3 Nights Pre & Post Cruise Istanbul

 

     
3 Nights Pre Cruise Package Tour includes– Pick-up from the Istanbul Port or from airport
– Visit to Chora Church, Rustem Pasa Mosque, Turkish &
  Islamic Arts Museum, Underground Cistern
– Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia
  Sophia and Grand Bazaar
– Bosphorus Cruise with private boat, Spice Market
– By the end of the tour drive back to Istanbul Port or
  to airport.
  Istanbul
 
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, as the afternoon is free for you to explore at your leisure.

 
Day 2 – What You Visit


Chora Church – Edirnekapi is also the place where theChora Church (13. cent. A.D.), famous for its well-preserved wall-mosaics showing scenes from the Old New Testament, will be visited. Lunch brake where you can taste the Turkish Kitchen! (lunch is not included in the tour rate)

  Chora Church - Istanbul
 
Rustem Pasa Mosque - Istanbul Tours  

Rustem Pasha Mosque – It is constructed to Mimar Sinan on 1561 by one of the viziers of Kanuni, Rustem Pasa. As the place at Eminonu is both hollow and a commercial center, Sinan, had opened inns and shops under mosque.

 

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 3 – 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
 
Bosphorus Cruise in Istanbul   Day 4 – What You Visit


Bosphorus Cruise – The Bosphorus bisects Istanbul, separating Europe and Asia, and connecting the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. Your boat will pass by magnificent palaces, old seaside mansions, and impressive fortresses. You will be surprised to see that the old Ottoman buildings harmonize perfectly with the more modern architecture.

 
Watch for the Imperial Pavilions of Yildiz Palace, the famous Ciragan Palace, the Bosphorus Bridge, Ortakoy, Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace and the Rumeli Fortress, built to control the Bosphorus and protect Istanbul from its enemies.
 

Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market) – The Egyptian Bazaaris famous for selling the best spices in Istanbul. you will find an immense selection of spices like saffron, oregano, mint, cinnamon, henna for the hair, special Turkish spices for meat, different kind of pepper. There are typical Turkish sweets such as “baklava”, “lokum” and different types of tea like chamomile, island tea, apple tea, black tea…Later in the afternoon, transfer to your ship.

  Egyptian Bazaar - Istanbul Tours
 
Topkapi Palace - Istanbul Tours   SPECIAL NOTES

– Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday.
– Egyptian Market is closed on Sunday.
– Turkish & Islamic Art Museum is closed on
  Monday.
– Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday.
– Underground Cistern is closed on Tuesday.
– Chora Church is closed on Tuesday.

 
The above sites can be replaced with other sites on the days they are closed.
 
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
Bosphorus cruise by boat
VAT taxes
   
Rates are based on per person, starts from…
 

2 pax 4 pax 6 pax 8 pax 10 pax

555$ pp 427$ pp 363$ pp 267$ pp 248$ pp
   
As the number of participant increases the certain amount of discount will be applied.
Please kindly contact us for your group requests.
  Bosphorus Cruise tour can also be organized with private boat.
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.
   
  3 NIGHTS POST CRUISE PACKAGE
  The above package will begin with your disembarkation from your ship and end with a transfer to the Istanbul airport.