Treasures of Istanbul
7 Days / 5 Nights
Imagine a city having been the capital of Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires for more than 2,000 years; a bridge between Asia and Europe, once part of the Great Silk Road where it ended. Istanbul is a pivotal point of three great religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam that still coexist next to each other in harmony; and finally chosen by the European Community as the 2010 cultural capital of Europe.
This journey takes you from the ancient history of Istanbul including the Neolithic time, and leads, enriches and enlightens you through layers of civilizations on top of one another and finally connects you to the present city. You will learn in depth about its natural splendid beauties, history, culture, array of cuisine. There is no other city as unique in connecting your heart and soul, as this. It's truly unforgettable journey of life time!
You will experience the throbbing labyrinthine bazaars; some of the oldest buildings in the world still in use daily; the richly colored tiled walls covering many mosques, made with techniques based on Chinese porcelains traded during the early Silk Road era. Some frescos of Christian churches pre 500 AD will allure you in this exotic city. Take the opportunity to experience a Turkish bath (hamam) and partake of the little restaurants where a small group can fit in (without too much notice) getting the opportunity to choose from the menu the local people have for daily consumption and relish watching the preparation of your selection. A cruise on the Bosporus by ferry is a must for enjoying seeing the shorelines separating Europe and Asia.
Best time to travel:
Spring ~ fall
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Treasures of Istanbul Travel Itinerary
Depart the USA. Overnight flight to Istanbul.
Day 2 ~ Istanbul
Upon arrival in Istanbul, we will meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel for overnight.
Day 3 ~ Istanbul
Today we'll start exploring Istanbul in order to feel its pulse and learn about the past of this ever fascinating, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, so rich in old sites, arts and crafts, as well as hospitable people; no wonder it always attracts its guests back like magnet, once they've listened to Istanbul's heartbeat. We will start the day with a walk to the Hippodrome, arena for political, cultural, and sports activities during Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman times, the Blue Mosque, famous for its Iznik blue tiles; and Topkapi Palace, which has been home to Ottoman Sultans for 400 years.
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Accommodation for 5 nights at selected 4 star hotels, and/or restored Ottoman mansions and special boutique hotels
Daily private sightseeing by comfortable air-conditioned car or van
Including professional driver and his expenses
English speaking and knowledgeable guide and his expenses
Entrance fees to sites indicated in bold on the itinerary
Two arrival and departure transfers
Bosporus cruise in Istanbul
Complete information package with itineraries, travel and visa information, and luggage tags