03 Nights / 04 Days
Guaranteed Departure Every day
Day 1 Istanbul
Arrival in Istanbul. Meeting and assistance at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Istanbul.
Day 2 Istanbul
Departure from the hotel for a full day tour. Visit the Hippodrome where chariot races and athletic events took place during the Roman Period. Proceed to the Blue Mosque, This was built in the early 17th century and is famous for its great dome, six minarets and interior covered in blue Iznik tiles. Nearby is the Istanbul’s most famous sight the St. Sophia Museum, built by the Emperor Justinian in the mid-5th century AD, this vast building with its huge dome still dominates the city. Later visit the Museum of Topkapi Palace, to visit the dazzling displays of the treasures of the Ottoman Sultans. Afternoon visit the Mosque of Rustem Pasha and stop at the Grand Bazaar, where you will have shopping opportunities for carpets, leather goods, jewellery, copper-ware etc. Evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Istanbul.
Day 3 Istanbul
Day at leisure. Optional tours are available. Overnight at the hotel in Istanbul.
Day 4 Istanbul Transfer to the airport for your home bound flight.
• Bosphorus Cruise
We begin with a brief visit to the 17 th century Spice Bazaar one of Istanbul’s most colorful and bustling attractions. Next, we take an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia. From our cruise boat, we view the dramatic sights lining the Bosphorus’ wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world’s longest and the massive Rumeli Hisarı, a fortress built by Fatih the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul. Also noteworthy are the 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultan’s fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges.
We begin by driving across the first Bosphorus Bridge and head for the summit of Çamlıca Hill, which affords panoramic views of Istanbul, the Sea of Marmara and the Princes’ Islands. From here a short brings us to the Palace of Beylerbeyi on the shore of the Bosphorus. Perhaps the most elegant of the late Ottoman palaces, Beylerbeyi boasts six sumptuously furnished reception halls.(every day except Monday and Thursday)
• Istanbul By Night
We visit an exclusive nightclub where we will enjoy authentic Turkish cuisine, including the delicious array of appetizers known as meze. The Turks are justly proud of their food. They are equally proud of their traditional music, and after dinner folk musicians from different regions of Anatolia will perform for us. And of course no night out in Istanbul would be complete without Turkish belly-dancers. We will be entertained by some of the city’s finest.