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“Stambul, peerless of cities, thou jewel beyond compare,seated astride upon  two seas, with dazzling light aflare!” Ottoman poet Nedim, 18th c.

This tour can be designed as one day, two days..or more. It covers remarkable places from different periods in the history timeline of Istanbul. The places that will be selected from the tour samples below can be put together. There may be slight changes in the prices according to the sights selected.

Suggested  Itineraries

Rates for the packaged private tours (includes transportation in an air-conditioned van, guiding, entrance fees & parking fees)

One Day

In the morning we start strolling through the streets of the Old city center-Sultan Ahmet-which has a unique series of historical monuments. Our visit includes the Hippodrome (The Square of Horse Games), Saint Sophia ( the Byzantine Basilica-greatest of all Byzantine buildings, the excellent museum of Islamic and Turkish art in the Ibrahim Pascha Sarayi, Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I (Blue Mosque) and Spice market. Here, you can start to taste and smell delicious Turkish delights, spicesand herbs

 

Two Days

Istanbul is known to the ancient world as the great trading city   with several harbours. We start the day going up the Galata  Tower, the apex of the Genoese fortifications of medieval Galata. After watching the view of this magnificent city, we take a walk along the pedestrian street called “ Beyoglu”.Then we drive to Sariyer to explore the ethnographical and archaeological sections of the Sadberk Museum which has one of the best private collections. Before lunch we take the boat cruise along the Bosphorus, the most popular waterway of the world. We finish the day visiting the old Spice market and the marvellous Mosque of Rustem Pascha built by the great architect Mimar Sinan

 

Three Days

This day is spent concentrating on the old heart of Istanbul, beginning with the Topkapi Palace (The Cannon Gate) which was the center of the administration and residence of theOttoman Sultans. It was also the seat of the supreme executive and judical council of the Empire, the Divan. Then, we start walking through the streets of the old neigbourhood admiring the old wooden houses and Ottoman fountains. Continuing, we visit a remarkable colonnaded cistern, Yerebatan Sarayi, built in the 6th century AD. After exploring the remains of the ancient Hippodrome we also visit a beautiful 15th century Ottoman Mosque Sokulu Mehmet Pascha  built by the great architect Mimar Sinan. We finish the day at the Covered Bazaar, which is like a small city with its various buildings, avenues, streets and squares.

 

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We toured Western Turkey...

We toured Western Turkey with Sevil in 2004, starting in Istanbul then driving to Cappadoccia over the course of ten days. Sevil was an absolutely terrific guide, full of knowledge and extremely capable of managing the arrangements. Everything flowed perfectly, and we especially enjoyed Sevil's restaurant recommendations. Everywhere we went we dined at the best, most authentic places, avoiding the ordinary in favor of the extraordinary. We're looking forward to another trip soon, with Sevil as our guide.

--Jim Draper and Brian St. Germain, Birmingham, Michigan, USA



Turkey is a wonderful place

Turkey is a wonderful place. It has far surpassed what I had imagined. The landscape, the history you bring the ancient past alive with your stories and your extensive knowledge. What a true pleasure it has been to travel in your country with you as our guide. The sea was a treat, the homestay a special time and the scenery just marvellous. Thank you.

C. Argyus, CA



Turkey is a beautiful Discovery

East-West
Ancient-Modern
Serious-Whimsich
Mind-Spirit
Turkey is a beautiful Discovery
And It is also you!
Thank you with all our heart,

M&Martin Stoller



Thanks so much for all your work and preparation

I have had a wonderful, wonderful trip through Turkey and its multi-layered history. Thank you so much because you were so much a part of the trip. I will always remember so much-our tour of Hattusa, the marvels of Cappadocia, our tour of Catalhoyuk with Basak, and our lovely visit with Himmet and his family in Kumbet. And there were first the highlights everyday and was filled with wondrous things to learn and see, and your information was the key to it all. Thanks so much for all your work and preparation. I have learned so much. I am sure you will be a success-you are gifted,caring, thoughtful person.

Anne Higgins, Santa Rosa CA



We are thankful for Cultural Trails’ organization. During September 2004, The Swedish Trade Council in Istanbul organized a three day seminar for the major customers of Scandinavia’s renowned banks, Scandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB). Our Guests were the major CEO’s of the Scandinavian companies, with exceptional and demanding desires and wishes. During these days Cultural Trails organized a tourist tour activity in Istanbul. The activity included total customer responsibility in guiding, transfer and printed information booklets on Istanbul as well as other practical issues around the event for the Scandinavian ensemble. Our guests were very pleased with the venue; hence we are thankful for Cultural Trails’ organization. We highly recommend their services.

Exportradet/Swedish Trade Council Istanbul


Highly professional and very pleasant staff... Having arrived in Istanbul on business with only one day available to see the sights we were delighted with the personal tour which was well planned and organised by the highly professional and very pleasant staff from Cultural Trails. Their planning and organisation enabled us to ensure that we saw as many sights of key interest as possible and ensuring that we were both collected and returned to our hotel in complete safety.

Cheetham & Co
David Cheetham



Highly professional and very pleasant staff... Having arrived in Istanbul on business with only one day available to see the sights we were delighted with the personal tour which was well planned and organised by the highly professional and very pleasant staff from Cultural Trails. Their planning and organisation enabled us to ensure that we saw as many sights of key interest as possible and ensuring that we were both collected and returned to our hotel in complete safety.

Cheetham & Co
David Cheetham

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We highly recommend... October 2003

We highly recommend Cultural Trails as a specialist Travel Designer and brillant organizer. We certainly will be on a large number of their tours.

A.B. and J.W.A. Evans London
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