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The Best Istanbul

Where do you begin to explore Istanbul, the city that bridges the two continents? The gateway between east and west. Our Istanbul guided tours not only introduce you to one of Europe’s oldest and most enchanting cities but help you travel in time through the ages of the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and the charming bustling modern city of today. You will see why Istanbul has been a must see destination for travelers for well over the past two millennia. 

Whether you have ample time spend, or Istanbul is a short stop, not to worry.  We have many options to enhance your stay, from the ultimate Istanbul in a Day total experience, to multiple options to fully immerse yourself into the culture and life of the city and the city’s surroundings. 

Your expert TE guides will show you Byzantine Istanbul like never seen before, as you explore the sites, sounds and flavors of the ancient Romans. From Constantine the great, to the great emperors who came in succession, you will explore sites like the Hippodrome Square, decorated with an Egyptian Obelisk dating back to the XV b.c.e. It is here that the chariot races took place. Also explore sites like the magnificent Hagia Sofia, the Church of the Holy Wisdom, literally the crown jewel of the Byzantine Empire’s architectural past. 

Discover the beauty of the famous Blue Mosque and learn where it gets its name. A masterpiece of the 17th century architecture completed at the request of Sultan Ahmet I. 

Experience the bold colors of Istanbul’s Ottoman past by walking in the footsteps of the Sultans at the Topkapi Palace, and listen to the stories your expert TE Guide will share as they weave stories of the Sultans’ 600 year reign while you wander through the palace’s many courtyards, gardens, and pavilions; including the Harem, off limits to everyone except the Sultan and his inner circle. 

A visit to Istanbul would not be complete without experiencing its famous markets! Whether wandering through the aisles of the Spice Market with its colors and perfumes, or walking through the over 4000 shops of the Grand Bazaar, there is no better way to appreciate the crafts, and flavors of the city without at least tasting some Turkish Delight, or with the help of your experienced local guide, bargaining for a carpet, jewelry, glass, leather of more!

Don’t forget what made this location so sought after by the Greeks, Romans, and Ottomans alike. The Bosphorus! This straight which links the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, has been an important position from antiquity to today.  It has been bringing goods, and peoples together for over 2000 years. Our Bosphorus cruises give you yet another way to experience the beauty of the Asian and European continents by gliding through them, passing incredible views of architecture, nature, and even wild life. A joy to behold under the morning sun, or at sunset, with Minarets dotting the skyline in the distance. Or take a cruise to one of Istanbul’s beautiful Princess islands. Step back from the hustle and bustle of city life to enjoy a beautiful cruise to and a relaxed visit to a quiet island, to enjoy the lovely buildings, views and local food. 

Other incredible experiences await you just a short flight away. All arranged by us, just be ready in your hotel lobby bringing only your luggage and curiosity with you! First Cappadoccia! This UNESCO site is the home of the Fairy Chimneys. A topography unique to Turkey and the world. Visit underground cave settlements and monasteries beautifully frescoed or maybe visit the site by hot air balloon. 

Another site not to be missed and just a short flight away is the ancient city of Ephesus! Gem of Asia minor, this port city was a hub of mercantile activity, culture, and religion for almost 3000 years. From the famous Library of Celsus, the great Temple to Diana to the sacred site where St. John brought Mary, mother of Christ, The House of the Virgin Mary. TE’s Ephesus Experience is a journey not easily forgotten. 

Istanbul and all its color and magic are awaiting you. Contact us today and get ready for the experience of your life!

 

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