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ISTANBUL: Semi-Private Guided Shared Shore Excursion

Join a group of people (max 15 pax) and share the cost of a private vehicle, for a 6 to 7 hours visit of Istanbul's main sites with a professional English speaking guide (other languages available upon request).

 

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Guided Semi-Private Excursion with Professional Driver (priced per person)
Passengers Price per Person Deposit Balance due to guide (EUR or USD equivalent)
1 to 5 €45 per person €10 €35.00 + Tickets as indicated in the box below*
*TICKETS NOTE: tickets cost is €21.00 on Monday and Tuesday and €28.00 from Wednesday to Sunday.
Child Rate Note: Children (6 to 11 years old) get 50% discount on the balance due to the driver. Infants (0-6 years) travel for free. Entrance Tickets are free for children up to 11 yo.
Language Rate Note: For tours conducted in any lungage other than English, if your group has less than 7 people, there will be a  €20.00 group fee added to the balance due at travel time.
Cash needs note: often drivers or guides do not have a POS for credit card charges. You can use your credit card(s) at easily found ATM machines to withdraw cash. Your driver or guide can show you where to find one. 
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Private Shore Excursions Inclusions, Exclusions and Rules

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    All private excursions are provided by a licensed professional driver in an air-conditioned vehicle. Types of vehicles include:
    • car (up to 3 people). Can access all restricted areas.
    • van (up to 8 people). Can access all restricted areas. Industry standard Mercedes Vito or similar (see pictures). Vans have 2 seats in the front row next to the driver, 3 in the middle row, and 3 in the back row. The 2 seats on the front might be a little uncomfortable for tall people. If you have additional space requirements you may want to book a van for no more than 6 or 7 people.
    • minibus (up to 19 people) or  bus (up to 50+ people). May have restricted access to sites.
  • Private Excursion can be customized to meet the traveler's specific needs and interests according to feasibility constraints (time and distance).
  • Semi-Private (shared) excursions follow a fixed itinerary.
  • Travelers are met at their indicated meeting point and returned there at the end of the excursion. Driver will hold a sign with the name of the person making the booking.
 
GROUP TRAVEL: We can handle groups of any size. For larger groups or custom itineraries please send your request here.
 

Inclusions

- Professional licensed driver. 
- Prices include all taxes and fees, no hidden costs.

Exclusions

- Entrance tickets to Museums or Archeological sites are not included.
- Official Licensed Guide service. We can provide the service of an official Licensed guide upon request (additional cost).
- Lunch, drinks and gratuities.

Professional Driver Role

A driver is not an official guide. Local regulations require that only official licensed guides are allowed to provide information about sites and escort people through monuments, churches and museums. The widespread use of the term “driver-guide” is misleading. See this article describing the problem in the New York Times.

Changes and Cancellations

In order to receive a refund (or adjustment of price in case of changes), we need to receive your changes or cancelation  7 calendar days before the scheduled departure. For changes or cancelation received within 7 calendar days of the tour date you will be charged a 100% cancelation fee (no refund, nor downward price adjustments).

Group Guidelines and Conditions:

The group leader (person making the booking) shall be deemed to have accepted the following conditions on behalf of the persons traveling with him/her. He/She is also responsible for passing any relevant information received from SmartCruiseTours travel assistants as well as all issued travel vouchers to each group participants.
  • Whenever a participant departs from the group during the tour, establish a meeting point location and time.
  • If a participant gets temporarily lost, they must remain still and contact SmartCruiseTours emergency number (shown below). Making a phone call in Italy is easy as any Italian will provide assistance with that if asked.
  • Balance due at travel time is per group and not per person. All participants must respect their commitment to the group and need to provide their share if they cannot participate at the last minute or must be responsible for finding people to replace their slots (not applicable for tours that are prepaid).
  • If less people than the number indicated at booking time arrive at travel time, the group must provide advance payment to the driver (not applicable for tours that are prepaid).

SmartCruiseTours Emergency Number: your travel vouchers include our Emergency Number and other important local contact. SmartCruiseTours.com  (owned and operated by ABLE worldwide Inc) will not be held responsible for any problem that may arise if you do not follow the instructions on your Vouchers, or if you do not call the appointed Emergency Number in case of difficulties at travel time. Calling us is very simple as you can ask your driver to call us directly so that we can help right away.

 

for larger groups or custom itineraries please send your request here.

Product Details

Join a group of people (max 15 pax) and share the cost of a private vehicle, for a 6 to 7 hours visit of Istanbul's main sites with a professional English speaking guide who will take you on a guided walking tour of Istanbul's most beautiful locations (other languages available upon request).

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INCLUSIONS:

  • Share a private excursion to Istanbul in a small group setting (max 15 pax).
  • Walking tour  of the Old Town (Sultanahmet) district with professional licensed guide. 
  • Round trip transfer from ship to Old Town (Sultanahmet) district, with a private driver. See note below *: possibility to change this to Public Tram transportation in the event that the minimum required number of passengers is not reached.
  • Prices include all taxes and fees, no hidden costs.
 
EXCLUSIONS:
  • Entrance tickets to Museums or Archeological sites are not included. You will purchase the tickets directly on site (tickets cost is €18.00 on Monday and Tuesday and €22.00 from Wednesday to Sunday.).
  • Lunch, drinks, and gratuities.
 

NOTES:

  • * This excursion has a 6 passengers minimum requirement. In the event that the tour does not reach the minimum requirement, travelers will be notified 3 days prior to tour date. Please be sure to check your email or provide a travel number. You will receive a communication with the option to either cancel the tour and receive a full refund, or keep the tour and change the private vehicle transportation to Public Tram transportation (same price tram cost is included).
  • If there are more than 5 people in your party, we suggest having a look at ISTANBUL: Guided Private Shore Excursion
  • Itinerary is fixed (see details below).
 
DURATION: from 6 hours up to 7 hours.
 

SCHEDULED DEPARTURE: between 8.15 and 8:30 am or 9.30am (for ships that arrive after 8.00am)

ACTIVITY LEVEL: altMODERATE (see legend)

Activity Level Legend

 LIGHT: May require walking over relatively level terrain. Can involve few steps, some uneven surfaces, and moderate periods of standing.

 MODERATE: May require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces. Can involve several steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and longer periods of standing.

 DIFFICULT: May require extensive walking over uneven surfaces. Can involve flights of stairs, steep terrain and extended periods of standing. NOT suggested for people with walking disabilities.

Sites Description

Topkapi Palace (closed on Tuesday replaced with Basilica Cistern): it has been the official residence of Ottoman Sultans and the center of the state administration. Topkapi Palace is a museum since 1924 and exhibiting sacred Islamic relics, kitchen, Chinese Porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section, Harem and imperial treasury; one of the most important pieces is Spoonmaker's Diamond which is 7th biggest diamond in the world.
 
Hagia Sophia (closed on Monday replaced with Basilica Cistern): it is one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. It was the biggest church in the world for hundred years, right now 4th biggest church in the world. Hagia Sophia was opened as a museum in 1935.
 
Roman Hippodrome: the center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome.
 
Grand Bazaar (closed on Sunday will spend more time at other sites): it was built in 1461 and it is the most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk " in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewelry, gold, ceramic, leather ware, carpet and souvenir.
 
As this tour is shared with other travelers it will follow a fixed itinerary. Itinerary details are indicative and may need to be changed by the driver in case of heavy traffic or any other unforeseen situation

Price Structure

Guided Semi-Private Excursion with Professional Driver (priced per person)
Passengers Price per Person Deposit Balance due to guide (EUR or USD equivalent)
1 to 5 €45 per person €10 €35.00 + Tickets as indicated in the box below*
*TICKETS NOTE: tickets cost is €21.00 on Monday and Tuesday and €28.00 from Wednesday to Sunday.
Child Rate Note: Children (6 to 11 years old) get 50% discount on the balance due to the driver. Infants (0-6 years) travel for free. Entrance Tickets are free for children up to 11 yo.
Language Rate Note: For tours conducted in any lungage other than English, if your group has less than 7 people, there will be a  €20.00 group fee added to the balance due at travel time.
Cash needs note: often drivers or guides do not have a POS for credit card charges. You can use your credit card(s) at easily found ATM machines to withdraw cash. Your driver or guide can show you where to find one.