You’ll discover Istanbul, Turkey a city of business frenzy, entertainment, and a wealth of rich Turkish culture. Absorb it’s ancient structures, traveling from its mosques to the Roman influenced architecture.
On the main day, take advantage of your guide’s knowledge 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.
On your arrival day you may choose to enjoy a cruise by boat on the Bosphorus, the world’s narrowest internationally traveled strait, followed by a cable car ride up one of the many hills making up Istanbul. Or you may visit the Beylerbeyi Palace and walk the Camlica Hill with a chance for shopping afterwards.
In place of your arrival day tour, or as an added tour on your departure day you may wish to visit the incredible Dolmabahce Palace on the shore of the straits, followed by a chance to get those last minute gifts.
Your hotel will be in the Old City walking distance to all the great travel sites in Turkey.
|DAY 1||DAY 2||DAY 3|
|ArrivalDolmabahce Palace Tour||St. Sophia Blue Mosque Hippodrome Grand Bazaar Topkapi Palace Suleymaniye Mosque||Depart
or optional Bosphorus Cruise and Tour
|Mina Hotel or similar||Mina Hotel or similar|
If your flight arrives in the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel around 13:00 to visit the Bosphorous Bridge connecting 2 continents. Then you will visit the Dolmabahce Palace residence of the later Ottoman Sultans with a stunning interior of 285 rooms and 46 halls and a remarkable location on the Bosphorous Straits. Later you will go to Camlica Hill to see some of the most stunning panoramic and a final stop near Beylerbeyi for a chance to purchase some gifts. You will then be dropped back at your hotel.
At 8:30 your will leave your hotel to visit Emperor Justinians masterpiece the St. Sophia. Afterwards you will walk to its counterpart – the Blue Mosque with its intriguing blue Iznik tiled interior. A short jaunt past the Hippodrome and its monuments will be followed by a visit to the Grand Bazaar.
Following an included lunch you will continue your tour by visiting the home of the Ottoman Sultan – the Topkapi Palace with a chance to see its Imperial treasury and its incredible location on a hill overlooking all of Istanbul. Afterwards you’ll head to the Rustem Pasa Mosque in the neighborhood around the Spice Bazaar with a chance to visit its many sellers of unique and fragrant items.
If your departure is in the late afternoon or early evening you may choose to take the optional tour of the Bosphorous. Departing your hotel at 8:30 AM you’ll visit the Egyptian Market with its mystical smells before hopping on a boat for a leisurely cruise up the straits between Asia and Europe. You’ll see all the sites from the boat and many beautiful Kosks or mansions sitting right on the coast. Afterwards you’ll be returned to your hotel.
Later you will depart for your flight and return home.
The magnificent Byzantine Church of all times; one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world. It has been nominated to be the 8th wonder of the world by many historians.
Tokapi Palace :
Topkapi Palace was home to all the Ottoman sultans until the reign of Abdulmecid I (1839-1860), a period of nearly four centuries. The order for the construction of the Topkapi Palace on the Seraglio Point overlooking both Marmara and Bosphorus was given by Mehmed II after the conquest of Constantinapolis in 1453. The place was then an ancient olive grove. The final form of the first palace covered an area 700m², and was enclosed with fortified walls 1400 meters in length
Blue Mosque :
One of the biggest mosques of Istanbul from 17th century architecture is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of Istanbul. Also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarest.
The former center of sprotive and political activities of Constantinople. During the visit you will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi and fountain of Willhelm I
Grand Bazaar : In addition to its historical importance, it’s a bazaar that will tempt even the nonshoppers with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery, leather and souvenirs
Istanbul Extenstion / Ephesus Extension
$410/ person in double occupancy room (single room + $100)
$810/ person in double occupancy room (single room + $100)
Price of the tour package includes:
– Accommodations: 2 nights at Mina Hotel or equivalent boutique hotel
– Meals : 2 breakfasts & 1 lunch
– Services of a licensed professional tour guide on arrival day and on Day 2 tours
– Admission fees to sights and museums
– Parking, portage, tipping (except guide & driver), toll road
Price of the package excludes:
– International/Domestic flight tickets
– Drinks at lunch
– Airport transfers (ask for current rates)
– Optional gratuities to guides, drivers, etc.
– Travel insurance
– Visas, laundry, and personal items
– The Bosphorous cruise and tour on Day 3 – (optional, $60 per person)
*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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