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Istanbul tours and excursions

Istanbul tours

Boat tours

The best way to get those famed Istanbul skyline views is by boat. Two ferry operators offer scenic tours which traverse the Bosphorus. Both the Dentur Avrasya ferry service (from Kabataş) and Şehir Hatları ferry service (from Eminönü) head all the way up to the fishing village of Anadolu Kavağı. The Dentur Avrusya service is the most attractive as it allows you to hop-on and hop-off along the way.

Dentur Avrusya

www.denturavrasya.com

Şehir Hatları

www.sehirhatlari.com.tr

Walking tours

Istanbul Walks offers a range of interesting tours; from walks taking in the major sights of Sultanahmet and the Grand Bazaar district, to more off-beat walks which explore the architecture, history and culture of the city and discover lesser-visited neighbourhoods. For foodies, Culinary Backstreets offer walking tours which lift the lid on Istanbul’s culinary highlights, its produce markets and street food, and contain just as much eating as actual walking.

Istanbul Walks

+90 212 516 6300

www.istanbulwalks.com

Culinary Backstreets

www.culinarybackstreets.com

Istanbul excursions

Princes' Islands

Regular ferries run to this island group, 12km southeast of Istanbul. The car-less roads, rimmed by preserved wooden mansions, and pine forest clad interiors offer oodles of old world charm. Büyükada Island is home to the Monastery of St George, while the Haghia Triada Monastery is Heybeliada Island's main attraction.

Website: http://en.sehirhatlari.istanbul/en

Gallipoli Peninsula

It's a five hour drive from Istanbul to the Gallipoli Peninsula but for many visitors, the long journey is worth it to pay their respects at the WWI battlefield sites (now one of Turkey's major historical national parks) which were the scene of one of WWI's most famous campaigns.

Website: http://gytmp.milliparklar.gov.tr