Return to Istanbul, to explore further its heritage and hidden gems from the Classical, Byzantine and Ottoman eras
Istanbul - 4 nights
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.
Cultural Short Break
Jules Verne Sightseeing
UNESCO: Historic Istanbul
Local Expert Guide
No Single Supplement
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)
A ‘Special Category’ hotel with rooftop terrace and bar. Air-conditioned rooms with WiFi, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
A ‘Special-Category’ Ottoman mansion with period furnishings, restaurant and Turkish bath. Bar, restaurant, air-conditioned rooms with WiFi, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
This 5-star hotel in a historic building is close to Grand Bazaar. Restaurant, bar, café, shops, indoor pool, Turkish bath and WiFi (chargeable). 265 rooms with tea/coffee making facilities.
per person in a twin/double room – Fehmi Bey
British Airways from Heathrow
Supplements per person
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Oct 26 (excludes Hotel Arena)
Single supplement £80
Hotel Arena £20
Single supplement £95
Hotel Crowne Plaza Old City £45
Single supplement £130
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
Arrival and departure transfer add £25
Air travel, UK departure taxes, overseas airport taxes, transfers, 4 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 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.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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