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Glimpse of Anatolia & Istanbul

Glimpse of Anatolia & Istanbul

Purpose: Discovery, Relaxation, Culture
No. of days: 6 days - 5 nights
First & Last Cities: Konya, IStanbul
Other cities: Bosporus
Starting cost: $1,375

 

Day 1: Istanbul, Konya
Arrival at Istanbul airport to take a connecting flight to Konya. You’ll be met and driven to your hotel. Overnight in Konya.
 
Day 2: Konya (City of Whirling Dervishes)
The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites. This destination is home to over a million residents, whirling dervish orders, literary masters, and a Neolithic World Heritage Site, Çatalhöyük. You will be picked up to visit the Tomb of Rumi in the Museum of Mevlana, an important place of pilgrimage for Muslims. Then, you’ll visit the Ottoman-era Sultan Selim mosque, Alaaddin Hill (a prehistoric tomb) and the 1000-year-old Alaaddin Mosque. In its courtyard are the tombs of many of the Seljuk Turkish sultans. Walking down the north side of the Alaaddin Hill we pass the remains of the Seljuk sultan's palace, then cross the street for a view of the elaborate portal of the Ince Minareli Medrese theological college. During your visit you will have a local lunch. Return to the hotel for overnight. [B/L]
 
Day 3: Konya, Istanbul
Some free time to continue discovering Konya before your transfer to the airport to catch you flight to Istanbul where you’ll be et and driven to your hotel. Rest of the day ay leisure. Overnight in Istanbul. [B]
 
Day 4: Istanbul (Classic Tour & Bosporus Cruise)
This morning you’ll first visit the Hippodrome, the social center of this Byzantine city, which was used as a horse racing track. Next visit the Blue Mosque, the Grand Mosque of the Ottomans for 3 centuries, followed by Hagia Sophia, an extraordinary building that served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople for more than 7 centuries. After visiting the Underground Cistern of Yerebatan continue to the Topkapi Palace, imperial palace of the Ottomans which reflects the splendor of the Ottoman Empire. A stop for lunch at a nearby restaurant for followed by a Turkish coffee. After lunch, a drive to the Golden Horn to catch a regular Bosporus cruise in between the Asian and European continents. For an hour and more, you will be floating through the real history of this channel. Big mansions located by the water will take you to the 19th Century of Istanbul and your return will give amazing opportunities to take pictures of the Old City of Istanbul, once capital to Byzantium and Ottoman empires. You will embark by the Spice market and stroll in and around the bazaar where the Spices from India were sold to the Ottoman merchants before they sailed to Europe. Spice market is now hosting several Turkish delight shops giving you the opportunity to taste various kinds of them. Return to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. [B/L]
 
Day 5: Istanbul
Day at leisure to continue discovering the city on your own or take an optional tour. [B]
 
Day 6: Istanbul, USA
Breakfast at the hotel. At the appointed time you ‘ll be met and driven to the airport to board your flight back to the USA. [B]
 
[B] = Breakfast | [B/L] = Breakfast and Lunch


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Tour includes
  • Private arrival and departure transfers in Konya and Istanbul
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Konya 2 nights
  • Istanbul 3 nights
  • Meals:
    Breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches
  • Full-day tour of Konya
  • Full-day tour of Istanbul
  • Bosporus cruise
  • English-speaking guides during tours
  • A/C deluxe vehicles for transfers & Tours
  • Entrance fees for sites and museums visited
  • All local taxes
Not included in tour
  • International airline tickets
  • Taxes or surcharges related to airline tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Other meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Extras and gratuities
  • Early check-in, late check-out
  • Expenses of personal nature

Hotels in your Tour

Category Hotel Name Tripadvisor
First Class
Konya HGI Konya 4.5
Istanbul Yasmak Sultan 5
Deluxe
Konya Bayır Diamond 4.5
Istanbul Barcelo 4.5
Hotel will be confirmed at time of booking

Tour Pricing

Season 2-3 Pax 4-5 Pax 6-9 Pax 10-14 Pax Single Suppl.
First Class
Jan-Mar15 $1,375 $835 $679 $585 $179
Mar 16 - Nov 15 $1,465 $919 $765 $689 $235
Deluxe
Jan-Mar15 $1,499 $959 $805 $709 $299
Mar 16 - Nov 15 $1,589 $1,045 $889 $799 $389
Price is per person sharing a room and may change without notice
 
Tour Code: TK03SIST20RT