Bare Bones Istanbul

Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia
Entrance to the Topkapi Palace
Entrance to the Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace
Nightlife of Istanbul
Nightlife of Istanbul
Süleymaniye Mosque courtyard
Süleymaniye Mosque courtyard
Süleymaniye Mosque
Süleymaniye Mosque
The ceiling of the Süleymaniye Mosque
The ceiling of the Süleymaniye Mosque
Aerial view over Istanbul
Aerial view over Istanbul
Collection of ceramics on sale at the Grand Bazaar
Collection of ceramics on sale at the Grand Bazaar
Colourful houses in Istanbul
Colourful houses in Istanbul

Istanbul is truly a transcontinental city, its European and Asian elements fusing with remarkable results. Following many incarnations – as the Greek colony, Byzantium; the eastern capital of the Roman Empire, Constantinople; and Der Sadet, the Ottoman “gate to prosperity” – the city now boasts some of the most unusual and stunning architectural blends one can see in the modern world. Basing ourselves in the city’s historic heart, we and our expert local guide, travelling like locals, discover the real Istanbul. As well as encountering highlights such as the astounding Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia, we also enjoy free time to discover the Istanbul we have been longing for: whether that means lounging in opulent Turkish baths, filling our noses with the scent of fresh spices, or revelling in the buzz of its celebrated nightlife.

  • Visit all of Istanbul’s major historical sites, including Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia
  • Explore the Golden Horn waterfront area and visit a traditional spice market
  • Enjoy a wonderful 2-hour cruise along the Bosphorus Strait

Themes

  • Historic Churches
  • Great Cities

Practicalities

  • Just One Hotel

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

On arrival in Istanbul we are met by our expert Local Guide who will accompany us to our hotel.

Hotel: Yasmak Sultan Hotel

Day 2

Our discoveries begin with a visit to the late Roman Hippodrome, from here we enjoy a short walk to the 6th century Basilica Cistern. After the inimitable Hagia Sophia we visit two nearby museums the Mosaic Museum, with its in situ Byzantine mosaics, and the fantastic Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts.

Hotel: Yasmak Sultan Hotel
Meals: Breakfast included

Day 3

We walk to Süleymaniye Mosque, then to the spice market, a highly sensory experience before reaching the regenerated Golden Horn waterfront area. Later, we have an enchanting cruise up the Bosphorus aboard a ferry.

Hotel: Yasmak Sultan Hotel
Meals: Breakfast included

Day 4

Our day starts at Hagia Eirene, one of the few Greek Orthodox Churches in the city that was not converted to a mosque. We continue on to visit the splendid Topkapı Palace, a magnificent legacy of the Ottoman sultans. Our afternoon is free for independent exploration.

Hotel: Yasmak Sultan Hotel
Meals: Breakfast included

Day 5

Today we cross the Golden Horn and enter Beyoğlu, or Pera, then a tram ride takes us up to the renowned “Grand Rue de Pera”, with a stop at Taksim Square. A gentle walk back down brings us to the Museum of Innocence then we finish our day’s touring at Pera Museum.

Hotel: Yasmak Sultan Hotel
Meals: Breakfast included

Day 6

We return home today.

Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

  1. Local Guide
  2. Return flights from London & airport transfers
  3. Accommodation in Istanbul
  4. All breakfasts
  5. Entries to all sites & museums
  6. All taxes

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Wed 6th May - Mon 11th May

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