Best of Istanbul - 5 days (TR-04)

This 5-day tour is the perfect introduction to this fascinating city, allowing you to tour its sights at an unhurried pace. Before it became Istanbul, this was Constantinople, and before that, Byzantium. Straddling Europe and Asia, this captivating city is one of the most exciting city break destinations in the world, at once exotic and familiar. Its long history, rich cultural heritage and extraordinary physical geography will not disappoint.  
Istanbul
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia
Blue Mosque
Bosphorus Cruise
Egyptian Market

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from £1,095 per person, 5 days




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Day 1. Istanbul. Arrival and Welcome
On arrival at the city’s Ataturk Airport, you’ll be met and, once immigration formalities have been completed, transfer to your centrally located hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2. Istanbul. City Tour. Üsküdar and Kadıköy
It’s time to get acquainted with this fascinating city. After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll cross the Bosphorus to take a look at the Maiden Tower. We’ll move on to the Kadıköy district, still on the Asian side of the city, for lunch. After lunch there’ll be a little free time to enable you to explore on foot or by vintage tram to and from Moda. Later, return to the European part of the city by ferry. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3. Istanbul. Eyüp and Beyoğlu
We will explore the Süleymaniye Mosque - one of the largest mosques in Istanbul, Next, you’ll visit the Eyüp Sultan Mosque and Tomb. After lunch, it’s time to discover a more modern side to Istanbul. We’ll concentrate on the area once called Pera, around Taksim Square and Istiklal Street. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4. Istanbul. Sultanahmet
On the itinerary today is the beautiful Topkapi Palace before moving on to nearby Hagia Sophia. Our third stop is the stunning Blue Mosque, famed for the blue Iznik tiles which lend the place its name. Afterwards, we will stroll through Sultanahmet Square and visit the atmospheric Basilica Cistern. The afternoon is devoted to the Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 5. Istanbul. Bosphorus Cruise. Egyptian Market. Departure
Today’s your final day in Istanbul. Before you depart, pay a visit to the Egyptian Bazaar. It’s conveniently located close to the Bosphorus, and you’ll end your trip taking a relaxing cruise up this iconic waterway. Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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Quick Facts
  • Season: Four Seasons
  • Starts: Istanbul
  • Ends: Istanbul
  • Departs: Monday
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Group Size: 2-4
  • Tour Grade:   Gentle

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Day 1. Istanbul. Arrival and Welcome
Today you’ll board your flight bound for Istanbul. On arrival at the city’s Ataturk Airport, you’ll be met and, once immigration formalities have been completed, transfer to your centrally located hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2. Istanbul. City Tour. Üsküdar and Kadıköy
It’s time to get acquainted with this fascinating city. After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll cross the Bosphorus to take a look at the Maiden Tower. This mediaeval gem perches on a rocky islet beside Istanbul’s Üsküdar neighbourhood and featured in the Bond movie “The World is Not Enough”. We’ll move on to the Kadıköy district, still on the Asian side of the city, for lunch. The views across the Sea of Marmara toward Sultanahmet are breathtaking. After lunch there’ll be a little free time to enable you to explore on foot or by vintage tram to and from Moda. We recommend you call in at confectioners Hacı Bekir Efendi; they’ve been making Turkish Delight here since 1777. Later, return to the European part of the city by ferry. Overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 3. Istanbul. Eyüp and Beyoğlu
The Süleymaniye Mosque is one of the largest mosques in Istanbul, built by Süleyman the Magnificent during his 16th century reign. Today, this is where we begin our sightseeing programme before enjoying the ride by cable car up the hill to the Pierre Loti café. Named after a French writer, the views over the Golden Horn from its shady terrace are a real treat. Next, you’ll visit the Eyüp Sultan Mosque and Tomb. Learn why it means so much to the faithful as the city’s oldest mosque and final resting place of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari, the right-hand man of the Prophet Muḥammad. After lunch, it’s time to discover a more modern side to Istanbul. We’ll concentrate on the area once called Pera, around Taksim Square and Istiklal Street, one of the liveliest in the city and known for its many shops, restaurants and bars. Don’t miss the ornate architecture of the Çiçek Pasajı while you’re there. Overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 4. Istanbul. Sultanahmet
On the itinerary today is the beautiful Topkapi Palace, which occupies a commanding spot on the promontory overlooking the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus. Once, this sprawling palace was home to the Ottoman Sultans. We’ll allow plenty of time to do justice to the harem’s quarters, kitchen and gardens before moving on to nearby Hagia Sophia. In its long history, this imposing building has been a church, a mosque and a museum. Our third stop is equally magnificent: the stunning Blue Mosque, famed for the blue Iznik tiles which lend the place its name. Afterwards, we will stroll through Sultanahmet Square and have lunch at a nearby restaurant; if there’s time, you could squeeze in a visit to the atmospheric Basilica Cistern. The afternoon is devoted to the Grand Bazaar. Shop for handicrafts and more at this historic covered market. Overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 5. Istanbul. Bosphorus Cruise. Egyptian Market. Departure
Today’s your final day in Istanbul. Before you depart, pay a visit to the Egyptian Bazaar, also referred to as the Spice Market, which has delighted foodies since it opened in the 17th century. It’s conveniently located close to the Bosphorus, and you’ll end your trip taking a relaxing cruise up this iconic waterway. It’s flanked by palaces and gardens - highlights include the gorgeous Dolmabahçe Palace and the Ciragan Palace, now the Kempinski Hotel. It’s the perfect end to your trip. Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)


THE BORDERS ARE OPEN NOW. BOOK A PRIVATE HOLIDAY TO TURKEY
Minimum entry formalities. No quarantine upon return to the UK
All tours are private. Flexible booking & amendment policy
Book before 30 September 2020 & get 10% off.
Enter TURKEY2020 in the booking form. Read more…


Want to travel on different dates?
Please see below for our group tour dates, if you would like to travel on a different day, please let us know and we will come back to you with an offer. There might be additional surcharges for a private tour but all depends on the number of people in your party and your travel preferences.

Note on pricing
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Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in British Pounds. All included services are listed in the tour overview section.
  2. Price “Including flight” is subject to airfare availability and will be reconfirmed upon your booking. We advise not to delay with booking your tour as airfares may go up.
  3. Price “Excluding flight” does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights.
  4. Single supplement goes towards single room accommodation.
  5. Solo supplement is payable in the unlikely event when you are the only person on the tour. It will be refunded if other people join the same tour.






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