The Islamic Istanbul visit (5 Days) is for those who can spend a few days to experience Istanbul as it is!
We will take you to all of the must-see spots in the city. The tour covers Istanbul and tours are with professional English speaking guides and a first class service.
At a glance
|Day 1||Welcome to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel|
|Day 2||Morning Byzantium Relics of Istanbul|
|Day 3||Morning Islamic Istanbul and Sahabe tour|
|Day 4||Istanbul at leisure|
|Day 5||Transfer to Istanbul Airport. End of tour|
> There are some 2691 active mosques in Istanbul. The most important are included in your half day tour
> Private arrival and departure transfers
> Professional English-speaking guide
> Entrance fees are included
Best time to go
The best times to visit Turkey’s archaeological sites and cities are in spring (Apr-May) and autumn (Sep-Oct) as the temperature is warm, but not too hot.
High summer (Jun-Aug) can be hot: best time for beach holidays. Winters can be cold and many hotels though city breaks are still an option. Turkey does offer ski options during the winter months
Turkey food & drink
Turkish food is varied and delicious. It’s often meze style – lots of small dishes to sample, including aubergine dips, calamari, borek (stuffed pastries), mashed broad beans and stuffed vine leaves – plenty of options for vegetarians, too. Local food involves a lot of meat, often in kebab form – the smell of charcoal-grilled beef, lamb and chicken permeates Turkey.
A Turkish menu includes wonderful breads, super-sweet baklava (pistachio and syrup pastry) and salty white cheeses. Despite being a Muslim country, alcohol is easy to find in Turkey, especially in the touristy coastal regions. Efes is the Turkish beer of choice. Raki, grape spirit, is potent.
Turkish coffee is pitch black, very strong and often sweet. Tea is widely drunk and served black
Culture and Language
Turkish is the official language, however, English, French and German are widely spoken in all major cities and tourist areas. Shaking hands is the common form of greetings. Hospitability is a top priority. Pointing fingers at a person a considered rude. Declining an offer is done by putting your hand over your heart. Observe dress code when visiting Islamic sites
Train travel is a very popular mode of transport between the major cities. It may be slow but can sometimes offer you some inspiring scenic moments. Coach travel is the most used way of getting around Turkey. Bus routes are relatively cheap and are most comfortable. Just about any city is connected by coach. On certain upmarket coaches, extra legroom and Wi-Fi is offered. If your journey is more than 5 hrs, a 30-minute stop is made about every three hours. Taking a taxi is by far the most convenient way of travel in major cities, but not always the quickest way. Taxis can easily be hailed on the street. Important: only take the official bright yellow taxis. If they do not have a meter, then it is a no go
The basic rule is: tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafes and bars. Hotel staff does however expect a tip between 5 and 20 Turkish Lira. Do not tip taxi drivers but round up the fare. Tour Guides do not depend on tips, however, if a tour has really gone beyond what your expected, a tip of between 20 and 30 Tl will be greatly appreciated
The city has been the center of Islamic religion for centuries. After the Ottoman period, Islamic Religion spread throughout the city.
The first mosque in the city was built in Kadikoy on the Asian side of the city, which was conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1353.
On the European side, the first mosque was built inside the Rumeli Castle in 1452.
The first grand mosque built in the city proper is the Eyup Sultan Mosque (1458). The first imperial mosque inside the city walls was the Fatih Mosque (1470) which was built on the site of the Church of the Holy Apostles, an important Byzantine church. It was originally built in the time of Constantine the Great.
Istanbul Arrival Day
- You are met at the airport for transfer to your hotel.
- You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul.
- Overnight in Istanbul.
- There are two airports in Istanbul.
- Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from city center and;
- Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center.
- Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included. If you arrive at Sabiha Gokcen airport please contact us for transfer rates.
- Explore the glory days of the Byzantine Empire
- See the marvel of Hagia Sophia and the Hippodrome, once used for chariot races during Roman times
- Admire the Iznik tiles at the Blue Mosque
Islamic Istanbul (B)
- Morning Istanbul's Islamic Heritage and Sahabe tour
- Return to your hotel after the tour
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Accommodation in selected hotels in a double/twin room sharing
- Meal plan as per itinerary
- Excursions with Local English speaking Guide
- Entrance fees
- International flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 01 NOV 18 and 28 FEB 19
- Seasonal supplements applicable for travel between 25 DEC 18 and 03 JAN 19
- Contact us for any other date of travel required