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Istanbul: Vialand Theme Park Entry Ticket w/ Package Options

1. Istanbul: Vialand Theme Park Entry Ticket w/ Package Options

Enter the most exciting theme park in Turkey home to the first shopping center that combines shopping and exhibition centers, entertainment, and lifestyle complex. Vialand (formerly known as Isfanbul) offers its guests world-class fun with its park filled with rides. Feel the adrenaline on Nefeskesen, the 4th biggest rollercoaster in the world which exceeds speeds of 110 kph in 3 seconds. Then, experience the 15 m sudden drop on the Viking water ride before heading to the 360-degree entertainment station which is suitable for all ages.  See all of Istanbul under your feet at the Tower of Justice viewing platform which is 50 m high. Finally, swing on the Saray Salincagi ride, with a 40-person capacity and 20 m diameter cycle. End your day at the outdoor concert and event stage which features the biggest outdoor screen in Turkey and seats a capacity of 10,000 people. Watch a range of special shows and concerts by famous artists at this never-ending festival environment. Choose between the All-Inclusive VIP, Diamond, or Gold Packages that offer food menus, drink options, and bonus attractions depending on your choice. Take a thrilling ride down the Zipline and Up-Side House and try ice cream, hookah, and coffee at Bloom Hookah Cafe.

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace & Harem Tour with Entry Ticket

2. Istanbul: Topkapi Palace & Harem Tour with Entry Ticket

Discover the Topkapi Palace on a guided tour. Learn about Ottoman history in the Palace and the life of the Sultan's family in the harem.  Meet your dedicated guide at a hot spot for traditional Turkish delicacies, where there are restroom facilities and you can purchase water or snacks. Then let your guide take you to Topkapi Palace. Explore the splendor of Topkapi Palace, the heart of the Ottoman Empire. Discover the complex of buildings, pavilions, and courtyards was a self-contained city, which most inhabitants rarely left. Explore the outer-terraced gardens and admire the view over the Golden Horn. Visit the harem, ruled by the Queen Mother who wielded domestic and political power. The harem housed hundreds of women and family members as well as hundreds of eunuchs, who performed a wide range of duties. Admire cupboard doors inlaid with mother of pearl and tortoiseshell and stunning Iznik tiles with verses from the Quran. The tour ends with a visit to the holy relics and the imperial kitchens.

Istanbul: 3 in 1 Fun - Jungle Park, Dungeon and Safari

3. Istanbul: 3 in 1 Fun - Jungle Park, Dungeon and Safari

Jungle Istanbul will drag you into an unforgettable adventure. Visit three family fun attractions, the mystical world of the Jungle Park, Open the doors of the Dungeon and prepare for many surprises on the Safari. Get ready for a brand new adventure with a 3-in-1 admission ticket. Explore the exotic world of the Jungle Park with a collection of creatures rarely seen in this country, including various tropical fish species, arthropods, reptiles, mammals and birds. See 400 animals in total from 100 different species, some on the verge of extinction. Challenge your fear at the gates of the dungeon. Go on the Tunnel of Horror (Dark Ride). Would you like to see what’s waiting for you in the depths of the tunnel and around the dark corners? Be a hero, not a spectator at the Safari adventure in the dark. You will not only walk around and see what’s around but also lead the story of the Safari. Prepare yourself for the surprises along the way!

Istanbul: Full-Day Sapanca Lake and Masukiye Tour with Lunch

4. Istanbul: Full-Day Sapanca Lake and Masukiye Tour with Lunch

Following a pickup from your hotel in Taksim or Sultanahmet area, transfer to the picturesque village of Masukiye, located 120 kilometers east of Istanbul. Marvel at Masukiye's beautiful natural landscapes and green forests. If you're interested, join the various optional activities at the park such as ziplining, ATV rides, or take a visit to the zoo. Make a stop to taste the locally produced honey and Turkish delight in Sapanca. Following the tasting, enjoy your lunch break. Then, head to your next destination. This tour takes you to Ormania Natural Habitat Park during the summer season and to Kartepe Snow Resort to enjoy the snow games during the winter season.  The last stop takes you to Sapanca Lake where you'll get to spend some free time on the beautiful coast. Here, take in the fascinating views of the surrounding green mountains before heading back to your hotel where you will arrive between 9 and 10 PM.

Istanbul: Museum of Illusions Ticket

5. Istanbul: Museum of Illusions Ticket

The Museum of Illusions Istanbul offers guests an interactive, immersive, and entertaining journey which includes more than 60 illusions to see and experience. It is bound to be interesting, confusing, hilarious, and all round great fun. Nothing is what is seems in this museum, which includes a visual, sensory, and educational space that will challenge your perceptions. This exhibit is bound to boggle your mind whilst being the most fun you’ve had in a long time. The museum is a place for everyone to enjoy, so bring your friends, kids, family, or just yourself and a camera with full battery. You’ll definitely want photo evidence of what you experience because, as won’t believe what you see within the museum's walls.

Istanbul: 4-Hour Evening Walk & Light Food Tasting Tour

6. Istanbul: 4-Hour Evening Walk & Light Food Tasting Tour

Sample some of Istanbul’s favorite foods on a relaxed 4-hour evening walking tour. Meet an expert local guide and visit four much loved food stops as you stroll through historical Sultanahmet to Taksim Square across the Golden Horn. Absorb the evening bustle and sights of Sultanahmet. Enjoy sunset views of the city from the Galata Bridge and try staples such as fried mussels and baklava, the seductively sweet honey-soaked filo parcels that are a Turkish favorite, along the way. Numbers are limited to 14, ensuring personalized attention from your guide. Start your 4-hour evening tour with a pick-up from your central Istanbul hotel, and head into the heart of historical Sultanahmet. As you walk, hear from your guide about Istanbul’s history and how it has left its legacy on the city’s cuisine. Wander through the bustling streets, passing some of Sultanahmet’s landmarks, and get insider tips from your guide on great places to eat and must try delicacies. While you talk and absorb the evening ambience, make your way to Taksim Square and enjoy four food stops to sample some classic local dishes. Samples may vary, but expect to taste favorites such as a mouth-watering lamb shish kebab, a juicy meatball and a fried mussel kebab; a string of lightly battered mussels threaded onto a skewer. As dusk falls, enjoy the magical sunset views over Sultanahmet’s minarets from the Galata Bridge, and take in the sight of the Galata Tower on the opposite bank. Drink in the buzz around the food vendors and restaurants, and make a final stop to taste some classic Turkish baklava. Sink your teeth into these super sweet honey and nut filo parcels that were much loved by the Ottoman sultans. After approximately 4-hours later, finish with a drop-off at your hotel.

Istanbul: City Transfer for Sabiha Gokcen Airport Arrivals

7. Istanbul: City Transfer for Sabiha Gokcen Airport Arrivals

Enjoy a private one-way transfer from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport to your preferred location in Istanbul City. A friendly driver will meet and greet you at the airport. Relax knowing that you are travelling safely in an air-conditioned private vehicle. Let your driver navigate you through the traffic smoothly. 

Istanbul: Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour with Local Guide

8. Istanbul: Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour with Local Guide

In the heart of the “Old City” you will stumble upon: Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya) is a UNESCO-listed museum that contains Ottoman and Byzantine works. From the Golden Age of Byzantine Empire, this once a Christian church is one of the most extraordinary buildings in the history of architecture. Listen to its history and examine the architecture together with a professional guide. Next stop is Topkapi Palace, the largest and oldest palace in the world to survive to our day and also was the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for approximately 400 years. Then, make a visit to the Blue Mosque with six minarets, which was built at the bequest of Sultan Ahmet I, and is one of the best preserved and most significant examples of Ottoman architecture. Continue to Istanbul Hippodrome where chariot races were held. It was the center of Byzantium’s life for 1000 years and of Ottoman life for another 400 years and has been the scene of countless political dramas. Stop by Caferaga Medresesi, a cultural organization that teaches and promotes traditional Turkish handicrafts. The courtyard is home to the pleasant Caferağa Medresesi Çay Bahçesi tea garden. A small break for lunch in a local restaurant serving typical Turkish dishes will be served. The last stop of your journey is the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world. Its numerous shops are bursting with everything you can imagine, from jewelry to silk clothing, and traditional copperware to exotic, Oriental imports and many more hidden gems.

Istanbul: Full-Day Imperial & Asia Small Group Tour

9. Istanbul: Full-Day Imperial & Asia Small Group Tour

Begin your tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is also famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child. Next, you will visit the Blue Mosque which takes its name from the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. It is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. You will see the Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire.  Visit the Grand Bazaar to see carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style. Enjoy your lunch at a rooftop restaurant with Bosphorus views. Continue your tour by driving across the first Bosphorus Bridge and head for the summit of Çamlica Hill, which affords panoramic views of Istanbul, the Sea of Marmara, and the Princes’ Islands. From here, a short drive will take you to the Palace of Beylerbeyi on the shore of the Bosphorus.

Istanbul: Istanbul Aquarium, Carsamba Pazari & 212 Mall Tour

10. Istanbul: Istanbul Aquarium, Carsamba Pazari & 212 Mall Tour

Have you ever seen the biggest thematic aquarium in the world? Well, you can now with this unmissable tour! In the morning, you will find your tour guide waiting in your hotel lobby to get you ahead to a new kind of adventure! In a private A/C car you will be heading to Istanbul Aquarium displaying 15.000 land and sea creatures of over 1.500 species. Istanbul Aquarium is unparalleled in its categorization of everything neatly according to 16 themes; among which the Black Sea, The Dardanelles, the Aegean Sea, the East, the Mid and the Western Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean. Also, you will find inside the complex two 5D cinema theatres with 6 axles, a souvenir shop and Cafeterias. Next to one of the most interesting places in Istanbul, Carsamba Pazari (Wednesday) Market! This market can be visited every Wednesday and is located near the Fatih Mosque, which you will get amazed by how huge and beautiful it is in the background of your enjoyable walks in the diverse and rich market. You can find whatever you need at reasonable prices and high quality. Additionally, the area is filled with coffee shops and restaurants where you can have a special Turkish lunch. For more modern and stylish shopping experience, your final stop will be at 212 Outlet Mall, where you can find a lot of brands at very reasonable prices; you can take a free tour around the mall before heading back to your hotel/hostel.

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Our guide, Sabih, was great, very insightful with a lot of knowledge. The group was small (6 people) which we loved. The tour took around 3 hours, but the length also depends on how many attractions are opened/closed. We recommend the tour in the morning for the cooler temperatures and less tourists (less agglomeration). Either way, this tour has skip the line tickets and you will not wait in queues for tickets, only for security check. We hope that in the future more and more attractions will open in Topkapi and Harem.

Cem is a great guide, he knows so much about history of his country and tell about it in very nice way. This tour was the best!

Great experience! Highly recommend a guided tour to learn about the history of the Topkapi Palace.

Our guide was really nice and she explained to us all the details, we were very happy with her.

Amazing palace and very knowledgeable and friendly guide