Heritage Istanbul

4 days/3 nights

From only £579pp

Overview

4 days/3 nights From only £579pp

Crossroads of culture, history and continents, this amazing city offers a wealth of experiences: architecture, fashion, archaeology, food, ancient and modern history, religion. Why not consider it as a taster of what else the vast country as a whole has to offer?

What's included in the trip?

  • Return scheduled/‘no frills’ flights
  • Accommodation on a half board basis
  • Max 4 bedded rooms for students
  • Single/twin rooms for leaders
  • Free itinerary planning and visits booking service
  • Comprehensive travel pack
  • 1:10 leader place ratio

Sample itinerary

  • Day 1

    Transfer from the airport to your hotel in the Historic Peninsular Quarter via the Valens Aqueduct and Kariye Museum. Visit the peaceful, landscaped Gulhane Park for incredible Bosphoros views, monolithic Goth Column and heritage Sogukcesme Street..

  • Day 2

    Visit Topkapi Palace (and Harem) built on Roman foundations, Constantine’s Aghia Eirene, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Serpentine Column (removed from Delphi), Justinian’s Basilica Cistern, Constantine’s Milion and Justinian’s Column before some early evening shopping in the Grand Bazaar.

  • Day 3

    The incredible archaeological museum complex of Osman Bey (Museums of the Ancient Orient, Classical Archaeology, Tiled Kiosk) houses artefacts from Sumeria, Troy, Greece and the Roman Empire, for example the stunning pentelic Alexander Sarcophagus and Sarcophagus of the Mourning Women. Justinian’s Haghia Sophia (by Isidore of Miletus and Anthemius of Tralles) also warrants a visit! Ferry transfer from Eminönü to Kadıköy, originally a Megarian Cleruchy, now the cultural centre of Anatolian Istanbul. Visit the numerous stalls selling fresh vegetables, seafood, books, CDs, leather, olive oil and pastries stalls… perhaps pop into the Big Yellow Taxi for a snack!

  • Day 4

    Visit the Basilica Cistern and Mosaic Museum containing the pavement of Justinian’s peristyle court, the Galatas Bridge, Spice Market and surrounding stalls before transferring back to airport

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Enhance your trip

  • Taksim Square and Istiklal Avenue, situated in the European part of Istanbul, Turkey, is a major tourist and leisure district famed for its restaurants, Belle Epoch Galleries, shops and hotels. It is considered the heart of modern Istanbul, with the central station of the Istanbul Metro network.
  • Osmanbey is one of the four neighbourhoods (together with Teşvikiye, Maçka and Pangaltı) within the Nişantaşı quarter of the Şişli district in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Selimiye Army Barracks, where this museum is housed was built by Mahmut II in 1828, on the site of a barracks originally built by Selim III in 1799 and extended by Abdül Mecit I in 1842 and 1853.
  • Dolmabahçe Palace located in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, Turkey, on the European coastline of the Bosphorus strait, served as the main administrative centre of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922, apart from a 22-year interval (1887–1909) in which Yıldız Palace was used.