Istanbul Islamic Visit in 2019

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The Istanbul Islamic visit in 2019 (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 sites and tours are with professional English speaking guides first class service and entrance fees

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 

Highlights

> 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

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Itinerary

Day 4

Istanbul (B)

  • Istanbul: day at leisure 
Day 5

Istanbul departure (B)

  • After breakfast check-out from the hotel.
  • Transfer to Istanbul Airport and check-in for your onward flight
     
  • Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Turkey experience. We value your patronage & look forward to serving you again in the near future.

Inclusions

  • 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

Exclusions

  • International flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
  • Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee
  • Tips
  • Services not stated in the itinerary

Validity

  • Rate valid for travel between 01 JUL to 31 OCT 19

    Contact us for any other date of travel required

Country information

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: but the 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

Istanbul facts
Europe largest city is Istanbul with a population of 14.7 million people.

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 slices of bread, 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 the dress code when visiting Islamic sites

Getting around
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

Tipping
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.