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Photography Tour in Istanbul

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Highlights

  • Easy to book – easy to cancel – easy to change
  • Book early and receive discounts
  • Price same or lower than local rates
  • Best hand-picked operators

Overview

Visit the legendary city of sultans, Istanbul. Experience daily life and the synthesis of the past and present in this 2600-year old city. The 65 streets of the Covered Bazaar still preserve their original appearance and mysticism. The magnificent Galata Bridge over the golden-coloured Golden Horn estuary runs through the heart of Istanbul and makes for a magnificent photo-op. In this city of the sultans, one can see the coming together of a diverse multicultural history and a city coming into the modern age.

This specially-deigned photography tour will help you:
• Discover and experience a city through the eyes of a local photographer.
• Learn to have a sharper observation of interesting details about a place and its people, which might easily be overlooked.
• To improve photography technique.
• To have a more interesting experience and involvement when visiting a city.
• Let each photograph speak its own story.

Capture some of Istanbul’s most enduring landmarks on camera and preserve magical memories of this holiday.

Itinerary

The tour starts from the front of the gate of Istanbul University in "Beyazid Meydani" (beyazid square).

The tour will take you to:

Beyazid Square: Beyazit Square means "Freedom Square," and is the spacious plaza in front of Istanbul University's main gate, and next to the Grand Bazaar and the Old Book Bazaar.

The Covered Bazaar: The Grand Bazaar (or Covered Bazaar, Kapaliçarsi in Turkish) in Istanbul is one of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 58 streets and 4,000 shops, and has between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. It is well known for its jewellery, pottery, spice, and carpet shops.

Sultanahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque): The Blue Mosque is one of the most prominent landmarks of Istanbul. It is very impressive with its beautiful domes and semi domes, nice courtyards and six slender minarets. Sultan Ahmet 1 founded the Blue Mosque. It was built between 1609- 1616 and also it was named after him. The whole complex was completed in 1616. It is an extraordinary mosque with six minarets. The dome itself is suspended overhead by four huge, elephantine columns. There are 260 windows flooding lights everywhere.

Hagia Sophia: Hagia Sophia is one of the greatest Byzantine buildings in the world, and the vast interior, with its huge soaring dome, is extraordinary. The interior contains different features from its time as a cathedral and then as a mosque, including incredible Byzantine mosaics, icons and marble columns, a mihrab (niche indicating the direction of Mecca), and Islamic calligraphy inscriptions on the dome from the Ottoman period.

Eminonu: Eminönü is a district of Istanbul where you can find ferries crossing to the Asia and most of day it is crowded. The famous Spice Market is also located here.

Galata Bridge on Golden Horn: The Golden Horn, a horn-shaped estuary, divides the European side of Istanbul. One of the best natural harbours in the world, the Byzantine and Ottoman navies and commercial shipping interests were centred here. Today, lovely parks and promenades line the shores. In the setting sun, the water shines a golden colour. The Galata Bridge is said to be the heart of Istanbul. It is a bridge that spans the Golden Horn in Istanbul. From the end of the 19th century in particular, the bridge has featured in Turkish literature, theatre, poetry and novels.

Old Funicular System "Tunel": Built by French engineers, Istanbul's Tünel allowed European diplomats and businessmen to ride between their waterside offices in Karaköy (Galata) and their hilltop residences in Beyoglu (Pera). When it opened in December 1874, the Tünel was powered by horses with electrification coming only in 1910.

The tour ends with a 360 degree city view on top of the Galata Tower.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Daily except Sunday

Duration

3½ hours

Start time

Start time: 01 Apr - 31 Oct: 0800h (08:00am)
01 Nov - 31 Mar: 0930h (09:30am)
Duration: 3½ hours

Meeting point

The tour starts from the front of the gate of Istanbul University in "Beyazid Meydani" (beyazid square).
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

Ending point

The tour ends at Galata Tower

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Inclusions

  • Bilingual photographer (English and Turkish)

Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup & drop off
  • Camera

Do/Dont's

Since this tour is essentially a walking tour, please wear comfortable shoes Please carry your camera, spare film rolls and batteries

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Please note

Please email or send an sms the tour operator at least 72 hours prior to start of the tour to re-confirm. Details in your voucher.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
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Cancellation policy

See the Cancellation policy for this product

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