Summary

6 Days Istanbul / Antalya Tour
6 Days Istanbul / Antalya Tour

Departure Dates: Daily on private basis

This tour samples many of Turkey’s classic sites in a short travel period of time while still enjoying a comfortable pace of travel and sampling the delights of the Mediterranean. You’ll discover Istanbul, a city of business frenzy, entertainment, and a wealth of rich culture. Absorb it’s ancient structures, from its mosques to the Roman influenced architecture. Take advantage of your guide’s knowledge of Turkey on visits to St. Sophia Church and the Blue Mosque, known for its blue colored tiles and architecture. Continue your tour to Byzantine Hippodrome, the renowned Topkapi Palace, and massive bazaar where virtually every knick knack is available.The Intercontinental Suspension Bridge is a must-see for those who want to capture this city from all perspectives. You will enjoy a cruise by boat on the Bosphorus, the world’s narrowest internationally traveled strait.

You will travel by plane to Antalya and where you can enjoy private excursions to the ruins of the ancient cities such as Termessos and Perge, daily blue cruises along the coastline, tee times made on championship golf courses, or other countless Roman ruins that can be explored.

Many of our guests simply enjoy their resort hotels and never leave sight of the Med!

Itinerary

DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4 DAY 5 DAY 6 DAY 7
ISTANBUL ISTANBUL ISTANBUL ANTALYA ANTALYA ANTALYA ANTALYA
Check in at the Ottoman Imperial Hotel Topkapi Palace Bosphorus Cruise Hagia Sophia Blue Mosque Hippodrome Basilica Cistern Grand Bazaar The Beyoglu District Istiklal Street The Med.
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The Med.
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Antalya Airport Istanbul Airport
Ottoman Imperial Hotel Ottoman Imperial Hotel Ottoman Imperial Hotel The
Talya Hotel
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Departure day

 

 

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 01:              Arrival in Istanbul

Arrive at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul.  Meet your guide and transfer to the Ottoman Imperial Hotel. The Ottoman Hotel Imperial is situated on the truly premium location in town, on an elevated position, surrounded by all the major historical and cultural sights in the heart of the old town, Sultanahmet, viewing the impressive Hagia Sophia Museum. This is an inspiring location all year around, in the heart of the old city, within easy walking distance of Sultanahmet Square and the main historic, shopping and harbor districts.
Upon arrival enjoy a welcome briefing and orientation walking tour of the neighborhood.  Your guide will lead you through the area and show you near-by restaurants, gift shops and the like.

Overnight: at The Ottoman Imperial Hotel in Istanbul

DAY 02:                         Istanbul

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for a full-day sightseeing tour featuring Topkapi Palace Complex, the Spice Market, and Bosporus cruise by public boat, passing by authentic city quarters located on both Asian and European shores of the Bosporus Strait.
Topkapi Palace Museum:  Topkapi was the second palace built in Istanbul after the conquest.  It was a residence for the Ottoman Sultans and includes a maze of opulent buildings which were at the center of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries. This palace, where the sultans and their courts and harem lived and governed, is now one of the world’s richest museums.
Next, we will visit the Spice Market which was built as part of the Yeni Cami complex and has since been an exciting covered market filled with the fragrant scent of spices from the Orient.  After this visit, we will have lunch on own at one of the near-by restaurants, overlooking Golden Horn Bay, which separates the old city from the modern city center.
Further, we will embark on a public boat and start our cruise of the Bosporus Strait.  The Bosporus is a narrow, navigable strait between Europe and Asia connecting the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea. It is about 20 miles long and varies between one-half and one and one half miles wide.   This boat ride takes you past the late Ottoman Palaces, Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi, as well as beautiful wooden mansions and modern villas of the 19th & 20th centuries which form this elegant section of the city.
After the cruise we will transfer to the hotel to enjoy a relaxing evening.

Overnight:  at Ottoman Imperial Hotel in Istanbul
Included meals: Breakfast

DAY 03:                                  Istanbul

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for a full-day sightseeing tour of the Old City.  The tour includes major historical sites of the city: the ancient Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and the Grand Bazaar.
Hippodrome: The ancient Hippodrome, an enormous public entertainment arena that once seated as many as 100,000 zealous fans witnessing chariot races, executions, and mock battles. Once the center of Byzantine civic life, it is still decorated by the Egyptian Obelisk, the Bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine.
Blue Mosque: With its massive central dome flanked by six slender minarets, the Blue Mosque stands as the single most recognizable monument on the Istanbul skyline.  Built between 1609 and 1616, during the reign of Ottoman Sultan Ahmet I, the enormous complex also included a hospital, caravansary, public kitchen, marketplace, schools and the Mausoleum of Sultan Ahmet I.  The mosque’s immense interior, flooded with sunlight streaming through 260 windows, is decorated with more than 20,000 precious Iznik tiles detailing traditional flowers of Ottoman design.  In fact, it is the deep blue glow of the tiles in sunlight that gives the building its name.
Hagia Sophia: This famous basilica was constructed in the 6th century A.D. It is often described as the greatest work of Byzantine architecture.  Once the Church of Holy Wisdom, Christendom’s crowning glory, and now a museum, the church once glittered with mosaics, and art treasures filled every corner. Today, Hagia Sophia is the fourth largest building constructed as a church in the world. It was dedicated to Hagia Sophia which means Divine Wisdom, an attribute of Christ.
After this visit we will stop for the lunch on own at one of Sultanahmet’s restaurants, and then continue to Basilica Cistern.
Grand Bazaar:  The area of the Grand Bazaar was a trade center during the Byzantine period.  Two bedestens (domed masonry structures) were built by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror to enrich the economic life in the city.  Later on as people needed more places for trade, they added other buildings outside these structures.  Today, the atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar is very interesting and has consequently become a very popular place for visitors to explore a labyrinth of streets and passages housing eighteen entrances and more than 4,000 shops.
Basilica Cistern or Underground Palace: Istanbul was one of the most often besieged cities in the world and has always needed permanent water supplies. As a result, many underground cisterns were built during the Byzantine Empire. Water was brought to these big reservoirs from far away sources through aqueducts. The largest and most ornate of these cisterns is Yerebatan Sarayi.  In its construction, columns and capitals of earlier temples were used and this provides a very decorative appearance.
In late afternoon, return to the hotel for some time to relax.
Overnight:  at Ottoman Imperial Hotel in Istanbul
Included meals: Breakfast

DAY 04:                       Istanbul

The Beyoglu district. As the culinary capital of Turkey, Beyoglu is enjoying a cultural and architectural revival, boasting many chic café-bars, bistros and restaurants. You can take a walk tonight along Istiklal Street, the main pedestrian street of the area.  Istiklal Street, favored by both Istanbul’s residents and guest because of unprecedented options for wining & dining, also features many charming historical buildings. You can visit the the Flower Passage (Cicek Pasaji).  The Flower Passage has this name as it was once one of the great flower markets of Istanbul (remember, the Turks invented tulips).   The Flower Passage itself is a small L-shaped galleria, four stories high with a glass roof.  One end of the L opens onto Istiklal Street, the other on a long covered alley which is one of the great delights of Istanbul.  It is both a market and a dining area, filled with about 60 restaurants.  Continuing your walk, you will reach one of the oldest and colorful local markets – the Fish Market. The Fish Market is a long covered alley which is one of the great delights of Istanbul. It is called so because it was and still is the only place in the area where you can buy fresh fish. Now, the Fish Market is both market and dining area: first about 100 feet of fast food – midya tava (fried mussels on a stick), kokorech (grilled innards in pita), icli kofte (steak tartar wrapped in a lettuce leaf) – then a glorious fruit and vegetable market open till midnight, and finally about 60 restaurants packed in the evening to overflowing, with gypsy bands competing from most of the restaurants in raucous cacophony.

Finally, we will catch a short evening flight to the Mediterranean city of Antalya and enjoy a delicious dinner at your resort overlooking the Med.

Overnight:  at The Talya Hotel in Antalya
Meals Included: Breakfast, dinner

DAY 05:                                Antalya

Your home for the next two nights is the beautiful Talya 5 Star resort overlooking the blue waters of the Mediterranean. The Talya is situated both in the centre of Antalya and on the coast, with its own private beach. Situated atop the cliffs overlooking Antalya Bay, with views of Bey Mountains, it’s location is unmatched and magical.
Antalya is the terrific place to combine a Mediterranean holiday, adventure, and historical touring all into one destination. Almost any itinerary can be arranged depending on your interests while in Antalya. You can enjoy private excursions to the ruins of the ancient cities such as Termessos and Perge, daily blue cruises along the coastline, tee times made on championship golf courses, or other countless Roman ruins can be explored. Many of our guests simply enjoy their resort and never leave sight of the Med!
Overnight:  at The Talya Hotel in Antalya
Included meals: Breakfast, dinner

DAY 06:      __                Antalya

The following are just two of many daily private tour options that we offer our guests while in Antalya:

OPTION#1 Through the coastal plain of Pamphylia, we will drive to Aspendus, whose 2C AD theatre is the best preserved Roman theatre in Asia Minor. Continue to Perge, and visit this other Hellenistico-Roman ancient city with its stadium, colonnaded street and theatre. Drive back to Antalya. Stroll in the narrow streets of the picturesque old town with its narrow streets and typical wooden houses overlooking the marina, to discover the Hadrian Gate, the Fluted Minaret, the Truncated Minaret, and Hidirlik Tower Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

OPTION#2  After breakfast we will board our boat in the nearby village of Kemer and will cruise up the beautiful Turkish coastline to Phaselis. Phaselis is an ancient city where only surface excavation has taken place. This is why it is still among pine trees and under green vegetation. The combination of ancient remains with a forest surrounded by sea on three sides makes it a beautiful national park. Phaselis was known as the most prominent port city to the west of the Gulf of Antalya, until the city of Attaleia was founded in the 2C BC. We will have lunch at Phaselis abourd our gullet and then visit 3 islands on our return to the Kemer Harbor.

Overnight:  at The Talya Hotel in Antalya
Included meals: Breakfast, dinner

DAY 07:                              Antalya/Istanbul

After breakfast at the hotel fly from Antalya in order to catch your departing International flight home from Istanbul Ataturk Airport.  This short one hour flight begin as early as 5 AM if necessary.

Price

6 days / 5 nights

*SEMI-PRIVATE
approx $ contact us for current prices./ person in double occupancy room (single room + $100) contact us for current prices.

PRIVATE
approx. $ contact us for current prices./ person in double occupancy room (single room + $100) 2 traveling contact us for current prices.

Final payment due 90 days prior to travel.  We accept Visa, Master Card & Bank Transfers.

Price of the package includes:

Accommodation:
Istanbul: Ottoman Imperial Hotel or equivalent (Boutique next to Aya Sofya)
Antalya:  The Talya Hotel (5 star)

Meals : 5 breakfasts

Services of a private licensed professional tour guide/  Private Mercedes car/Luxury transportation and driver

Domestic flights  (Istanbul-Cappadocia, Cappadocia-Istanbul)

Admission fees to sights and museums

Price of the package excludes:

International flight tickets and international air and departure taxes
Optional gratuities to guides, drivers, etc.
Travel insurance
Visas, laundry, and personal items

 

*Semi private tours do not include a daily private guide, but rather on touring days you will join a small group of 5-10 others with our boutique tour guides and drivers.  Also the itinerary on days 6 and 10 may include fewer sites and direct flights or buses.

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