East Meets West in Opulent Istanbul

TOUR OVERVIEW

 

What‘s included in the tour?

  • Sharing a twin room at a 3 star hotel including breakfast
  • Transfers to and from the airport in Istanbul to the hotel
  • Tours as outlined in itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • Return flights to Istanbul from Heathrow

Price from: £599.00

3 Jun 2016 – 7 Jun 2016

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Itinerary

Friday-03 June 2016– Depart Heathrow 1030 arrive Istanbul 1620

Transfer from Airport to Hotel
Evening Dinner at traditional local restaurant

Saturday- 04 June 2016

Breakfast at the hotel and then tour to include the following:Hippodrome: the former center of sportive and political activities of Constantinople. During the visit you will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, serpentine Column from Delphi and fountain of Wilhelm II, Blue Mosque: One of the biggest mosques of Istanbul from 17th century architecture is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of Istanbul. Also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets, St.Sophia: The magnificent Byzantine Church of all times; one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world. Is has been nominated to be the 8th wonder of the world by many historians ; Topkapi Palace museum incl. The Treasury section: The former imperial residence from where the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled. Today a spectacular museum that has one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and the very famous treasury of the Royal Family ; Grand Bazaar: In addition to its historical importance, it’s a bazaar that will tempt even the nonshoppers with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery, leather and souvenirs

Sunday -05 June 2016

Breakfast at hotel and further sightseeing

Suleymaniye Imperial Mosque: It was built between 1550 and 1557 by the famous architect Sinan whosewish was to surpass the builders of St.Sophia. Adjoining the mosque were theological schools, a school of medicine, a soup kitchen and hospice for the poor, a caravanserai and a Turkish Bath ; Eyup Mosque: The holiest mosque of Istanbul dedicated to the memory of Prophet Mohammed’s Standard-Bearer Eyup Ensari. Behind the mosque, there is the Turbe (Burial Site) of the standard-bearer, which has the most beautiful samples Iznic tiles. See the Ancient City Wals from Byzantine before proceed to Café Pierre Lotti: Wonderful view of Golden Horn and Istanbul. Famous French author Pierre Loti (1850-1923) came to this place and wrote a lot of poems about Istanbul, the Golden Horn and Life in the Harem, here Bosphurus and two continents tour including Spice Bazaar (Egyptian), Bosphorus Tour on Boat, Beylerbeyi Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Camlica Hill

Monday -06 June 2016

Breakfast at hotel – then visit the Spice Market before the Bosphorus cruise. Embarking the ferry from Eminonu, you will leisurely sail by the baroque 19th century palaces, the beautiful old wooden houses, Rumeli Hisar and Anadolu Hisar fortresses, sailing under the Bosphorus Bridge.Beyoglu is a district located on the European side of , Turkey, separated from the old city (historic peninsula of Constantinople) by the Golden Horn. It was known as Pera in the Middle Ages, and this name remained in common use until the early 20th century and the establishment of the Turkish Republic. The district encompasses other neighborhoods located north of the Golden Horn, including Galata), Karakoy, Cihangir, Sishane, Tepebasi, Tarlabasi, Dolapdere and Kasimpasa, and is connected to the old city center across the Golden Horn through the Galata Bridge and Unkapani Bridge. Beyoğlu is the most active art, entertainment and night life centre of Istanbul. Istiklal Avenue is one of the most famous avenues in Istanbul, Turkey, visited by nearly 3 million people in a single day over the course of weekends. Located in the historic Beyoglu district, it is an elegant pedestrian street, approximately three kilometers long, which houses exquisite boutiques, music stores, bookstores, art galleries, cinemas, theaters, libraries, cafés, pubs, night clubs with live music, historical patisseries, chocolateries and restaurants. The avenue, surrounded by the unique nineteenth century Turkish architecture, starts from the medieval Genoese neighbourhood around Galata Tower and ultimately leads up to Taksim Square.

Tuesday -07 June 2016

Breakfast at hotel- then day at leisure
Transfers back to the airport

Depart Istanbul 1735 arrive Heathrow 1935

Booking Procedure

  • Up to six weeks before departure, a place can be reserved on payment of a deposit of £100.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
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