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Essence of Istanbul
Holiday length: 4 days
Departs: Daily (tailored to suit)
Start City: Istanbul
End City: Istanbul
Type of Holiday: Luxury Private Holiday
  Istanbul is an old city adorned with magnificent monuments, history and culture, with cuisine to match.  The essence of Istanbul is designed to provoke all these senses and provide you with an insight beyond the iconic sites through narrow streets that hide their history from careless eyes.
Turkey in Style ~ Bespoke tours for discerning travellers.


Day 1


Arrival transfer from istanbul airport to your hotel.
Optional Bosphorus cruise transfer from the airport - arrive in style!

Day 2
  Istanbul Imperial Neighbourhood

  Your private tour of Istanbul begin at the Hagia Sophia, view one of the best Deisis mosaics from 12th century representative of Byzantine Art.  Then continue to the Topkapi Palace.  Visit the Treasury, where the extensive exhibits include priceless world-class collections of jewellery, porcelain, textiles and costumes of the Sultans.  In the afternoon visit the Blue Mosque, the Underground or Basilica Cistern and the Grand Bazaar. (B)
Day 3 - Option 1
  Istanbul Living Colours

  The aroma of spices welcome you at the Egyptian Spice Markets.  Visit the Rustem Pasa Mosque, home of some of the best tiles in Istanbul, and the Holy Saviour of Chora church with its mosaics and frescoes.  Travel to Ortakoy, take a small public boat on the Bosphorus, some Turkish tea whilst enjoying the views of Istanbul, all before returning to your hotel. (B)
Day 3 - Option 2
  Istanbul Walk, Eat, Chat

  Sample the diverse tastes of Istanbul whilst wandering the streets and bazaars of the city.  Taste pickles from "Petit Tursucusu", sea mussels from Samatya, or grilled fish from Sikeci; and along the way learn about the local culture and history. (B)
Day 4

  Istanbul departure
Transfer to the airport to continue your trip in Turkey. (B)


* Accommodation with private facilities in your choice of Luxury Boutique Hotels
* Sightseeing with private guide
* transfers and transport in private luxury vehicles
* daily breakfast

  Alternate private day tour options available

  Ottoman Imperial
  A charming boutique hotel built in the traditional Ottoman style of the early 19th as a school and hospital century.  It was converted to a hotel in the mid 20th century.  The Ottoman Imperial is situated in a truly premium location, in a elevated position, surrounded by all the major historic and cultural sights in the heart of the old town.

  The House Hotel Bosphorus
  This 26 room palatial and historic retreat combines interiors by a local design group with vitalising views over the Bosphorus.  From the terrace, which wraps around the hotels outer edge you can see Europe, Asia and the cobblestone lanes of Ortakoy.  A personal shopper is on hand to help visitors discover local trends in the worlds of art, cuisine and fashion.
If staying at this hotel you have the option of airport-hotel transfer directly by private yacht.





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