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Istanbul – Nightlife

Being such a big metropolis with several city centres, Istanbul has more than one entertainment destination and it’s NOT just about the Old City and drinking coffee.

European Side club hoping: 200 lira per Person (Minimum 2 people) 

*Excludes Uber rates for hotel pick up, drive time and drop off, cover charge at night clubs

Contrary to what South Africans think, Nightlife in Istanbul is the best in Europe!

On the Asian side Caddebostan “barlar sokağı”; a street of pubs on Iskele Street and Kadife Street, both in the Kadıköy district, have a lot to offer. On the European side, nightclubs aren’t concentrated in one location. There are numerous venues spread out over Nişantaşı in the Şişli district, Ortaköy in the Beşiktaş district or Taksim, Istiklal Street and Nevizade in the Beyoğlu district.

We will start our tour at 10pm and end at 3am. This is a night tour.

Istanbul – Asia

Sadly ignored by many tourists, the Asian side of Istanbul in fact contains a large number of attractions that are well worth your time.

Üsküdar, Moda and Kadıköy Small-Group Tour: 300 lira per Person (Minimum 2 people) 

*Excludes Uber rates for hotel pick up, drive time and drop off

Discover the cosmopolitan neighborhoods of Istanbul’s Asian side on this 5 hour lunch time tour, that includes a local lunch of traditional Turkish cuisine. Bayramoğlu Döner serves the most renowned Turkish dish, in its best version: thinly cut döner, sandwiched in between two lavaş (thin flat bread) pieces to preserve heat, along with the classic appetizer and side of chopped cucumbers and tomatoes. With its interior reminiscent of a dining hall, Bayramoğlu Döner has a carefree, chilled vibe. Experience local life as you explore the lively fish market and admire the beaches of Üsküdar, renowned for its beachfront entertainment. After lunch, browse the markets of Kadıköy. Kadıköy Market: Similar to Beyoğlu’s Balık Pazarı (fish market), but with fewer tourists and touts, the Kadıköy Market is a foodie’s delight. Its main food-shopping street, Güneşlibahçe Sokak, features a fish market; a number of excellent şarküteris; shops specializing in dried fruits, tea and coffee; bakeries and baklava stores. Wander through the stylish Moda district, have a nargile before hopping on a ferry for a 20-minute cruise back across the Bosphorus but not before exploring Moda; Little record shops, ateliers, cafés, theaters and bookstores abide in this bohéme corner of Istanbul. Experimental and sophisticated, Moda couldn’t help but be a magnet for ateliers and exhibition spaces, and therefore a magnet for the hip youngsters of the city.

Istanbul – Europe

Karaköy, Taksim and Beyoğlu: 200 lira per Person (Minimum 2 people) 

*Excludes Uber rates for hotel pick, drive time and drop off

Due to its long and complex history, Pera (now known as Beyoğlu) is packed with fascinating buildings, each holding a dozen stories of their own. Fanning out from Taksim Square with its Republic Monument, Taksim is a busy nightlife, shopping and dining district. Vintage trams trundle along Istiklal Caddesi, the city’s main pedestrian boulevard, which is lined with 19th-century buildings housing international shopping chains, movie theaters and cafes. A dense web of side streets contains bars, antiques shops, and rooftop eateries with Bosphorus views. Edging the water on the northern side of İstanbul’s Galata Bridge, Karaköy is an exhilarating and contradictory neighbourhood within Beyoğlu where tradesmen’s workshops share narrow streets with chic cafes and galleries, and where bohemian boutiques coexist alongside traditional pastaneler (bakeries). In many ways, it’s a microcosm of modern İstanbul. We will explore these areas which includes an optional beach drive at the end of the day at an additional cost of 50 lira per person.

Yep. Istanbul is as much European as Paris and Amsterdam.

Istanbul – Food Excursion

Turkish Food Tour with Brunch and late Lunch: 300 lira per Person (Minimum 2 people) 

*Excludes Uber rates for hotel pick, drive time and drop off

Learn about the history of Istanbul through stories about all its historical sites while discovering Turkish food culture, its hidden streets and bazaars.

Travel through time as walk through Istanbul’s medieval historical city as you try the best street foods and enjoy a traditional lunch. Drink Turkish coffee & tea and then have more street food along with traditional desserts & Turkish delights.

Tour starts at 11am and ends at 4pm

Istanbul – Nargile

The nargile has long been a prominent part of Turkish culture.

200 lira per Person (Minimum 2 people) 

*Excludes Uber rates for hotel pick up, drive time and drop off. Includes Nargile sampling

Besides which, it tastes great. Apple is the mainstay, but you can try cherry, banana, coffee, orange or melon flavors, in addition to many others. My personal favorite was a mix of a apple and mint, and I have a few favourite places in which to smoke it:

Obviously Kuruçeşme Kahvesi being on top of my list there are more like the Perla Kallavi rooftop cafe off Istiklal Caddesi, the cafes at Tophane, Erenler Nargile near the Grand Bazaar, the courtyard of the Re Cafe in Kadiköy, and the Ağa Kapısı near Süleymaniye, which has a view over the Golden Horn. But in just about any corner of the city, you could find a good spot (and invent a good excuse) to sit down for a couple of hours with a pipe.

The Turks have mastered the art of making nargile and this excursion will see us take you to the heart of it all. From where it originated to how it gets made to sampling the end product at the best nargile cafès in the greater Istanbul.

*This is 3 hour tour and can be done anytime of the day

Istanbul – Spiritual Journey *Not Available

Turkey has been a crossroads of civilization for millennia. Within its borders lie remains of the first known human settlement as well as ruins and artifacts from a succession of empires that include the Hittites, Lycians, Ionians, Persians, Macedonians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks, and Ottomans.

The whirling dervish may have become an iconic image synonymous with Istanbul, but its roots lie with Sufism and the Mevlevi Order, which was formed in 1312 in the Turkish city of Konya. Sufis are followers of the 13th century Persian poet, Islamic theologian, and Sufi mystic Rumi or Mevlânâ.

Nowadays, the whirling dervishes have become a cultural spectacle with many displays organised by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. We take a look at some of the best places to watch the dervishes in all their glory.

This ancient land is also home to many sites sacred to the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths. While many Christians do not think of Turkey as a biblical land, during much of the first century it was the centre for the young church.

Two-thirds of the 27 books in the New Testament were either written in Asia Minor (the term for the Asian portion of Turkey) or were addressed to communities there. The apostles John, Paul, and Peter lived, preached, and prayed here. The Seven Churches of Revelation, Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea are located on Turkey’s Aegean coast.

According to tradition, the apostle John brought the Virgin Mary to Ephesus in Turkey after the crucifixion, where she lived her last days in a small stone house on Mount Koressos. The long list of holy sites in Turkey includes the incomparable Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the Basilica of St. John near Ephesus, and Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey.

The Turkish people are warm, hospitable and eager to show the world their cultural and spiritual treasures.

Istanbul – Cappadocia *Not Available

Cappadocia, Turkey is the historic area of central Anatolia bounded by the towns of Hacıbektaş, Aksaray, Niğde and Kayseri. It was known as Cappadocia in ancient times, and is still called Kapadokya informally today.

Cappadocia is Turkey’s most visually striking region, especially the “moonscape” area around the towns of Ürgüp, Göreme, Uçhisar, Avanos and Mustafapaşa (Sinasos), where erosion has formed caves, clefts, pinnacles, “fairy chimneys” and sensuous folds in the soft volcanic rock.

Although the volcanic landscape can appear inhospitable, the mineral-rich soil is excellent for growing vegetables and fruits, making Cappadocia a rich agricultural region. It has always been one of Anatolia’s prime grape-growing areas, and still boasts many productive vineyards and wineries.

Prime activities here are visiting the historic painted cave churches of the many monastic valleys (especially the Göreme Valley and Zelve Valley), flying in a hot-air balloon at dawn above the incredible landscape, hiking the volcanic valleys (especially the Rose Valley [Güllüdere]), and spending the night in a comfortable cave hotel room with all the modern comforts.

Istanbul – Old City Tour *Not Available

Hagia Sophia Museum, which is considered 8th Wonder of the World, was constructed by Emperor Justinianos as a church at the beginning of the 6th Century. The Church was converted into a mosque in 1453 and subsequently into a museum in 1935 by M. Kemal ATATURK.

Blue Mosque, which is the most magnificent mosque of Istanbul, was constructed at the beginning of the 17th Century. It is called the Blue Mosque because of more then 20.000 blue and yellow Iznik tiles inside.

Egyptian obelisks are the oldest historical works in Istanbul. These stones, which were made of pink granite, were constructed in year 390 in the era of Theodosius.

Grand Bazaar (Covered market) is a historical location with an extraordinary atmosphere that separates you from the chaos of the modern world and makes you feel as if you are somewhere in the 1001 nights with the positive energy that surrounds you when you enter it. This structure, which is constructed on a very broad area in a labyrinth shape, is called the covered market because it is completely covered and it has numerous doors opening to the exterior. There are approximately 4.000 stores with jewelry and hand-woven carpets waiting for you inside this unique building.

Topkapi Palace, which has been the headquarters for 400 years for the Ottoman Empire, which has ruled the world for 600 centuries, was constructed by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1478.

Topkapi Palace, which is used as a museum, contains the Kasikci Diamond, which is third largest diamond in the world in addition to the numerous unique works of the Ottoman era.

Rustem Pasha Mosque, which is selected as the most beautiful mosque of Europe by the American Newsweek, was constructed in 1561 by Architect Sinan, who is one of the greatest architects of the Ottoman Empire with the order of Rustem Pasha, who was one of the viziers of Suleiman the Magnificent. It will dazzle your eyes as soon as you enter the mosque with its Iznik tiles and mosaics.

Taksim – Galata Tower

Hagia Sophia Museum, which is considered 8th Wonder of the World, was constructed by Emperor Justinianos as a church at the beginning of the 6th Century. The Church was converted into a mosque in 1453 and subsequently into a museum in 1935 by M. Kemal ATATURK.

Blue Mosque, which is the most magnificent mosque of Istanbul, was constructed at the beginning of the 17th Century. It is called the Blue Mosque because of more then 20.000 blue and yellow Iznik tiles inside.

Egyptian obelisks are the oldest historical works in Istanbul. These stones, which were made of pink granite, were constructed in year 390 in the era of Theodosius.

Grand Bazaar (Covered market) is a historical location with an extraordinary atmosphere that separates you from the chaos of the modern world and makes you feel as if you are somewhere in the 1001 nights with the positive energy that surrounds you when you enter it. This structure, which is constructed on a very broad area in a labyrinth shape, is called the covered market because it is completely covered and it has numerous doors opening to the exterior. There are approximately 4.000 stores with jewelry and hand-woven carpets waiting for you inside this unique building.

Topkapi Palace, which has been the headquarters for 400 years for the Ottoman Empire, which has ruled the world for 600 centuries, was constructed by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1478.

Topkapi Palace, which is used as a museum, contains the Kasikci Diamond, which is third largest diamond in the world in addition to the numerous unique works of the Ottoman era.

Rustem Pasha Mosque, which is selected as the most beautiful mosque of Europe by the American Newsweek, was constructed in 1561 by Architect Sinan, who is one of the greatest architects of the Ottoman Empire with the order of Rustem Pasha, who was one of the viziers of Suleiman the Magnificent. It will dazzle your eyes as soon as you enter the mosque with its Iznik tiles and mosaics.

Büyükada

Hagia Sophia Museum, which is considered 8th Wonder of the World, was constructed by Emperor Justinianos as a church at the beginning of the 6th Century. The Church was converted into a mosque in 1453 and subsequently into a museum in 1935 by M. Kemal ATATURK.

Blue Mosque, which is the most magnificent mosque of Istanbul, was constructed at the beginning of the 17th Century. It is called the Blue Mosque because of more then 20.000 blue and yellow Iznik tiles inside.

Egyptian obelisks are the oldest historical works in Istanbul. These stones, which were made of pink granite, were constructed in year 390 in the era of Theodosius.

Grand Bazaar (Covered market) is a historical location with an extraordinary atmosphere that separates you from the chaos of the modern world and makes you feel as if you are somewhere in the 1001 nights with the positive energy that surrounds you when you enter it. This structure, which is constructed on a very broad area in a labyrinth shape, is called the covered market because it is completely covered and it has numerous doors opening to the exterior. There are approximately 4.000 stores with jewelry and hand-woven carpets waiting for you inside this unique building.

Topkapi Palace, which has been the headquarters for 400 years for the Ottoman Empire, which has ruled the world for 600 centuries, was constructed by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1478.

Topkapi Palace, which is used as a museum, contains the Kasikci Diamond, which is third largest diamond in the world in addition to the numerous unique works of the Ottoman era.

Rustem Pasha Mosque, which is selected as the most beautiful mosque of Europe by the American Newsweek, was constructed in 1561 by Architect Sinan, who is one of the greatest architects of the Ottoman Empire with the order of Rustem Pasha, who was one of the viziers of Suleiman the Magnificent. It will dazzle your eyes as soon as you enter the mosque with its Iznik tiles and mosaics.

Vialand

Hagia Sophia Museum, which is considered 8th Wonder of the World, was constructed by Emperor Justinianos as a church at the beginning of the 6th Century. The Church was converted into a mosque in 1453 and subsequently into a museum in 1935 by M. Kemal ATATURK.

Blue Mosque, which is the most magnificent mosque of Istanbul, was constructed at the beginning of the 17th Century. It is called the Blue Mosque because of more then 20.000 blue and yellow Iznik tiles inside.

Egyptian obelisks are the oldest historical works in Istanbul. These stones, which were made of pink granite, were constructed in year 390 in the era of Theodosius.

Grand Bazaar (Covered market) is a historical location with an extraordinary atmosphere that separates you from the chaos of the modern world and makes you feel as if you are somewhere in the 1001 nights with the positive energy that surrounds you when you enter it. This structure, which is constructed on a very broad area in a labyrinth shape, is called the covered market because it is completely covered and it has numerous doors opening to the exterior. There are approximately 4.000 stores with jewelry and hand-woven carpets waiting for you inside this unique building.

Topkapi Palace, which has been the headquarters for 400 years for the Ottoman Empire, which has ruled the world for 600 centuries, was constructed by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1478.

Topkapi Palace, which is used as a museum, contains the Kasikci Diamond, which is third largest diamond in the world in addition to the numerous unique works of the Ottoman era.

Rustem Pasha Mosque, which is selected as the most beautiful mosque of Europe by the American Newsweek, was constructed in 1561 by Architect Sinan, who is one of the greatest architects of the Ottoman Empire with the order of Rustem Pasha, who was one of the viziers of Suleiman the Magnificent. It will dazzle your eyes as soon as you enter the mosque with its Iznik tiles and mosaics.

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