Wanting to have a perfect holiday break in 2020, then the Turkey City and Beach Express is your best option.
Spend 4 days in Istanbul where we have included a full-day tour to its most famous sites. Visit the St Sophia Museum, the famous Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar. There are many more sites to be seen, and let's not forget the lesser-known landmarks but equally beautiful and interesting. You will also spend a day on Princess Island. Dive into Istanbul's famous food landscape. Taste Eastern and Western dishes and leave some space for a delicious dessert.
We fly you to Antalya, Turkey's best known holiday resort. It has a charming harbour set against a mystical mountain range. Here you will find sandy beaches and clear blue waters. Just perfect to end your holiday
At a glance
|Day 1||Arrive in Istanbul. Meet and transfer to hotel|
|Day 2||Full-day Istanbul tour with Lunch|
|Day 3||Full-day Bursa tour with Lunch|
|Day 4||Flight to Antalya. Transfer to hotel|
|Day 5||Full-day Antalya and Waterfall tour with Lunch|
|Day 6||Full-day tour to Pamukkale with Lunch|
|Day 7||Transfer to Airport. Return flight to Istanbul. End of services|
> Daily departures
> Stay four days in Istanbul in a 4* Hotel including two full-day tours and a Bosphorus cruise
> Whilst in Antalya, a day-tour is booked to Pamukkale
> Transfers in Istanbul and Antalya are includes as well as the domestic flights
- Arrive Istanbul Airport
- Clear customs and meet with our representative for transfer to your hotel
- Remainder of the day is free
- You will be picked up around 8:00 am and taken to the Sultanahmet district, the oldest, most historic part of the city. The first stop of the day will be the Hagia Sophia. Your tour guide will explain the significance of this massive building that was once a Christian church, then a mosque, and now a museum.
- Drive past the Hippodrome of Constantinople, where we will see the impressive obelisk, before reaching the Blue Mosque.
- Continue to the Grand Bazaar, a massive, bustling complex to find clothing, decorative furnishings, food, and more. On the way to the bazaar, see other historical monuments such as the Tomb of Sultan Ahmet I, the Firuz Aga Mosque, and the exterior of the Tomb of Mehmed II.
- After your visit to the Grand Bazaar, a stop is made for lunch
- In the afternoon, visit Topkapi Palace, the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years. A final stop is made at Little Hagia Sophia before returning to your hotel
Please Note: St. Sophia Museum is closed on Mondays, Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
Istanbul - Bursa Tour (B-L)
- Visit the city of Bursa, once the capital of the Ottoman Empire, on this day trip from Istanbul that starts with a 2-hour ferry ride.
- Enjoy the views during the trip, and visit Tophane for a panoramic look at Bursa. Enjoy a local lunch, and ascend Mt. Uludag, the ancient Olympus, by cable car to take in the scenery.
- Other activities include a silk market and covered bazaar.
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Domestic airfares (subject to change)
- Accommodation in selected hotels in double/twin sharing
- Meals: as mentioned
- 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
- Turkey visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 01 NOV to 20 DEC 21
Contact us for any other date of travel required
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 loaves 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 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