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Rumeli Fortress & Belgrad Forest Excursion

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts

On this excursion to Rumeli Fortress and Belgrad Forest, we'll leave the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy the surrounding nature of Istanbul and a picnic!

On this excursion to Rumeli Fortress and Belgrad Forest, we'll leave the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy the surrounding nature of Istanbul and a picnic!

Rumeli Fortress & Belgrad Forest Excursion

We'll pick you up from your hotel in Istanbul at 9 am and then leave the city behind to embark on this excursion to Rumeli Fortress and Belgrad Forest!

Before heading to the Rumeli Fortress, we'll make a stop in Arnavutkoy, an Istanbul neighborhood located on the shore of the Bosphorus Strait. This area has many Ottoman wooden mansions and seafood restaurants, as well as the campus of the prestigious Robert College – a most picturesque place!

After an hour's drive, we'll arrive at the Rumeli Fortress. This imposing medieval castle was erected between 1451 and 1452 by Mehmed II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, as part of his campaign to besiege Constantinople. Did you know that it's said to have taken over 3000 people to build? We'll tell you all about its history and its current use for events and festivals.

Then, we'll set off to Ataturk Arboretum, a peaceful natural oasis full of lakes and great biodiversity – the perfect place to unwind in nature!

Finally, we'll arrive at Belgrad Forest, one of the greenest places in the north of Istanbul. We'll take a break to enjoy a picnic lunch in this beautiful natural setting, home to a large number of birds, reptiles, and mammals.

At 5 pm we'll return to Istanbul to drop you off at your hotel.

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Price

Adults Children under 3
US$ 65 US$ 55
Free
  • Adults

    US$ 65 US$ 55
  • Children under 3

    Free

More Information

Covid-19 Measures

Please check local restrictions before traveling. All of our services comply with recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19.

Duration

8 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

Included

Hotel pick up and drop off

Transportation by bus or minibus

English–speaking guide

Picnic lunch

Bottled water

15% discount on the official ticket price.

Not included

Entrance fee to Rumeli Fortress: 50 TL (US$ 2.70) per person

When to book?

You can book up to the start time, as long as there are places remaining. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code.

No printing of documentation required.

Pets

Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you have any other questions please contact us .

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.