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Istanbul Highlights Self Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

1. Istanbul Highlights Self Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour through Istanbul. Using a tour app on your phone, explore Istanbul at your own pace, starting and stopping whenever you want.  Start your journey by downloading your app and following the maps to find your way to all the top attractions along the tour route (download instructions received via after booking). At each attraction, solve a location-based riddle to unlock the following location. Work as a team and use logic, imagination, observation, and problem solving to make your way around the city. Along the way, you can stop for a coffee and lunch or a break at any time.  Discover the real Istanbul on this fun tour. The cliche goes, Istanbul is where east meets west. However, this unique city, a combination of history and different cultural backgrounds, makes this city a true melting pot. The tour route includes Sultanahmet Square, the Blue Mosque, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Topkapi Palace, the New Mosque, the Galata Bridge, the Galata Tower, İşbank Museum, the Vilayet Mosque, the Tomb of Abdul Hamid I, and Hagia Sofia.

From Istanbul: Sheila and Agva Guided Day Trip with Lunch

2. 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 lush green setting. Explore the area with optional add-ons for your tour, such as renting a boat to explore the archeological sites on the rocky islands. Your guide will be happy to accommodate your wishes where possible.

Istanbul: Maiden's Tower, Çamlıca Hill, & Asian Side Tour

3. Istanbul: Maiden's Tower, Çamlıca Hill, & Asian Side Tour

Explore some of Istanbul's most iconic spots on this guided tour. See Maiden's Tower and scenic views from Çamlıca Hill. Explore the Asian/Anatolian Side of Istanbul including Bağdat Avenue. Complete your experience with a shopping tour at the high-ceilinged Emaar Mall. Meet your tour guide at your accommodation, then head to your first stop, Çamlıca Hill. Çamlıca Hill got its name from the pine trees in the area (Çamlıca means “pine” in Turkish). Take a walk while surrounded by the hill’s historic trees and local, colorful flora. Marvel at the panorama views of the Bosporus (Straight of Istanbul) and the rest of the city. Next, visit Maiden's Tower, found on a small island at the southern entrance of the Bosporus. No one knows who built this tower or why, but your tour guide will fill you in on what is known about this site. Afterward, head to Bağdat (Baghdad) Avenue. The one-way avenue with old plane trees is a large, open-air shopping center filled with shopping malls, department stores, fashion stores, elegant shops offering world-famous brands, restaurants of international and local cuisine, pubs, and cafes. Learn about Bağdat Avenue’s special spots with the help of your guide. Your tour guide can also guide you anywhere to have an optional lunch. Later, head to Emaar Mall, one of the newest malls of Istanbul on the Asian Side. It features high ceilings and wide shopping areas with many stores selling high-quality brand names. There is also a cinema complex, art gallery, and large food hall. At the conclusion of the tour, get dropped off back at your accommodation.

Istanbul: Full-Day Highlights Tour

4. Istanbul: Full-Day Highlights Tour

Experience the cultural diversity on this guided walking tour through the Old City, Sultanahmet and Taksim. Get closer to top landmarks, discover local markets and taste Turkish Delights. Explore the highlights of Istanbul and gain insider knowledge from your expert guide. Itinerary: Old City Sultanahmet to Grand Bazaar Explore the highlights of Ottoman and Byzantine heritage including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Garden. Along the 15 min walk to the Grand Bazaar, explore sights off the traditional tourist path, offering unique historical secrets and one of a kind Instagram spots. Lunch break Grand Bazaar to Spice Market Enjoy a Turkish tea, capture amazing pictures from rooftops, visit a local food market and try spices, herbs and Turkish Delights. Break for refreshments Tunnel Square, via Taksim area to Galata Tower Follow in the footsteps of the Italian, Greek, Jewish, Austrian, Russian and German cosmopolitan cultures which once resided here and discover famous sites such as the Galata Tower, Dervish Lodge and Tunnel Square. Marvel at the most colorful European Istanbul shopping street and admire neo-classical and art nouveau architecture, passing by old book shops, art galleries, vibrant street art, the flower passage, the fish market, consulate buildings from past centuries and stunning churches. After the tour you will get insider tips from your expert guide and can go up the Galata Tower or visit the Dervish Lodge.

Istanbul: Galata – Genoese Walking Tour

5. Istanbul: Galata – Genoese Walking Tour

The 3-hour tour takes place in the afternoon. Start with pickup from your hotel and then begin your tour by walking through the vibrant streets to the imposing Galata Tower. In the Byzantine period, the hillside where Galata now stands was covered with orchards and was named Sykai (The Fig Orchard), or Peran en Sykais (The Fig Field on the Other Side). It still commands impressive views of the Golden Horn. You will hear myths and legends, and learn the history of how Galata became a Genoese colony from the 6th to the 15th century. Today the area is awash with churches and synagogues, colorful stores and ancient walls, and your guide will provide you with fascinating facts as you stroll through the ancient streets and walk the winding Camondo Steps.

Private Tour of Istanbul: Hagia Sophia & Grand Bazaar & More

6. Private Tour of Istanbul: Hagia Sophia & Grand Bazaar & More

The morning sun hits your face as you look out across the Bosphorus to a different continent. Here in Istanbul, the crossroads of the world, your day of excitement is just beginning. Today you'll be treated to a full day private tour of this exquisite town. Begin your journey at the Hagia Sophia. This incredible architectural wonder has stood on these grounds for centuries. For years it was the largest church in the world, but it is the dome that makes it stand out to this day. The church's name means "Divine Wisdom" and you'll soon discover why. Next, walk across the park to the Blue Mosque. Snap some pictures of the thousands of blue tiles that give this mosque its nickname. In Turkish, they still call it Sultanahmet Mosque, as it stands close to the Topkapi Palace and was used by the leaders of the city during their reign. After the more "modern" visits, we'll step back in time to the Hippodrome, built in 203 C.E. The Roman Emperor Septimus Severus built these grounds as a place for fun and games, and today they serve as a reminder of Istanbul's long history. We then head to Topkapi Palace, the home of rulers during the Ottoman Empire. Your guide explains to you its history and you can explore its many rooms filled with incredible relics of the past. Finally we head out for some shopping in the Grand Bazaar. These nearly 4,000 shops and stalls have everything your heart desires, so try your hand at bartering for the best deals around!

Istanbul: Personalized Photo-Shoot With a Professional

7. Istanbul: Personalized Photo-Shoot With a Professional

Enjoy a unique experience and be the star of a professional photo shoot in Istanbul. Appreciate the rich history of the city and have a Turkish coffee at a vintage cafe. Follow a planned route including many famous and local sights around Istanbul. Enjoy your time and take home some unforgettable memories in beautiful photos. Discuss with your photographer where to meet, the route of your shoot, and add or remove any location you want. You will receive all photos taken during the shoot from 250 - 350 photos within 48 hours. Also, receive 10 - 15 professionally edited photos within 4-7 working days.

From Istanbul: Pamukkale Trip with Hot Air Balloon Ride

8. From Istanbul: Pamukkale Trip with Hot Air Balloon Ride

Take a break from bustling Istanbul and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pamukkale on this 2-day trip. See extraordinary views of thermal pools and terraces and visit the ancient ruins of Hierapolis. Your trip begins with a flight from Istanbul to Denizli Airport. Upon arriving at Denizli Airport your driver will meet you and drop you off at your hotel for you to retire and relax in the evening. The next day in the early morning, your driver will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the meeting point for your hot air balloon ride. Rise up into the sky and see the white travertines from above. Have a memorable experience as you taking stunning views of the surrounding landscape and Hierapolis. Once your air balloon flight finishes have breakfast back in the hotel. Take a break before beginning your excursion to Hierapolis. Follow your guide as they tell you about interesting historical events. Wander through ancient ruins before taking your transfer to Denizli Airport for your flight back to Istanbul.

Istanbul: Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with a Local

9. Istanbul: Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with a Local

Spend half a day exploring the sights and landmarks of Istanbul with a local driver. The tour begins with pickup from your hotel and some time to discuss and customize the tour to suit your interests. From there, head off into the city and immerse yourself in the magic of Istanbul. Discover the rich-history of the city, dating back to the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires. Marvel at iconic buildings including Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Galata Tower, and the Dolmabahçe Palace. As you explore, listen to your driver share fascinating local insight into Istanbul’s impressive history, culture, and traditions. Finish the tour with a visit to Bosphorus Bridge where you can admire epic views. By the end of the tour, you’ll have a better understanding of Istanbul’s history and landmarks, as well as plenty of recommendations to enhance your vacation.

Istanbul: Best of the Bosphorus Strait Europe & Asia Cruise

10. Istanbul: Best of the Bosphorus Strait Europe & Asia Cruise

Explore Istanbul from the comfort of a boat on a full-day cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, stopping at strategic points en route to explore on land. Enjoy opportunities to swim in summer, or to hike in lush woodland. The only cruise to take you as far as the Bosphorus/Black Sea, the tour starts with a hotel pick-up and transfer to Kabataş Port for a 09:00 departure. Enjoy great views of Istanbul's minarets as you sail to Ortaköy Mosque. Dolmabahce Palace, Maiden Tower, Cıragan palace, many Woodon House from Sea. Next, cruise to Rumeli Fortress, built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II before he conquered Constantinople. Also Anadoluhisarı on the Anatolian side. After our cruise, we take our lunch. Then we go to the Asian side by using the Bosphorus bridge, visit the Beylerbeyi palace (including the harem garden), then we end our tour by climbing the most beautiful and highest hill of Istanbul, Çamlıca Hill.

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What people are saying about Istanbul

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I had the most beautiful experience in Istanbul the day i went touring with Leyla she was really kind and i had so much fun. I learned a looot about the turkish heritage she told me so many intresting stories about the byzantine and Othmane times that i really admired. She was so helpful she even recommended me some good restaurant and shops. I m thankful for my friend who recommended this tour with a private guide and i highly recommande it.

Another perspective on Istanbul

Well organized tour with a good guide. The small snack on board was great.

I recommend this tour to all interested in history of Christianity.