Istanbul Shore Excursions
The pandemic is expected to come to an end by 2021 and the cruise lines already announced their schedules so local travel agencies have announced Istanbul shore excursions packages. Bookings show that this year will be quite busy if the pandemic is over as people are focused to find a way to get on the way. Cruise Operators announced that they are most likely to restart sailing around November and Istanbul will again be one of the favorite destinations for those who are fans of shore excursions touring the Mediterranean or the Black Sea.
Istanbul has built a new cruise port with Galataport Project along the Bosphorus and is ready to welcome passengers in better facilities.
Most of the cruises end up or start from Istanbul, giving visitors a chance to stay multiple days in this historically privileged city. Being the capital of Byzance and the Ottomans it is never enough to see all the major sites in a day. You should make your mind to decide where to visit if your stay in Istanbul is somewhat short. We recommend you to spend at least 3 days to see the basics but also you may prefer to stay longer if you have extensive time to visit the other destinations in Turkey.
Istanbul Shore Excursions from Istanbul Port Turkey
If you only have a day in Istanbul, most probably you will be heading to the Old City to witness the relics from The Byzantine and Ottoman Times in these shore excursions. Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern, and the Grand Bazaar are the most popular places to be visited during your daily visit. This takes all day and requires some walking. The old town is very accessible from the cruise port as you may walk or get the tram for a few stops to reach so it’s a recommended tour as shore excursions.
If you stay overnight in Istanbul and have a chance to spare another day for your visits, you still do not have to go too far to see some other stuff as the location of the Istanbul cruise port is very convenient for the second-day tour on your shore excursions. You can start the day by taking a Bosphorus Cruise to witness the beauties that the strait offers. Once you get off, you may visit the Dolmabahce Palace where the abundance of the Ottomans fascinates visitors. Later on, a walk on Istiklal Street, the main shopping street, is a must to see the local life. You may walk down to Karakoy and climb up to the Galata Tower on the way. Finally, it is always better to do some shopping in Spice Market before heading to your room.
Let’s say you are lucky to stay 3 days in Istanbul as shore excursions. On the third day, you may visit the lesser-known areas like the Balat and Fener Neighbourhoods. Before that Suleymaniye Mosque, the masterpiece of Sinan will take your breath away. From the mosque, also you may reach Balat by walking but getting a boat is also preferable. After wandering around the narrow streets of Balat, you may get to Eyup to take the cable car up to the Pierre Loti Hill where you will enjoy your tea with the beautiful scenery. If you are interested in museums, visiting one of the museums located along the Golden Horn like the Miniaturk or Rahmi Koc Museum is ideal at the end of the tiring day.
For longer stays, you may get a daily trip from Istanbul to Bursa or Troy by car and also other destinations like Ephesus, Pamukkale, or Cappadocia by plane. Needless to underline that as Guided Istanbul Tours we operate tours and services in all of the destinations stated in this article and we are looking forward to welcoming you as our guest here in our city.