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• 3 Nights/4 Days Pre-Cruise Package
• 4 Nights/5 days Pre-Cruise Package
• 2 Nights/3 Days Post-Cruise Package
• 3 Nights/4 days Post-Cruise Package
 
3 Nights/4 Days Pre-Cruise Package
 
Day 1 - Istanbul
Upon arrival, as part of the special VIP arrival service arranged for you, you will be met as soon as you deplane and will be assisted through the immigration and Customs procedures before being escorted to your vehicle for the transfer to your hotel.

Lunch and Dinner on our own
Day 2 - Istanbul
Breakfast at the hotel.

AM: Full day private sight-seeing. Morning visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, where you can find a vast diversity of spices, sacks of henna, many varieties of oils and herbs, and of course the world’s very best Turkish delight. Then cruise up the Bosphorus on a private boat. Crossing back and forth between Europe and Asia we sail past opulent palaces, mosques, imposing fortresses and traditional wooden Ottoman mansions.

PM: Lunch at a seafood restaurant.

Transferring to the Sultanahmet neighborhood, you will continue your guided exploration of Istanbul with a visit to the extraordinary Imperial residence of 25 Ottoman Sultans - the Topkapi Palace, lavish home to the Ottoman Sultans. For centuries this was the place from which the Sultans ruled over an empire that stretched from Eastern Europe to Atlantic Ocean. It contains a priceless collection of jewelry, porcelain and costumes. Legend claims that the ancient rod on display in the Treasury, is the one used by Moses to part the Red Sea. Other artifacts of similar fame include John the Baptist’s gilded arm and Mohammad’s beard, finger nails and foot imprint.
Touring the palace complex, you will see the Harem, the library, the treasury with its royal jewelry and gem collection, and the imperial living quarters, all surrounded by serene gardens and fountains. Also in the Treasury are the 86-carat Spoonmaker’s diamond and a case containing bones said to be from the hand of St. John the Baptist.

Dinner on our own
 
Day 3 - Istanbul
Breakfast at the hotel.

AM: Full day private tour. Visit the Roman Hippodrome, which was the scene of chariot races and the great public occasions throughout the immensely long history of Byzantine Empire.

You will next step into the extraordinary Hagia Sophia Church. Built in the 6th Century by the Emperor Justinian, this church stands as a testament to the sophistication of the former Byzantine capital and influenced architecture in the medieval world for centuries. Its original design was supposedly created as a mirror image of the heavens. Converted into a mosque by the Ottomans in the 15th Century under the Sultan Mehmet II, this vast edifice now includes minarets and Turkish Rococo fountains. Take your time exploring the huge galleries and beautiful mosaics. Given its age, the church is in remarkable condition and the interiors are full of important frescoes and mosaics depicting holy subjects.
Continue your touring with a visit to the Blue Mosque, one of the most important temples of worship in the world. It is named for the blue Iznik tile work that decorates its interior and its dome can be seen from all over the Sultanahmet district. It was built by Mehmet Aga, the imperial architect and was very controversial due to its six minarets, which many at that time believed was sacrilegious as it rivaled the architecture of Mecca itself!

PM: You will be given the opportunity to experience the best examples of the Ottoman cuisine, during lunch.

You will later visit the dramatic and beautiful Byzantine Underground Cistern, built in the 6th Century as a secure water reservoir for the city. It is one of Istanbul’s most unusual tourist attractions! It was laid out in 532 under the rule of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian. Do not miss the 336 Corinthian columns resting on busts of Medusa’s Head, which are believed to be a shrine to the water nymphs!
We will complete our tour at the Grand Bazaar. The Bazaar’s first phase of construction began in 1455 under Mehmet the Conqueror, but it was added to many times over the centuries.The end result is an enormous labyrinth of covered streets lined with thousands of shops selling, for example, hand-woven carpets and kilims, gold and silver jewelry, hand-painted ceramics, leather goods, fine antiques and illuminated manuscripts

Dinner on our own
Day 4 - Istanbul
Breakfast at the hotel.

AM: Your driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your return flight.


4 Nights/5 days Pre-Cruise Package
 
Day 1 - Istanbul
Upon arrival, as part of the special VIP arrival service arranged for you, you will be met as soon as you deplane and will be assisted through the immigration and Customs procedures before being escorted to your vehicle for the transfer to your hotel.

Lunch and Dinner on our own
Day 2 - Istanbul
Breakfast at the hotel.

AM: Full day private sight-seeing. Morning visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, where you can find a vast diversity of spices, sacks of henna, many varieties of oils and herbs, and of course the world’s very best Turkish delight. Then cruise up the Bosphorus on a private boat. Crossing back and forth between Europe and Asia we sail past opulent palaces, mosques, imposing fortresses and traditional wooden Ottoman mansions.

PM: Lunch at a seafood restaurant.
Lunch will be followed by a visit to the opulent Dolmabahce Palace on the banks of the Bosphorus. This palace more resembles the grand palaces of Europe in the 19th century and was built by Sultan Abdul Mecit to rival the greatest palaces of St. Petersburg, Paris and London. Do not miss the crystal staircase, the unique alabaster baths and the enormous Ceremonial Hall, designed to hold 2,500 guests.

 Dinner on our own
Day 3 - Istanbul
Breakfast at the hotel.

AM: Full day private tour. Visit the Roman Hippodrome, which was the scene of chariot races and the great public occasions throughout the immensely long history of Byzantine Empire.
You will next step into the extraordinary Hagia Sophia Church. Built in the 6th Century by the Emperor Justinian, this church stands as a testament to the sophistication of the former Byzantine capital and influenced architecture in the medieval world for centuries. Its original design was supposedly created as a mirror image of the heavens. Converted into a mosque by the Ottomans in the 15th Century under the Sultan Mehmet II, this vast edifice now includes minarets and Turkish Rococo fountains. Take your time exploring the huge galleries and beautiful mosaics. Given its age, the church is in remarkable condition and the interiors are full of important frescoes and mosaics depicting holy subjects.

Continue your touring with a visit to the Blue Mosque, one of the most important temples of worship in the world. It is named for the blue Iznik tile work that decorates its interior and its dome can be seen from all over the Sultanahmet district. It was built by Mehmet Aga, the imperial architect and was very controversial due to its six minarets, which many at that time believed was sacrilegious as it rivaled the architecture of Mecca itself!

PM: You will be given the opportunity to experience the best examples of the Ottoman cuisine, during lunch. You will later visit the dramatic and beautiful Byzantine Underground Cistern, built in the 6th Century as a secure water reservoir for the city. It is one of Istanbul’s most unusual tourist attractions! It was laid out in 532 under the rule of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian. Do not miss the 336 Corinthian columns resting on busts of Medusa’s Head, which are believed to be a shrine to the water nymphs!
We will complete our tour at the Grand Bazaar. The Bazaar’s first phase of construction began in 1455 under Mehmet the Conqueror, but it was added to many times over the centuries.The end result is an enormous labyrinth of covered streets lined with thousands of shops selling, for example, hand-woven carpets and kilims, gold and silver jewelry, hand-painted ceramics, leather goods, fine antiques and illuminated manuscripts

Dinner on our own

Day 4 - Istanbul
Breakfast at the hotel.

AM: Morning visit the masterpiece Chora Church with its 14th century mosaics and frescoes of almost supernatural beauty demonstrating the finest Byzantine art forms and parallel, in time, developments in Italian renaissance art. Dedicated to Christ the Saviour, it was originally outside the Constantine Walls, hence 'in Chora', meaning in the country. Built in the 6th century by St.Teodoros, the basilica we see today was renovated in 1321 by Theodore Methochite, the Treasury Minister of Byzantine Emperor II Andronikos Paleolog. It was converted into a mosque in 1511 and Ataturk declared it a National Museum in 1935.
We will then visit Sinan's masterwork, Istanbul's largest and grandest mosque, the Suleymaniye Mosque. Inside one may gaze at the intricate Iznik tiles, fine stained glass windows and beautiful carpets while at the same time noticing the simplicity of the mosque itself.

PM: Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
Transferring back to the Sultanahmet neighborhood, you will continue your guided exploration of Istanbul with a visit to the extraordinary Imperial residence of 25 Ottoman Sultans - the Topkapi Palace, lavish home to the Ottoman Sultans. For centuries this was the place from which the Sultans ruled over an empire that stretched from Eastern Europe to Atlantic Ocean.
It contains a priceless collection of jewelry, porcelain and costumes. Legend claims that the ancient rod on display in the Treasury, is the one used by Moses to part the Red Sea. Other artifacts of similar fame include John the Baptist’s gilded arm and Mohammad’s beard, finger nails and foot imprint.
Touring the palace complex, you will see the Harem, the library, the treasury with its royal jewelry and gem collection, and the imperial living quarters, all surrounded by serene gardens and fountains. Also in the Treasury are the 86-carat Spoonmaker’s diamond and a case containing bones said to be from the hand of St. John the Baptist.
Just steps away from the Topkapi Palace, you will also visit the Archaeological Museum which houses one of the world’s greatest collections of antiquities. The main building has some 20 galleries where artifacts dating as far back as the 3rd Millennium BC are displayed. The star exhibits are probably the Alexander Sarcophagus where Alexander the Great fighting against the Persians is featured in two decorative friezes and the Treaty of Kadesh – a stone tablet with the earliest surviving peace treaty in the world, negotiated between the Egyptians and the Hittites in the 13th century BC.

Day 5 - Istanbul
Breakfast at the hotel.

AM: Your driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your return flight.

2 Nights/3 Days Post-Cruise Package
 
Day 1 - Istanbul
After disembarkation in the morning, you will be met at the port by your private guide and driver.

AM: Full day private sight-seeing. Morning visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, where you can find a vast diversity of spices, sacks of henna, many varieties of oils and herbs, and of course the world’s very best Turkish delight.
Drive to the Sultanahmet neighborhood. Visit the Roman Hippodrome, which was the scene of chariot races and the great public occasions throughout the immensely long history of Byzantine Empire.
You will next step into the extraordinary Hagia Sophia Church. Built in the 6th Century by the Emperor Justinian, this church stands as a testament to the sophistication of the former Byzantine capital and influenced architecture in the medieval world for centuries. Its original design was supposedly created as a mirror image of the heavens. Converted into a mosque by the Ottomans in the 15th Century under the Sultan Mehmet II, this vast edifice now includes minarets and Turkish Rococo fountains. Take your time exploring the huge galleries and beautiful mosaics. Given its age, the church is in remarkable condition and the interiors are full of important frescoes and mosaics depicting holy subjects.

PM: You will be given the opportunity to experience the best examples of the Ottoman cuisine, during lunch.

You will continue your guided exploration of Istanbul with a visit to the extraordinary Imperial residence of 25 Ottoman Sultans - the Topkapi Palace, lavish home to the Ottoman Sultans. For centuries this was the place from which the Sultans ruled over an empire that stretched from Eastern Europe to Atlantic Ocean. It contains a priceless collection of jewelry, porcelain and costumes. Legend claims that the ancient rod on display in the Treasury, is the one used by Moses to part the Red Sea. Other artifacts of similar fame include John the Baptist’s gilded arm and Mohammad’s beard, finger nails and foot imprint.

Touring the palace complex, you will see the Harem, the library, the treasury with its royal jewelry and gem collection, and the imperial living quarters, all surrounded by serene gardens and fountains. Also in the Treasury are the 86-carat Spoonmaker’s diamond and a case containing bones said to be from the hand of St. John the Baptist.

Transfer to your hotel in Istanbul.
Dinner on our own

Day 2 - Istanbul
Breakfast at the hotel.

AM: Full day private tour. Morning visit the masterpiece Chora Church with its 14th century mosaics and frescoes of almost supernatural beauty demonstrating the finest Byzantine art forms and parallel, in time, developments in Italian renaissance art. Dedicated to Christ the Saviour, it was originally outside the Constantine Walls, hence 'in Chora', meaning in the country. Built in the 6th century by St.Teodoros, the basilica we see today was renovated in 1321 by Theodore Methochite, the Treasury Minister of Byzantine Emperor II Andronikos Paleolog. It was converted into a mosque in 1511 and Ataturk declared it a National Museum in 1935.
Continue your touring with a visit to the Blue Mosque, one of the most important temples of worship in the world. It is named for the blue Iznik tile work that decorates its interior and its dome can be seen from all over the Sultanahmet district.

It was built by Mehmet Aga, the imperial architect and was very controversial due to its six minarets, which many at that time believed was sacrilegious as it rivaled the architecture of Mecca itself!

PM: Lunch at a local restaurant.

You will later visit the dramatic and beautiful Byzantine Underground Cistern, built in the 6th Century as a secure water reservoir for the city. It is one of Istanbul’s most unusual tourist attractions! It was laid out in 532 under the rule of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian. Do not miss the 336 Corinthian columns resting on busts of Medusa’s Head, which are believed to be a shrine to the water nymphs!
We will complete our tour at the Grand Bazaar. The Bazaar’s first phase of construction began in 1455 under Mehmet the Conqueror, but it was added to many times over the centuries.The end result is an enormous labyrinth of covered streets lined with thousands of shops selling, for example, hand-woven carpets and kilims, gold and silver jewelry, hand-painted ceramics, leather goods, fine antiques and illuminated manuscripts

Dinner on our own
Day 3 - Istanbul
Breakfast at the hotel.

AM: Your driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your return flight.

3 Nights/4 days Post-Cruise Package
 
Day 1 - Istanbul
After disembarkation in the morning, you will be met at the port by your private guide and driver.

AM: Morning visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, where you can find a vast diversity of spices, sacks of henna, many varieties of oils and herbs, and of course the world’s very best Turkish delight.
Then cruise up the Bosphorus on a private boat. Crossing back and forth between Europe and Asia we sail past opulent palaces, mosques, imposing fortresses and traditional wooden Ottoman mansions.

PM: Lunch at a seafood restaurant.

Lunch will be followed by a visit to the opulent Dolmabahce Palace on the banks of the Bosphorus. This palace more resembles the grand palaces of Europe in the 19th century and was built by Sultan Abdul Mecit to rival the greatest palaces of St. Petersburg, Paris and London. Do not miss the crystal staircase, the unique alabaster baths and the enormous Ceremonial Hall, designed to hold 2,500 guests.

Dinner on our own

Day 2 - Istanbul
Breakfast at the hotel.

AM: Full day private tour. Visit the Roman Hippodrome, which was the scene of chariot races and the great public occasions throughout the immensely long history of Byzantine Empire.

You will next step into the extraordinary Hagia Sophia Church.
Built in the 6th Century by the Emperor Justinian, this church stands as a testament to the sophistication of the former Byzantine capital and influenced architecture in the medieval world for centuries. Its original design was supposedly created as a mirror image of the heavens. Converted into a mosque by the Ottomans in the 15th Century under the Sultan Mehmet II, this vast edifice now includes minarets and Turkish Rococo fountains. Take your time exploring the huge galleries and beautiful mosaics. Given its age, the church is in remarkable condition and the interiors are full of important frescoes and mosaics depicting holy subjects.
Continue your touring with a visit to the Blue Mosque, one of the most important temples of worship in the world. It is named for the blue Iznik tile work that decorates its interior and its dome can be seen from all over the Sultanahmet district. It was built by Mehmet Aga, the imperial architect and was very controversial due to its six minarets, which many at that time believed was sacrilegious as it rivaled the architecture of Mecca itself!

PM: You will be given the opportunity to experience the best examples of the Ottoman cuisine, during lunch.
You will later visit the dramatic and beautiful Byzantine Underground Cistern, built in the 6th Century as a secure water reservoir for the city. It is one of Istanbul’s most unusual tourist attractions! It was laid out in 532 under the rule of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian. Do not miss the 336 Corinthian columns resting on busts of Medusa’s Head, which are believed to be a shrine to the water nymphs!
We will complete our tour at the Grand Bazaar. The Bazaar’s first phase of construction began in 1455 under Mehmet the Conqueror, but it was added to many times over the centuries.The end result is an enormous labyrinth of covered streets lined with thousands of shops selling, for example, hand-woven carpets and kilims, gold and silver jewelry, hand-painted ceramics, leather goods, fine antiques and illuminated manuscripts

Dinner on our own

Day 3 - Istanbul
Breakfast at the hotel.

AM: Morning visit the masterpiece Chora Church with its 14th century mosaics and frescoes of almost supernatural beauty demonstrating the finest Byzantine art forms and parallel, in time, developments in Italian renaissance art. Dedicated to Christ the Saviour, it was originally outside the Constantine Walls, hence 'in Chora', meaning in the country. Built in the 6th century by St.Teodoros, the basilica we see today was renovated in 1321 by Theodore Methochite, the Treasury Minister of Byzantine Emperor II Andronikos Paleolog. It was converted into a mosque in 1511 and Ataturk declared it a National Museum in 1935.
We will then visit Sinan's masterwork, Istanbul's largest and grandest mosque, the Suleymaniye Mosque. Inside one may gaze at the intricate Iznik tiles, fine stained glass windows and beautiful carpets while at the same time noticing the simplicity of the mosque itself.

PM: Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

Transferring back to the Sultanahmet neighborhood, you will continue your guided exploration of Istanbul with a visit to the extraordinary Imperial residence of 25 Ottoman Sultans - the Topkapi Palace, lavish home to the Ottoman Sultans. For centuries this was the place from which the Sultans ruled over an empire that stretched from Eastern Europe to Atlantic Ocean. It contains a priceless collection of jewelry, porcelain and costumes. Legend claims that the ancient rod on display in the Treasury, is the one used by Moses to part the Red Sea. Other artifacts of similar fame include John the Baptist’s gilded arm and Mohammad’s beard, finger nails and foot imprint.
Touring the palace complex, you will see the Harem, the library, the treasury with its royal jewelry and gem collection, and the imperial living quarters, all surrounded by serene gardens and fountains. Also in the Treasury are the 86-carat Spoonmaker’s diamond and a case containing bones said to be from the hand of St. John the Baptist.
Just steps away from the Topkapi Palace, you will also visit the Archaeological Museum which houses one of the world’s greatest collections of antiquities. The main building has some 20 galleries where artifacts dating as far back as the 3rd Millennium BC are displayed. The star exhibits are probably the Alexander Sarcophagus where Alexander the Great fighting against the Persians is featured in two decorative friezes and the Treaty of Kadesh – a stone tablet with the earliest surviving peace treaty in the world, negotiated between the Egyptians and the Hittites in the 13th century BC.

Day 4 - Istanbul
Breakfast at the hotel.

AM: Your driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your return flight.