Bare Bones Istanbul
Istanbul is truly a transcontinental city, its European and Asian elements fusing with remarkable results. Following many incarnations – as the Greek colony, Byzantium; the eastern capital of the Roman Empire, Constantinople; and Der Sadet, the Ottoman “gate to prosperity” – the city now boasts some of the most unusual and stunning architectural blends one can see in the modern world. Basing ourselves in the city’s historic heart, we and our expert local guide, traveling like locals, discover the real Istanbul. As well as encountering highlights such as the astounding Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia, we also enjoy free time to discover the Istanbul we have been longing for: whether that means lounging in opulent Turkish baths, filling our noses with the scent of fresh spices, or revelling in the buzz of its celebrated nightlife.
Your Departure date
Deposit: £250 Single supplement: £390
Day 1 - Istanbul
Arrive into Istanbul and settle into our hotel, where we are met by our guide.
Day 2 - Istanbul
Our discoveries begin with a visit to the late Roman Hippodrome, from here we enjoy a short walk to the 6th century Basilica Cistern. After the inimitable Hagia Sophia we visit two nearby museums the Mosaic Museum, with its in situ Byzantine mosaics, and the fantastic Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts.
Day 3 - Istanbul
We walk to Süleymaniye Mosque, then to the spice market, a highly sensory experience before reaching the regenerated Golden Horn waterfront area. Later, we have an enchanting cruise up the Bosphorus aboard a ferry.
Day 4 - Istanbul
Our day starts at Hagia Eirene, one of the few Greek Orthodox Churches in the city that was not converted to a mosque. We continue on to visit the splendid Topkapı Palace, a magnificent legacy of the Ottoman sultans. Our afternoon is free for independent exploration.
Day 5 - Istanbul
Today we cross the Golden Horn and enter Beyoğlu, or Pera, then a tram ride takes us up to the renowned “Grand Rue de Pera”, with a stop at Taksim Square. A gentle walk back down brings us to the Museum of Innocence then we finish our day’s touring at Pera Museum.
Day 6 - Istanbul
After breakfast, our tour comes to an end.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Local Guide
- Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
- All breakfasts
- Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single Supp.||Availability|
|6 May 2020||ABBI200506||6 May 2020 (Wednesday)||11 May 2020 (Monday)||Bulent Sahan||£965
|21 October 2020||ABBI201021||21 October 2020 (Wednesday)||26 October 2020 (Monday)||Bulent Sahan||£965
||£390||Call for availability|