This 2 night package is a great opportunity to enjoy the mystical magic of this fascinating city and explore many of its’ historical attractions.
Guests are met at the Arrival Hall in their chosen Istanbul airport and taken to their hotel. The rest of the day is free.
Guests are collected from their hotels at 9am for a full day tour of some of Istanbul’s historic Christian buildings beginning with the Church of St George, the city’s principal Greek Orthodox Cathedral, still in use today. The tour then moves on to the Church of St Mary of Blachernae, an Eastern Orthodox Church built in 1867 on the same spot as a shrine built in the 5th century BC by Mary of Blachernae’s Emperor Husband, Marcian. After lunch, the tour moves on to the remains of the old Byzantine city walls and then the Church of St Mary of the Spring, named after a nearby holy spring, reputed to have healing properties and one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Greek Orthodoxy for almost 1500 years. The day will finish with an opportunity doing some shopping before returning to the hotels at approximately 5:30pm.
The half day tour begins again at 9am and visits some of Istanbul’s primary historical sites in the Sultanahmet area; these include the Haghia Sophia Museum which boasts the 4th largest dome in the world. This stunning building began as a Byzantine basilica built in the 6th century AD during the reign of Justinian and was an architectural innovation at the time. After this, the tour moves on to the nearby Blue Mosque, so called after the delicate designs of the Ottoman tiles which decorate the walls of the shrine; the mosque is identifiable by its’ six minarets. The morning ends with a visit to the Hippodrome, once the centre for sports and entertainment in old Constantinople, the Roman Capital; it was also a very important centre for politics. Guests will go back to the hotel, will check out and are taken to their relevant Istanbul Airport. This 2 night package is a great opportunity to enjoy the mystical magic of this fascinating city and explore many of its’ historical attractions.
Guests are met at the Arrival Hall in their chosen Istanbul airport and taken to their hotel. The rest of the day is free. Meeting/pick-up point: Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Additional return charge for transfers from Sabiha Gokcen Airport.
Duration: 3 days.
Pick-up time: According to the flight time.
Drop-off time: According to the flight time.
Others: Included: 2 nights accommodation in a 5 star hotel on BB basis, transfers to/from airport, entrance fees to attractions, shuttle service for the tour, professional guide, and lunch on the first day.