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

    1. 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: 2.5-Hour Bosphorus Strait Boat Cruise

    2. Istanbul: 2.5-Hour Bosphorus Strait Boat Cruise

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in central Istanbul, and then go to Eminonu Pier to embark on a boat trip along the Bosphorus Strait. Explore the sights of the European side of the city for around 1 hour, passing historical monuments such as Galata Tower, Dolmabahçe Palace, Çırağan Palace, the Ortaköy Mosque and the fortress of Rumelihisarı, built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II in the 15th century. Continue to the second bridge to head to the Asian side of Istanbul. Visit Küçüksu Palace, built in the 19th century as a hunting lodge for the Ottoman sultans. Make your way back to the city center, following the Asian coast, and get a look at the Anatolian Fortress (Anadoluhisarı) and Turkey's oldest military school at Kuleli Military High School. Admire the elaborate Beylerbeyi Palace, built as a summer residence for the Ottoman rulers in the1860s, and see the Maiden’s Tower guarding...

  • Istanbul: Small-Group Street Food Tour with Local Guide

    3. Istanbul: Small-Group Street Food Tour with Local Guide

    Discover the highlights of Istanbul's culinary scene on this tour, which will take you to the places other tourists don't go. See the spice market, Eminonu, Tahtakale, Süleymaniye, a local market, and discover a traditional residential neighborhood. Your tour begins at the spice market, and your guide will take you around the authentic areas of the city. Visit restaurants where only locals eat, and see how everyday people live their lives. Explore a special local market brimming with all of the culinary products imaginable. The tour will also visit mosques and other historical buildings, if requested.

    Plenty of food will be sampled along the way: baklava, kebabs, desserts, Turkish delight, simit, Turkish tea, mezes, olives, delicatessen stops, pastrami, clotted cream, cheese, and more!

    We had a highly enjoyable and delicious tour of the Asian side of Istanbul, with our fantastic guide Cetin (an ex-chef!). The food we sampled was both local and full of flavors, and we really appreciated the range of flavors and tastes we were able to sample. Not only did we learn about the food we did try, but also a bit about other foods in other parts of the city that we should go back to try, and we got a nice list of great restaurants to try. I would definitely return for this again!

  • Istanbul: Two Continents and Backstreets

    4. Istanbul: Two Continents and Backstreets

    Explore Istanbul’s most famous sites on this walking tour, beginning with the old Ottoman book bazaar and the 16th-century Rustem Pasa Mosque. The Rustem Pasha Mosque was designed by Ottoman imperial architect Mimar Sinan for the grand vizier Rüstem Pasha and is famous for its Iznik tiles. After visiting the mosque, catch a ferry to Kadikoy, a largely residential area on the Asian side of Istanbul. In Kadikoy you will get to see how the local people live and visit the famous fish market. After lunch in Kadikoy, walk down Istiklal Street and see the 3,000 street cafes, pubs and restaurants. The tour will take you to Galata tower, one of the first towers built in the world, where you can see a 360-degree view of Istanbul from the top of the tower. Cross the Galata Bridge at Karakoy, where you can see locals fishing and shopping at the market.

  • Istanbul: Guided Tour of Uskudar Neighborhood, Asian Side

    5. Istanbul: Guided Tour of Uskudar Neighborhood, Asian Side

    See a different side of Istanbul as you explore its more residential neighborhoods on the Asian Side of the city. Tailor the experience to your wishes, with either a small-group or private guided tour. After meeting your guide, head across the Bosphorus Strait on a ferry to the Asian Side.  Find out about the historic role of the strait in trade and politics as you watch the locals with your cup of traditional Turkish tea and simit (sesame bagels). After you arrive, discover the sites with your guide. Visit an Ottoman imperial mosque in Uskudar beforeheading up the Bosphorus coast on a famous minibus. Catch some of the best views of the European Side from here. Enjoy the commentary about daily life topics from your local guide about how the city serves its millions of inhabitants. Finally, reach Kuzguncuk, a small fishing village where Ottoman viziers and other notable figures built t...

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What people are saying about Eminonu Pier

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 36 reviews

Ideal if you live in an area where you can also have it delivered to the hotel. This card quickly becomes essential because Istanbul is built on 7 hills and even two stations can be enough to spare. Quite complicated bus system (there are a lot of them), the tram is excellent and very practical like the metro. Note that the price differs according to the mode of transport and that in addition you must repay for each connection. Tramway in extension works. The whole system is very clean, very safe, very efficient. Once the credit has been used up, the card can be recharged with tickets at metro or tram stations in particular.

Delicious & fantastic way to view the cit with a great guide

We had a highly enjoyable and delicious tour of the Asian side of Istanbul, with our fantastic guide Cetin (an ex-chef!). The food we sampled was both local and full of flavors, and we really appreciated the range of flavors and tastes we were able to sample. Not only did we learn about the food we did try, but also a bit about other foods in other parts of the city that we should go back to try, and we got a nice list of great restaurants to try. I would definitely return for this again!

We had a great afternoon, in which we were not only shown the rich Turkish cuisine, but we also learned a lot about the country and the people. Our tour guide showed us restaurants that a normal tourist would not find and would therefore miss the culinary highlights of the country. You should bring hunger, as there is a lot to eat. Everything was freshly prepared and tasted very good.

Late start but great tour

Our tour guide was awesome, some miss communication about the time and meeting point but got it figured out and had a blast. Tasted foods I wouldn't know to find or try on my own. Got to see a mosque and learn about the culture. I love food. This tour was great

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