Overview

Istanbul - 4 nights

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Secret Istanbul

Return to Istanbul, to explore further its heritage and hidden gems from the Classical, Byzantine and Ottoman eras

Discover the secrets of this magnificent world city and its domains from ancient times to the 20th century.

The Archaeological Museum reveals the sarcophagi of Alexander and Byzantine Emperors, a tablet of the Egypt – Hittite peace treaty and items from Troy, Lycia, Ephesus, Babylon, Pergamon and the Mausoleum of Mausolus.

The Theodosian city walls and Yedicule Castle were founded in the 5th century to withstand Attila the Hun and protected Constantinople for 1,000 years until the Ottomans finally broke through and ended the Byzantine Empire.

Constantinople was in turn the Roman Imperial capital, the head of the Greek Orthodox Church and the Ottoman Caliphate. Explore this unique religious heritage, the hidden gems of ‘Little St. Sophia’, Sokullu Pasha and Semsi Pasha mosques, and church of St. George.

The Pera district was the Genoese quarter and then the embassy quarter, whilst the Asian side contrasts with the European side with its own riches to discover.

Key Features

Cultural Short Break
Jules Verne Sightseeing
UNESCO: Historic Istanbul
Local Expert Guide
No Single Supplement
Solo Group
Group Size: 4 – 25

 

Day 1 Fly from your chosen airport to Istanbul for four nights.

Day 2 Drive along the Theodosian city walls to Yedicule, Castle of Seven Towers. Visit ‘little St. Sophia’ (Sergius Bacchus Church), the ‘jewelled’ Sokollu Pasha mosque, Haghia Eirene, the Archaeological Museum and Egyptian Bazaar. (B)

Day 3 Visit the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate church of St. George, the Galata Tower and artisan area, then the Pera ‘Orientalist’ museum. (B)

Day 4 Drive over the Bosphorus to Asia to Beylerebeyi Ottoman Palace and the tiny mosque of Semsi Pasha. By boat to Leander’s Tower and walk through Kadikoy Bazaar and historical fish market. Enjoy a farewell drink, then return by ferry to Galata Bridge. (B)

Day 5 Return flight. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

2020

Mondays
per person in a twin/double room – Fehmi Bey
British Airways from Heathrow

No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Solo Group Departure

16 March 2020

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Limited availability, on these dates:
2020: Oct 26

Single supplement £80

Solo Group Departure
2020: Mar 16 

Accommodation Upgrades

Hotel Arena £20
Single supplement £95

Hotel Crowne Plaza Old City £45
Single supplement £130

Extension Options

Extra nights - Istanbul 
Fehmi Bey (per night) £40
Single supplement £20

Hotel Arena (per night) £43
Single supplement £22

Hotel Crowne Plaza Old City
(per night) £52
Single supplement £33

Independent Arrival

Save £200
Arrival transfer add £25
Departure transfer add £25

Price Includes
Air travel, UK departure taxes, overseas airport taxes, transfers, 4 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 dinner, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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