The Bosphorus | Istanbul | Turkey
FROM: R8,900 pp

Visit Istanbul - the only city that spans two continents. See the beautiful Blue Mosque and ancient Hagia Sofia, explore opulent Topkapi Palace and test your bartering skills in the Grand Bazaar. 4 days of pure Turkish delight!

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Reviews

Trip Highlights

Istanbul - Sultanahmet (Old Istanbul), Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and Topkapi Palace
Cruise along the Bosphorus Strait
Egyptian Spice Market and the Grand Bazaar
Beyerbeyi Palace and Buyuk Camilica - The city's highest vantage point

Included

Breakfast daily and 2 lunches
Guided sightseeing - Istanbul sights* on days 2 and 3, plus a leisurely cruise along the Bosphorus. *Please note: Your guided sightseeing may be conducted with other passengers (private touring is available upon request for an additional cost)
Entrance fees to all included sites
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
3 nights 3 star hotel (4 or 5 star hotel options are also available upon request)
English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guides on days 2 and 3
Airport arrival transfer on day 1

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Istanbul

Welcome to Turkey! Arrive Istanbul airport and transfer to your hotel in Sultanahmet. Rest of day free.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 2

Old City sights

This morning embark upon a fully guided tour of the only city that spans two continents, Europe and Asia. Before lunch, visit the Hippodrome area - famed as the centre of Byzantine life for 1000 years and of Ottoman life for another 400! Continuing, explore the stunning Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, built by Emperor Justinian. Once a church, then a mosque, today it is a museum. After lunch, visit Topkapi Palace, residence of the sultans for almost 4 centuries and finally the Grand Bazaar, (if open) housing some 4000 stalls selling a wide range of goods including gold, carpets, leather, clothing and Turkish handicrafts.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Bazaars & the Bosphorus

Today, visit the Egyptian Spice market (stock up on bargain saffron, spices and Turkish Delight here) before enjoying a cruise on the Bosphorus - the body of water that separates European Istanbul from Asian Istanbul. Later, visit the Beyerbeyi Palace in all its sultanate splendour and take in the stunning views atop the city’s highest point - Buyuk Camlica. Return to your hotel and spend the remains of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Istanbul

Arrangements end after breakfast.
Breakfast

General Information

Upgrade your stay! - Our City Of Sultans mini-break includes 3 star accommodation. Consider treating yourself and upgrading to a 4 star or 5 star hotel in Istanbul. Contact our reservations team for more information, cost and availability.

Planning when to travel - Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. Please consider this when booking.

Guided touring -Your sightseeing on days 2 and 3 may be conducted with other passengers. Private touring is available upon request for a supplement.

Airport transfers - An airport arrival transfer is included for all flights arriving into Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies to travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

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Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
City of Sultans - 4 days
R8900
R3500

Extra Prices

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Person
Single
Supp.
City of Sultans 3 star - Pre-Tour Accommodation
R1500
R1000
City of Sultans 3 star - Post-Tour Accommodation
R1500
R1000

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Ramada Old City, Istanbul

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

A member of the reputable Ramada chain, the Istanbul Old Town property is modern and comfortable with excellent amenities. Guestrooms are bright and spacious with contemporary amenities. Two restaurants are on offer and our personal favourite is the wonderful roof top restaurant, serving delicious local cuisine coupled with a magnificent view of the City and Sea. The perfect way to end the day. Located very close to the Historical part of the city with major Monuments are all walking distance.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.67 out of 5 based on 3 recent reviews

Had a great tour! Saw everything there was to see! The guides were great.! The only thing slightly negative was while the hotel was great.....it was really quite a distance from the main centre. I felt bad the drivers had to go such a long way to retrieve me and bring me back to hotel each time. But the long drive meant I did get to see more of the city!

• Submitted 05 Oct 2019
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Had a great time! The guides were on time, knowledgeable and very enjoyable!

• Submitted 06 Sep 2019
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Excellent guide. Knowledgeable, organised and personable. Took good care of us throughout and went the extra mile when needed.

Enjoyable tour.

• Submitted 02 Sep 2019
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Istanbul
Departs
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
3, 4 or 5 star
Tour Guide
Yes - for included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 3, Lunch: 2
Visiting
Countries
Sunset painting the sky orange in Istanbul
Sunset painting the sky orange in Istanbul
Sunset painting the sky orange in Istanbul

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Had a great tour! Saw everything there was to see! The guides were great.! The only thing slightly negative was while the hotel was great.....it was really quite a distance from the main centre. I felt bad the drivers had to go such a long way to retrieve me and bring me back to hotel each time. But the long drive meant I did get to see more of the city!

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