Istanbul Highlights: Two Continents Half-Day Tour
- Pickup available
- Skip the line
- Duration: 4 hours
per group up to 8
Tell your friends you’ve been to Asia and Europe in one day by joining us on a guided tour of Istanbul’s most historic sites. Led by an expert guide, you’ll visit the impressive Dolmabahçe Palace, the official home of Ottoman Sultans. Built by two famous Ottoman architects, the palace houses a museum-worthy collection of European furniture, art and antiquities. Then it’s off to the Bosphorus Bridge, which straddles the narrow waterway that separates Europe and Asia. Once you’ve crossed the bridge it’s time to head to Camlica HIll, which offers dramatic, panoramic views of the city from almost 300 meters above sea level. Please note, on Mondays and Thursdays the palace is closed, so the tour will make three different stops: Eyüp Sultan Mosque and Tomb, Pierre Loti Coffee House and Miniatürk park.
Right from the beginning when dealing with the local contractor to sort hotel pickup, this tour was a well oiled and professional feel to it. The buses we used were clean and air conditioned, plenty of seat belts available as well. Our guide was generous with information, much about the contemporary city. Visiting two continents and the Dolmanxhe Palace is an afternoon was a real treat. It was my seventh visit to Istanbul in 3 years, and definitely the best few hours I have had. I would strongly recommend half day tours in Istanbul.
Enjoy a private car hire with a driver and explore Istanbul. The drivers have local knowledge and know the city very well. Let the driver handle the traffic and relax while going to business meetings, shopping, or visiting restaurants, cafes, and historical places. The drivers wait for you in the car while you visit places and are ready to drive to your next stop. All the minivans offer WiFi and GPS. The cars are disinfected on a regular basis, are fully insured, and have a modern interior. This service is available from 4 hours until up to 8 hours, with a distance limit depending on the time. At the end of the rental, you can drop off at any location in Istanbul.
The day tour was excellent, we went to 3 diffetent places. Our driver was Furqan. Great guy, informative, speaks english, helpful. We really enjoyed our day trip with him .. The van was clean,smells beautifil, water bottles were provided at all times, with hand cologne, in addition to santizers and tissue. I would defintley recommend Adore Travel and specially Furqan as a driver and guide .. Thank you Furqan. You made our day .
Begin this full-day excursion with a stroll around Pierre Loti Hill. Hop-on a cable car and let it take you to another world where the ancient Byzantine walls of Constantinople, the Chora Church and the Castle of Seven Towers await. Learn about the history of this centuries-old metropolis and how it functioned as both the capital of the eastern Roman Empire and as the head of the Ottoman Empire. Then, board the boat and cruise around the Bosphorus Strait which connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea and separates Europe and Asia, making Istanbul one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the only one built astride two continents. This romantic cruise along the Bosphorus will allow you to admire the Dolmabahce Plalace, the Beylerbeyi Palace, the Ciragan Palace and the Rumeli Fortress, ancient wooden villas, bridges and all the wonderful and unique maritime landscapes.
This half-day tour of Istanbul’s Golden Horn visits the city’s most sacred site and the 3rd most sacred site in the world after Mecca and Jerusalem. The Eyüp Sultan Mosque is visited by thousands of faithful people every day and you will join in as you explore the Mosque of Eyüp-El-Ensari, flagbearer of the Prophet Mohammed. Eyüp-El-Ensari died in Istanbul during the Arabic siege of the city in the 7th-Century. The old trees, pigeons, praying believers and the large crowd create a mystical and colorful atmosphere around the mosque. Continue via the Teleferique to the Pierre Loti Coffee House, located on a hill with beautiful trees. Enjoy the wonderful panorama of the Golden Horn and the bird’s eye view of the Horn from the cable car as you ascend 1,800 feet (550 meters) in less than 2 minutes. The coffee house takes its name from Pierre Loti, the French author and poet who was extreme...
From the Golden Horn to the arm of the Boshorous you will experience the beautiful sights of the historical peninsula which separates the old and new parts of Istanbul. You will be a part of history as you take an in-depth look at the residential areas for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-Muslim minorities. Get a true sense of the history behind the Balat and the Metal Church. Stop at the sights of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, and get a glimpse of what life was really like at the Jewish Hospital. You can take a break from the historic sights by taking a stroll along the Byzantine City Walls. Another charming feature of the tour is the array of colorful shops that you will see at the Spice Bazaar. We'll make a stop at the stalls selling fruits, vegetables and flowers. After enjoying the variety of shops, the tour takes you to the Bosphorus Cruise and through the waterway sepa...
Meet your guide at the Fuego Café and Restaurant in Sultanhamet, in the heart of the main tourist area of Istanbul. From here you’ll take the local tram to Eminönü Harbor and begin a 5-hour excursion into Istanbul’s heritage. Travel by public bus to the colorful Fener/Balat district, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and at one time home to Istanbul’s Ottoman Orthodox and Jewish residents. See traces of Ottoman life, including wooden houses, mosques, churches, and synagogues, standing together and demonstrating the multicultural and religious ways of the Ottoman Empire. After walking along the cobblestoned streets of the Fener/Balat World Heritage area, you’ll continue along the historic Byzantine city walls that date to the 4th century A.D. and the time of Constantine the Great. Visit the historic Eyüp mosque complex, a sacred area where pilgrims come to visit the mosques and th...
ONDER (guide) arrived in good time to meet me. I was the only one on this tour, which meant that I had a private tour. This tour was excellent, both in terms of content and because of Onder - he was highly knowledgeable, generous with his time, highly considerate, and enthusiastic in a low-key way. He showed me everything there was to see, and more, and went out of his way to make this a highly memorable experience in a variety of ways. Nothing was too much trouble for him, and it felt as though I was with a friend. I was particularly delighted about two things: (1) that we were able to enter the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, and (2) that we had an iconic dish (balik ekmek) that was on my personal wish list, but I had the pleasure of having it with Onder. Excellent tour, excellent compassionate, knowledgeable guide. Special.
Located outside Istanbul's historic city walls is the captivating Eyup Sultan area, an Ottoman district brimming with interesting sights and monuments. On this half-day walking tour, stroll through the district and visit a long-standing Islamic shrine and learn of its importance to the local people. Begin with a visit to the Mosque of Eyub al Ansari – the standard-bearer of Prophet Muhammed. It’s this mosque that makes Eyüp so special to followers of the Islamic faith, and it's also one of the real highlights of the tour. Other stand-outs include the Mausoleum of Sokullu Mehmet Paşa, a Grand Vizier of Selim II, the Mosque of Zal Mahmut Paşa, the son-in-law of Sultan Selim II, and the Mausoleum of Sultan Resat, the Tekke of the Kalenderi Sect. Of course, these are just some of the interesting and historic sights you will see during the tour. The walk ends with a stroll through the Eyüp...
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Very interesting tour in a small group, which we did after visiting the main sights in the center. We had the same tour guide all day and were a rather small group, which leaves more time and space for questions. The choice of sights was good for us, especially to the absolutely worth seeing Chora Church you probably would not have driven alone. The boat tour on the Bosphorus was great, although we had really great weather. For lunch there were Köfte, which I personally found rather medium, but that was rather a minor matter on the tour. Overall recommendable!
the guide was very dedicated and knew a lot about the history. the only minus point is the booking. if you want to book the tour via the computer, you must enter his or her passport number for each person separately. Often you don't have one.
The gate across two continents was really beautiful. We visited the Dolmabahçe Palace. A really impressive structure. Then we drove to a café from which we had a wonderful view of the Bosphorus and the surrounding residential area. Was fun.
Very interesting excursion, we visited places that we would't discover by ourselves. Highly recommended to everybody, who want to see something more than Hagia Sophia na Istanbul old city.
Sinan our driver was awesome. The Mercedes van was also well equipped and met all of our expectations.