2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 3 Reviews

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  • Location:Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Best Istanbul Aquarium and Aqua Florya Independent Shopping Trip

Dive into the wonderful aquatic world of Istanbul Aquarium and visit one of the city’s biggest shopping malls on this 5-hour trip! Housed in the Aqua Florya shopping complex, the aquarium boasts over 1,500 species and is themed around 16 spectacular geographic zones, complete with interactive displays. Walk through shark-infested tunnels, admire sea turtles and stingrays, and peer at piranhas and poison frogs. Ramp up the excitement at the 5D movie house (additional cost) and cap your trip with some retail therapy or lunch (own expense) at the mall.


  • 5-hour trip to Istanbul Aquarium and Aqua Florya shopping mall
  • Walk through 16 aquatic worlds filled with 1,500 marine and amphibious species
  • See sharks, stingrays, turtles, piranhas and more in stunning overhead tunnels and chambers
  • Be blown away by immersive 5D movies at the aquarium movie house (additional cost)
  • Enjoy time to browse, shop and eat at the state-of-the-art mall
  • Relax with complimentary round-trip transport by air-conditioned coach

What You Can Expect

Best Istanbul Aquarium and Aqua Florya Independent Shopping Trip

Visit the aquarium and shop for goodies at Aqua Florya shopping mall

Leave your centrally located Istanbul hotel by coach and travel to the Aqua Florya shopping mall — a beachfront complex that is also home to Istanbul Aquarium.

Head into the aquarium and enjoy ample free time to explore independently. This huge sea life showcase takes you on an enchanting journey through 16 spectacular marine environments, from the Black Sea to the Pacific Ocean.

Follow the route through the wrap-round chambers and overhead tunnels, all brought to life by stunning audio-visuals. Marvel at sharks, stingrays and piranhas as they drift above and around you. Gaze at bright-eyed caimans, exotic frogs and graceful sea turtles, and be surrounded by swarms of neon-colored reef fish. With over 1,500 species and 15,000 creatures to admire, it’s a fascinating and educational experience for all ages.

At the end, perhaps visit the aquarium’s 5D cinema (additional cost). This state-of-the-art movie house features moving screens, creating the 5D effect. Wear your special glasses and take a rollercoaster ride through everything from jet pack journeys to underwater expeditions, complete with fog, wind and water.

Afterward, enjoy time at your leisure to stroll around the Aqua Florya mall. This 4-story complex has over 140 stores and eateries, including seafront restaurants. Shop at big-name outlets and perhaps relax over lunch or snacks (own expense) at one of the many restaurants and cafes.

After around five hours, join up with your coach and enjoy a drop-off at your hotel, where your experience ends.

Customer Reviews

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

Given time was short

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better August 2014

This tour is basically a taxi ride to the mall and back. The guide (is not really a guide) and you get dropped at the mall and aquarium. Maybe would have been better if the guide (who was also gong to the mall the 1st time) knew all the interesting bits in the aquarium and show them to you.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this June 2015

not worth the money
the tickets cost 20 Turkish Lira only

From USD $ 37.74

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Tour code: 5744AQUA


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