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Istanbul; the capital of cultures, a city not only uniting the Asia with Europe but also East with West, old with new, tradition with modern, talisman with knowledge, magnificence with modesty, dogma with pragmatism, universal with locals...
 
 
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PRE TOUR

Day 1
You will be met by your guide at Istanbul International Airport and transferred to your hotel by private vehicle. You will check into your hotel with some time to relax. Mid-afternoon, you will set out on a half-day tour of the wonderful highlights of Istanbul. First you will depart for the lunch at Hamdi Restaurant, located on the Golden Horn. You will have a delicious meal overlooking the Bosphorus.

You will visit the Byzantine Hippodrome, along with its famous Egyptian Obelisk, the Obelisk of Constantine, the Serpentine Column and the German Fountain.

Then, you will proceed to the Blue Mosque, completed in 1616 - a triumph of harmony, proportion and elegance. The mosque was a part of a complex that consisted of a mosque, tombs, fountains, kitchens and a bath. Its 260 colorful windows enable the sunlight to reach inside. The blue Iznik tiles covering the walls lend the mosque its name. Finally, enjoy an orientation drive around the old city with its many ancient monuments and city walls, and the new city with its modern buildings and squares.

Continue to the famous Grand Bazaar, where you will explore some of its 92 streets. The Grand Bazaar is the largest and oldest covered bazaar in Turkey, with more than 4,000 shops. A variety of Turkish handicrafts, oriental carpets, rare jewels and inexpensive souvenirs are all sold in its small shops. The streets are named according to the trades, such as gold and silver sellers, carpet sellers, booksellers, etc. At the end of the day, you will return to your hotel.

 

Day 2
Next, you will visit one of the greatest buildings in the world: Hagia Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom. It was built during the reign of Emperor Justinian (AD 537) and remained the greatest church in Christendom until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453. Sultan Mehmet II ordered the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a Mosque. The great dome, the semi-domes, the north and south tympana and the vaults of the narthex, aisles and gallery were all covered with gold mosaics, many of which are still intact today.

Today you will visit the magnificent Topkapi Palace-residence of the sultans for almost three centuries. It is located on the promontory between the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. This setting provides a magnificent view. As the imperial residence of the Sultan and his court, the palace was also the seat of government for the Ottoman Empire. 4,000 people lived here. Visit the general exhibitions and the Treasury Section displaying the priceless pieces of jewelry that once belonged to the Ottoman Sultans.

By the end of your touring transfer to your ship in the afternoon.

 
 
POST TOUR - The above package will begin with your disembarkation from your ship and end with a transfer to the Istanbul airport.
 
 
Duration
2 days


Rates
Please kindly contact us for rate details as the above program is to be tailored according to your preferences of accommodation type, date of your travel, number of participation, meal inclusion and for the other requests that may be required.


Includes
* A deluxe air-conditioned VIP vehicle with a professional driver
* All arrival and departure transfers
* Professional licensed tour guide in preferred language
* Entrance fees of all the sites and museums as marked on the itinerary
* Accommodation at your preferred style hotel
* Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner where indicated on the itinerary
* VAT taxes


Notes
* As the number of participant increases the certain amount of discount will be applied.
* Group Tour: Please contact us for your group requests.


Sites to Visit
Hippodrome
Blue Mosque
Hagia Sophia
Topkapi Palace
Grand Bazaar


Shore Excursion Points of Distinction
* Professional English-speaking experts to guide you through your journey.
* Peace of mind in knowing that your excursions are monitored by our staff.
* A staff of experienced, excursion specialists expertly plans each tour and is dedicated to maximizing your time in each port.
* Travel with premier, licensed and insured, best available, climate controlled luxury transportation.


Remarks
* Guests must be able to walk approximately 1-1.5 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, inclines and 40 to 65 steps thus the
   guests must be cautious to watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries.
* Comfortable clothing, flat walking shoes, sun hat, sun glasses and sun screen are strongly recommended.
* Please expect dense traffic conditions in Istanbul.
* The order of the sites visited may change to avoid the crowds.
* Temperatures can reach extreme highs during summer months; we recommend that you drink a lot of water and use suitable sun
   protection.

 

 

   
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