Day 01 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
Welcome to Turkey, Istanbul Airport. Meet with TravelShop Turkey staff and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 02 - Istanbul City Tour
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city. Visit to ST. 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.
TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, 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.
SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Murtis Tour will then take you to the GRAND COVERED BAZAAR In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths'' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Free evening and optional Istanbul evening shows or Bosphorus dinner cruise incluing traditional Turkish entertainment and dinner. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 03 - Sofia - Sightseeing Tour
After breakfast check out from the hotel and depart by international flight to Sofia.
Arrival in Sofia. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation. Guided sightseeing tour of the city center, including visit to Alexander Nevski Cathedral - one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in Europe, as well as one of Sofiaâ€™s symbols and a primary tourist attraction; St. George Rotunda, St. Sophia Church, built by emperor Justinian in the 6th century, National Theatre, former Royal Palace, today housing the National Art Gallery and the Ethnographic Museum, Presidency, etc. Optional visit of National History Museum and Boyana Church in Sofia. Tour duration - approx. 3 hours. Optional - evening panoramic tour â€œSofia by nightâ€ and dinner at a traditional restaurant with folklore music and dances. Overnight in Sofia.
Day 04 - Free Day In Sofia Or, Optional One Day Tour To Plovdiv ( Sightseeing Tour )
A free day in Sofia or, optional one day tour to Plovdiv. Sightseeing tour of the town. Plovdiv - the ancient Philipopolis is one of the oldest towns in Europe. It was inhabited by the Thracians, Romans, Goths, Slavs and Ottomans, whose traces have turned the town into a museum. A place of special interest is the old part of the town. Brilliant examples of the Bulgarian National Revival period are preserved here. One can sit among the ruins of the ancient Roman Theatre and feel the atmosphere of an extinct world. Tour duration - approx. 8 hours. Overnight in Sofia.
Day 05 - Transfer To The Airport And Departure, or Optional One Day Tour To Rila Monastery
Welcome to Turkey! First class service and guided transportation through the historical and picturesque sites of Istanbul, and historical sites to visit in Sofia ,Bulgaria that gloriously depict the country's past.
TURKEY SECTION TOUR INCLUDES:
Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
2 nights hotel in Istanbul
2 open buffet breakfasts
Guided Istanbul city tour
Return transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport BULGARIA SECTION TOUR INCLUDES:
Arrival and departure transfers;
2 nights accommodation in 4* hotel on BB basis;
Sightseeing tour of Sofia with professional English guide
Tour Does Not Include
TURKEY SECTION TOUR NOT INCLUDE:
Insurance: All types
Turkey entry visa
Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
Optinal land excursions BULGARIA SECTION TOUR NOT INCLUDE:
Insurance: All types
One day tour to Plovdiv;
One day tour to Rila Monastery (for late departures only);
Visit to the National History Museum and Boyana Church;