Day 1 – To Istanbul: Fly from London
Heathrow to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines.
Transfer to the Celal Sultan Hotel for 5 nights.
Evening welcome dinner. (D)
Day 2 – Istanbul: Morning visit to the Church
of Theotokos Kyriotissa (Kalenderhane Camii),
Zoodochos Pigi (Silivri Kapi cemetery), the
Suleymaniye mosque complex and the Basilica
of St John of Studius (Imrahor Camii), the
oldest church in Istanbul, erected in 454AD.
In the afternoon, see the magnificent mosaics
and frescoes of St Saviour in Chora (Kariye
Camii), Theotokos Pammakaristos (Fethiye
Camii), Porphyrogenitus Palace ruins and the
Theodocian city walls at Edirne Kapi. (B)
Day 3 – Istanbul: Take the early morning
ferry to the Princes’ Isles in the Sea of
Marmara passing Leander’s Tower, ancient
Chalcedon and Antigone. Stop at Chalki to
visit the Church of St Nikolaos and the Greek Orthodox seminary. Continue to the isle of
Prinkipo to visit the Monastery of St George.
The final visit of the day will be to the Crimea
Memorial Church, built in the mid 19th
century in memory of fallen British soldiers,
where a special drinks reception has been
arranged (subject to confirmation). (B)
Day 4 – Istanbul: Take a morning walking tour
of Sultanahmet, including Topkapi Palace and
the superb collections of the archaeological
museum. In the afternoon view the remains
of the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, the
Mosaics Museum, the ruins of the Great
Bucoleon Palace and the Church of SS Sergius
and Bacchus (Kucuk Hagia Sofia). In the
evening, a private after-hours visit to Hagia
Sofia has been arranged.(B)
Day 5 – Istanbul: Morning visit to the
Church of Theotokos Panaghiotissa (known as
Mouchliotissa), the only Byzantine church in
the city still belonging to the Greek Orthodox patriarchate. Continue around the old Greek
district of Fener and see the cast iron Church
of St Stephen of the Bulgars. This afternoon,
visit the Basilica Cistern, followed by a brief
stop at the lovely garden of the sacred spring,
Ayazma Blachenae, dating back to 451 AD.
Evening farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 6 – To London: Morning walking tour of
Beyazit, the Third Hill and the old city centre.
Fly from Istanbul to London Heathrow with
Turkish Airlines. (B)
Extensions: This tour can be combined with the Turkey: Classic Anatolia tour. Alternatively, if you wish to extend your stay in Istanbul for further independent sightseeing extra nights can be arranged from £95 per person.
Meal Basis: (B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals