Essential Istanbul
from $716

Private holiday with small group sightseeing

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Day 1: Istanbul

Welcome to Turkey. On arrival please clear customs and immigration. In arrivals area you will be met by a representative of our local agent and then privately transferred to your tour hotel for three nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 2: Istanbul (BL)

Start you discovery of Istanbul with a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum residence of the Ottoman Sultans from 1453 to 1852 (excluding harem). Visit the Hippodrome which was once the centre of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Continue to the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616 and famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Next see St. Sophia a church converted to a mosque by the Ottomans and now a museum and one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar the world’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets.

Day 3: Istanbul (B)

Following breakfast today has been set aside either for your own explorations of Istanbul or to join take the below optional tour:

Optional: This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for a half day cruise on the Bosphorus the picturesque waterway which divides the two great continents of Europe and Asia. While the boat crosses between the two sides you will view waterside residences Ottoman wooden kiosks (masterpieces of old Turkish architecture) Palaces of marble modern apartments and the historical Rumeli Fortress built by the conqueror of Istanbul to control and protect the Bosphorus. Afternoon is at leisure.

Tonight optional Turkish dinner with belly dancing and folk dancing entertainment.

Day 4: Istanbul (B)

After breakfast transfer to the port or the airport.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • Accommodation in listed hotel (or similar) with private facilities
  • Airport transfers (from/to Ataturk Airport)
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Professional licensed guides
  • Small group sightseeing tour
  • Local taxes and charges
  • Air conditioned transportation

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

  • International airfares
  • Optional tours and excursions
  • Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Porterage
  • Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Departure taxes
  • Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
  • Visas (unless specified)
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above

Accommodation based on the below or similar

Istanbul

Tourist Class: Centrum Hotel

Superior Tourist Class: Recital Hotel

Historic Class: Levni Hotel

Deluxe Class: W Hotel

Dress Codes Modest dress is required for entrance to holy sites – Men: Long pants, Women – skirt or long pants and shoulders covered.

HotelsOn coach tours, hotels in regional areas (i.e Pamukkale) can be of a slightly lower standard than the other hotels on the tour.

SightseeingAll sightseeing tours require a moderate amount of walking around historical / cultural sites. This is particularly true in Cappadocia where walks can be up to 1 or 2 km long and where a good level of fitness will ensure you get a maximum enjoyment from your visit. On some tours you may visit a carpet or handicraft shop where the locals will show how their crafts are made. There is no obligation to buy any products at any of these places.

TransfersTransfers are operated by drivers and are not guided. Some drivers may only have a basic command of English.

Optional ToursOptional tours offered during coach tours may not be guaranteed (even if pre-booked ex New Zealand) as they are subject to a minimum number of participants.

Private Sightseeing tours (if booked)If a private sightseeing tour is booked it is important that you discuss the days arrangements with the guide as the touring programmes have a degree of flexibility. It is important to discuss with the guide so that any specific requirements can be met or addressed at the time.

Istanbul airport transfers:For coach tours: airport transfers are included on days of the tour ex Istanbul Airport, a surcharge will apply for transfers to or from Sabiha Gocken Airport. Transfers from the hotel to the Airport may be on scheduled shuttles. Late Evning or early morning flights may require private transfers at a supplement.

For independent / private tours: if included, airport transfers are applied ex Ataturk Airport, a surcharge will apply for transfers to or from Sabiha Gocken Airport.

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Tourist Class / 1 December 2019 - 31 October 2020 / Per Person Twin Share
$716
  • Tourist Class
  • 1 December 2019 - 31 October 2020
  • Per Person Twin Share
Tourist Class / 1 December 2019 - 31 October 2020 / Single Room
$1120
  • Tourist Class
  • 1 December 2019 - 31 October 2020
  • Single Room
Sup Tourist Class / 1 December 2019 - 22 December 2020 / Per Person Twin Share
$821
  • Sup Tourist Class
  • 1 December 2019 - 22 December 2020
  • Per Person Twin Share
Sup Tourist Class / 1 December 2019 - 22 December 2020 / Single Room
$1324
  • Sup Tourist Class
  • 1 December 2019 - 22 December 2020
  • Single Room
Heritage Class / 16 March 2020 - 14 November 2020 / Per Person Twin Share
$917
  • Heritage Class
  • 16 March 2020 - 14 November 2020
  • Per Person Twin Share
Heritage Class / 16 March 2020 - 14 November 2020 / Single Room
$1514
  • Heritage Class
  • 16 March 2020 - 14 November 2020
  • Single Room
Deluxe Class / 1 December 2019 - 15 November 2020 / Per Person Twin Share
$962
  • Deluxe Class
  • 1 December 2019 - 15 November 2020
  • Per Person Twin Share
Deluxe Class / 1 December 2019 - 15 November 2020 / Single Room
$1697
  • Deluxe Class
  • 1 December 2019 - 15 November 2020
  • Single Room
Class
  • Tourist Class
  • Sup Tourist Class
  • Heritage Class
  • Deluxe Class
Travel Date
  • 1 December 2019 - 31 October 2020
  • 1 December 2019 - 22 December 2020
  • 16 March 2020 - 14 November 2020
  • 1 December 2019 - 15 November 2020
Room Type
  • Per Person Twin Share
  • Single Room

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