Istanbul, is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks also remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL – ISTANBUL (Lunch/Dinner)
Arrival Istanbul International Airport. Meet and greet your tour guide. We drive to historical town of Istanbul (Constantinople) Visit; Blue Mosque which is the second largest mosque in Istanbul, built to compete with St. Sophia. Dating back from 17th century. Mosque is Famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets. Hippodrome Square former centre of sportive and political activities of Constantinople. See the famous Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column and Wilhelm II fountain. Topkapi Palace: The seat of the Ottoman Empire after it shifted its capital from Bursa to Istanbul. It is today a museum palace with a wide Treasuries, Royal Antiques, Court yards, Holy Relics etc.. In this palace you can see Moes’s stick, St. John’s arm and a part of his scull covered by gold. After lunch, visit St. Sophia, which has been a cathedral and a mosque, now is a magnificent museum. Its mosaics, stained glass windows & decorated domes create an atmosphere of breath taking beauty. Dinner and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 02: ISTANBUL (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
This morning, we have a unique experience between two continents Bosphorus Cruise; we will see the beauty of Bosphorus Channel which spreads over Asia and Europe Continents. This is the great experience to be between Asia and Europe Continents on the boat. We see and take pictures of Ottoman Palaces, Rumeli Castle, Anatolian Castle and the life style of people on the coast line of Bosphorus. We visit a Leather Outlet Center to watch a Fashion Show and we can see the most famous Turkish leather (The Silk Leather) Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Free time at 500 years old Grand Bazaar, a maze of over 4000 stalls and shops selling jewelery, handicrafts, ceramics, turkish Coffee and other local products. Dinner and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 03: ISTANBUL (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Ortakoy Town which is a unique place in Istanbul famous with shopping streets. Free time at your leisure with your local guide to explore the city more. We visit Spice Market which is the most popular bazaar in Istanbul for local people where you can find dried fruits,nuts, apple tea etc… After lunch, we visit Pier Lotti Hill with the view of Golden Horn and we have Cable Car experience in the town. We have Taksim Walking Tour, Taksim is known as the non-muslim part of istanbul. It is alive for 24 hours, you can find shopping, dining entertainment, nightlife at Taksim. Visit St. Antuan Catholic Church at Taksim. St. Anthony of Padua Church, alternatively known as the Sant'Antonio di Padova Church, or locally as Sent Antuan, is a basilica and the largest church of the Roman Catholic Church in Istanbul. Dinner and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 04: ISTANBUL (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Asian part of Istanbul by crossing over a Suspension Bridge, it is a unique experience to drive between Asia and Europe Continents. We visit Camlica Hill in Asian part of Istanbul which is one of the highest points in the city to see beautiful view of Istanbul City on two continets. We have panaromic city tour by our coach to discover Asian Part of Istanbul and Kadikoy district. We also visit famous Bagdat Street in the city. We drive back to European part of Istanbul for lunch. We visit, Suleymaniye Mosque, The Suleiman Mosque was built on the order of sultan Suleiman the Magnificentand constructed by the great Ottoman architect Sinan. The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1557. Visit Nisantasi Town where you can find in ternational branded stores and can feel the unique atmosphere of the place. Dinner and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 05: ISTANBUL – DEPARTURE (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
After breakfast at the hotel, free time at your leisure until transfer for lunch. We visit a unique place; Chora Museum ( St. Saviour of Chora ) It is an impressive Church famous with its Frescoes and Mozaics about Christianity. The Chora Church was originally built as part of a monastery complex outside the walls of Constantinople, to the south of the Golden Horn. Literally translated, the church's full name was the Church of the Holy Saviour in the Country: although "The Church of the Holy Redeemer in the Fields" would be a more natural rendering of the name in English. We drive to largest shopping mall of Istanbul, Istinye Park The shopping mall features both indoor and outdoor space with its giant glass dome and glass ceilings. We have dinner at a Turkish Restaurant. Transfer to airport to take flight back home with wonderful memories.
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- 04 Nights accommodation at above mentioned hotels or at similar categories.
- Transportation based on 17 and 27 Seater Midibus for groups smaller than 20 pax and 47 seater for bigger sized groups with WI-FI connection.
- Meals are as per itinerary starting with lunch on arrival day and ending with dinner on the day of departure.
- Entrances included in the itinerary
- Entrance * with fee: St. Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace, Chora Museum.
- English Speaking Licenced Guide.
- Bosphorus Cruise – Private Tour for groups sized 10 and above; Public Cruise for groups below 10 pax.
- 2 bottles of daily mineral water on board and 1,5 liter of water for 4 pax during meals.
- Tips at the restaurants and hotels.
- Current taxes
- Airfare and other Optional excursions
- Personal expenses at the hotels or during tours
- Domestic or international flight fare
- Portage at the airports.
- Visa fee’s if necessary
- Any items not mentioned above.
- Tips for guide and driver for FIT:$ 5.00 pp/pd for guide. $ 3.00 pp/pd for driver
*All the hotels can be substituted by a similar class hotel
- Itinerary is subject to change due to closed days of the museums and unforeseen facts
- Rates are not valid for convention, holidays
**Rates are quoted in USD on per person basis and subject to change without prior notice**