Istanbul

Istanbul

“Once you step into this city, you will experience historical and natural beauty that words cannot describe.”

Istanbul is one of the most elegant cities in the world, famous for its historical monuments and magnificent scenic beauties.  It lies at a point where Asia and Europe are separated by the narrow strait of the Bosphorus. The city has been the capital of three great empires; Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman.  Surrounded by Roman city walls and stretched over seven hills, Istanbul is adorned by the masterpieces of Turkish Art and the great mosques of the Sultans that crown the hills.   Istanbul has always been a city of tolerance where mosques, churches and synagogues exist side by side.  Whether you go cruising on the Bosphorus, devour the delicacy of fish on the shore, relax with a cup of Turkish coffee and shop in the historical Grand Bazaar, the experiences will be unforgettable.

Istanbul Timeless City  4 Days / 3 Nights – Departs Daily

Day 1    Arrival Istanbul.   You are met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2    Today embark on a full day city tour, featuring the Hippodrome the sporting and political centre of the old city, the Blue Mosque, well known for its six minarets and unique exterior created by the structural design of domes. Visit St. Sophia museum, a masterpiece of the Byzantine architecture.   After lunch visit Topkapi Palace which was once the official and primary residence of the famous Ottoman Sultans for 400 years, and the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world with over 5,000 specialty shops and boutiques.   (B, L)

Day 3    Today is at leisure for individual sightseeing, shopping at the Grand Bazaar or cruising along the Bosphorus.  (B)

Day 4    Transfer to Istanbul airport for your onward flight.  (B)

ISTANBUL – 4 days / 3 night

  

Hotel Category Hotel 01.01.16 15.03.16 16.03.16  31.10.16 01.112016
5 Star Crown Plaza Old City AU$890 AU$972 AU$958
5 Star The Marmara Hotel AU$1070 AU$1200 AU$1152
4 Star The Marmara Pera AU$870 AU$1070 AU$936
4 Star Ramada Taksim Hotel AU$740 AU$970 AU$797
4 Star Arcadia Hotel AU$630 AU$800 AU$678
Boutique Hagia Sophia Old City AU$732 AU$980 AU$787
Boutique Sultan Han Hotel AU$920 AU$920 AU$990
Boutique Blue House Hotel AU$550 AU$750 AU$592
Boutique Celal Sultan Hotel AU$502 AU$620 AU$540

 

 

*We can arrange a stopover in just about any of Istanbul’s 200+ hotels. Please contact us for

details and prices.  Prices are based on per person twin share. Single supplement prices are available on application.

Price includes:

Return airport transfer. Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch)

3 nights hotel accommodation including buffet breakfast. Full day city tour includes lunch.

English speaking guide. All hotel taxes and service charges.

Bosphorus Cruise

Full day tour

Depart from your hotel for a short visit to the Spice Bazaar. The shops and atmosphere of the bazaar have changed little in 400 years. We then embark on a boat cruise up the Bosphorus strait, where the waters of the Black Sea, Sea of Marmara and the Golden Horn flow – a blue winding strait that separates Europe from Asia, passing palatial homes, palaces, castles and finally under the two great suspension bridges. Return to the hotel.

Tour includes lunch. (L)

BOSPHORUS CRUISE

Dates              Price pp

2016               AU$165

Princess Island Tour

After a relaxing cruise on the Marmara sea, arrive at Buyukada, famous for its beautiful decorated old wooden houses, pine trees and wonderful panoramic views. The tour includes a horse carriage ride through quiet, narrow streets around the Island, and lunch in a fish restaurant.In the afternoon you are transferred to your hotel.

PRINCESS ISLAND TOUR

Dates              Price pp

2016               AU$165