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Exploring the Enchanting Tapestry of Istanbul, Turkey: A Traveller's Guide
Nestled at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Istanbul, Turkey, stands as a captivating city that effortlessly weaves together the threads of history, culture, and modernity. This transcontinental metropolis is a vibrant mosaic of colours, sounds, and flavours, where the echoes of ancient civilizations harmonize with the bustling energy of contemporary life.
Guided tours visiting Istanbul
Embark on an unforgettable journey through Turkey by joining one of our captivating group tours, designed to showcase the best of this enchanting country. Guided by seasoned experts, you'll not have chance to explore the iconic sites of Istanbul but also venture beyond, unravelling the diverse wonders that Turkey has to offer. Many of our thoughtfully curated tours commence and culminate in Istanbul, serving as the perfect launchpad for your Turkish odyssey. Don't just see Istanbul—immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Turkey's landscapes, history, and culture with our expertly crafted group experiences. Your Turkish adventure begins here.
Explore stunning Istanbul with its bazaars and mosques and wander around the battlefields of Gallipoli See Roman ruins in Pergamum and Ephesus, discover the beautiful Aegean Coast, the natural wonder of Pamukkale and the jewel in Turkey’s crown - Cappadocia, with its amazing underground cities and whimsical landscape.
Discover the best of Turkey on a captivating two-week adventure. From the bustling bazaars of Istanbul to the thermal pools of Pamukkale. From the fairytale views of Cappadocia to the ancient ruins of Troy. In the land where East meets West, we'll take you on a journey you'll never forget.
Kicking off in the powerhouse of the Ottoman empire - Istanbul, pay your respects at Gallipoli, get lost in the impressive Roman ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum, witness the beautiful Aegean Coast and dip your toes in Pamukkale's beautiful cascading mineral pools.
CHRISTMAS TOUR: There’s no stuffing birds or entertaining aunts! Enjoy snowflakes on fairy chimneys, legendary sites at Ephesus, Troy and Aspendos, thermal springs at Pamukkale and Christmas Eve at St Nic’s on this 12 day tour of Turkey.
Cultural Triangle of Turkey
Take in the main highlights of Turkey on this eight-day tour of the Cultural Triangle. Discover the highlights of Istanbul, from Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque to the bustling Grand Bazaar. Marvel at the incredible Roman ruins of Ephesus, take a dip in the thermal pools of Pamukkale, and visit the Roman spa town of Hierapolis. Explore the warren of subterranean cave cities at Cappadocia and opt for a hot air balloon ride over the landscape.
Istanbul & Cappadocia
Explore two of Turkey's main attractions on this 5-day tour of Istanbul and Cappadocia. Enjoy guided sightseeing of highlights including the famous Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome, and the Grand Baazar. Then fly to Cappadocia to take in some of the region's spectacular cave cities, rock-cut churches, and castles. Explore the Kaymakli Underground City, Goreme, and Ortahisar before returning to Istanbul.
City of Sultans
Visit Istanbul - the only city that spans two continents. See the beautiful Blue Mosque and ancient Hagia Sophia, explore opulent Topkapi Palace and test your bartering skills in the Grand Bazaar. 4 days of pure Turkish delight!
Istanbul to the Med
Following the famed Aegean coastline, we discover Ottoman Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, ancient Ephesus and Pamukkale, finishing in coastal Marmaris - gateway to the Greek Islands. This 7 day holiday from Istanbul to the Mediterranean sea will give you an insight into the fascinating history, culture and landscapes of western Turkey.
What to expect - why visit?
Istanbul promises an enchanting blend of old-world charm and modern allure. Visitors can expect to be captivated by the call to prayer echoing through the air, indulge in the delectable flavours of Turkish cuisine, and immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Turkish arts and crafts. The city's unique position straddling two continents adds an extra layer of intrigue, making it a destination unlike any other.
Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque):
Adorned with striking blue tiles, the Blue Mosque is a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture. Its six minarets and cascading domes create a mesmerizing silhouette against the skyline.
Once a Byzantine church, later an Ottoman mosque, and now a museum, the Hagia Sophia is an architectural marvel that transcends time. Marvel at its massive dome and intricate mosaics, each telling a tale of Istanbul's diverse history.
Delve into the opulent world of Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace, where lush gardens, opulent chambers, and panoramic views of the Bosphorus unfold the tales of royal extravagance.
Frequently asked questions
Is it safe to travel to Istanbul?
Yes, Istanbul is generally safe for tourists. Exercise standard safety precautions and stay informed about local guidelines. If you choose one of our tours, you will be escorted by an expert guide and be in the company of other tour members.
What should I wear when visiting mosques in Istanbul?
When visiting mosques, it's respectful to dress modestly. For both men and women, it's recommended to wear clothing that covers shoulders, arms, and knees. Women may also need to cover their hair with a scarf.
Is English widely spoken in Istanbul?
Yes, English is widely spoken in tourist areas, hotels, and restaurants. However, learning a few basic Turkish phrases can enhance your experience and interactions.
How many people will be on the tour?
Tour sizes vary depending on season and tour. Typical tour sizes range from 20-30 people, view each tour for more details
What language do tour guides speak?
All tour guides will speak English as they guide you through Istanbul, taking you to some of the most interesting sites.
Can I use credit cards in Istanbul?
Yes, credit cards are widely accepted in Istanbul, especially in major establishments. However, it's advisable to carry some local currency for smaller shops and markets.
What is the best time to visit Istanbul?
The best time to visit Istanbul is during the spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and pleasant. Summers can be hot, and winters can be cold, but both seasons offer unique experiences.
Respect local customs by dressing modestly when visiting religious sites and when entering someone's home or a mosque, remove your shoes.
Turkish Lira is the official currency, and credit cards are widely accepted.
Efficient public transport, including trams and ferries, makes navigating Istanbul a breeze.
A simple "Merhaba" (hello) and a warm smile go a long way.
Getting there and travelling around
Istanbul is well-connected globally, with Istanbul Airport serving as a major hub. Once there, utilize the efficient public transportation system, including trams, buses, and ferries. Taxis are readily available for convenient travel between neighbourhoods.
In conclusion, Istanbul beckons travellers with its timeless allure, promising an immersive journey through the pages of history and the vibrant tapestry of Turkish culture. Whether strolling through historic sites, savouring culinary delights, or navigating bustling bazaars, Istanbul is a city that leaves an indelible mark on every visitor. Whether you choose to travel alone or join one of our tours, you will be sure to love Istanbul