Tour Style : Special Interest Tour
Duration : 7 Days / 6 Nights
Day 1 – Istanbul – Arrival Day
(Welcome dinner included)
Welcome to Turkey. Arrival into Istanbul. Transfer from the airport & check in to your hotel. Tonight you and your special loved one will enjoy a welcome dinner where you will be introduced to Turkish cuisine and enjoy the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 – Istanbul City Tour
We depart at 09:00 for the Istanbul city tour. We will begin with ancient HIPPODROME, which was the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. We will then continue with SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet. It is also known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles we then arrive to our last stop, which is the famous Hagia Sophia (Hagia Sophia). This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. After the tour you have the option to make a shopping tour in which you will be aware of the ancient arts of Turkey like carpet weaving, leather manufacturing and jewellery. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 – Istanbul – Blue Cruise
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
This morning we depart via domestic flight to Dalaman Airport. Transfer from Dalaman Airport to Fethiye Harbour. Enjoy some swimming or snorkelling at the tranquil Ag Bay where lunch will be served as well. Our first night is spent in Cleopatra's Bay, where we can swim in the ruins of an ancient bath and enjoy an exquisite dinner & romantic sunset drinks. Overnight onboard your Blue cruise.
Day 4 – Blue Cruise
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
After breakfast we cruise to the beautiful Bedri Rahmi Bay, named after one of the first Blue Voyagers who in 1973 painted a fish on a rock. Here you can swim or take a walk on the island. We have lunch at Flat Island, and have a swim in the shallow waters at the small beach. Dinner and your second night is spent nearby Tersane Island. Overnight onboard your Blue Cruise.
Day 5 – Blue Cruise
(Breakfast and lunch included)
Today we are cruising to Gocek to swim, snorkel or just soak up some sunshine. After lunch we cruise along a few more bays and have our last swimming stop at Red Island before returning to Fethiye Harbour. Upon arrival to the harbour, you will transfer to Dalaman Airport for a domestic flight back to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 6 – Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Tour
After breakfast at 08:30am we depart for Istanbul BOSPHORUS Boat Cruise, a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of is marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.
Enjoy a magical Istanbul Bosphorus Boat Cruise and Spice Market Tour starting at 08:30. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat including:
SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar) The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.
RUMELI FORTRESS Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul was completed in only four months to control and protect the infamous Bosphorus passage. It is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture anywhere in the world.
BEYLERBEYI PALACE The summer residence of Ottoman sultans exists in its original renovated glory featuring original antique furniture and magnificent gardens with the Harem on the Asian side of Istanbul.
BOSPHORUS BRIDGE enjoy a unique chance to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe)
CAMLICA HILL the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosporus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional Turkish Ottoman style.
SHOPPING AT BEDESTEN (after cruise)
Experience the traditional silk weaving skills of Turkish women at the carpet weaving courses provided by The Ministry of National Education. You will get the opportunity to see jewellery, handcrafts centre and a modern leatherwear show. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 7 Istanbul – End of Tour
After breakfast check out from the hotel. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again
What is included
- Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
- Domestic flight from Istanbul to Izmir
- Domestic flight from Dalaman to Istanbul
- 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
- 4 Star and Boutique Accommodation over the entire tour
- 4 nights hotel in Istanbul with breakfast
- 3 days, 2 nights onboard Mediterranean Cruise with full board
- Guided Istanbul city tour
- Guided Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Private Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- Professional English-speaking tour guides
- Private return airport transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours
Hotels, Prices, Booking
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Hotels we use
Antalya ANTALYA - ALP PASA HOTEL http://www.alppasa.com
Canakkale Helen Hotel http://www.helenhotel.com
Cappadocia Dedeli Konak Cave Hotel http://www.dedelikonak.com
Cappadocia Dedeli Deluxe Hotel http://www.dedelidelux.com
Gaziantep ASUDE HOTEL (BOUTIQUE STYLE) http://www.asudekonak.com
Istanbul Hotel Sokullu Pacha http://www.sokullupasahotel.com/
Kahta ZEUS HOTEL **** http://www.zeushotel.com.tr
Kars SIMER HOTEL *** http://www.simerhotel.com
Konya Hich Hotel http://hichhotel.com/
Kusadasi Palm Hotel *** http://www.palmhotel.com.tr
Mardin ZINCIRIYE HOTEL (BOUTIQUE STYLE) http://www.zinciriye.com/tr
Pamukkale Colossea Thermal Hotel **** http://www.colossaehotel.com
Sanliurfa MANICI HOTEL **** http://www.maniciurfa.com
Tatvan KARDELEN HOTEL *** http://www.kardelenotel.com
Trabzon SAYLAMLAR HOTEL **** http://www.hotelsaylamlar.com
Van T AMARA HOTEL **** http://www.tamaraotel.com