OVERVIEW: This guided 'private' tour for your personal group lets you customized your own wants and preferences for a day to remember in this modern yet ancient city. You will see and learn from your highly educated licensed guide why Istanbul is called the 'Crossroads of culture, art, religion, trade and thought'. Mediterranean cruisers and vacationers find that this Istanbul shore excursion is a popular choice. Maybe because of it's deserved title, '2010 European Capital of Culture'. A true treasure trove ..that's Istanbul.
INCLUDED: Licensed guide, A/C vehicle, dependable driver
NOT INCLUDED: Entrance fees: lunch, and tips (appreciated when deserved)
HIGHLIGHTS: *Ability to customize your own private tour. *History? try the Archaeological Museum and combine it with the Hagia Sophia (considered the largest and most beautiful building for over one thousand years). *Adventure lures you? Go underground to the massive Serefiye or Basilica Cistern, or sign up for a 600 yr. old traditional Hamam massage/scrub. *Foodie? Experience authentic Mediterranean cuisine from a combination of multiple cultures. *Glamour? Experience the opulent Topkapi Palace with it's amazing tile work. Cultural? Be mesmerized in the e active Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. *Outdoor Waterway sailing? Choose to cruise the Bosphorus and pass palaces, forts, history. Shopping? Hold on to your wallet or you'll go home poor... shop til you drop at the 4,000 shops of the Grand Bazaar or the smaller aromatic Spice Bazaar. Advice? If you need help/advice, just ask. It's fun for us to give you a great day in our city.
FYI: Visiting the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia ladies are required to wear a scarf to cover head and shoulders. Since legs should be covered, it's best for evryone to wear long pants/skirts. Shoes will be left at front door, so wear comfortable shoes to take on and off. Plus, since they are active mosques, please know there are no photos during the prayer times.
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