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TOUR CODE : ACETES-500
COVERS :

Half Day Byzantine Relics

DEPARTURE : Every Day – Morning
All year Round
PRICE :

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BYZANTINE RELICS
Half Day Morning Tour


Pick up from your hotel early morning between 08:00 - 08:30 to our meeting point. First, we will visit St. Sophia and we walk to Blue Mosque. After visiting and getting information about it, then we have a walk-in tour at Hippodrome square where our minibus waiting for us. From there, we will drive to Grand Bazaar to spend some time to see the biggest historical shopping center in the world. After that, we will drive back to our meeting point again. This half day tour concludes in Sultanahmet Square app. 13:00-13:30.

- Pick-up and Drop off from your hotel;
- St. Sophia is closed on Monday, replace with “Chora Church”
- Free for ages of 0 - 2
- %30 discount for children below the age of 7 years old
- Tour fees includes ground transportation, guidance, entrance fees.

About Placeses

St. Sophia;
This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great, in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. In 1453, Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Turks and Sultan Mehmed II ordered the building to be converted into a mosque. The bells, altar, iconostasis, and sacrificial vessels were removed, and many of the mosaics were eventually plastered over. The Islamic features  such as the mihrab, the minbar, and the four minarets outside — were added over the course of its history under the Ottomans. It remained as a mosque until 1935, when it was converted into a museum by the Republic of Turkey.

Blue Mosque; Across from St. Sophia built in the 17th century by the architect Mehmet, this is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior of blue Iznik tiles. It was built between 1609 and 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Istanbul.

Hippodrome; The scene of ancient chariot races, the ancient Hippodrome, with its four monuments; the German Fountain Of Wilhelm II, the Obelisk Of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column Of Constantine.

Grand Bazaar (Covered Market); In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area; the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx ware and meerschaum pipers.
 
     
   
     
 
     
 
TOUR CODE : ACETES-501
COVERS :

Half Day Ottoman Relics

DEPARTURE :

Every Day – Afternoon
All year Round 

PRICE :

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OTTOMAN RELICS
Half Day Afternoon Tour


Pick up from your hotel between 13:00 -13:30 afternoon time to our meeting point. We have interior visit Sultan palace of Topkapi. After we spend around two hours there, then we get on the minibus which is waiting for us at the front of the palace, we drive to Rustem pasha mosque with the most beautiful Iznik tiles in the world. Around we transfer you back to your hotel.
       
- Pick-up and Drop off from your hotel;
- Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday, replace with “Beylerbeyi Palace”
- Free for ages of 0 - 2
- %30 discount for children below the age of 7 years old
- Tour fees includes ground transportation, guidance, entrance fees.

About Placeses

Topkapı Palace;
The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver and Chinese porcelain; robes worn by the sultans and their families, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; Chamber of Sacred Relics.

Rustem Pasa Mosque; The Rüstem Pasha Mosque is famous for its large quantities of exquisite  Iznik tiles, set in a very wide variety of beautiful floral and geometric designs, which cover not only the facade of the porch but also the mihrab, minbar, walls, columns and on the façade of the porch outside. These tiles exhibit the use of a tomato-red color characteristic of the early iznik period (1555-1620), and no other mosque in Istanbul makes such a lavish use of these tiles
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TOUR CODE : ACETES-502
COVERS :

Full Day Byzantine & Ottoman Relics

DEPARTURE :

Every Day
All year Round 

PRICE :

-

     
 
 
BYZANTIAN & OTTOMAN RELICS
Full Day Tour - Lunch Included


Pick up from your hotel between 08:30 - 08:45 in the morning. We will first visit Hagia Sophia after that we will go to Blue Mosque by walk. After we visit Blue Mosque and we have a walking-tour to Hippodrome Square, we will drive to Grand Bazaar. We will have some free time there. Shopping is possibility. After that, we will stop by restaurant for lunch break. After lunch, we will go to Topkapi palace. We will spend couple of hours in the palace, we will drive to Rustem pasha mosque withbeautifull Iznik tiles. We will drive back to your hotel. This tour concludes app. 17:00-17:30.

- Pick-up and Drop off from your hotel;
- St. Sophia is closed on Monday, replace with “Chora Church”
- Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday, replace with “Beylerbeyi Palace”
- Free for ages of 0 - 2
- %30 discount for children below the age of 7 years old
- Tour fees includes ground transportation, guidance, entrance fees and lunch         
  (from the menu available to chose lamp, chicken or vegetable)


About Placeses

St. Sophia;
This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great, in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. In 1453, Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Turks and Sultan Mehmed II ordered the building to be converted into a mosque. The bells, altar, iconostasis, and sacrificial vessels were removed, and many of the mosaics were eventually plastered over. The Islamic features  such as the mihrab, the minbar, and the four minarets outside — were added over the course of its history under the Ottomans. It remained as a mosque until 1935, when it was converted into a museum by the Republic of Turkey.

Blue Mosque; Across from St. Sophia built in the 17th century by the architect Mehmet, this is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior of blue Iznik tiles. It was built between 1609 and 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Istanbul.

Hippodrome; The scene of ancient chariot races, the ancient Hippodrome, with its four monuments; the German Fountain Of Wilhelm II, the Obelisk Of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column Of Constantine.

Grand Bazaar (Covered Market); In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area; the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx ware and meerschaum pipers.

Topkapi Palace; The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver and Chinese porcelain; robes worn by the sultans and their families, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; Chamber of Sacred Relics.

Rustem Pasa Mosque; The Rüstem Pasha Mosque is famous for its large quantities of exquisite  Iznik tiles, set in a very wide variety of beautiful floral and geometric designs, which cover not only the facade of the porch but also the mihrab, minbar, walls, columns and on the façade of the porch outside. These tiles exhibit the use of a tomato-red color characteristic of the early iznik period (1555-1620), and no other mosque in Istanbul makes such a lavish use of these tiles.

 
     
   
     
 
     
 
TOUR CODE : ACETES-503
COVERS :

Half Day Bosphorus

DEPARTURE :

Every Day – Morning or Afternoon-All Year Round 

PRICE :

-

     
 
 
BOSPHORUS CRUISE
Half Day Morning or Afternoon


Morning Cruise between 08:30 - 13:30
Afternoon Cruise betwenn 13:30 - 17:30

Pick up from your hotel and drive to departure point. First we drive to Golden Horn passing through Old City Wall and visit Spice bazaar “which is also called Egyptian Bazaar” After we spend some free time there, we go to port by bus where our private boat is waiting for us. We will first follow the European side until second Bosphorus Bridge which is little further than middle of the Bosphorus. Then we cruise down to Asian side and we will come back to place where we embarked the boat from.After that, we will drive to Sultanahmet square.

- Pick-up and Drop off from your hotel;
- Spice Bazaar is closed on Sunday, replace with “Pierre Loti Cafe”
- Free for ages of 0 - 2
- %30 discount for children below the age of 7 years old
- Tour fees includes ground transportation, guidance, boat cruise.

About Placeses

City Wall;
The first breach of the walls was by the Fourth Crusade in 1204 the second by the cannons and troops of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453.

Golden Horn; As a natural and extremely secures harbor, the Golden Horn has played an important role in the development of Istanbul. The inlet separates the European shore into two. It is approximately 8 km long and widest part is the entrance from the Bosphorus. Two streams drain into this inlet at its far end.  

Spice Bazaar; There are several documents suggesting the name of the bazaar was first "New Bazaar". However, due to the fact that many spices were imported via Egypt in the Ottoman period, the name "Misir Carsisi" was favoured by the public.The structure was designed by the chief court architect Koca Kasim Aga, but completed by architect Mustafa in 1660. The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.

Cruise on the Bosphorus; The Bosporus or Bosphorus also known as the Istanbul Strait (Turkish: İstanbul Boğazı), is a strait that forms the boundary between the European part (Thrace) of Turkey and its Asian part (Anatolia). It is one of the Turkish Straits, along with the Dardanelles. The world's narrowest strait used for international navigation, it connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara (which is connected by the Dardanelles to the Aegean Sea, and thereby to the Mediterranean Sea). An amazing cruise between the two continents, EUROPA and ASIA, along the Bosphorus by the Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palaces, wooden villas and mansions up to the Rumeli Fortress near the Black Sea.

Pierre Loti; is the pen name of French author Julien Viaud who lived in Istanbul in late 19th. century. He soon adopted Ottoman life style and very much liked spending time at cafes on Goldern Horn. He wrote his first novel "Aziyade" in Istanbul (1876). Turkish people liked this love story very much and the name of its hero is given to a cafe at Eyup. The name "Pierre Loti" is also given to his favourite cafe. Now, all district on the hill where the cafe is siutated is known as Pierre Loti. This place is a very popular among tourists. It has a lovely view of Golden Horn. New cafes, small hotels are built around Piere Loti in last years. Very recently (November 2005), a cable-car started to work between Eyup and Pierre Loti. It is very good idea to visit Eyup Sultan Mosque and then take the cable car and have a rest in Piere Loti. If you don't want to take the cable car, you can climb the hill passing through the famous Eyup cemetery.

 
     
   
     
 
     
 
TOUR CODE : ACETES-504
COVERS :

Half  Day Bosphorus Cruise

DEPARTURE :

Every Day - Afternoon
All year Round 

PRICE :

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TWO CONTINENTS (Asia & Europe)
Half Day Afternoon


Pick up from your hotel between 13:00-13:30 in the afternoon. We will across to Asian side of Istanbul with our minibus by passing from the Bosphorus bridge. Which is the seventh longest suspension bridge in the world and which ties two continents. After that we will stop at Camlica hill which is the highest hill in Istanbul. We will see Bosphorus from different angle. We have free time there so you can take very nice pictures and you spend some free time in caffeterias. Then we will drive down to shore front and we will have interior visit to Beylerbeyi palace. From there we will transfer you back to your hotel. Our tour will finish about 17:00 – 17:30

- Pick-up and Drop off from your hotel;
- Beylerbeyi Palace is closed on Monday & Thursday, replace with “Chora Church”
- Free for ages of 0 - 2
- %30 discount for children below the age of 7 years old
- Tour fees includes ground transportation, guidance, entrance fees.


About Placeses

Bosphorus Bridge;
The Bosporus or Bosphorus also known as the Istanbul Strait (Turkish: İstanbul Boğazı), is a strait that forms the boundary between the European part (Thrace) of Turkey and its Asian part (Anatolia). It is one of the Turkish Straits, along with the Dardanelles. The world's narrowest strait used for international navigation, it connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara (which is connected by the Dardanelles to the Aegean Sea, and thereby to the Mediterranean Sea). An amazing cruise between the two continents, EUROPA and ASIA, along the Bosphorus by the Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palaces, wooden villas and mansions up to the Rumeli Fortress near the Black Sea.

Beylerbeyi Place; The summer residence of Ottoman Sultans with its original furniture and magnificent gardens with the HAREM on the ASIAN SIDE.

Camlica Hill; The highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosphorus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional style.

Shopping; Exhibits the traditional silk weaving girls at the carpet weaving courses authorized by the Ministry of National Education Possibility to see jewellery, handicraft center and leatherware show. Free time provided for shopping.

Chora Church; The Church of St. Savior in Chora is considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of a Byzantine church. The church is situated in the western, Edirnekapı district of Istanbul. In the 16th century, the church was converted into a mosque by the Ottoman rulers, and it became a secularised museum in 1948. The interior of the building is covered with fine mosaics and frescoes


     
   
     
 
 
     
 
TOUR CODE : ACETES-505
COVERS :

Full Day Bosphorus

DEPARTURE :

Every Day – Afternoon
All year Round 

PRICE :

-

     
 
 
BOSPHORUS & TWO CONTINENTS
Full Day Tour – Lunch Included


Pick up from your hotel between 08:30 - 08:45 from your hotel in the morning and drive to departure point. First we drive to Golden Horn passing through Old City Wall and visit Spice bazaar “which is also called Egyptian Bazaar”. Then we embark to our boat for to cruise on the Bosphorus. First we follow the European shore until second Bosphorus bridge which is little further than middle of the Bosphorus. After that we will follow the Asian side and we will come back to place where we embarked the boat from. From there we will drive to restaurant where we will have the lunch. After the lunch, we will drive to Bosphorus bridge which ties two continents, we will visit the baroque design of Beylerbeyi palace after that we will go to Camlica hill to see the Bosphorus and Istanbul from different angle. After we spend some free time there we will drive you back and drop you off in front of your hotel like 17:00-17:30

in the morning and drive to departure point. First we drive to Golden Horn passing through Old City Wall and visit Spice bazaar “which is also called Egyptian Bazaar”

- Pick-up and Drop off from your hotel;
- Spice Bazaar is closed on Sunday, replace with “Pierre Loti Cafe”
- Beylerbeyi Palace is closed on Monday & Thursday, replace with “Pierre Loti Cafe”
- Free for ages of 0 - 2
- %30 discount for children below the age of 7 years old
- Tour fees includes ground transportation, guidance, boat cruise and lunch.
  (we serve lunch at the restaurant – (from menu available to chose lamp, chicken or vegetable )

About Placeses

City Wall;
The first breach of the walls was by the Fourth Crusade in 1204 the second by the cannons and troops of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453.

Golden Horn; As a natural and extremely secures harbor, the Golden Horn has played an important role in the development of Istanbul. The inlet separates the European shore into two. It is approximately 8 km long and widest part is the entrance from the Bosphorus. Two streams drain into this inlet at its far end. 

Spice Bazaar; There are several documents suggesting the name of the bazaar was first "New Bazaar". However, due to the fact that many spices were imported via Egypt in the Ottoman period, the name "Misir Carsisi" was favoured by the public.The structure was designed by the chief court architect Koca Kasim Aga, but completed by architect Mustafa in 1660. The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.

Cruise on the Bosphorus; The Bosporus or Bosphorus also known as the Istanbul Strait (Turkish: İstanbul Boğazı), is a strait that forms the boundary between the European part (Thrace) of Turkey and its Asian part (Anatolia). It is one of the Turkish Straits, along with the Dardanelles. The world's narrowest strait used for international navigation, it connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara (which is connected by the Dardanelles to the Aegean Sea, and thereby to the Mediterranean Sea). An amazing cruise between the two continents, EUROPA and ASIA, along the Bosphorus by the Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palaces, wooden villas and mansions up to the Rumeli Fortress near the Black Sea.

Pierre Loti; Is the pen name of French author Julien Viaud who lived in Istanbul in late 19th. century. He soon adopted Ottoman life style and very much liked spending time at cafes on Goldern Horn. He wrote his first novel "Aziyade" in Istanbul (1876). Turkish people liked this love story very much and the name of its hero is given to a cafe at Eyup. The name "Pierre Loti" is also given to his favourite cafe. Now, all district on the hill where the cafe is siutated is known as Pierre Loti. This place is a very popular among tourists. It has a lovely view of Golden Horn. New cafes, small hotels are built around Piere Loti in last years. Very recently (November 2005), a cable-car started to work between Eyup and Pierre Loti. It is very good idea to visit Eyup Sultan Mosque and then take the cable car and have a rest in Piere Loti. If you don't want to take the cable car, you can climb the hill passing through the famous Eyup cemetery.

Bosphorus Bridge; The Bosporus or Bosphorus also known as the Istanbul Strait (Turkish: İstanbul Boğazı), is a strait that forms the boundary between the European part (Thrace) of Turkey and its Asian part (Anatolia). It is one of the Turkish Straits, along with the Dardanelles. The world's narrowest strait used for international navigation, it connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara (which is connected by the Dardanelles to the Aegean Sea, and thereby to the Mediterranean Sea). An amazing cruise between the two continents, EUROPA and ASIA, along the Bosphorus by the Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palaces, wooden villas and mansions up to the Rumeli Fortress near the Black Sea.

Beylerbeyi Place; The summer residence of Ottoman Sultans with its original furniture and magnificent gardens with the HAREM on the ASIAN SIDE.

Camlica Hill; The highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosphorus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional style.

Shopping; Exhibits the traditional silk weaving girls at the carpet weaving courses authorized by the Ministry of National Education Possibility to see jewellery, handicraft center and leatherware show. Free time provided for shopping.

Chora Church; The Church of St. Savior in Chora is considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of a Byzantine church. The church is situated in the western, Edirnekapı district of Istanbul. In the 16th century, the church was converted into a mosque by the Ottoman rulers, and it became a secularised museum in 1948. The interior of the building is covered with fine mosaics and frescoes

 
     
   
     
 
     
 
TOUR CODE : ACETES-506
COVERS :

Princes’ Island Tour

DEPARTURE :

Every Day
All year Round 

PRICE :

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PRINCES’ ISLAND TOUR
Full Day Tour – Lunch Included


Pick up from your hotel between 08:00 - 08:45 in the morning from your hotel. Cruise on the Marmara Sea to Prince’s Island retreats for the Byzantine princes, famous for their beautiful pine woods and beaches. The largest and most enjoyable of this island is Büyükada. There you can enjoy a ride in a horse drawn carriage among the pine trees after relaxing on the beaches in the numerous coves along its coast. Return in the evening to Istanbul and transfer back to hotel.

- Pick-up and Drop off from your hotel;
- Free for ages of 0 - 2
- %30 discount for children below the age of 7 years old
- Tour fees include ground transportation, guidance, RT. ferry ticket,
  (at lunch we serve lamp, chicken, fish or vegetable)

About Places

Buyukada; Is the largest of the nine islands consisting the Princes' Islands in the Marmara Sea, close to Istanbul. As on the other islands, motorized vehicles – except service vehicles – are forbidden, so visitors explore the island by foot, bicycle, in horse-drawn carriages. A convent on Büyükada was the place of exile for the Byzantine empresses Irene, Euphrosyne, Theophano, Zoe and Anna Dalassena. After his deportation from the Soviet Union in February 1929, Leon Trotsky also stayed for four years on Büyükada, his first station in exile. Princess Fahrelnissa Zeid was born in the island. There are several historical buildings on Büyükada, such as the Ayia Yorgi Church and Monastery dating back to the 6th century, the Ayios Dimitrios Church, and the Hamidiye Mosque built by Abdul Hamid II. Büyükada consists of two peaks. The one nearest to the iskele (ferry landing), Hristos, is topped by the former Greek Orphanage, a huge wooden building now in decay. In the valley between the two hills sit the church and monastery of Ayios Nikolaos and a former fairground called Luna Park. Visitors can take the 'small tour' of the island by buggy, leading to this point, from where it is an easy climb to Ayia Yorgi, a tiny church with a cafe on the grounds serving wine, chips and sausage sandwiches, this being part of the "classic" Ayia Yorgi experience.

 
     
   
     
 
     
 
TOUR CODE : ACETES-507
COVERS :

Dinner Cruise on the Bosphorus

DEPARTURE :

Every Day
All year Round 

PRICE :

-

     
 
 
DINNER CRUISE ON THE BOSPHORUS
Bosphorus By Night – Dinner & Wine Included


Operates Between 1st of March / 30 November

Pick up from your hotel between 19:30 - 20:00 from your hotel, transfer to Cruise boat. An enchanted night cruise starts while you sip your welcome drink as the sun sets on Istanbul. Beneath the Bosphorus Bridge by moonlight, glide past the Ciragan Palace, nowadays Hotel Kempinski, Dolmabahçe Palace on European shores and the Beylerbeyi Palace, Kanalica and Anatolian Fortress on Asian shores. A rich variety of open buffet dishes, specialties of Turkish Cuisine and barbeque, unlimited local drinks with belly dance show and Anatolian Folk Dance. The twinkling lights of the European shores from Tarabya to Bebek. After the dinner you will be transfer back to hotel. 

- Pick-up and Drop off from your hotel;
- Free for ages of 0 - 2
- %30 discount for children below the age of 7 years old
- Tour fees includes ground transportation, dinner & wine & show

 
     
   
     
 
     
 
TOUR CODE : ACETES-508
COVERS :

Dinner & Night Show

DEPARTURE :

Every Day
All year Round 

PRICE :

-

     
 
 

DINNER & NIGHT SHOW
1001 Night Show – Dinner & Wine Included


Operates Between 1st of March / 30 November

Pick up from your hotel between 19:30 - 20:00 from your hotel, transfer to restaurant. Dinner at a first class restaurant with half a bottle of wine or a soft drink (included), watching spectacular Floorshow of famous Belly Dancers, typical Anatolian Folklore Groups featuring popular musical instruments and Turkish singer. 

- Pick-up and Drop off from your hotel;
- Free for ages of 0 - 2
- %30 discount for children below the age of 7 years old
- Tour fees includes ground transportation, dinner & wine & Show.

 
     
   
     
 
     
 
Tel : +90 212 518 3760 - 518 3761 Fax : +90 212 458 8635
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