Saturday, 12 May 2018

Explore the Fun Side of Istanbul

Indeed, Istanbul is filled with cultural and historical sites like the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and much more but there are other fun things to do as well! One needs to try out everything that the beautiful Istanbul offers! Let’s find out what Istanbul has beyond the cultural heritages!
An underground cistern locally known as Yerebatan Sarayi (Sunken Palace) also as Yerebatan Sarnici (Sunken Cistern) was once the main water reservoir of Constantinople built in the sixth century. It is filled with centuries old columns. The ambience inside is dimmed orange shades where you need to walk over the wooden planks to get around. You can see Koi fish swimming in the standing water, and there are two mysterious statues with the head of Medusa and you can also hear the drips echoing creating a scary movie atmosphere. Isn’t it a mysteriously fun place to make a visit!

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  • Real Hammam:
Taking a bath in any of the real hammams (Turkish Baths) in Istanbul is a must! As the ones at the hotels are made for westerners that are not a real deal! Real hammams are a part of the Turkish tradition since thousands of years and served as a place to cleanse as well as to socialize. Most hammams are separated gender wise. Traditionally, the Turkish baths followed a three step process i.e. a sauna and steam followed with a full body wash and finished off with a massage. Kilic Ali Pasa Hamam, Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami, Cemberlitas Hamami are few of the currently used hammams.

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Other fun activities include exploring the Asian side, taking a ferry passing Topkapi Palace, the Bosphorus Bridge, other castles and palaces, and more.

Conclusion:

Istanbul is a place full of cultural as well as fun activities but to enjoy and explore the city to the fullest hiring a knowledgeable and reliable Istanbul tour guide is mandatory who can make you acquainted with the culture and tradition of the place really well and hence making your trip an exciting one. Turkey Tours by Local Guides aim to provide you the best touring experience in Istanbul. Please feel free to stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ social networks!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Top 4 Reasons To Add Cappadocia To Your Next Vacation

After taking a glimpse at a few impressive news, a travel to the city of Cappadocia can be automatically stayed on the top of your to-visit list. If not, you should reconsider! Cappadocia is a tranquil island located at the center of Turkey. It’s like a lunar landscape with dotted rock formations; that you’ve never seen before. Besides, there’s a wide array of outdoor activities and cultural attractions to fulfill your travel desires. Here’re a few reasons that will make you convinced that Cappadocia should on your top vacation destination list:

The Clay Pot Kebab

On your Cappadocia tours from Istanbul, you just sit for dinner, while watching the fire burning in a wood fired oven. Whenever the dinner’s ready, the waiter will pull a clay pot from the fire and keep it on your table. After that the waiter makes a fragrant stew with vegetables and meats. Then, he brings fresh-baked bread, slow cooked beans, yogurt sauce and green salad. If you feel the taste like I said, then you must go on a trip to Cappadocia right now.

The Fairy Chimneys

Cappadocia is specifically popular for its stunning fairy chimneys. These are nothing but the pillar shaped rock formations, which are made naturally after a million years of volcanic activities along with years of massive erosion. Many more the fairy chimneys in the Goreme region now serve as homes, restaurants, hotels and bars. Where else you can sleep in a cave suite hotel (without breaking a bank) or an exotic hotel? Whenever you sleep inside a fairy chimney hotel, you will get to enjoy the stay to the fullest.

Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Rides

If the weather is perfect, you’ll get to see Cappadocia is well-decorated with dozens of colorful hot air balloons on a daily basis. On your balloon tour in Cappadocia, you’ll get a close up views of the fairy chimneys in the Goreme Region, often nearly passing through the rock formations with the balloon baskets. Apart from this, enjoy an aery morning sunrise, while passing through a wide array of stone fairy chimneys. Purely magical right!
Underground Cities

When you are on Cappadocia tours from Istanbul, you’ll get to know that around 200 underground cities built hundred years ago. These cities were most commonly used by the Christians, for hiding from the Roman persecutors in the second and third centuries. Some of the cities are now open for the public exploration purposes.

Conclusion-

You can visit Cappadocia any time of year. But you should pay more attention to the heat and crowds during the summer months and the temperature and snowfall in the winter. However, spring and fall offer the mildest climate, which can be your best bet. If you want to go on Cappadocia tours from Istanbul with Turkey Tours By Local Guides, then you can truly enjoy and savor everything Cappadocia has to offer.

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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Tips for a Safe and Exciting Istanbul Full Day Tour

Istanbul is a city in Turkey that has warm culture and welcoming people. Filled with rich history and stunning landscapes, the vibrant city of Istanbul is safe for travelers. This offers plenty of opportunities to do and see for every traveler or visitor. In order to explore a large and bustling city like Istanbul, one has to indulge in great sightseeing activity to witness modern and historic sites that will create some memorable trip experiences.

Let us first discuss about some wonderful sightseeing activity that will offer unique full day Istanbul tour experience: 

Witness Active Worship at Suleymaniye Mosque:

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This mosque is one of the largest mosques in Istanbul, which was designed by Mimar Sinan in 1550 with caravanserai (roadside inn), seminary, hospital, soup kitchen, and hamam. While visiting this mosque one can witness an active worship and do not forget to show respect by waiting for prayers to end.  

Go to Turkish and Islamic Art Museum:

This museum contains one of the best carpet collections in the world as well as displays illuminated scripts, intricate metalwork, ceramics, nomad tents and Ottoman parlor. This Turkish and Islamic Art Museum is closed on Mondays.

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Experience a Reflective Authentic Atmosphere:

You can witness traditional whirling dervishes in the oldest lodge in Istanbul that was established in 1491. The followers of Jalal ad-Din Rumi founded in 1273, Mevlevi order of Sufis employs here whirling (sema) as a form of prayer. When the group performs, it creates a reflective and authentic atmosphere. 

Get Impressed by Hospitable Shopkeepers:

Grand Bazaar is the last stop on the Silk Road, where one can find labyrinthine market of more than 3,000 shops established in 1461 by Mehmet the Conqueror. Here, you will find more than 50 streets of jewelry, textiles, pottery & glazed tiles, bronze, leather and exclusive carpets. İç Bedestan is the heart of this market, which offers most valuable good for sale. To get good deals, you can request the hospitable shopkeepers to serve Turkish black tea instead of touristy apple tea. Normally the Grand Bazaar remains closed on Sundays. 

Now it’s time to talk about things to do on a day trip of Istanbul:

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Enjoy Street Photography Walk:

You can improve your camera skills and get an opportunity to capture unique photos of Istanbul by opting for a street photography walk. On this walk you can visit Taksim and Istikal Avenue that offers majestic architecture to be captured in lens.

Opt for Rowing or Sailing:

Important region of Istanbul, the Golden Horn is the best place for enjoying a rowing activity whether you are a beginner or professional. Here one can find experienced and licensed rowing teachers who will provide all equipment including the kayak for indulging in an exhilarating rowing activity on an Istanbul day tour.



In order to enjoy a safe and exciting trip, you can opt for a full day private Istanbul tour from Turkey Tours by Local Guides. This will help in suitably customizing your tour as per the requirement and budget to enjoy a wonderful Istanbul holiday trip. We are professional and licensed tour guides in Turkey who always strive to create a memorable holiday with well planned itineraries for clients.  

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