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Istanbul: A Taste of Stopover

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 415

Spend 4 days exploring and uncovering Istanbul. This vibrant and modern city incorporates an enchanting blend of Eastern and Western culture with a past that spans 2,000 years.


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AT YOUR SERVICE. This is a great idea for experiencing Istanbul where you can choose your preferred level of accommodation. It can, of course, be modified and/or extended. As we are experts in customizing itineraries to suit your personal interests, time available and budget, we at Goway are at your service!

Sitting astride two continents and 2000 years of history, the city of Istanbul is one of the world’s essential globetrotting stops. 4 days gives you a taste of this living, vibrant fusion of Europe and Asia.

Your sightseeing tour starts at the Hippodrome of Constantinople. This Byzantine circus was once the centre of entertainment and culture in the city. Up to 100,000 spectators enjoyed horse and chariot racing, among other popular events. Two of its ancient obelisks remain standing today, surrounded by picturesque gardens. Looming over the skyline a short walk away, the Hagia Sophia is Istanbul’s most famous icon. Built as a grand Eastern Orthodox basilica by the Emperor Justinian, it was conquered and converted to a mosque by the Ottoman Turks in 1453. Now open to visitors as a museum, its astonishing architecture is compared to St Paul’s in London, St Peter’s in Rome and Milan’s Duomo.

Smaller, but no less splendid is the Blue Mosque. Completed in 1616, this is the world’s only mosque with 6 minarets, and is noted for the handmade blue Iznik tiles that decorate its interior, along with 260 finely tinted windows. With your camera exhausted, roam the Grand Bazaar, where 4,400 shops fill the narrow laneways, each focused on a single trade to inspire your senses and tempt your purse.


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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 415

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Istanbul

Upon arrival in Istanbul you will be met by a Goway Representative and transferred to your hotel.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Megara Palace

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    Hotel Megara Palace



    The Megarara Palace hotel sits on a street which runs downhill alongside the Topkapi Palace - home to Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years - before reaching the shore of the Marmara Sea. Numerous other attractions are within walking distance in Turkey's most cosmopolitan city, ...

    The Megarara Palace hotel sits on a street which runs downhill alongside the Topkapi Palace - home to Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years - before reaching the shore of the Marmara Sea. Numerous other attractions are within walking distance in Turkey's most cosmopolitan city, including the famous Sultanahmet Square in the heart of historic Old Istanbul. The hotel boasts 25 elegant and spacious rooms. Attractions are within walking distance.

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Day 2

Istanbul Sightseeing

Begin a leisurely day, where you will travel by road to a pier in the Eminonu area for a short visit to the historical Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar). This bazaar was built in 1664 as a part of Yeni Mosque complex situated nearby and named Egyptian Bazaar because spices and herbs brought from or via Egypt were sold here.

Then, you will board a private boat for a cruise along the Bosphorus, a narrow strait between the continents of Europe and Asia connecting the Black Sea in the north and the Sea of Marmara in the South. In the Byzantine and early Ottoman days, there was a little settlement on either sides of the Bosphorus but as of the 18th century, it became a favorite place for the sultans and their entourage where they built kiosks and waterside residences.

After your cruise meet with your guide and drive to the Asian Side of Istanbul via transcontinental Bosphorus Bridge, unique in the world connecting two continents Asia and Europe. The bridge was built in 1973, the 50th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey. Its length is 1.560 m (1,074 m over the sea) and height from the sea is 64 m. It is the fourth longest suspension bridge in the world.

Visit Beylerbeyi Palace situated on the shore of the Asian end of the Bosphorus Bridge which was built between 1861 and 1864 by Sultan Abdulaziz. The palace is a three- story structure set on terraced grounds planted with trees brought from the entire world. The interior was decorated in a style typical of the 19th century - Europe and the original furniture are still on display. The building itself, constructed in the French Baroque style, is made of stone and marble. It was used by the Ottoman sultans as a summer residence.

Then, drive to Camlica Hill, highest hill in Istanbul, to enjoy the panoramic view of the city before returning to the hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Istanbul Sightseeing

After breakfast, you will be driven to the old town to visit the Hippodrome Square, the scene of Chariot races and the center of Byzantine civic life which was originally built by Roman Emperor Septimus in 203 AD. Next visit the Blue Mosque, built in early 17th century and it is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration with blue Iznik tiles. It is also unique as it is the only one in the world to have 6 minarets.

Continue onto the St. Sophia Museum, built by Emperor Constantius is 360 AD. St. Sophia was for many centuries the world's largest church and today is the fourth largest one after St. Paul's in London, St. Peter's in Rome and Duomo in Milan. Throughout its Byzantine history, St. Sophia served as the cathedral of the city where emperors were crowned and victories celebrated. After his conquest of the city in 1453, Sultan Mehmet II ordered for the building to be converted into a mosque by the addition of Islamic elements such as a mihrab, a mimber, minarets etc. After having served this time as a mosque for 481 years, the building became a museum in 1934 by the order of Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey.

After lunch you will visit the Topkapi Palace, built by Sultan Mehmet II after the conquest of Istanbul in 15th century. The palace housed the sultans and their exotic entourage until mid-19th century. The complex is a group of structures which incorporates works from successive periods of Ottoman reign. Today the museum displays priceless collections of the imperial treasury, numerous pieces of Chinese porcelain, traditional costumes of the sultans and their families and special section for the preservation of the relics of Prophet Mohammed.

Last stop will be at famous historical Grand Bazaar, the largest "souk" covered oriental shopping mall in the world, where you will find 4,400 shops under one roof where each trade has its own street. There is a wide selection of leather, jewelry, antiques, copperware, souvenirs, and famous hand-made Turkish carpets displayed in this historical shopping center.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4

Depart Istanbul

You will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey by a Goway representative.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Return airport transfers
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Half day Istanbul city tour.

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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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As there is so much to see and do in many of our City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, you should consider staying longer. Below is a list of suggestions that can be added to your stay.

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