Istanbul Short Package

4 Nights

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This three night, four day Turkish vacation package shows you the very best of Istanbul. This is a great way to get acquainted with this fascinating ancient city. This tour runs all year round.

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Day 1

On arrival in Istanbul you will be transferred to your hotel in which you will be staying for the next three nights. This is your first chance to get to know this fascinating city built on two continents, as the Bosphorus River marks the line between Europe and Asia. The afternoon is free for you to do as you please. The hotel will be able to make restaurant recommendations for your evening meal. There is plenty to do in the centre of town, from a visit to the Grand Bazaar, to a visit to a Turkish bath or just get a feel for this remarkable ancient city.

Day 2

After breakfast, you will collect for your full day Historical Istanbul Tour. The morning starts with a visit to the Hagia Sophia Church, which was originally built in the 6th century. Istanbul was once a centre for Christianity and the Hagia Sophia was the biggest Christian Church in the world. Following this is a tour of the Topkapi Palace, the Imperial Residence of Ottoman Sultans, with displays of priceless world-class collections of artefacts, jewellery and rare porcelain. The Blue Mosque, possibly the highlight of the days sightseeing, with its unique with its six minarets, and famous for its blue Iznik tiles will take your breath away. After the Blue Mosque it's off to the Hippodrome Square where ancient chariot races were held. The tour finishes at the world famous Grand Bazaar where you will be shown around and let loose to shop. Make sure you bring your haggling skills as the leather goods and carpets are exquisite. At the end of the tour you will be returned to your hotel and the evening is free for you to enjoy. Your guide will make restaurant recommendations for you lunch and dinner.

Day 3

After the previous day's touring seeing the ancient and cultural sights of Istanbul, today's excursions will give you a view of life on the Bosphorus and of the people of this amazing town. Your full day tour, known as the Bosphorus & Asia Tour will start after breakfast with a visit to the Egyptian Spice Market. After this you will board a boat and be shown the beauty of the European and Asian shorelines on either side. After lunch at a local fish restaurant, you will be taken across to the Asian side of the Bosphorus to visit the Camlica Hill and tour the stunning Beylerbeyi Palace, the summer residence of the Ottoman Sultans with its magnificent gardens. After the tour you will be returned to the hotel for you final night in Istanbul.

Day 4

The day morning of your mini tour is yours to do as you please. Maybe this could entail a final visit to a Turkish bath, having a coffee in a caf? or a last visit to the bazaar. Breakfast is included this morning. In the afternoon after check out, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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Anthony was a fabulous tour planner for our family, multi-generational trip. He put the itinerary, tours, transportation and hotels together seamlessly and everything was wonderful. He really listens and can modify things to suit your particular needs. Took all the stress off the trip.

Written July 9, 2023

Trip of a Lifetime

Anthony worked very closely with us to design a custom tour that was best suited to our particular needs and wants for our trip. His knowledge and expertise helped steer us to the best sites and experiences which was invaluable to exceeding our highest expectations. The selection of first class hotels, the pick up arrangements which were performed like clockwork, the knowledgeble and courteous guides all contributed to our total enjoyment.
Further we were kept informed by the guides of any advance arrangements all during the trip which as a retired business executive who values good communication greatly added to our pleasure and relaxation.
With respect to hotels, which were all great, the hotel in Santorini high up on the hillside with spectacular views of the harbor and sites was so breathtaking we were all blown away by it's unique character and beauty.
We would heartily recommend Antelope Travel, and in particular Anthony Alagiah, especially for their travels to Greece and also Turkey. It was a trip of a lifetime.

Written July 2, 2023

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