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Duration

6 days 5 nights

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

2 people

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Overview

What better way to explore Istanbul than by joining one of our tours & excursions? Take in the city’s stunning landmarks on our Istanbul tour including Blue Mosque & the Basilica Cistern.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cruise in the Marmara Sea to the famous Princess Island by boat. Stop at Büyükada, the popular summer resort with pinewood scenery and wooden mansions, once the pleasure island of Byzantine Princes.

Itinerary

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Day 1

Welcome to Istanbul. Transfer from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to hotel in European Side.

Day 2

Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled.

Hagia Sophia, the Church of Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian.

Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Ä°znik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.

Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome.

Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware, and souvenir. (Art demonstration of handmade Turkish carpets upon request)

Lunch at a Turkish Restaurant.

Day 3

Cruise in the Marmara Sea to Princes' Islands by boat. Stop at Büyükada, the popular summer resort with pinewood scenery and wooden mansions, once the pleasure island of Byzantine Princes.

Tour of the island by horse-drawn carriages before lunch at a fish restaurant.

Day 4

Golden Horn (from the bus), the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbour of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of Ä°stanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantines. The residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-muslim minorities.

Drive along the traces of history at Balat viewing Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian,
Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), Fener Orthodox Patriarchate and 22 kms. long Byzantine City Walls, strongest fortification of the middle age.

Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers etc.

Bosphorus Cruise on Plan Tours’ private boat, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials and luxurious apartments.

Rumeli Fortress (from the boat – no interior visit), historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect the Bosphorus. A unique example of military architecture. (Visit a leather showroom if time permits)
Lunch at a Turkish Restaurant.

Dolmabahçe Palace, recent residence for Ottoman Sultans built by two Ottoman architects Karabet and Nikogos Balyan on a 110.000 m2 area and served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire. Famous with great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier, the palace has 285 rooms and 46 halls.

Bosphorus Bridge, unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes.

Çamlıca Hill, famous for its widest bird’s eye panoramic view of Ä°stanbul from Marmara Sea to the Black Sea, gives a chance to see the Bosphorus and Golden Horn from one of the best point of the highest and most appealing places of the city.

also:
IMPERIAL GARDENS OF ROYAL YILDIZ PALACE BOSPHORUS BRIDGE connecting EUROPE & ASIA continents BEYLERBEYÄ° PALACE from the boat

The tour starts with pick ups around 08:00 and will end around 17:00

IMPORTANT NOTICE
Bosphorus Tours are practiced with regular boat if minimum number of attendants is not provided for the private boat.

For any sightseeing Tour,Passport Number from each guest is required.

Day 5

Important Information :

This tour is subject to availability, inclusions and timeslot may change by the supplier without prior intimation.

Topkapi Palace, a residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. Live guide commentary is not allowed in special sections. (Harem is not included in the program)
Sultan Tombs, there are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at Hagia Sophia. The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, red, green and blue flower motives. Prince robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses.

Highlights:

Topkapi Palace
Sultan Tombs
Included Services
Tour fees include A/C transportation, guidance in multiple languages, entrance fees

Excluded Services:
Personal expenses, Tipping to the guide (Optional) Drop-off service

Additional Information:
Courtesy transfers from/to in-city hotels. Pick-up transfers may last from 45 minutes to 1 hour due to heavy traffic. Guests who prefer not to spend time at courtesy transfers should be ready at tour departure point 10 minutes before given departure time, We kindly request our guests to be ready by the hotel’s reception 10 minutes before departure time, No smoking on our tours but all
tours make frequent stops, Hagia Sophia on Monday replaced with Underground (Basilica) Cistern Blue Mosque visited from outside on Friday mornings because of noon prayer Grand Covered Bazaar on Sunday replaced with authentic shops.

For any sightseeing Tour, Passport Number from each guest is required.

Day 6

Transfer from hotel in European side to Sabiha Gokcen Airport.

Included/Exclude

  • 5 Night's accommodation in Istanbul at the Comfort Hotel Taksim
  • Sightseeing tours are operated as per the vehicle selected
  • Return flight fares are inclusive and also airport transfers on private basis
  • Peak/festival period surcharge
  • Beverages NOT included in the quotation
  • Visas & Airfare
  • Entrance Fee (unless specified)
  • Driver & Guide Tipping
  • Room service
  • Early Check-in and Late Check-out
  • Luggage truck & Porter

Tour's Location

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FAQs

When and where does the tour end?
Your tour will conclude on Day 6 of the trip. There are no activities planned for this day so you're free to depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to give yourself time to fully experience the wonders of this iconic city!
When and where does the tour start?
Day 1 of this tour is an arrivals day, which gives you a chance to settle into your hotel and explore Istanbul. The only planned activity for this day is an evening welcome meeting, where you can get to know your guides and fellow travellers. Please be aware that the meeting point is subject to change until your final documents are released.
Do you arrange airport transfers?
Airport transfers are not included in the price of this tour, however you can book for an arrival transfer in advance. In this case a tour operator representative will be at the airport to greet you. To arrange this please contact our customer service team once you have a confirmed booking.
What is the maximum waiting time at the airport?
Maximum waiting time at the airport shall be 60 - 90 minutes from the touchdown of the flight.
What are your refund policies?
In case of any immigration/Visa complications, the cancellation policy shall be applicable in full. Otherwise, refund strictly as per the cancellation policy given.

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