Istanbul City Break

Turkey

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  • Discover the city where East meets West on this 4-night guided holiday to Istanbul.
  • Stay in Istanbul’s city centre for easy access to all of the city’s most fascinating highlights.
  • Experience the European & Asian sides of Istanbul on two half day guided city tours.
  • Enjoy plenty of free time to explore this historic city, with tips from our local guide.

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Your Escorted Istanbul City Break Holiday

Join us on an unforgettable 4-night city break holiday as we immerse ourselves in the history and culture of Istanbul. Because the city bridges the continents of Asia and Europe, Istanbul has been hugely influential throughout the centuries as a key stronghold for the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Empires may have come and gone but what’s been left behind is a richly diverse culture that’s evident in the city’s everyday life. On this holiday to Istanbul, we’ll explore the city’s Asian and European sides on two half day guided tours with an expert, local guide. We’ll also enjoy plenty of free time to discover the city’s array of important historical sites, wander its colourful markets or just relax with a steaming cup of Turkish coffee while taking in the atmosphere of this impressive city.

 

Trip Itinerary

Leisurely

Activity Level: Leisurely

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Travel to Turkey

Arrive in Istanbul

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Upon arrival in Turkey, you will be met by our local representative in the arrivals area of the airport before being transferred to your hotel.

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Istanbul City Tour

Guided Tour of Istanbul

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Lets discover more of this vibrant and bustling city!

After breakfast we set out on a morning city tour of Istanbul, which will include visits to the Blue Mosque, St. Sophia Museum (viewed from the outside), the Egyptian Obelisks, the Roman Hippodrome and Topkapi Palace.

This lively city is a perfect combination of modern and ancient, displaying a range of architecture from majestic skyscrapers to historic mosques, temples and churches. Your afternoon will be at leisure, to relax and get to know your surroundings or uncover more of Istanbul's fascinating treasures. Your guide will be happy to suggest places of interest.

 

Please note: As of July 2020, St Sophia will no longer be a museum. It has now been converted to a Mosque. During times of prayer it may not be possible to visit the inside, should you wish to visit the inside in your free time.

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Istanbul - Asian Side guided excursion

Explore the Asian Side of Istanbul

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Lets see more of Istanbul!

After breakfast, we leave the European side of Istanbul and set off on a half day guided city tour of the Asian side. We enjoy a guided excursion to Camlica Hill, with panoramic views over Istanbul and a visit to the opulent summer residence of the Ottoman Sultan, Beylebeyi Palace. Step back in time and discover the wealth and lavishness of a summer home to the Sultans (entrance is included).

 

Free Time at Leisure

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The afternoon will be at leisure. Your guide will be pleased to advise on sightseeing suggestions to suit your interests, like a cruise down the Bosphorus, or the Spice market, Istanbul is a big city and there is lots to see.

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At Leisure or Optional Excursion

Free Time in Istanbul

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You will have today free to take in some sightseeing and shopping at your own pace. You might like to visit the Underground Cistern, a fascinating network of water channels and ornamental pillars, dating back to Roman times. Another Istanbul highlight is the Grand Bazaar, a sprawling, lively covered market where you can haggle with vendors while drinking apple tea and enjoying the unique atmosphere, or enjoy a cruise down the Bosphorus and a visit to the Spice market.

Optional Excursion - Hagia Sophia & Grand Bazaar

See optional excursions list below for further information.

Optional Excursion - Golden Horn, Spice Market & Cruise on the Bosphorus

See optional excursions list below for further information.

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Return Home

Depart Turkey

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Transfer by coach from your hotel to Istanbul Airport for your flight home, with guide assistance.

* We aim to operate your tour itinerary according to the format shown. Occasionally, local conditions and unexpected events may result in adjustments to the planned schedule. We kindly ask for your understanding and flexibility in the event of any changes

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Know before you go

Will I be met at the airport?

You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.

Do I need a Visa?

Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements

What if there is an emergency?

We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.

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