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Sultanahmet 34122 Istanbul / Turkey
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The Amira Team would be happy to plan the best alternatives for you during your stay in our historic city. Just tell us a little about yourself and we will help you to get most from your Istanbul visit. We would be more than happy to answer all of your questions and offer you helpful suggestions to eat, see, and enjoy all during your stay in our breathtaking city.

Local Eateries, Trendy Night Clubs, Historical Monuments, Religious and Private tours, Hospitals, Libraries, Shopping Malls or Museums … Istanbul is just outside our front door...

The Imperial Tour

The Imperial Tour
• Daily morning tour
• Pick up time: 08:10 from Hotel Amira
• Afternoon tour also available on Tuesdays
We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Saint Sophia *. Built by the Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century AD and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus, the church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Converted into a mosque in 1453,it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is also famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child. Next we visit the Blue Mosque which takes its name from the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Built by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century, and designed by a pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottoman architects, it is the only imperial mosque with 6 minarets. Its courtyard is especially Grand. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style.

* On Mondays, when Saint Sophia is closed, we visit the Chora Church, famed for its mosaics and frescos.

Price: 35 EUR        Duration: 4 hours

Ottoman Splendours

Ottoman Splendours
• Daily afternoon tour
• Pick up time: 13:10 from Hotel Amira
We begin our tour at Topkapı Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabulous Imperial Treasury and the Bagdad Kiosk. Topkapı Palace is a now museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, including the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world, Ottoman court costumes and ceramics, notably one of the world’s finest collections of Chinese celadon ceramics, much of it gifts from other rulers. Interestingly, some of the ceramics have a special glaze that was said to change color in the presence of poison. We also visit the Imperial Armony, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest features of Topkapı Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees, and it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of the state an empire. The Süleymaniye Mosque is the largest and the grandest of Istanbul’s imperial mosques. It dates from the 16th century heyday of the Ottoman Empire, and was designed by Sinan, the greatest architect of his day and originator of the Classical Ottoman style of architecture. Of the 2,000 structures Sinan designed, Süleymaniye Mosque and its complex of charitable institutions rank among the most important.(Every day except Tuesdays.)

Note: On days when the Süleymaniye Mosque is closed for renovations, we visit the Rüstem Pasha Mosque, another masterpiece by Sinan that has the most exquisite and extensive Iznik tile decoration of any mosque in Istanbul.

Price: 35 EUR        Duration: 4 hours

Special Full Day Old City Tour
Combining "The Imperial Tour" and "Ottoman Splendours Tour" include lunch
Price: 70 EUR        Duration: 8 hours

Morning Bosphorus Cruise

Morning Bosphorus Cruise
• Daily morning tour
• Pick up time: 08:10 from Hotel Amira
We begin with a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar*,one of Istanbul’s most colorful and bustling attractions. Next, we take an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia. From our cruise boat, we view the dramatics sightseeing The Bosphorus’ wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world’s longest and the massive Rumeli Hisarı, a fortress built by Mehmet the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul. Also noteworthy are the 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultans’ fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges.

Price: 35 EUR        Duration: 4 hours

Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise

Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise
• Daily afternoon tour
• Pick up time: 13:10 from Hotel Amira
We cruise the Bosphorus and from the deck of our cruise boat take in the sights and sounds of this legendary waterway, lined with historic villages, grandiose waterfront mansions, imposing fortresses, like Anadolu Hisarı and the Baroque palaces of the late Ottoman sultans. After our cruise, we visit the Spice Bazaar ** ,a thrilling riot of colors, sounds and the rich smells of exotic spices.

* The Spice Bazaar is closed on Sundays.
** The Spice Bazaar may be visited prior to the Bosphorus Cruise, depending on the number of participants.

Price: 35 EUR        Duration: 4 hours

Asia and Beylerbeyi Palace Cruise

Asia and Beylerbeyi Palace Cruise
• Daily afternoon tour
• Pick up time: 13:10 from Hotel Amira
We begin by driving across the first Bosphorus Bridge, which for a time was the world’s longest suspension bridge, and head for the summit of Çamlıca Hill, a which affords panoramic views of Istanbul, the Sea of Marmara and the Princes’ Islands. From here a short drive begins us to the Palace of Beylerbeyi on the shore of the Bosphorus. Perhaps the most elegant of the late Ottoman palaces, Beylerbeyi boasts six sumptuously furnished reception halls with Bohemian crystal chandeliers and Sevres and Chinese vases, including a main salon with an indoor fountain. The sultans ‘guests at the palace included Empress Eugenie of France, has Nasruddin of Persia and Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia.(Every day except Mondays and Thursdays.)

Price: 35 EUR        Duration: 4 hours

Special Full Day Old City Tour
Combining "Morning Bosphorus Cruise" and "Asia and Beylerbeyi Palace Cruise" include lunch
Price: 70 EUR        Duration: 8 hours

The Princes' Islands Tour

The Princes' Islands Tour
• Daily full-day tour
• Pick up time: 08:10 from Hotel Amira
If you find yourself feeling the need to escape from the bustle of Istanbul for a day, absolutely nothing could be easier. You simply join us aboard a ferry bound for the idyllic Princes’ Islands, enjoying cool breezes and charming sights along the war. Our destination is Büyükada, the largest of the island chain, but we will pass by four other islands on the way. All these islands are famous for their mild climates, lush vegetation and ornate Ottoman houses, and on all of them cars are strictly prohibited. On the Princes’ Islands, the preferred means of transportation is the charming horse-drawn carriage known as the phaeton, which we will use on our circular tour of Büyükada, passing brilliant purple bougainvillea. You will feel as though you have suddenly stepped back into a bygone era finding yourself almost expecting to see elegant 19th century ladies and gentlemen come strolling toward you down on the waterfront as they take their afternoon promenade. We will enjoy our lunch at the best of the many excellent traditional fish-restaurants that line the waterfront, gazing, as we enjoy succulent delicious meze appetizers and fresh fish, across the water at the Asian shore of Istanbul, so close though it feels worlds away.

Price: 65 EUR        Duration: 8 hours

Exclusive Private & Special Interest Tours

Exclusive Private & Special Interest Tours
For a truly VIP experience to discover your personnel passion in Istanbul or if you have visited several times before to enjoy a customized in-depth look at the city, ask your hotel’s concierge about exclusive private interest tours or for a private guide. Please consult your concierge for more information, full arrangements and for customized tours.

The prices for private guide: 199 EUR for full day, for 2 people excluding entrance fees. (You can find the entrance fees in our Top Attractions Page)

Orient House Turkish Show & Dinner

Orient House Turkish Show & Dinner
In an Oriental atmosphere, enjoy the "Kanun", a typical Turkish musical instruments; discover the delights of a typical "Fasil" orchestra; and then a program extravaganza to experience the flavour of words and customs of our folklore and belly dancing. Have a Turkish coffee in a Turkish home furnished with lacework all around. And as a final, enjoy a nostalgic journey into the very heart of entertainment. A unique environment, good taste and firs class service.
Programme
Turkish Clasical Dinner Music
Openning
Folklor I
Traditional Costum Show
Belly Dancer
Traditional Costum Show
Folklor II
Belly Dancer
Folklor III
Belly Dancer
International Singer

Per person price is: Fix Menu + 2 Local Drinks = 70 Euros
A’la Carte Menu + Unlimited Local Drinks = 90 Euros

Turkish Sufi Music Concert + Whirling Dervishes Ceremony

OTurkish Sufi Music Concert + Whirling Dervishes Ceremony
The tradition of dervishes is not just a very famous dance but it is also a very important element of Turkish culture. Since 13th century mystic, poet and philosopher Mevlana C. Rumi established a new way of art and thought, Dervishes of Turkey have enriched the music, literature, dance and belief of Ottoman geography without the discrimination of race, religion or nation. That is why to see dervishes is not just to experience a performance or concert, it is also an introduction to discover the peaceful and rich philosophy of Rumi and his followers which has also been marked on the list of Intangible World Heritage of UNESCO.

A humanity heritage of 8 centuries
Sufi music concert
Whirling dervishes ceremony

Performance Days: Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
Performance Hours: 19:30 (Takes about 1 hour 15 min.)
Ticket Price:Adult: 50 TL, Student: 40 TL (Under 15 years old)

 
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