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Program #16878RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Oct 23 — Oct 26, 2013

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Armada hotel is centrally located in the old city of Istanbul, on the city's historical peninsula. It is surrounded by the ancient city walls and is within walking distance and has views of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii). Open since 1994, the building was constructed on the site of a series of row houses which were built for the marine soldiers of the famed Ottoman Admiral Hayrettin Pasha (Barbarossa) in the 16th century. The hotel's façade replicates the original structures.

Contact info:
Ahirkapi Cad, 24
Sultanahmet
Istanbul, 34400 Turkey
phone: +90 212 455 44 55
web: www.armadahotel.com.tr

Room amenities: 110 rooms, decorated in the Ottoman style with traditional Edirnekari woodwork painting, are a blend of past and present and amenities: air conditioning, central heat, hair dryer,cable TV, direct-dial telephone, Internet connection and safety-deposit box.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, bars, rooftop terrace, room service and laundry service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $175 DBL; $165 SGL.
Prices are per room and include VAT and breakfast. Contact the Program Provider for reservations.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, October 23 - EXCURSION TO THE OLD CITY
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Following breakfast, meet with your guide to embark on your guided day of touring. Start the day by visiting the Archeological Museums of Istanbul that houses some magnificent artifacts, especially the exquisite Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great and Sarcophagus of the Mourning Women. Also located in the same complex, you will also visit the Museum of the Ancient Orient to see some artifacts from the ancient Mesopotamian, Hittite and Egyptian periods.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restuarant.

Afternoon: After lunch, continue on to visit the Mosaic Museum and Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Mosque. Walk around the streets around the old Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar and return to the hotel in late afternoon. Dinner at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: Armada Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Armada hotel is centrally located in the old city of Istanbul, on the city's historical peninsula. It is surrounded by the ancient city walls and is within walking distance and has views of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii). Open since 1994, the building was constructed on the site of a series of row houses which were built for the marine soldiers of the famed Ottoman Admiral Hayrettin Pasha (Barbarossa) in the 16th century. The hotel's façade replicates the original structures.

Contact info:
Ahirkapi Cad, 24
Sultanahmet
Istanbul, 34400 Turkey
phone: +90 212 455 44 55
web: www.armadahotel.com.tr

Room amenities: 110 rooms, decorated in the Ottoman style with traditional Edirnekari woodwork painting, are a blend of past and present and amenities: air conditioning, central heat, hair dryer,cable TV, direct-dial telephone, Internet connection and safety-deposit box.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, bars, rooftop terrace, room service and laundry service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $175 DBL; $165 SGL.
Prices are per room and include VAT and breakfast. Contact the Program Provider for reservations.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, October 24 - DOLMABAHCE PALACE & ORTAKOY
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning, after breakfast, you will first visit the Dolmabahce Palace, the second palace of the Ottoman Sultans built in mid-19th century. Visiting this Palace will provide a better insight to the socio-economic and cultural changes that the Ottoman Empire was going through in 19th century.

Lunch: Lunch in Ortakoy

Afternoon: After visiting the Palace, you will drive to Ortakoy, a charming district on the Bosphorus frequented by young people and artists. After strolling through this colorful seaside district, drive to the Galata Tower, to catch a glimpse of the old city from the top of this 14th century tower. Rest of the day free on your own.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare.

Lodging: Armada Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Armada hotel is centrally located in the old city of Istanbul, on the city's historical peninsula. It is surrounded by the ancient city walls and is within walking distance and has views of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii). Open since 1994, the building was constructed on the site of a series of row houses which were built for the marine soldiers of the famed Ottoman Admiral Hayrettin Pasha (Barbarossa) in the 16th century. The hotel's façade replicates the original structures.

Contact info:
Ahirkapi Cad, 24
Sultanahmet
Istanbul, 34400 Turkey
phone: +90 212 455 44 55
web: www.armadahotel.com.tr

Room amenities: 110 rooms, decorated in the Ottoman style with traditional Edirnekari woodwork painting, are a blend of past and present and amenities: air conditioning, central heat, hair dryer,cable TV, direct-dial telephone, Internet connection and safety-deposit box.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, bars, rooftop terrace, room service and laundry service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $175 DBL; $165 SGL.
Prices are per room and include VAT and breakfast. Contact the Program Provider for reservations.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, October 25 - MODERN ART MUSEUM OF ISTANBUL
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Start the day with a visit to the Modern Art Museum of Istanbul, to gain an insight to the modern art scene in contemporary Turkey. Here you will see the evolution of Turkish modern art starting with the later periods of the Ottoman period, all the way to our time. Rest of the day free on your own.

Lunch: Lunch on your own to explore local fare.

Afternoon: Your afternoon is free.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Armada Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Four: Saturday, October 26 - DEPARTURES
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Istanbul airport for flights home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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3 nights of accommodations
7 meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner,
8 Field trips

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