Istanbul East Meets West 4 Days

Straddling the continents of Europe and Asia, Turkey becomes a bridge between West and East. The portion of Turkey’s land in Europe may be small, but the country’s largest city, Istanbul, is there. With nearly 13 million people, Istanbul is the third most populous European urban area, after Moscow and Paris. The vast rectangle of Turkey, protruding peninsula-like from the western rim of Asia but with its foothold on the mainland of Europe, serves as a major bridge between different cultures and economic regions. Thrace and the area around the Sea of Marmara in particular have played a vital and unique role as intermediary between Europe and Asia, with an impact on world history that has endured from earliest antiquity right up to the present.

Brief Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival in Istanbul, Turkey (Dinner)
Day 2 Istanbul full day tour (Breakfast/Lunch)
Day 3 Istanbul free day or option tour (Breakfast)
Day 4 Istanbul departure (Breakfast)

Tour Details
Day 1 Arrival in Istanbul, Turkey (Dinner)
Arrive in Istanbul Atatürk International Airport. Meeting and greeting by our Marmara Babil representative and transfer to your hotel.
Welcome Dinner at Kebab Restaurant (Drinks not included)
Menu : White Flat Bread (Turkish Pitta) 1/4 Turkish Tulum Cheese served with fresh butter / Soup of the Day / Mini Turkish Pizza / Pitta with Cheese / Salad / Urfa or Adana Kebab / Fruit or Dessert
Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2 Istanbul full day tour (Breakfast/Lunch)
We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia*. Built by the Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century AD and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus, the church is one of the marvels of world architecture. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style.

Lunch at local restaurant

We continue our tour at Topkapi Palace*, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabulous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk.  Last but by no means least, we visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque, completed in 1563. A masterpiece designed by Sinan the Magnificent, it has the most exquisite and extensive Iznik tile decoration of any mosque in Istanbul. The large quantities of exquisite Iznik tiles, arranged in a wide variety of beautiful floral and geometric designs, as well as the spacious central courtyard, make this mosque a must-see Istanbul attraction.

The blue mosque with entrance is included; The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design.Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 years, during the rule of Ahmed I. just like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasa and a hospice.Besides still used as a mosque, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque has also become a popular tourist attraction in Istanbul.

Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3 Istanbul free day or option tour (Breakfast)
After breakfast, the day is free at leisure.

Option tour 1: Bosphorus Tour
We begin with a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar*, one of Istanbul’s most colorful, bustling attractions. Next, we travel the Golden Horn on our way to an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia. From our cruise boat, we view the dramatic sights lining the Bosphorus’ wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world’s longest and Rumeli Hisar›, a massive fortress built by Mehmet the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul. Also noteworthy on this tour are the 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultans’ fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges.

Optional tour 2: Private Bursa City Tour with lunch
We travel by ferry to Yalova, then by luxury coach to Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire and one of the great treasure houses of Islamic architecture.

We will visit the Green Mosque and the neighbouring Green Mausoleum, both world-renowned for their superb tile decoration, as well as the late 14th century Great Mosque and the Koza Han, which for centuries was the center of the silk trade.

Lunch will be served at restaurant in Bursa with famous Doner Kebab
Return to Istanbul and overnight in Istanbul.

Day 4 Istanbul (Breakfast)
After breakfast, check out. Transfer to the Ataturk Airport by coach for your flight. (END)

Cost
First class hotel: Grand Haliç Hotel Istanbul
Based on 4-6 persons CNY 3465 per person
Single room surcharge CNY 1350

Deluxe class hotel: Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul
Based on 4-6 persons CNY 3698 per person
Single room surcharge CNY 1550

Include:
– 3 Nights in suggested hotels
– Turkish style buffet breakfast and inclusive of all taxes and service charges
– Meals as indicated above
– Entrance fees to the museums and historical places mentioned in the itinerary
– 09 or 13 Seater Modern Coach through out the tour
– English speaking professional guidance throughout the journey
– 1 X500 ml mineral water per day per person in the bus, and table water in dinner & Lunch
– (One big Bottled drinking water to be shared by four pax)
– All parking fees and highway tolls
– Local taxes and VAT included in to the quotation however any increase in the VAT rate by the government will be reflected in to the quotation accordingly

Excluded:
– Personal expenses such as mini bar at the hotels & soft and alcoholic drinks, normal/digital
– camera fees in the museums
– Optional Bursa City Tour or/and Optional Bosphorus Tour rates;please refer to the attachment
– Tip to the local guide and driver
– Day 3 Option tour 1: Bosphorus Tour
Based on 2 persons CNY 758 per person
Based on 3 persons CNY 681 per person
Based on 4-5 persons CNY 520 per person
Based on 6-8 persons CNY 450 per person

– Day 3 Optional tour 2: Private Bursa City Tour with lunch
Based on 2 persons CNY 2500 per person
Based on 3 persons CNY 1800 per person
Based on 4-5 persons CNY 1350 per person
Based on 6-8 persons CNY 1090 per person