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Istanbul

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Avoid the crowd and have a private car, a driver and an experienced highly knowledgeable English-speaking guide at your personal disposal, for a full or half day, to enjoy the suggested tour below - you set the pace. Alternatively, you may design a tour of your own - tailored to your own interests and preferences

 
Sultan Ahmet Tour
 
The tour begins with a visit to the Imperial Palace of Topkapi, from which Ottoman Sultans ruled their grand empire for over 400 years, with Treasury section included. Following a lunch break in the old town, visit the Hagia Sophia, a 5th century church, once the greatest in the entire world. The next stop is at the Blue Mosque, renowned for its striking blue Iznik tiled interior. The ancient Roman Hippodrome follows, featuring the Egyptian Obelisk and other monuments. The tour ends with a final stop-off at the world famous Grand Bazaar - a shopper's paradise of over 4000 authentic shops.
Full-Day Tour (09.30a.m - 5.00p.m)
Half-Day option available
 
Pera & Golden Horn Tour
 
Overlooking the waters of the Golden Horn, visit the giant 16th century Suleymaniye Mosque, which crowns one of Istanbul's seven hills - a massive complex of Sinan's skillful architecture.
Then proceed to the Church of St. Savior in Chora of 14th century origin, famous for its Byzantine artworks - particularly the beautifully preserved frescoes and golden mosaics showing scenes from the lives of Jesus and Virgin Mary simply considered as one of the best preserved frescoes in the world. Following this we will proceed to Pierre Lotti Hills and use the cable car to go up the hills for a panoromic view of Golden Horn and a nice break in the café shop. 
Following this, we will have our lunch break at the Galata Tower, watchtower of the Genoese fortifications dating from 1349, which we will ascend to the upper public viewing balcony for a 360 degree panoramic view over the Golden Horn, Asian shores, Bosphorus and Princess Islands.After lunch we will move to the Pera Beyoglu Area to for a walking tour around its vibrant streets of downtown cosmopolitan Istanbul, with many points of historical, architectural and cultural interest - Christian, Greek and Armenian churches, picturesque shopping arcades and passages, old Ottoman Hans, bazaars and coffeehouses, bustling with shoppers, students and young professionals. 
Full-Day Tour (09.30a.m - 5.00p.m)
Half-Day option available
 
Half Day Jewish Heritage Tour

Walk through the old Jewish neighborhood of Galata and Istiklal Street.Visit the most prestigious synagogues of the city; Neve Shalom and Ashkenazi. Then drive along the Golden Horn and through Balat, Istanbul's first Jewish settlement. Visit the Ahrida Synagogue, built in the 15th century, the Or-Ahayim Jewish Hospital in Balat, then the Jewish Cemetery at Ulus district, and the Ortakoy Etz-Ahayim Synagogue, before returning back to port.

*(All synagogue visits require advance permission from the officials and therefore the guests are required to advise their full names and passport numbers at the time of booking and carry their passports during visits).H

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Transfers by private car and driver are also available as follows:
Airport to Harbor, or vice versa
Hotel to Harbor, or vice versa
Airport to Hotel, or vice versa

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