A day trip from Side to Istanbul includes round-way airfare, a tour of the city’s top attractions, and all necessary airport transfers. Istanbul is a remarkable and stunning metropolis that spans the Bosphorus, which separates two continents. One of the most significant cities in the world where you can observe a traditional eastern city coexisting with a contemporary western metropolis is Istanbul. From Side, a full-day guided tour of Istanbul is available, as are domestic flights.
Visit Topkapi Palace to enter the realm of the Ottoman sultans, see the ancient city’s sights, and hone your haggling skills in the Egyptian Bazaar. While visiting Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, this full-day excursion provides a practical, affordable way to explore Istanbul.
The journey starts early in the morning when a comfy van transports you to Antalya’s airport. You will next fly for one hour and twenty minutes to Istanbul. You will be greeted there by a knowledgeable tour guide who speaks English, and they will be with you the entire time the adventure takes place.
Topkapi Palace is where you stop first. As the former residence of several Ottoman sultans, it ranks among the most significant landmarks in the nation. It now houses a museum filled with numerous artefacts from the Ottoman era. Jewellery, royal relics, and artworks are a few examples.
A nearby restaurant may serve you a delicious freshly prepared meal. You can experience the flavour of Istanbul’s culinary heritage during the lunch break. You will have some free time to visit the Hippodrome following lunch. This area, located in Istanbul’s old city centre, is home to several intriguing structures, including columns. You may also go to the Blue Mosque near the Hippodrome and take in its magnificent interior architecture. You will get the chance to visit Hagia Sophia, the biggest Orthodox church in the world, during your free time in the middle of the day. It was built in the Byzantine era and currently functions as a museum. Hagia Sophia is a large structure with an intriguing architectural design.
The Egyptian market, which is renowned for presenting an astounding variety of spices, is the second destination on your tour. You may spend some time there tasting and observing the many local specialities, shopping for trinkets, and mingling with the people. You will have a magnificent walk along the Bosporus Sea before going to supper. The Bosporus Sea is split between the continents of Asia and Europe by this water. The supper will be served at a cosy neighbourhood eatery. Once supper is finished, a bus will take you to the airport so you can catch a flight back to Antalya. When you land, a staff member will take you back to your Side hotel.
Istanbul Tour from Side costs (price) 299 € for adults, 299 € for children 2 between 11 years old and children under 2 years old are free.
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No other nation in the world has amassed as many historical riches as Anatolia, which is situated like a natural bridge between continents. The western limits of the Anatolian peninsula are formed by the Aegean Sea, the Dardanelles, and the Bosphorus. A reminder of thousands of years of history, the remains of the renowned city of Troy are located alongside the Dardanelles. On the Bosphorus beaches, Istanbul rises in all her beauty and glory, preserving the memories of her past.
In the Old City, you will see notable sites, some of which are built around the Hippodrome from the Byzantine era. When Constantinople existed, this huge area served as a circus and sporting venue. Hagia Sophia, the greatest structure in the world when it was constructed in 537 CE, is the area’s most well-known landmark today. Another of Istanbul’s architectural wonders, the Hippodrome, is situated just across from the Blue Mosque.
The 20,000 blue Iznik tiles that decorate its interior gave the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, as it is officially known, its moniker. It was constructed in the early 17th century. Your tour guide will take you to the Grand Bazaar in the afternoon. One of the largest covered marketplaces in the world, it spans more than 333,000 square feet (30,700 square meters).
Additionally, it is one of the oldest because it was constructed in 1455. Across 61 covered streets, more than 4,000 stores and kiosks offer a variety of goods, from hand-woven Turkish rugs to counterfeit designer apparel. It would take many hours to explore, so plan on sometimes stopping to rest your legs at one of the Bazaar’s numerous cafés.
When your journey begins, you will see the infamous Blue Mosque. This massive structure, which also serves as a house of worship, has unusual and intriguing architecture. It was built to match the dimensions of the nearby Hagia Sophia in order to match its scale. The decorative blue tiles and the mosque’s unique design are visible to visitors.
Nearby are the German Fountain and the Hippodrome. Chariot races, celebrations, and rites were held in the Hippodrome during the Roman and Byzantine centuries. The German Fountain features a gorgeous design with unique characteristics such as the octagonal dome, marble sides, and golden mosaics.
You may spend your leisure time around Sultanahmet Square doing whatever you choose. Take advantage of the opportunity to savour traditional Turkish food, relax, and learn about the way of life of the inhabitants.
The Topkapi Palace, one of Turkey’s most important structures, is also on the schedule for your day trip. You will have a lovely day touring Topkapi Palace since you will be able to appreciate the sumptuous aura of the former abode of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire.
The Spice Bazaar, commonly referred to as the Egyptian Bazaar, is the perfect place to discover the variety of spices used in Turkey. During your free time, you can purchase some expensive spices or examine the layout of the Bazaar.
For those wishing for further activities, the tour guides may make arrangements for a Bosporus Cruise. This tour includes a 90-minute cruise on the Bosporus and you can see the Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, Bosphorus Bridge, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and much more.
After the tour, you will be taken back to Sabiha Gokcen so that you may return to Antalya. You will return to your hotel at night, emotional and filled with amazing memories from your day trip.
Since the tour will also include air travel, you must have your identity document or passport with you.
Flying from Antalya airport to Istanbul takes 1 hour 20 minutes and costs between 90 and 120 euros. Alternatively, you may take the bus, which costs 35 € and takes 12 hours.
It’s 299 € for adults, 299 € for children 2 between 11 years old and children under 2 years old are free.
Duration of this tour is about 18 hours.
Side and Istanbul are 548 miles apart. The total driving distance is 882 kilometres. and the flight distance is about 1 hour and 20 minutes.