Half Day Tours – Thursday, November 14

 

The convention committee will do their best to prioritize half day tour assignments but please note that tour preferences are not guaranteed.

 

 

 

Immerse yourself in the splendor of Ottoman history and flavors. Begin with a visit to the magnificent Süleymaniye Mosque and explore the rich architectural and artistic details that were designed by the famous architect Sinan during the Ottoman Empire. Then stroll downhill for a leisurely walk to the vibrant historical Spice Bazaar. Enjoy your free time exploring the aromatic stalls at Spice Bazaar. Indulge in traditional Turkish delights and spices, and experience the bustling atmosphere of one of the oldest bazaars in the city.

Duration: 4 hours

Level: Level 1 – Accessible

 

 

 

 

Step into the heart and heritage of İstanbul on the Historical Peninsula. Begin with a digital informative experience at the Hagia Sophia Experience Museum, followed by a tour of the majestic Hagia Sophia itself. Conclude with a visit to the impressive 6th century Cistern, Yerebatan. This tour offers a brief introduction to İstanbul’s rich and storied past of the Roman era.

Duration: 4.5 hours

Level: Level 2 – Moderate

 

 

 

 

Begin your adventure with a transfer to Eminönü pier, where you’ll embark on a picturesque Bosphorus ferry tour through the heart of Istanbul. During the tour, pass by iconic landmarks such as the Dolmabahçe Palace and the Bosphorus Bridge, offering stunning views of İstanbul’s skyline. Arriving at Ortaköy pier, enjoy free time to explore the charming streets, vibrant markets, and beautiful baroque mosque. This tour offers a perfect blend of activities, including leisurely cruising along the Bosphorus to admire historic landmarks and exploring the vibrant markets and charming streets of Ortaköy.

Duration: 3 hours

Level: Level 1 – Accessible

 

 

 

Embark on a journey to the opulent Dolmabahçe Palace, situated along the shores of the Bosphorus. Experience the grandeur of this magnificent palace with its stunning Neo-Classical architecture and significant role as the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire. This tour offers a captivating glimpse into the regal past of İstanbul, highlighting the elegance and splendor of the Ottoman Empire.

Duration: 3 hours

Level: Level 2 – Moderate

 

 

 

 

Start your journey with a visit to the Atatürk Cultural Center (AKM), located on the lively İstiklal Street. Enjoy a walking tour that takes you to some of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Discover the historic Galatasaray High School, marvel at the stunning architecture of St. Antuan Church, and explore the charming Narmanlıhan, a historic building with a rich past. As you wander through the streets, treat yourself to the famous Maraş Dondurması, a unique Turkish ice cream known for its chewy texture. With plenty of free time to soak in the vibrant atmosphere, this tour offers a perfect blend of cultural exploration and delightful experiences. Join us for an unforgettable adventure in the heart of the city.

Duration: 3 hours

Level: Level 2 – Moderate

 

 

 

Delve into the heart of the Ottoman Empire on the Historical Peninsula. Visit the magnificent Topkapı Palace and explore the opulent Harem, where the sultans once resided. Marvel at the palace’s stunning architecture and rich history. This tour provides an immersive experience of Ottoman luxury and grandeur.

Duration: 4 hours

Level: Level 2 – Moderate

 

 

 

 

Discover the serene beauty of Üsküdar, beginning with a visit to the elegant Mihrimah Sultan Mosque. This stunning mosque, built in the 16th century, showcases the exquisite work of the famous Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan and is known for its impressive dome and intricate tile work. Next, marvel at the legendary Kız Kulesi (Maiden’s Tower), a historic lighthouse with captivating views. Enjoy free time to stroll through Üsküdar’s charming streets and along its picturesque waterfront, soaking in the district’s rich history and tranquil ambiance. This tour perfectly combines cultural and scenic experiences, offering a unique glimpse into one of Istanbul’s most beloved areas.

Duration: 3.5 hours

Level: Level 2 – Moderate

 

 

 

Immerse yourself in a fascinating journey through time with a visit to the İstanbul Archaeology Museums. This impressive museum complex features 20 galleries filled with artifacts from across Türkiye and the broader East, celebrating 5,000 years of history. Explore exhibits that showcase the rich heritage of the Eastern Roman Empire, the grandeur of the Ottoman Empire, and the diverse civilizations of Anatolia and ancient Mesopotamia.

Duration: 4 hours

Level: Level 2 – Moderate

 

 

 

 

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of İstanbul’s Grand Bazaar. Wander through its historic alleys, discovering unique shops and artisans. Experience the rich tapestry of sights and sounds that define this iconic marketplace. From traditional crafts to exquisite jewelry, this tour offers a fascinating glimpse into the heart of İstanbul’s trading heritage.

Duration: 4 hours

Level: Level 1 – Accessible