Istanbul City Break 4 Days
Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey - Grand Bazaar, Turkey
Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey

Details

4 Days | 3 Nights

Tour Type: Private
Runs: Every Day
Accommodation: 5* Hotels
Minimum Age: 2

Highlights

  • Experience the pulsating metropolis of Istanbul.
  • Visit the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.
  • Tour the extraordinary Topkapi Palace.
  • Enjoy a boat trip on the Bosporus.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Istanbul Airport - Istanbul Hotel    

Welcome to Istanbul, the only city in the world located on two continents! Your driver meets you at the airport and drives you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at leisure, depending on your arrival time start your own explorations, dine at a local Turkish restaurant or just grab a tasty street food like Balik Ekmek, a popular fish sandwich.


5* Barcelo Eresin or similar
40 mins

Day 2: Istanbul Old City Tour - Istanbul Hotel    

Today uncover the glamorous past of the old city. Visit the Hagia Sophia, a former Byzantine church, now classified as a mosque. Be amazed by the interior with its striking mosaics and frescoes. Next up is a visit to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, better known as the 'Blue Mosque'. With its six minarets, it is unique in the Islamic world. It is considered the largest and most magnificent mosque in Istanbul and is a true work of art of Ottoman architecture. Walk across the Sultan Ahmet Square, once the Hippodrome, the former horse racing track in ancient Constantinople. See here the Obelisk of Theodosius and the German Fountain. Then experience the hustle and bustle of the Grand Bazaar with its nice ceiling paintings. Built in the 15th century it is home to 4,000 shops, selling clothes, carpets, oriental lamps, books, souvenirs, works of art and antiques. Overnight Istanbul.


5* Barcelo Eresin or similar
Breakfast & Lunch
8 hours

Day 3: Bosporus Boat Trip - Topkapi Palace - Istanbul Hotel    

Start visit a visit to Misir Carsisi, the Egyptian Spice Bazaar, where spices, herbs and teas are sold since the 17th century. Time to wander along the shops with its aromatic smells. Take a boat trip along the Bosporus, the waterway separating the continents of Europe and Asia. Sail past famous sights such as the Golden Horn - the 7 km long arm on the Bosporus -, and the Dolmabahçe Palace from 1856. Then on to Camlica Hill for great views of Istanbul. In the afternoon, visit the Topkapi Palace, the centuries old residence of the mighty Ottomans. It houses the imperial treasury, holy relics, Chinese porcelain and royal garments. After the tour, we transfer you to your hotel or leave you at the city centre. Visit on your own the Galata Tower for the panoramic view or relax at one of the Turkish baths. Overnight Istanbul.


5* Barcelo Eresin or similar
Breakfast & Lunch
8 hours

Day 4: Istanbul Hotel - Istanbul Airport    

Free time at leisure until we pick you up from the hotel lobby. Transfer to the airport to say farewell to the unique city at the Bosporus and board your flight.


Breakfast
40 mins

Inclusions


  • 3 nights at hotel with breakfast in Istanbul.
  • Transfers in private, a/c, new vehicle.
  • 1 airport transfer upon arrival.
  • 1 airport transfer upon departure.
  • Professional English speaking guide on tour days.
  • Entrance fees to mentioned sites.
  • Applicable taxes and service charges.

Exclusions


  •  Airfare. 
  •  Travel Insurance. 
  •  Entry Visa Turkey. 
  •  Meals and beverage not stated. 
  •  Tips and private expenses. 
  •  PCR Test. 

Practical Info


• Check-in time at hotels is 14:00, check-out time at hotels is 12:00 noon.
• The Istanbul old city tour is on foot as the places are in walking distance to each other. The order of visits may be reversed.
• The Hagia Sophia is open from 09:00-17:00 in the period November to March and from 09:00-19:00 in the period April to October. The last entry is one hour before closing time. Women need to cover their head, and everyone needs to move the shoes before stepping on the carpet. The Hagia Sophia is now a mosque, so do not walk in front of praying visitors and note that the Hagia Sophia might get busy during Friday prayers around noon.
• Opening Hours of the Topkapi Palace are 10:00-16:00 in the period October to March, 09:00-18:45 in the period April to September. The palace is closed on Tuesdays.
• The Blue Mosque is closed to non-Muslims 45 minutes before the call to prayer, 30 minutes afterwards, and on Fridays until 14:30.
• The Grand Bazaar is open from Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 19:00, and closed on Sundays.
• To respect the local culture please cover shoulders and knees.
• Our staff is trained to follow hygiene and safety protocols.

How to Book this Tour


- After booking the tour with us online, one of our consultants will get in touch within 24 hours. You need to pay then a 30% deposit by credit card or by bank transfer. The full payment is due latest 14 days before tour start.
- Cancellations or changes need to be sent in written form. Charges are as follows:
• 30% of the total price of the trip for cancellations or changes made 21 to 7 days before departure.
• 100% of the total price of the trip for cancellations or changes made 06 to 01 days before departure or no show.
- For refunds we do not cover transaction fees charged by credit card companies and banks.
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