Experience the iconic city of Istanbul, the gateway between Europe and Asia and a centre of culture, art and politics for over 2,000 years. Consistently rated as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Istanbul, with its glorious past as Constantinople and Byzantium, has been attracting world travellers for centuries. This 4-day excursion makes the perfect stopover on long-haul flights to and from our small group cultural tours in India, Africa and beyond. Turkey’s crowning jewel provides a tantalizing mix of East and West, boasting monumental architecture and famously friendly people.
|Tour Duration||:||04 days|
|Min. Tour Size||:||02 persons|
|Avg. Tour Size||:||14 persons|
|Includes international air|
|Tour Price (from)||:||US$|
Day 01: Arrive Istanbul
Hoşgeldiniz! Welcome to stunning Istanbul*. Set on the Bosporus peninsula, with part of the city in Europe and part in Asia, Istanbul is perhaps one of the most important cities in history. Born as Byzantium and later renamed Constantinople, Istanbul served as an imperial capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires for almost 16 centuries. We are met at the airport upon arrival and brought to our hotel. Remainder of the day is free to relax or take in some of the city’s incredible architecture, which reflects its grandiose history.
Overnight: Mercure Taksim Hotel, Istanbul (3 nights)
Day 02: Istanbul
A full day exploration of Istanbul is ahead of us. We start by taking in the magnificent Hagia Sophia, a massive 1,500-year-old basilica originally built by Constantine the Great. Across the majestic square, we discover the dominating Sultan Ahmed Mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque due to its blue-tiled interior. Next see the Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot races and athletic events took place in antiquity. We then experience of legendary Topkapi Palace, which served as the main residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans. End the day with a visit to the vibrant Grand Bazaar. (B)
Day 03: Istanbul
Our day is free to relax, explore on our own or shop at one of the many bazaars. Alternatively, embark on an optional sightseeing tour to discover more of this spectacular city. Our tour starts with a visit to the colourful Spice Bazaar, the centre of the city’s spice trade. We then embark on a Bosporus Cruise, a fascinating journey that takes us to both the European and Asian shores of the city. From our view on the water, we take in many of the city’s marvelous monuments and districts, including Maiden Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortakoy, Fethi Ahmet Pasa Mansion, Ortakoy Mosque, Beylerbeyi Palace, Kuleli Military School, Arnavutkoy and Bebek. Afternoon we cross over the Bosporus Bridge to Asia and visit Beylerbeyi Palace, which was the summer residence of the Ottoman Sultans. End our day with Camlica Hill, one of the highest points of Istanbul, to enjoy panoramic views of the Sea of Marmara, the Bosporus and the historic peninsula. (B)
Day 04: Depart Istanbul
After a fascinating exploration of this world-class city, we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight. (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).
|Departure(s)||Per Person on Twin Sharing||Single Room Supplement|
|2019||US$ 495 CA$ 669||US$ 190 CA$ 257|
|Supplement for private tour||US$ 100 CA$ 615||-|
|Supplement for Novotel Bosphorus||US$ 130 CA$ 176||US$ 80 CA$ 108|
Estimated International Airfare
(International airfare is NOT included in this tour)
This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and average group size of 14 participants
If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.
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