Enjoy the best of an Istanbul Stopover in 7 days. The city is also known as the "Pearl of the East and the Jewel of the West". It stands on the divide between two very different cultures, religions, and social views.
Historically and geographically this great city has the weight of a nation behind it.
Visit and discover some of the magnificent Bazaars, Mosques, and Palaces and take a cruise on the Bosphorus.
At a glance
|Day 1||Welcome to Istanbul|
|Day 2||Morning Istanbul tour|
|Day 3||1/2 day Bosphorus cruise|
|Day 4||Istanbul, day free|
|Day 5||Full day Princess Island incl. lunch|
|Day 6||Istanbul: day free|
|Day 7||Transfer to Istanbul Airport. End of services|
> Daily departures
> Visit the Topkapi Palace, built on a hill and overlooking the Golden Horn
> Get insider perspective on tour of the Suleymaniye Mosque dominating the city's skyline
> Leisurely morning cruise on the Bosphorus
> Cruise along the Marmara Sea to Princess Island. Tour incl. lunch
> Private return transfers between Ataturk Airport and hotel
- Breakfast at your hotel
- Day is free to explore this fascinating city
Princess Island tour (B/L)
- Pick up from the hotel and join the group for a visit to the peaceful Princess’ Islands. Enjoy a cruise accompanied by the Seagulls to “Buyukada”, the largest island among the Prince’ Islands. During the cruise, see charming sights along the way as well a memorable view of the old Istanbul.
- The island is away from the rush of the city and offers a different experience with its unique climate, vegetation and vehicle-free roads.
- Only horse-carriages named Phaeton are allowed on Prince’s Islands. You will take a ride around the Island with the Phaeton and enjoy the sights and its elegant mansions. Afterwards, enjoy lunch in one of the best sea-side fish restaurants.
- Istanbul: free day for you to explore more sites in the fascinating city
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Accommodation in selected hotels in double/twin sharing
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English Speaking Guide during tours
- Entrance fees
- Return transfers in Istanbul
- International/Domestic 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 JUN to 31 OCT 2019
Contact us for rates for any other travel date 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 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
Witness the classic sites of heritage and history that abound in Istanbul on a 5-day tour. Visit architectural masterpieces, marvel at awe-inspiring, Byzantine-era tile-works, and see the imperial treasures of Ottoman sultans.
Meander through the regal rooms of the Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries. See the imperial treasury and its collection of Chinese porcelain, costumes, and weaponry.
Marvel at the courtyard with its four minarets at the Suleymaniye Mosque.