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Would you like to extend your stay in Turkey for a few days in Istanbul? We recommend our 4-day additional program in the metropolis on the Bosporus for a truly fulfilling experience. The program offers you a variety of organized activities as well as an abundance of free time to enjoy your favorite part of the city to its fullest. The tour extension module in Istanbul can be booked in combination with your Islandhopping tour, either prior or post cruise.
Take the chance to familiarize yourself with this incredible city on the shores of the Bosporus. Our program offers the right balance between organized activities with your guide and individual free time which you can enjoy as you please. Visit Istanbul with us and experience the charm of this wonderful city!
Constantinople, Byzantium, Istanbul – mighty names for one and the same city. Istanbul is the only city in the world which spans across two continents and it’s lively and contrast rich atmosphere captivates countless visitors each year. The symbiosis between east and west gives Istanbul its unique character. Immerse yourself in the history of this incredible metropolis in the company of your professional guide. From its founding to its current state, and take time in the evenings to enjoy the cultural flair and indulge in the delicacies of the local cuisine in a recommended restaurant.
After arriving individually to Istanbul Airport (either IST or SAW) a transfer will bring you to the hotel. Perring out of the car window, you will gain your first impressions of this exciting city. Check into the Recital Botique Hotel – your home for the next 3 days.
After breakfast a boat tour on the Bosporus will give you a perspective of the city from the water. Under the two giant hanging bridges, past countless palaces, summer villas, wooden huts as well as the fortress of Rumeli Hisari and back to the Golden Horn. Later on you will visit the Galata Tower on the northern shore of the golden Horn before continuing on to the Pera Art Museum. After a break for lunch, it is time to experience ‘modern Istanbul’ – a stroll through the Beyoglu suburb, the center of Western culture in Istanbul.
Today will be filled with visitations of architectural masterpieces of the Byzantine era in the old town of Istanbul: Visit the Hagia Sophia in the morning – the crowning church of the Byzantine emperor. Another unforgettable visitation is that of the Topkapi Palace as well as the Sultan-Ahmet Mosque (‘Blue Mosque’). In the afternoon, visit the Hippodrom – the athletic and social center of the Byzantine Empire – as well as the Hippodrom Exhibition in an ancient Byzantine water cistern in the art museum, Nakkas. The day can be rounded off by enjoying a great glass of wine. A farewell dinner is hosted on the shores of the Bosporus at the foot of the Galata Bridge.
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and enjoy the last impressions of the city as your transfer takes you to the Airport.
You will be accommodated in the Recital Boutique Hotel (or a hotel of equal standards) located in the old town center. The Recital Hotel has a wonderful roof top terrace with an exceptional panorama over the city of Istanbul and the Marmara Sea. The rooms are spacious, bright and furnished with traditional style furniture. Room service and free WiFi are at your disposal. Every morning starts with a nutritious breakfast buffet.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Voucher delivery
After applying for the tour extension module you will receive a simple confirmation/invoice as well as a voucher for the travel package from Islandhopping. This voucher can be used to check into your hotel. On the second day your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby at 09:30 am. Your guide will accompany you on all the activities mentioned in the tour program on the second and third days and will organize the payments of the Bosporus boat ride, entrance to the Hagia Sophia and the final evening meal on the shores of the Bosporus.