• Welcome, Log In or Register
  • 855.OCEANIA (855.623.2642)
  • Guest Services
Oceania Cruises. Your World. Your Way.

Greek & Turkish Classics





May we help you

ATHENS TO ISTANBUL
10 Days aboard Insignia | Fares from $4,099 per guest
Request a Quote

À La Carte Excursions | General Information


: Istanbul  Go
 
The following symbols will assist you in choosing the excursion that is right for you:
Oceania Choice Excursions Oceania Choice Excursion Easy Activity Easy Activity
Oceania Exclusive Excursion Oceania Exclusive Excursion Moderate Activity Moderate Activity
Culinary Discovery Tour Culinary Discovery Tour Strenuous Activity Strenuous Activity
Artists Loft Excursion Artists Loft Excursion Meal Included A Meal is included with excursion
Food & Wine Trails Food & Wine Trails Evening Excursion Evening Excursion
Chairman's Choice Chairman's Choice
 

Excursion 1: Best of Istanbul
Tour Code: IST-001
Tour Length: Full-Day (Approximately 6 1/2 hours)

Take advantage of incredible savings by purchasing your excursions in advance.
Tour Price: $195
Unlimited Passport Collection Unlimited Passport Collection
– Discounted Tour Price: $0
Your World Collection Your World Collection
- Advanced Purchase Price: $146 ($49 Savings)

Add To Plan

Encompassing all the must-see attractions, this tour begins with a drive to the Blue Mosque, whose name derives from the blue tiles that adorn the interior. The mosque complex was completed by 1616, right next to one of Istanbul's most ancient sites, the Hippodrome, where horse races were held. You can't miss its 3,500-year-old obelisk. Then, it's on to one of Istanbul's most famous religious sites, the breathtaking Haghia Sophia Museum and Church of Divine Wisdom, which many art historians consider to be the eighth wonder of the world. The massive domed building is supported in many places by green and purple columns, purple being a sacred color in the Byzantium Empire. Next in line on this all-star tour is Topkapi Palace, located on the Seraglio Point overlooking the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus River and the Sea of Marmara. The palace is now a museum, showcasing the imperial era. Then, after a delightful buffet lunch at an exclusive hotel in Istanbul, you will enjoy free time at the Grand Bazaar, the world's largest and oldest covered market.

Please note: On Tuesdays, the Topkapi Palace will be replaced with the Beylerbeyi Palace. The covered section of the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, being replaced with an orientation drive along the Golden Horn and city walls. The Haghia Sophia Museum is closed on Mondays and would be replaced with the Chora Museum. The Blue Mosque will be closed to all visitors until after 2:30 pm on Fridays. Morning tours will have an exterior visit only. Conservative dress is required for visiting the mosques. All female guests will be required to cover their heads, shoulders and arms and shorts above knee-length are not allowed for both male and female visitors.

NOTICE: All Oceania Cruises shore excursion fares are listed per person, and are subject to change and availability. Some tours are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice. Tour departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. While Oceania Cruises makes every effort to adhere to the specifics mentioned in each shore excursion description, circumstances may require otherwise. All shore excursion information contained on this website is subject to change without notice at Oceania Cruises’ discretion. Oceania Cruises is not responsible or liable for typographical error, omissions or misprints.


*Click here to view complete terms and conditions associated with this special offer.

 
 
Click Here to enlarge map

Click here to register for special offers and itinerary updates.

You have no saved cruises