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2 Days Deluxe Private Istanbul Tours Itinerary

Overview

Are you ready to discover Istanbul, which contains centuries of past history and rich natural beauties? Join our Istanbul Private 2-Day Tour plan with Elite Turkey Tours now and enjoy the privileges.

Istanbul is a beautiful city where days or even weeks are not enough to visit. It is a city where you can find historical places, natural beauties or cultural trips. It served as the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires for many years, and is also the commercial and cultural capital of Turkey. It is the fifth largest city in the world with a population of over 14 million.

Istanbul has many historical artifacts from the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. It has numerous churches and mosques. At the same time, there are also works belonging to the Jewish religion, which is one of the three monotheistic religions. In addition to the places of worship belonging to these three religions, their palaces and museums are also remarkable.

Places to Visit in Istanbul and Its Historical Background

1. Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia, whose construction started in 532, is called the 8th wonder of the world. Hagia Sophia, which still draws attention with its majestic dome, has been converted into a museum after its use as a church and mosque. It is located in Sultanahmet square.

2. Topkapi Palace

It is the palace where the Ottoman Empire lived, of which Istanbul was the capital. There are sections such as haremlik, selamlik, holy relics.

3. Bosphorus

The Bosphorus passing through the middle of Istanbul is decorated with mansions surrounding it. You can watch this delightful view, especially by taking a Bosphorus tour from the sea.

4. Blue Mosque

It is one of the important mosques of the city, located opposite Hagia Sophia. Sultan Ahmet built it between 1609 and 1616. It is also called the Blue Mosque, mainly because of its blue tiles and stained glass.

5. Suleymaniye Mosque

Mimar Sinan was built by Suleiman the Magnificent. It has four minarets because Kanuni was the 4th sultan after the conquest of Istanbul, and ten balconies, as he was the 10th Ottoman sultan in total.

6. Grand Bazaar

One of the oldest covered bazaars globally, the Grand Bazaar is where valuable products such as gold, precious goods, and handmade carpets are sold.

7. Dolmabahce

It is the place where the Ottoman Empire resides after Topkapı Palace. It is by the sea.

8. Pierre Loti

It is located on a hill against the Golden Horn, where an old coffee house is located.

9. Basilica Cistern

The Byzantine emperor built it in the 6th century to meet the city’s water needs.

10. Beylerbeyi Palace

It is an Ottoman palace built in the Beylerbeyi district on the Anatolian side of Istanbul.

11. Beyoglu

Beyoğlu is one of the most touristic places in Istanbul with its bars, cafes, restaurants, and entertainment halls.

12. Ortakoy

Ortaköy is a cute district on the Bosphorus side of Istanbul. There are many cafes, restaurants, and handmade jewelry is sold.

13. Maiden’s Tower

It is a historical building built on an island above the sea on the Salacak coast of Üsküdar. You can go by motorboats departing from Salacak and Kabataş.

Museums

There are many museums in Istanbul. Many museums can be visited, and the most important are the Istanbul Archeology Museum, Islamic Art Museum, Topkapı Museum, Kariye Museum, Sabancı Museum, Rahmi Koç Museum, Istanbul Modern Museum.

Islands

It is one of the summer resorts of Istanbul. Transportation is provided by sea only. It is known as the Prince Islands and consists of 4 islands: Büyükada, Heybeliada, Kanlıca, and Burgaz Ada.

• Blue Mosque

Our first stop will be the Blue Mosque, which was built in 1616 by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmet I.

• Topkapi Palace

We will continue our tour by visiting the great Ottoman Palace, Topkapi where Sultans lived for five centuries.

• Lunch at a local restaurant

• Grand Bazaar

Following lunch, we will stop at the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest shopping malls in the world, which dates back to the 16th century.

• Spice Market

We will walk down to Spice Market where you can find the great amount of spices from all over the world and Turkey.

After the tour finishes for the day, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

• Overnight in Istanbul

Estimated Time: 6 to 8 hours.

(This time range can be changed depending on crowd of the area and timing of the departure)

• Hippodrome

Our first stop will be great Roman Hippodrome, which dates back to 2nd century A.D. In the Hippodrome, you can see the Obelisk of the Tuthmosis the third, German Fountain, Serpent Column and the Obelisk of Constantine

• Underground Cistern (Basilical Cistern)

We will stop and see the Basilica Cistern, which was built at the same time as Hagia Sofia. In this 6th century structure, you will be able to see the heads of Medusa, which brought here from the temples of Constantinople.

• Hagia Sophia

We will visit Hagia Sophia, the great church built in 537 by Justinianus.

• Lunch at a local restaurant

• Chora Church

We will then go to the Chora Church, built in 6th century A.C., to see the spectacular, one-of-a-kind mosaics and some frescoes.

Estimated Time: 6 to 8 hours

(This time range is subject to change, depending on crowds and timing of the departure)

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Included / Excluded

Private A/C minivan for the tours

All admission fees to the sites and museums on tour

Lunches on tour

Private guiding on tours

Local taxes and 18 % VAT


Personal expenses

Drinks at lunches

Accommodation

Dinners

Gratuities for the guide and driver

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All Reviews
Janine and Ramona Group

You arranged a tour for my group of five on may 10 and 11. I would like you to know that we were very impressed with how smoothly the arrangements went, from the time we were picked up at the hotel until we were dropped off there the next day. Our guide, Nesrin , was wonderful! She provided so much information and was able to answer our questions, and she modified the trip at the end to include a tour of a winery which we had not expected. Two of our group had taken such tours before in other countries and remarked at how coordinated and exceptional your tour was. We were of course disappointed that we could not take the balloon ride but completely understand that safety must come first. I guess that gives me an excuse to visit again in the future.

I will gladly recommend your company to anyone I know who is travelling to Turkey. And I would like to add that I found the Turkish people in general to be very welcoming, kind, and helpful. I enjoyed your country and thank you again for arranging this tour. It will remain a fond memory for me.

Again Thank you so much

Nancy & Jay

Nancy and I have only just returned from our trip .Thank you for all the arrangments made on our behalf.We were happy with the accomodation and touring.All arrangments ran ver smoothly ..The accomodation was the style and high quality that Nancy and I wanted and the touring/transportation/guides and cars were perfect


We will ceratinly reccommend Elite Turkey Tours to our friends and colleagues and we will be in touch you ourselves for assistance as we plan to spend some more time Greece and Egypt

Kitty Finch

I just wanted to let you know that we had a great time in Istanbul, Onur Usta picked us up and we found him very sweet, friendly and accommodating.He took us to have good meals on both days and we toured the city.Unfortunately, we were unable to get into the Topkapi or Hagia Sofia because of the crowds lined up there for tickets, which would have meant a 2 – 3 hour wait.We also had a good time in Kusadasi, were driven to Ephesus and enjoyed it greatly. Thanks for arranging this, I’ll certainly let all my friends know about your company. Kindest regards,

Barbara & Connor

I am writing to let you know of the wonderful service I received from Elite Turkey Tours. I was trying to put a vacation together and she was accommodating, friendly, professional and a delight!! My son’s birthday was Aug 17 and I was waiting to get vacation approval so I could book a trip and put the info in his birthday card! Early afternoon on the 15th I got approval and called Hulya so she could check 2 trips for my final choice. She was prompt, called me and I booked the 8 days in Paris, Italy, Christmas. Between phone tags and my demanding work schedule, we spoke at 4:30 PST and she faxed me the confirmation and trip schedule so I could put it in my Son’s card. He was thrilled and excited and it made our day!! Thank you and I will continue to work with your company in all my travels!

Larissa & Justin

Justin and I wanted to thank you for sending the checks for the refund in Antalya!! We greatly appreciate your help on everything and have had a great experience working with you!

We wish you all the best!

George

I just returned from a business trip and quite exhausted after all this travelling….you can quote me below:

I had a wonderful time touring Bursa, Cumalikizik and Iznik.

Bursa is, in my opinion, NorthWest Turkeys hidden gem. If you want wonderful historic sites, gastronomy Iskender kebap), and shopping all to yourself in a verdant setting go to Bursa.

Cumalikizik is a wonderful original Ottoman village nearby…best enjoyed off-season. I would imagine staying overnight in snowy winter would be magical.

Iznik, while much smaller and boasting fewer sites, is of spiritual importance to many and, for those, not to be missed….

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3. If any number of the party is prevented from travelling because of death, injury or serious illness of the client, close relative or friend, redundancy or jury service, it may be possible to transfer the booking to another suitable person or departure date or tour of similar standard and cost provided that written notice is confirmed by Elite Turkey Tours.

4. If a refund is payable by Elite Turkey Tours to the Client, the refund amount will be calculated according to the conditions set out in Section 2.1 and with consideration of evidence of exceptional circumstances. All bank fees incurred for processing/transferring the credited amount to the client will be the responsibility of the client.

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Cancellation Policy

Amendments and Cancellations by Clients

1. Clients can cancel at any time. The cancellation will be effective as at the time that Elite Turkey Tours receives a written request from the Agent or for direct bookings from the Client, and the following cancellation charges will apply.

1. More than 50 days prior to departure – 65% of the product cost or 40 GBP, whichever is higher.

2. 48 to 45 days prior to departure – 75% of the product cost or 40 GBP, whichever is higher.

3. 40 to 35 days prior to departure – 85% of the product cost or 40 GBP, whichever is higher.

4. 0 to 35 days prior to departure – no refund is given.

5. No refund is given for a partially used Product.

2. After the booking has been confirmed proposed amendments must be written by ‘the Lead Client’ and will incur an administration fee of equivalent to GBP 30.00 except for the first change that will incur no fee or as otherwise agreed. No requested change can be guaranteed.

3. If any number of the party is prevented from travelling because of death, injury or serious illness of the client, close relative or friend, redundancy or jury service, it may be possible to transfer the booking to another suitable person or departure date or tour of similar standard and cost provided that written notice is confirmed by Elite Turkey Tours.

4. If a refund is payable by Elite Turkey Tours to the Client, the refund amount will be calculated according to the conditions set out in Section 2.1 and with consideration of evidence of exceptional circumstances. All bank fees incurred for processing/transferring the credited amount to the client will be the responsibility of the client.

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1. All Elite Turkey Tours Products are subject to a minimum number of participants except for Guaranteed Departure Products listed in Clause 17.

2. Elite Turkey Tours reserves the right to cancel any confirmed booking in any circumstances, however, Elite Turkey Tours will not cancel a Guaranteed Departure Product except in the unusual circumstances of force majeure, defined here as war, threat of war, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, adverse weather conditions, flight cancellation or any other external circumstances beyond the control of Elite Turkey Tours. Compensation is not available if Elite Turkey Tours is forced to cancel or in any way change a tour due to force majeure but where Elite Turkey Tours is unable to provide the tour booked, Elite Turkey Tours will return to the Client all monies paid to Elite Turkey Tours (less any insurance premiums paid) or offer an alternative date or holiday of comparable standard.


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