Everyone has seen colourful Istanbul in documentaries and news reports. Istanbul is a city of cultures, nature, and spices, a shopping capital, a city of aromas and oriental fragrances, and a home to excellent cuisine from all parts of Turkey. Of course, how can you be in Turkey without at least once visiting its cultural capital, which brings together two continents, Europe and Asia?
Alanya Istanbul day trip will help you see all the famous sights of Istanbul and experience its unforgettable atmosphere. You will visit the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace (the house of Sultans and Princesses), the Palace Museum and the famous Ancient Hippodrome, Sultanahmet Square and the Spice and Dried Fruit Market. A professional English-speaking guide will be with you throughout the tour. He will guide you around all the places you will see.
In your free time, you can go on a cruise on the Bosphorus or do some shopping in the many malls and bazaars.
Transfers from and to airports, both flight tickets, all entrance tickets and excursions are included in the price of the tour. Tickets are being sold quickly, early booking is recommended.
The good news is that it is possible to travel to Istanbul from Alanya, and back in the same day, with no more difficulty than taking a day to visit nearby areas of historical interest. Istanbul, arguably one of the most talked about and visited cities with its proud history available for all who visit, is a short one hour flight away from your hotel in Alanya. The thrill of leaving Alanya and landing in one of the world’s most exciting cities, with English speaking tour guide at hand to make sure you see as much as you can in one day is second to none. Alanya Istanbul Day Trip is a chance to see real Turkey, how it was and how it is as the modern and the ancient sits side by side on the streets of Istanbul.
With sites like The Blue Mosque, The Hippodrome, and Topkapi Palace, to name but a few, you will be surprised how easy it is to walk around and get your bearings in the beautiful Sultanahment Square with its close proximity to the Bosphorous and the Spice Bazaar. Istanbul is a vast glorious testament to the Ottoman history of Turkey and even further back, and is there for you to enjoy today.
In 2023, price of Day Tour from Alanya to Istanbul is 200 € for adults, free for children at and under 2 years old.
Every Monday, Wednesday & Saturday, all year round from 04:00 to 22:00.
Your tour begins with a pickup from your Alanya hotel after which you will be taken to the airport in time for your flight to Istanbul. This is classed as a domestic or internal flight and only requires you to be at the airport 1 hour before boarding. The flight lasts for just under an hour and will take you to Istanbul Airport. At the airport you will be greeted by your English speaking guide for the day and directed to your coach ready to head into town and visit the living history of Sultanahmet Square.
Given the size of the entire city your visit for this occasion will remain, on foot, in the Sultanahmet area. When you arrive at the Square two of the first buildings that greet you will be the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia Mosque. Of equally outstanding beauty, The Blue Mosque will be your first stop at the Square. Following this you will visit The Hippodrome and The German Fountain. Even today the oval shape of the once Roman/Byzantine Hippodrome can still be seen and is a wonder in its own right. With free time in the Square to walk, relax, enjoy the shops or simply eat a spot of lunch and admire the antiquity you are sure to fal in love with this area of the city.
After lunch and free time you will visit the Topkapi Palace, today a beautiful museum housing artefacts from a bygone age. As you walk through you will feel the intrigue of past times, and beautiful rooms,where Sultans, their wives, concubines and their children once called home.
You will head from the Topkapi Palace to the Spice or Egyptian Bazaar. It is here you will understand how Istanbul has its feet on two continents. This ancient Bazaar, with its aromatic herbs and spices will tempt you, and with a little free time to explore, you are sure to come away with a traditional souvenir or two.
With around 1.5 hours free time to shop or simply drink Turkish Coffee as the world walks on by, you will also have the optional extra of taking a Bosphorous Cruise, where you can see the city and its astounding skyline from the waters.
At the end of the cruise or free time in the Bazaar, you will meet with your guide, for return to the airport and subsequent flight back to your holiday resort area and hotel.
Cost of Istanbul Day Trip from Alanya is 200 € for adults and free for children under 2 years old in 2023.
Only hand luggage is to be brought with you.
It is recommended that you prepack a breakfast, or if you have time, buy one at the airport.
Wear comfortable walking shoes to maximise the enjoyment of your day.
Don’t forget to bring your passport and any other paperwork you need to enter Turkey. This is an internal flight, where you may still be required to show your information to airport officials.
Sit back and relax! Even the flight northwards to Istanbul is a visual delight!
Anyone with a love of history and guided exploration will love this amazing city tour.
However, anyone with walking difficulties will find it too difficult. Likewise children may find it too long a day and with little entertainment for them.
Normally everyday in the week, and flight times may vary, but usually early morning. Your purchased ticket will give you the final details.
Firstly, comfortable footwear, sun cream and hat with sunglasses is a good idea too.
Your camera! Absolutely essential with so much to see and do. The ultimate selfie has to be taken with the stunning Blue Mosque in the background.
Do take money with you, there are many eateries in Sultanahmet Square from basic street food to fine dining, you decide.
Transfers from hotel and return.
Air conditioned coach and English speaking guide assistance throughout the tour.
Return flights to Istanbul.
Entrance fees to museums stated.
Bosphorous boat trip.
Lunch and drinks.