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This option will let you book a shared tour. There will be a maximum of 8 people.
Istanbul is a walking city but you’ll never get enough of it if you don’t take a ferry…(and people will think you’re mad not doing it).
As locals we are very dependent on the ferries so we have absolute command on the system: Hours could be wasted by the uninitiated trying to discover what goes from where and when and when it might return or not.
A morning boat boat takes us to Uskudar on the Asian side.
Sultanahmet, impressive as it is, is an open-air museum. You need to leave it and see the real way that we Istanbulites live. Asian side is where we grew up; it is a very residential neighborhood. We visit Sinan’s mosque dedicated for Sultan Suleyman’s daughter.
Uskudar is famous with its local market and we walk around this bustling market brimming with fresh fish, fruits, and vegetables, stellar pastry shops, simple restaurants and few tourists.
We take the opportunity to enjoy lunch samplings at Kanaat Lokantasi. This place will will spoil you with its unique and lesser-known dishes from Turkey.
The afternoon will take us to the Bosphorus, one of the most beautiful sights in the world. We do a great hop-on-hop-off Bosporus tour… it’s the best way to do the Bosporus so you can see those smaller palaces… no other company stops when they do the cruise.
As the boat zigzags between Asia and Europe, you will admire the old Ottoman wooden houses, Ottoman palaces, mighty castles, small towns and two suspended bridges.
We use a different Bosporus ferry than everybody’s else’s and see some less visited Ottoman Palaces ( Kucuksu and Beylerbeyi) as the boat waits for us.
If you choose to spend more time ( generally Beylerbeyi wants you to stay more, simply because it’s beautiful) , your guide will take the next boat an hour later.
We charge 125USD per person for the full day tour. We only ask for a 20% deposit and settle balance in Istanbul.
Front door of the Spice Market at 09:30 am