Istanbul Deal Alert: 3 nights in First Class hotel, airport transfers, experiences & tours, flights from Ljubljana

Istanbul Deal Alert: 3 nights in First Class hotel, airport transfers, experiences & tours, flights from Ljubljana

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07/11/2019ECONOMY
Ljubljana
Istanbul
Slovenia
Ljubljana / 09:40
Turkish Airlines TK 1062 Turkish Airlines
2h 10m Nonstop
Turkey
13:50 Istanbul Airport
07/11/2019 10/11/2019

Istanbul

About the city

Istanbul owes its historic importance and its amazing cultural and architectural heritage to its perfect strategic location, straddling the Bosphorus straits which separate Europe and Asia Minor. Through most of its 2,500-year-long history, the city (first known as Byzantium, then as Constantinople and since 1930 as Istanbul) was a cultural melting pot. Today, its population of more than 13 million is almost exclusively Turkish, and many of its people are recent migrants from provincial Turkey, lured by the promise of jobs and careers in this vibrant, fast-growing city. Istanbul is no longer the nation's capital, but is Turkey's economic and cultural powerhouse - a status underlined by its role as a European City of Culture in 2010 and the award of UNESCO World Heritage listing to many of its most important landmarks, which range from stunning Ottoman mosques and Byzantine churches and catacombs to the columns of Hellenistic temples and the remains of massive medieval city walls. But there's more to Istanbul than Byzantine and Ottoman heritage. A fast-growing economy contributed to a flourishing arts and music scene, with a plethora of new bars, clubs, private art galleries, restaurants and designer fashion outlets.

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Transfer from airport to accommodation

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Galata Hotel Istanbul - MGallery by Sofitel

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  • At 1.9 km from the center
  • Bankalar caddesi no 27 beyoglu 34420 estambul turquía, Istanbul, turkey
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  • DOUBLE CLASSIC (1)

  • BED AND BREAKFAST

  • 3 Accommodation nights

3 Experiences
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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Entertaintment

day 0 - 20:30
Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Dolmabahce Palace, Visnezade Mahallesi Dolmabahce Cd, Istanbul 34357 Turkey

If you take a Bosphorus tour, you’ll pass many lavish and intriguing buildings, but the most opulent of them all, surely has to be the 600m long Dolmabahçe Sarayı (Dolmabahce Palace). It took 13 years to build and was completed in 1856, and served as the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire until 1922.

The palace was commissioned by Sultan Abdülmecid (who decided there should be a more European palace than Topkapi) and designed by Armenian architect Karabet Balian and his son Nikoğos Balian. (read Balyan family on wikipedia). It is an ostentatious blend architectural styles including Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical and modern Ottoman, dripping in luxury.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Beylerbeyi Palace, Abdullahaga Cad., Istanbul Turkey

Described by some as a miniature Dolmabahce Palace but without the crowds, the Beylerbeyi Sarayı (Beylerbeyi Palace) was commissioned by Sultan Abdülaziz to act as an imperial summer residence. With 24 rooms, 6 halls, and a hamam, it would have been quite the summer home, and was also used to entertain visiting dignitaries.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Bosphorus Bridge, Kuzguncuk Mahallesi 15, Istanbul Turkey

The Bosphorus Bridge is one of two bridges that spans the Bosphorus Strait, connecting the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. It stretches from Ortakoy on the European side to Beylerbeyi on the Asian side and is sometimes referred to as the First Bosphorus Bridge.

At 1560 meters long, the Bosphorus Bridge was the fourth longest suspension bridge in the world when it opened in 1973 and was the first bridge to connect Europe and Asia since a bridge spanning the Dardanelles in 480 B.C. Today, it is the 21st longest suspension bridge in the world. In 2007, an LED lighting system was installed to illuminate the bridge at night and the computerized system is now used to create a colorful light show every evening.

While the bridge is typically closed to pedestrians, it opens each October for the Istanbul Eurasia Marathon – the only marathon that crosses from one continent to another.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Rumeli Fortress, Tarabya Yenikoy Cad., Istanbul Turkey

Rumeli Castle (Rumeli Hisarı) is an Ottoman fortress dating to 1452. It was built by Ottoman sultan Mehmed II (Mehmed the Conqueror) in preparation of the conquest of Constantinople. The castle is situated on the shore of the Bosphorus Strait at its narrowest point with approximately 660 meters. It is just opposite of Anadolu Castle (Anadolu Hisarı) that is another Ottoman castle built in 1394 by Bayezid I. Both Anadolu Castle and Rumeli Castle were built by Ottoman sultans in order to prevent military and economic aid to the Byzantine Empire coming from the north, Black Sea. Thus, Bosphorus strait connects Black Sea with Marmara Sea.

Rumeli Castle consists of three large towers, one small tower, and thirteen smaller towers, which all are in very good condition. The architect of the castle was architect Müslihiddin and by the time it was built, its name was Boğazkesen (Strait Cutter).

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, Hisarustu Kavacik Yolu, Istanbul Turkey

he Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, also known as the Second Bosphorus Bridge, spanning the Bosphorus strait. It is named after the 15th century Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror, who conquered Istanbul in 1453 and ended the Byzantine Empire.

The bridge was designed by Freeman Fox & Partners, who had previously also designed the Bosphorus Bridge. An international consortium of three Japanese companies, one Italian and one Turkish company carried out the construction works. The bridge was completed on July 3, 1988 and opened by Prime Minister Turgut Özal who drove his official car by himself as the first to pass. The cost of the bridge amounted to USD 130 million.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Ortakoy, Istanbul Turkey

The mosque which decorates many postcards of the city is right on the Bosphorous, in Ortaköy. It is officially called Büyük Mecidiye Camii (Grand Imperial Mosque). It was ordered to be built by Sultan Abdülmecid on the grounds of an earlier mosque.

The mosque was built between 1854-1856, in neo-Baroque style. Nikoğos Balyan was the architect of the mosque, who was also the architect of the Dolmabahçe Palace. Within the mosque, there are several examples of Islamic calligraphy executed by Sultan Abdülmecid himself.

Duration: 10 minutes

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Infant meals not included
The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
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Private Half Day Shore Excursion: Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar From Istanbul

day 1 - 08:30
Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

St. Sophia, one of the most magnificent Byzantine churches, and nominated the 8th wonder of the world by many historians.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Grand Bazaar, Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Grand Bazaar tempting souvenir-hunters with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery and leather.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani Cad No 7, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Blue Mosque, one of the largest mosques in Istanbul. Dating back to the 17th century, this is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of Istanbul and is also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Hippodrome, Binbirdirek, Sultan Ahmet ParkI No:2, Istanbul Turkey

Hippodrome, the former centre of sporting and political activities in Constantinople. During the visit you will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi and the fountain of Willhelm II.

Duration: 30 minutes

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children must be accompanied by an adult
St. Sophia is closed on Mondays. Instead you will visit Underground Cistern. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, instead you will visit the open-air bazaar.
BLUE MOSQUE (SULTANAHMET MOSQUE) will be closed to the touristic visits between 01/03-15/05/2018 due to restoration work inside the mosque. Mosque visit will be kept but will be allowed to use the garden part only.
Not wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Most travelers can participate
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
Returns to original departure point
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Evening walks, local food tasting tour

day 2 - Evening Walk and Best Local food tasting tour 18:30
Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Galata Koprusu, Kemankes Karamustafa Pasa Mahallesi Beyoglu, Istanbul 34425 Turkey

walk on the bridge

Pass By: Galata Tower, Buyuk Hendek Cad. 2, Istanbul Turkey

Take the best views of the tower by night

Stop At: Istiklal Street Taksim Beyoglu, Istanbul Turkey

Most famous street of the city

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Karakoy Rihtim, Rihtim Caddesi Karakoy, Beyoglu, Istanbul 34560 Turkey

Karakoy is the new fancy area with nice art galleries, boutiques and coffee shops

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
Returns to original departure point
 

Transfer from accommodation to airport

Private Standard (Private Transfer)
10/11/2019ECONOMY
Istanbul
Ljubljana
Turkey
Istanbul Airport / 18:30
Turkish Airlines TK 1063 Turkish Airlines
2h 25m Nonstop
Slovenia
18:55 Ljubljana

Summary

Istanbul Deal Alert: 3 nights in First Class hotel, airport transfers, experiences & tours, flights from Ljubljana
Istanbul Deal Alert: 3 nights in First Class hotel, airport transfers, experiences & tours, flights from Ljubljana