I make no secret that the first time I visited Istanbul I was not anticipating to be particularly enamoured. However, I was very wrong indeed and it is easily one of my favourite cities. So when I came across this offer I couldn’t help but shout from the rooftops about it because I believe everyone can enjoy a little magic in this year’s European Capital of Culture.
The UK’s leading guided walking holidays’ operator, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, is offering an 8 day tour of Istanbul. Sightseeing, mostly on foot, embraces both the Turkish and European quarters of the City where one can mingle in one of the greatest market places in the world, discover Constantinople, capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, the Hippodrome, The Valens Aqueduct, the Basilica Cistern and the Theodosian City Walls. In the city itself, one walks alongside the Golden Horn, the river dividing the two European parts of Istanbul into the old city and Beyoglu. Geographically, historically and culturally, this European City of Culture is like no other on the planet.
Highlights include, cultural treasures like, Aya Sofya, the Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque; boat trips across the Bosphorus to Asia and the Princes Islands.
Price from £779 includes flights, transfers, half-board accommodation and the services of a dedicated tour leader.
Tel: 01707 33 11 33