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ISTANBUL
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From USD   435* | from £ 0 317.55*

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Istanbul is Turkey's most populous city as well as cultural and financial center. Located on both sides of the Bosphorus, the narrow strait between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea and bridges Asia and Europe both physically and culturally. Discover Istanbul and it's rich culture it has to offer on this 5 day trip. 

 

Day 01: Istanbul
Arrival Istanbul Airport.  Meet our representative and transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Full Day Byzantian & Ottoman Relics Tour
Hagia Sophia Byzantium largest  cathedral, converted to mosque 1453 by the Ottoman Empire and today  open as a  museum to see both religion remains. 

Blue Mosque This mosque complex,  containing Istanbul's only mosque with six minarets was built by Sedefkar  Mehmet Aga for Sultan Ahmed 1st. early 17th century.  
Hippodrome Center of sport activities and political events of the Eastern Roman  Empire.  
Grand Bazaar Famous shopping center  worldwide. Shopping possibilities for carpet, jewellery, leather etc.  

Topkapi Palace Built between 1475 and 1478 by Mehmet II, Fatih, the conqueror of Istanbul,  served as the residence of the sultan and administrative seat of the Ottoman  Empire for 400 years. (B,L)

Day 03: Full Day Bosphorus Cruise Tour
Spice Bazaar(Egyptian Bazaar): The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.  
Boat Trip on the Bosphorus; A traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of is marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries. 
Rumeli Fortress ( From The Sea ) Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul, was completed in only four months to control and protect Bosphorus. It is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture anywhere in the world.

Bosphorus Bridge; Unique chance to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe)  
Beylerbeyi Palace; The summer residence of Ottoman Sultans with its original furniture and magnificent gardens with the HAREM on the ASIAN. 

Camlıca Hill, The highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosphorus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional style. Shopping Possibility at Bedesten, exhibits the traditional silk weaving girls at the carpet weaving courses authorised by the Ministry of National Education Possibility to see jewelry, handicrafts center and leatherware show. Free time provided for shopping. (B,L)

Day 04: Full Day Princes’ Island Tour
Pick up from your hotel for full day tour of Princes’Island. Cruise in the Marmara Sea to Princes’ Island by public ferry. During the summer months the Princes’ Islands are popular destinations for day trips from Istanbul. As there is no traffic on the Islands, the only transport being horse and cart, they are incredibly peaceful compared with the city of Istanbul. During the Byzantine period, princes and other royalty were exiled on the islands, and later members of the Ottoman sultans family were exiled there too, giving the islands their present name. There are several historical buildings on Büyükada. Evening return to Istanbul and transfer to hotel. (B,L) 

Day 05: Departure (B)
After Breakfast, Transfer to airport for homebound flight. (B)

Includes:

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Bed and breakfast basis

Excludes:

  • Any international flight
  • Visa
  • Insurance
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