TWO DAYS IN MAGICAL ISTANBUL

  • Hamn

    Istanbul

  • Svårighetsnivå

    Svårt

  • Typ

    Panorama, Culture, Shopping, Meal included

  • Pris

    Vuxna

    EUR155.0

  • Varaktighet i timmar

    13.5

  • Utflyktskod

    1097

Description An excursion that offers a unique experience: two days to visit the amazing city of Istanbul, get to know its history and explore its gems. A tour not to be missed at an exceptional price and the opportunity to enjoy the city to the full.

What we will see
  • Hippodrome of Constantinople
  • Blue Mosque
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Topkapi Palace
  • Basilica Cistern
  • Cruise along the Bosphorus
  • Dolmabahçe Palace
  • Beylerbeyi Palace
  • Anadolu Hisari
  • Spice Market
  • Grand Bazaar


What we will do
  • The first testimony of the ancient Byzantine capital that we find before us as we get off the coach is the Hippodrome of Constantinople, of which there are only a few remains and part of the monuments that used to decorate its centre.
  • In its immediate proximity we find the famous Blue Mosque, whose official name is Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Renowned for its architectural harmony, proportion and elegance, it is truly unique as it is the only original mosque in the world with six minarets.
  • We continue towards Hagia Sophia, i.e. the Church of the Holy Wisdom. Originally the largest Christian cathedral of Byzantine rite worship, it and was built above an ancient church dating back to 360 AD and was converted into a museum during the last century.
  • The walk continues as far as the Topkapi Palace, a large complex surrounded by walls located on the banks of the Bosphorus and the Golden Horns and once the residence of Ottoman Sultans.
  • We then remain enchanted by an imposing underground construction dating back to Justinian times in the 6th century known as Basilica Cistern: it is an astonishing masterpiece, the largest and most magnificent covered cistern in Istanbul.
  • After exploring the numerous gems to be found in the city centre, we now have the pleasure of embarking on an exclusive cruise along the Bosphorus where we are able to spot and admire the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Beylerbeyi Palace and some of the remaining towers of Anadolu Hisari, the Anatolian Fortress located where the city of Istanbul meets the Black Sea.
  • We then visit two famous characteristic covered markets: the folkloristic Spice Market with its exotic mix of colours, aromas and flavours and the huge Grand Bazaar.
  • We explore the aisles and alleyways that make up this huge market which is divided into a older covered section and a modern open-air section at our own leisure before taking part in an interesting presentation on the history of how Turkish carpets are made.

What you need to know
  • The tour includes two daily excursion for a total of 13 hours and 30 minutes. Day one also includes lunch, while the excursion only lasts half a day on day two.
  • The excursion involves walking approximately 7 km over two days.
  • Parts of the itinerary will be on uneven ground. We therefore recommend wearing comfortable shoes and paying attention to avoid falls and injuries.
  • This excursion is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.
  • Guests must remove their shoes to visit the mosque (a bag to carry them will be provided), shoulders and knees must be covered and women must cover their heads with a scarf.
  • Some parts of the palace may be temporarily closed to the public for restoration.
  • We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
  • The Spice Market and Grand Bazaar are closed during national holidays and religious festivities.
  • Topkapi palace is closed until 1 pm during religious festivities.
  • The Blue Mosque may be closed to the public during the month of Ramadan. In this case, the excursion will include a visit to another historic Mosque.