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A Taste of Istanbul

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 716

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$ 716

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Istanbul

Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to the hotel. The remaining of the day is at leisure.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Crowne Plaza Istanbul Old City

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    Crowne Plaza Istanbul Old City



    You'll find modern sophistication in Istanbul's historic heart at the Wyndham Istanbul Old City hotel. The vast vaulted ceiling of the atrium soars above the sumptuous, Old City-inspired courtyard Lobby at Wyndham Istanbul Old City. The Front Desk staff are waiting to take your luggage ...

    You'll find modern sophistication in Istanbul's historic heart at the Wyndham Istanbul Old City hotel. The vast vaulted ceiling of the atrium soars above the sumptuous, Old City-inspired courtyard Lobby at Wyndham Istanbul Old City. The Front Desk staff are waiting to take your luggage if you want to celebrate your arrival with drinks in the Abre bar or simply unwind in your room or Suite.

    Wyndham Istanbul Old City is in the historic centre of this ancient city, 15km from Ataturk Airport. A 2-minute stroll to Istanbul University and tram stations that will whisk you to the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia. Hunt bargains at the Grand Bazaar, 5 minutes' walk from the hotel, or browse the boutiques in the Beyazit district.

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Day 2

Full Day Classical Istanbul Tour with lunch

After breakfast, drive to old town and visit 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. Then visit Blue Mosque, built in early 17th century and know as Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration with blue Iznik tiles. It is also unique in the world to have 6 minarets.

Continue to 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 become a museum in 1934 by the order of Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey.

After lunch visit 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.
Overnight in Istanbul.

Duration: 08h00-18h00
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch
St. Sophia: Closed on Monday
Grand Bazaar: Closed on Sunday
Topkapi Palace: Closed on Tuesday

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Full Day Bosphorus and Asia with lunch

Start a leisurely day, drive to pier in Eminonu area for a short visit to 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 in it. Then, board a private boat for the cruise along the Bosphorus, a narrow strait between the continents of Europe and Asia connecting Black Sea in the north to the Sea of Marmara in the South. In the Byzantine and early Ottoman days, there was 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 their kiosks and waterside residence.

Meet with your guide at the lobby 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. It's 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 at the Asian end of the Bosphorus Bridge and 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 is still in display. The building itself, constructed in the Fench 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 one in Istanbul, to enjoy the panoramic view of the city.
Overnight in Istanbul.

Duration: 08h00-18h00
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch
Overnight: Istanbul
Beylerbeyi Palace: Closed on Monday and Thursday

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4

Departure

After breakfast, transfer to airport for your departure flight.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Return airport transfers
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Two full day tours of Istanbul and surrounds

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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10 Oct 2021
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