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Overview
The Journey to Istanbul tour starts in Dubrovnik and ends in Istanbul. The Journey to Istanbul is an Adventure tour that takes 29 days taking you from Dubrovnik to Istanbul and through other destinations in Europe.

From Dubrovnik, embark on an adventure towards the enchanting city of Istanbul. Wander through picture-perfect cities, see the shimmering blues of Plitvice Lakes and take a dip in the thermal baths in Budapest. Discover towering castles in Romania and learn about Ottoman influences in Bulgaria. End the tour browsing the maze of souks in Turkey.
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“The tour was good and pretty much all the cities visited were superb and a great way to experience the local cultures with a group. There was a lot of travelling involved some very long travel days not detailed in booking info or pre departure notes. ”
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“Pretty happy with the tour overall great organization no issues with anything and good company.”
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“Five star. Enjoyed the tour not one bad word.”
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“Excellent tour from Dubrovnik to Sofia. Both our guides were extremely competent and there were no hitches. The standard of accommodation and the mostly minibus transport was far better than expected. A really comprehensive route. Well done Tucan!”
Your tour begins with the 'Pearl of the Adriatic', the UNESCO World Heritage listed walled city of Dubrovnik.

With a paved town centre enclosed in fortress-like 13th century stone walls, the city is easy to explore on foot and is full of character. A great start to your exploration of Dubrovnik could be with a walk around the city walls. Stretching almost 2 kilometres around the old town, the walls offer stunning rooftop and city views out to the turquoise blue Adriatic Sea. Founded in the 7th century, for a time in its glorious past the city was a serious rival for Venice in terms of maritime trade. It is hard to believe now but in 1991, two out of every three buildings were damaged during the bombardment of the Yugoslav War. Since then the buildings and walls have been painstakingly restored to pristine condition and represents one of the most beautiful and solid fortress systems on the Mediterranean. There are several other historic attractions worth a visit near the main street (Stradun), such as the 14th century Franciscan monastery which houses a treasury full of sacred art and artefacts, as well as one of the oldest continually working pharmacies in the world, dating back to 1317.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Dubrovnik or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Dominican Monastery - 30 HRK
  • Cable Car to view point - 120 HRK
  • Lokrum Island Boat Trip - 80 HRK
  • Rector’s Palace - 100 HRK
  • Synagogue and Jewish Museum - 35 HRK
  • Kayaking Half Day - 250 HRK
Crossing the border into the 'heart-shaped land' of Bosnia and Herzegovina we visit the capital Sarajevo, a fascinating mixture of western and eastern cultures. Known as the 'Jerusalem of Europe', the city was once famous for its religious diversity, with people of Islamic, Orthodox Christian, Catholic and Jewish faiths coexisting relatively peacefully for centuries. The atmosphere of calm and tolerance changed dramatically when violence erupted in the mid-1990s and the city underwent the longest siege in modern military history during the Yugoslav War.

Today the city is largely recovered and is packed with fascinating museums, bazaars, markets and bridges. During your time here you could explore the cobbled streets, mosques and Oriental style shops of the Old Town, visit the Bosnian Historical Museum to learn about the siege of Sarajevo and discover the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum, the tunnel which was used to ferry supplies into the besieged city during the conflict, next to the airport. For history buffs a must see is the “Latin Bridge" spanning the river in the downtown area. The bridge bears a plaque commemorating the assassination of Archduke of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Franz Ferdinand, the event that sparked the beginning of World War I.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Hecco or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Guided Siege of Sarajevo Tunnel Tour - 30 BAM
  • Walking Tour - Free
  • Gallery 11/07/95 - 12 BAM
  • Jewish Museum - 3 BAM
  • History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina - 5 BAM
  • Svrzo's House - 3 BAM
  • Orthodox Church Art Gallery Museum - Free
  • Avaz Twist Tower - 1 BAM
  • Tunnel of Hope Museum - 30 BAM
Widely felt to be the prettiest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina Mostar is situated on the Neretva river and is the fifth-largest city in the country. Mostar was named after the bridge keepers (natively: mostari) who kept the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over Neretva river. The city is particularly famous for this beautiful single span bridge, Stari Most, which collapsed into the Neretva River during the Yugoslav War in 1993. Built in 1556 by the Ottoman ruler Suleiman the Great, Stari Most had been a globally recognised landmark and a national symbol for Bosnia-Herzegovina. It had survived centuries of conflict including both world wars and proved that, whatever happened, the mainly Christian west bank and mainly Muslim east remained united. The destruction of the bridge was a huge blow to the local people, but in 2004 the bridge was rebuilt as a replica of the original using pieces of masonry salvaged from the riverbed. Its reopening represented the hope that Muslims, Croats and Serbs could once again live side by side and that Mostar would be healed after a decade of ethnic division.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Motel Kriva Cuprija I or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Memorial Museum of Herzegovina - 1.5 BAM
  • Blagaj Tekke - 4 BAM
  • Koski Mehmed Pasha's Mosque - 4 BAM
  • War Photo Exhibition - 6 BAM
  • Turkish House - 2 BAM
On the way to Croatia, we stop off at the Kravice waterfalls, located on the Trebiat river in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A popular swimming area, you will have time to enjoy the water before heading to Hvar Island. Boasting more sunshine hours than any of the other sun-soaked Dalmatian islands, Hvar Island offers fairytale Venetian architecture, a waterfront promenade fringed by palm trees and centuries old walls. With all of this and an historic fortress overlooking it all, it's no wonder picturesque Hvar Town is considered a chic destination for the rich and famous, and you may be lucky enough to see one or two familiar faces here.

Built by the Venetian Doges in the 13th century, Hvar Town is a maze of cobblestone streets and sunny squares bordered by al fresco cafes and restaurants. The most important sights such as St Stephen's Cathedral, Clock Tower and the Arsenal flank the main square, while a picturesque expanse of terracotta-roofed houses and tiny streets cover the hill behind. One of the simplest pleasures on the island is to take part in the evening stroll around the town and take in the views - don't forget to buy an ice cream from a local slasticarna, the Croatian equivalent of the Italian gelateria. You may also enjoy a stroll around the harbour, which is often filled with multi-million dollar yachts, a reflection of the lavish lifestyles of the wealthy visitors to the island. You will have time to explore smaller villages of Stari Grad, Jelsa, taking in lavender fields, Vrboska and Brusje, wineries, eco villages and experiencing the local culture.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in a guesthouse at Pelegrini Rooms or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Half Day Boat Tour to Pakleni Islands - 250 HRK
  • Full Day Boat Tour to Green Cave, Blue Cave and Vis Island - 430 HRK
  • 4x4 Hvar Island Tour - 600 HRK
  • Hike to Španjola Fortress - 30 HRK
  • Franciscan Monastery Museum - 25 HRK
  • Municipal Theatre and Art Gallery - 20 HRK
  • Old Town guided tour - from 400 HRK per guide
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Kayaking - from 100 HRK
We then take the ferry and arrive late morning at the coastal city of Split, built around the remains of the Diocletian Palace which dates back to the Roman era. Wander inside and take in Peristil Square where you can see an original Egyptian sphinx which was brought from Egypt by Roman emperor Diocletian. Another sphinx can be found near St John's Church, which was originally a Roman temple. We take an included tour of the Diocletian Palace or climb the campanile bell tower next to the palace's mausoleum for spectacular views from the top.

If you want to relax there are plenty of al fresco bars and restaurants to choose from along the seafront, as well as gelati bars and cheaper pizzerias off the main roads. There is plenty of delicious Italian-influenced local cuisine to choose from, often at very reasonable prices. If you want to hang out with the locals, head for the beach at Bacvice. There are many cafes and places to eat icecream and it's a great place to get a feeling of 'real' Croatia as the vast majority of people who go there are from Split.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Dujam or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • The City Museum of Split - 20 HRK
  • St. Domnius Cathedral - 35 HRK
  • National Art Gallery - 20 HRK
  • Meštrović Gallery - 40 HRK
  • Hike around Marjan Hill - Free
Continuing our diverse journey through Croatia, our next stop is to explore Plitvice National Park, a beautiful reserve featuring 16 spectacular blue lakes surrounded by forest.

The lakes are linked by natural dams which create beautiful low level waterfalls joining one lake to another. Due to the varying mixtures of minerals in the water, each lake has a distinctive colour ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The surrounding forest features a mix of beech, spruce, and fir trees and is home to 126 species of birds and a number of rare animals including European brown bears, wolves, eagles, wild cats and eagles. Due to its natural beauty and significance, the park was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1979. The entire park can be seen in about 4 hours and you can get beautiful views from almost any vantage point. Don't miss the Veliki Slap, 50 metre wide waterfall surrounded by boulders - a great place for photos.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Bellevue or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)
After our time exploring the national park we continue to the Croatian capital of Zagreb, a vibrant cultural centre with a long history, located on the crossroads of important routes between the Adriatic coast and Central Europe. Originally established as two fortresses on two neighbouring hills in medieval times, the city has withstood numerous invasions, earthquakes and political upheaval to grow into a prosperous centre of industry. In your free time you can explore Ban Jela?i? Square surrounded by grand buildings or visit the Zagreb Cathedral with its fountain of Madonna surrounded by golden angels. You can visit colourful open-air markets such as Dolac Market and discover the historic Upper Town with its palaces, monasteries and churches from the 17th and 18th centuries. There are also dozens of museums, theatres, galleries and art collections to visit, or take a tram to the medieval fortress of Medvedgrad on the southern side of nearby Mount Medvednica for beautiful views over the city including Museum Mimara. Another interesting museum to see is the City of Zagreb Museum covering every facet of its long history. You could take a picnic to Maksimir Park about 3 kilometres from the city centre.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Central or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Basic Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • City of Zagreb Museum - 30 HRK
  • Ethnographical Museum - 15 HRK
  • Archaeological Museum - 30 HRK
  • Walking Tour - Free
  • St Marks Church - Free
  • Museum of Broken Relationships - 30 HRK
  • Zagreb Cathedral – Free
Crossing into Slovenia, we stay in Bled, a magical little town about an hour and a half from Ljubljana, set near an emerald green lake. Perched on a cliff high above the lake is the Bled Castle, dramatically framed by the snowcapped peaks of the Julian Alps. Dating back to the 11th century, Bled Castle is the epitome of a medieval fortress and has a fairytale appeal, with towers, ramparts, moats and a terrace offering magnificent views. Part of the castle houses a museum with an interesting collection of armour and weapons, carvings, jewellery, tapestries and paintings which trace the history of the castle from the Bronze Age to the 19th century. A walk around Lake Bled (about 6 kilometres) shouldn't take more than an hour or two, including a short climb to a viewing point. The most romantic way to enjoy it is to hire a boat and row over to the island in the middle of the lake or for the non-rowers of the group you can take a Pletna boat and be taken across. On the island you can visit a small 17th century Baroque church called Church of the Assumption, complete with a'wishing bell' which you can ring to ask a favour. If time permits you can also visit Vintgar Gorge, a raised timber walkway that tracks the gorges river for 1.6 kilometres to a beautiful waterfall.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Jadran or similar . No single room upgrade available.
Meals
  • 2 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Bled Castle - 10 EUR
  • Church of the Assumption - 6 EUR
  • Bike Hire - 11 EUR
  • Tourist Train - 4 EUR
  • Vintgar Gorge - From 7 EUR
  • Emerald River Adventure - 69 EUR
Next we visit the capital Ljubljana and enjoy a city tour of the main sights. In your free time you may enjoy a visit to the botanical gardens, Dragon bridge, Tivoli park, Ljubljana city museum, Ljubljana castle (Ljubljanski Grad) on Castle Hill and the viewing tower in the castle courtyard for views across the Old Town. When you need to relax, sit down at one of the many outdoor riverside cafes in the Old Town, check out the Habsburg and Baroque architecture and enjoy the young fun vibe of Ljubljana's large student population.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Emonec or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Slovenian Ethnographic Museum - 4.50 EUR
  • Ljubljana Castle and Funicular - 10 EUR
  • Metelkova Neighbourhood - Free
  • City Museum - 6 EUR
  • Museum of Illusions - 9.50 EUR
  • City Art Gallery - Free
  • Museum of Contemporary History - 3.50 EUR
Budapest, Hungary's stylish capital is known as the 'City of Spas' for its abundance of natural thermal springs.

Straddling the Danube River, the city is comprised of two very different historic cities, Buda on the west bank and Pest on the east bank. Highlights here include Castle Hill, Matthius Church, Fisherman's Bastion, the Liberation Monument, the fabulous St Stephen's Basilica and the much photographed Parliament Building.

Terror Haza (Terror House) is a popular museum recounting stories of espionage and atrocities committed during World War II and during the communist period. During your optional visit you can view very moving testimonial footage from survivors and visit old jail cells, torture chambers and interrogation rooms.

The Dohany Street Synagogue is the largest synagogue in Europe and features stunning decorations. You can also wander around Central Market Hall and enjoy the intoxicating sights and smells of'Budapest's pantry' and get an idea of Hungary's food culture - you can even buy chocolates by the kilo!

The perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing is in a traditional bath. The Szechenyi Medicinal Baths are one of the city's more famous Neo Baroque-style baths with indoor and outdoor pools, thermal pools, saunas and massages in a beautiful setting. After a nice soak you can visit numerous restaurants and bars to visit on Liszt Ferenc for an enjoyable evening's entertainment.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Flamenco or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Budapest Parliament Tour - 5200 HUF
  • Szechenyi Thermal Baths - 5100 HUF
  • House of Terror - 2000 HUF
  • Great Synagogue - 4000 HUF
  • Danube Cruise - 3900 HUF
  • Hungarian National Museum - 1600 HUF
  • Memento Park - 1500 HUF
  • Buda Castle - Free
  • Fisherman's Bastion - 800 HUF
  • Walking Tour - Free
  • Hop on Hop off Bus - from 6000 HUF
We take the train to Eger, located on the hills of the Bükk Mountains. It has a number of historic sights including the Castle of Eger, the town's oldest and most famous attraction. Eger is also famous for its wines. You can enjoy traditional varieties of red and white wines including “Egri Bikaver” translated to Bull's Blood of Eger! From 1596 Eger had a 91 year long Turkish rule. Due to this, the town attract visitors to its number of thermal baths. Another popular site from this period is the Turkish minaret standing at 40 metres high. You can climb this for great views.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in a guesthouse at Bacchus Panzio or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Eger Castle - 1600 HUF
  • Minaret - 300 HUF
  • Archbishop's Palace - from 1400 HUF
  • Thermal Baths - 1900 HUF
  • Wine tasting in the Valley of the Beautiful Women - from 1000HUF
  • Basilica – Free
The day is spent exploring the fascinating Maramures region in North-western Romania, home to many villages where century-old traditions are still part of daily life. We will visit the village of Barsana, where there is a thriving local tradition of woodcarving, with picturesque wooden houses fronted by giant, ornately-carved gates. There is also a monastery that offers great views over the Izei valley, where people still farm using traditional techniques. We also tour some of the beautiful wooden churches of the region that are well-known for their characteristic high roofs and tall, pointed steeples. We will make a quick stop at the very peculiar 'Merry Cemetery' of Sapânta, so called because the gravestones are painted in bright colours, hand-carved out of oak and adorned with an image of the deceased and a humorous epitaph in the local vernacular.

We then head to Baia Mare, one of the most important mining centres of Romania with over 2000 years of gold and silver mining. The town is well preserved and the oldest house here dates back to 1440.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Pensiunea La Fontana or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
As we make our way to Sighisoara, we stop en-route for a few hours to explore the city of Cluj Napoca, Romania's second largest city after Bucharest. The city is one of the most important academic and cultural centres in Romania, and is home to the country's largest university and its famous botanical gardens. In 2015, Cluj-Napoca was named the European Youth Capital, and you can see the reflection of this in the bohemian cafes where many of the students and artists frequent.

In the afternoon we head to Sighisoara. Located in the historic region of Transylvania, it was once a Saxon settlement established in the 12th century. Recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the citadel has a very well preserved old town with a clock tower rising 64 meters above the city. Also worth visiting is the Orthodox Cathedral and Cornesti Church.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Casa Wagner or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Guided tour of Sighisoara Old Town - from 15 EUR
  • The Clock Tower - 12 RON
  • Dracula's House - 5 RON
  • History Museum - 4 RON
  • Museum of Medieval Arms - 8 RON
  • The Torture Chamber Museum - 4 RON
  • The Church of the Dominican Monastery - Free
Surrounded on three sides by the Carpathian Mountains, Brașov was a perfect place for a medieval settlement and much of the Old City, founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211, has been restored. You can visit Râșnov Castle, the Brașov Citadel or wander up Rope Street, the narrowest street in Europe. Brașov also provides a great base for exploring the surrounding countryside of the Transylvania region, where the air is fresh and the people friendly. We visit the nearby Bran Castle which is marketed as 'Dracula's Castle' and is (supposedly) said to have been the home of Vlad the Impaler. We also explore the beautiful Pele's Castle and the fortified churches of Prejmer and Viscri, the latter of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Pensiune Ambient or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Walking Tour - Free
  • Ethnographic Museum - 5 RON
  • Brasov History Museum - 7 RON
  • Cable Car to the top of Tampa Hill - 16 RON
  • Black Church - 10 RON
  • Bear Sanctuary - 30 EUR
  • Art Museum - 5 RON
We continue our journey to Bucharest where you will have free time to explore the area and discover the contrasts of Romania's cultural capital. The architecture here is an eclectic mix of historical, communist period and modern styles and it even has its own Arc de Triomphe. Bucharest also boasts the world's second largest building, the Palace of Parliament, built under the communist regime.

If you'd like to learn more about the traditional way of life of Romanian peasant farmers you can visit the Village Museum, an open air museum with around 300 traditional buildings filled with furniture, pottery and clothing collected from different regions of the country.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Capitol or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Peasant Museum - 8 RON
  • Palace of the Parliament Tour - 35 RON
  • Walking Tour - Free
  • Stavropoleos Church - Free
  • Village Museum - 15 RON
  • National Museum of Art of Romania - 15 RON
  • Bucharest Municipal Museum - 3 RON
  • Alternative Walking Tour of Bucharest - 15 EUR
  • Bike Tour - From 20 EUR
We head across the border into the Bulgarian city of Veliko Tarnovo, famous as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire. Built on three hills, the city offers some great views of the surrounding churches and old imperial residences rising amidst the meanders of the Yantra River. On Tsarevets Hill are the palaces of the Bulgarian emperors and the Patriarchate, the Patriarchal Cathedral, and also a number of interesting cultural institutions such as the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of the Bulgarian Revival and the Constituent Assembly.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Anhea or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Tsaravet's Fortress - 6 BGN
  • Archaeological Museum - 6 BGN
  • Old Town Walking Tour - Free
  • Museum of the Bulgarian Revival and the Constituent Assembly - 6 BGN
Bulgaria's capital Sofia offers a wealth of cultural entertainment, including Byzantine churches, museums full of ancient archaeological treasures, towering monuments and numerous mineral baths adjacent to the magnificent Mount Vitosha. Laid back and cosmopolitan, Sofia offers a thriving and diverse street life, including open-air cafes, busy markets such as the famous Ladies' Market, rattling trams and buskers all adding to the ambience. At the foothills of Mount Vitosha about 8 kilometres from the city centre you can visit the 900 year-old Boyana Church, considered among the masterpieces of medieval European painting, which features murals and frescoes dating back to 1259 AD, medieval architecture and monumental art. Also at the base of Mt. Vitosha is the splendid National History Museum, with antiques dating back to the Thracian period.

Sofia also offers many beautiful gardens to relax in, such as Boris Gardens and the South Park, which starts just behind the Palace of Culture.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at St George Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Ethnographic Museum - 3 BGN
  • National Art Gallery - 6 BGN
  • Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Crypt - 6 BGN
  • National Museum of History - 10 BGN
  • Walking Tour - Free
  • City Bike Tour - 5 EUR
  • St George Church - Free
Enjoy breakfast in Sofia before taking a public bus to Plovdiv. Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It is the oldest continually inhabited city in Europe going back 8000 years. The town is small and easy to walk around. Places to see include the Roman Amphitheatre, St Marina church and a mosque leftover from the Ottoman Empire. Each step you take in this town opens up another piece of history. While the seven tall hill that used to overlook the town have been reduced to just three, it is possible to walk the hills and the best time to do this is at sunset.

Please note: Breakfast is not included at Plovdiv.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Star Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Ethnographic Museum - 5 BGN
  • Wine Tasting Half Day Tour - From 29 EUR
  • The Wonderful Bridges, Bachkovo Monastery & Asens' Fortress Day Tour - From 25 EUR
  • Dzhumaya Mosque - Free
  • Archaeological Museum - 5 BGN
Istanbul is an enchanting fusion of East and West. Narrow alleys are flanked by wooden Ottoman houses while a nearby funky restaurant and bar strip in the down-town area pumps out Turkish pop. There are many great places to explore including, but not limited to, the Blue Mosque, St Sophia and the Grand Bazaar. The Blue Mosque, also known as the Mosque of Sultan Ahmet, is nearly 400 years old and still an active mosque that non-Muslims can visit for free outside of the five daily prayers. St Sophia (Hagia Sophia) was built 1,500 years ago and was the largest enclosed space in the world. The Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) is the oldest and largest closed bazaar in the world, housing around 3000 shops within 61 alleyways. It used to be the city's main trading centre of ceramics, jewellery and leather goods.

We will arrive in the evening to sample some of Turkey's most delicious cuisine. As we arrive late we recommend you book additional nights accommodation in order to fully explore the city and any of the optional excursions listed below.

Please note: For those who do not wish to travel into Turkey, there is the option to end in Sofia, Bulgaria instead. From Plovdiv you will return to Sofia by bus where there will be one night's accommodation instead. This option must be pre-booked with your Adventure Specialist in advance. This makes no difference to the cost of your tour.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hatay Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Hagia Sophia - 40 TRY
  • Topkapı Palace - 40 TRY
  • Basilica Cistern - 20 TRY
  • Blue Mosque - Free
  • Grand Bazaar - Free
  • Bosphorus Boat Tour - 25 TRY
  • Turkish Bath - From 20 TRY
  • Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts - 25 TRY
  • Whirling Dervish Show - 90 TRY
  • Walking Tour – Free
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

The Grand Bazaar is shut by the time we arrive on Saturday and is also closed on Sundays. If this is a personal must see please consider booking an extra night.

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 24 night(s) in hotels, 3 night(s) in a guesthouse
Meals
  • 18 Breakfast(s), 5 Buffet Breakfast(s), 1 Basic Breakfast(s)
Transport
  • Public Bus, Taxi, Foot, Private Vehicle, Train, Ferry
Excursions
  • Guided Tour of Diocletian's Palace
  • Entrance to Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Guided walking tour of Ljubljana
  • Tour of Maramures Region
  • Cluj Napoca Visit
  • Entry to Viscri Fortified Church
  • Entry to Dracula's Castle & Peles Castle
  • Entry to Prejmer Fortified Church
  • Entry to Plovdiv Roman Amphitheatre
what’s excluded
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Spending money ampndash budget for meals snacks drinks limited souvenirs laundry tips and any extras
  • International flights tofrom the startend of your tour and departure taxes
  • Tips on included excursions visas travel insurance personal items and single rooms.
  • Optional excursions - On each trip you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyones taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular dont hesitate to ask your tour leader.
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Dubrovnik and from Istanbul are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Journey to Istanbul tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 29 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 10 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Dubrovnik, Croatia/Istanbul, Turkey
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A deposit of 1000 USD is required to confirm this tour. For any departures within 25 June 2018 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Journey to Istanbul tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Journey to Istanbul tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Journey to Istanbul tour. You can cancel the tour up to 61 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 60 days of departure.
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