Istanbul Shore Excursion
4 Days Istanbul - From: €390 Euros
This great package tour includes 4 days of a shore excursion in Istanbul. Tailor your tour to make the most of your time in the city, take the advantages of having your private tour guide.
Tour Itinerary :
Day 1 : Istanbul
We are going to meet you at the Istanbul airport and drive you to your accommodation in Istanbul the rest of the day is at leisure.
Accommodation in Istanbul.
Day 2 : Private Classical Istanbul Tour (B)
Your guide will meet you at the hotel and together you will walk to the old city center.This is a full day walking tour, as all the places are less than 5 minutes walking distance from each other.
The tour starts at the Hippodrome, a center for sport activities and ceremonies and it is also famous for the chariot races during the Roman and the Byzantine era.
After the Hippodrome we will visit Blue Mosque. The Blue Mosque is the second largest mosque in Istanbul and it was built during the Ottoman Period. It is known for its blue Iznik tiles and being the only Ottoman mosque with 6 minarets.
Then we will visit Topkapi Palace, which was the main palace of the Ottoman Sultans until 1856. Many famous exhibitions are housed in the palace. The Imperial Treasury is another part of the palace and it has an 86 carat diamond on display. We will have a splendid view of the Bosporus and the Golden Horn from the palace.
After here we will have a lunch break and continue to Hagia Sophia, one of the most important buildings in the history of world architecture. Built as a church by the Byzantines and decorated with mosaic tile icons, it then served as a mosque during the Ottoman era. You will definitely be impressed by being in a 1500 years old museum.
The tour ends with a visit to the Grand Bazaar. It is the largest bazaar in the world with its 52 small streets and more than 4000 shops.
Accommodation in Istanbul.
Day 3 : Golden Istanbul Tour (B)
This is a special tour including some of the most unique places in the city but also which are difficult to visit on your own. The tour will take you to the roots of historic Istanbul with visit to the monuments of Byzantine and Ottoman cultural heritage. As the places of visit are all located out of the touristic centers, you will also have the chance to visit the current daily local life.
The first stop is the Suleymaniye Mosque was built on the order of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and constructed by the great Ottoman architect Sinan. The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1557.The mosque is modeled in part on the style of a Byzantine basilica, particularly the Hagia Sophia, which was perhaps a conscious move on the part of the sultan to create a continuity and a symbolic connection with the city's past. .Driving along the city walls will end at one of the oldest and most important churches in the city - The Church of Chora - representing fascinating wall paintings which tell the life of Christ in an historical order. Even though the building itself being small, the meaning was great for Byzantines as being founded at the borders of the city and welcoming the visitors. Today the environment is restored and this is a good place to spend time with local artisans and wooden houses.
After the church, we will have a tea-coffee break at one of the most splendid spots of Istanbul with a beautiful view over the Golden Horn - Pierre Loti Hill. Than you will again start drive but that time along the shores of Golden Horn through the towns Fener and Balat which are the old Greek and Jewish living sites. Fener Orthodox Patriarchate is located in the area as well.
After lunch, Our next destination will be the Dolmabahce Palace the last residence for Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Famous with the great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier. This will be our last stop after visit we will drive back to your hotel.
Accomodation in Istanbul.
Day 4 : Istanbul (B)
Your tour ends today. Room checkout time is generally around 11.30 am. At around …. you will be transferred to the airport or Istanbul cruise port.
End of the Package
What is Included:
3 nights B&B hotel accommodation
2 days private guided Istanbul tours
English speaking guidance
Meals listed on program
What is not Included :
Visas,travel insurances,tips and drinks
International air fares
Lunches and Dinners
The hotel that we will be using going to be either 4 star hotels in Istanbul or smilar class boutique hotels