Istanbul Self-Guided iPod Tour
- Istanbul your way: Follow the suggested route, or create your own. Use your customized map to find the places you want to see, and then listen to your iPod for a description and history.
- Top spots and more: Your audio guide includes detailed information on the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Grand Bazaar, as well as places off the beaten path.
- Round-trip transportation: Your GoBe escort provides a helpful orientation to the city, suggestions on what to do, and where and when to meet for the return trip.
About this Istanbul tour
It's not quite a magic carpet ride, but this tour makes navigating the labyrinth of Istanbul on your own a little easier. All you need is a sense of adventure. We'll provide the tools an iPod audio guide and detailed map and magical Istanbul provides the rest.
The Greeks, Romans, Persians, Venetians, Ottomans, and even the Chinese left their mark on this cultural crossroads, going back to the earliest days of the Silk Road in the 3rd century B.C. These diverse influences can be seen, felt, heard, and tasted to this day, and this tour lets you experience Istanbul's East-meets-West mystique at your own pace.
The Hagia Sophia was built as a Byzantine church, but was later turned into an Ottoman mosque. When cultures and religions clashed, it was turned into a public museum. It makes a great starting point, with its towering minarets, domed ceilings, and once-hidden mosaics, now revealed to their full glory after five centuries under plaster.
Or take in the splendor and sheer scale of Topkapi Palace, home to lusty sultans and perfumed concubines during nearly 500 years of Ottoman rule. Explore the maze of markets and merchants at the Grand Bazaar. Stop for a break andndash; sample a taste of traditional Turkey with a yummy lunch of lamb and fragrant rice, for example. Then get back out there with your little piece of modern technology and finish unfolding the mysteries of ancient Istanbul.
Magic carpet guide
One of the world's most visited markets is the also a best place for buying Turkish rugs, This tour gives you the option to take in a history of rug making presentation at the Grand Bazaar. It's fascinating and could be an invaluable guide to these woven works of art. Once you know what to look for (and a little bit about the fine art of haggling), you can usually find a good bargain.
Please proceed outside of the Cruise Terminal to the coach parking lot and look for the GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Call the operator once you are at the designated meeting point.
Please dress conservatively. No exposed shoulders or knees in mosques. No tank tops or shorts in mosques. The Grand Bazaar, one of the most colorful sites of Istanbul, is where you'll have the chance to experience Turkish weaving arts and a carpet presentation. Participants must be able to walk roughly 2 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, inclines with 100-plus steps. This is a non-guided tour; an escort will accompany travelers to and from the ship to Old Town. No admission fees are included; tickets should be purchased by travelers upon arrival to each site. Space on this tour is limited. Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and during religious festivals on the following dates of September 24 - 27, 2015, July 05 - 07, 2016, and September 12 - 15, 2016. Blue Mosque is closed until 3 pm on Fridays. St. Sophia is closed on Mondays between September - June.
Due to the nature of this tour, it is not recommend for travelers using walkers or wheelchairs. Participants must be able to walk approximately 3+ miles over uneven, cobblestone, and paved surfaces with some inclines and steps.
Adventure, Cultural, Full Day
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
This tour is not recommended for travelers with walking difficulties or who cannot manage steps. There is no maximum age restriction, but we ask travelers to be aware of their physical fitness, limitations and understand this activity is rated strenuous.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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