Take a guided tour of the Blue Mosque, perhaps the most photographed site in Istanbul with its distinctive shape dominating the Sultanahmet skyline.
Full day visit to the Gallipoli battlefields and Troy
Full day visit to the Gallipoli battlefields and Troy, Turkey
Within the national park, which protects the Gallipoli Peninsula, you'll visit the Anzac Cove area, where you'll explore several beach cemeteries of fallen Allied soldiers from World War I, whose unsuccessful attempt to capture the peninsula in order to take control of the Dardanelles and from there, Istanbul, cost several hundreds of thousands of lives in total.
The Anzac Cove area, which you will visit covers Z Beach (the planned landing site) and North Beach (the actual and far more inconvenient, landing site and the site of an annual dawn service on April 25th to commemorate the fallen). Your guide will relate the tragic history of the area as you explore.
From here, you'll progress to the South Beach area, passing the planned Allied rendezvous point of Alçitepe village and the Old Fortress, which was destroyed very early in World War I. You'll visit a beach cemetery on V Beach, one of the most critical strategic landing points of this area, as well as the Hellespont Memorial, which towers on a cliff overlooking the sea, and commemorates the names and rankings of Allied soldiers who died in the region.
Although more widely known as the site of the famous Trojan Horse, Troy's history actually spans beyond even this and makes for a fascinating education as you wander round the excavated ruins of this ancient city, some of which date back to 3,000 BC.
The city of Troy was historically important due to its location at the entry to the Dardanelles: ships could only enter with favourable wind conditions so often had to moor in Troy’s natural harbour to wait. Here, they traded their goods and so it was that the city grew wealthy.
The excavations show, however, that the city actually exists in several layers as past settlements were buried and then built on top of eight times in total, making nine separate versions of Troy, each with different architectural characteristics.
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Other experiences in Istanbul
These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.
Starting from the marina just in front of the Spice Market, your cruise will take you out onto the Bosphorus to view many of Istanbul's different architectural styles.
This excursion will take you to the Suleymaniye Mosque, which dominates Istanbul's skyline, to see its Iznik tiles, mother of pearl inlays and stained glass windows.
Visit the Chora Museum, an astoundingly beautiful church covered in glistening mosaics from floor to ceiling.
Experience Cukurcuma with its tree-lined streets and winding alleys before visiting the Museum of Innocence, a creation of author Orhan Pamuk.
Take a trip to see perhaps the most famous of all Istanbul’s sites, the Hagia Sophia, which dates back to 537 AD.
Visit the Basilica Cistern’s underground cavern. Descending beneath the streets, you’ll be met with the sight of hundreds of columns rising from the waters, with towering, arched brick ceilings overhead.
Take a guided tour of the interior of the Dolmabahce Palace, which is sumptuously decorated from floor to ceiling with gold and crystal.
Experience the smells and sounds of the Spice Market with this guided tour through its narrow streets and stalls selling herbs and spices, Turkish delight, tea and other delicacies.
This privately guided tour will take you beneath the domed roof of the Grand Bazaar to explore its labyrinthine alleys and stalls.
Learn about life in the imperial household of the Ottoman sultans with this guided excursion of the Topkapi Palace’s buildings and Treasury.