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4 Days Istanbul City Tour

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Welcome to Istanbul!

Explore some of Istanbul’s most wonderful monuments including Saint Sophia and the Blue Mosque, stroll through the ancient streets of the Grand Bazaar, experience Istanbul’s imperial past on this 4 days tour!

AVAILABLE: Everyday

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: St. Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Sultan Ahmet Imperial Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Covered Bazaar, Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Bazaar

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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.

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£235.00

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Includes

  • Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
  • 3 nights hotel in Istanbul
  • 3 open buffet breakfasts
  • Guided Istanbul City Tour
  • Guided Istanbul Bosphorus cruise and shopping 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

Itinerary

Day 1 – Istanbul – Arrival Day

Welcome to Turkey Istanbul Airport. Meet with TravelShop Turkey staff and transfer to your hotel. 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 Bosphorus Cruise and Shopping Tour

(Open buffet breakfast included)

Pick up at 08:30am from the hotel and depart for the Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Shopping Tour. Visit the SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar) The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.

BOSPHORUS BY BOAT a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will see the magnificent sights of the following attractions from your boat. See Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of its marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.

RUMELI FORTRESS Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul was completed in only four months to control and protect the infamous Bosphorus passage. It is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture anywhere in the world.

BEYLERBEYI PALAS (PALACE) The summer residence of Ottoman sultans exists in its original renovated glory featuring original antique furniture and magnificent gardens with the Harem on the Asian side of Istanbul.

BOSPHORUS BRIDGE enjoy a unique chance to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe).

CAMLICA HILL the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosporus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional Turkish Ottoman style.

SHOPPING TOUR (after cruise) Experience the traditional silk weaving skills of Turkish women at the carpet weaving courses provided by The Ministry of National Education. You will get the opportunity to see jewellery, handcrafts centre and a modern leatherwear show.

Enjoy the experience of shopping whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen, with Murti’s Tour’s local escort full of knowledge about how to haggle the streets of Istanbul. The rest of the evening is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 4 – 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.

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4 DAYS ISTANBUL CITY TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • International flights (AVAILABLE ON REQUEST)
  • 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

 

4 DAYS ISTANBUL CITY TOUR

Room Type

Shared Double

  Single Room

4 Star Hotel Feronya Hotel

£  205.00

£  245.00

4 Star Klass Hotel

£  205.00

£  245.00

Boutique Central Palace Hotel

£  229.00

£  285.00

5 Star Barcelo Eresin Hotel

£  235.00

£  295.00

5 Star Surmeli Hotel

£  249.00

£  339.00

5 Star Dosso Dossi Downtown

£  245.00

£  309.00

5 Star Moevenpick Hotel

£  265.00

£  379.00

5 Star Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel

£  295.00

£  425.00

5 Star Swiss Hotel Bosphorus

£  399.00

£  659.00

5 Star Grand Hyatt Taksim

£  435.00

£  669.00

5 Star Ciragan Palace Kempinski

£  475.00

£  769.00

5 Star The Ritz Carlton Hotel

£  515.00

£  825.00

 

  • 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

 

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