Kemer is definitely one of the most popular seaside resorts in Turkey, where holidaymakers can enjoy relaxing vacations and multiple excursions and activities. During your holidays in Kemer there is a unique opportunity to participate in an excursion in Istanbul! Get to know this vibrant city and admire some of its most popular historical and cultural attractions by flying there with this memorable full day excursion.
This full day excursion from Kemer towards Istanbul starts during the early morning. A comfortable and fully air conditioned vehicle will pick you up during the morning from your hotel in Kemer. The car will drive you towards Antalya airport in order to proceed to your flight. It has to be noted that the flight between Antalya and Istanbul lasts approximately 1:20 minutes. During that time, you may sleep or relax in order to have the necessary energy for your exploration in Istanbul.
Once you arrive at the airport of Istanbul, a professional tour guide will be waiting for you. The professional and experienced guide will be the person in charge to assist you in any related matter. In addition, the tour guide will be in charge to let you know important facts about the places of interest. From the airport you will be transferred towards Istanbul’s city centre which is the starting point of your exciting exploration.
The first stop is scheduled to take place at one of Istanbul’s most notable monument, namely the Topkapı Palace. This impressive monument used to be the official residence of the Ottoman Sultans, back in the period of the Ottoman Empire. Nowadays, this building serves as a museum with an imposing collection of items. More precisely, there you can observe Imperial Treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, Ottoman jewellery, belts and traditional clothes, Chinese porcelain, weapons and many more. Once the visit is over, you will have one hour of free time for lunch. It has to be noted that Istanbul hosts an incredible culinary tradition. During your free time you may explore different flavours and taste some mouth-watering recipes.
The next stop of this day trip will take place at the Hippodrome Square. This square used to be an important spot during the Byzantine Period, as it was serving as the main gathering location in Constantinople. There, you can walk around and explore several important structures and monuments. Among others, you can observe the Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and the German Fountain of Wilhelm II. The Hippodrome itself is an important location and the tour guide will let you know interesting facts about the history and the importance of the area.
Blue Mosque or Sultanahmet, as it is known in Turkish language, is the next stop of this full-day excursion. Blue Mosque is located right in the centre of the old city. The area itself has a charming character and provides the ideal backdrop for a journey in time due to the architectural design of the surrounding buildings. Sultanahmet forms one of the most known and historical mosques in Istanbul. Once you are there you will be impressed by its imposing design and size which features 6 minarets. The interior design is also an impressive feature as the walls are covered by blue tiles. It has to be noted that this mosque is an active worship place. Therefore, during the five daily prayers the monument is closed for tourists.
The next stop of this excursion is the infamous Egyptian or Spice Bazaar. In the Turkish culture, bazaars are still very important places and your visit there will be a great opportunity to observe, not only the variety of things that are being sold, but also the way people interact. There you can purchase souvenirs of all kinds, spices, the infamous Turkish delights and many other local delicacies. During your purchase you may also exercise your bargaining skills as it is a must activity when you are in a bazaar. The exploration continues with an optional sightseeing cruise in Bosporus. This activity comes at an extra charge but is strongly suggested as it forms a unique opportunity to observe the sea that separates the European side of the city from the Asian one.
Before going to the airport, a dinner will take place at a local restaurant. There, you will have the chance to relax and enjoy a tasty meal that includes hot and cold starters, salad, fish/meatballs or chicken, fruits or sweets. It has to be noted that dinner is not included in the price. Once the dinner is over, a comfortable and modern vehicle will drive you towards the airport by 20:00. From there, you will catch the flight to Antalya which lasts for approximately 1:20 minutes. Once you arrive at Antalya’s airport, a vehicle will be waiting there for you in order to transfer you back to Kemer. This extraordinary full day excursion from Kemer to Istanbul finishes once you arrive back to your hotel full of great memories.
Add some extra excitement and upgrade your sightseeing opportunities by participating in a special full day excursion from Kemer to Istanbul. This magnificent opportunity will take you to some of Turkey’s most known monuments. In addition, you will have the chance to immerse yourself into the basic cultural elements and explore the culinary tradition that Istanbul has to offer. Make your holidays in Kemer unforgettable by visiting Istanbul for a full day excursion.
Pick Up: This trip starts early in the morning. A comfortable vehicle will pick you up from your hotel in Kemer and drive you towards Antalya’s airport.
Flight to Istanbul: Once you arrive at the airport, the real adventure starts. For this excursion, you will take a flight towards Istanbul Ataturk Airport which lasts for approximately 1:20 minutes. When you arrive in Istanbul, a tour guide will be waiting for you. The professional and experiences guide will be in charge to assist you and let you know interesting details regarding the places of interest.
Topkapı Palace: The first stop of this full day excursion is scheduled to take place at Topkapı Palace. This impressive and imposing monument used to be the residence of the Ottoman Sultans during the period of the Ottoman Empire. During your time there, you may walk around and admire the architectural style and the interior design of this palace. It has to be noted that, Topkapı Palace serves as a museum and visitors can observe an outstanding collection of items. More precisely, the collection includes important exhibits from the Imperial Treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, Ottoman jewellery, belts and traditional clothes, Chinese porcelain and weapons.
By the end of this first stop, you will have the opportunity to spend one hour of free time according to your interests in order to enjoy a lunch. Istanbul is known for its magnificent culinary tradition as its combines multiple elements that create a unique gastronomic experience. Depending on your own individual taste you may freely choose where to have lunch and which recipes you are about to try.
Hippodrome Square: The next stop of your excursion will be at the Hippodrome Square. This location used to be one of the main gathering points during the Byzantine Period. The professional tour guide will let you know interesting facts about the place’s history and importance. Moreover, you may walk around and observe several important monuments such as the Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and the German Fountain of Wilhelm II.
Blue Mosque: This excursion includes a stop at the infamous Blue Mosque. Sultanahment as it is known in the Turkish language is an active mosque located in the heart of Istanbul’s city centre. This impressive worship place is one of the most important and historical mosques in Istanbul. When you arrive there you will be amazed by the structure and design that features 6 minarets. The interior design showcases interesting features as well as the walls are covered by blue tiles. It has to be noted that, due to the fact that this mosque is an active worship place, it is closed for tourists during the 5 sessions of pray.
This full day excursion includes also a great opportunity to get engaged with the local culture and tradition by visiting the Egyptian Bazaar. There, you can walk around and observe the impressive variety of things that are being sold. From spices to souvenirs of all kinds, the Egyptian Bazaar is ideal for those who like shopping with a cultural twist. It is also a great chance to exercise your bargaining skills as this feature is an important cultural element in Turkey.
Boat trip in Bosporus: Istanbul is known as the only city that stretches towards two continents; Europe and Asia. What separates the city into two sides is the Bosporus Sea. During your excursion there, you may be interested in enjoying an amazing boat trip in Bosporus. This activity comes at an extra cost but is totally worthy. The boat trip will be a great opportunity to observe the two sides of Istanbul and snap some impressive photos.
Dinner: What follows is a dinner at a local restaurant. During your dinner you will enjoy a variety of hot and cold starters, salad, fish/meatballs or chicken, fruits or sweets. It has to be noted that, dinner is not included in the price. Take this chance to relax and enjoy your last moments in Istanbul.
Return Back: After dinner, you will be transferred to the airport in order to fly back to Antalya. The flight lasts for approximately 1:20 and once you arrive there a vehicle will be waiting for you. The comfortable and fully air conditioned vehicle will drive you towards Kemer. This exciting exploration comes to an end by the moment you arrive back to your hotel. The full day excursion from Kemer to Istanbul will be a long lasting memory from your holidays.