Short Break: Istanbul

Upcoming Tour Date:

  • 11 May–15 May 2020 – New for 2020
5 days
from £1,599 pp
Tour code: AGT1140

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    Upcoming Tour Date:

    • 11 May–15 May 2020 – New for 2020
    5 days
    from £1,599 pp
    Tour code: AGT1140

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      Tour Code AGT1140
      Max Group Size 16
      Single Supplement £300
      Start/End Point Istanbul / Istanbul
      Tour Manager TBC

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      Would you prefer to fly from your local airport or spend a few days at the end of your tour on the beach? We are happy to help you arrange any additional requirements you may have from airport parking and hotels to pre and post tour hotel stays. Whilst the majority of our tours use group flights from London airports it is often possible to offer regional departures or connections – give us a call on 01425 480600 and let us help make your trip as comfortable as possible.

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      A comprehensive opportunity to explore the highlights of the ancient capital of the Byzantine Empire. Visit the most significant sites of Istanbul’s vast history, from its Roman archaeology to its Ottoman remains.

      Based for four nights in a central hotel in Istanbul, this short break is an opportunity to visit the most significant sites of Istanbul’s vast history, from its Roman archaeology to its Ottoman remains, including a tour of the iconic Hagia Sophia, a symbol of Byzantine architecture.

      With a day trip to Bursa, the original capital of the Ottoman Empire, as well as walks through more ‘off the beaten track’ neighbourhoods with stunning architectural remains, this is sure to be a taste of Istanbul to remember. A cooking class of traditional cuisine completes this exciting itinerary.

      This tour is limited to 16 places. Early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

      Highlights

      • Visit the Hagia Sophia, a symbol of Byzantine architecture
      • Attend a cooking class and indulge in authentic Ottoman cuisine
      • Day trip to Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire

      What’s Included

      • Return British Airways flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul
      • Four nights’ accommodation in a 4* hotel
      • Daily breakfast and evening meal
      • All excursions, entrance fees and tips
      • All overseas transport and English-speaking guides
      • Services of a Prestige Holidays Tour Manager

      Itinerary

      Day 1 - Arrival (D)

      On arrival in Istanbul, transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner in a local restaurant to sample the flavours of traditional Ottoman cuisine.

      Overnight: Istanbul

      Day 2 - Istanbul (B, D)

      Explore Istanbul’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The 6th century Yerebatan Underground Cistern was built by Emperor Justinian I, the Hagia Sophia has inspired religious leaders for over 1500 years, and the hippodrome was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire.

      This afternoon, take a walking tour of Fener and Balat, once the focal point of the social and cultural lives of Greek, Jewish and Armenian minorities and boasting some stunning mansions, synagogues and churches from the Byzantine and Ottoman eras.

      This evening, don your aprons for a traditional cooking class followed by dinner in one of Istanbul’s best fish restaurants.

      Overnight: Istanbul

      Day 3 - Bursa (B, D)

      Day trip to Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, to visit the 15th century Green Ottoman Complex, including its Grand Mosque. Explore the ancient and atmospheric Covered Market before finishing at Cumalikizik Village, a designated UNESCO site known for its Ottoman architecture.

      Overnight: Istanbul

      Day 4 - Istanbul (B, D)

      This morning, visit the Topkapi Palace, once home to the great Sultans, and the Blue Mosque before attending a class on fine Turkish carpets and leathers. Spend the afternoon at leisure before a special farewell dinner.

      Overnight: Istanbul

      Day 5 - Departure (B)

      Transfer to the airport for departure.

      Prestige Holidays’ booking conditions apply. Price is based on twin/double occupancy. Single rooms are on request at a supplement of £300 — subject to availability. Itinerary may be subject to slight alterations due to operational restrictions. Hotels are subject to change and a hotel of similar standard in the overnight locations may be provided. Flight times are provisional and subject to change due to airline schedules.

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