A tour to Istanbul will take you through doorways that only an Istanbul insider can open; you will be surprised by the countless historical sites, enchanted churches, palaces and mosques. When you are walking the streets, you will feel like you are travelling through the city’s eclectic past and cultures. The former capital of three successive empires, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, Istanbul still preserves the legacy of its past while looking forward to a modern future. This is a city that not only joins continents, but cultures and people too.
Enjoy the harmony of cultures, enjoy the harmony of people & enjoy the rhythm of diversities!
Start your day by exploring one of the most iconic mosque of the world; the Blue Mosque. This temple will take your breath away with its six minarets and enchanting Iznik tiles. Continue along and learn the secrets of Hagia Sophia; one of the very few places in the world where you can experience marvelous Byzantine mosaics along with mysterious Islamic calligraphy.
After experiencing and appreciating different religions in the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, continue to Topkapı Palace to get a taste of the royal life of the Ottoman Empire. A great museum reflecting the glory of Ottoman Empire, Sultans and their way of living.
At the end of the day we will weave our way through the back streets of the old town of Sultanahmet, visit the lively Grand Bazaar, a paradise for shoopers. This is the biggest covered market in the world with its 66 streets and over 4000 shops. You’ll test your bargaining skills here!
This is the most enjoyable way to see the sprawling, magnificent city of Istanbul & a taste of Asia …
Today is devoted to the Bosphorus, the strait separating Europe and Asia. We’ll take a scenic cruise on this busy waterway, seeing grand palaces, colorful neighborhoods and the bustling life of Istanbul. We’ll disembark in Asia, in Kadiköy, once a historic town, now a modern commercial and residential district. We’ll meet an Istanbulian lady and proceed on a gourmet walking tour through fish markets, grocery, and olive oil stores.
After the shopping experience, it is time for some home cooking in a real Turkish home. You will learn how to cook as Turkish families do and then spend the afternoon with a Turkish family tasting, cooking, and sharing food around the table. You’ll become part of the family!
From history to modernity in Istanbul by Nostalgic cars.
Explore the vibrant streets of Istanbul and the Walls of Constantinople in a vintage 1950s American car. This fascinating drive will end up at the cosmopolitan side of Istanbul. Then take a walking tour of the new district, with its Art Nouveau façades, restaurants, and trendy boutiques, all along pedestrian-packed İstiklal Street. Along the side streets we’ll enjoy a lunch of local specialties during a culinary treasure hunt.
Later this afternoon we’ll find our way back to the Old Town and will have the opportunity to experience one of the traditional sensual comforts of Turkey; a Turkish Bath at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam.
The evening will start with a Sufi concert and Whirling Dervishes will perform at the iconic Hodjapasha Dance Theater. This centuries-old ceremony is a spiritual and informative tribute to 13th century mystic, poet and philosopher Mevlana C. Rumi featuring graceful choreography.
After the performance, a Meze night starts in Beyoglu, the city’s nightlife hub, where the best taverns are found. Istanbul is the capital of the “Meyhane” (tavern) culture. Whether you drink your raki like most locals or prefer to stick with wine or beer, you can enjoy this dining ritual. It starts anytime during the evening with cold and hot mezes and, most importantly, the great company of whoever you meet around you.
Being such a big city with several city centers, Istanbul has more than one entertainment destination. You may continue the night by partying at one of the trendy, elegant design clubs by Bosphorus or listen to live music at one of the clubs in Beyoglu.
Tekser Tourism & Travel was founded in 1979 and has now become a major international and local tour operator, offering a wide range of travel options with highly competitive quotations. A leader in its field, the team boasts multilingual staff and English speaking tour directors, guides, transfer assistants and drivers. Tekser has the expertise, know how and versatility in designing new and out of the ordinary events, itineraries and themes in addition to guiding groups through the classical attractions of Turkey. Hit the request a quote button to get in touch.