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Istanbul City Tours to Join: Top-Rated and Best One’s

One of the most topnotch ways to discover Istanbul, where the continents meet and magic happens, is to join the top-rated and best Istanbul city tours for 2020. In this post, you will find the list of the popular Istanbul city tour which you can participate during your time in Istanbul to discover the city with the most extraordinary way. This post will be updated regularly based on your contributions to the comment section.

Istanbul City Tours: Top-Rated and Best Ones for 2020

Istanbul: Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul & the Ottomans

If you are looking forward to travelling through the past of this magnificent city, this tour can be a starting point for anyone who came to Istanbul for the first time. With this 2-hour long tour, you can discover the Suleymaniye Mosque where was constructed by the great architect Sinan and its neighbourhood. During guided Suleymaniye Mosque tour you can also discover the way of the life of the Ottomans during the 16th century. However, guides will give you insights about the traditions of Islam and the history of the mosque.

In addition to visiting the Suleymaniye Mosque, you will also visit the complimentary building with the guide. Also, you can enjoy the breathtaking views of Istanbul and get tips for a leisurely stroll around the neighbourhood. At the end of the tour, it is time to enjoy the Turkish tea and talk about the royal Ottoman family. I think this is one of the best and shortest Istanbul city tours to join. You can read more about the Istanbul: Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul & the Ottomans tour from this link.

Meeting Point

Tour Highlights

  • Small-group tour (Maximum of 12 people)
  • Walking tour
  • Professional local guide

Important Information

  • All women must wear a scarf and suitable dress code which very similar to the Vatican
  • Tour will be scheduled based on praying hours.
  • You must take off your shoes before entering to the Mosque.

Covid-19 Information

  • All required protective equipment will be provided
  • In order to reduce the crowd, group number limited up to 12

Istanbul: 4-Hour Evening Walk & Light Food Tasting Tour

Istanbul is also the capital of the Turkish cuisine just like history. With this 4 hours long tour you will get lots of calories and discover the tastes of the Turkish people. This tour will start at 18.00 and lasts 4 hours. During the tour, you will walk through the historical Sultanahmet square to the Taksim. You will walk over the Golder Horne. Evening hours is one of the best times to enjoy the inner Bosphorus from the historical Galata Bridge.

While you are walking from the Sultanahmet square to the Taksim square you will stop at a certain point to enjoy the local dishes. Foods may vary depending on the seasons but be sure that fishes, meatballs, lamb shish, kebabs will always be on the plate. I’m strongly suggesting to you not to eat much before the tour ­čÖé This tour is definitely one of the best Istanbul city tours to join about the local foods. You can read more about the Istanbul: 4-Hour Evening Walk & Light Food Tasting Tour from this link.

Meeting Point

  • You will be picked up from centrally located hotels.

Tour Highlights

  • Food tasting
  • Pick-up and drop-off from certain locations
  • Transfer service for certain hotels.
  • Small-group tour (maximum 14 people)

Important Information

  • Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes.

Covid-19 Information

  • All required protective equipment will be provided
  • In order to reduce the crowd, group number limited up to 14

 

Istanbul Food and Culture Tour: Taste of 2 Continents

This is one of the ultimate food and culture-based Istanbul city tours to join. Because during this tour you will enjoy both the European and Anatolian side of Istanbul. Tour will start very close to the Sultanahmet Mosque. Then you will go to the Eminonu, Kadikoy and get back to the Eminonu again. Let me explain you step-by-step. After you meet with the guide and other you will take a tram to go to the Eminonu port. From here you will get in one of the Kadikoy ferries and go to the Kadikoy. Then, it is time to stroll around the Kadikoy and its street to enjoy the local shops selling all kinds of foods and desserts. You will also visit the fish market to try some delicious mussels stuffed with rice and spices.

After a short break at the cafe with people, it is time to enjoy the home-cooked foods of Istanbul. At this point, you may find vegetarian and gluten-free options. Probably you are full of stomach already. Now it is time to return to the European side. But before finishing the day enjoy the dessert at the 300-year-old madrasah where was converted to a cafe. You can read more about the Istanbul Food and Culture Tour: Taste of 2 Continents from this link.

Meeting Point

  • You will meet the professional guide at the Fuego Cafe and Restaurant where is very close to the Sultanahmet tram station. You can check the location of the Fuego from this link.

Tour Highlights

  • English speaking local guide
  • Transportation will be made by using the public transport options
  • Bosphorus ferry crossing
  • Exploring the local food and fish markets
  • Stunning Bosphorus views

Important Information

  • Don’t forget to advise if you are allergic to any food or need dietary requirements.

Covid-19 Information

  • All required protective equipment will be provided
  • In order to reduce the crowd, group number limited up to 10

 

Istanbul: Dolmabah├že Palace Admission and Guided Tour

Dolmbahce Palace was constructed the Ottoman Sultan Abulmecid I and opened in 1856. This place has a very important meaning for both the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey. If you are looking forward to reading more before joining this tour I’m suggesting to you the read the Dolmabahce Palace History post. You will also see the one of the greatest collection of Baccarat and Bohemian chandeliers on the entire world, including the biggest Bohemian chandelier ever.

This tour will take around one hour but based on my experience it is one of the best Istanbul city tours to join. As you continue to the tour you will also learn the differences between Dolmabahce Palace and Topkapi Palace. Also, Dolmabahce Palace was the headquarters of the Ottoman Empire until 1922. You can read more about the Istanbul: Dolmabah├že Palace Admission and Guided Tour from this link.

Meeting Point

Tour Highlights

  • You will visit the largest palace of the Ottoman Empire
  • Dolmabahce Palace holds one of the greatest collection of Baccarat and Bohemian chandeliers

Important Information

  • Entrance to the clock museum and imperial harem is not included with the tour

Covid-19 Information

  • All required precautions will be taken by the palace officials.

 

2-Day Troy and Gallipoli Tour from Istanbul

If you are staying Istanbul for some time and have some time for different experiences this tour is definitely the right one. This Gallipoli tour is one of the most extensive and best Istanbul city tours to join to visit the historically important Gallipoli. If you join this tour you will leave Istanbul for two days. At the beginning of the tour, you will leave from Istanbul early morning. You will visit tons of places at the 1st day ( Brighton Beach, The Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, The ANZAC Commemoration Site, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly (Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels), 57th Regiment Turkish Memorial, The Nek, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial).

At the end of the 1st day, you will go back to the Canakkale city centre and will stay at one of the 4-star hotels. You will also have dinner at night. 2nd day you will also visit very important place where belong to the ancient times of the Anatolia and Turkey (The Trojan Horse, Helen of Troy, The Trojan Wars, The battle between Achilles and Paris, Sacrificial altars, The 3,700-year-old city walls, Houses of Troy I (3000-2500 B.C.), The Bouleterium (senate building), The Odeon (concert hall), Current excavations in progress, Remains of the various cities from Troy I-Troy IX). At the end of the 2nd day, you will come back once more to the Canakkale city centre to have lunch. Around 17.30, you will depart from Canakkale and transferred to your hotel in Istanbul before midnight. You can read more about the 2-Day Troy and Gallipoli Tour from Istanbul from this link.

Meeting Point

  • Your advisor will inform you about transfer or meeting points.

Tour Highlights

  • You will visit the battle memorial and cemeteries of Gallipoli
  • Archaeological and Naval Museum can be also visited
  • You will see the Trojan Horse where is battle location between Achilles and Paris with the ancient city walls of Troy

Important Information

  • Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes and bring your sunglasses

Covid-19 Information

  • All required precautions will be taken by the palace officials.

 

Please share your thoughts and experiences about the tour mentioned in this post on the comment section. In time, I will collect the best Istanbul city tours in this post and increase the quality of Istanbul City Tours to Join: Top-Rated and Best One’s post.

 

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