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SHORE EXCURSIONS ISTANBUL

(Sample Programs)

 

Welcome to Turkey. Matiana travel offers you an unbelievable experience. Mainly cruise ships stops at 2 ports, Kusadasi and Istanbul and we are arranging special tours to explore those places. Different than group tour, this private tour let you spend time as long as you want and you will be the only person who decides the pace of the tour. For each destination we are suggesting one classic one more specific tour in each port but regarding your interest we can always add some more places. Below you can see our suggested programs;

 

Istanbul: Istanbul is Turkey’s largest city and at the same time it is the cultural and financial centre of the country, where East meets West and the traditional and the modern live side by side. With the Western half of Istanbul in Europe & the Eastern in Asia with the Bosphorus Strait flowing between them, it is the only metropolis in the world situated on two continents. Surrounded on three sides by water and spread over seven hills it is easy to see why the city was chosen as joint European Capital of Culture for 2010.

 

Istanbul Classic: Upon your disembarkation, you will meet with your guide and start your tour by driving the heart of the city. Istanbul, served as a capital city for Empire of Byzantium (4th-15th centuries) and Ottoman (16th-20th centuries) and as a consequence, old city adorned with magnificent monuments. We start with Hagia Sophia, built in 6th century with huge dome. It was the biggest cathedral for decades where you can see the best “Deisis” from 12th century. Then we will continue with the marvelous Topkapi palace that served as the palace of the Ottoman Sultans between the 16th and 19th centuries. We will have opportunity to see the Treasury, where the extensive exhibits include priceless world-class collections of jewelry including “Spoonmaker’s Diamond”, porcelain, textiles and costumes of the Sultans. After lunch break in one of the most famous restaurants serving the best examples of Turkish Cuisine, Blue Mosque will be our next stop where you will be stunned by the fascinating architecture and the blue Iznik Tiles where the name of the mosque comes from. It still serves as a mosque and keeps it alive with vibrant atmosphere. Underground or Basilica Cistern is the “sine qua non” for this part with its 336 columns. Grand Bazaar will be our last stop which dates back to Byzantine period.  You will get lost while checking the shops and items. Little information: Grand Bazaar has more than 3500 shops.

 

Duration: 5 ½ hours

Activity: Modarate

Important Notes: You are supposed to have your shoulders and knees covered when you are visiting the mosques. It is better to wear sneakers, non slippery shoes and hat during your tour. Flash is not permitted in museums.

Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. They will be replaced with Chora Museum on those days.

 

Istanbul Hidden treasures:  Smells of the spices will welcome us before entering the famous Egyptian Market or Spice Market located in the busy part of the city. Outside of the market is as interesting as inside. While we are wandering around, we will reach the Rustem Pasa Mosque where you can see the best tiles in Istanbul. While we are getting amazed with those decoration materials, it is better to visit the most interesting Byzantine churches in the city the Church of the Holy Savior of Chora. The mosaics and frescoes are far the most important and extensive series of Byzantine paintings in the city and among the best and the most beautiful in the world. So we will have chance to compare them. We start our day with good smells and let’s continue with good taste and have our lunch in Asitane Restaurant where you can taste the real Ottoman food which was traditionally made in Ottoman Palaces. Then we will continue with fascinating Dolmabahce Palace which will be the best option to see the European Influence in Ottoman times. This magnificent imperial palace built between 1843 and 1856 that represents the westernization of the Ottoman Empire. Crystal Staircases, Baccarat Crystal Chandeliers and Candleholders, Limoges Fireplaces are worth to see. Our last stop will be the Galata Tower built by the Genoese in 1348 and you will watch the Istanbul with all its glory…

 

Duration: 5 ½ - 6hours

Activity: Modarate

Important Notes: You are supposed to have your shoulders and knees covered when you are visiting the mosques. It is better to wear sneakers, non slippery shoes and hat during your tour. Flash is not permitted in museums and photography is not allowed inside of Dolmabahce Palace.

Dolmabahce is closed on Mondays and Thursdays and Chora Church is closed on Wednesday. They will be replaced with Chora Museum on those days. On those days please ask for other options that can be switched.

 

Joint between Asia & Europe: You will be met upon your arrival by your guide and your private car in the port. You will start your tour driving to the Asian side via the Bosphorus Bridge which is 1025 meters long and the first one that was built to connect both sides of the city. You will see the Bosphorus Strait above while driving and you will be on another continent in a few minutes. Then you will continue to Camlica Hill where you can see Istanbul and Bosphorus from different aspects. You will have your tea in a traditional thin waist glass or you can taste Salep which is a hot milky drink with cinnamon on it. After your break you will drive to Beylerbeyi Palace which was built in 19th century as a summer palace. It looks like Dolmabahce with its architecture and design. After your visit you will drive back to the port.

 

Duration: 4 hours

Activity: Easy

Important Notes: It is better to wear sneakers, non slippery shoes and hat during your tour. Photography is not allowed inside of Beylerbeyi Palace. Please note that Camlıca Hill has a ramp and some steps.

Beylerbeyi is closed on Sundays and Thursdays. On those days please ask for other options that can be switched.

 

Bosphorus Cruise: After your disembarkation you will drive to Hagia Sophia, built in 6th century with huge dome. It was the biggest cathedral for decades where you can see the best “Deisis” from 12th century. Then our next stop will be Grand Bazaar which dates back to Byzantine period.  You will get lost while checking the shops and items. Little information: Grand Bazaar has more than 3500 shops.

After a delicious lunch, you will drive to the pier to embark your private boat for a 2 hours cruise on Bosphorus. While sailing, you will drink your local wine and enjoy your private cruise. 

 

Duration: 5 hours

Activity: Easy

Important Notes: It is better to wear sneakers, non slippery shoes and hat during your tour. Flash is not permitted in museums.

Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays. It will be replaced with Chora Museum or Topkapi Palace on those days.

 

 

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