Some say that Paris is the most romantic city in the world, but wonder if that they have ever visited Istanbul! This a great way to combine a city get away with your beach holiday in Antalya and visit the astounding city that brings the east to the west. A day trip to Istanbul is the best chance you will get to taste he atmosphere of the city and after this excursion you are sure to want to return to explore the city further.
You will get a lot for your money on this excursion as you experience the city accompanied by local professional guides who know all of the best places to visit. There is nothing that can equal the experience of hearing the call to prayer as it echoes across the rooftops reaching every corner of this wondrous city as you sit between the Blue Mosque and Haghia Sophia.
You will visit the famous Blue Mosque in the Sultanahmet area followed by the ancient hippodrome and monoliths found therein. Perhaps the most impressive visit will be to the Topkapi Palace that was home to Sultans and the hub of the Ottoman Empire for centuries and houses some of the jewels and clothes that were worn by concubines, Princes and the Sultans themselves. You can visit the council chambers and the libraries and apothecaries that form part of this vast complex of buildings that make up the palace. There are also several religious artefacts housed within its walls that attract religious visitors as well as tourists.
After visiting the palace you will enjoy some time navigating the spice market that arouses the senses with wafts of exotic spices and dried fruits, not to mention the vibrant colours and calling of salesmen.
Of course you will have some free time in the city and what better way to explore than by taking a boat ride on the Bosphorous where you can sail between two continents observing the great palaces and summer homes of not only the rich and famous but of the great Sultans.
In 2022, price of Day Tour from Antalya to Istanbul is 150 € for adults, free for children at and under 2 years old.
Every Monday ,Wednesday & Saturday, all year round from 04:00 to 22:00.
You will be collected from your hotel at approximately 04:00 in order to arrive at the airport in plenty of time for your domestic flight. Please be aware that times may vary and will be confirmed upon reservation of the tour. The flight from Antalya to Sabiha Gokcen on the Asian side of Istanbul takes around 1 hour and 20 minutes, the perfect chance to catch an extra hour sleep before you disembark and start your Istanbul adventure.
You will be met at arrivals by your guide for the day who will accompany and assist you throughout your visit. You will make stops at the Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Square and the Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace and the Spice Market. You will have free time throughout the day and your guide will be happy to accommodate your requests where possible.
During your free time in the afternoon it is possible to make a 90 minute Bosphorous Cruise where you will sail the Bosphorous. There is an extra charge for this service, payable locally and your guide will be happy to assist.
As the day draws to an end your guide will accompany you back to the airport where you will set off for Antalya once more. You will be met by the driver at arrivals in Antalya airport ready to leave for your accommodation. This is a long day and you will return feeling tired but thrilled at the wonders that you will have experienced.
Cost of Istanbul Day Trip from Antalya is 150 € for adults and free for children under 2 years old in 2022.
You won’t have the chance to feel tired as the excitement of the visit overtakes you. This is a city tour not to be missed and you will certainly want to repeat the experience in the future.
Due to the length of the tour you may wish to use discretion when considering younger children. It is a long day out and there will be a fair amount of walking involved.
Once you purchase your ticket you will have both way transfers and flight tickets. Entrance fees are included in the cost as well as your English speaking guide. Insurance is also covered.
Any drinks or food purchased throughout the day as well as some spending money for shopping in the spice market and quaint boutiques. There is also an additional charge for the Bosphorous Cruise and you should keep that in mind if you are considering it.
Even though you are travelling on a domestic flight you will still need to have your passport with you at all times.
There is no duty free available on domestic flights.
Turkish Airlines have the most comprehensive flight availabilities and are the airline of choice. This is subject to times and days.