INCLUDING FLIGHTS FROM MADRID OR BARCELONA. PRICE IS SUBJECT TO CHANCE BY COUNTRY OR CITY OF DEPARTURE
Accommodation category 4 & 5 *
Day 01 DEPARTURE CITY-ISTANBUL
Departure according to flights scheduled to Istanbul airport. Arrival at Istanbul airport. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.
Day 02 ISTANBUL
After breakfast we will go for a full day city tour, there we will visit the Hagia Sophia museum, built in the sixth century, used as a mosque during the Ottoman Empire and now as a museum. Also we will visit the ancient Byzantine Hippodrome and the Blue Mosque which was built in 1609 under Sultan Ahmet built with 6 minarets. Later we will visit the Grand Bazaar, with over 4,500 stores that are grouped into specialized areas in different products: jewelry, clothes. Free time for lunch (not included). In the afternoon we will cross the intercontinental bridge and there w can enjoy wonderful views of the entire city of Istanbul, from the hill “Camlica” hill known as lovers. After that we will visit Beylerbeyi Palace, built in white marble in the nineteenth century. The palace was used as a summer residence of the sultans and as a guest house for foreigners. After the visit, we will be transferred to the hotel. Accommodation.
Day 03 ISTANBUL
After breakfast we will go for a full day city tour to the New Mosque, last imperial mosque of the Ottomans. Free time in the Spice Bazaar to enjoy the atmosphere that will take us to the past centuries, and then we will go to the port to board and to start the cruise on the Bosphorus strait separating two continents and connects the Black Sea with the Sea Marmara. From the boat you can admire the Dolmabahce Palace, the Mosque, the bohemian neighborhood of Ortakoy, the Rumelia and Anatolia Fortresses, Beylerbeyi Palace, the typical wooden houses “yali”, etc. Free time for lunch (not included). In the afternoon, we will visit the Topkapi Palace, which was the residence of the Ottoman Sultans for four centuries. There we will see the pavilions, kitchens, audience chambers, treasure and kiosks built around a series of courtyards. After the visit we will be transferred to the hotel. Accommodation.
Day 04 ISTANBUL – HOME
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Istanbul airport to take your flight back home and end of our services.