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If you have only 5 days in Istanbul and want only the finest boutique hotels and VIP treatment, then this package is for you. We want to offer the best and the most luxurious travel throughout Istanbul whilst maintaining quality of service, quality of life and value for money.
Day 1 – Istanbul (Arrival & Turkish Night Show)
Welcome to Turkey, arrival into Istanbul. Transfer from airport & check in to your hotel. If you arrive early, we can arrange some activities for you upon request. Overnight at your boutique hotel in Istanbul.
Day 2 – Istanbul Old City Tour ( St. Sophia / Hippodrum / Blue Mosque )
Breakfast Included. Your tour will commence at 08:30.
HAGIA 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.
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.
GRAND COVER 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.
TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, 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.
Overnight at your boutique hotel in Istanbul.
Day 3 – Istanbul Bosphorus & Two Continents Full -day Tour
Enjoy a magical Istanbul Bosphorus Boat Cruise and Spice Market Tour starting at 08:30. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat including:
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 pass the magnificent Dolmabahçe Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Çiragan Palace, 300 meters of its marble facade faces the shore. At Ortaköy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortaköy 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 AT BEDESTEN (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. Overnight at your boutique hotel in Istanbul.
Day 4 – Free Day Until 19:30pm
You will be picked up from your hotel at 19:30 transfer to yacht. Sail up the Bosphorus, the waterway between Europe and Asia, passing under the suspension bridges and viewing Ottoman summer palaces, waterside mansions and modern villas which line the European and Asian coasts. The panoramic view of Istanbul by the Bosphorus at night and dinner will both be memorable.
Program: (20:30 - 24:00) - Welcome cocktail on deck - D.J music - Uskudara Gideriken (A traditional Turkish melody musical performance) - Asuk Masuk (Asuk Masuk is an imitation play of dwarfs which belongs to the Taseli district of Silifke and is performed by 2 male dancers). - Belly Dancer - Anatolian Folk Dance (mixed show different part of Turkey) - Turkish Romany Dance Dinner: - Hors d'oeuvres dishes - Break hot foods (cigarette pastry and sausage) - Fresh seasonal salad - Grilled Fish or Chicken Steak - Dessert - Unlimited local drinks ( include a selection of local wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks.) (Imported drinks are available for an extra charge) - Turkish coffee
Around midnight we will transfer you back to your hotel.
Overnight at your hotel in Istanbul.
Day 5 – Istanbul (Departure)
After breakfast check out from the hotel. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another Istanbul Premier Travel Tour. Have a safe trip back home and thank you for choosing Istanbul Premier Travel.
- Hotel accommodation in choice of preferred class
- Noted city sightseeing tours on regular group OR private guided basis
- Tours with professional tour guide, licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
- Main entrance fees to sights mentioned by the itinerary
- Meals mentioned by the itinerary - Vegetarian meals available
- Required land transport & round-trip airport transfers with A/C minivans throughout the trip.
- Parking fees, ferry, tolls and petrol.
- Local taxes & handling services