Istanbul Other Daily Tours

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Tour 1  Dolmabahce, Chora (Kariye) & Pierre Loti.

Meeting at the hotel reception at 08:30am
We will visit the Selamlik chambers of the incredible 19th c. Dolmabahce Palace. Kariye Church (Chora museum) with its 14th c mosaics and frescoes, depicting scenes from the Bible. Tekfur Sarayı (Porphyrogenetus) last extant Byzantine imperial palace, is just a shell, but it gives a fine idea of what the emperor’s residence might have looked like in Byzantine times. Closed for extensive restorations in 2006 and is not yet open, though you can get a glimpse from the outside.  We continue along the ancient city walls then visit Pierre Loti Hill with a view of the Golden Horn. We walk down to Eyup Imperial Mosque and tomb of the standard bearer of Mohammed. Visit the Suleymaniye Mosque, considered to be one of the masterpieces of architect Sinan. Return to Hotel around 17:00pm
Departure: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Tour 2  Jewish Heritage Sites & Taksim

Meeting at the hotel reception at 08:30am
Visit the Askenazi Synagogue, and then cross over the Golden horn to Balat, which has been the core of Jewish presence in Istanbul for over five centuries. We then continue to Neve Shalom Synagogue. Visit the old neighborhood and the Ahrida Synagogue. It is the oldest and most beautiful synagogue in Istanbul and was built in the 15th c. Later we will visit the Galata Tower and the old neighborhood of Galata and where you can get a nice view of Old Istanbul and the Zulfaris Museum, with historic and ethnographic sections, celebrating over 500 years of friendship between Turks and Jews.  We will end the tour in Ortakoy, where the Sephardic Jews were welcomed to Turkey by the Ottoman Sultan (nice cafes and small restaurants). Visit to Taksim, the 1.2 km pedestrian street leading from Taksim Square down to Tunel is packed with an arbitrary scattering of music and bookstores, movie theaters and cultural centers, cafes, restaurants and bars, commercial banks and offices, shopping outlets and bazaars, consulates and embassies, churches, historical arcades and passageways. Take a stroll through this famous ‘Flower Passage’, built in the mid nineteenth century, which comes vibrantly alive every evening, resonating under the melodies of live Turkish music. Should you follow Cicek Pasaji around to the left, it exits into the Balik Pazari or Fish Market, a wild passageway pinned with small fast-food eateries, fresh fish and vegetable market stalls, a sprinkling of other arbitrary shops and thronging with passers
*Prior notice and copies of passports are needed for this tour.   Return to Hotel around 17:00pm
Departure: Except Saturday, Sunday and Holly Days, with prior permission from Chief Rabbinate.
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- Pick-up from your hotel and back
- Transportation by a comfortable AC nonsmoking car/Van with professional driver
- Professional licensed guide during the tours.
- Entry fees to the sites and museums

- Hotel
- Lunch, Dinner
- Drinks
- Tips

NOTE: You may join these tours from any hotel in European side. We may pick-up from hotels on the Asian side but may cost extra. You may call or e-mail us to reserve. We can add daily tours in Cappadocia and Ephesus area to your tours of Istanbul.
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