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Istiklal Street (Istiklal Caddesi) Tours

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Istiklal Street (Istiklal Caddesi)
Istiklal Street (İstiklal Caddesi) is the main pedestrian thoroughfare in Istanbul’s European Beyoglu district and an essential cultural center. Stretching from Taksim Square to Tunel Square, the bustling street is lined with late–Ottoman-era buildings built in a variety of architectural styles, ranging from neoclassical to art deco.

The Basics

Known as Grand Avenue during Ottoman times, the boulevard was renamed Istiklal (Independence) after the founding of the Turkish Republic in 1923. Today a historical tram runs the length of the street, shuttling passengers from one retail strip to the next. Istiklal and the alleys that branch off of it are bursting with art galleries, stores, restaurants, cafés, and nightclubs.

Private and small-group walking tours of Istanbul explore the cultural and culinary sides of Istiklal Street. Tours often also stop at Taksim Square, the Pera Museum (Pera Müzesi), the Istanbul Modern museum, Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi), contemporary galleries, and more.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Istiklal is a must-visit for architecture buffs, shopaholics, and all first-time visitors to Beyoglu.
  • The historical tram line is the only form of transportation on Istiklal Street.
  • Istiklal Street and the surrounding area is a nightlife and dining mecca in Istanbul.
  • The flat street can be doable for wheelchair users, though some of its businesses may not be accessible.

How to Get There
Taksim Square and Tunel Square, at either end of Istiklal Street, are both major transportation hubs and make it easy to reach the avenue. Both squares are connected to the main tram line by funiculars, and to the metro. Buses stop at Taksim Square, where taxis are abundant.

When to Get There
Istiklal Street is less crowded and more calm in the morning. By afternoon, the street is filled with people and energy, and come evening the pedestrian boulevard can be packed. If you want to skip the crowds, visit in the morning—but if you want to be in the middle of Istanbul’s action, afternoon and evening are the best times to arrive.

Art Around Istiklal
Istiklal Street is a center for Istanbul’s art scene, and many prestigious museums and galleries are located in the neighborhood. The Pera Museum is a short walk from the avenue, and the Istanbul Modern’s temporary space is nearby. Galleries such as Akbank Sanat, Arter, and SALT Beyoglu are located right on Istiklal Street.
Address: Beyoglu, Istanbul 34000, Turkey
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47 Tours and Activities to Experience Istiklal Street (Istiklal Caddesi)

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Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour

Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour

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Prepare to be awed by Istanbul’s magnificent architecture, rich history, and eclectic bazaars as you discover the unmissable highlights of the Old City on this 1-, 2-, or 3-day private tour. Marvel over the glorious Hagia Sophia, learn how the Blue Mosque earned its famous nickname, and see the ancient Basilica Cistern. Tour Topkapi Palace to gain an insight into the lavish lifestyles of the Ottoman sultans and their harem, and browse the legendary Grand Bazaar, where you find everything from carpets to Turkish delight.
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  • 7 hours
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$125.00
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$125.00
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A Taste of Istanbul: Street Food Tour

A Taste of Istanbul: Street Food Tour

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Experience the rich flavors, fragrant spices and decadent sweets that characterise Turkish cuisine on this 4.5-hour Istanbul street food tour, including hotel pickup and drop-off. Explore the sights, scents and tastes that make the city unique, as you browse the vibrant Kadikoy Market on Istanbul’s Asian side, stroll along the Galata Bridge and discover the atmospheric Galata district. Best of all, you’ll get to sample plenty of local specialties along the way, from pide (Turkish pizza) to simit (bagel-like bread), to the best baklava in Istanbul.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$60.00
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$60.00
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1 or 2 Days Private Guided Highlights of Istanbul Tour

1 or 2 Days Private Guided Highlights of Istanbul Tour

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There’s so much to see and do in Istanbul, it can be overwhelming for first-time visitors. This private 1- or 2-day tour is the perfect way to maximize your time. Tick off top attractions such as Topkapi Palace; admire architectural wonders like the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia; cruise along the Bosphorus between Europe and Asia; and shop for souvenirs at the famous Grand Bazaar.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$119.33
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$119.33
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Evening walks, local food tasting tour

Evening walks, local food tasting tour

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Sample some of Istanbul’s favorite foods on a relaxed evening walking tour. Meet an expert local guide and visit much-loved food stops as you stroll through historic Sultanahmet to Taksim Square across the Golden Horn. Absorb the evening bustle and sights of Sultanahmet; enjoy sunset views of the city from the Galata Bridge; and try staples such as fried mussels and ‘baklava,’ the seductively sweet honey-soaked filo parcels that are a Turkish favorite, along the way. Numbers are limited to 14, ensuring personalized attention from a guide.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$96.43
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$96.43
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Private and guided Istanbul food tour - Taste of Istanbul

Private and guided Istanbul food tour - Taste of Istanbul

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Turkey is full of culinary delights, and you get to try a lot of them on this private guided food tour around Istanbul. As well as popular items, your local guide introduces you to foods that you may not discover without insider knowledge. As it is a private tour, it is fully customizable to suit your needs—and appetite. There is lots of walking and eating, so come hungry and wear comfy shoes!
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$140.00
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$140.00
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Istanbul Culinary Tour by Night: Local Tavern and Gourmet Street Foods

Istanbul Culinary Tour by Night: Local Tavern and Gourmet Street Foods

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Get a taste of Turkey's varied cuisine during this half-day food tour through the Beyoglu (Pera) neighborhood. With a small-group limited to six, enjoy samplings of everything from mezes to baklava to kebabs; there is even a chance to enjoy raki, an anise-flavored liquor local to the region. Stop at bustling markets, street food stalls, restaurants, and backstreets for a closer look at Turkish culture and history.
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  • 4 hours
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$60.27
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$60.27
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Istanbul Photography Tours

Istanbul Photography Tours

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Capture incredible Istanbul on this private photographer tour: great for budding photographers or those wishing to brush up on their skills. Photograph sensational spots around the city, with the assistance of a documentary photographer working in the area for over 13 years. Wonder down Istiklal Street, enticing side streets and the vibrant area of Kadikoy. See incredible views from Uskudar Pier, Princes’ Islands and more: capturing moments as you go with the assistance of your guide.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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$138.67
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$138.67
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Istanbul Like A Local - A Unique City Orientation Tour

Istanbul Like A Local - A Unique City Orientation Tour

With Istanbul Like A Local tour we aim to give our guests an orientation tour of Istanbul, mainly exploring off-the-beaten-path locations, avoiding tourist crowds of Istanbul like a local would do. On Istanbul Like A Local Tour we not only visit hidden sights but also popular sights of Istanbul with a local's perspective. Along the day we introduce you to Turkish Cuisine as well as famous street food in Istanbul. We will be paying visit to places where you will meet and blend in with the locals and the culture. At the end of the tour you would know well about Istanbul's history, historic, popular and less known districts, the mosaic of local people, cuisine, how to make your way in the city using public transportation, where to eat, drink, visit next and much more. Briefly we will be making a big city circle in Istanbul experiencing most of what Istanbul offers to visitors from anywhere. Join us with this unique Istanbul city experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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$135.00

Bosphorus Cruise with Dolmabahçe Palace & Istiklal Street

Bosphorus Cruise with Dolmabahçe Palace & Istiklal Street

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This  7 hrs tour offers history, culture and marvelous scenery. Get incredible views of the city's outstanding buildings, fortresses, Ottoman waterfront mansions, and lush gardens. Learn about the history of the opulent  Dolmabahçe palace. Dive into the colorful world of spices and aromatic herbs in Spice Market. Marvel at the 19th century Neo Classical and Art Nouveau architecture in Istiklal street.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Private Istanbul Tour in 1, 2 or 3 Day

Private Istanbul Tour in 1, 2 or 3 Day

Visit most popular sights of Istanbul with your private tour guide who has skip-the-line priority in 1-2 or 3 days; DAY-1 Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace. DAY-2 Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Istiklal Street, Galata Tower(from outside). DAY-3 Suleymaniye Mosque, Chora Church, Fener-Balat Districts, Pierre Lotti Panorama Hill by Cable Car.
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  • 3 days
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$180.80
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$180.80
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The Eclectic Istanbul - Private Tour with Bosphorus Cruise (regular ticket)

The Eclectic Istanbul - Private Tour with Bosphorus Cruise (regular ticket)

Start the tour with the elegant Dolmabahce Palace. We next take finucular to Taksim. After a short exploration, we walk down to Galata along Istiklal Street. Your guide will tell the stories of the famous buildings. Next we climb the Galata Tower for a panoramic view of majestic Istanbul. After a lunch break at a local restaurant we explore Karakoy. A stylish, old neighborhood of Istanbul. We continue with a walk across the picturesque Galata bridge. Next we will visit the Spice Bazaar and around and continue to Rustem Pasha Mosque. Rustem Pasha Mosque is famous for its exquisite Iznik tiles from the 16th century. Our last hightlight is the Bosphorus Cruise up to the second bridge. You will discover old neighborhoods along the Bosphorus and amaze at the beautiful "Yalis" (waterfront, wooden mansions).
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  • 6 hours
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$148.00
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$148.00
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Highlights of Istanbul: 1,2 or 3 Days Private Guided Tour

Highlights of Istanbul: 1,2 or 3 Days Private Guided Tour

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Whether you are interested in history, architecture, or how to brew the perfect Turkish tea, our 1,2 or 3 day tours will covel all. We are ready to take you around Istanbul for one day or the duration of your trip.Our guides will fascinate you with the story of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, will wander with you in our bazaars and spice markets, and host you in our favorite restaurants off the tourist track. Istanbul is a heaven of handicraft goods, if you are interested you will have a chance to see some demonstrations of handicrafts. -Best Local Guides -The Top Attractions along with off beaten paths -Customize the itinerary according to your interest -Taste local food and desserts.
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  • 3 days
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$160.00
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$160.00
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Private Flavors of Istanbul at Night with a Local: 10 Tastings

Private Flavors of Istanbul at Night with a Local: 10 Tastings

With a setting at the crossroads of continents and cultures, it’s no surprise to find that Istanbul’s centuries of fascinating history have left it with a vibrant and diverse food scene! And what a better way to explore those flavors than on a food tour at night! Let your friendly local host take you to some of the city’s top spots to sample a range of traditional eats and drinks that will get your tastebuds loving Turkish flavors. From rich, savory meat dishes and fresh seafood to sticky sweet treats, this is a feast of a tour. Kokoreç, creamy yogurt dips, and honey-soaked baklava are on the menu. Hop between cozy cafés, market stalls, and family restaurants, but don’t forget that this private tour is 100% tailored for you – so your friendly local host can adjust the route to cater to your personal preferences or special diets. And it’s not all about eating along the way. Learn how to say ‘şerefe!’ (cheers!), and raise a glass to the local drinks that are also included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$104.87
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$104.87
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60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Istanbul

60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Istanbul

Put down the selfie stick and immortalize your Istanbul adventure with a private photoshoot. Use the city’s most scenic neighborhoods, including Galata and Sultanahmet, as your backdrop. Your personal photographer captures candid and posed pictures from the perfect angles. Within five days, you receive 30 high-resolution digital photos from the shoot. Ideal for solo travelers, honeymooners, and families alike, the excursion is the perfect opportunity to capture your vacation.
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  • 1 hour
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$396.67
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$396.67
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Full Day Istanbul European Shore Tour by Private Minivan Only

Full Day Istanbul European Shore Tour by Private Minivan Only

European Side is the western half of Istanbul, located west of the Bosphorus and on the European mainland. Notes about the tour: - Operating between 09:00 - 17:00 (9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.) - Dolmabahçe Palace and Naval Museum is closed on Mondays. - Rumelian Castle is closed on Wednesdays.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.00
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$110.00
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Full Day Istanbul European Shore Tour by Private Minivan + Guide + Lunch

Full Day Istanbul European Shore Tour by Private Minivan + Guide + Lunch

European Side is the western half of Istanbul, located west of the Bosphorus and on the European mainland. Notes about the tour: - We do not operate this tour on Mondays. - Minimum 6 travelers required to operate the tour. - Dolmabahçe Palace and Naval Museum is closed on Mondays. - Rumelian Castle is closed on Wednesdays. ***MINIMUM 2 TRAVELERS REQUIRED TO OPERATE THE TOUR.***
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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$90.00
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Istanbul Food Walking Tour of Beyoglu by Night

Istanbul Food Walking Tour of Beyoglu by Night

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Savor traditional bites on this guided Istanbul food walking tour through the lively Beyoğlu district. Beyoğlu is a maze of winding back streets with top notch grills, restaurants, and eateries around every bend. On this tour, explore with a local guide and open up your temporal senses trying an array of delicious foods like classic kebab and ‘islak’ burgers, tomato sauce-drenched rolls on either side of a burger. This night is has it all: scrumptious meze platters, cosmic fortune telling and traditional Turkish coffee. Top it off with sips of anise liquor ‘raki’ that will have you rolling.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$120.53
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Turkey Explorer by Private Vehicle-11 Days

Turkey Explorer by Private Vehicle-11 Days

* This is a customized 11 days package by private vehicle&plane-start and end in Istanbul. * Explore most popular locations of Turkey such as; Istanbul, Canakkale, Pergamum, Konya, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Antalya, Ankara, Bolu and Ephesus with expert local guide in a luxury vehicle. * Domestic flight tickets, accommodations and airport transfers provided.
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  • 11 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$2,358.00
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$2,358.00
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Istanbul Food and Culture Walking Tour

Istanbul Food and Culture Walking Tour

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Sample your way through Istanbul on this small-group food and culture tour. Stroll the city’s historic streets with an expert guide, dipping into local markets and cafes along the way. Taste foods from typical streets vendors and patisseries (own expense), and peruse some local shops as well. This tour offers a great overview of Istanbul’s lively food scene. Group size is limited to 15 people to ensure a quality experience.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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$45.00
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Walking tour in istanbul

Walking tour in istanbul

This is walking tour which includes both the modern and ancient face of Istanbul. In this private tour most of the must see attractions are included.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$373.34
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$373.34
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Private Full Day Walking Tour of Istanbul with official tour guide

Private Full Day Walking Tour of Istanbul with official tour guide

Discover the best of the vibrant city of Istanbul with your private local and official tour guide. We can pick you up from your central hotel to kick off your private full day walking tour. You will visit both sides of the city, the European and the asian side. Amongst other sites you will visit: • Historic Bazaars • Unknown Ottoman Kervansarays (Inns) • Crossing Bosporus by local ferry • Local markets • Rooftop views - SAVE COVID-19 SAFE - As this is a private tour we take care of maintaining social distance
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$168.75
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$168.75
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Discover Turkey on this 15 Days Western Discovery Tour

Discover Turkey on this 15 Days Western Discovery Tour

This private Grand Tour is conducted by a comfortable non-smoking minivan with air conditioning and separates professional driver and guide, and we allow a maximum of 10 passengers. This is a full-service escorted tour with entry fees to the sights as mentioned included with no expensive hidden extras. Hotels are a mix of nice quality hotels, all with private ensuite facilities. We think you will be enchanted with the varied sights, tastes and culture of Turkey and you will appreciate the nicely paced journey that allows you to discover and enjoy the best of Turkey. Some of the sights you will visit while on this fantastic Turkey Tour are the main sights in Istanbul, including the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and a Bosphorus cruise which connects Europe with Asia. These are just some of the sights you will see on this Turkey adventure with an opportunity to see all the famous sites of this beautiful country all in one trip.
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  • 15 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$4,370.11
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$4,370.11
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Exclusive Istanbul City Tour by Luxury Private Minivan

Exclusive Istanbul City Tour by Luxury Private Minivan

This Exclusive Orient city tour of Istanbul is very specific for our VIP costumers. We use extra high class vehicles for this trip. The tour starts from hotel which guests are staying. We pick up guests in the morning and take them to very specific places of Istanbul. Our main theme is to show other face of Istanbul. There are very high luxury places to visit in Istanbul and we visit these places during the day. We also visit the best and very specific locations. You will explore two continents of the city. As you know that Istanbul connecting Europe and Asia Continents and we make you to explore those two continents with us. You also explore bright side of the city till evening then you will see amazing night life of Istanbul. The night life of Bosphorus is unique and unforgetable... We wish you to see at diamond of the city's, Istanbul.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$700.00
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$700.00
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Istanbul's Old European Quarter: Taksim Square- Istiklal Street- Beyoğlu-Karaköy

Istanbul's Old European Quarter: Taksim Square- Istiklal Street- Beyoğlu-Karaköy

Experience the lively Taksim district under the knowledgeable eye of your guide. Sample locally produced lokum (Turkish Delight) in between seeing the area’s noteworthy attractions. You’ll enjoy the centuries old traditional of having your fortune read in your Turkish coffee grounds. Veer away from the hustle and bustle of Istiklal Avenue to discover the beautiful side streets and historical passages that get missed by tourists and Turks alike.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$6.03
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$6.03
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