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Pre-Cruise Istanbul
The following tours are offered as pre-cruise packages. Choose from 1- to 5-night packages,
depending upon how much time you wish to spend in this remarkable part of the world. All of the
following tours are booked directly through Windstar Cruises reservations at 1-800-258-7245.
Cappadocia packages are booked on a request-basis only; confirmation will be made within 48 -
72 hours of reservation.

One-Night Pre-Cruise Istanbul

1 day/1 night

Day 1

You will be met by your guide at Istanbul International Airport and transferred to your hotel by
private vehicle. You will check in at your hotel with some time to relax. Mid-afternoon, you will set
out on a half-day tour of the wonderful highlights of Istanbul. First, you will visit the Byzantine
Hippodrome, along with its famous Egyptian Obelisk, the Obelisk of Constantine, the Serpentine
Column and the German Fountain. Then, you will proceed to the Blue Mosque, completed in
1616—a triumph of harmony, proportion and elegance. The mosque was a part of a complex
that consisted of a mosque, tombs, fountains, kitchens and a bath. Its 260
colorful windows enable the sunlight to reach inside. The blue Iznik tiles covering the walls lend
the mosque its name. Next, you will visit one of the greatest buildings in the world: St Sophia, the
Church of the Divine Wisdom. It was built during the reign of Emperor Justinian (AD 537) and
remained the greatest church in Christendom until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453.
Sultan Mehmet II ordered the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a Mosque. The great dome, the
semi-domes, the north and south tympana and the vaults of the narthex, aisles and gallery were
all covered with gold mosaics, many of which are still intact today. Finally, enjoy an orientation
drive around the old city with its many ancient monuments and city walls, and the new city with its
modern buildings and squares. Continue to the famous Grand Bazaar, where you will explore
some of its 92 streets. The Grand Bazaar is the largest and oldest covered bazaar in Turkey,
with more than 4,000 shops. A variety of Turkish handicrafts, oriental carpets, rare jewels and
inexpensive souvenirs are all sold in its small shops. The streets are named according to the
trades, such as gold and silver sellers, carpet sellers, booksellers, etc. (Guests taking the two- or
three-night packages will visit the Grand Bazaar on day two.) At the end of the day, you will
return to your hotel. Overnight at Hilton Istanbul.
Please note: Guests arriving after 2:30pm on their first day will have an opportunity to make up
the missed tour portion on Friday at 4:00pm. This is the only make-up time available.

Two-Night Pre-Cruise Istanbul

3 days/2 nights

Day 1
You will be met by your guide at Istanbul International Airport and transfer to your hotel by private
vehicle. Check in at your hotel with some time to relax. In the mid-afternoon, you will begin your
half-day tour of the wonderful highlights of Istanbul. First you will visit the Turkish and Islamic Arts
Museum situated in the historical palace of Ibrahim Pasha, opposite the Blue Mosque. The
museum opened in 1983 after 15 years of restoration. This unique collection was previously on
display in the soup kitchen of Suleymaniye Mosque! Next, you will visit the Underground Cistern.
This amazing underground cavern measures roughly 210 feet wide and 420 feet long, with a
capacity of 80,000 cubic meters of water. The 336 beautiful columns that support the cistern
were salvaged from pagan temples destroyed during the Roman Empire’s conversion to
Christianity. At the end of the day, you will return to your hotel.
Day 2 (B, L)

After breakfast, meet your guide in the hotel lobby for your full-day tour of Istanbul and
surroundings. First, you will visit the Byzantine Hippodrome to see its famous Egyptian Obelisk,
the Obelisk of Constantine, the Serpentine Column and the German Fountain. Then, you will
proceed to the Blue Mosque, completed in 1616—a triumph of harmony, proportion and
elegance. The mosque was a part of a complex that consisted of a mosque, tombs, fountains,
kitchens and a bath. Its colorful 260 windows enable the sunlight to reach inside. The blue Iznik
tiles covering the walls lend the mosque its name. Next, visit the magnificent Topkapi Palace—
residence of the sultans for almost three centuries. It is located on the promontory between the
Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. This setting provides a magnificent view. As the imperial
residence of the Sultan and his court, the palace was also the seat of government for the
Ottoman Empire. 4,000 people lived here. Visit the general exhibitions and the Treasury Section
displaying the priceless pieces of jewelry that once belonged to the Ottoman Sultans. You will
stop for lunch at the Green House Garden—an old Ottoman house—and taste traditional Turkish
cuisine in a lovely atmosphere. After lunch, you will visit one of the greatest buildings in the world:
St. Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom. It was built during the reign of Emperor Justinian
(AD 537) and remained the greatest church in Christendom until the conquest of Constantinople
in 1453. Sultan Mehmet II ordered the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a Mosque. The great
dome, the semi-domes, the north and south tympana and the vaults of the narthex, aisles and
gallery were all covered with gold mosaics, many of which are still intact today. Continue to the
famous Grand Bazaar, where you will explore some of its 92 streets and 4,000 shops. A variety
of Turkish handicrafts, oriental carpets, rare jewels and inexpensive souvenirs are all sold here.
The streets are named according to the trades, such as gold and silver sellers, carpet sellers,
booksellers, etc. At the end of the day, you will return to your hotel.
Day 3 (B)

Enjoy breakfast and a transfer to your Windstar ship in the afternoon.



Three-Night Pre-Cruise Istanbul

4 days/3 nights

Day 1

You will be met by your guide at Istanbul International Airport and transfer to your hotel by private
vehicle. Check in at your hotel with some time to relax, as the afternoon is free for you to explore
at your leisure.
Day 2 (B, L)

After breakfast, meet your guide in the hotel lobby for a full-day tour of Istanbul. Begin with a visit
to the Church of St. Savior in Chora, built in the 11th century. Over the period 1315 – 1321 the
church was remodeled with mosaics and frescoes added by Theodore Metochites, a theologian,
philosopher and an elite Byzantine official. The interior walls are decorated with breathtaking
scenes depicting the life of Virgin Mary, the genealogy of Christ, the infancy of Christ and his
ministry. Then, you will visit the Rüstem Paşa Mosque, built in 1561 by the imperial architect,
Sinan. The mosque was built for Rüstem Paşa, son-in-law of and Grand Vizier to Suleyman I. Its
interior is adorned by a magnificent blanket of Iznik tiles. Lunch will be served at Hamdi
Restaurant, located on the Golden Horn. You will have a delicious meal overlooking the
Bosphorus. Next, visit the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum situated in the historical palace of
Ibrahim Pasha, opposite the Blue Mosque. The museum opened in 1983 after 15 years of
restoration. This unique collection was previously on display in the soup kitchen of Suleymaniye
Mosque! Finally you will visit the Underground Cistern. This amazing underground cavern
measures roughly 210 feet wide and 420 feet long, with a capacity of 80,000 cubic meters of
water. The 336 beautiful columns that support the cistern were salvaged from pagan temples
destroyed during the Roman Empire’s conversion to Christianity. At the end of the day, you will
return to your hotel.
Day 3 (B, L)

The next day, after breakfast, meet your guide in the hotel lobby for another full-day tour of
Istanbul and surroundings. First, you will visit the Byzantine Hippodrome, along with its famous
Egyptian Obelisk, the Obelisk of Constantine, the Serpentine Column and the German Fountain.
Then, proceed to the Blue Mosque, completed in 1616—a triumph of harmony, proportion and
elegance. The mosque was a part of a complex that consisted of a mosque, tombs, fountains,
kitchens and a bath. Its colorful 260 windows enable the sunlight to reach inside. The blue Iznik
tiles covering the walls lend the mosque its name. Next, you will visit the magnificent Topkapi
Palace—residence of the sultans for almost three centuries. It is located on the promontory
between the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. This setting provides a magnificent view. As the
imperial residence of the Sultan and his court, the palace was also the seat of government for the
Ottoman Empire. 4,000 people lived here. Visit the general exhibitions and the Treasury Section
displaying the priceless pieces of jewelry that once belonged to the Ottoman Sultans. Lunch at
the Green House Garden—an old Ottoman house—features traditional Turkish cuisine in a
lovely atmosphere. Afterwards, you will visit one of the greatest buildings in the world: St. Sophia,
the Church of the Divine Wisdom. It was built during the reign of Emperor Justinian (AD 537) and
remained the greatest church in Christendom until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453.
Sultan Mehmet II ordered the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a Mosque. The great dome, the
semi-domes, the north and south tympana and the vaults of the narthex, aisles and gallery were
all covered with gold mosaics, many of which are still intact today. Continue to the famous Grand
Bazaar, where you will explore some of its 92 streets and 4,000 shops. A variety of Turkish
handicrafts, oriental carpets, rare jewels and inexpensive souvenirs are all sold here. The streets
are named according to the trades, such as gold and silver sellers, carpet sellers, booksellers,
etc. At the end of the day, you will return to your hotel.
Day 4 (B)

After breakfast you will check out and meet your guide at the lobby for a half-day tour. A short
drive will bring you to the pier where you will board a private motor-yacht for a cruise along the
Bosphorus Strait. The Bosphorus bisects Istanbul, separating Europe and Asia, and connecting
the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. Its shores showcase Istanbul’s beauty. Your motor yacht
will pass by magnificent palaces, old seaside mansions, and impressive fortresses. You will be
surprised to see that the old Ottoman buildings harmonize perfectly with the more modern
architecture. Watch for the Imperial Pavilions of Yildiz Palace, the famous Ciragan Palace, the
Bosphorus Bridge, Ortakoy, Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace and the Rumeli Fortress,
built to control the Bosphorus and protect Istanbul from its from enemies. Next you will disembark
from the yacht and visit the Egyptian Bazaar to explore the second-largest covered market in
Istanbul. It was named for the herbs, and spices imported from or through Egypt, and although
the Egyptian market dates back to the 1660s, ironically it is part of the “New Mosque” complex!
This is still the best place in the city to buy Turkish Delight, dried fruit, exotic spices and herbs.
Later in the afternoon, transfer to your Windstar ship.

Two-Night Istanbul Four Seasons Pre-Cruise Package

3 days/2 nights

Day 1 (D)

You will be met by your guide at Istanbul International Airport and transfer to your hotel by private
vehicle. Check in at your hotel with some time to relax. In the afternoon, you will board a private
motor yacht for a cruise along the Bosphorus Strait. The Bosphorus bisects Istanbul, separating
Europe and Asia, and connecting the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. Its shores showcase
Istanbul’s beauty. Your motor-yacht will pass by magnificent palaces, old seaside mansions, and
impressive fortresses. You will be surprised to see that the old Ottoman buildings harmonize
perfectly with the more modern architecture. Watch for the Imperial Pavilions of Yildiz Palace, the
famous Ciragan Palace, the Bosphorus Bridge, Ortakoy, Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace
and the Rumeli Fortress, built to control the Bosphorus and protect Istanbul from its from
enemies. At the end of the cruise, your private motor yacht will transfer you to your hotel. You are
invited to a welcome cocktail before the dinner at the fabulous restaurant of the Four Seasons,
serving international and Turkish cuisine with the wonderful view of the Bosphorus.
Day 2 (B, L)

After breakfast, meet your guide in the hotel lobby for a full-day tour to continue exploring
Istanbul. Today’s first stop will be at the Byzantine Hippodrome, along with its famous Egyptian
Obelisk, the Obelisk of Constantine, the Serpentine Column and the German Fountain. Then,
you will proceed to the Blue Mosque, completed in 1616—a triumph of harmony, proportion and
elegance. The mosque was a part of a complex that consisted of a mosque, tombs, fountains,
kitchens and a bath. Its colorful 260 windows enable the sunlight to reach inside. The blue Iznik
tiles covering the walls lend the mosque its name. Next, you will visit one of the greatest buildings
in the world: St Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom. It was built during the reign of Emperor
Justinian (AD 537) and remained the greatest church in Christendom until the conquest of
Constantinople in 1453. Sultan Mehmet II ordered the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a
Mosque. The great dome, the semi-domes, the north and south tympana and the vaults of the
narthex, aisles and gallery were all covered with gold mosaics, many of which are still intact
today. Later in the afternoon, you will go to “Balıkçı Sabahattin” Restaurant for lunch. You will
taste delicious fish and seafood in a lovely atmosphere. After lunch, you will visit the
Underground Cistern. This amazing underground cavern measures roughly 210 feet wide and
420 feet long, with a capacity of 80,000 cubic meters of water. The 336 beautiful columns that
support the cistern were salvaged from pagan temples destroyed during the Roman Empire’s
conversion to Christianity. Two of the columns are carved with the head and hair of Medusa on
the plinth. Next, at the famous Grand Bazaar you will explore some of its 92 streets. The Grand
Bazaar is the largest and oldest covered bazaar in Turkey, with more than 4,000 shops. A variety
of Turkish handicrafts, oriental carpets, rare jewels and inexpensive souvenirs are all sold here.
The streets are named according to the trades, such as gold and silver sellers, carpet sellers,
booksellers, etc. At the end of the day, you will return to your hotel.
Day 3 (B, L)

After breakfast you will check out from the hotel and meet your guide at the lobby for a half-day
tour. You will visit the magnificent Topkapi Palace—residence of the sultans for almost three
centuries. It is located on the promontory between the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. This
setting provides a magnificent view. As the imperial residence of the Sultan and his court, the
palace was also the seat of government for the Ottoman Empire. 4,000 people lived here. Visit
the general exhibitions and the Treasury Section displaying the priceless pieces of jewelry that
once belonged to the Ottoman Sultans. Lunch will be at the excellent Komsu Restaurant serving
delicious Turkish kebab. Later in the afternoon, you will transfer to your Windstar ship.

Five-Night Pre-Cruise Cappadocia

6 days/5 nights

Day 1

You will be met by your guide at Istanbul International Airport and transfer to your hotel by private
vehicle. Check in at your hotel with some time to relax. At approximately 2:30 pm, you will start
your half-day tour of the wonderful highlights of Istanbul. You will visit the magnificent Topkapi
Palace—residence of the sultans for almost three centuries. It is located on the promontory
between the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. This setting provides a magnificent view. As the
imperial residence of the Sultan and his court, the palace was also the seat of government for the
Ottoman Empire. 4,000 people lived here. Visit the general exhibitions and the Treasury Section
displaying the priceless pieces of jewelry that once belonged to the Ottoman Sultans. Next, you
will enjoy an orientation drive around the old city with its many ancient monuments and city walls,
and the new city with its modern buildings and squares. At the end of the day, you will return to
your hotel.
Day 2 (B, L)

After breakfast, meet your guide at the lobby for a full-day tour and continue exploring Istanbul.
Today’s first stop will be at the 16th-century palace of the sultan’s Grand Vizier, Ibrahim Pasa,
which today houses the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum, containing what many consider to be
the finest collection of Islamic artifacts in the world. The museum is well laid out and contains
more than 40,000 examples including ceramics, Koran cases, calligraphy, textiles, metalwork
and illuminated manuscripts. Its antique carpet exhibit is renowned—the carpets, kilims and
prayer rugs form one of the richest and oldest collections in the world. Then you will visit the
Byzantine Hippodrome, along with its famous Egyptian Obelisk, the Obelisk of Constantine, the
Serpentine Column and the German Fountain. Proceed to the Blue Mosque, completed in
1616—a triumph of harmony, proportion and elegance. The mosque was a part of a complex
that consisted of a mosque, tombs, fountains, kitchens and a bath. Its colorful 260 windows
enable the sunlight to reach inside. The blue Iznik tiles covering the walls lend the mosque its
name. You will stop for lunch at the Green House Garden—an old Ottoman house to taste
traditional Turkish cuisine in a lovely atmosphere. Next, you will visit one of the greatest buildings
in the world: St. Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom. It was built during the reign of
Emperor Justinian (AD 537) and remained the greatest church in Christendom until the conquest
of Constantinople in 1453. Sultan Mehmet II ordered the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a
Mosque. The great dome, the semi-domes, the north and south tympana and the vaults of the
narthex, aisles and gallery were all covered with gold mosaics, many of which are still intact
today. Continue to the famous Grand Bazaar, where you will explore some of its 92 streets. The
Grand Bazaar is the largest and oldest covered bazaar in Turkey, with more than 4,000 shops. A
variety of Turkish handicrafts, oriental carpets, rare jewels and inexpensive souvenirs are all sold
here. The streets are named according to the trades, such as gold and silver sellers, carpet
sellers, booksellers, etc. At the end of the day, return to your hotel.
Day 3 (B, L, D)

After an early breakfast, you will meet your guide at the lobby and transfer to the airport for your
flight to Cappadocia. Arrive in Cappadocia and begin exploring this interesting region.
Cappadocia is the jewel of Central Anatolia, and home to a bewitching landscape of
spectacularly eroded tuff (hardened volcanic ash). The most famous and characteristic features
of the landscape are the remarkable conical rock outcroppings know as fairy chimneys. The
softness of the tuff made it easy to excavate and create dwellings, so whole cities were
constructed underground as well as hundreds of rock-cut chapels, beautifully frescoed churches
and monasteries. Lunch will be served at the lovely Şömine Restaurant serving traditional
Turkish cuisine. After lunch you will visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum. The 11th century
represents the Golden Age of religious art in Goreme. The Goreme Valley, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site which has been occupied since the dawn of history, is the Valley of Churches.
Wonderful and primitive 11th- and 12th-century frescoes cover the walls of these churches. The
oldest churches in the area date back to the 6th century. You will view the village of Uchisar, a
small town situated right in the middle of Cappadocia, full of towering rock houses typical of this
area. It is named after the enormous piece of rock in the center of the town, which was once
used as a castle. At the end of your day, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in.
Day 4 (B, L, D)

Get an early start for your optional (extra cost) one-hour hot air balloon flight. This is truly a once-
in-a-lifetime experience and there is no better way to see the distinctive landscapes of
Cappadocia than by gently floating overhead in a hot air balloon. Your skilled pilot will skim the
basket across fruit trees and rise up over the fairy chimneys, before ascending to great heights
for breathtaking views. After breakfast, you will meet your guide at the hotel lobby for your full day
tour. You will drive down to Kaymakli Underground City to visit this interesting settlement. It has
eight stories and was built during the period of the spreading of Christianity, as a city of defense
and hiding. Next, you will view the lovely village of Cavusin and continue to the Bizim Ev
Restaurant for a lunch of traditional food. After lunch, continue to Avanos, famous for its pottery
craft dating back to the Hittite period. You will have a chance to see how pottery is made in this
region, then you will drive to Pasabag Valley where the formation of “fairy chimneys” can be best
observed. Pasabag, the Pasha’s Vineyard, is surrounded by incredible natural rock formations—
a spectacular scene. Continue to visit Zelve, where three canyons meet in the Valley of Monks.
The rock face at Zelve is honeycombed with caves and churches, and much of the decoration
inside the churches is symbolic. At the end of the day, you will return to your hotel.
Day 5 (B, L)

After your breakfast, meet your guide in the lobby for your airport transfer and flight to Istanbul.
After arriving in Istanbul, you will visit the Underground Cistern. This amazing underground
cavern measures roughly 210 feet wide and 420 feet long, with a capacity of 80,000 cubic
meters of water. The 336 beautiful columns that support the cistern were salvaged from pagan
temples destroyed during the Roman Empire’s conversion to Christianity. Then, you will visit the
Rüstem Paşa Mosque, built in 1561 by the imperial Architect, Sinan. The mosque was built for
Rüstem Paşa, son-in-law of and Grand Vizier to Suleyman I. The interior of the mosque is
adorned by a magnificent blanket of Iznik tiles. Lunch will be served at the nearby Hamdi
Restaurant, located on the Golden Horn. You will taste delicious Turkish kebab while overlooking
the Bosphorus. After lunch you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in and the afternoon at
leisure.
Day 6 (B)

After breakfast you will check out of the hotel. Meet your guide at the lobby for a half-day tour. A
short drive will bring you to the pier where you will board a private motor yacht for a cruise along
the Bosphorus Strait. The Bosphorus bisects Istanbul, separating Europe and Asia, and
connecting the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. Its shores showcase Istanbul’s beauty. Your
motor yacht will pass by magnificent palaces, old seaside mansions, and impressive fortresses.
You will be surprised to see that the old Ottoman buildings harmonize perfectly with the more
modern architecture. Watch for the Imperial Pavilions of Yildiz Palace, the famous Ciragan
Palace, the Bosphorus Bridge, Ortakoy, Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace and the Rumeli
Fortress, built to control the Bosphorus and protect Istanbul from its from enemies. Disembark
from the yacht and visit the Egyptian Bazaar to explore the second-largest covered market in
Istanbul. It was named for the herbs, and spices imported from or through Egypt, and although the
Egyptian market dates back to the 1660s, ironically it is part of the “New Mosque” complex! This is
still the best place in the city to buy Turkish Delight, dried fruit, exotic spices and herbs. At 2:00
pm, you will transfer to your Windstar ship.

Post-Cruise Istanbul
The following tours are offered as post-cruise packages. Choose from 1- to 5-night packages,
depending upon how much time you wish to spend in this remarkable part of the world. All of the
following tours are booked directly through Windstar Cruises reservations at 1-800-258-7245.
Cappadocia packages are booked on a request-basis only, confirmation will be made within 48 -
72 hours of reservation.

One-Night Post-Cruise Istanbul

1 day/1 night
Please see our 1-night Pre-Cruise Istanbul package for tour highlights. This package will begin
with your disembarkation from your Windstar ship and end with a transfer to the Istanbul airport.

Two-Night Post-Cruise Istanbul

3 days/2 nights
Please see our 2-night Pre-Cruise Istanbul package for tour highlights. This package will begin
with your disembarkation from your Windstar ship and end with a transfer to the Istanbul airport.

Three-Night Post-Cruise Istanbul

4 days/3 nights
Please see our 3-night Pre-Cruise Istanbul package for tour highlights. This package will begin
with your disembarkation from your Windstar ship and end with a transfer to the Istanbul airport.

Two-Night Post-Cruise
Four Seasons Istanbul
3 days/2 nights
Please see our 2-night Pre-Cruise Four Seasons Istanbul package for tour highlights. This
package will begin with your disembarkation from your Windstar ship and end with a transfer to
the Istanbul airport.



Five-Night Post-Cruise Cappadocia

6 days/5 nights
Please see our 5-night Pre-Cruise Cappadocia package for tour highlights. This package will
begin with your disembarkation from your Windstar ship and end with a transfer to the Istanbul
airport.

				
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