Hidden gems of Istanbul

Uncover some of Istanbul’s hidden gems with this full day guided tour. We’ll pick you up from your hotel and take you by luxury coach to the Eminoni district to begin the adventure at the emblematic New Mosque, located on the Golden Horn at the southern end of the Galata Bridge. Prepare yourself for the sensory experience of the Egyptian Bazaar, popularly known as the Spice Bazaar. You will have an hour to wander its colourful variety of stalls. Then we will drive to Pierre Loti Hill for a cable car ride from which you will enjoy stunning panoramic views of the metropolis. It is named after a 19th century French adventurer and writer who liked to visit a tea house atop the hill for the views. We’ll head back to the city for a traditional lunch at a fish restaurant on the lower level of the Galata Bridge from which you’ll enjoy magnificent views of the bosphorus. After lunch, we’ll visit the Galata Tower, a 14th century Genoese watchtower that’s one of the city’s symbols. The next stop will be the vast Dolmabahce Palace, from where the last Ottoman sultans ruled their crumbling empire. Nearby is the neighbourhood of Ortakoy, which we’ll visit so that you can admire the Bosphorus Bridge that looms over it. Finally, we’ll make our way to Taksim Square to wander the pedestrianised Istiklal Street and Flower Passage as well as visit St Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church. The area is famed for its boutiques, bookstores, art galleries, theatres, cafés, bars, restaurants and night clubs. Uncover some of Istanbul’s hidden gems with this full day guided tour. We’ll pick you up from your hotel and take you by luxury coach to the Eminoni district to begin the adventure at the emblematic New Mosque, located on the Golden Horn at the southern end of the Galata Bridge. Prepare yourself for the sensory experience of the Egyptian Bazaar, popularly known as the Spice Bazaar. Yo Meeting/ Pick up point: Hotel lobby.Start or opening time: 8.30am.End or closing time: 6.30pm.Others: All tickets and fees as well as guide and lunch are included. If the Dolmabahce Palace is closed, we’ll visit the Chora Museum instead.

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