- 17/06/2017 at 11:41 pm #8706
Tour Name: 3-Days Istanbul Tour
Departure Point: Hotels in Istanbul
Price: Please Ask
Istanbul Tour for Ramadan
We offer you the perfect way to discover Istanbul and its heritage, while experiencing some of the highlights of the city, including the magnificent heritage of the Ottoman Empire, the charming nature found within and close to the city, the traditional culinary delights as well as the shopping opportunities found in the city. We offer you the safest and most secure environment for you to spend your time in the city, with a professional woman guide that will go with you everywhere during the tours, offering precious information and advice. Considering your visit is during the month of Ramadan, we will replace the lunch during the day with an iftar meal after sunset in one of the many restaurants offering this option. We have designed the perfect itinerary for your group and hope you find it appealing.
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DAY 1: Istanbul Tour | Historical Sites – Bosphorus Cruise
We will pick you up from your hotel and drive to the first visit of the day. Start your first day in magnificent Istanbul with a tour of the Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans for over 400 years. This elegant and beautiful palace sits on the shores of the Bosporus and contains several courtyards and buildings, being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace is now one of the most interesting and luxurious museums in the world, with countless chambers and spaces dedicated to the history and lifestyle of the Ottoman Empire. Following the visit of the Palace, within walking distance, we will visit the Sultanahmet Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque, due to its magnificent decorations in the interior. Still being used as a mosque after about 400 years since it was built by Sultan Mehmed I, it has a beautiful and charming architecture, with one main dome, eight secondary domes, and six minarets.
Continuing our Istanbul tour, we will drive towards the Eyup Mosque, the first mosque built in the city by the Ottomans after the conquest of Constantinople, in 1458. The mosque has a history of over 500 years and it is one of the most important Ottoman landmarks in Istanbul. It is also a holy place for Muslims, as it houses the tomb of Sultan Eyup, the standard-bearer of Prophet Muhammad, as well as some personal belongings of the Prophet. From the mosque, we will drive to the Pierre Loti Hill, from where one of the most beautiful panoramas of the city can be admired. The Hill is a charming natural site and we will have a break for tea or coffee. After the visit to the Pierre Loti Hill, we will have lunch. For those who are observing Ramadan, the lunch will be replaced with an iftar meal at sunset at one of the restaurants in the city center.
The second part of the day will start with a visit to the Egyptian Bazaar, also known as the Spice Market. One of the most beautiful spectacles of life, a delight of color, smell and sound, this visit will impress you. The bazaar was built back in 1664 and now serves as spice market, with spices, dried fruits, delicacies and an impressive array of fragrances that will reward your senses. You will have some time to shop around and after the bazaar; we will head on to the last activity of the day and also one of the most attractive. A cruise on the Bosporus offers you a unique view of the city, a chance to discover some of its most impressive sights from another perspective. The skyline of Istanbul is one of the most beautiful in the world and for several hours, you will have the chance to relax while watching some unforgettable sights, including Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Maiden´s Tower, Bosphorus bridges, Rumeli and Anadolu Fortresses and Ottoman Residences. Following the Bosphorus cruise, we will take you back to your hotel or visit one of the restaurants in Sultanahmet Square for an iftar meal.
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DAY 2: Prince’s Islands Tour
Day two of your tour in Istanbul will be dedicated to one of the most enchanting visits you can have from Istanbul, the Prince’s Islands, located close to the Golden Horn area. We will sail to this popular destination and visit its most important landmarks. On these islands, during the Byzantine Empire, many princes and other important personalities have been exiled, while the Ottomans also exiled here several important figures. In recent times, the charm of the islands has drawn many wealthy people from Istanbul to set up mansions and holiday houses here. The beautiful architecture of the settlements is also impressive, with Victorian-style villas and luxurious Ottoman mansions. Most of these landmarks are located on Buyukada (Big Island), including mansions, mosques, churches, and monasteries. On the island, you will move around using a horse-drawn carriage, as all motor vehicles are not allowed there. This will surely be an interesting feature and you will have time to admire the lush and exotic vegetation found on the island.
During the visit to the Prince Islands, you will also have the chance to admire astonishing natural landscapes, as well as the panorama of Istanbul from afar. On the island, you can have lunch if you wish, while the ones observing Ramadan will be offered an iftar meal in Istanbul after sundown. Around 18:00, we will return to Istanbul and you have the option to visit a Turkish Hammam, where you will have the opportunity to relax and replenish your energy. We will then take you back to your hotel or visit a restaurant in Sultanahmet Square to have an iftar meal.
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DAY 3: Shopping Tour
The last day of your tour will be dedicated to shopping, Istanbul is one of the best destinations in the world for shopping opportunities. We will begin the day with a visit to the impressive Grand Bazaar, located in the Old City. This area is huge and there are hundreds of shops and merchants offering an overwhelming variety of merchandise. We will guide through this maze and offer you the best advice on what and where you can buy from here. The Grand Bazaar is also a tourist landmark, showing a unique piece of the daily life in Istanbul. Continuing our shopping tour, we will drive towards the Nisantasi quarter, where you will have the chance to find the most famous brands. On these several streets, you will have time to explore the luxurious shops and boutiques.
You will then have lunch if you desire and for those of you observing the Ramadan, you will be offered an iftar meal after sundown. Our last shopping destination will be the Cevahir Shopping Mall, a huge shopping area expanded on 6 floors, containing the best and most popular brands in the world. In this impressive mall, you will have time to explore and find anything you want. Next, we will head over to the Istinye Park Shopping Mall, another impressive shopping center, with hundreds of stores from famous International and Turkish brands. Following the shopping experience, we will return to the city center, where you will have the option to spend some time in the Sultanahmet Square, where you can have an iftar meal after sunset and watch the rhythm of the city. When the Istanbul tour ends, we will drop you off to your hotels in Istanbul.
Istanbul Tour for Ramadan Includes
- Complimentary Airport Pickup & Drop-off
- 4 nights accommodation in a serviced apartment hotel in Istanbul
- All meals mentioned in the package
- Minibus transportation with luxury amenities
- Entrance fees to the museums during guided tours
- Professional English-speaking or any other language (upon request) *guiding lady
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