5 Days/4 Nights Art Tour in Istanbul for Women: A unique opportunity to explore and experience the delights of this fascinating city in the company of like-minded people who share an interest in culture, the arts and cuisine.
Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
(Welcome dinner included)
Welcome to Turkey, arrival into Istanbul. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel and have some rest. Tonight you will have a welcome dinner, be introduced to our friendly crew and other travelers while enjoying traditional Turkish food and the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 - Turkish Cooking Lesson Istanbul
Depart 08:30am. After a morning orientation sightseeing tour of Istanbul, you participate in your first Turkish cooking lesson - preparing lunch which you can then enjoy! After lunch we visit Topkpai Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries and housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Moving on to the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, it is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
After this we visit the Hippodrome, scene of chariot races, with the three monuments, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. We then visit the Grand Bazaar, a labyrinth of streets and passages with more than 4,000 shops, each trade having its own area; the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts etc. Ending at approximately 5pm we return to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 - Istanbul Borsphorus Cruise - Belly Dancing and Folklore Class
(Breakfast and dinner included)
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia, then visit the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. After the Tour return to hotel for a rest. In the evening at approximately 6pm we depart for your Belly dancing and folklore class. This will be a very memorable class learning belly dancing techniques and folklore dance.
You will learn the special moves and how to get the attention of the audience. We have dinner at the Restaurant and return to the hotel at approximately 11pm. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4 - Istanbul City Tour - Ceramics Lesson
Pick up at 8:30am from your hotel for a day tour of old Istanbul city and a ceramics lesson. You will be assisted in your lesson by professional ceramic artists to make your own ceramic piece that you can take home as a memory and souvenir of your trip to Turkey. Following the lesson there will be free time for lunch before continuing the city tour where we visit St. Sophia, an ancient basilica built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century; it is one of the architectural marvels of all time. Tour finished approx. 4:30pm and then you are free for the rest of the day. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 5 - Istanbul - End of Tour
After breakfast check out from the hotel and return airport transfer.
Meeting/pick-up point: Transfer from Ataturk Airport to your hotel is included; if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen Airport there is an extra charge.
Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights.
Start/opening time: Pick-up and drop-off on first and last day are according to client's flight times.
Languages: Private Tour: English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese. Shared Tour: English.
Others: Please Note: Topkapi Palace closed on Tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on Sundays.
• Turkish Cooking Lesson
• Turkish Belly Dancing and Folklore Class with dinner
• Turkish Ceramics Lesson (approx. 1.5 to 2 hours)
• 2 different Istanbul City Tours
• Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise
• 4 nights in 5* hotel in Istanbul
• 1 Welcome Dinner
• 4 breakfasts
• All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
• Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach