Tour Style : Available to manage on a regular ( SIC-seat in coach ) and on a private basis
Departures : May – October – Guaranteed Departure
Runs on as a private tour : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Runs on as a regular tour : Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ( subject to change )
Departure City : Istanbul
Price : Please inquire for a custom quote. The price is customized based on final hotel choices, travel dates, and other custom preferences.
Hotels : 4* , 5* , Deluxe 5* or Boutique style hotels according to your request and budget
Arrive in Istanbul by …….. , meet and greet at the airport by our reps. Transfer to the hotel on the vehicle.
(Early check-in is not guaranteed / Normal check-in time at hotels is 15:00) Free at Leisure . Overnight in Istanbul.
Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast proceed to full day Istanbul tour with lunch.
We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Saint Sophia*. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD, this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses. Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets.The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. The Grand Bazaar, was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style. *On Mondays, when Saint Sophia is closed, we visit the Chora Church, famed for its mosaics and frescoes.
Lunch at local restaurants .
After lunch we begin our tour at Topkapı Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabolous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. Topkapı Palace is now a museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, including the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world, Ottoman court costumes and ceramics, notably one of the world’s finest collection of early Chinese ceramics, much of it gifts from other rulers. Interestingly, some of the ceramics have a special glaze that was said to change color in the presence of poison. We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest features of Topkapı Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees, and it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire. Accommodation at the hotel.
Half Day morning Bosphorus Tour.
Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast we begin with a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar*, one of Istanbul’s most colorful, bustling attractions. Next, we travel the Golden Horn on our way to an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia. From our cruise boat, we view the dramatic sights lining the Bosphorus’ wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world’s longest and Rumeli Hisari, a massive fortress built by Mehmet the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul. Also noteworthy on this tour are the 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultans’ fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges. Accommodation at the hotel.
After breakfast departure from the hotel and drive to Ataturk airport to catch the flight to Bodrum. After arriving to Bodrum transfer to Bodrum Harbour.Embarkation to the Gulet. The first overnight in Bodrum harbor provides a gentle introduction to the Gulet and your traveling companions. Dinner on Board.
Departure after breakfast. First stop by Karaada. The Island is famous for its hot springs and dark caves which you can swim into. After lunch, across the Gulf today we continue to the marvelous natural harbor of Cati, a lovely bay surrounded with pine trees on the south coast of the Gulf.
Sail to Seven Islands – always a popular choice, plenty of pine-clad secluded bays and coves to investigate. You will spend the rest of day by swimming if you wish by walking through the storax ( liquid-amber ) and pine forests.
After breakfast, a short cruise will bring us to Longoz bay. In the afternoon we arrive in Karacasogut. This small village is only 25 km away from Marmaris. Disembarkation. Drive to Dalaman airport and fly to Istanbul with evening flight. After arriving to Istanbul you will transfer to your hotel and check in. Overnight in Istanbul.
Breakfast at hotel and as per your flight details you will transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport to catch the homebound flight.
Accommodation with breakfast as per the itinerary
Return airport transfers on PRIVATE basis from / to Ataturk and Bodrum Airports
Meals as per itinerary B : Breakfast , L : Lunch , D : Dinner as indicated schedule
The tours on SIC- Regular basis as per the itinerary with English speaking guidance with pick up and drop at the hotels
Entrances as per the itinerary
Drinks at meals
Porterage at airport
Tips and portrage at hotels
Tips to the driver and the guide
This tour is a Guaranteed Departure Tour and this means that it will depart regardless of how many people are booked on to it.
The tour departures every Friday , April to November on regular ( SIC ) basis .
There are two international airports in Istanbul (Istanbul Ataturk Airport IST and Sabiha Gokcen Airport SAW) We run free arrival or departure transfers from/to Ataturk International Airport. If you arrive or depart Sabiha Gokcen Airport SAW there will be an additional fee. Please contact us for further information.
Also the tour can be modifiable to private tour with guidance on your native language basis.
We look forward to hearing from you. Please contact us for your group tour needs or to inquire about group pricing.
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