We have put up the ideal tour for photographers. Istanbul is one of the best places to visit if you want to take beautiful travel photography. Awe-inspiring sights abound in the metropolis. We will make a pit stop at some of Istanbul's most famous landmarks to get some incredible selfies and images to commemorate your visit. Walking along the Galata Bridge will take you from the dock where you will disembark your cruise to the breathtaking scenes. We will board our private, air-conditioned car and go to the city's old center, where we will see the city's most prominent sights. On this path, there is plenty to photograph, from local cafes with spectacular views to traditional markets that appear like a movie land with their vibrant colors and activity. Because most tour stops provide free wifi, you will be able to share your experience with your loved ones via messages or social media.
Our first stop in the old city is the Hippodrome Square, where chariot races were staged during the Byzantine period. Your guide will tell you about the history of the site as well as famous landmarks such as the Egyptian Obelisk (brought to Istanbul in the 4th century), the Serpentine's Column, and the Constantine Column. It is already a fascinating square, but did you know that during the Nika Riots in 532 CE, 30,000 people were massacred in Constantinople's Hippodrome by command of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I? Because this city has so much history, even the pavement stones convey fascinating stories about the city's past.
Now, if you are ready to shoot the world's largest shrine, which was constructed by 10,000 people, we will proceed to Hagia Sophia. It is an architectural marvel that has wowed everyone with its mysterious, magnificent dome. In 532 AD, Roman Emperor Justinian I built the Hagia Sophia, also known as the Holy Wisdom, as a basilica. It was converted into a mosque in the 15th century and then used as a museum for many years. It is now open to the public as a museum-mosque.
Continuing on to the heavenly Blue Mosque, we will see incredible architecture, great interior design, and a magical atmosphere. It is a one-of-a-kind mosque with six minarets, which created controversy in the past. People accused the Ottoman sultan of being haughty because the only mosque with six minarets was in Makkah, the Muslim pilgrimage center. The ruler remedied the problem by adding another minaret to the Masjid al-Haram in Makkah.
Last but not least, can you imagine walking into a vast covered market place surrounded by approximately 5000 stores that is full of vibrant colors? The Grand Bazaar, one of the world's largest and oldest covered bazaars, offers unparalleled photo opportunities as well as the option to purchase one-of-a-kind souvenirs.
Prepare for the activity
What to bring
It is recommended to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and water for the tour. You may also consider wearing comfortable shoes, as it involves some walking with inclines and steps.
Know before you go
We have planned your tour schedule and timing to coincide with your time spent waiting at the port. We will return you to the port when it iss convenient for you to rejoin your cruise.
You can shop with local currency Turkey is Turkish Lira; however it is also possible to make payment with Euro, British pound and American dollars.
As it is forbidden to wear shoes within the mosque, you will be requested to remove your shoes before entering. Men should wear long trousers and sleeved shirts within the mosque, while women should wear slacks, below-knee dresses or skirts, and elbow-length or longer shirts. Women can wear scarves to cover their hair. If you do not have appropriate apparel, the entrance staff will assist you free of charge.
Instructions for Participating in the Tour
After disembarking from your cruise ship, proceed straight into the terminal building. You will be greeted by your guide, who will assist you during the tour.
Please note that some tourist attractions are closed on particular days of the week. If one of these days falls on your tour, we will proceed to one of the following alternate locations:
As the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, we will visit the Spice Market instead
Mondays: Since Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays, we can visit the old Basilica Cistern, often known as the "Sunken Palace."
Tuesdays: The Topkapi Palace is closed, and other places on the itinerary, like as the Basilica Cistern, will take its place.
At the end of the excursion, you will be transported to Istanbul Port in plenty of time to catch your ship.
Not suitable for
People with mobility impairments