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A wonderland newly opened ın Istanbul, VIALAND

Duration: At your own pace
Overview: The Vialand Chateau meets the visitors at the gate. The Game World, Legends World and Adventure World are the main themes and areas in Vialand and there are more than 50 amusement units. Visitors may enjoy the attractions such as Adventurer, Viking, 360, Crazy River, King Kong, Safari Tunnel, Dungeon and Jet Ski entertainment units at the Adventure World part of Vialand. At the Game World part, especially kids may spend great time. The Shopping Street of Vialand is the other attraction for the visitors. It is an open shopping street where visitors may find about 250 quality shops and boutiques.

Vialand Istanbul Opening hours: Theme Park is open daily between 10am and 7pm (Monday-Thursday); 10am and 9pm (Friday-Sunday); Shopping Mall is open daily between 10am and 10pm.

Hop on Hop off City Sightseeing Tour on Istanbul Red Line

Duration: At your own pace
Overview: Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents, Europe and Asia, standing on the shores of the Bosphorus Straits. City sightseeing buses are the best way to discover the city's main attractions as you have the freedom to plan your own itinerary. With fifty five stops covering all of Istanbul's main attractions such as Archeological Museum and Suleymaniye Mosque, this tour provides the perfect introduction to the city. You can board the bus from any of the stops. On the 90 minute tour you will see the highlights of Istanbul with the best opportunities to take photographs of highlights of the city like Hagia Sofia,the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the Bosphorus, Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, and more. You may choose to conclude this tour at any of the stops as per your convenience.

Your ticket is valid for 24 hours from when you first board one of the buses. Bu ses run from 10 am to 6:30 pm with a frequency of 60 minutes. Your ticket allows you unlimited use, meaning you can hop-on and hop-off as many times as you like at any of the designated stops. Please check with us for details.

Half Day Istanbul Morning Tour

Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Overview: Visit the magnificent Byzantine church of St Sophia, one of the finest architectural works in the world; continue to the 17th century Blue Mosque, one of the largest mosques in Istanbul famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets. You will also visit the Hippodrome, the former centre of sporting and political activities in Constantinople. During the visit you will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi and the fountain of Willhelm II. Finally, visit the historic Grand Bazaar that will tempt you with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery, leather and souvenirs.

Half Day Istanbul Afternoon Tour

Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Overview: This tour begins with a visit to Topkapi Palace (closed on Tuesdays) including the jewellery section. It was the former imperial residence of the Great Ottomans. Today the palace is a spectacular museum with, amongst other exhibitions, one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain. Continue on to the Rustem Pasa Mosque, built in the 16th century by the famous architect, Sinan.

Full Day Istanbul City Tour with Lunch

Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
Overview: This tour starts at Hippodrome Square. See the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi and the fountain of Willhelm II. Continue to the Blue Mosque, one of the largest of Istanbul, famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets. Then visit St. Sophia, one of the most magnificent Byzantine churches. After lunch continue to Topkapi Palace (including the jewellery section), the imperial residence from which the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled. Now it is a museum holding large collections of Japanese and Chinese porcelains and displaying holy relics. Proceed to Rustem Pasa Mosque, built in 16th century by architect Sinan. The tour ends at the Grand Bazaar tempting souvenir-hunters with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery and leather.

Istanbul Asian Side Tour

Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Overview: Your tour begins with a drive across the magnificent Bosphorus Suspension Bridge, which divides the continents of Europe and Asia. Continue to Camlica Hill, the highest point of Istanbul and take photos of the stunning panorama before you. Drive to the summer palace of the Sultans which is in a small village by the Bosphorus called Beylerbeyi. The palace is actually a mansion built in the 19th century influenced by Western architecture. Take a guided tour of its extravagantly decorated interior. End the tour with a visit to Bagdat Street, the most popular street on the Asian side of Istanbul with elegant boutiques and shopping outlets.

Full Day Asia and Bosphorus Tour

Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
Overview: Begins with a drive across the magnificent Bosphorus Suspension Bridge, which divides the continents of Europe and Asia, to Camlica Hill, the highest point of Istanbul. From here you can take photos of the stunning panorama before you. A short drive from here is the summer palace of the Sultans which is located in a small village by the Bosphorus called Beylerbeyi. Beylerbeyi Palace is a mansion built under the influence of Western architecture in the 19th century. Take a guided tour of its extravagantly decorated interior. After lunch visit the Egyptian Spice Bazaar with its mystical aromas of various spices and colorful shops selling fruit, vegetables, flowers and fish etc. Next, board your boat for a cruise along the Bosphorus, the waterway separating the two continents of Europe and Asia. See the European style palaces of the Ottomans and the palaces of Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi, in striking contrast to some of the modern villas that line the shores.

Egyptian Bazaar & Bosphorus Cruise Morning

Duration: 4 hours
Overview: Enjoy this panoramic Bosphorus Cruise tour with a trip to the Egyptian Bazaar. After your hotel pickup, we will cross the Golden Horn area where you can take a photo from the car or bus. You will visit the colorful Egyptian Spice Market where can haggle and buy local spices or souvenirs. Transfer to the pier to board your boat for the Bosphorus cruise during which will see the Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, European and Asian side, and the Bosphorus Bridge. During this tour you may also visit a leather and carpet factory.

Bosphorus by Boat Afternoon Tour

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Overview: Your tour starts with a visit to the Egyptian Spice Bazaar with its mystical aromas of various spices and colorful shops. Board your boat for a cruise along the Bosphorus, the waterway separating the two continents of Europe and Asia. Enjoy the beautiful views of the European style palaces of the Ottomans and the palaces of Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi, in striking contrast to some of the modern villas that line the shores.

Dolmabahce Palace and Two Continents

Duration: 3 hours
Overview: Visit the remarkable Dolmabahce Palace, the recent residence for Ottoman Sultans built by two Ottoman architects Karabet and Nikogos Balyan on a 110,000m2 area composed of three sections; Selamlik, allocated for state issues, the Harem, (Seraglio) area designated for the private life of the sultan and his family, and the Parade Hall, the study and bedroom of Ataturk. Famous for its great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tonne chandelier, this palace also has 285 rooms and 46 halls! You will also cross the Bosphorus Bridge, stepping from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes. Also visit the best view point, Camlica Hill or Yeditepe, for a panoramic view of Istanbul and the Bosphorus.

Full Day Bursa Tour

Duration: 14 hours
Overview: Depart by ferry early in the morning for Yalova and continue by deluxe vehicle to Bursa, the former Ottoman capital. Acclaimed as Turkey's 'Emerald City', Bursa contains a rich and underrated historical legacy. We visit the Green Mosque, the Green Mausoleum and the Grand Mosque. After lunch at a very nice 'Kebap' Restaurant visit the covered Bazaar and Old Silk Market. After a short drive through the countryside surrounding Bursa, arrive at one of the oldest Turkish villages, Cumalikizik, where the oldest examples of the early Ottoman civil architecture can be seen.

Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace & 2 Continents

Duration: 8 hours
Overview: Take a Bosphorus Cruise, the waterway separating the two continents of Europe and Asia, and enjoy the wonder of Istanbul as you cruise along. Visit the remarkable Dolmabahce Palace, the recent residence for Ottoman Sultans built by two Ottoman architects Karabet and Nikogos Balyan on a 110,000m2 area composed of three sections; Selamlik, allocated for state issues, the Harem (Seraglio) area, designated for the private life of the sultan and his family, and the Parade Hall, the study and bedroom of Ataturk. Famous for its great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tonne chandelier, this palace also has 285 rooms and 46 halls! You will also cross the Bosphorus Bridge, stepping from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes. Also visit Camlica Hill or Yeditepe, for a panoramic view of Istanbul and the Bosphorus. Lunch will be served at a Turkish Restaurant.

Gallipoli Battlefields Tour

Duration: 14 hours
Overview: Depart early in the morning for an afternoon tour of Gallipoli. The World War I battlefields of Gallipoli are now a serene site. Visit the Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, ANZAC Cove, Johnston's Jolly and Gallipoli Museum. Return to Istanbul after the tour.

Troy Tour

Duration: 1 day
Take an early morning flight from Istanbul to Trabzon and transfer to the city center. Around 10 am, meet with your group and guide and take the bus to the Monastery of Sumela in Trabzon. After 50 minutes arrive at the village of Altindere. Sumela Monastery, standing on the edge of a steep cliff, is a complex of churches and a Greek Monastery at an altitude of 1150 meters. The full name of the complex is Panagia Sumela or Theotokos Sumela. Founded in the year 386 AD, legend has it that two priests undertook the founding of the monastery at the site after having discovered a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary in a cave on the mountain. Overlooking the forests and streams below, the monastery is extremely popular for its aesthetic attraction as well as for its cultural and religious significance. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Istanbul.

Turkish Baths

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Experience one of the best hammams in Istanbul. Turkish Baths or 'hammams' as they are called, are for many aspects of health, not just for external cleanliness. Before Turkey was established as a separate country, the Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans and nomadic people of the region had their own variations of bathing rituals. These traditions combined, created a different variation of these ancient bathing habits. In the Turkish Bath (Turkish Hammam), the bather enters the dry heat of a sweating area. Afterwards, the bather begins to perspire heavily because of a wet steam. The skin is then washed with soap and warm water and the muscles massaged. After being scoured and washed, the bather's body temperature returns to normal. Enjoy this tradition so well established in Turkey.

Whirling Dervish

Duration: 2 hours
The branch of Sufic mysticism, practiced widely in contemporary Turkey, is rooted in a man called Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, and is famous for its Whirling Dervish Tradition, where by rotating on the left foot and crossing over it with the right, the Dervish reaches a spinning intensity, rotating to the music that musicians play close by. Sufism is apart from the Islamic religion because of its nature as a kind of transcendental metaphysics which accepts all religions as one and is founded upon universal and unconditional forgiveness.

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