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You will meet your Hamilton Travel group leader at Malta International Airport at 08:15AM to check in for your direct Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul departing at 10:35AM. On arrival and after baggage collection, we will board our private transport to take us to our hotel Golden Horn Sirkeci ( www.thegoldenhorn.com ) for check in. After some time to unwind and settle in, we will have a brief meeting to go over the itinerary. After this, we will head out on our first culinary adventure in Istanbul. A short journey from Karaköy on the world’s second oldest funicular will take you to the heart of Istanbul’s food scene on this culinary city tour, where you’ll wander through back streets and hidden laneways, feasting as you go! Your local guide will offer insight into the intricacies and traditions of Turkish food culture and explain about the ingredients and origins of Turkey’s most popular dishes. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, we will head out on a full-day trip exploring Istanbul’s main sights including Hippodrome Square, the famous Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar and Topkapi Palace. Today will be your first taste of Turkish retail therapy! Shopping at the Grand Bazaar is an experience in itself, with literally thousands of shops to choose from, whereas the Spice Bazaar, built in 1664, is one of the most colourful bazaars in Istanbul offering endless spices Turkish delight, caviar, dried nuts and many more! After lunch in the vicinity we will continue discovering the city where our last stop will be the impressive and opulent Topkapi Palace built in 1461 and hosted 22 different Sultans and their families. Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, we will head out to visit Arasta Bazaar. Located on the Blue Mosque Square, Arasta Bazaar has been one of the most charming shopping centres since it was built by savvy Ottoman officials in the 17th century. This bazaar consists of approximately 70 shops, and while smaller than the Grand Bazaar this calm and pretty market contains many kinds of productions attracting people in its shops for jewellery, carpets, souvenirs, ceramics, Turkish tiles, apparel and much more. After lunch, you will have a little free time to walk around and take in the atmosphere. Later in the afternoon, we will head out to experience the Whirling Dervish ritual where you will watch the mystical ritual of the Mevlevi Order, whose whirling dance has been declared a UNESCO Heritage of Humanity. This ceremony is a truly unmissable and astonishing experience of music and moves. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight.
After breakfast we will head out to one of Istanbul’s largest shopping malls for some retail therapy and the chance to pick up a few bargains. After lunch, we will then make our way to the Maçka – Taşkışla Aerial Cable Car which is a two-station gondola-type line of aerial lift passenger transport system. This short ride offers a unique panoramic view of the city. After lunch, we will transfer to Eminönü to join the Bosphorus River cruise which will last around 4 hours, offering a different viewing point of this magnificent city! After the river cruise, we will go to a local Meyhane for our farewell dinner of Turkish raki and delicious mezes! Overnight.
After breakfast we will have some free time until check-out, where we will then be transferred to Istanbul International Airport to check in for our direct Turkish Airlines flight to Malta, departing at 17:10PM and arriving back in Malta at 18:40PM. End of services.
|DOUBLE ROOM - 2 ADULTS SHARING||€815|
|TRIPLE ROOM - 3 ADULTS SHARING||€726|
|Private Night Tasting Trail|
|Istanbul Grand City Tour|
|Arasta Bazaar / Whirling Dervish Ritual|
|Shopping Mall / Aerial Cable Car Ride|
|Bosphorous River Cruise (4 hours)|
|Travel Insurance Standard Cover - Adult(18-69yrs) €22, Adult (70-75yrs) €40.|
|Drinks with meals|
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