Ports: Karakoy Cruise Port
Straddling Europe and Asia, and blending ancient architecture with cutting edge innovations, Istanbul stands as one of the world’s “must visit” destinations. With so much to see and do in this sprawling metropolis, our shore excursions are the ideal way to absorb its enchanting history and captivating beauty in a short amount of time.
Situated on the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul has served as the capital for successive civilizations, with a history that dates back to the 7th century BC. The result is some of the world’s most impressive architectural icons, unique neighborhoods, and a culture that has a rich and vibrant legacy.
Most cruise ships dock at the Karakoy yolcu salonu in one of Istanbul’s most historic districts. From here it’s just a short walk to the Galata Bridge and 5th century Galata Tower, or take the steep climb uphill to the famous Taksim Square which has provided the setting for many of Istanbul’s most important historical social movements.
No visit to Istanbul is complete without visiting the UNESCO World Heritage listed Sultanahmet area of the city, known for the magnificent Blue Mosque and its winding cobblestone streets that are lined with enchanting houses. This old quarter of Istanbul is also home to the Topkapı Palace, which served as the residence for four centuries of Imperial Ottoman emperors, as well as the stunning former basilica of Hagia Sophia, which was later converted into a mosque and is now open to the public as a fascinating museum.
After soaking up the history of Istanbul, dive into the shopping madness of the Grand Bazaar, where traditional Turkish home wares and souvenirs are sold alongside delicious Turkish delight. Then dine on authentic Turkish cuisine in one of the city’s outstanding restaurants, accompanied by the warm hospitality for which Istanbul is renowned.
Our Istanbul shore excursions are led by highly knowledgeable guides who will not only reveal little-known secrets about this impressive city, but enable you to see so much more than you thought possible. If you can’t find the Istanbul shore excursion you are looking for here, please contact us directly so we can customize an itinerary for you.