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3 Days Istanbul City Tour
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Welcome to Istanbul!
Explore the fascinating history of Istanbul by visiting the world famous monuments like St. Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, Hippodrome and Grand Covered Bazaar.
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: St. Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, Hippodrome and Grand Covered Bazaar
Istanbul the pearl of the East and the jewel of the West. Istanbul stands on the divide between two very different cultures, religions, and social views. Historically and geographically this great city has the weight of a nation behind it and a country that still claims several of the wonders of the world.
Accepting and fascinating Istanbul is a city not to be taken lightly. Every street corner has a story every building has a past. Istanbul is an amalgamation of east meats west and the divide between the two. Istanbul is the starting point for Tourism in Turkey the crossing point from Europe to Asia all bundled together elegantly by its founder Ataturk. The history of this man and the love from his nation is truly defining.
Istanbul has always been a most popular visiting place for travelers and now it is preparing for its rendezvous with the 21st century. Its new ports and marinas facilitate arrival by the sea. For visitors who prefer air travel, the existing modern airport has been enlarged and a second airport is under construction on the Asian side. By a lucky coincidence the maintenance and repair projects realized for the 75th year of the Republic of Turkey in 1998 turned into a blessing for the initiatives to get Istanbul ready for the 21st century.
Istanbul is now a city with adequate supplies of energy, no major infrastructure problems, clean air and seas, unproblematic transportation, a sufficient number of five and four-star hotels, and minimized traffic jams. In addition to the neat covered bazaars, a new development for the city is the large, modern and luxurious shopping malls that include outlets for well-known international brands.
- Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
- 2 nights hotel in Istanbul
- 2 open buffet breakfasts
- Guided Istanbul City Tour
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- Professional English-speaking tour guides
- Return transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport
Day 1 – Istanbul – Arrival Day
Welcome to Turkey, Istanbul Airport. Meet with TravelShop Turkey staff and transfer to your hotel for your first night. Transfer from airport & check in to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 – Istanbul City Tour
(Open buffet breakfast included)
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city. Visit to ST. SOPHIA This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time.
TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
Murtis Tour will then take you to the GRAND COVERED BAZAAR In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes.
After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Free evening and optional Istanbul evening shows or Bosphorus dinner cruise including traditional Turkish entertainment and dinner. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 – Istanbul – End of Tour
(Open buffet breakfast included)
After breakfast we will check out from the hotel.
Please Note: Hagia Sophia is open on every day, Topkapi Palace closed on tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on sundays. If your tour is on one of these days we would offer you to visit Underground Cistern instead of Topkapi palace museum, instead of Grand Baazar you will visit Spice Bazaar.
3 DAYS ISTANBUL CITY TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- International flights
- Insurance: All types
- Turkey entry visa
- Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
- The provided hotel options may have different pricing policies for some dates, and limited room numbers for each hotel
- If above listed hotels are not available, we will book another hotel of the same standard
- Children 0-6 years are free of charge
- Children 6-11 years are charged at 50% of a full priced adult tour
- If there are more than 4 travellers a special discounted price can be provided
Thank you for choosing ECO TURKEY tours!