Istanbul activities

Istanbul activities

Istanbul activities

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21/11/2018 24/11/2018

Istanbul

About the city

Istanbul owes its historic importance and its amazing cultural and architectural heritage to its perfect strategic location, straddling the Bosphorus straits which separate Europe and Asia Minor. Through most of its 2,500-year-long history, the city (first known as Byzantium, then as Constantinople and since 1930 as Istanbul) was a cultural melting pot. Today, its population of more than 13 million is almost exclusively Turkish, and many of its people are recent migrants from provincial Turkey, lured by the promise of jobs and careers in this vibrant, fast-growing city. Istanbul is no longer the nation's capital, but is Turkey's economic and cultural powerhouse - a status underlined by its role as a European City of Culture in 2010 and the award of UNESCO World Heritage listing to many of its most important landmarks, which range from stunning Ottoman mosques and Byzantine churches and catacombs to the columns of Hellenistic temples and the remains of massive medieval city walls. But there's more to Istanbul than Byzantine and Ottoman heritage. A fast-growing economy contributed to a flourishing arts and music scene, with a plethora of new bars, clubs, private art galleries, restaurants and designer fashion outlets.

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Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

day 0 - Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace Tour
Your tour starts at Hippodrome Square and covers the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi and the fountain of Willhelm II as the first stop. You continue to the Blue Mosque, one of the largest of Istanbul. It is one of the principal adornments on the skyline and also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets. Then you visit St. Sophia, one of the most magnificent Byzantine churches, and nominated the 8th wonder of the world by many historians. Continue to Topkapi Palace, the imperial residence from which the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled but today a museum holding large collections of Japanese and Chinese porcelains and displaying holy relics. After Topkapi Palace, you will proceed to Little Hagia Sofia. The tour ends at the Grand Bazaar tempting souvenir-hunters with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery and leather. Lunch in a local restaurant and hotel pick up and drop off are included in the tour price.

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking
Dress code is smart casual
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
St. Sophia is closed on Mondays. Instead you will visit Underground Cistern. Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays instead you will take a Bosphorus Cruise. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, instead you will visit the open-air bazaar
BLUE MOSQUE (SULTANAHMET MOSQUE) will be closed to the touristic visits between 01/03-15/05/2018 due to restoration work inside the mosque. Mosque visit will be kept  but will be allowed to use the garden part only.
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
Centrally located Istanbul hotels
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Bosphorus Cruise - Half Day

day 1 - In English
We begin with a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, one of Istanbul’s most colorful, bustling attractions. On our way to an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia.

From our cruise boat, we view the dramatic sights lining the Bosphorus’ wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world’s longest and Rumeli Hisari, a massive fortress built by Mehmet the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul. Also noteworthy on this tour are the 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultans’ fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges.

We begin by driving across the first Bosphorus Bridge, which for a time was the world’s longest suspension bridge, and head for the summit of Çamlica Hill, which affords panoramic views of Istanbul, the Sea of Marmara and the Princes’ Islands.

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Voucher type: Printed and e-Voucher
Printed voucher or E-voucher. Print and bring the voucher or show the voucher on your mobile device to enjoy the activity.

Location
Starting point:
Hotel pickup

End point: Same as starting point

Schedule
Opening dates
08:00 - 13:00

Duration: 5 Hours

Guiding options
Guiding type: Guide
Tips type: Optional
Group type: Shared
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Cagaloglu Hamam, Traditional Turkish Bath since 1741

day 2 - The Istanbul Dream
Cağaloğlu Bath is one of the largest double Turkish baths of Istanbul. Baroque style novelties, a rarely seen quality in Ottoman architecture, are evident in the architectural structure of the building and also by the organization of its cooling-room and hot room sections. In the men’s section, to reach the cooling-room which is covered with a small dome and seven vaults, you should cross the dressing room covered by a large dome.

Cağaloğlu Turkish Bath was built in 1741 to provide revenue for both the library of Mahmut I, the Ottoman Sultan of the time, in Hagia Sophia Külliye (social complex) and for Hagia Sophia Mosque . Architectural plans of the bath was designed by Süleyman Ağa, the architect of the court, and the bath was built by Abdullah Ağa. Before the construction of Cağaloğlu Turkish Bath, the palace built by Nevşehirli Damat İbrahim Paşa stood on the same location. The palace was destroyed by a fire in 1740, and construction of the Cağaloğlu Bath started soon after. The bath has both historical and architectural importance as it is the last great Turkish bath constructed before Sultan Mustafa III prohibited the construction of great baths in 1768, due to the increasing water and firewood needs of the city.


1. Self Service
Renew yourself on Cağaloğlu Hamam’s 16 columned navel stone with speciality shampoo, hair cream and body lotion, accompanied by exotic smells of olive oil Ayvalık soaps. Find your energy back with Turkish tea, home-made sherbet and Turkish delight, which are presented right after pleasure-filled moments end.

2. The Istanbul Dream
Cağaloğlu Hamam, which is in service for over 300 years promises a dreamlike experience. Relive the old Istanbul with 15 minutes of secluded, hot room rest, followed by 10 minutes of rubbing with a bath glove and 20 minutes of bobble bath. After the ritual, with Turkish tea, home-made sherbet and Turkish delight, prepared at the end of the seance, you are renewed and ready once again for the journey that is Istanbul.

3. Tip To Toe
If what you need is to pause for a moment, and renew yourself, then this ritual is made specially for you. After 15 minutes of hot room rest, you are purified with 10 minutes of a bath glove rub. Then, bobble massage, which lasts a total of 35 minutes, will start from your feet, reach your neck and head, and in the end revitalize your whole body. The final part of tip to toe renewal is of course Turkish tea, homemade sherbet and Turkish delight, presented at the end of the ritual…

4. Cağaloğlu Hamam
The Cağaoğlu Hamam special service, which combines the traditional Turkish bath ritual with an Oriental experience, presents a new kind of massage experience. After 15 minutes of hot room rest, the now-classic rubbing and 20 minutes of bubble massage complete the Turkish bath ritual. Followed by 15 minutes of feet massage with linden oil in the cold part of the Turkish bath and afterwards, Turkish tea, home-made sherbet, appetizers and Turkish delight.

5. Ottoman Luxury Service
The Ottoman Luxury Service presents from start to finish the royal Ottoman experience. Start by 15 minutes of hot room rest, then 10 minutes of rubbing and 30 minutes of bubble massage. 45 minutes of aromatherapy massage with linden oil completes this ritual which in the end makes one relieve hospitality and kindness of the Ottoman court, with Turkish tea, home-made sherbet, Turkish delight, appetizers and fruit.

6. Sultan Mahmud The First
Cağaloğlu Hamam, built by Sultan Mahmud the First, presents a package that honors his name with\n
a service that is worth of sultans. After 15 minutes of hot room rest comes 45 minutes of rubbing and bubble massage conducted by two. You will then be treated with 15 minutes of feet massage in your private room along with a collagen face-mask treat which promises a total renewal. The ritual which in the end presents a 45 minute aromatherapeutic massage, concludes with sultan-worthy treats and offers a true royal experience.

\nRedeem information
Voucher type: Printed and e-Voucher
Printed voucher or E-voucher. Print and bring the voucher or show the voucher on your mobile device to enjoy the activity.

Location
Starting point:
Cagaloglu Hamamı, Historical Turkish Bath

Schedule
Opening dates
09:00 - 22:00

Guiding options
Guiding type: Not included

Requirements
All our guests are treated with linden shampoo, hair cream, body lotion, 100% olive oil Ayvalik soapi one-use only slippers, towels and breechcloth.
Not suitable for people with asthma, heart diseases, reduced mobility or pregnant women.
The use of bath is not advised also for the guests who have recently consumed alcohol, who are famished or full.
Hamam takes no responsiblity in such occasions.

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Istanbul activities
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