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Istanbul Signature

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,622

DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Discover the highlights of Istanbul and Ephesus in the company of your own private guide. Get to know the fascinating capital of Turkey, with its Byzantine and Islamic monuments including Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. Then fly to Izmir and connect to Ephesus to see ruins from classical civilizations and learn about the history of the early Church.


This 5-day Turkish vacation showcases the capital, Istanbul, with a full-day excursion to Ephesus. It features deluxe accommodations and private tours. 

Your journey takes you to Istanbul, Turkey’s capital and the only world centre to straddle two continents. Staying in a beautiful luxury hotel with views of the Marmara Sea, you’ll delve into the city’s Byzantine legacy on a half-day private tour. Start at Hagia Sophia, the fourth-largest church in the world and a central icon of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Continue to the Blue Mosque and end at the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s largest outdoor marketplaces. That afternoon, visit the Spice Market before taking to the waters of the Bosphorus for a private cruise on this strait that divides Asia and Europe. Your day will end at the Bosphorus Bridge, which was built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the republic. 

The next day, rise early for a flight to Izmir and connect to the ancient city of Ephesus, where Greek and Roman ruins shed light on one of the centres of antiquity. You’ll tour the city ruins, such as the Library of Celsus and the Temple of Artemis, once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and learn about the city’s importance to early Christianity. You’ll also stop by the House of the Virgin Mary, where the mother of Jesus of Nazareth reportedly spent some later years, before flying back to Istanbul at day’s end. You’ll have another day at leisure in Istanbul to explore other parts of the city and enjoy its culinary culture. 

At the end of your stay, you’ll head to the airport to connect back home. 


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,622

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Day 1

Istanbul Airport to Hotel

Duration45 Minutes

Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel and Conference Center

The Hilton Istanbul Bomonti is a 5-star deluxe property with modern amenties, upscale and spacious rooms and public areas. The hotel is the largest hotel in Istanbul with 829 rooms and 34 floors. In addition to the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the property offers a spa, 24 hour fitness center, rooftop bar and several dining areas. The highlight of the hotel is its location across from Bomontiada, a former historic beer factory turned into a large open-air complex full of restaurants, shops, an art gallery and concert hall. The property is also near Taksim Square (2km) and Dolmabahce Palace (4km).

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel and Conference Center

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    Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel and Conference Center



    The Hilton Istanbul Bomonti is a 5-star deluxe property with modern amenties, upscale and spacious rooms and public areas. The hotel is the largest hotel in Istanbul with 829 rooms and 34 floors. In addition to the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the property offers …

    The Hilton Istanbul Bomonti is a 5-star deluxe property with modern amenties, upscale and spacious rooms and public areas. The hotel is the largest hotel in Istanbul with 829 rooms and 34 floors. In addition to the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the property offers a spa, 24 hour fitness center, rooftop bar and several dining areas. The highlight of the hotel is its location across from Bomontiada, a former historic beer factory turned into a large open-air complex full of restaurants, shops, an art gallery and concert hall. The property is also near Taksim Square (2km) and Dolmabahce Palace (4km).

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Family Room
    • Free WiFi
    • Parking
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool
    • Wellness Center

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Day 2

Half Day Byzantine Visions

Today you will visit Hippdrome Square, the scene of chariot races and the center of Byzantine civic life, St. Sophia Museum, the world's fourth largest church after St. Paul's in London, St. Peter's in Rome and Duomo in Milan, the Blue Mosque, known for its magnificent interior decoration with blue Iznik tiles, and the Grand Bazaar, the largest covered "souk" in the world grouping 4,400 shops under one single roof.

Duration4 Hours

Bosphorus by Boat

On this shared tour, enjoy a drive to the pier in Eminonu for a short visit to historical Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar). Then, board a private boat for the cruise along the Bosphorus, a narrow strait between the continents of Europe and Asia connecting Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. After, drive to the Asian Side of Istanbul via transcontinental Bosphorus Bridge, which is unique in the world since it connects Asia and Europe continents. The bridge was built in 1973, the 50th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey and it is the fourth longest suspension bridge in the world.

Duration5 Hours
Day 3

Private Full Day Ephesus

Catch an early flight to the city of Izmir on the Aegean coast, then drive south to the antique city of Ephesus. This is one of the world's richest and most rewarding archaeological sites with impressive ruins dating from the Classical Greek, Hellenistic, Roman and early Byzantine periods. Among the highlights of our tour of Ephesus will be the antique theatre, the famed Library of Celsus, the brothel, the vast Basilica of St. John, the Mosque of Isabey, the Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) and a group of recently excavated early Byzantine mansions that feature incredibly well-preserved floor mosaics and frescoes. Finally make a short pilgrimage to the House of the Virgin Mary, which stands high on a mountainside overlooking the Aegean Sea and the Greek island of Samos.

Duration14 Hours
Day 4

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 5

Istanbul Hotel to Airport

Duration45 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

Daily, except Saturday and Sunday: April to October

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 4 nights deluxe accommodations in Istanbul
  • Private Half Day Byzantine Visions
  • Bosphorus by Boat excursion
  • Private Full Day Ephesus
  • Return flights between Istanbul/Izmir/Istanbul
  • Tickets and entrance fees to St. Sophia, Blue Mosque
  • Daily breakfast (excluding day 1)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Excursions not specifically indicated
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Visa fees if applicable

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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11 Aug 2021
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