Day 1: Istanbul.
Welcome to Turkey! Arrival into Istanbul. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel. Tonight we have an optional tour "1001 Turkish Nights" with dinner and drinks. You will meet our friendly crew and other travelers while enjoying Turkish food and mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night.
Day 2: Istanbul City Tour.
We depart at 9:00 am for the Istanbul city tour. We will begin with ancient Hippodrome, which was the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. We will then continue with Sultanahmet Mosque across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet. It is also known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decorated with blue Iznik tiles, we then head to our last stop which is the famous Hagia Sophia. This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time.
After we will make a shopping tour in which you will be aware of the ancient arts of Turkey like carpet weaving, leather manufacturing and jewelery. As this will be a guided tour, you will avoid being hassled which will enable you enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen.Then you'll have the opportunity to experience Bosphorus by cruising on the boat which is one of our optional activities. You will have the chance to enjoy magnificent views of Bosphorus which is connecting Asia to Europe. The rest of the evening is up to you. Overnight in Istanbul. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Istanbul Grand Prix.
First day of racing. You will be escorted to the event by private air-conditioned bus. At the end of the day, you will be collected by private air-conditioned bus and returned to the hotel. Tonight we have the optional activity of the Turkish Night which should not be missed. Includes: Whirling Dervishes, Belly dancers, Turkish cuisine and wine, live music, (B).
Day 4: Istanbul Grand Prix.
Second day of racing and Qualifying. You will be escorted to the event by private air-conditioned bus. At the end of the day, you will be collected by private air-conditioned bus and returned to the hotel. Option to experience the traditional Turkish Bath in this evening. Hamam, that's the word for the Turkish bath – a traditional bath dating back centuries. Consists of a full body wash and scrub, massage, and an out of this world feeling. Includes: (B).
Day 5: Istanbul Grand Prix.
Race day! You will be escorted to the event by private air-conditioned bus. Once again at the end of the day, you will be collected by private air-conditioned bus and returned to the hotel
For those leaving us early, airport transfers will be running Sunday evening. Includes: (B).
Day 6: After breakfast depart for Istanbul. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home. Includes: (B).
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