Adventurer of the City
Today, your ship will dock at Istanbul where the continents meet each other! Your private guide will welcome you at the pier, holding a sign bearing your name. Upon meeting, you will get on your Harley Davidson rentals and begin your day in Istanbul with a scenic ride along the shoreline on European side of Bosphorus. Driving through Besiktas and Barbaros Avenue, you will reach Bosphorus Bridge that you will cross over to the Asian side of Istanbul. You will follow the shoreline starting from Beylerbeyi where is a small neighborhood in Uskudar district on the Asian shores of the city. Next to Beylerbeyi, you will see again a heartwarming neighborhood Cengelkoy. While you keep driving on the shores of the Bosphorus, you will see Kucuksu and Goksu before you reach Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge which is the second bridge in Istanbul. Crossing over the bridge back to the European side, continue your ride along the northern shores of the strait on to Sariyer, a small old fisherman town. You may enjoy a coffee break when you reach Bebek. Leaving Bebek, you will arrive in Ortakoy where in 1492 Sephardic Jews arrived to set foot on Ottoman lands escaping from Spanish Inquisition. Finally, you will stop in Karakoy where you will leave your rentals to carry on your touring in the Old City. Your guide will lead you to the bustling atmosphere of the Spice Market, dating back to the 17th century, but still the most popular bazaar visited by locals to shop for fresh ingredients to spice up the dishes prepared in the kitchens of Istanbul. Founded in the 13th century BC, Greeks, Romans and the Ottoman Turks left their traces of culture and architecture in Istanbul, Blue Mosque, probably one of the most famed masterpieces of Ottoman religious architecture, is another stop among Istanbul’s monumental shrines of different faiths. Your next stop will be the magnificent home of the Ottoman sultans: Topkapi Palace! Located on the very cape of the peninsula where Constantinople was founded, Topkapi Palace was built as the center of administration of the Ottoman Empire when the city was conquered by Ottoman Turks in 1453 AD. Leaving Topkapi Palace through the “Golden Corridor”, you will reach the inner courtyard to visit the Treasury that displays exclusive examples of jewelry and accessories that were dressed by the Sultans or were given as gifts to ambassadors. Later in the afternoon, you will be wandering through Grand Bazaar and Nuru Osmaniye District where you can find opportunities of fine shopping especially for jewelry, leather products and many other handcrafted souvenirs. Your guide will drop you off back at Istanbul Port concluding your tour.
*This tour is not applicable on Tuesdays & Sundays.
- Services of an English-speaking professional private tour guide for touring in Istanbul.
- Transportation by A/C non-smoking deluxe minivan for touring in the Old City.
- Cost of Harley Davidson rental.
- All entrance and parking fees for the sightseeing included in the itinerary.
- Complimentary refreshments on vehicles throughout the journeys on the minivan.
- Travel kits including guide book, stamped postcards, bookmarks.
- Local taxes.
- Accommodation in Istanbul.
- Meals and beverages at the hotels and elsewhere.
- Honorary gratuities for the guide and driver.
- Personal expenses.
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