seen all of Istanbul. Marvel at monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, such as Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern on the first day. On day two, take the public ferry to Bosphorus to see both Istanbul’s European and Asian sides. From here, visit Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal Street and the spice market. Day three takes you on a walk through the streets of Fener-Balat neighboorhood. Enjoy a cable car ride and soak up views of Pierre Loti Hill, then visit Chora Church to see the mosaics and frescoes.

    Ayla hat uns pünktlich vom Hotel abgeholt und wir erlebten mit ihr den absolut schönsten Tag in Istanbul!! Sie hat ein unheimlich großes Wissen und kann dieses super interessant vermitteln. Wir können die Tour nur wärmstens weiterempfehlen! Vielen lieben Dank an Ayla!

  • From Istanbul: Sheila and Agva Guided Day Trip with Lunch

    10. From Istanbul: Sheila and Agva Guided Day Trip with Lunch

    Join a guided day trip to visit Sheila and Agva, two of Turkey's most beautiful attractions. Visit beaches on the Black Sea Coast and discover a beautiful man-made lake in Karamandere. Start your sightseeing adventure with a convenient pickup from your accommodation in Istanbul. Join your guide as you travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle, heading north towards Sheila. Sit back, relax and enjoy the breathtaking natural landscapes in Sheila. Enjoy some refreshments at a local café or restaurant. While in Sheila, visit the beach. Feel the warmth of the sun on your skin and soft golden sand between your toes. Visit one of the popular markets and do some shopping before heading to your next destination, Agva. Take in the natural beauty of this small town situated between two rivers and located on the Black Sea Coastline. Visit the Hidden Lake in Karamandere and relax in this...

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What people are saying about Istanbul

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 683 reviews

My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed this outing. It was great to get out of the hustle and bustle of Istanbul. Our guide was Baruk. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. We went there not really knowing what to expect. We left knowing more than we ever even could of imagined. If you ever want to visit this historic site. I highly recommend taking the tour. You will get so much more out of it. As it has been mentioned before yes it is quite a roadtrip, I personally love roadtrips. You see so much more of the country this way. Take in the beauty of the country. Everyone at Crowded house was great. They responded quickly to all my messages. We were on the Asian side and they helped us make special arrangements for pick up and drop off at our hotel I highly recommend this tour. The meal that was provided was also quite yummy!

Funds had everything arranged perfectly. The guide was great and very knowledgeable. I learned a lot from him. It was fun to have someone there to have Troy-educated discussions with. As always, GetYourGuide did a great job of making a lifelong desire to see Troy better than I imagined! Thank you to all!

We liked the tour a lot and Mehmet is a very nice person and explained everything with details and answered all our questions every time.

Amazing experience and the snacks provided were absolutely delicious. Best tour of the Bosphorus that is available.

It was a beautiful day with a nice group of people. I'd recommend it a one-day trip from Istanbul!