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Overview

Istanbul is unlike any city in the world. And it has been so for thousands of years.

From Byzantium to Constantinople to Istanbul, this city, located on either side of the glistening blue Bosphorus strait has come a long way. Along the way, it embraced the art, culture and lifestyle of its conquerors. Modern day Istanbul is home to more than 20 ethnic groups and is a culmination of multiple influences. No matter who you are, it welcomes you warmly.

Picturesque mosques, churches, fort, boulevards and bustling bazaars are testament to Istanbul’s rich culture. The delightful Turkish cuisine takes sweets and meats to the next level. If the day gets tiring, you can always have a cup of the famous Turkish tea to rejuvenate yourself.

As you explore this historic city, somewhere between the intricate blue designs of the mosques and the aromas of the bazaars, you lose yourself.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Istanbul

Arrive in Istanbul. You will be received by our on-ground travel coordinator and then transferred to your hotel.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 02: Explore Istanbul

Gear up to visit some of the most iconic monuments of Istanbul.

The city tour takes you to the picturesque Blue Mosque that faces the Hagia Sophia. Built by Sultan Ahmet, its interiors are adorned by beautiful blue Iznik tiles. With multiple domes and six minarets, the Blue Mosque is an awe-inspiring monument.

Spend time at the vibrant Grand Bazaar where you can explore everything from local food to knick-knacks across 3,500 shops.

We then hop on to the Bosphorus Cruise and go along the waterway that separates Europe and Asia. As you take in the fresh air, be sure to capture the spectacular marble palaces and the ancient wooden villas of the Ottoman architecture.

Overnight stay at the hotel .

 

Day 03: Day at leisure or Princes’ Island Tour (Optional Tour)

Post breakfast you can spend the day at leisure or opt for an optional tour to Princes' island.

Coach pick-up from your hotel, transfer to the port and head to Büyükada island (commonly known as Princes' island). En-route you can see the Topkapi Palace, the imperial residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Here, we get a glimpse of the opulent lifestyle of the Sultan. With multiple sections and exhibits, the Topkapi Palace is full of stories.

You can also see the Kiz Kulesi, also known as Maiden’s Tower.

After arriving at Büyükada , enjoy a walk on the pedestrianized island. Explore the island from a horse-drawn carriage and enjoy your relaxing ride. 

See mesmerizing views of beautiful wooden mansions built in the late Ottoman-era style. Get involved in feeding “simits” (bread with sesame seeds) to seagulls. 

Post a wholesome lunch at a seafood restaurant you can spend the rest of the day at the beach or explore the island’s craft shops and waterfront cafes.

Meet your guide at a pre-arranged time and head for a trip back to the port of Istanbul. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 04: Day at leisure

Post a hearty breakfast you can enjoy the day at leisure.
 

Day 05: Depart from Istanbul

Post breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to the airport.

Package Rates

AED 2,885 per person

Inclusions/Exclusions

Package Inclusions:
- Return economy class flights on Turkish Airlines
- Accommodation for 4 nights at Hotel Novo Plaza 
   Crystal Taksim
- Daily Breakfast
- Private return airport transfers
- Bosphorus Cruise Tour 
(Spice market and a boat excursion)

Terms & Conditions

- The holiday package is based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room
- Fixed departure from 29 Nov - 03 Dec 2019 
- The holiday package is based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room
- Fixed departure from 29 Nov - 03 Dec 2019 
Package Inclusions:
- Return economy class flights on Turkish Airlines
- Accommodation for 4 nights at Hotel Novo Plaza 
   Crystal Taksim
- Daily Breakfast
- Private return airport transfers
- Bosphorus Cruise Tour 
(Spice market and a boat excursion)