Blue Mosque, Istanbul Istanbul Turkey

Simply Istanbul

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Sail down the beautiful rivers

The perfect introduction to Istanbul at an uncommon value, Simply Istanbul is designed to introduce you to some of the sites you need to see on your first trip to the city, with just a taste of the extraordinary experiences that only Exeter International can provide.

The Basics
• Three nights in one of the city’s top hotels, inclusive of tax and breakfast
• Private airport transportation to and from your hotel

• Private Exeter Guide at your service as described in the program

• Entrance Fees to all the sites mentioned in the program
• 24-hour, English-speaking local assistance in case of emergency or changes

Highlight of Exeter’s Simply Istanbul
• In depth touring of the historic city center with your private guide

Easy to Combine with:

  • Ephesus
  • Cappadocia
  • The Crimea

  • Central Asia

  • Athens

For custom luxury travel and tours to Istanbul and Turkey, please contact one of our travel experts.

Day 1
Arrival | Istanbul

Arrival into Istanbul. Your driver will meet you outside of baggage claim and customs to transfer you to the Pera Palace Hotel.

Exeter Services: Transfer
Hotel:
 Four Seasons Sultanhamet

Day 2
Istanbul | Istanbul

Begin to explore Istanbul with a visit to the Blue Mosque. Istanbul’s monumental shrines celebrate many different faiths, and the Blue Mosque is probably one of the most famed masterpieces of Ottoman religious architecture. Its named for the Blue Iznik, the turquoise colored tiles made of quartz minerals that decorate the interior of the shrine.

The building is also unique for its six minarets, and was the preferred shrine for the Ottoman Sultans. Its massive dome can be seen from all over the Sultanahmet district. Built by Mehmet Aga, the imperial architect, it was very controversial due to its six minarets, which were considered a sacrilege, as it rivaled the architecture of Mecca itself!

Continue to the famous Hagia Sophia Church. Built in the 6th century, this church influenced architecture for centuries. Its original design was created as a mirror of the heavens. Given its age, the church's vast galleries are in remarkable condition and the interiors are full of important frescoes and mosaics depicting holy subjects.

Visit one of Istanbul’s most unusual tourist attractions - the dramatic and beautiful Byzantine Underground Cistern. Built in the 6th century as a secure water reservoir for the city, it was laid out in 532 under the rule of Justinian. Don’t miss the columns resting on busts of Medusa’s Head that are believed to be a shrine to the water nymphs!

Continue to the Hippodrome, which was once the central focus of Constantinople (the Byzantine name of the city). Built by the Romans in the 3rd century AD, only fragments are left of this grand stadium that held 100,000 spectators. You will also see the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.

Exeter Services: Half Day Guide, Car & Driver
Hotel:
 Four Seasons Sultanhamet

Day 3
Istanbul | Istanbul

Today is at leisure to enjoy this fascinating city.

We suggest visiting the Topkapi Palace or perhaps enjoying a cruise on the Bosphorus. The Grand Bazaar is a must for any visitor to Istanbul and the Spice Bazaar will take you back in time.

Istanbul is a great destination for:
• Shopping
• Exploring ancient palaces
• Discovering modern art
• A gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus or the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. 


If you would like us to arrange for additional sightseeing please advise your travel consultant and we will be happy to plan this for you.

Exeter Services: None
Hotel:
 Four Seasons Sultanhamet

Day 4
Departur | Istanbul

Your driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight.

Exeter Services: Transfer


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