ISTANBUL EXTENSION TOUR

Hıghlıghts of Istanbul

(3 nıghts)

Thıs tour only avaılable when other scheduled departure tours purchased

Istanbul Extension Tour

Treasures of the Byzantıne and Ottoman Empıres

Constantınople and Istanbul: two names for one great cıty, the capıtal of the mıghty Byzantıne and Ottoman Empıres. Istanbul ıs the only metropolıs where East lıterally meets West as ıt brıdges two contınents, Europe and Asıa. Its shores are bordered by the Sea of Marmara, the Golden Horn and the Bosphorous Straıt, wıth ıts monuments spannıng over seven hılls. Mınarets and domes domınate the famous skylıne and a stroll through the streets reveal the cıty’s dıverse and magnıfıcent herıtage. The Haghıa Sophıa, the great cathedral of Byzantıum, the archıtectural marvel wıth ıts marble and mosaıcs, vıes wıth Ottoman mosques clad ın beautıful Iznık tıles. The Topkapı Palace, the luxurıous resıdence of the sultans wıth the elegant fountaıns ıs a stones throw away from the terraced houses and bustlıng covered markets. Every vısıt to Istanbul ıs an adventure and a feast for the senses. It ıs one of the most fascınatıng and vıbrant cıtıes ın the world.

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DAY 1 / ISTANBUL

Specıal category (4-star) hotel ın the old cıty


Walking day & Bosphorus cruise by a private boat

We spend the day exploring the outstanding historical monuments, beginning with the Hippodrome, once Constantinople’s great arena for chariot races and public entertainment. We continue to the mosque of Sultan Ahmet, also known as the ‘Blue Mosque’, unique in Turkey with its six elegant minarets. From there we walk the short distance to the Yerebatan Saray, an extraordinary underground cistern, before we visit the majestic great church of Haghia Sophia.

After lunch we enjoy a private boat trip along the Bosphorus, the strait separating Europe and Asia. As we travel this bustling and crucial waterway we enjoy a “front door” view of castles, palaces and ornate Ottoman mansions. A stop along the Bosphorus takes us to the Sadberk Hanım Museum, with its fine archaeological and decorative art collections. (B)

DAY 2 / ISTANBUL

Specıal category hotel


On foot and private mini-van

We begin our exploration of the Ottoman city with a morning visit to the Topkapı Palace including an optional but highly recommended visit to the harem. This palace was once the opulent residence of the Ottoman sultans and the political centre of the Empire, replete with magnificent collections of Chinese porcelain, Ottoman textiles, gold and jewels. A drive along the majestic Land Walls of Constantinople leads us to the little church of the Saviour in Chora, a jewel box of Late Byzantine mosaics and frescoes. After lunch we visit the Süleymaniye mosque complex, one of the masterpieces of the great Ottoman architect Sinan. Guests are then taken to the renowned Covered Bazaar where they are left to explore or shop on their own. This huge warren of covered, winding streets has thousands of shops selling everything from the traditional to the modern, from the exquisitely beautiful to the commonplace. Enjoy and practice your bargaining skills! (B)

DAY 3 / ISTANBUL

Specıal category hotel


On foot and public transportations

In the morning we visit the later Ottoman palace, the Dolmabahçe, to see the opulent state rooms. Its extravagant 4.5 ton chandelier was a present from Queen Victoria to the sultan. We cross the Bosphorous on a public ferry boat to then have lunch in Asia! After lunch we explore the markets in Asia after which we take the ferry back to Europe. More explorations follow as we walk through the old Pera and Galata districts culminating in an amazing climb up the 14th century Galata Tower where the view of the city is magnificent. We end the day at the colorful Spice Market. (B)

The visiting order to the sites may change in order to accommodate closure days along with your preference.



TOUR PRICE

€1450 Euro per person in double occupancy (double or twin bedded room)
€270 Euro single room supplement

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WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS PRICE?

  • 3 nights hotel accomodation based on Bed & Breakfast
  • Specialist leadership
  • Entrance fees, admission to museums and donations to mosques
  • Ferry fares, local taxes and parking fares, local transport fares.
  • Private boat trip
  • All ground transportation by a/c, deluxe mini-van as noted in itinerary
  • Meticulously prepared tour folder with maps and information to help participants get the most from the tour
  • Hotel service charges and baggage handling

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?

  • International outbound & return flight fare
  • Cost of obtaining your passport and visa, airport taxes, excess baggage fee
  • Personal expenses such as extra beverages alcohol, laundry, room service, communication charges.

Please note: On request we can also arrange accommodations at the Four Seasons, Çırağan Kempinski Palace or Ritz Carlton hotels. The cost will vary from the price shown.
Istanbul Extension Tour
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