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DAY 1:- Depart for Istanbul

Depart from London Heathrow Airport to Istanbul.

Welcome to Turkey. Upon arrival at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport, clear        immigration, collect your luggage and follow sign for EXIT.

You will be greeted at the airport by our English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to recover from jet lag and get ready for the adventures awaiting you! (Istanbul is 2 hours ahead of UK GMT).

In the evening transfer for dinner at an Indian restaurant.

Meals: Dinner                                                        Overnight: Istanbul


DAY 2:– Istanbul – City Tour

This morning after breakfast, we begin our city tour of Istanbul and enjoy the exotic city that spans both Europe and Asia. We visit the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sofia and the Hippodrome.

Later visit the Grand Bazaar – the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewellery, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style.

Hagia Sophia – Built by the Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century AD and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus, the church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Converted into a mosque in 1453, it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is also famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child.

Blue Mosque – which takes its name from the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Built by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century and designed by a pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottoman architects, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Its courtyard is especially grand.

The Hippodrome – the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive.

In the evening transfer for dinner at an Indian restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                  Overnight: Istanbul


DAY 3:- Istanbul

After breakfast, free time at leisure. Later board our coach and proceed for half a day city tour.

We begin with a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar*, one of Istanbul’s most colourful, bustling attractions. A colourful market heaped with various sweets and spices. The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.

Next, we travel to the Golden Horn on our way to an unforgettable boat cruise along the Bosphorus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul. Sail up the Bosphorus, the waterway between Europe and Asia, passing under the suspension bridges and viewing Ottoman summer palaces, Rumeli Hisar, a massive fortress built by Mehmet the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul. Also noteworthy on this tour are the 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultans’ fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges.

Spice Bazaar – The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.

Boat Cruise On The Bosphorus – An amazing cruise between the two continents, EUROPE and ASIA, cruise along the Bosphorus by the Dolmabahçe and Beylerbeyi Palaces, wooden villas and mansions up to the Rumeli Fortress.

Later we will be drop off at your hotel. Rest of the afternoon free time at leisure or   go   shopping.

Entertainment: – Turkish Night

This evening we visit an exclusive nightclub where we will enjoy authentic Turkish cuisine, including the delicious array of appetizers known as meze. The Turks are justly proud of their food. They are equally proud of their traditional music, and after dinner folk musicians from different regions of Anatolia will perform for us.

And of course no night out in Istanbul would be complete without belly-dancers. We will be entertained by some of the city’s finest.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                  Overnight: Istanbul


DAY 4:– Flight Istanbul – London

 This morning after breakfast, free time at leisure. Later at 2pm, we depart for Istanbul Ataturk Airport to board your flight to London.

On arrival at London Heathrow Airport, follow signs for arrival/baggage claim, clear immigration, collect baggage and follow sign for exit.

Meals: Breakfast,

Note:

  • Return flight – If your flight departs in the morning, you will arrive in U.K. on the same day.
  • Return flight – If your flight departs in the afternoon / evening, you will arrive in U.K. on the next day.

 ** Your tour ends, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful holiday. **

 

Highlights

Istanbul (4 Nights):

  • City tour of Istanbul – Blue Mosque,
  • Boat Cruise On The Bosporus
  • Spice & Grand Bazaar
  • Entertainment – Turkish Night

Included/Excluded

Escorted Tour Package Includes:

  1.  Meet and greet with our Tour Manager upon your arrival at London Heathrow Airport check in desk.
  2.  International flights in economy class departing from London Heathrow Airport with Full ATOL Protection.
  3.  We can also arrange departures from your local airport upon request.
  4.  Return hotel / airport transfers at your destination.
  5.  Twin / Double sharing room at quality hotels with private facilities including general hotel amenities.
  6.  Meals as per the itinerary – Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner, N - No Meal. Indian dinners will be provided daily.
  7.  All International and Domestic flights during your holiday including airport taxes.
  8. Sightseeing excursions and activities including entrance fees.
  9. Services of our multilingual Tour Manager including English speaking local tour guide.
  10.  Tips for local tour guides and drivers.
  11.  Entertainment and surprises.

Escorted Tour Package Excludes:

  1.  Travel & Medical Insurance – We request you to purchase your own comprehensive travel insurance to cover you during your holiday.
  2. Optional tours and Visas - Prices on the itinerary are approximate, subject to availability & can change at any time.
  3. Tourism and Room Taxes.
  4.  Any expenses of personal nature, for example: Room service, drinks, porterage, telephone calls, laundry, bar service and beverages with meals etc.
  5.  Any additional expenses incurred due to flight delay, flight cancellation, unforeseen weather conditions, natural disasters, political unrests / closures and technical faults etc.
  6.  Excess luggage costs.
  7. Any surcharges, taxes, fuel increases and rate of currency exchange prior to your tour departure.

Visa Requirements

  1. British citizens require machine-readable passports, valid for 30 days after the return date, when travelling to the Turkey.
  2. Visa: Istanbul (Turkey) - British Citizen passport holders do require visas to enter Turkey. Visas can be obtained on arrival cost £20 per person. Please ensure you make your own arrangements to obtain the Visas if you require them.
    OR You can easily apply for a tourist visa in just a few steps at www.evisa.gov.tr and you can obtain an electronic visa (e-Visa) via online application provided that you have a minimum 6- months- valid passport by the date of application. You can explore Turkey and its wealth of culture, history and scenic beauty unless your visit exceeds 90 days.From 2 March 2020, British nationals travelling for tourism or business purposes will no longer need a visa to enter Turkey for visits of up to 90 days within a 180-day period.
  3.  Ensure your passport has sufficient blank pages. Most destinations require that you have adequate un-used pages in your passport, allowing for any necessary stamps upon arrival and departure. We recommend for each country you are visiting that you have at least two free pages in your passport before any international travel.