2 Nights Pre & Post Cruise Istanbul

     
2 Nights Pre Cruise Package Tour includes– Pick-up from the Istanbul Port or from airport
– Visit to Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum, Underground 
  Cistern
– Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia
  Sophia and Grand Bazaar
– By the end of the tour drive back to Istanbul Port or
  to airport.
  Istanbul
 
Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum - Istanbul   Day 1 – What You Visit


You will be met by your guide at Istanbul International Airport and transfer to your hotel by private vehicle. Check into your hotel with some time to relax. In the mid-afternoon, you will begin your half-day tour of the wonderful highlights of Istanbul.

 

Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum – was built in 1524 by the Grand Vizier to Suleyman the Magnificent, Ibrahim Pasa, as his residence. It was the grandest private residence ever built in the Ottoman Empire. Today it holds a superb collection of ceramics, metalwork, miniatures, calligraphy, textiles, and woodwork as well as some of the oldest carpets in the world.

  Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum - Istanbul
 
Underground Cistern - Istanbul  

Underground Cistern – Built by Justinian in the 6th century, the Underground Cistern is supported by 336 beautiful columns. Two are incised with the head of Medusa.

 
Day 2 – What You Visit


Hippodrome – The large, open square was once the site of a Roman circus that rivaled the Colosseum and could seat a quarter of a million spectators. Monuments on the site include the Snake Column from Delphi and an Egyptian obelisk taken from the Temple of Karnak at Luxor.

  Hippodrome - Istanbul
 
Blue Mosque - Istanbul  

Blue Mosque – Six graceful minarets adorn the elegant mosque, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. More than 20,000 blue Iznik tiles highlight the superb interior.

 

Topkapi Palace – A huge walled complex hugging theBosphorus, the former palace of the Ottoman sultans is now a museum with an extraordinary collection of Chinese porcelain, art, artifacts and jewels, including the Topkapi diamond and the dagger.

  Topkapi Palace - Istanbul
 
Hagia Sophia - Istanbul  

Hagia Sophia – Built by the Emperor Justinian whenIstanbul was Constantinople, this magnificent example of Byzantine architecture boasts a massive dome, a lengthy nave, and an interior decorated with marble, precious stones, and pillars from Ephesus.

 

Grand Bazaar – The largest and the oldest covered market place in the world with more than 4,000 shops in the labyrinth of streets. Enjoy the colorful array of shops that offer an endless selection of goods that includes jewelry, fabrics, spices and local handicrafts.

  Grand Bazaar - Istanbul Tours
 
Blue Mosque - Istanbul   Day 3 – What You Visit


Enjoy breakfast and a transfer to your ship in the afternoon.

 
SPECIAL NOTES– Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday.
– Turkish & Islamic Art Museum is closed on Monday.
– Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday.
– Underground Cistern is closed on Tuesday.
  The above sites can be replaced with other sites on
  the days they are closed.
  Topkapi Palace - Istanbul Tours
 
Guests must be able to walk approximately 1-1.5 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, inclines and 40 to 65 steps thus the guests must be cautious to watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries.
Comfortable clothing, flat walking shoes, sun hat, sun glasses and sun screen are strongly recommended.
Please expect dense traffic conditions in Istanbul.
The order of the sites visited may change to avoid the crowds.
Temperatures can reach extreme highs during summer months; we recommend that you drink a lot of water and use suitable sun protection.
   
 

RATES

   
  The rates includes;
A deluxe air-conditioned vehicle with a professional driver for entire touring and transfers
Licensed professional tour guide in your preferred language
Entrance fees of all the sites and museums as marked on the itinerary
Accommodation at 4 star hotel on bed & breakfast basis
VAT taxes
   
Rates are based on per person, starts from…
 

2 pax 4 pax 6 pax 8 pax 10 pax

392$ pp 259$ pp 214$ pp 192$ pp 179$ pp
   
As the number of participant increases the certain amount of discount will be applied.
Please kindly contact us for your group requests.
Children 0-6 ages are free.
   
 

CANCELLATION POLICY

   
In the event of cancellation, written notice must be received by Meander Travel at least three days before the arrival in order to receive the full refund.
In the event of no show, 100% cancellation fee will apply.
   
  2 NIGHTS POST CRUISE PACKAGE
  The above package will begin with your disembarkation from your ship and end with a transfer to the Istanbul airport.