6 DAYS CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY ISTANBUL ITINERARY:
Day 1 - Istanbul - 22nd December
Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and
the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Ataturk Airport is 20 km away from
city center and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center. Transfer
from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen
airport please contact us for transfer rates.
Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour - 23rd December
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city.
Visit to TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to
the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and
Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous
jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics
of the Prophet Mohammed. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia
built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE
because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME
Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the
Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of
Constantine. Lunch break at 13:00pm after the lunch Murtis Tour will then take
you to the SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar) The air here is filled with the
enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other
conceivable herb and spiceThe rest of the evening is yours to explore Istanbul.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 - Shopping Tour - 24th December
Christmas Eve and it's a chance for some last minute Christmas gifts, or even to
treat yourself. We will make a shopping tour in which you will be aware of the
ancient arts of Turkey like carpet weaving, leather manufacturing and jewellery.
As this will be a guided tour, you will avoid being hassled which will enable
you enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient
We will then visit the GRAND COVER BAZAAR. In this labyrinth of streets and
passages are more then 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the
goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as hand
painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copper ware, brass ware and trays, water
ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes. Enjoy a big xmas feast of rich Turkish
cuisine and party the night away with your new friends.
Day 4 - ChristmasDay& Turkish Bath - 25th December
(Breakfast and Dinner included)
MerryChristmas! We start our morning with a Hamam, that's the word for the
Turkish bath and is surely an unforgettable part of your holiday and the best
way to start Christmas day. Receive a pummeling from head to toe, let the expert
scrub of all those dead cells, relax and drift away. Late afternoon we start our
Christmas celebrations, and yes Santa will visit you at the Hotel, the festive
atmosphere is in the air. You will definitely have a Christmas night to
remember. Enjoy a big Christmas feast of rich Turkish cuisine and party the
night away with your new friends with Turkish live music.
Day 5 - Bosphorus Cruise - 26th December
We have a leisurely start this morning with departure of 13:00. Bosphorus
Cruise: a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and
Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses,
and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent
Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz
Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of is
marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather
every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of
tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for
RUMELI FORTRESS Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of
Istanbul, was completed in only four months to control and protect Bosphorus. It
is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture anywhere in the
BEYLERBEYI PALAS The summer residence of ottoman sultans with its original
furniture and magnificent gardens with the Harem on the Asian. BOSPHORUS BRIDGE
unique change to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe).
Day 6 - End of your Tour - 27th December
After breakfast check out from your hotel, transfer to the airport. We hope your
tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future on
another TravelShop Turkey Tour. Have a safe trip back home and thanks for
choosing TravelShop Turkey.
3 DAYS NEW YEAR TOUR IN ISTANBUL INCLUDES:
- Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
- 5 nights at hotel in Istanbul
- 5 open buffer breakfast
- Turkish Bath in Istanbul
- Istanbul City Tour
- Shopping Tour
- Bosphorus Cruise
- Christmas Party with Turkish cuisine Turkish show
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
- Return Airport transfer
Please Note: Hagia Sophia is open on every day, Topkapi Palace closed on tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on sundays.
- International flights
- Personal expenses: Lunches, extras at hotel or additional meals
- Tipping: Tips for guides and drivers
- Insurance: All types
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