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UTS - Nurdan's United Travel Services - Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Valid for Travel Now Through: 01 Dec 2018


Istanbul, Turkey

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations
  • Sightseeing



Recommended Ages

All Ages

Activity Level

Easy • Wheelchair Accessible


                                                         THE MAJESTIC “OLD TOWN” OF ISTANBUL

                                      **Privately organized by UTS-United Travel Services DMC,Turkey**

The guests will be greeted on the pier or at the airport in Istanbul, or the guests will be met at their hotel lobby by UTS-Nurdan’s United Travel Services’ expert bilingual guide for a private tour of the Majestic Old Town of Istanbul, with private A/C transportation all day long.

Our tour begins exploring the unique city of Istanbul, built on Asia and Europe with the water strait in between called the Romantic Bosphorus. The world’s three empires have added layers of intrigue as well as stunning contributions to Eastern and Western civilizations in the fertile valleys of Turkey and its premier city Istanbul. We will wander around the Roman Hippodrome, Center of life in Byzantium for more than 1,000 years.  The Hippodrome was a colossal stadium housing horse races around which the socio-political life of the Eastern Roman capital was centered. In its great days, it was 1575 feet long, 384 feet wide and held 100,000 spectators. It was the site of chariot racing, gladiator fights, circuses, inaugurations and triumphal parades.

Next we will visit the Blue Mosque- the masterpiece of 17th century Ottoman Architecture, famous for its unique hand-made 16th century original Iznik Tiles impressing observers with their rich dominant blue colors and oriental patterns.

This city is also home to one of the most gorgeous houses of worship in the world. The Hagia Sofia, originally the Church of St. Sophia, was the vision – and passion – of the great Byzantine Emperor Justinian. Construction began in AD 548. This expansive and ornate Church of Divine Wisdom, as the Emperor declared it, was built in four years only. A feat unheard of in the first century AD, when such structures usually took more than 100 years to complete. At the time it was the greatest church in Christendom with its immense walls and impressive dome. In the late 15th century, St. Sophia became a mosque under the auspices of the powerful Ottoman Empire – and remained so until the end of the 19th century. This architectural masterpiece remains crowned with its massive dome, and encircled with six soaring minarets. Today this world famous structure is a secular museum.

Lunch will be served at one of the recommended restaurants in the Old Town. When we will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the historical ambiance at the city.

We will then visit the Grand Bazaar, more dazzling than any other oriental bazaar, built in 1461 and in service ever since. It contains 3,500 shops employing more than 20,000 people all under one roof. Everything imaginable in the world is for sale here, glittering gold and silver jewelry, kilims, antique tiles, leather, and souvenirs. Just seeing and experiencing this fascinating bazaar is a memorable experience not something to be missed.

We will return to the pier or your hotel in the late afternoon.

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Terms & Conditions

After confirmation is received from the booking agent for our proposed services/rates, UTS confirms by e-mail to the booking agent in writing all necessary services, bookings and arrangements with the hotels, restaurants, guides and vehicles to be used including the hotel confirmation number. 25% deposit payment is required within 7 days upon UTS’s confirmation of services. The balance of 75% is required 30 days prior to the arrival of the guests. Payment may be made by agency check in the net amount OR by wire transfer OR by credit card, prefereably by Master Card and Visa or by AMEX, without any credit card fees. Booking agent may also pay by client’s credit card and UTS will charge booking agent’s gross amount (determined by the booking agent) to client’s credit card and will send to the booking agent the commission check in USD no later than 14 days after the date of travel completion. Important Note for credit card charges: In accordance with the local banking laws, credit cards will be charged in the local currency (Turkish Lira) and will be exchanged by the card holder’s bank at the exchange rate applicable on the day the bank processes the charge. For this reason, there may be a variation in the price quoted and the actual rate rocessed on the card holder’s credit card. United Travel’s Bank Details for wire transfers: UTS United Seyahat ve Sigorta Acenteligi Ticaret A.S. CITIBANK N.A. TURKEY Esentepe Branch Büyükdere Caddesi. Maya Akar Center No:100 Esentepe - ISTANBUL US $ Account # 603359011 Swift Code : CITITRIX IBAN Code: TR 63 000 92 000 000 00 603 359 011 Cancellation Policy for FIT bookings (up to 10 guests) The following cancellation charges apply for confirmed services If the cancellation is received by UTS: - Within 30-15 days before the services commence: 15% of the full cost - Within 14-7 days before the services commence: 25% of the full cost - Within 6-3 days before the services commence: 50% of the full cost - Within 2 days or less before the services commence: 100% of the full cost No refunds will be made for the unused portions of the trip or for cancellations made after the trip has commenced. Cancellation policy for group/hotel bookings, special events and gulet charters are subject to special agreement in this regard with the hotels/suppliers, to be finalized at the time of the confirmation

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Outstanding service.

By: Mike01

Reviewed on: 03 Aug 2015

This the second trip for us with UTS and we highly recommend them. They have the best guides and drivers and are extremely knowledgeable about all of the Turkish sites. We visited Istanbul, Troy, Ephesus and Bodrum and our family were extremely impresses with the tours they provided. We would go anywhere with them. Mike01
Travel Advisor:  Angela Pierson
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Premier service

By: Gayle 7777

Reviewed on: 25 Nov 2015

The guides were knowledgeable and interesting, with a pleasant and positive attitude. They were patient and spoke slowly making sure we understood everything. The cars were immaculate and the drivers very pleasant while making sure we were their first concern. They gave us a tour of a life time while making it fun and easy.
Travel Advisor:  Sandra Ortiz

Expert planner

By: Mooly

Reviewed on: 24 Aug 2015

Marci did a great job planning all the details of our vacation. we had not one worry the whole time
Travel Advisor:  Marci Oakley

Unforgettable time in Ephesus, Best day of trip

By: julie

Reviewed on: 25 May 2017

We had the most fabulous day in Ephesus with our guide, Eti. Eti was knowledgable personable , and a lot of fun. I was a little nervous going into Turkey, but within minutes I knew I was in good hands. She greeted us right as we left the cruise in Kusadasi at 8:30 am. We walked over to a beautiful brand new Mercedes van and our driver was most attentive. We visited the House of the Virgin Mary, ancient Ephesus, the terrace houses, and the ruins of St. John's Basilica. We then had a most delicious Turkish lunch. The baklava was the best that I had ever tasted. We then went to a Turkish rug galley and there was no pressure, unlike other reviews of many other tour companies. We went back to the ship at 5:30 pm. It was a full day, but very worth while. I hope to return again and see more of Turkey! Thanks so much to Eti and Nurdan!
Travel Advisor:  Kelly Shea