ISTANBUL SHORE EXCURSIONS
Price: 18 EUR
Duration: 5 hours
Please Note: we also provide a shore excursion in Istanbul of 7 hours, at 25 EUR; and two-days tour for stay longer than one day
Level Activity: Low
Basiclica Cistern: 10 TLY (4.00 EUR). Open every day from 9 am untıl 6:30 pm
Süleymaniye Mosque: no fee
Hagia Sophia: 30 TLY (about 10.00 EUR). Closed on Monday
Topkapi Palace: 30 TLY (Museum Ticket, about 10 EUR), 15 TLY (Harem Ticket, about 5.00 EUR). Closed on Tuesday
Blue Mosque: no fee
What's eating: Lentils soup for vegetarians and for the meat lovers the doner kebab. As a dessert don’t miss the baklava.
Souvenir: Turkish Delight sweets, be aware if you want a carpet because you might end up paying much more than its real value
Code Dress: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Before step into the Mosque, you must take off your shoes and put in plastic bags provided at the entrance(Free of Charge). This is mandatory as part of Muslim tradition when entering a mosque. During winter and spring inside the mosque can be cold, so be sure not to forget socks! Women must wear a head covering which are available at the Blue Mosque entrance for free
SHORE EXCURSION IN ISTANBUL
Our shore excursion in Istanbul begins at the symbolic Hagia Sophia, the jewel not only from the age of the Roman Emperor Justinian but the whole of Byzantine architecture. Over the centuries this monument had different functions, a catholic church for 916 years, a mosque for 482 years, and finally museum since 1935. Probably is one of the few places in the world where you can see antique mosaics featuring catholic idols, next to muslim’s Arabic characters. After the Hagia Sophia, we will visit the Topkapi Palace, the Grand Bazaar (the largest indoor market in the world) and, of course, the second symbol of the city: the Blue Mosque, with its 21,000 ceramic tile turquoise incorporated into walls and the dome.
Continuing on our shore excursion in Istanbul we will visit the Basilica Cistern, the arge underground Roman cistern (open every day) and the Süleymaniye Mosque
The Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market are closed on Sundays. Hagia Sofia is closed on Mondays.
*Shore excursions could be subject to variations due to external causes as Cruise Companies politics, weather conditions, duration of the stay of the ship in the port, legal demonstrations
The Basilica Cistern
is open every day. According to the day of your excursion and considering which monuments are open, our tour guide will decide the places to visit.