Istanbul day trip from Side is an incredible journey in one day.
If you happen to be in Turkey, you should see Istanbul, one of the capitals of the world, a great city with an extremely colourful history. It has gone through many centuries, bringing together the best of the cultures of the peoples who have possessed it. It is a city of oriental bazaars, textiles, beautiful mosques, spices, museums, two seas, picturesque nature and good people. Istanbul is also where two continents, Europe and Asia meet.
We offer you Istanbul in One Day Tour from Side. To save expensive holiday time, we will use plane. This way we can visit all the most famous places of Istanbul.
Tour programme includes the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace (home of the sultans) and its museum, the incredible ancient Hippodrome, the Hagia Sofia Mosque, Sultanahmet Square and the Oriental Bazaar. Throughout the day, a professional English-speaking guide will tell you about the history of the places you have seen. You will also have free time in the centre of Istanbul, taking a cruise on the Bosphorus or shopping in the many shopping malls of Turkey’s ‘second capital’.
Hotel shuttles to and from the airport, breakfast, lunch, Bosphorus cruise, both flights, all entrance tickets, excursions – all included in the price of this tour. We recommend that you book this tour in advance.
Have you really seen Turkey if you have never been to Istanbul? Whilst Istanbul is no longer the capital city it is fair to say that it may well be the capital of culture and history. A visit to this romantic, historic city is an absolute must for the avid traveller and will provide you with a real feel for the country that may be lacking in the tourist resorts.
This is an ideal opportunity to make a flying visit to the city and experience a whirlwind tour of some of the most famous sites. If you are looking for a true adventure then this tour is for you. You will hardly notice how time passes as you take in the breathtaking monuments of Istanbul.
You will spend the majority of your day in the area known as Sultanahmet as you visit the world famous Blue Mosque. This Mosque is still in use today and you will find yourself fully immersed in the experience as you wander through the vast prayer room, marvelling at the architectural wonders. Just outside the Blue Mosque you will find yourself on the streets of Sultanahmet and on the site of the ancient hippodrome. Your guide will be able to give you a wealth of information as to the history of the site and you will truly be walking in the steps of Sultans.
Of course no trip to Istanbul would be complete without a visit to the Topkapi Palace which was home to many of the great rulers throughout Turkey’s history. Once inside you will visit libraries, apothecaries, throne rooms and of course you may choose to visit the forbidden Harem.
Following your visit to the palace you will head to the world renowned Spice Bazaar where you will be delighted by a myriad of colours and scents that seemingly fill your senses. After some brief shopping your guide will allow you some free time to explore the area as you see fit. It is possible at this time to take a short Bosphorous Cruise or simply wander the streets of old Istanbul.
In 2023, price of Day Tour from Side 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.
You should expect an early morning start from your hotel in Side. Exact departure time will be confirmed upon booking in accordance with flight availability. You will be chauffeur driven to the airport in plenty of time to board your flight to Istanbul. The flight will last approximately 1hr and once you arrive at the airport in Istanbul you will be met by your English speaking guide who will be your companion for the day.
Accompanied by your professional guide you will head towards Sultanahmet square where your sightseeing program will commence. Sights included are the Blue Mosque, hippodrome, Topkapi Palace and the Spice Bazaar. At appropriate moments throughout the day you will be given free time and the opportunity to take part in a Bosphorous Cruise (extra fees apply).
By the late afternoon you will be ready to head back to the airport to connect with your flight back to the south. Upon arrival at the airport you will be met by your transfer vehicle when you will be driven back to your hotel, leaving you feeling suitably tired but happy and with lots of new memories. You are most certainly going to want to pay Istanbul another visit!
Cost of Istanbul Day Trip from Side is 200 € for adults and free for children under 2 years old in 2023.
Due to the nature of the tour we do not recommend it for anyone who has difficulty walking.
We advise that you bring a packed lunch for breakfast or be prepared to purchase a little something at the airport. Lunch is solely your responsibility but you will be spoiled for choice in Istanbul with a plethora of street food, fast food, traditional and fancy restaurants on offer. Any drinks that you wish to purchase throughout the day are also at your own expense.
Hand luggage only is included in your trip. Please keep in mind that any luggage you take will be with you throughout the day.
You may give as much notice as you like but reservations cannot be made within the last 48 hours. If you have any doubts please feel free to contact the reservation team.
Yes! As you are travelling by air a national form of ID (passport) will be required to pass through customs and passport control.
Yes, museum fees are included although there is a small fee payable locally should you wish to enter the Harem inside the Topkapi Palace.