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Description

More than Ottoman minarets and beguiling bazaars, Turkey’s cultural capital is also fashionable and progressive. Spanning both Asia and Europe and divided by the Bosphorus, Istanbul is a beguiling mix of ancient and modern, of conservative and secular. The hulking Byzantine Hagia Sophia and opulent Topkapi Palace dominate the old city Sultanahmet, but over in Karakoy, in a converted warehouse, the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art embraces the future.

INCLUSIONS

  • Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
  •  Accommodation 3* or similar
  • 4 nights hotel in Istanbul
  • 4 open buffet breakfast
  • Guided Istanbul City Tour
  •  Guided Istanbul Bosphorus cruise and shopping tour
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
  • Professional English-speaking tour guides
  • Return transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport

Please Note: Hagia Sophia closed on Mondays, Topkapi Palace closed on Tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on Sundays.

EXCLUDES

  •  Airfare/Visa

Terms and Conditions Apply:

Land Packages only, International Airfare and Visa are not included.

Prices starting from as indicate on Twin Sharing basis.

Rates

Days Price
04Night / 05Days AED 1925

Terms & Conditions

  • Payments for land component will be taken as per ROE on the day of making final payments.
  • Rates are valid only for Indian Nationals, for any other nationalities please speak to our tour experts.
  • Standard hotel check-in time is from 1400 hours to 1600 hours and check out 10.00 am to 12.00 hours.
  • International hotels general breakfast timings are between 6:30 am-10:00 am.
  • Grant-of visa is solely on the discretion of the particular country’s Immigration Authority and Golden Treasure Tourism is not responsible for any non-grant of visa to traveler.
  • Excessive intake of hard drinks in course of the journey can put you in trouble during visa on arrival, immigration or custom process.
  • You are requested to strictly follow visa procedures and passport validity 6 months (9 months for Malaysia) from date of return. Even for countries which offer Visa On Arrival, we request you to be get your Visa’s before departures as it might take too much of your time at the arrival.
  • If you face a problem during the holiday, you are requested to inform the hotel/transport provider and/or the Golden Treasure Tourism representative immediately. If your complaint is not addressed, you are requested to follow it up by writing to us within 28 days of your return. Golden Treasure Tourism would like to hear from you and will share your concerns with the respective service provider.
  • In case the promised travel arrangement is not provided by Golden Treasure Tourism’s employees or agents, we will compensate you up to the limit of the cost of such arrangements.
  • Golden Treasure Tourism does not accept any responsibility for third party services or service providers like hotels, etc. For example, the hotels are responsible for inefficient hospitality.
  • Golden Treasure Tourism is only a tour operator and at no time shall Golden Treasure Tourism be held responsible for your acts of misdemeanor/omission and your personal affairs. For example, Golden Treasure Tourism shall not be held responsible for ensuring the safety of your personal belongings, travel documents, etc. at any time before, during or after the holiday.
  • Golden Treasure Tourism will not be held responsible for any misbehavior/damage done by guest while on tour.
  • Golden Treasure Tourism cannot and does not guarantee the exactness of any service in the package. For example, photographs of the interiors of the hotel rooms posted on our website have been provided by the respective hotel. Hence, Golden Treasure Tourism does not guarantee the visual appeal of your room.
  • We recommend you to buy travel insurance at an additional cost through Golden Treasure Tourism sales agent before departing for your travel.
  • When we say that your transport (arrivals, departures and sightseeing) will be by ‘seat-in-coach basis’, all we mean is that a comfortable van / bus/ coach will be provided to you depending upon the total number of arrivals. Please note we will be clubbing passengers arriving around similar time and dropping at various hotels. In case you don’t approve of the same, we recommend you to book a private vehicle at a supplement cost.
  • It shall be solely your responsibility to hold valid travel documents like passports, visas and other statutory clearances like immigration, to enable you to travel on the tour hassle free.
  • As granting or rejecting visas and immigration clearance is the sole prerogative of the concerned sovereign governments, the operator shall neither be responsible in case of non-granting of such documents nor will he be liable for any delay, denial or other related act/omission or for any loss, expense, damage or cost resulting there from. The position in respect of cancellation of tour by client due to non-availability of travel documents would not change only by virtue of the client having applied for such documents through the operator. Even if visas are rejected, the stipulated fees of the operator shall be payable by the client. There will be no refund to the client, or any member of his party, is unable to travel due to the above said reasons. In such cases, the non-refundable deposit paid by the clients shall be forfeited and no claim whatsoever shall be made for the same
  • A child traveling for whom ‘without a bed’ charge has been paid would not be entitled to a separate bed in the hotel. In case ‘with bed’ charge has been paid for the child and you decide not to avail such facility whilst on the tour, you would not be entitled for any refund. In case you decide to seek an extra bed for the child booked on ‘without a bed’ basis on the tour, this will be subject to availability where you shall be bound to pay directly the additional amount charged by the concerned hotel
  • These are the sole and complete terms and conditions governing the tour operations, supplemented only by the User Agreement. No employee of our company or any agent has the authority to amend, modify or change these conditions, and you are advised to rely on the term ‘as it is’. Golden Treasure Tourism reserves the right to change or modify these ‘Terms and Conditions’ at any time without notice

Cancellation

  • Post confirmation of services, you or any member of your group may cancel travel plans at any time by sending a written notification or an e-mail addressed to the Golden Treasure Tourism representative who made the booking, to our office .The same is applicable in case you want to make any change like the travel date or accommodation in your travel arrangements.
  • All costs incurred due to amendment of any of the above issues, will be borne by the individual himself
  • Golden Treasure Tourism reserves the right to change/modify or cancel your travel arrangements at any point of time.
  • If we are unable to provide the booked travel arrangements, our liability in all cases shall be limited to the costs of your travel arrangements
  • In case your travel arrangements are affected by bad weather conditions or other unforeseeable circumstances, Golden Treasure Tourism will try its best to provide alternate dates for the package, if the holiday hasn’t already begun.
  • In the event that a client is unable to travel on the tour originally booked by him/her, due to rejection of visas by the concerned embassy, the said client shall have the option to postpone his/her tour to any other future date or transfer his tour to any other tour and in such case the transfer fee for the transfer of the tour shall apply. However, if the client books and pays within the cancellation period and is unable to travel due to any reason whatsoever including non-availability of visas or any travel documents, the cancellation policy will appl

Cancellation charges per person:

  • 45-20 days before departure INR 10,000 or more (depends on package)
  • 20-0 days 100 per cent total amount
  • In case of no show 100 per cent total amount

Note:

  • The passport should be valid for minimum 6 months from the date of travel (9 months in case of Malaysia)
  • In case of cash payment of INR 25,000 or above, Pan Card copy of the client is required
  • Group packages are non-refundable once booked

Payment Policy

  • Any itinerary posted on the website is only a proposed holiday outline. We are not holding any confirmed hotel reservations for your travel. The same is subject to availability at the time of booking. The quotation might change based on actual availability of the service.
  • GOLDEN TREASURE TOURISM will inform you of any change in prices and only after your confirmation, proceed with booking. Cost will not be refunded for any unutilized services.
  • Weekend or other surcharges may be applicable over and above the package cost for the requested period. GOLDEN TREASURE TOURISM will inform you of such costs at the time of booking or before confirming the package.
  • You need to make an advance payment at the time of confirming the tour and make the balance payment 45 days prior to the departure of the tour.
  • The Company shall be within its rights to forfeit the non-refundable interest free deposit paid by the client to the company along with the prescribed booking form duly completed for the tour booked by the client. In the event the client cancels the booking or on failure on the part of the client to adhere to the tour payment schedule as informed in the documentation check-list or in the event the visa of any country is not granted or is unable to travel on the tour booked by the client due to any reason whatsoever, including medical ground or sickness, the non-refundable interest free deposits shall stand forfeited, and the scale of cancellation set out in the ‘How To Book’ section of the brochure shall be applicable and binding.
  • Rates are calculated on basis of special hotel package rates. We have limited inventory hence prices can change without prior notice. In order to get benefit at the current proposed prices, we recommend you to book with us immediately.

Destination

İstanbul, uniquely amongst the world’s cities, stands astride two continents, Europe and Asia. As if its spectacular geographical location were not enough, it can also boast of being the only city to have played capital to consecutive Christian and Islamic empires, a role which has shaped the region’s history for over 2500 years and bequeathed to İstanbul a staggering wealth of attractions; these range from the masterpiece Byzantine church of Aya Sofya to the formidable city walls and the domes and minarets of the Ottoman mosques and palaces which dominate the city skyline.

Although no longer the capital, the city still remains the vibrant economic, cultural and intellectual heart of modern Turkey. a bustling, go-ahead city where east really does meet west. In conservative districts such as Fatih bearded men sporting skullcaps and baggy shalwar-style trousers devoutly heed the call to prayer while women wouldn’t dream of leaving the house with their heads uncovered. Yet across the water, in the tidal wave of humanity sweeping down İstiklâl Caddesi (Independence Street) are young Turkish men and women in designer jeans and trainers who have never been to the mosque in their lives. In business districts such as Şişli commuters arrive via the metro to work in high-rise office blocks, shop in state-of-the-art malls – and at weekends can be out clubbing until 6am. Here is the list of destinations as just the start of a great holiday in Istanbul:

Basilica Cistern
Basilica Cistern, the city's most unexpectedly romantic attraction, offers an insight into the complicated system that once brought drinking water into Istanbul from Thrace (an area of the south-east Balkans now constituting Turkish land n the European mainland, and a chunk of Bulgaria). The cistern that was constructed in the sixth century and then forgotten for centuries, once stored the water has now been fitted with lights and music. Fish flitter around the bases of the 336 columns that support the ceiling. Don't miss the upside-down head of Medusa that forms the bottom of one column, proof that Byzantine builders saw Roman relics as little more than reusable rubble.

Aya Sofya
The thrill of being able to experience the extraordinary spaciousness of this famous church-turned-mosque-turned museum is hard to overstate after decades in which scaffolding cluttered the interior of Emperor Justinian's sixth-century Byzantine masterpiece. The best of the glittering mosaics lurk in the galleries upstairs while the building is largely empty downstairs. Newly opened are the tombs of several early Ottoman sultans and their slaughtered sons – before primogeniture new sultans immediately had all potential rivals killed. Before the end of the year, the city's finest carpets will go on display in the soup kitchen added after the church was turned into a mosque.

Topkapi Palace
Home to generations of sultans and their wives, who were closeted in the famous harem Topkapi Palace, is one absolute must-see in Istanbul. A collection of lush green courtyards and delicate kiosks, the Topkapi boasts a treasury to put the crown jewels in the shade, as well as views to die for over the Sea of Marmara, Bosphorus and Golden Horn. The secretive harem – really just the family quarters – is a warren of lushly-tiled rooms wrapped round a gem of a Turkish bath. Try to visit on a day when no cruise ship is in town to avoid the worst of the crowds.

Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamam
There are several magnificent steamy Ottoman bathhouses to choose from in the city, including the Çemberlitaş, Cağaloğlu, Galatasaray and Sülemaniye baths, but in 2011 for the first time it's also possible for visitors to try out the spectacular 16th-century Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamam right in Sultanahmet Square. Designed for Suleiman the Magnificent's scheming wife Roxelana it has thick acres of marble, the sound of running water echoing around stupendous domes, and a massage fit for a sultan. You'll come out almost purring.

Blue Mosque
the early 17th-century Blue Mosque, Facing Aya Sofya across a small park and mirroring its domed silhouette, is one of only a handful of mosques in the world to boast six minarets. To view it as the architect, enter via what looks like the side entrance from the Hippodrome. Afterwards, pop your head into a building the size of a small mosque on the corner of the complex. This houses the tomb of Sultan Ahmed I, the man who gave his name to both the mosque and the neighborhood.

Istanbul Archaeology Museums
Walk to Istanbul's three-in-one equivalent of the British Museum via the grounds of Topkapi Palace or through Gulhane Park. It has large porticoed building housing the glorious sarcophagus of Alexander which depicts scenes from the life of Alexander the Great in vivid 3D. the model Trojan Horse in the children's section will be loved by the kids. Then pop into the lovely Tiled Pavilion, one of the city's oldest Ottoman structures, beautifully restored to show off its finest ceramics. Finally, catch a glimpse of a peace treaty from 1269 BC preserved in the part of the museum nearest to the gate.

Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum
Overlooking the Hippodrome where Byzantine lovers of chariot racing once brought the same passion to their sport as modern Turks do to football, and housed in what was originally the palace of Ibrahim Pasha, a favorite grand vizier of Suleiman the Magnificent, this museum houses a magnificent collection of gigantic carpets from all over the country. Its basement features reconstructions of everything from a fully-fitted nomad tent to a grand interior from a 19th-century Bursa mansion. Don't leave without trying a thick black Turkish coffee in the pretty cafe in the grounds.

Süleymaniye Mosque
Mosque designed for Suleiman the Magnificent, It can’t be missed as you stand on the busy Galata Bridge and look up at the city's historic skyline. Newly restored to its original splendor, it is generally regarded as the finest of the 42 surviving mosques designed for Istanbul. Unusually, it retains much of the original complex of social service buildings that came attached to it, including several madrasahs, a hospital, a library and a hamam. Locals come here to eat kuru fasuliye, the Turkish take on baked beans, in a street once haunted by opium addicts.

Chora Church
The restored Chora Church in the old city walls offers a stunning glimpse of late Byzantine splendor with its walls and ceilings adorned with glittering mosaics and breath-taking frescoes. Although it’s a bit of a trek to get there but the view is totally worth the strain. Like Aya Sofya, it has made the journey from Byzantine church to Ottoman mosque and then to modern museum, and now stands in a neighborhood of restored Ottoman wooden houses, prettily painted in pastel colors. Before you go back to your hotel, take a look at the nearby walls that ringed old Constantinople and date back to the fifth century.

Galata Tower
You can get a bird's-eye view of everything of the Watery Istanbul from the balcony at the top of the Galata Tower in Beyoğlu. It is now the modern part of old Istanbul that, in pre-Republican days, was home to the city's foreign residents. The tower Built in 1348 once formed part of a sub-city belonging to the Genoese that stretched right down to the Bosphorus. It was from this tower that Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi flew across the Bosphorus from Europe to Asia in 1638, thus inaugurating the first ever intercontinental flight.