Once serving as the capital of the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires, Istanbul today offers impressive architecture, historic sites, dining, shopping, nightlife and exotic atmosphere. Spend time in the Old City to explore renowned places, like the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace.

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  • POST - BIBLICAL HERITAGE OF TURKEY CODE: ISTL65

  • PRE - ICONIC ISTANBUL 2022 CODE: ISTL68

    Experience the joys of Istanbul through its most memorable landmarks: the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, and the legendary Bosphorus, which you’ll enjoy on a leisurely cruise.

    Día 1:

    Once you have arrived at the airport in Istanbul, gone through Customs and claimed your luggage, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the city. Check-in time is 2:00pm, leaving the remainder of the day to do as you please. Depending on the time of your arrival, you might shop or dine nearby before spending the evening at your hotel.

    Día 2:

    Today, you will visit the true icons of Istanbul, the must-sees that define the city, beginning with the phenomenal Blue Mosque. One of the few mosques with six minarets, the Blue Mosque was constructed in the early 17th century under the direction of Sultan Ahmet I, who was only 19 years old at the time. The exterior of the mosque is notable for its cascade of domes that seem to spill down from the central dome. Inside, the ceiling is lined with the 20,000 blue tiles for which the mosque is named.

    The Hippodrome is also here, partially excavated to reveal some of the seats, columns, statues and obelisks that were once part of this arena. Chariot races, coronations and parades all took place at the Hippodrome, which first appeared in 203 A.D. About 130 years later, Constantine the Great expanded and reshaped the arena so it could hold approximately 100,000 spectators.

    Then, it’s on to the 15th Century Topkapi Palace, which was expanded under the reign of almost every sultan over the next 400 years. Today, it’s a maze of lavishly decorated buildings and courtyards that reflect its most glorious years as the political center of the Ottoman Empire.

    Following lunch, you will see the Hagia Sophia, a former Byzantine church and Ottoman mosque that is now a museum. Although the earliest two versions were destroyed, this Hagia Sophia dates from 537 A.D., and is considered a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. It served as Istanbul’s principal mosque for nearly 500 years and became a model for the Blue Mosque.

    You will also have the opportunity to browse through the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and the oldest covered market place. It contains more than 5,000 shops selling an absolutely amazing range of merchandise. Jewelry, carpets, antiques, old coins, furniture, prayer beads and copperware are only a few of the items in the bazaar, which has been operating since the 15th Century.

    Afterwards, you will return to the hotel for the evening. La cena corre por su cuenta.

    Día 3:

    After departing from the hotel, you will enjoy a brief but enlightening tour of Istanbul on the way to the Chora Museum. Like the Hagia Sophia, it was first a church, then a mosque and is now a museum. However, Byzantine mosaics are its most significant feature. Most of them describe the life of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, and the colors are still vivid despite being centuries old.

    Following the Chora Museum, you will visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque, which was built in 1561 and has since survived fires and earthquakes. Thousands of brightly colored Iznik tiles are the allure here. They are all original 16th-century pieces of art and cover the walls, columns and niches, lending the interior a spectacularly serene ambiance.

    In contrast, you will then tour the Spice Market, a locale so energetic and bustling that it’s difficult to know where to look first. Aromas waft through the air, the cacophonous sounds are constant, and it’s always crowded with shoppers haggling for the best possible prices. In a word, it’s wonderful.

    Finally, you will embark on a boat for a leisurely cruise on the Bosphorus, the famed strait that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, and perhaps even more important serves as a boundary between Europe to the west and Asia to the east. Passing palaces, wooden mansions and even modern villas along the way, you will experience Istanbul from an entirely different perspective, one you’ll never forget.

    Afterwards, you will drive to the pier and embark the ship.

    Land Program Details Step by Step

    •The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. Program times are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

    •Itineraries with the up-to-date details will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. You will then receive a final itinerary from our ground operator with a Welcome Letter upon arrival or at your hotel. Please review the letter and your final itinerary carefully for further amendments.

    •The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

    •Guests failing to arrive on Day 1 of a scheduled land program will be considered a no-show and their hotel space released.

    Extra Nights

    •If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met as per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel. Check-in is 2:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until day 2 of the program.

    •If you have an early-arriving flight, you may wish to book an extra night as your room will not be ready for occupation until approximately 2:00pm.

    •If you book extra nights on your own, transfers are not included.

    Día 1

    Fly into Istanbul, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

    Check-in time is 2:00pm; early check-in is not guaranteed. Evening at your leisure.

    Meals are on your own today

    Overnight at the Intercontinental Hotel or similar hotel

    Meet and Greet and transfers

    •Final cruise documents will be emailed 21 days prior to sailing. The local ground agent’s telephone number will be on page 1, if you can’t locate the meet-and-greet representative upon arrival. Be aware that the representative may be assisting others and may not be in sight when you first exit Customs and the luggage claim area.

    •Look for someone holding a sign with the cruise line logo and possibly your name. If in doubt, ask the airport staff to direct you to the meeting area for transfers or to page our representative.

    •Meet and Greet and transfers are arranged for guests arriving on Day 1 of a land program or for extra nights booked through the cruise line and are arranged based on the flight details received by guests at least 14 days before sailing. Guests arriving independently before the program start date will not have a transfer included.

    •If we have not received your flight details or your flights have changed, and the Destination Services Land Team has not been notified, then a transfer cannot be provided, and guests will be responsible for getting to the land program hotel at their own expense. Please immediately contact our Reservations Department for any flight changes before departure.

    Día 2

    AM Breakfast at hotel

    9:00am Depart from the hotel

    9:30am Visit the Blue Mosque and Hippodrome

    10:30am Visit the Topkapi Palace

    12:15pm Lunch at a local restaurant

    1:45pm Visit the Hagia Sophia

    2:45pm Visit the Grand Bazaar

    4:45pm Return to the hotel

    The evening is at leisure, dinner on own

    Overnight at the Intercontinental Hotel or similar hotel

    Día 3

    AM Breakfast at hotel

    9:15am Orientation tour of Istanbul

    9:45am Visit the Chora Museum

    10:45am Visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque

    11:30am Visit the Spice Market

    12:30pm Lunch at a local restaurant

    2:15pm Cruise the Bosphorus Strait

    4:00pm Transfer to the ship

    4:30pm Approximate arrival at the ship for embarkation

    Aviso:

    The museums are closed on certain days and substitutions will apply as follows:

    1. Topkapi Palace: closed on Tuesdays; Beylerbeyi Palace visit substituted.

    2. Hagia Sophia Museum: closed on Mondays; Chora Museum visit substituted.

    3. Chora Museum: closed on Wednesdays; Hagia Sophia Museum or Archaeological Museum visit substituted.

    4. Grand Bazaar: closed on Sundays (no substitution)

    Order of the sites visited may change to avoid overcrowding at the sites.

    Pronóstico del tiempo: Summers are hot and humid with temperatures averaging 25-30C (78-88F) from June to August, occasionally rising beyond 35C (104F). In spring and autumn, the days are temperate and the evenings mild.

    Qué debe traer: In the summer, comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Light coats are recommended for the autumn, as it may be chilly, especially in the early morning and after 5:00 p.m.

    Clothing: Proper attire is required when visiting mosques. Female visitors are required to cover their heads, shoulders and arms. Shorts above knee length are not allowed in the mosques.

    Moneda:

    Turkish Lira

    Electricidad:

    220 Volts AC/50 Hz. throughout Turkey. We recommend brining a travel adaptor should you have any electric devices

    Alojamiento:

    Intercontinental Hotel Istanbul

    Gümüssuyu Mahallesi, Asker Ocagi Caddesi No:1, 34437 Beyoglu/Istanbul, Turkey

    Teléfono: +90 212 368 44 44

    We will only source different hotels in unforeseen circumstances. If similar hotels are required, they will be of equal ratings and standards and guests would be notified in advance of travel. If guests are not notified prior to travel of any changes, then the hotel listed above will be used.

    El programa incluye:

    •Two nights at the Intercontinental Hotel or similar (Club Level Room)

    •Transfers

    •Two full-day tours as described above

    •Two local lunches with soft drinks

    Tenga en cuenta lo siguiente: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the updated arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged. If you book additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided. If we do not receive flight details a minimum of 14 days in advance, transfers will not be provided.

    No incluye:

    •Gratuities for guides and drivers

    •Hotel incidentals including room service and mini bar

    •Meals and beverages not listed above

    Aviso: Los programas terrestres que incluyen numerosos días en la costa incluyen actividades prolongadas y aquellos de duración más corta ofrecen, en general, actividades más moderadas. Sin embargo, cada programa varía y los huéspedes deben estar preparados para lidiar con distintas superficies, tales como: pendientes, adoquines, arena y senderos naturales o de grava. Es posible que haya que subir escaleras o escalones. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

    Aviso: Todos los programas terrestres cuentan con capacidad limitada y están sujetos a disponibilidad. Los programas que no alcanzan la cantidad mínima de participantes requerida están sujetos a cancelación. Los precios publicados también están sujetos a cambios que dependen del aumento de los costos del transporte, de los servicios terrestres o de la fluctuación de la moneda. Después de la compra, el precio está garantizado y no está sujeto a cambios. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Las cancelaciones realizadas 60 días o menos antes de la fecha de partida están sujetas a una multa por cancelación del 100%. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program. Guests failing to arrive on Day 1 of a scheduled land program will be considered a no-show and their hotel space released.

  • POST - MYSTICAL CAPADOCCIA - 2022 CODE: ISTL71

    Tour the icons of Istanbul and Turkey’s enthralling Cappadocia region, a bizarre landscape of volcanically formed rock chimneys, houses carved out of sheer cliffs and sprawling underground cities.

    Special Note: Any guests travelling with Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines should read further below for airline stipulations with regards to bringing this equipment on tour.

    DÍA 1

    After disembarking the ship, you will begin on a full-day tour of Istanbul, starting with the Hagia Sophia, which was originally built as a church. In the 15th century, it became a mosque. Today, the Hagia Sophia (meaning “Holy Wisdom”) is a museum containing phenomenal mosaics, Christian and Muslim religious art and remnants of the church that stood here until 532 A.D., when it was burned in a riot.

    You will also tour the famed Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, and the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar, the largest and the oldest covered market place in the world. It contains more than 5,000 shops selling an absolutely amazing range of merchandise. Jewelry, carpets, antiques, old coins, furniture, prayer beads and copperware are only a few of the items in the bazaar, which has been operating since the 15th century.

    Finally, there’s the opulent Topkapi Palace, where Turkey’s sultans lived from 1453 until the middle of the 19th century. It’s an extraordinary residence with beautiful courtyards, a harem, sacred relics and a treasury full of exquisite jewelry from the Far East, India and Europe.

    Following your exploration of Istanbul, you will drive to the airport for your flight to Nevsehir. Upon arriving, you will transfer to the Best Western Premier Cappadocia or similar hotel for the evening.

    DÍA 2

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for a full-day tour of the Cappadocia region. The landscape here is stunningly surreal, almost lunar-like. Created by volcanic eruptions and shaped by thousands of years of erosion, the terrain features soaring fairy-tale rock chimneys and ancient dwellings carved out of the rocks. Few places on earth are so visually arresting.

    You will then venture toward the town of Uchisar, whose natural rock citadel is the highest point in Cappadocia and visible from a great distance. You will also visit nearby Pigeon Valley, named for the thousands of pigeon houses that have been carved into the rock cliffs since ancient times.

    Then, it’s on to the Goreme Open Air Museum, which contains the best-preserved examples of cave churches. You will notice that the frescoes adorning the walls are still brightly colored, even after centuries of exposure. More usual rock formations await you near Derbent at the fairy chimneys at Urgup.

    The town of Avanos lies ahead and, as you will discover, is known for pottery making. The clay has a beautiful reddish hue and comes from the banks of the Kizilirmak River that flows through town.

    After visiting, you will return to the Best Western Premier Cappadocia or similar hotel, where you will dine and spend the evening.

    DÍA 3

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for a full-day, all-encompassing tour of the area. A scenic drive brings you to the Derinkuyu underground city, a massive living complex beneath the surface that includes churches, stables, wineries and storage rooms. It is the deepest of the 36 underground cities in the Cappadocia region and has airshafts carved at least 300 feet into the rock. Although the city was probably never used for long stays, it served as an excellent defensive hideout during the early Christian period. There are approximately 600 doors leading into the underground city, all of them hidden in courtyards on the surface.

    After Derinkuyu, you will continue to Sinasos, a former Greek village, and then nearby Zelve, which was an important settlement and religious area between the 9th and 13th centuries. The now abandoned settlement is spread over three valleys, which also contain numerous pointed chimneys with large stems and the remains of a monastery.

    Later in the afternoon, you will drive to the airport for your return flight to Istanbul, where you will spend the evening at the Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel or similar hotel.

    DÍA 4

    Following breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight home based on the flight details provided. Should you have a late flight, luggage storage will be available at the hotel until your transfer time.

    Programa terrestre paso a paso:

    •Please note: el orden de los sitios visitados puede variar para evitar que se llenen demasiado. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. All program details including timings and any flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Direct flights are never guaranteed.

    •Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

    •The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

    DÍA 1

    9:00am Disembark the ship and drive to Istanbul’s Old City

    9:30am Visit the Hagia Sophia

    10:45am Visit to Blue Mosque and Hippodrome

    12:15pm Lunch at a local restaurant

    1:45pm Visit the Grand Bazaar

    2:45pm Visit Topkapi Palace

    4:00pm Transfer to the airport

    5:40pm Fly to Nevsehir airport (flight details TBA and subject to change) Direct flights not guaranteed

    7:10pm Transfer to your hotel and have dinner at the hotel

    Overnight at the Best Western Premier Cappadocia or similar hotel

    DÍA 2

    9:00am After breakfast, depart for a full-day tour in Cappadocia

    9:15am Visit the Uchisar area

    9:45am Drive for panoramic tour includes Pigeon Valley

    10:45am Visit the Goreme Open Air Museum

    12:30pm Lunch at Ala Turca restaurant

    2:00pm Panoramic tour includes Derbent and fairy chimneys at Urgup

    3:00pm Visit Avanos

    4:00pm Shopping opportunity

    6:00pm Return to the hotel and have dinner at the hotel

    Overnight at the Best Western Premier Cappadocia or similar hotel

    DÍA 3

    9:00am Depart for Derinkuyu underground city

    9:30am Visit the Derinkuyu underground city

    10:45am Drive to the Sinasos area

    11:15am Visit Sinasos and the Kemal Pasha village

    12:00nn Lunch at the Old Greek House restaurant

    1:15pm Drive to Zelve and the Pasha bag area

    1:45pm Visit Zelve (monastery)

    2:45pm Transfer to Kayseri airport

    5:20pm Fly back to Istanbul (Flight details TBA and subject to change). Direct flights not guaranteed

    6:50pm Transfer to the hotel. Dinner on own.

    Overnight at the Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel or similar hotel

    Día 4

    AM Breakfast at the hotel

    12:00pm Check out. If you have a late flight you may keep your luggage in the hotel’s storage room until needed. Your transfer to the airport will be arranged according to your flight time.

    Extra Nights: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per the flight details provided. Check-out time is 12:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast are on your own after Day 4 of your program.

    Traslados: All guests booking their flights independently are required to ensure the cruise line has their most up to date flight details so that transfers to the airport can be arranged. If flight details are not received 14 days before your cruise start date, transfers will not be arranged.

    Should you book any extra nights on your own or your flight is not on the last day of the program, transfers are not included.

    Should you have a late departing flight you may wish to book an extra night so that you have occupation of your room until your departure. You will be asked to vacate your room by 12:00pm. Day rooms can only be purchased directly through the hotel.

    Pronóstico del tiempo: Expect significant temperature differences between day and night in Cappadocia. Spring begins in March and lasts until May, and the average temperature for this season is approximately 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit). This is also when the region gets most of its rainfall. However, the rain usually comes in short intervals and lasts on average for only two hours. El verano es entre junio y agosto. Summers in Cappadocia are very hot, with daytime temperatures approaching 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit). However, nighttime temperatures fall into the 20’s Celsius (in the 70’s Fahrenheit). El otoño comienza en septiembre y termina en noviembre y es la temporada alta de viajes a Cappadocia. Average temperature at this time is in the 20's Celsius (in the 70’s Fahrenheit).

    Qué debe traer: Due to the uneven walking surfaces, sport shoes are highly recommended. Also, pack sunscreen, light comfortable clothing and shoes, and a light jacket for the evenings. Asegúrese de llevar vestimenta adecuada para ingresar a las mezquitas. Debe cubrirse los hombros y las piernas.

    Moneda: Turkish Lira (TL). One U.S. dollar is worth approximately 2.2 TL.

    Electricidad: 220 Volt AC/50 Hz throughout Turkey.

    Equipaje: For the domestic flights, the luggage allowance is 20 kilograms (44 pounds) per person. The hand luggage allowance is 8 kilograms (17 pounds) per person. We advise you to pack a smaller bag for the extension, allowing your main luggage to be stored in a secure office in Istanbul until your return. Luggage will taken directly to you hotel in Istanbul where you will be re-united with it on Day 3. Please make sure to label any luggage staying behind appropriately and remember to take all medications and documents with you.

    Carriage of Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines on internal flights per airline regulations (subject to change as each airline has their own regulations)

    1. Guests must obtain a Doctor’s Certificate mentioning their medical condition and the need to carry this equipment with them on their flights.

    2. The certificate should have attached a picture of the equipment with its description/specifications especially with regards to the type of batteries used (lithium/dry or any other type)

    3. These documents need to be sent to the Land Program Team via Reservations at RSSC at least one month prior to travel so that our local operator can begin the notification process with the airline(s).

    4. Failure to comply with the above regulations may result in a denial of this equipment at the airport for which Regent Seven Seas Cruises nor our local ground operator be responsible for.

    Hotel Accommodations:

    Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel

    Asker Ocagi Cad. No.1 Taksim, 34435 Istanbul, Turkey

    Tel: 90 212 368 4444

    Best Western Premier Cappadocia Hotel

    Yeni Cami Mahallesi, Istiklal 1 Sokak No:6, 50400 Ürgüp/Nevsehir, Turkey

    Teléfono: +90 384 341 57 47

    *We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards. If you are not notified of any changes before your sailing, then you will be staying at the hotels listed in the program.

    Closed days of attractions:

    If an attraction is closed on one of the dates, it will be replaced in the following manner:

    • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. It will be replaced with the Beylerbeyi Palace.

    • Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays. It will be replaced with the Chora Church.

    • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. It will be replaced with the Spice Bazaar.

    El programa incluye:

    •1 night in Istanbul at the Intercontinental Hotel or similar (Club level room) including breakfast

    •2 nights at the Best Western Premier Cappadocia Hotel or similar (deluxe room) including breakfast

    •All airport transfers

    •Porterage at the airport

    •Service of an English-speaking tour guide throughout the program or local guide depending on the number of guests booked on the package.

    •Entrance fees to the visited sites and museums

    •Two lunches and dinners in Cappadocia and one lunch in Istanbul

    •Domestic flights – direct flights not guaranteed

    Tenga en cuenta lo siguiente: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the updated departure information, so your transfer can be arranged. If you book additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided. If we do not receive flight details a minimum of 14 days in advance, transfers will not be provided.

    El programa no incluye:

    Alcoholic beverages on the tours

    Propinas

    Gastos personales

    Any meals not listed above

    Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

    Aviso: Los programas terrestres que incluyen numerosos días en la costa incluyen actividades prolongadas y aquellos de duración más corta ofrecen, en general, actividades más moderadas. However, each program varies, and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: pendientes, adoquines, arena y senderos naturales o de grava. Es posible que haya que subir escaleras o escalones. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

    Aviso: Todos los programas terrestres cuentan con capacidad limitada y están sujetos a disponibilidad. Los programas que no alcanzan la cantidad mínima de participantes requerida están sujetos a cancelación. Los precios publicados también están sujetos a cambios que dependen del aumento de los costos del transporte, de los servicios terrestres o de la fluctuación de la moneda. Después de la compra, el precio está garantizado y no está sujeto a cambios. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Las cancelaciones realizadas 60 días o menos antes de la fecha de partida están sujetas a una multa por cancelación del 100%. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program.

  • POST - ICONIC ISTANBUL 2020-21 CODE: ISTL05

    Experience the joys of Istanbul through its most memorable landmarks: the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, and the legendary Bosphorus, which you’ll enjoy on a leisurely cruise.

    Día 1:

    After disembarking the ship, you will visit the true icons of Istanbul, the must-sees that define the city, beginning with the phenomenal Blue Mosque. One of the few mosques with six minarets, the Blue Mosque was constructed in the early 17th century under the direction of Sultan Ahmet I, who was only 19 years old at the time. The exterior of the mosque is notable for its cascade of domes that seem to spill down from the central dome. Inside, the ceiling is lined with the 20,000 blue tiles for which the mosque is named.

    The Hippodrome is also here, partially excavated to reveal some of the seats, columns, statues and obelisks that were once part of this arena. Chariot races, coronations and parades all took place at the Hippodrome, which first appeared in 203 A.D. About 130 years later, Constantine the Great expanded and reshaped the arena so it could hold approximately 100,000 spectators.

    Then, it’s on to the 15th-Century Topkapi Palace, which was expanded under the reign of almost every sultan over the next 400 years. Today, it’s a maze of lavishly decorated buildings and courtyards that reflect its most glorious years as the political center of the Ottoman Empire.

    Following lunch at a local restaurant, you will see the Hagia Sophia, a former Byzantine church and Ottoman mosque that is now a museum. Although the earliest two versions were destroyed, this Hagia Sophia dates from 537 A.D., and is considered a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. It served as Istanbul’s principal mosque for nearly 500 years and became a model for the Blue Mosque.

    You will also have the opportunity to browse through the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and the oldest covered market place. It contains more than 5,000 shops selling an absolutely amazing range of merchandise. Jewelry, carpets, antiques, old coins, furniture, prayer beads and copperware are only a few of the items in the bazaar, which has been operating since the 15th Century.

    Afterwards, you will spend the evening at your hotel. La cena corre por su cuenta.

    Día 2

    After departing from the hotel, you will enjoy a brief but enlightening tour of Istanbul on the way to the Chora Museum. Like the Hagia Sophia, it was first a church, then a mosque and is now a museum. However, Byzantine mosaics are its most significant feature. Most of them describe the life of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, and the colors are still vivid despite being centuries old.

    Following the Chora Museum, you will visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque, which was built in 1561 and has since survived fires and earthquakes. Thousands of brightly colored Iznik tiles are the allure here. They are all original 16th-century pieces of art and cover the walls, columns and niches, lending the interior a spectacularly serene ambiance.

    In contrast, you will then tour the Spice Market, a locale so energetic and bustling that it’s difficult to know where to look first. Aromas waft through the air, the cacophonous sounds are constant, and it’s always crowded with shoppers haggling for the best possible prices. In a word, it’s wonderful.

    Finally, after lunch, you will embark on a boat for a leisurely cruise on the Bosphorus, the famed strait that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, and perhaps even more important serves as a boundary between Europe to the west and Asia to the east. Passing palaces, wooden mansions and even modern villas along the way, you will experience Istanbul from an entirely different perspective, one you’ll never forget.

    Afterwards, you will return to the hotel for the evening.

    Día 3:

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will have until 12:00 noon to check out. Your transfer to the Istanbul Ataturk airport will be arranged according to your flight time.

    Programa terrestre paso a paso:

    •Please note: el orden de los sitios visitados puede variar para evitar que se llenen demasiado. All program timings are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

    •Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

    •The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

    Día 1

    9:00am Depart from the ship

    9:30am Visit the Blue Mosque and Hippodrome

    10:30am Visit the Topkapi Palace

    12:15pm Lunch

    1:45pm Visit the Hagia Sophia

    2:45pm Visit the Grand Bazaar

    4:45pm Check in to the hotel

    Remainder of the day at your leisure

    La cena corre por su cuenta

    Overnight at the Intercontinental Hotel or similar hotel

    Día 2

    AM Breakfast at hotel

    9:15am Orientation tour of Istanbul

    9:45am Visit the Chora Museum

    10:45am Visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque

    11:30am Visit the Spice Market

    12:30pm Lunch

    2:15pm Cruise the Bosphorus Strait

    4:00pm Return to the hotel, dinner on own

    Overnight at the Intercontinental Hotel or similar hotel

    Día 3

    AM Breakfast at hotel

    12:00pm Check out from the hotel (or earlier according to your flight time)

    Transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport

    Extra Nights: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per the flight details provided. Check-out time is 12:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast are on your own after Day 3 of your program.

    Traslados: All guests booking their flights independently are required to ensure the cruise line has their most up to date flight details so that transfers to the airport can be arranged. . If flight details are not received 14 days before your cruise start date, transfers will not be arranged.

    Should you book any extra nights on your own or your flight is not on the last day of the program, transfers are not included.

    Should you have a late departing flight you may wish to book an extra night so that you have occupation of your room until your departure. You will be asked to vacate your room by 12:00pm. Day rooms can only be purchased directly through the hotel.

    Pronóstico del tiempo: Summers are hot and humid with temperatures averaging 25-30C (78-88F) from June to August, occasionally rising beyond 35C (104F). In spring and autumn, the days are temperate and the evenings mild.

    Qué debe traer: In the summer, comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Light coats are recommended for the autumn, as it may be chilly, especially in the early morning and after 5:00 p.m.

    Clothing: Proper attire is required when visiting mosques. Female visitors are required to cover their heads, shoulders and arms. Shorts above knee length are not allowed in the mosques.

    Moneda: Turkish Lira (TL). One U.S. dollar is worth approximately 1.8 TL.

    Electricidad: 220 Volts AC/50 Hz. throughout Turkey. (Industrial 380 V)

    Plug: European round / 2-prong plug

    Alojamiento:

    Intercontinental Hotel Istanbul

    Gümüssuyu Mahallesi, Asker Ocagi Caddesi No:1, 34437 Beyoglu/Istanbul, Turkey

    Teléfono: +90 212 368 44 44

    We will only source different hotels in unforeseen circumstances. If similar hotels are required, they will be of equal ratings and standards and guests would be notified in advance of travel. If guests are not notified prior to travel of any changes, then the hotel listed above will be used.

    Aviso:

    The museums are closed on certain days and substitutions will apply as follows:

    1. Topkapi Palace: closed on Tuesdays; Beylerbeyi Palace visit substituted.

    2. Hagia Sophia Museum: closed on Mondays; Chora Museum visit substituted.

    3. Chora Museum: closed on Wednesdays; Hagia Sophia Museum or Archaeological Museum visit substituted.

    4. Grand Bazaar: closed on Sundays (no substitution)

    Should sites be closed on a day that you are scheduled to visit, alternate sites will be visited and if possible, the original site will be seen on the other day. Our local operator will do their utmost to ensure that you see all the sites listed in this itinerary and when necessary make appropriate substitutions.

    Order of the sites visited may change to avoid overcrowding at the sites.

    Standard Program Includes:

    •2 overnights at the Intercontinental Hotel or similar hotel including breakfast (Club Level Room)

    •All group transfers

    •Two full-day tours as described above

    •Two local lunches with soft drinks

    Tenga en cuenta lo siguiente: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

    No incluye:

    •Gratuities for guides and drivers

    •Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

    •Meals and beverages not listed above

    Aviso: Los programas terrestres que incluyen numerosos días en la costa incluyen actividades prolongadas y aquellos de duración más corta ofrecen, en general, actividades más moderadas. Sin embargo, cada programa varía y los huéspedes deben estar preparados para lidiar con distintas superficies, tales como: pendientes, adoquines, arena y senderos naturales o de grava. Es posible que haya que subir escaleras o escalones. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

    Aviso: Todos los programas terrestres cuentan con capacidad limitada y están sujetos a disponibilidad. Los programas que no alcanzan la cantidad mínima de participantes requerida están sujetos a cancelación. Los precios publicados también están sujetos a cambios que dependen del aumento de los costos del transporte, de los servicios terrestres o de la fluctuación de la moneda. Después de la compra, el precio está garantizado y no está sujeto a cambios. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Las cancelaciones realizadas 60 días o menos antes de la fecha de partida están sujetas a una multa por cancelación del 100%. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program.

  • PRE - CULINARY DELIGHTS OF THE OTTOMANS CODE: ISTL66

  • PRE - BIBLICAL HERITAGE OF TURKEY CODE: ISTL64

  • POST - CULINARY DELIGHTS OF THE OTTOMANS CODE: ISTL67

  • PRE - MYSTICAL CAPADOCCIA - 2022 CODE: ISTL70

    Tour the icons of Istanbul and Turkey’s enthralling Cappadocia region, a bizarre landscape of volcanically formed rock chimneys, houses carved out of sheer cliffs and sprawling underground cities.

    Special Note: Any guests travelling with Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines should read further below for airline stipulations with regards to bringing this equipment on tour.

    DÍA 1

    Upon arriving at the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, you will be met and transferred to the Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel or similar hotel in Istanbul for check-in. The remainder of the day will be spent at leisure, allowing time for you to settle in or explore the city on your own. Meals are on your own.

    DÍA 2

    After an early breakfast at the hotel and then check out, you will drive through Istanbul to one of its marquee attractions. Depending on the day, it may be the former mosque and now museum Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque and adjacent Hippodrome.

    Following your visit, you will transfer to the airport for a short flight to Kayseri, which lies in the Cappadocia region. The landscape here is stunningly surreal, almost lunar-like. Created by volcanic eruptions and shaped by thousands of years of erosion, the terrain features soaring fairy-tale rock chimneys and ancient dwellings carved out of the rocks. Few places on earth are so visually arresting.

    You will then tour two towns in the region, beginning with Uchisar, whose natural rock citadel is the highest point in Cappadocia and visible from a great distance. Avanos lies nearby and, as you will discover, is known for pottery making. The clay has a beautiful reddish hue and comes from the banks of the Kizilirmak River that flows through town.

    After visiting, you will check in to the Best Western Premier Cappadocia Hotel or similar hotel, where you will dine and spend the evening.

    DÍA 3

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for a full-day, all-encompassing tour of the area. A scenic drive brings you to the Derinkuyu underground city, a massive living complex beneath the surface that includes churches, stables, wineries and storage rooms. It is the deepest of the 36 underground cities in the Cappadocia region and has airshafts carved at least 300 feet into the rock. Although the city was probably never used for long stays, it served as an excellent defensive hideout during the early Christian period. There are approximately 600 doors leading into the underground city, all of them hidden in courtyards on the surface.

    After Derinkuyu, you will continue to the Goreme Open Air Museum, which contains the best-preserved examples of cave churches. You will notice that the frescoes adorning the walls are still brightly colored, even after centuries of exposure. More cave architecture awaits you in nearby Zelve, which was an important settlement and religious area between the 9th and 13th centuries. The now abandoned settlement is spread over three valleys, which also contain numerous pointed chimneys with large stems.

    Then, it’s on to Derbent to see its unusual Three Sisters rock chimneys and to shop for a bit. By evening, you will return to the hotel for dinner and spend the rest of the night at leisure.

    DÍA 4

    Following breakfast, you will drive to the Nevsehir Airport for your return flight to Istanbul.

    Upon arriving in Istanbul, enjoy a full-day tour, starting with the opulent Topkapi Palace, where Turkey’s sultans lived from 1453 until the middle of the 19th century. Then, you will visit the Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque, according to which site you didn’t visit on Day 2.

    Finally, you will have the opportunity to browse through the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar, the largest and the oldest covered market place in the world. It contains more than 5,000 shops selling an absolutely amazing range of merchandise. Jewelry, carpets, antiques, old coins, furniture, prayer beads and copperware are only a few of the items in the bazaar, which has been operating since the 15th Century.

    Afterwards, you will transfer to the pier and embark on your cruise.

    Land Program Details Step by Step:

    •Please note: el orden de los sitios visitados puede variar para evitar que se llenen demasiado. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. All program details including timings and any flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Direct flights are never guaranteed.

    •Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. You will then receive one last final itinerary from our ground operator with a Welcome Letter upon arrival or at your hotel. Please review that Welcome Letter and your final itinerary carefully for any further amendments.

    •The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

    •Guests failing to arrive on Day 1 of a scheduled land program will be considered a no-show and their hotel space released.

    Extra Nights

    •If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met as per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel. Check-in is 2:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until day 2 of the program.

    •If you have an early-arriving flight, you may wish to book an extra night as your room will not be ready for occupation until approximately 2:00pm.

    •If you book extra nights on your own, transfers are not included.

    DÍA 1

    Arrive in Istanbul via your international flight and transfer to the hotel.

    Check-in time is at 2:00pm; early check is not guaranteed.

    Overnight at the Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel or similar

    Cena por su cuenta

    Meet and Greet and transfers:

    •Final cruise documents emailed at 21 days prior to sailing, also include on page 1, a contact telephone number of our local ground agent to use should you not be able to locate your meet and greet upon arrival. Remember that often many guests are arriving on the same flight and the representative may be assisting someone else when you exit the customs and / or luggage claim area.

    •Always look for someone holding a sign with the cruise line logo and possibly your name. If in doubt please check with airport staff to be directed to the meeting area for transfers or to page our representative.

    •Meet and Greet and transfers for guests arriving on Day 1 of a land program or for any extra nights booked through the cruise line, are arranged based on the flight details received by guests at least 14 days before sailing.

    •If we have not received your flight details or your flights have changed, and the Destination Services Land Team not notified, then a transfer cannot be provided and guests will be responsible for getting to the land program hotel at their own expense. Please immediately contact our Reservations Department for any flight changes before departure.

    DÍA 2

    9:00am Depart for Istanbul’s Old City (SultanAhmet area)

    9:30am Visit the Blue Mosque and Hippodrome or Hagia Sophia

    10:45am Transfer to the Ataturk airport

    12:15pm Fly to Kayseri (Flight details TBA and subject to change) Direct flights not guaranteed

    1:45pm Drive to Kayseri for lunch

    2:00pm Lunch at Elmacioglu restaurant

    3:00pm Transfer to Cappadocia

    4:00pm Visit Uchisar

    4:45pm Orientation tour of the area

    5:30pm Visit Avanos

    6:45pm Drive to the hotel for dinner and overnight

    Overnight at the Best Western Premier Cappadocia Hotel or similar hotel

    DÍA 3

    9:00am After breakfast depart for the Derinkuyu underground city

    9:30am Visit the underground city

    10:30am Drive to the Goreme Open Air Museum

    10:50am Visit the Goreme Open Air Museum

    12:45pm Lunch at Ala Turca restaurant

    2:00pm Drive to Zelve and Pasabag

    2:15pm Visit the Zelve Museum (Byzantine Monastery)

    3:15pm Panoramic tour of Derbent and the Three Sisters chimneys

    4:15pm Shopping stop

    6.00pm Return to the hotel for dinner

    Overnight at the Best Western Premier Cappadocia Hotel or similar hotel

    DÍA 4

    7:00am Depart for Nevsehir airport

    9:05am Fly back to Istanbul (flight details TBA and subject to change) Direct flights are not guaranteed

    10:45am Drive to Old Town

    11:15am Visit Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque

    1:30pm Lunch at a local restaurant

    2:45pm Visit the Grand Bazaar

    4:00pm Approximate arrival to the ship for embarkation

    Pronóstico del tiempo: Expect significant temperature differences between day and night in Cappadocia. Spring begins in March and lasts until May, and the average temperature for this season is approximately 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit). This is also when the region gets most of its rainfall. However, the rain usually comes in short intervals and lasts on average for only two hours. El verano es entre junio y agosto. Summers in Cappadocia are very hot, with daytime temperatures approaching 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit). However, nighttime temperatures fall into the 20’s Celsius (in the 70’s Fahrenheit). El otoño comienza en septiembre y termina en noviembre y es la temporada alta de viajes a Cappadocia. Average temperature at this time is in the 20's Celsius (in the 70’s Fahrenheit).

    Qué debe traer: Due to the uneven walking surfaces, sport shoes are highly recommended. Also, pack sunscreen, light comfortable clothing and shoes, and a light jacket for the evenings. Asegúrese de llevar vestimenta adecuada para ingresar a las mezquitas. Debe cubrirse los hombros y las piernas.

    Moneda: Turkish Lira (TL). One U.S. dollar is worth approximately 1.8 TL.

    Electricidad: 220 Volt AC/50 Hz throughout Turkey. We recommend you bring a travel adaptor for electric devices.

    Equipaje: For the domestic flights, the luggage allowance is 15 kilograms (33 pounds) per person. We advise you to pack a smaller bag for the extension, allowing your main luggage to be stored in a secure office in Istanbul until your return. Please make sure to label any luggage staying behind appropriately and remember to take all medications and documents with you.

    Carriage of Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines on internal flights per airline regulations (subject to change as each airline has their own regulations)

    1. Guests must obtain a Doctor’s Certificate mentioning their medical condition and the need to carry this equipment with them on their flights.

    2. The certificate should have attached a picture of the equipment with its description/specifications especially with regards to the type of batteries used (lithium/dry or any other type)

    3. These documents need to be sent to the Land Program Team via Reservations at RSSC at least one month prior to travel so that our local operator can begin the notification process with the airline(s).

    4. Failure to comply with the above regulations may result in a denial of this equipment at the airport for which Regent Seven Seas Cruises nor our local ground operator be responsible for.

    Alojamiento:

    Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel

    Gümüssuyu Mahallesi, Asker Ocagi Caddesi No:1, 34437 Beyoglu/Istanbul, Turkey

    +90 212 368 44 44

    Best Western Premier Cappadocia Hotel

    Yeni Cami Mahallesi, Istiklal 1 Sokak No:6, 50400 Ürgüp/Nevsehir, Turkey

    +90 384 341 57 47

    *We will only source different hotels in unforeseen circumstances. If similar hotels are required, they will be of equal ratings and standards and guests would be notified in advance of travel. If guests are not notified prior to travel of any changes, then the hotels listed above will be used.

    Closed days of attractions:

    If an attraction is closed on one of the dates, it will be replaced in the following manner:

    • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. It will be replaced with the Beylerbeyi Palace.

    • Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays. It will be replaced with the Chora Church.

    • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. It will be replaced with the Spice Bazaar.

    El programa incluye:

    •1 night including breakfast at the Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel or similar (club level room)

    •2 nights including breakfast at the Best Western Premier Cappadocia Hotel or similar (deluxe room)

    •Airport transfers

    •Porterage at the airport

    •Service of an English-speaking tour guide throughout the program or local guide depending on the number of guests booked on the package.

    •Service of an air-conditioned vehicle

    •Entrance fees to the visited sites and museums

    •Two lunches and dinners in Cappadocia and one lunch in Istanbul

    •Domestic flights (direct flights not guaranteed)

    Tenga en cuenta lo siguiente: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the updated arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged. If you book additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided. If we do not receive flight details a minimum of 14 days in advance, transfers will not be provided.

    El programa no incluye:

    Alcoholic beverages on the tours

    Propinas

    Gastos personales

    Any meals not listed above

    Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

    Aviso: Los programas terrestres que incluyen numerosos días en la costa incluyen actividades prolongadas y aquellos de duración más corta ofrecen, en general, actividades más moderadas. However, each program varies, and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: pendientes, adoquines, arena y senderos naturales o de grava. Es posible que haya que subir escaleras o escalones. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

    Aviso: Todos los programas terrestres cuentan con capacidad limitada y están sujetos a disponibilidad. Los programas que no alcanzan la cantidad mínima de participantes requerida están sujetos a cancelación. Los precios publicados también están sujetos a cambios que dependen del aumento de los costos del transporte, de los servicios terrestres o de la fluctuación de la moneda. Después de la compra, el precio está garantizado y no está sujeto a cambios. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Las cancelaciones realizadas 60 días o menos antes de la fecha de partida están sujetas a una multa por cancelación del 100%. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program. Guests failing to arrive on Day 1 of a scheduled land program will be considered a no-show and their hotel space released.

  • PRE - MYSTICAL CAPPADOCIA CODE: ISTL01

    Tour the icons of Istanbul and Turkey’s enthralling Cappadocia region, a bizarre landscape of volcanically formed rock chimneys, houses carved out of sheer cliffs and sprawling underground cities.

    Special Note: Any guests travelling with Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines should read further below for airline stipulations with regards to bringing this equipment on tour

    DÍA 1

    Upon arriving at the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, you will be met and transferred to the Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel or similar hotel in Istanbul for check-in. The remainder of the day will be spent at leisure, allowing time for you to settle in or explore the city on your own. Meals are on your own.

    DÍA 2

    After an early breakfast at the hotel and then check out, you will drive through Istanbul to one of its marquee attractions. Depending on the day, it may be the former mosque and now museum Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque and adjacent Hippodrome.

    Following your visit, you will transfer to the airport for a short flight to Kayseri, which lies in the Cappadocia region. The landscape here is stunningly surreal, almost lunar-like. Created by volcanic eruptions and shaped by thousands of years of erosion, the terrain features soaring fairy-tale rock chimneys and ancient dwellings carved out of the rocks. Few places on earth are so visually arresting.

    You will then tour two towns in the region, beginning with Uchisar, whose natural rock citadel is the highest point in Cappadocia and visible from a great distance. Avanos lies nearby and, as you will discover, is known for pottery making. The clay has a beautiful reddish hue and comes from the banks of the Kizilirmak River that flows through town.

    After visiting, you will check in to the Best Western Premier Cappadocia Hotel or similar hotel, where you will dine and spend the evening.

    DÍA 3

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for a full-day, all-encompassing tour of the area. A scenic drive brings you to the Derinkuyu underground city, a massive living complex beneath the surface that includes churches, stables, wineries and storage rooms. It is the deepest of the 36 underground cities in the Cappadocia region and has airshafts carved at least 300 feet into the rock. Although the city was probably never used for long stays, it served as an excellent defensive hideout during the early Christian period. There are approximately 600 doors leading into the underground city, all of them hidden in courtyards on the surface.

    After Derinkuyu, you will continue to the Goreme Open Air Museum, which contains the best-preserved examples of cave churches. You will notice that the frescoes adorning the walls are still brightly colored, even after centuries of exposure. More cave architecture awaits you in nearby Zelve, which was an important settlement and religious area between the 9th and 13th centuries. The now abandoned settlement is spread over three valleys, which also contain numerous pointed chimneys with large stems.

    Then, it’s on to Derbent to see its unusual Three Sisters rock chimneys and to shop for a bit. By evening, you will return to the hotel for dinner and spend the rest of the night at leisure.

    DÍA 4

    Following breakfast, you will drive to the Nevsehir Airport for your return flight to Istanbul.

    Upon arriving in Istanbul, enjoy a full-day tour, starting with the opulent Topkapi Palace, where Turkey’s sultans lived from 1453 until the middle of the 19th century. Then, you will visit the Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque, according to which site you didn’t visit on Day 2.

    Finally, you will have the opportunity to browse through the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar, the largest and the oldest covered market place in the world. It contains more than 5,000 shops selling an absolutely amazing range of merchandise. Jewelry, carpets, antiques, old coins, furniture, prayer beads and copperware are only a few of the items in the bazaar, which has been operating since the 15th Century.

    Afterwards, you will transfer to the pier and embark on your cruise.

    Programa terrestre paso a paso:

    •Please note: el orden de los sitios visitados puede variar para evitar que se llenen demasiado. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. All program details including timings and any flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Direct flights are never guaranteed.

    •Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. You will then receive one last final itinerary from our ground operator with a Welcome Letter upon arrival or at your hotel. Please review that Welcome Letter and your final itinerary carefully for any further amendments.

    •The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

    Extra Nights:

    •If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met as per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel. Check-in time is 2:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until day 2 of the program.

    •Should you have an early arriving flight you may wish to book an extra night as your room will not be ready for occupation until approximately 2:00pm

    •Should you book any extra nights on your own, transfers are not included.

    DÍA 1

    Arrive in Istanbul via your international flight and transfer to the hotel.

    Check-in time is at 2:00pm; early check is not guaranteed.

    Overnight at the Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel or similar

    Cena por su cuenta

    Meet and Greet and transfers:

    •Final cruise documents emailed at 21 days prior to sailing, also include on page 1, a contact telephone number of our local ground agent to use should you not be able to locate your meet and greet upon arrival. Remember that often many guests are arriving on the same flight and the representative may be assisting someone else when you exit the customs and / or luggage claim area.

    •Always look for someone holding a sign with the cruise line logo and possibly your name. If in doubt please check with airport staff to be directed to the meeting area for transfers or to page our representative.

    •Meet and Greet and transfers for guests arriving on Day 1 of a land program or for any extra nights booked through the cruise line, are arranged based on the flight details received by guests at least 14 days before sailing.

    •If we have not received your flight details or your flights have changed and the Destination Services Land Team not notified, then a transfer cannot be provided and guests will be responsible for getting to the land program hotel at their own expense. Please immediately contact our Reservations Department for any flight changes before departure.

    DÍA 2

    9:00am Depart for Istanbul’s Old City (SultanAhmet area)

    9:30am Visit the Blue Mosque and Hippodrome or Hagia Sophia

    10:45am Transfer to the Ataturk airport

    12:15pm Fly to Kayseri (Flight details TBA and subject to change) Direct flights not guaranteed

    1:45pm Drive to Kayseri for lunch

    2:00pm Lunch at Elmacioglu restaurant

    3:00pm Transfer to Cappadocia

    4:00pm Visit Uchisar

    4:45pm Orientation tour of the area

    5:30pm Visit Avanos

    6:45pm Drive to the hotel for dinner and overnight

    Overnight at the Best Western Premier Cappadocia Hotel or similar hotel

    DÍA 3

    9:00am After breakfast depart for the Derinkuyu underground city

    9:30am Visit the underground city

    10:30am Drive to the Goreme Open Air Museum

    10:50am Visit the Goreme Open Air Museum

    12:45pm Lunch at Ala Turca restaurant

    2:00pm Drive to Zelve and Pasabag

    2:15pm Visit the Zelve Museum (Byzantine Monastery)

    3:15pm Panoramic tour of Derbent and the Three Sisters chimneys

    4:15pm Shopping stop

    6.00pm Return to the hotel for dinner

    Overnight at the Best Western Premier Cappadocia Hotel or similar hotel

    DÍA 4

    7:00am Depart for Nevsehir airport

    9:05am Fly back to Istanbul (flight details TBA and subject to change) Direct flights are not guaranteed

    10:45am Drive to Old Town

    11:15am Visit Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque

    1:30pm Lunch at a local restaurant

    2:45pm Visit the Grand Bazaar

    4:00pm Approximate arrival to the ship for embarkation

    Pronóstico del tiempo: Expect significant temperature differences between day and night in Cappadocia. Spring begins in March and lasts until May, and the average temperature for this season is approximately 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit). This is also when the region gets most of its rainfall. However, the rain usually comes in short intervals and lasts on average for only two hours. El verano es entre junio y agosto. Summers in Cappadocia are very hot, with daytime temperatures approaching 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit). However, nighttime temperatures fall into the 20’s Celsius (in the 70’s Fahrenheit). El otoño comienza en septiembre y termina en noviembre y es la temporada alta de viajes a Cappadocia. Average temperature at this time is in the 20's Celsius (in the 70’s Fahrenheit).

    Qué debe traer: Due to the uneven walking surfaces, sport shoes are highly recommended. Also, pack sunscreen, light comfortable clothing and shoes, and a light jacket for the evenings. Asegúrese de llevar vestimenta adecuada para ingresar a las mezquitas. Debe cubrirse los hombros y las piernas.

    Moneda: Turkish Lira (TL). One U.S. dollar is worth approximately 1.8 TL.

    Electricidad: 220 Volt AC/50 Hz throughout Turkey. We recommend you bring a travel adaptor for electric devices.

    Equipaje: For the domestic flights, the luggage allowance is 15 kilograms (33 pounds) per person. We advise you to pack a smaller bag for the extension, allowing your main luggage to be stored in a secure office in Istanbul until your return. Please make sure to label any luggage staying behind appropriately and remember to take all medications and documents with you.

    Carriage of Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines on internal flights per airline regulations (subject to change as each airline has their own regulations)

    1. Guests must obtain a Doctor’s Certificate mentioning their medical condition and the need to carry this equipment with them on their flights.

    2. The certificate should have attached a picture of the equipment with its description/specifications especially with regards to the type of batteries used (lithium/dry or any other type)

    3. These documents need to be sent to the Land Program Team via Reservations at RSSC at least one month prior to travel so that our local operator can begin the notification process with the airline(s).

    4. Failure to comply with the above regulations may result in a denial of this equipment at the airport for which Regent Seven Seas Cruises nor our local ground operator be responsible for.

    Alojamiento:

    Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel

    Gümüssuyu Mahallesi, Asker Ocagi Caddesi No:1, 34437 Beyoglu/Istanbul, Turkey

    +90 212 368 44 44

    Best Western Premier Cappadocia Hotel

    Yeni Cami Mahallesi, Istiklal 1 Sokak No:6, 50400 Ürgüp/Nevsehir, Turkey

    +90 384 341 57 47

    *We will only source different hotels in unforeseen circumstances. If similar hotels are required, they will be of equal ratings and standards and guests would be notified in advance of travel. If guests are not notified prior to travel of any changes, then the hotels listed above will be used.

    Closed days of attractions:

    If an attraction is closed on one of the dates, it will be replaced in the following manner:

    • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. It will be replaced with the Beylerbeyi Palace.

    • Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays. It will be replaced with the Chora Church.

    • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. It will be replaced with the Spice Bazaar.

    El programa incluye:

    •1 night accommodation including breakfast at the Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel or similar (club level room)

    •2 nights accommodation at the Best Western Premier Cappadocia Hotel or similar (deluxe room)

    •Airport transfers

    •Porterage at the airport

    •Service of an English-speaking tour guide throughout the program or local guide depending on the number of guests booked on the package.

    •Service of an air-conditioned vehicle

    •Entrance fees to the visited sites and museums

    •Two lunches and dinners in Cappadocia and one lunch in Istanbul

    •Domestic flights (direct flights not guaranteed)

    Tenga en cuenta lo siguiente: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

    El programa no incluye:

    Alcoholic beverages on the tours

    Propinas

    Gastos personales

    Any meals not listed above

    Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

    Aviso: Los programas terrestres que incluyen numerosos días en la costa incluyen actividades prolongadas y aquellos de duración más corta ofrecen, en general, actividades más moderadas. Sin embargo, cada programa varía y los huéspedes deben estar preparados para lidiar con distintas superficies, tales como: pendientes, adoquines, arena y senderos naturales o de grava. Es posible que haya que subir escaleras o escalones. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

    Aviso: Todos los programas terrestres cuentan con capacidad limitada y están sujetos a disponibilidad. Los programas que no alcanzan la cantidad mínima de participantes requerida están sujetos a cancelación. Los precios publicados también están sujetos a cambios que dependen del aumento de los costos del transporte, de los servicios terrestres o de la fluctuación de la moneda. Después de la compra, el precio está garantizado y no está sujeto a cambios. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Las cancelaciones realizadas 60 días o menos antes de la fecha de partida están sujetas a una multa por cancelación del 100%. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program. Guests failing to arrive on Day 1 of a scheduled land program will be considered a no-show and their hotel space released.

  • POST - MYSTICAL CAPPADOCIA CODE: ISTL02

    Tour the icons of Istanbul and Turkey’s enthralling Cappadocia region, a bizarre landscape of volcanically formed rock chimneys, houses carved out of sheer cliffs and sprawling underground cities.

    Special Note: Any guests travelling with Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines should read further below for airline stipulations with regards to bringing this equipment on tour.

    DÍA 1

    After disembarking the ship, you will begin on a full-day tour of Istanbul, starting with the Hagia Sophia, which was originally built as a church. In the 15th century, it became a mosque. Today, the Hagia Sophia (meaning “Holy Wisdom”) is a museum containing phenomenal mosaics, Christian and Muslim religious art and remnants of the church that stood here until 532 A.D., when it was burned in a riot.

    You will also tour the famed Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, and the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar, the largest and the oldest covered market place in the world. It contains more than 5,000 shops selling an absolutely amazing range of merchandise. Jewelry, carpets, antiques, old coins, furniture, prayer beads and copperware are only a few of the items in the bazaar, which has been operating since the 15th century.

    Finally, there’s the opulent Topkapi Palace, where Turkey’s sultans lived from 1453 until the middle of the 19th century. It’s an extraordinary residence with beautiful courtyards, a harem, sacred relics and a treasury full of exquisite jewelry from the Far East, India and Europe.

    Following your exploration of Istanbul, you will drive to the airport for your flight to Nevsehir. Upon arriving, you will transfer to the Best Western Premier Cappadocia or similar hotel for the evening.

    DÍA 2

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for a full-day tour of the Cappadocia region. The landscape here is stunningly surreal, almost lunar-like. Created by volcanic eruptions and shaped by thousands of years of erosion, the terrain features soaring fairy-tale rock chimneys and ancient dwellings carved out of the rocks. Few places on earth are so visually arresting.

    You will then venture toward the town of Uchisar, whose natural rock citadel is the highest point in Cappadocia and visible from a great distance. You will also visit nearby Pigeon Valley, named for the thousands of pigeon houses that have been carved into the rock cliffs since ancient times.

    Then, it’s on to the Goreme Open Air Museum, which contains the best-preserved examples of cave churches. You will notice that the frescoes adorning the walls are still brightly colored, even after centuries of exposure. More usual rock formations await you near Derbent at the fairy chimneys at Urgup.

    The town of Avanos lies ahead and, as you will discover, is known for pottery making. The clay has a beautiful reddish hue and comes from the banks of the Kizilirmak River that flows through town.

    After visiting, you will return to the Best Western Premier Cappadocia or similar hotel, where you will dine and spend the evening.

    DÍA 3

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for a full-day, all-encompassing tour of the area. A scenic drive brings you to the Derinkuyu underground city, a massive living complex beneath the surface that includes churches, stables, wineries and storage rooms. It is the deepest of the 36 underground cities in the Cappadocia region and has airshafts carved at least 300 feet into the rock. Although the city was probably never used for long stays, it served as an excellent defensive hideout during the early Christian period. There are approximately 600 doors leading into the underground city, all of them hidden in courtyards on the surface.

    After Derinkuyu, you will continue to Sinasos, a former Greek village, and then nearby Zelve, which was an important settlement and religious area between the 9th and 13th centuries. The now abandoned settlement is spread over three valleys, which also contain numerous pointed chimneys with large stems and the remains of a monastery.

    Later in the afternoon, you will drive to the airport for your return flight to Istanbul, where you will spend the evening at the Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel or similar hotel.

    DÍA 4

    Following breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

    Programa terrestre paso a paso:

    •Please note: el orden de los sitios visitados puede variar para evitar que se llenen demasiado. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. All program details including timings and any flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Direct flights are never guaranteed.

    •Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

    •The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

    DÍA 1

    9:00am Disembark the ship and drive to Istanbul’s Old City

    9:30am Visit the Hagia Sophia

    10:45am Visit to Blue Mosque and Hippodrome

    12:15pm Lunch at a local restaurant

    1:45pm Visit the Grand Bazaar

    2:45pm Visit Topkapi Palace

    4:00pm Transfer to the airport

    5:40pm Fly to Nevsehir airport (flight details TBA and subject to change) Direct flights not guaranteed

    7:10pm Transfer to your hotel and have dinner at the hotel

    Overnight at the Best Western Premier Cappadocia or similar hotel

    DÍA 2

    9:00am After breakfast, depart for a full-day tour in Cappadocia

    9:15am Visit the Uchisar area

    9:45am Drive for panoramic tour includes Pigeon Valley

    10:45am Visit the Goreme Open Air Museum

    12:30pm Lunch at Ala Turca restaurant

    2:00pm Panoramic tour includes Derbent and fairy chimneys at Urgup

    3:00pm Visit Avanos

    4:00pm Shopping opportunity

    6:00pm Return to the hotel and have dinner at the hotel

    Overnight at the Best Western Premier Cappadocia or similar hotel

    DÍA 3

    9:00am Depart for Derinkuyu underground city

    9:30am Visit the Derinkuyu underground city

    10:45am Drive to the Sinasos area

    11:15am Visit Sinasos and the Kemal Pasha village

    12:00nn Lunch at the Old Greek House restaurant

    1:15pm Drive to Zelve and the Pasha bag area

    1:45pm Visit Zelve (monastery)

    2:45pm Transfer to Kayseri airport

    5:20pm Fly back to Istanbul (Flight details TBA and subject to change). Direct flights not guaranteed

    6:50pm Transfer to the hotel. Dinner on own.

    Overnight at the Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel or similar hotel

    Día 4

    AM Breakfast at the hotel

    12:00pm Check out. If you have a late flight you may keep your luggage in the hotel’s storage room until needed. Your transfer to the airport will be arranged according to your flight time.

    Extra Nights: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per the flight details provided. Check-out time is 12:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast are on your own after Day 4 of your program.

    Traslados: All guests booking their flights independently are required to ensure the cruise line has their most up to date flight details so that transfers to the airport can be arranged. . If flight details are not received 14 days before your cruise start date, transfers will not be arranged.

    Should you book any extra nights on your own or your flight is not on the last day of the program, transfers are not included.

    Should you have a late departing flight you may wish to book an extra night so that you have occupation of your room until your departure. You will be asked to vacate your room by 12:00pm. Day rooms can only be purchased directly through the hotel.

    Pronóstico del tiempo: Expect significant temperature differences between day and night in Cappadocia. Spring begins in March and lasts until May, and the average temperature for this season is approximately 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit). This is also when the region gets most of its rainfall. However, the rain usually comes in short intervals and lasts on average for only two hours. El verano es entre junio y agosto. Summers in Cappadocia are very hot, with daytime temperatures approaching 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit). However, nighttime temperatures fall into the 20’s Celsius (in the 70’s Fahrenheit). El otoño comienza en septiembre y termina en noviembre y es la temporada alta de viajes a Cappadocia. Average temperature at this time is in the 20's Celsius (in the 70’s Fahrenheit).

    Qué debe traer: Due to the uneven walking surfaces, sport shoes are highly recommended. Also, pack sunscreen, light comfortable clothing and shoes, and a light jacket for the evenings. Asegúrese de llevar vestimenta adecuada para ingresar a las mezquitas. Debe cubrirse los hombros y las piernas.

    Moneda: Turkish Lira (TL). One U.S. dollar is worth approximately 2.2 TL.

    Electricidad: 220 Volt AC/50 Hz throughout Turkey.

    Equipaje: For the domestic flights, the luggage allowance is 20 kilograms (44 pounds) per person. The hand luggage allowance is 8 kilograms (17 pounds) per person. We advise you to pack a smaller bag for the extension, allowing your main luggage to be stored in a secure office in Istanbul until your return. Luggage will taken directly to you hotel in Istanbul where you will be re-united with it on Day 3. Please make sure to label any luggage staying behind appropriately and remember to take all medications and documents with you.

    Carriage of Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines on internal flights per airline regulations (subject to change as each airline has their own regulations)

    1. Guests must obtain a Doctor’s Certificate mentioning their medical condition and the need to carry this equipment with them on their flights.

    2. The certificate should have attached a picture of the equipment with its description/specifications especially with regards to the type of batteries used (lithium/dry or any other type)

    3. These documents need to be sent to the Land Program Team via Reservations at RSSC at least one month prior to travel so that our local operator can begin the notification process with the airline(s).

    4. Failure to comply with the above regulations may result in a denial of this equipment at the airport for which Regent Seven Seas Cruises nor our local ground operator be responsible for.

    Hotel Accommodations:

    Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel

    Asker Ocagi Cad. No.1 Taksim, 34435 Istanbul, Turkey

    Tel: 90 212 368 4444

    Best Western Premier Cappadocia Hotel

    Yeni Cami Mahallesi, Istiklal 1 Sokak No:6, 50400 Ürgüp/Nevsehir, Turkey

    Teléfono: +90 384 341 57 47

    *We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards. If you are not notified of any changes before your sailing, then you will be staying at the hotels listed in the program.

    Closed days of attractions:

    If an attraction is closed on one of the dates, it will be replaced in the following manner:

    • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. It will be replaced with the Beylerbeyi Palace.

    • Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays. It will be replaced with the Chora Church.

    • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. It will be replaced with the Spice Bazaar.

    El programa incluye:

    •1 night in Istanbul at the Intercontinental Hotel or similar (Club level room) including breakfast

    •2 nights at the Best Western Premier Cappadocia Hotel or similar (deluxe room) including breakfast

    •All airport transfers

    •Porterage at the airport

    •Service of an English-speaking tour guide throughout the program or local guide depending on the number of guests booked on the package.

    •Entrance fees to the visited sites and museums

    •Two lunches and dinners in Cappadocia and one lunch in Istanbul

    •Domestic flights – direct flights not guaranteed

    Tenga en cuenta lo siguiente: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

    El programa no incluye:

    Alcoholic beverages on the tours

    Propinas

    Gastos personales

    Any meals not listed above

    Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

    Aviso: Los programas terrestres que incluyen numerosos días en la costa incluyen actividades prolongadas y aquellos de duración más corta ofrecen, en general, actividades más moderadas. Sin embargo, cada programa varía y los huéspedes deben estar preparados para lidiar con distintas superficies, tales como: pendientes, adoquines, arena y senderos naturales o de grava. Es posible que haya que subir escaleras o escalones. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

    Aviso: Todos los programas terrestres cuentan con capacidad limitada y están sujetos a disponibilidad. Los programas que no alcanzan la cantidad mínima de participantes requerida están sujetos a cancelación. Los precios publicados también están sujetos a cambios que dependen del aumento de los costos del transporte, de los servicios terrestres o de la fluctuación de la moneda. Después de la compra, el precio está garantizado y no está sujeto a cambios. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Las cancelaciones realizadas 60 días o menos antes de la fecha de partida están sujetas a una multa por cancelación del 100%. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program.

  • PRE - ICONIC ISTANBUL CODE: ISTL04

    Experience the joys of Istanbul through its most memorable landmarks: the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, and the legendary Bosphorus, which you’ll enjoy on a leisurely cruise.

    Día 1:

    Arrive at the airport in Istanbul and transfer to the hotel. Check-in time is 2:00pm, leaving the remainder of the day to do as you please. Depending on the time of your arrival, you might shop or dine nearby before spending the evening at your hotel.

    Día 2:

    Today, you will visit the true icons of Istanbul, the must-sees that define the city, beginning with the phenomenal Blue Mosque. One of the few mosques with six minarets, the Blue Mosque was constructed in the early 17th century under the direction of Sultan Ahmet I, who was only 19 years old at the time. The exterior of the mosque is notable for its cascade of domes that seem to spill down from the central dome. Inside, the ceiling is lined with the 20,000 blue tiles for which the mosque is named.

    The Hippodrome is also here, partially excavated to reveal some of the seats, columns, statues and obelisks that were once part of this arena. Chariot races, coronations and parades all took place at the Hippodrome, which first appeared in 203 A.D. About 130 years later, Constantine the Great expanded and reshaped the arena so it could hold approximately 100,000 spectators.

    Then, it’s on to the 15th Century Topkapi Palace, which was expanded under the reign of almost every sultan over the next 400 years. Today, it’s a maze of lavishly decorated buildings and courtyards that reflect its most glorious years as the political center of the Ottoman Empire.

    Following lunch, you will see the Hagia Sophia, a former Byzantine church and Ottoman mosque that is now a museum. Although the earliest two versions were destroyed, this Hagia Sophia dates from 537 A.D., and is considered a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. It served as Istanbul’s principal mosque for nearly 500 years and became a model for the Blue Mosque.

    You will also have the opportunity to browse through the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and the oldest covered market place. It contains more than 5,000 shops selling an absolutely amazing range of merchandise. Jewelry, carpets, antiques, old coins, furniture, prayer beads and copperware are only a few of the items in the bazaar, which has been operating since the 15th Century.

    Afterwards, you will return to the hotel for the evening. La cena corre por su cuenta.

    Día 3:

    After departing from the hotel, you will enjoy a brief but enlightening tour of Istanbul on the way to the Chora Museum. Like the Hagia Sophia, it was first a church, then a mosque and is now a museum. However, Byzantine mosaics are its most significant feature. Most of them describe the life of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, and the colors are still vivid despite being centuries old.

    Following the Chora Museum, you will visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque, which was built in 1561 and has since survived fires and earthquakes. Thousands of brightly colored Iznik tiles are the allure here. They are all original 16th-century pieces of art and cover the walls, columns and niches, lending the interior a spectacularly serene ambiance.

    In contrast, you will then tour the Spice Market, a locale so energetic and bustling that it’s difficult to know where to look first. Aromas waft through the air, the cacophonous sounds are constant, and it’s always crowded with shoppers haggling for the best possible prices. In a word, it’s wonderful.

    Finally, you will embark on a boat for a leisurely cruise on the Bosphorus, the famed strait that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, and perhaps even more important serves as a boundary between Europe to the west and Asia to the east. Passing palaces, wooden mansions and even modern villas along the way, you will experience Istanbul from an entirely different perspective, one you’ll never forget.

    Afterwards, you will drive to the pier and re-join the ship.

    Land Program Details Step by Step:

    •Please note: el orden de los sitios visitados puede variar para evitar que se llenen demasiado. All program timings are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

    •Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. You will then receive one last final itinerary from our ground operator with a Welcome Letter upon arrival or at your hotel. Please review that Welcome Letter and your final itinerary carefully for any further amendments.

    •The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

    Extra Nights:

    •If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met as per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel. Check-in time is 2:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until day 2 of the program.

    •Should you have an early arriving flight you may wish to book an extra night as your room will not be ready for occupation until approximately 2:00pm

    •Should you book any extra nights on your own, transfers are not included.

    Día 1

    Fly into Istanbul, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

    Check-in time is 2:00pm; early check-in is not guaranteed. Evening at your leisure.

    Meals are on your own today

    Overnight at the Intercontinental Hotel or similar hotel

    Meet and Greet and transfers:

    •Final cruise documents emailed at 21 days prior to sailing, also include on page 1, a contact telephone number of our local ground agent to use should you not be able to locate your meet and greet upon arrival. Remember that often many guests are arriving on the same flight and the representative may be assisting someone else when you exit the customs and / or luggage claim area.

    •Always look for someone holding a sign with the cruise line logo and possibly your name. If in doubt please check with airport staff to be directed to the meeting area for transfers or to page our representative.

    •Meet and Greet and transfers for guests arriving on Day 1 of a land program or for any extra nights booked through the cruise line, are arranged based on the flight details received by guests at least 14 days before sailing.

    •If we have not received your flight details or your flights have changed and the Destination Services Land Team not notified, then a transfer cannot be provided and guests will be responsible for getting to the land program hotel at their own expense. Please immediately contact our Reservations Department for any flight changes before departure.

    Día 2

    AM Breakfast at hotel

    9:00am Depart from the hotel

    9:30am Visit the Blue Mosque and Hippodrome

    10:30am Visit the Topkapi Palace

    12:15pm Lunch at a local restaurant

    1:45pm Visit the Hagia Sophia

    2:45pm Visit the Grand Bazaar

    4:45pm Return to the hotel

    The evening is at leisure, dinner on own

    Overnight at the Intercontinental Hotel or similar hotel

    Día 3

    AM Breakfast at hotel

    9:15am Orientation tour of Istanbul

    9:45am Visit the Chora Museum

    10:45am Visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque

    11:30am Visit the Spice Market

    12:30pm Lunch at a local restaurant

    2:15pm Cruise the Bosphorus Strait

    4:00pm Transfer to the ship

    4:30pm Approximate arrival at the ship for embarkation

    Aviso:

    The museums are closed on certain days and substitutions will apply as follows:

    1. Topkapi Palace: closed on Tuesdays; Beylerbeyi Palace visit substituted.

    2. Hagia Sophia Museum: closed on Mondays; Chora Museum visit substituted.

    3. Chora Museum: closed on Wednesdays; Hagia Sophia Museum or Archaeological Museum visit substituted.

    4. Grand Bazaar: closed on Sundays (no substitution)

    Should sites be closed on a day that you are scheduled to visit, alternate sites will be visited and if possible, the original site will be seen on the other day. Our local operator will do their utmost to ensure that you see all the sites listed in this itinerary and when necessary make appropriate substitutions.

    Order of the sites visited may change to avoid overcrowding at the sites.

    Pronóstico del tiempo: Summers are hot and humid with temperatures averaging 25-30C (78-88F) from June to August, occasionally rising beyond 35C (104F). In spring and autumn, the days are temperate and the evenings mild.

    Qué debe traer: In the summer, comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Light coats are recommended for the autumn, as it may be chilly, especially in the early morning and after 5:00 p.m.

    Clothing: Proper attire is required when visiting mosques. Female visitors are required to cover their heads, shoulders and arms. Shorts above knee length are not allowed in the mosques.

    Moneda:

    Turkish Lira

    Electricidad:

    220 Volts AC/50 Hz. throughout Turkey. We recommend brining a travel adaptor should you have any electric devices

    Alojamiento:

    Intercontinental Hotel Istanbul

    Gümüssuyu Mahallesi, Asker Ocagi Caddesi No:1, 34437 Beyoglu/Istanbul, Turkey

    Teléfono: +90 212 368 44 44

    We will only source different hotels in unforeseen circumstances. If similar hotels are required, they will be of equal ratings and standards and guests would be notified in advance of travel. If guests are not notified prior to travel of any changes, then the hotel listed above will be used.

    El programa incluye:

    •Two nights at the Intercontinental Hotel or similar (Club Level Room)

    •Transfers

    •Two full-day tours as described above

    •Two local lunches with soft drinks

    Tenga en cuenta lo siguiente: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

    No incluye:

    •Gratuities for guides and drivers

    •Hotel incidentals including room service and mini bar

    •Meals and beverages not listed above

    Aviso: Los programas terrestres que incluyen numerosos días en la costa incluyen actividades prolongadas y aquellos de duración más corta ofrecen, en general, actividades más moderadas. Sin embargo, cada programa varía y los huéspedes deben estar preparados para lidiar con distintas superficies, tales como: pendientes, adoquines, arena y senderos naturales o de grava. Es posible que haya que subir escaleras o escalones. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

    Aviso: Todos los programas terrestres cuentan con capacidad limitada y están sujetos a disponibilidad. Los programas que no alcanzan la cantidad mínima de participantes requerida están sujetos a cancelación. Los precios publicados también están sujetos a cambios que dependen del aumento de los costos del transporte, de los servicios terrestres o de la fluctuación de la moneda. Después de la compra, el precio está garantizado y no está sujeto a cambios. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Las cancelaciones realizadas 60 días o menos antes de la fecha de partida están sujetas a una multa por cancelación del 100%. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program. Guests failing to arrive on Day 1 of a scheduled land program will be considered a no-show and their hotel space released.

  • POST - ICONIC ISTANBUL - 2022 CODE: ISTL69

    Experience the joys of Istanbul through its most memorable landmarks: the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, and the legendary Bosphorus, which you’ll enjoy on a leisurely cruise.

    Día 1:

    After disembarking the ship, you will visit the true icons of Istanbul, the must-sees that define the city, beginning with the phenomenal Blue Mosque. One of the few mosques with six minarets, the Blue Mosque was constructed in the early 17th century under the direction of Sultan Ahmet I, who was only 19 years old at the time. The exterior of the mosque is notable for its cascade of domes that seem to spill down from the central dome. Inside, the ceiling is lined with the 20,000 blue tiles for which the mosque is named.

    The Hippodrome is also here, partially excavated to reveal some of the seats, columns, statues and obelisks that were once part of this arena. Chariot races, coronations and parades all took place at the Hippodrome, which first appeared in 203 A.D. About 130 years later, Constantine the Great expanded and reshaped the arena so it could hold approximately 100,000 spectators.

    Then, it’s on to the 15th-Century Topkapi Palace, which was expanded under the reign of almost every sultan over the next 400 years. Today, it’s a maze of lavishly decorated buildings and courtyards that reflect its most glorious years as the political center of the Ottoman Empire.

    Following lunch at a local restaurant, you will see the Hagia Sophia, a former Byzantine church and Ottoman mosque that is now a museum. Although the earliest two versions were destroyed, this Hagia Sophia dates from 537 A.D., and is considered a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. It served as Istanbul’s principal mosque for nearly 500 years and became a model for the Blue Mosque.

    You will also have the opportunity to browse through the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and the oldest covered market place. It contains more than 5,000 shops selling an absolutely amazing range of merchandise. Jewelry, carpets, antiques, old coins, furniture, prayer beads and copperware are only a few of the items in the bazaar, which has been operating since the 15th Century.

    Afterwards, you will spend the evening at your hotel. La cena corre por su cuenta.

    Día 2

    After departing from the hotel, you will enjoy a brief but enlightening tour of Istanbul on the way to the Chora Museum. Like the Hagia Sophia, it was first a church, then a mosque and is now a museum. However, Byzantine mosaics are its most significant feature. Most of them describe the life of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, and the colors are still vivid despite being centuries old.

    Following the Chora Museum, you will visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque, which was built in 1561 and has since survived fires and earthquakes. Thousands of brightly colored Iznik tiles are the allure here. They are all original 16th-century pieces of art and cover the walls, columns and niches, lending the interior a spectacularly serene ambiance.

    In contrast, you will then tour the Spice Market, a locale so energetic and bustling that it’s difficult to know where to look first. Aromas waft through the air, the cacophonous sounds are constant, and it’s always crowded with shoppers haggling for the best possible prices. In a word, it’s wonderful.

    Finally, after lunch, you will embark on a boat for a leisurely cruise on the Bosphorus, the famed strait that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, and perhaps even more important serves as a boundary between Europe to the west and Asia to the east. Passing palaces, wooden mansions and even modern villas along the way, you will experience Istanbul from an entirely different perspective, one you’ll never forget.

    Afterwards, you will return to the hotel for the evening.

    Día 3:

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will have until 12:00 noon to check out. Your transfer to the Istanbul Ataturk airport will be arranged according to your flight time. Should you have a late departing flight, luggage storage will be available at the hotel until your transfer time.

    Programa terrestre paso a paso:

    •Please note: el orden de los sitios visitados puede variar para evitar que se llenen demasiado. All program timings are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

    •Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

    •The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

    Día 1

    9:00am Depart from the ship

    9:30am Visit the Blue Mosque and Hippodrome

    10:30am Visit the Topkapi Palace

    12:15pm Lunch

    1:45pm Visit the Hagia Sophia

    2:45pm Visit the Grand Bazaar

    4:45pm Check in to the hotel

    Remainder of the day at your leisure

    La cena corre por su cuenta

    Overnight at the Intercontinental Hotel or similar hotel

    Día 2

    AM Breakfast at hotel

    9:15am Orientation tour of Istanbul

    9:45am Visit the Chora Museum

    10:45am Visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque

    11:30am Visit the Spice Market

    12:30pm Lunch

    2:15pm Cruise the Bosphorus Strait

    4:00pm Return to the hotel, dinner on own

    Overnight at the Intercontinental Hotel or similar hotel

    Día 3

    AM Breakfast at hotel

    12:00pm Check out from the hotel (or earlier according to your flight time)

    Transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport

    Extra Nights: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per the flight details provided. Check-out time is 12:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast are on your own after Day 3 of your program.

    Traslados: All guests booking their flights independently are required to ensure the cruise line has their most up to date flight details so that transfers to the airport can be arranged. If flight details are not received 14 days before your cruise start date, transfers will not be arranged.

    Should you book any extra nights on your own or your flight is not on the last day of the program, transfers are not included.

    Should you have a late departing flight you may wish to book an extra night so that you have occupation of your room until your departure. You will be asked to vacate your room by 12:00pm. Day rooms can only be purchased directly through the hotel.

    Aviso:

    The museums are closed on certain days and substitutions will apply as follows:

    1. Topkapi Palace: closed on Tuesdays; Beylerbeyi Palace visit substituted.

    2. Hagia Sophia Museum: closed on Mondays; Chora Museum visit substituted.

    3. Chora Museum: closed on Wednesdays; Hagia Sophia Museum or Archaeological Museum visit substituted.

    4. Grand Bazaar: closed on Sundays (no substitution)

    Should sites be closed on a day that you are scheduled to visit, alternate sites will be visited and if possible, the original site will be seen on the other day. Our local operator will do their utmost to ensure that you see all the sites listed in this itinerary and when necessary make appropriate substitutions.

    Order of the sites visited may change to avoid overcrowding at the sites.

    Pronóstico del tiempo: Summers are hot and humid with temperatures averaging 25-30C (78-88F) from June to August, occasionally rising beyond 35C (104F). In spring and autumn, the days are temperate and the evenings mild.

    Qué debe traer: In the summer, comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Light coats are recommended for the autumn, as it may be chilly, especially in the early morning and after 5:00 p.m.

    Clothing: Proper attire is required when visiting mosques. Female visitors are required to cover their heads, shoulders and arms. Shorts above knee length are not allowed in the mosques.

    Moneda: Turkish Lira (TL). One U.S. dollar is worth approximately 1.8 TL.

    Electricidad: 220 Volts AC/50 Hz. throughout Turkey. (Industrial 380 V)

    Plug: European round / 2-prong plug

    Alojamiento:

    Intercontinental Hotel Istanbul

    Gümüssuyu Mahallesi, Asker Ocagi Caddesi No:1, 34437 Beyoglu/Istanbul, Turkey

    Teléfono: +90 212 368 44 44

    We will only source different hotels in unforeseen circumstances. If similar hotels are required, they will be of equal ratings and standards and guests would be notified in advance of travel. If guests are not notified prior to travel of any changes, then the hotel listed above will be used.

    Standard Program Includes:

    2 overnights at the Intercontinental Hotel or similar hotel including breakfast (Club Level Room)

    All group transfers

    Two full-day tours as described above

    Two local lunches with soft drinks

    Tenga en cuenta lo siguiente: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the updated departure information, so your transfer can be arranged. If you book additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided. If we do not receive flight details a minimum of 14 days in advance, transfers will not be provided.

    No incluye:

    Gratuities for guides and drivers

    Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

    Meals and beverages not listed above

    Aviso: Los programas terrestres que incluyen numerosos días en la costa incluyen actividades prolongadas y aquellos de duración más corta ofrecen, en general, actividades más moderadas. Sin embargo, cada programa varía y los huéspedes deben estar preparados para lidiar con distintas superficies, tales como: pendientes, adoquines, arena y senderos naturales o de grava. Es posible que haya que subir escaleras o escalones. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

    Aviso: Todos los programas terrestres cuentan con capacidad limitada y están sujetos a disponibilidad. Los programas que no alcanzan la cantidad mínima de participantes requerida están sujetos a cancelación. Los precios publicados también están sujetos a cambios que dependen del aumento de los costos del transporte, de los servicios terrestres o de la fluctuación de la moneda. Después de la compra, el precio está garantizado y no está sujeto a cambios. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Las cancelaciones realizadas 60 días o menos antes de la fecha de partida están sujetas a una multa por cancelación del 100%. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program.

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