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 Istanbul City Tour Book now
 (Daily Morning Tour) 45 USD
We begin our Istanbul city tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Saint Sophia*. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD, this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses. Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts in the palace of Ibrahim Pasha, grand vezir to Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, houses exhibits from many eras, but is most famous for its collection of Ottoman carpets. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. The Grand Bazaar, was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures - including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style. (also available on Tuesday afternoons)

*On Mondays, when Saint Sophia is closed, we visit the Chora Church, famed for its mosaics and frescoes.
 
 Istanbul Old City Tour Book now
 (Full day tour 09:00 - 17:30) 80 USD
We begin our Istanbul old city tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Saint Sophia*. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses. Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts in the palace of Ibrahim Pasha, grand vezir to Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, houses exhibits from many eras, but is most famous for its collection of Ottoman carpets. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. The Grand Bazaar; wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style. *On Mondays, when Saint Sophia is closed, we visit the Chora Church, famed for its mosaics and frescoes. After Lunch, we continue with Topkapi Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest features of Topkapi; Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees. The Suleymaniye Mosque is the largest and grandest of Istanbul's imperial mosques. Suleymaniye Mosque and its complex of charitable institutions rank among the most important.
 
 Cultural Istanbul Tour Book now
 (13:30 - 17:30) 45 USD
We begin by driving across the first Bosphorus Bridge and head for the summit of Camlica Hill, which affords panoramic views of Istanbul, the Sea of Marmara and the Princes Islands. From here a short trip brings us to the Palace of Beylerbeyi on the shore of the Bosphorus. Perhaps the most elegant of the late Ottoman palaces, Beylerbeyi boasts six sumptuously furnished reception halls. (every day except Monday and Thursday)
 
 Istanbul Ottoman Tour Book now
 (Daily Afternoon Tour) 45 USD
We begin our tour at Topkapi Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabolous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. Topkapi Palace is now a museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, including the Spoonmaker's Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world, Ottoman court costumes and ceramics, notably one of the world's finest collection of early Chinese ceramics, much of it gifts from other rulers. Interestingly, some of the ceramics have a special glaze that was said to change color in the presence of poison. We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest features of Topkapi Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees, and it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire. The Suleymaniye Mosque is the largest and grandest of Istanbul's imperial mosques. It dates from the 16th century heyday of the Ottoman Empire, and was designed by Sinan, the greatest architect of his day and originator of the Classical Ottoman style of architecture. Of the 2,000 structures Sinan designed, Suleymaniye Mosque and its complex of charitable institutions rank among the most important. (every day except Tuesdays)
 
 Bosphorus Cruise and Two Continents Book now
 (Full day tour 09:00 - 17:30) 80 USD
After a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar*, we embark on an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the beautiful strait that divides Europe from Asia. Winding between wooded hills, it is lined with mosques, castles, 19th century mansions, picturesque villages and the extravagant baroque places of the late Ottoman sultans. Our tour concludes with a drive along the Bosphorus to visit the Sadberk Hanim Museum**, Istanbul's best ethnological museum. Lunch at a restaurant on Bosphorus. After lunch, we continue driving across the first Bosphorus Bridge and head for the summit of Camlica Hill, which affords panoramic views of Istanbul, the Sea of Marmara and the Princes Islands. From here a short brings us to the Palace of Beylerbeyi on the shore of the Bosphorus. Perhaps the most elegant of the late Ottoman palaces, Beylerbeyi boasts six sumptuously furnished reception halls. After the tour, transfer back to the hotel.

**The Sadberk Hanim Museum is closed on Wednesdays.
 
 Morning Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Book now
 (09:00 - 13:00) 45 USD
After a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar*, we embark on an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the beautiful strait that divides Europe from Asia. Winding between wooded hills, it is lined with mosques, castles, 19th century mansions, picturesque villages and the extravagant baroque places of the late Ottoman sultans. Our tour concludes with a drive along the Istanbul Bosphorus to visit the Sadberk Hanim Museum**, Istanbul's best ethnological museum.

*The Spice Bazaar is closed Sundays.
**The Sadberk Hanim Museum is closed Wednesdays.
 
 Afternoon Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Book now
 (13-30 - 17:00) 45 USD
We drive to Sariyer along the European shore of the strait, passing through charming Ottoman villages full of fancifully decorated 19 th century houses, before cruising down the Bosphorus, gliding past palaces and the Rumeli Hisari and Anadolu Hisari fortresses. At the conclusion of our tour, we also visit the legendary Spice Bazaar*.

*The Spice Bazaar is closed Sundays.
 
 Princes Island Cruise Book now
 (Full day tour 09:00 - 17:30) 80 USD
If you feel the need to escape from the bustle of Istanbul for a day, nothing could be easier. You simply join us aboard a ferry bound for the charming Princes' Islands. Our destination is Buyukkada, the largest of the island chain, but we will pass by four other islands on the way. All are famous for their mild climates, lush vegetation and ornate Ottoman houses, and on all of them cars are banned. The preferred means of transportation is the charming horse-drawn carriage known as the phaeton, which we will use on our circular tour of Buyukada, passing elegant mansions draped in brilliant purple bougainvillea. You will feel as though you have stepped back into a more leisured and gracious age, almost expecting grand 19th century ladies and gentlemen to come strolling down to the waterfront on an afternoon promenade. Lunch will be at one of the many excellent traditional fish-restaurants on the waterfront, gazing across the water at the Asian shore of Istanbul, so close though it feels worlds away.
 
 Istanbul By Night Book now
 (20:30 - 00:00) 65 USD
We visit an exclusive nightclub where we will enjoy authentic Turkish cuisine, including the delicious array of appetizers known as meze. The Turks are justly proud of their food. They are equally proud of their traditional music, and after dinner folk musicians from different regions of Anatolia will perform for us. And of course no night out in Istanbul would be complete without Turkish belly-dancers. We will be entertained by some of the city's finest.
 
 Istanbul To Cappadocia Tour Book now
 (2 days) Please ask
On our way to Cappadocia, we fly to Ankara and drive south to Uchisar in the midst of the Cappadocian heartland, where we will be staying at the luxurious Cappadocia Lodge Hotel. Cappadocia is a region unlike any other. Its extraordinary landscape is composed of soft volcanic stone that wind and rain have sculpted into fantastic clusters of multicolored spires and pinnacles. What is more, the softness of the stone encouraged the medieval Christian inhabitants of the region to carve out of the living rock literally hundreds of churches, monasteries, towns and villages. A trip to Cappadocia is a magical experience you will never forget. On our way to Uchisar we will stop off at the magnificent 13th century Selcuk caravanserai known as Agzikarahan, and at one of the regions famous 'underground cities'. These go down many storeys into the earth and are among the marvels of medieval engineering. Once in Uchisar, we will visit the great rock-hewn citadel that looms over the town. On our second day we will visit the open-air museum of the Goreme Valley, which contains the regions highest concentration of painted churches. The frescoes are among the masterpieces of Byzantine art. A short distance beyond Goreme lie the villages of Avcilar and Cavusin, both of which have many cave-dwellings, and the dramatic Zelve Valley.
 
 Istanbul To Ephesus Tour Book now
 (Daily by plane) Please ask
Pick-up from your hotel for an early flight to Izmir. Transfer to Istanbul Airport, fly Izmir. After an hour flight, arrive Izmir, meet your guide and driver at the airport, and start for Ephesus trip. Visiting the premiere Greco-Roman City of the ancient world, Ephesus. Explore the Temple of Hadrian, the famous Celsus Library, the Temple of Artemis the Great theater and other Roman sites.. We also visit the House of the Virgin Mary where she is believed to have spent her last years.. Then visit the Basilica of St. John, who came here with the Virgin Mary and wrote his Gospel. Drive back to Izmir airport after visiting the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Take a flight back to Istanbul. Transfer back to your Hotel. End of our service.
 
 Istanbul To Troy Tour Book now
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Early departure for Troy, scene of Homer's Illiad, the story of the Trojan War and the first great work of Western literature. Here Achilles, Hector and Agamemnon performed their heroic exploits in their attempts to recapture Helen, whose face launched 1,000 ships. Today, Troy is the subject for a major Hollywood film, starring Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom. The site dates back to the very early Bronze Age (2500 BC) and was discovered by the German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann in the late 19th century. The city was destroyed and rebuilt many times, with the result that the site consists of many layers, one city atop the other. To the layman, perhaps the most impressive feature is the massive ramparts. After visiting the site, we then drive to Canakkale and cross the Hellespont to explore the First World War battlefields of the Gallipoli peninsula. This was the scene of the world's first modern amphibious landing, planned by Winston Churchill, and one of Turkey's greatest military victories of modern times, but it was won at the cost of enormous losses on both sides, particularly among the heroic Anzac troops.
 
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