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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: Flexi 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.
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Day 1

Arrival transfer from istanbul airport to your hotel.

Day 2

Istanbul - Imperial Neighbourhood
Today on 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.  After lunch visit the Blue Mosque, finishing with the 'sine qua non' Underground or Basilica Cistern and the Grand Bazaar. (B,L)
Day 3 - option 1

Istanbul - Living Colours
Smells of the spices welcome you at the Egyptian Spice Markets.  Visit the Rustem Pasa Mosque, home of some of the best tiles in Istanbul, and the Byzantine Church and the Holy Saviour of Chora, 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,L)
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,L)
Day 4

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

* Accommodation with private facilities in the Ottoman Imperial Hotel (or similar)
* Sightseeing with private guide
* transfers in airconditioned private vehicles
* meals as indicated

Alternate private day tour options available





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