The only city in the world that stands astride two continents, Europe and Asia, Istanbul embraces both the ancient and modern worlds. Its skyline is a sparkling stretch of palaces, mosques, and minarets, but also of skyscrapers and nightclubs rivaling London`s. The largest city in Turkey and one of the most populous in the world, Istanbul was once the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and later the Ottoman Empire. Today it is the epicenter of Turkish culture and commerce.
Much of Istanbul`s charm lies in the area called the Historic Peninsula, south of the Golden Horn and north of the Sea of Marmara. This peninsula, which is home to such sights as Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia, is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Istanbul is not just a living museum, but a vibrant and cosmopolitan city.
Istanbul is one of the truly great romantic cities; home to a layering of civilization on civilization, of empire built on empire. A stroll through this historic city will reveal ancient Roman hippodromes, peristyles, and aqueducts, the greatest excesses of the Byzantine Empire and the mystique and power of the Ottoman Empire. In this sprawling, continent-spanning city you can tramp the streets where crusaders and janissaries once marched; admire mosques that are the most sublime architectural expressions of Islamic piety; peer into the sultan's harem; and hunt for bargains in the Kapali Çarsi. We recommend 6 nights in this fascinating city to enjoy its full scope! Must See`s include: Hagia Sofya,Topkapi Palace, Dolmabahce Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian Spice Bazaar, Suleymaniye Camii, St. Savior in Chora, the New Mosque, Galata Tower, Taksim Square, the Hippodrome and so much more!
2019 Departures: Aug 02, 09, 16, 23, 30; Sep 06, 13, 27; Oct 04, 11, 18, 25; Nov 01, 08, 15, 22; Dec 06, 20, 27
2019 Departures: Apr 05, 19; May 03, 17, 31; July 12, 26; Aug 09, 23; Sep 06; Oct 04, 18; Nov 01
Combine these two fantastic, historic cities in one unforgettable vacation package! Rome (the treasure of Italy; centuries of artistic achievement and incredible history) and Istanbul (a culturally diverse city, cosmopolitan modern outlook with a rich history). Travel between these two cities by plane. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Three top destinations to enjoy! Begin this fabulous trip flying into Athens ancient and modern, with equal measures of grunge and grace, bustling Athens is a heady mix of history and edginess. Iconic monuments mingle with first-rate museums. Then escape to Cairo and delve into this vibrant and energetic city, making a stop at some of the many mosques and palaces, or amuse yourself with the magnificent views of the pyramids of Giza, visit the capital's medieval markets by Khan El-Khalili, or walk down the Nile promenade. Lastly is Istanbul and explore their dazzling Grand Bazaar, which will give you a taste of the real Istanbul experience. This marvelous city will amuse you with their richness in culture, many temples and great shopping and exciting nightlife. Unforgettable adventure.
This is a flexible package with daily departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Choose your length of stay. Pick your own flights, hotels and activities.
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