The Turkey - Istanbul Untour
Colorful Istanbul needs little introduction to the discerning traveler, interested in experiencing the exotic flavor of Asia without sacrificing the comfort and familiarity of Europe. Discover this ancient and vibrant city on your own terms, but with the same dedicated on-site support you expect with an Untour.|
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WHAT TO DO ON YOUR ISTANBUL VACATIONSightseeing starts in the ancient Sultanahmet district, with a visit to the impressive Blue Mosque. The call to prayer fills the air, pulling you onward to the stunning Süleymaniye Mosque. The Hagia Sophia is a church turned mosque turned museum, revealing the city’s deep layers of history. The Hippodrome is a center of civic life dating back to Byzantium. See lovely Byzantine mosaics in the Chora Church. Or tour the opulent Topkapi Palace, home to the ruling Ottoman Empire and much storied history. The Archeology Museum houses more historic treasures. The Grand Bazaar is a fun stop. Shop for spices, pottery or even a rug. Or zip north on the tram to the Galata area, named for its landmark tower, and filled with stylish boutiques and fine restaurants. Stroll the modern Istiklal Caddesi, the new town’s main street, lined with shops and cafes, a perfect place to people watch. Be sure to visit a sema ceremony to watch Whirling Dervishes dancing out their devotion.
Off-the beaten track treasures that can’t be beat: Another Istanbul exists, just beyond the historic sites. Meander the narrow streets on the outer edges of Sultanahmet and witness a vivid local street life. Visit a fruit juice stand or stop to drink some tea. Escape to a hamam; these traditional Turkish baths are a soothing respite from sightseeing. Explore the Tophane neighborhood, home to Istanbul’s contemporary art scene and the recently opened Istanbul Modern museum. Fans of the author Orhan Pamuk can visit the Museum of Innocence, a quirky collection based on his novel. Or visit the Ataturk Museum for a better understanding of the beloved leader and father of modern, secular Turkey. Hop on a boat! Buy a sandwich from one of the floating fish vendors while you wait to board. Cross the Bosporus to Kadiköy, a bustling residential neighborhood of shops, cafes, and restaurants on the Asian side of Istanbul. Visit the Princes’ Islands on a day trip, or enjoy the city lights on a nighttime cruise on the Bosporus.
Those interested in seeing Turkey’s interior can book excursions with our help to visit places like Iznik, the country’s pottery capital, the rocky landscape of Cappadocia, or archeological sites like Ephesus.
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Here's what our customers say about how much there is to do in Istanbul:"Istanbul is truly one of the great world cities. We had two wonderful weeks strolling the streets and byways, dropping into shops and mosques, cafes and major attractions. The people are welcoming and friendly, going out of their way to see we caught the right bus or help us decipher a map. I miss the Call to Prayer as they issue live from the 212 mosques within the walls of the old city." - Joan Kelday
"For me, Istanbul was a fascinating place to see the intersection of European secular culture and the rich Islamic heritage of the Middle East. The art, architecture, music and food were new to me and provided delightful surprises. I was continually impressed with the warmth of the Turkish people. I already look forward to my return." - Brian Taussig-Lux, Untours General Manager
"So much to see, so little time. Traveling as a single female felt comfortable from the start. Turkish food is colorful and delicious, and so is the tea. Good walking shoes are a must. Don't miss a visit to a Turkish bath!" - Cathrin Baumbach, Untours staff