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Accessible - Exclusive Views of Istanbul & St. Sophia

Istanbul, Turkey

Accessible - Exclusive Views of Istanbul & St. Sophia


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Explore Istanbul with this tour, designed for wheelchair confined guests and their companion with a specially designed van. Your tour will begin with a drive to the Asian Side of Istanbul, through the coastal road of Dolmabahce viewing the gate of this famous palace and cross to the Asian Side, via Bosphorus Bridge. After a short orientation tour on the Asian side, you will have a short stop where you will have the best photo opportunity of town. Tour will continue to St. Sophia Museum, originating in 326 under Constantine the Great, became Hagia Sophia and was rebuilt on a larger scale during the reign of Emperor Justinian. His intention was that the new building should surpass in splendor all others in antiquity. St. Sophia Museum was formerly known as the Church of Hagia Sophia (Divine Wisdom). In 1934 Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, had Hagia Sophia converted into a museum. Today, the museum is the most important Byzantine Monument in Istanbul, famous for its immense dome and beautiful frescoes and mosaics. The Grand Bazaar is one of the most colorful sites of Istanbul. You’ll have the chance to explore the exotic atmosphere of the covered part for. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the open and modern section of the Grand Bazaar which offers the best artworks and reliable shopping to your disposal. During your visit to the Grand Bazaar, you’ll stop at the modern section where you’ll enjoy local snacks and a presentation of carpets, leather or jewelry, followed by time for shopping.

Need to Know:

Note: Tour is offered on Norwegian Spirit sailings and on day two of the Norwegian Jade winter sailings. Walking during the free time is at the guests' discretion. The covered portion of the Grand Bazaar is not open on Sundays. The Asian side panoramic trip is subject to the heavy traffic conditions on weekdays and might be replaced with the panoramic drive by the Old City walls. The Gallery section of the Museum of St. Sophia is not included in the program. This tour is designed for full time wheelchair confined guests and their companion only. The vehicle used on this excursion is adapted with an access ramp (or lift where available) to accommodate a limited number of wheelchairs. Guests interested in this tour must present themselves to the Shore Excursions Desk on board the vessel to review availability and departure times. Guests wishing to utilize a wheelchair on this excursion must provide the Shore Excursions desk with the total dimensions (height, length and width) and weight of the electric scooter or wheelchair at the time of booking. Use of a motorized scooter is not guaranteed on this excursion. Please note that this information is subject to change and availability is not guaranteed.

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Scenic & City Tours

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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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