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ISTANBUL´S MUST SEE WITH CRUISE & PIERRE LOTI HILL

Full Day - 8 hours
Free Cancellation

Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Bosphorus Cruise & Pierre Loti Hill

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Guarateed daily departures in the morning all year round.

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What is included in this tour

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off from your hotel or the closest one.
  • Licensed English-speaking tour guide.
  • Entrance fees to all the mentioned sites.
  • Lunch in a typical restaurant.
  • Transport by luxury A/C bus
  • Cable car to Pierre Loti Hill.

Not included & Optionals

  • Gratuities and personal expenses.
  • 10% discount for groups of more than 10 travelers

Hotel pickup

Once the reservation is made, we will send you an email with the pick-up time at your hotel or the closest one.

Approximate duration and dates

This tour is available every day of the year except for local and religious festivities and lasts approximately 8hrs.

When to book?

We always recommend booking as early as possible to ensure availability.

Payment Method

Greca does not charge to guarantee or confirm your reservation. The reservation can only be paid by credit card.

Cancellations

Any cancellation correspondingly informed by telephone or by email 48 hours in advance will be canceled without charge If you wish to modify the date, please verify that it is operative on the desired day. All modifications 48 hours in advance, duly informed by telephone or email, will be free of charge.

Confirmation - Voucher

Once the reservation is made, you will receive an email with your reservation number or receipt. The vouchers are not necessary to board the excursion.

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To book you just have to enter the desired date, number of travelers and follow 3 simple steps. Once the reservation process is complete, you will receive a confirmation email from our agents confirming all the details!

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Excursion Itinerary: Istanbul´s Must See With Cruise & Pierre Loti Hill

ESSENTIAL VISIT WITH A CRUISE AND PIERRE LOTI
ESSENTIAL VISIT WITH A CRUISE AND PIERRE LOTI

Istanbul, also known as Byzantium and later Constantinople, is the most populous city in Turkey. It is also the historical, cultural and economic center of the country, although not its current capital.

In this visit you will visit some of the most important city attractions and you will witness the mark that numerous empires have left over time, such as the Roman, the Eastern Roman, the Latin and  the Ottoman. In the morning,  you will begin your tour, accompanied by an official English-speaking guide, who will bring to life the historical and cultural heritage of the city as well as offer a commentary about the current affairs. During the tour you are free to ask your questions so that you gain a better understanding of the different sights. Together with your guide you will visit "Hagia Sofía", an Orthodox Patriarchal Basilica later converted into a mosque and now open to the public. Hagia Sophia is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and for almost a thousand years it was the largest cathedral in the world.

You will continue to the Roman Hippodrome, the sports and social center of the Byzantine empire and which, in the 5th century, was the largest in the world. At the hippodrome, your guide will explain about all the attractions that make up the complex, such as the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Obelisk of Constantine and more current ones such as the German fountain

You will head to the Sultan Ahmet Camii Mosque, or "Blue Mosque" because of the blue or light blue color of the decorative tiles that predominate in its interior. It has a capacity of up to 10,000 faithful. Before entering your guide will explain the protocol that is to be followed by both men and women as well as the significance of the numerous minarets, or towers you can see.

Your next stop will be the Grand Bazaar: since the 5th century it has been the largest in the city and one of the largest bazaars in the world. This will be your free time before lunch to explore this amazing site, with its 58 streets and more than 4000 shops. It will be a grand opportunity to look for a good bargain and at the same time try your bargaining skills.

You will stop for lunch at a local food restaurant and enjoy the delicious Turkish cuisine. After lunch you will board your Bosphorus cruise and have excellent views of the Ottoman architecture and the Rumeli Fortress. Once you arrive at the ¨Golden Horn¨ you will make a panoramic visit discovering emblematic buildings such as the Metallic Church of Balat, the Jewish Hospital or the Byzantine walls before reaching the Pierre Loti Hill.  Here you will have free time to enjoy the magnificent views. You will go down the hill in the famous cable car and afterwards you will return to your hotel for a well-deserved rest.

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